Emily Baughman and Emily Gerry are Brooklyn’s two 7th grade State Qualifiers for the Power of the Pen Competition. Both Girls were part of the district team of six who first competed at Columbia Middle School in January. The girls’ then advanced to districts with four of their classmates in March to compete at St. Raphael in Westlake. Both Emily’s will now compete against approximately 350 seventh graders at the Power of the Pen State Championship, May 26th at The College of Wooster. At the beginning of the competitive season, over 7,500 students representing 300 middle schools participated in this competition. Kathleen Mack, Brooklyn’s Gifted Language Arts Specialist, is the coach.