Congratulations to Highland Middle School 8th grader Eliza Ladd and 7th grader Katie Critchett who placed during the Northeast Ohio Regional Power of the Pen Tournament on February 23 at Kent State University. Eliza placed 3rd, while Katie placed 6th. Both now advance to the state tournament, which will be held in May at the College of Wooster. Eliza is the daughter of Randy and Susan Ladd of Granger, and Katie is the daughter of Heath and Kelly Critchett of Hinckley Township. Now in its 33rd year, Power of the Pen is Ohio's award-winning educational enhancement program devoted to excellence in creative writing at the middle school level.