Local Student Excels In Power Of The Pen Competition

. September 1, 2016.

Lilly Badertscher can usually be found with a good book.

“I read all sorts of books – fantasy, mystery, science fiction,” said Lilly, 13, an 8th grader at Van Buren Middle School. “I’ve been reading all summer.”

That love of reading helped Badertscher bring home awards from the annual Power of the Pen competition, a statewide creative writing competition. Last year she won awards at the district and regional levels, and made it to the final round in the state competition.

“I really like to write because it’s a way to express myself and a way to inspire people,” she said. “I like the way words can be used to change the way people look at the world.”
Her Power of the Pen adviser, language arts teacher Karen Dishong, said Lilly’s way with words stands out among her peers.

“It is very descriptive and she elaborates in a way that the reader can paint a vivid mental movie of her stories. One of my favorite stories that Lilly wrote was through the eyes of a ladybug,” said Dishong. “Lilly’s word choice is sophisticated. She is a mature writer, who doesn’t use dull and overused words.”

Her love of reading goes hand in hand with her love of writing. Her favorite authors include John Greene and Trenton Lee Stewart. When she’s not reading, she plays soccer with a travel league, runs track at school and swims with her pool team. She lives in Findlay with her three sisters, her parents and dog, Daisy. She also keeps busy at her church and as a classroom helper at school.

Right now, she is thinking of becoming a pediatrician.

“I love to be around kids, and I really want a job that will help people,” she said.