Poems written by six Sedalia Middle School students will be published in the next edition of the Young American Poetry Digest.

Students in SMS English Language Arts teacher Shellene Dore’s class wrote haiku poetry, and she selected the highest quality writings to submit to the 2021 Young American Poetry Digest contest.

These students’ poems were selected for publication: Esme Rickey, Joseph Bass, Christina Kondratyuk, Cole Kroeger, Alex Sonnick and Keighly Poindexter.

This is the 26th year that the Young American Poetry Digest will be published. Poems are selected by a panel of educators who evaluated the overall quality of the work along with creativity, age-appropriate language, sensory/figurative images, structure and poetic techniques.

In the photo: Six Sedalia Middle School students will have their haiku poetry published in the 2021 edition of the Young American Poetry Digest; their work was submitted for consideration by SMS English Language Arts teacher Shellene Dore. Shown, from left, are students Alex Sonnick, Keighly Poindexter, Christina Kondratyuk, Joseph Bass, Cole Kruger, and Dore. Not pictured: student Esme Ricky.