Six Norwalk City Schools students can consider themselves published poets.
They learned recently their poems, written during school, were published in the 2007 version of "Young American Poetry Digest," an annual publication of poems written by students throughout the United States.
The volume is published by the National Schools Project, designed to encourage students to develop an interest in writing and poetry. Any student attending a public or private school within the U.S. or Canada can participate.
A panel of educators reviews the poetry and selects works for publication based on the following criteria creativity, age-appropriate language, use of sensory and figurative images, structure, poetic techniques and special circumstances.
Maplehurst Elementary Librarian Linda Busco said she submitted 15 entries and seven were published. The published students are: Maplehurst Elementary fourth-graders Raven Emerick, Alexis Adkins, Kyra Sparks, Cheyenne Kramer and Ashley Hinojosa, along with Main Street School fifth-grader Heidi Mangold.
The girls said this was their first time writing poems and they were surprised to be published.
Maplehurst Elementary Principal Jacqueline Nemitz said she is proud of the students.
"I think that's very outstanding," she said. "The students should be very proud to have published material at such a young age."
"I'm proud to see us having our poems published at the national level," Busco said. "I think it shows that we encourage students to be creative and to succeed."
Busco said she gave the students some suggestions, but they did their own work.
"I was glad to see they did (the poems) by themselves," she said. "I thought that they were creative and the kids seemed to enjoy the writing."