A group of Alma Middle School students recently had their writing published as part of a state-wide anthology.

Nine sixth-grade students from AMS were chosen by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA) to be featured in this year’s Arkansas Anthology, the 14th edition of the annual publication.

Literacy teacher Dana Green was notified about a month ago that nine of the 18 pieces she submitted would be published in the anthology, she said.

"When we submitted the stories, I felt that the kids had been very creative, but I didn’t know how they would compete," Green said, explaining that submissions were expected from students through the 12th grade. "My students’ creativity rose to the top."

Sponsored by the ACTELA, the goal of the Anthology is to encourage and reward the writing excellence of students and educators throughout Arkansas schools. This year’s anthology includes 48 pages of writing, photography and art from 73 Arkansas students and teachers.

Green’s students were "very excited and proud" to be included in the anthology, she said.

"I think it gave them a sense of pride to know that they’ve been published, and confidence in the future and themselves as writers," Green said.

Alma student Chase Dunn was chosen as the Editor’s Choice award winner for his piece titled "Fabulous Roborainacorn," which tells the story of a mythical creature - part robot, part rainbow and part unicorn - on the hunt for food.

Other Alma works to be published in the anthology include Peyton Barnhill’s "Softball," London Blackwell’s "Chickens," Kelsey Bush’s "How Elmer Fudd Went Bald," Martin Dyer’s "The Test," Brianna Hartman’s "The Carnival," LeAnn Inge’s "Rodeo Bound," Alyssa James’s "Untitled" and Emily Norton’s "The Box."

Each published author received a certificate to honor the achievement, as well as a literacy award at their school assembly. Each author and teacher also received a complimentary copy of the Anthology.

The full 2014 Arkansas Anthology can be viewed online at www.actela.org.