The writings of Sunrise Middle School teacher, Sandra Anthony, have earned her a Writer's Digest Award.
The award doesn't only come with the honor of winning, but also $2,500 and a paid trip to New York City. Anthony's story, "Forfeit", was selected from over 2,300 entries and will be published in the May issue of the magazine.
The 4,000 word story is about 16-year-old Edie Munoz, a girl with Olympic boxing goals. Edie discovers she is pregnant right before a big match and has to decide if she will fight and possibly lose the baby in the process.
In Writers Digest, Anthony said "I think it's extremely beneficial to be around the age group that you are writing for on a regular basis."
"My students are immensely helpful to me as a writer; they give me feedback, ideas, and make me aware of all the current happenings and the vernacular of their worlds," said Anthony.
"Forfeit" was based in part on a former female student who was a boxer in a family of male boxers.
Of her inspiration Anthony said, "Her dedication to boxing made me think of many passionate and intelligent girls I have known over the years, and the ways in which they pursue the dreams they have for themselves."