Each year, Highlights magazine receives more than 35,000 submissions from boys and girls of all ages and from different places in the world. Out of thousands of submissions, Skyler was lucky enough to be one of only 17 children chosen for this past September's issue.
Currently, Skyler attends Forestbrook Middle School and is in the eighth grade. Skyler is the child of Nathan and Megan Sansouci. Skyler says some of his hobbies include writing poems and playing football, specifically the cornerback position he plays for his school's football team. Skyler's love for football is what inspired him to write his poem titled "FOOTBALL" and Skyler says, "I've been playing football since 2nd grade, I started with flag football and it just kind of took off from there because ever since I got the chance to play flag football, I've always had a passion for football."
When asked how it felt to have a poem published in a national magazine like Highlights, Skyler says, "I like it, because it gives me more of a purpose. I always write poems about my parents, how much I care about them and how much they mean to me. It's kind of whatever is on my mind, feelings, emotions, my parents, obviously a big part of that, football, school, so basically anything that comes to my mind, so I just start writing." Skyler says his favorite class in school is English Language Arts. And as for his long term goals, Skyler says he hopes to continue to pursue football and hopefully make it to the NFL one day.
On behalf of Highlights for Children, Lauren English says if other children want to submit their work to be considered for publication in future Highlights issues, please visit http://www.highlightskids.com/send-us-your-creative-work for more information on the guidelines and details for submission.