Storytellers compete at Port St. Joe Elementary


Fourth grade students in the storytelling competition were to tell a compelling story and ensure that they were animated and fun to watch.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 01:47 PM.

They came together to see who could tell the tallest tale.

Fourth-grade students at Port St. Joe Elementary School spent a week working with Panama City storyteller Pat Nease on story structure, public speaking, voice projection and performance.

In anticipation of the annual storytelling competition, Nease also had them watch videos of some of the best storytellers around, prepping them to tell the best, most animated story possible.

Each student perfected their storytelling chops and shared them with their peers before 10 finalists were chosen to perform their stories for classmates, parents and a panel of judges.

During the competition, held last week, students were allowed to use an existing story or create and perform an original.

Some students regaled the audience with age-old tales like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Hansel and Gretel while others took advantage of the opportunity to perform something unique.

 “For students to stand before their peers and tell a story, it’s a wonderful thing,” said Nease. “It’s empowering.”

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