Storytellers compete at Port St. Joe Elementary

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

After the yarns were spun and judges deliberated, first place went to Chasity Finch, second place to Eliana Burkett and third place to Halston Fulk.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Ne’shon Gadson, Paloma Burgos-Harris, Donovan Miniat, Ava Ryan, Zoe Gerlach, Emily Lacour, Rylee Rutherford, Kyra Allen and Mimi Larry.

While the judges were off comparing scores and determining a winner, Nease involved students in a rap version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and told a scary story about a cabin in the remote woods of Tennessee, even sharing her secrets on how to best tell a scary story.

Nease also congratulated those students who came up with original stories and explained that by using existing tales and putting a modern spin on them, students could easily create something fresh.

To Nease, a former educator, stories are an important tool in any teacher’s toolbox.

“Storytelling is the most power tool that teachers have,” said Nease. “Stories are easy to remember.”

Judges for the event included Jim Anderson, Bill McGee, Ron Shaeffer, Belina Beehash and Coastal Community Association president Pat Hardman.



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