Tall tales at Port St. Joe Elementary

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:24 AM.

Everyone has a story to tell but the fourth-graders at Port St. Joe elementary put it all on the line last week to see whose yarn was the best.

Prior to the final showdown the students had two training sessions with Panama City storyteller Pat Nease who coached the students on public speaking, voice projection and story performance.

The 12 finalists were chosen by their peers and on Friday the students brought their best stories to the stage telling tales that ranged from The Princess and the Pea to Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

The contest was hosted by Brooks Jones, Treasurer of the Coastal Community Association of Gulf County and judges included Vice President of the CCA, Ron Shaeffer, Secretary Leslie Fedota, Director Jim Anderson and Rehabilitation Manager at Sacred Heart Hospital and member of the Lions Club, Joe Santiesteban.

Superintendent of Gulf County Schools, Jim Norton, also had a seat on the judge’s panel and after hearing the children’s tales he praised them for their bravery and noted that even though it was a competition, “You’re all winners to me.”

While the judges deliberated, reading teacher, Karen Odom, dazzled the audience with a tale about Louisiana Gators.

“It really let the students shine,” said Odom as she applauded the event for helping students with reading and writing comprehension and oral presentation.

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