2004 NSYO Event

The 2004 National Storytelling Youth Olympics event was held April 1-3 in Hanford & Fresno, CA at Hanford High School & CSFU.

Hanford High School Voices of Illusion and the Lemoore High School Tellers, two award-winning youth storytelling groups in the Central Valley, hosted two evening performances.

2004 – Torchbearers

Jeremy Evans, Florida, Grand Torchbearer

Caden Watts, Utah, Elementary Torchbearer

Dallin Wootton, Utah, Middle School Torchbearer

Belinda Fotu, Utah, High School Torchbearer


Storytelling Finalists

Belinda Fotu, Utah

Caden Watts, Utah

Camille Broderick, Utah

Dallin Wootton, Utah

Hannah Woodworth, Washington

Heidi Lewis, New Mexico

Janet Imrick, North Carolina

Jeremy Taylor, Florida

Please comment below if you know any other names.

The Hanford Sentinel reported, “Out of hundreds and thousands of videos from local, regional and national committees, 14 students, age 7 to 17, from Utah to Ohio, were chosen to showcase their talents as finalists for the National Youth Storytelling Olympics.”

“According to Kevin Cordi, executive director of this event and a Hanford High School teacher, the students were selected because of their excellent abilities in the complex art of telling a good story.”

“These students are exceptional,” Cordi said. “As a professional storyteller and teacher for more than 15 years, I have seen hundreds and thousands of students and adult tellers and these students’ talents and abilities belie their years.”

The students not only had two public concerts but also visited local schools in Hanford and Visalia, performed at the Clovis Library, and ventured out to Yosemite National Park.


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