2007 NYSS Event

The 2007 National Youth Storytelling Showcase event was held Feb. 1-3, 2007 in Pigeon Forge, TN

The emcee for the event was 2006 Grand Torchbearer, Stephanie Strauss from Midland Texas, who did an amazing job introducing all the tellers.

The week was full of bonding and learning as the workshops from the day blended into late night storytelling games.

The highlight of the event was Friday evening’s performance by each of the youth tellers. The quality of telling was inspiring and made the judge’s job extremely difficult. The culmination of the event was the announcement of:

The 2007 Torchbearers

Grand Torchbearer, Ben Kemper – Boise, ID
High School Division Torchbearer: Hannah Wynne – Valley City, OH
Middle School Division Torchbearer: Abigail Pauley – Amherst, OH
Elementary Division Torchbearer: Aubrey Watts – Highland, UT
Tandem Torchbearers: Maggie Lowe – Mt. Airy, NC and Heather Greene – Hickory, NC

This year was a record year for entries with hundreds of submissions nationwide. Kudos to all the entrants and congratulations to all the following finalists.

Mia Valdes, Savanah, GA
Jenna Blanchard, Savanah, GA
Grace Eckmann, Savanah, GA

Will Sox, West Columbia, SC
Callee Liscuski, Cayce, SC

Maggie Lowe, Mt. Airy, NC
Heather Greene, Hickory, NC

Rebecca Emory, Bellevue, NE
Andrew Emory, Bellevue, NE

Hannah Smyth, Nashville, TN
Cecilia Gutierrez, San Antonio, TX
Daniel Carr, Tampa, FL
Aubrey Watts, Highland, UT

Middle School
Alex Bowcut, Highland, UT
Keith Kibby, Frisco, TX
Abigail Pauley, Amherst, OH
Zayven Reese, Largo, FL

High School
Joanna Guy, Swanton, MD
Ben Kemper, Boise, ID
Cathy Moore, Ft. McCoy, FL
Hannah Wynne, Valley City, OH


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