2008 NYSS Event

The 2008 National Youth Storytelling Showcase event was held Feb. 7-9 2008 in Pigeon Forge, TN

The emcee for the event was 2007 Grand Torchbearer, Ben Kemper, from Boise ID. Ben introduced all of the tellers.

As in previous years the highlight of the event was Friday evening’s performance by each of the youth tellers. The culmination of the event was the announcement of:

The 2008 Torchbearers

Grand Torchbearer, Joanna Guy, Oakland, MD
High School Division Torchbearer: Todd Elliot – Union Mills, NC
Middle School Division Torchbearer: Will Sox – Columbia, SC
Elementary Division Torchbearer: Ruthanna Rubin – San Antonio, TX
Tandem Torchbearers: Caherine Annis and Tyler Smith – Tallahassee, FL

Each year we have a new record for entries with hundreds of submissions nationwide. Kudos to all the entrants and congratulations to all the following finalists.

2008 NYSS Finalists


Sarah Bird and Sarah Filippone – TN

Claire Schenken and Brenna Juhnke – TX

Brackon Curtis and Jordan Sallee – KY


Hannah Smyth – TN

Ke’Ara Clayton-Reese – FL

Chris Faverino – NM


Aubrey Taylor – UT

Keith Kibby – TX

Maya Norton – WA


Emilee Seaman – KY

Rixon Lane – SC


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