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05 - 09 Sep 2017

2017 National Youth Storytelling Showcase

801-228-1350

story.timpfest@gmail.com

or contact your state chair below

Mission statement:
Strengthening storytelling by promoting and teaching the art of story among young tellers.
 
Vision statement:
To empower the nation’s youth through storytelling.

 

Entries from students selected by state chairs are due by the first Friday in March.

The Conference, Festival and Showcase will be held September 7–9, 2017 in Orem, Utah. Please do not apply if you are not able to travel then.

If you have received an invitation from your state chair to apply for NYSS, see the forms tab above to fill out the application and for more details.

 

The National Youth Storytelling Showcase (NYSS) has seen 24 years of Excellence!

The Showcase, held around Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference and Festival, is the culmination of many hours in storytelling and competitions for youth tellers from across the nation.

Each year, thousands of youth across the country participate in storytelling competitions in schools, libraries, and communities. The top finalists move on to tell their stories at storytelling festivals and other related events. Each state submits their top five youth storytellers to the National Youth Storytelling Showcase via electronic recording.

From those submissions, eight to ten youth storytellers are selected to be the National Torchbearers and are invited to travel to Utah in early September to gather, learn, perform, and celebrate their accomplishments at their own expense. Afterward, these talented youth will represent youth storytelling as Storytelling Ambassadors for the next year.

 

 

 

 

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Cheney Davidson

My name is Cheney. I am in 5th grade at Saint Mary's Hall in San Antonio, Tx. Before I went to Saint Mary's Hall I was at Howard. My favorite sport is softball and I go to Camp Mystic every summer for a month. My favorite subject in school is math. I have a puppy named Listo and two younger siblings. I enjoy fishing and swimming in the summer. I love the color orange and the TX Longhorns!

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Kaylee Davis

Kaylee Davis is a sophomore at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She swims competitively, serves as a Sunday school teacher, and sings in several ensembles. Her favorite past-time, however, is indulging in a captivating story! She is an avid reader and writer, and she plans to pursue writing professionally.

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Camilla Hein

Camilla is the fourth of five children. She is a gifted and promising artist. She has a lovely voice and brightens our home with song. She plays the viola and piano and also enjoys soccer and basketball. Camilla brightens all she comes in contact with and is ever aware and appreciative of beauty surrounding her.

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Sophie Holder

Sophie Holder is the daughter of Drs. Allen and Amy Holder. She is 10 years old and has been telling stories to audiences of her peers since Kindergarten. Sophie is currently a 4th grade student at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, Texas. Her other interest include soccer, snowboarding, piano, and Minecraft. She is also a performer in the SMH choir and percussion ensemble.

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Ria Mehta

Ria Mehta is a fervent reader who loves primarily fantasy fiction. She plays guitar and piano and enjoys singing often her own pieces. She likes to play basketball and volleyball as well as perform through both dance and choir. Recently she has begun to learn coding and hopes to write a game for both iOS and Android soon.

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Dixon Sampson

I am a fifth grade student at Alamo Heights Junior School in San Antonio, TX. I have been Storytelling since I was in the second grade. One of my proudest moments was when I won the "Biggest Youth Liar" Contest at the George West Storyfest last fall. In addition to Storytelling, I play lacrosse, guitar, and piano.

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Jackson Weber

Jackson is a hilarious 2nd grader at Cedar Ridge Elementary, and he has what some might describe as "personality plus". There is never a dull moment when he is around. He has a knack for making up cleaver jokes. When Jackson is not cracking others up, you'll find him building all sorts of Lego inventions or playing games with his family. He also loves wrestling and golf.

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Entries from students selected by state chairs are due by the first Friday in March.
The Conference, Festival and Showcase will be held September 7–9, 2017 in Lehi, Utah.
Please do not apply if you are not able to travel then. If you have questions please contact your state Chair (see tab above).

 

STATE CHAIRS
Click here to submit names for your top five tellers, by Friday March 3, 2017

 

STUDENTS
All students must receive an invitation from their state chair via their state contest (see State Chairs tab above for your state contact info) to be considered for the NYSS showcase. If you have received an invitation from your state chair to apply for NYSS, please fill out the following form by Friday March 3, 2017

Student Entry Form

If your state does not currently have a State Chair please click here to fill out the online entry form.

If you need permission from someone to use the story you are telling, have them click here to access our online permission form.

 

TIMELINE
All selected tellers from local state storytelling events must submit videos to State Chairs by the due date each state sets. (or to the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute IF you do not have a state contact).

•  State Chairs will review all entries and select the five (5) entries to send to the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute by the first Friday in March. Entries must be accompanied by the required and completed entry forms or they will be disqualified. Timpanogos Storytelling Institute will establish an independent panel of judges for any entries without a State Chair, and will follow the same timeline.

•  A  national selection committee will evaluate recordings electronically knowing only the youth’s first name and age range. State and last name are not included in the
judging process and should not be stated on the recording. The national committee will forward the list of finalists to the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute office by March 15.

•  Finalists will be notified through email from Utah by 1 April. Torchbearers will receive an invitation to present their story at the National Youth Storytelling Showcase in September in Lehi, Utah. All State Finalists are invited to attend the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference and Festival on their own.

•  Timpanogos Storytelling Institute reserves the right to alter the timeline.

 

GUIDELINES
Length of performance should be approximately 5-7 minutes, but definitely NOT over 10 minutes (including launch of the story).

Video Recording:
Electronic video link is required. (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.)

**Please make sure the recording does NOT list the teller’s surname or have any reference to where they are from. Please do not spend time on including graphics with teller information as it will count against the teller’s score.

Age Range:
Storytellers in grades 2-12 (or equivalent), or ages 8-18, are invited to audition. Students should be 18 yrs old through the Festival dates.
The age categories will be 2nd-5th, 6th through 8th grade, High School and a possible Tandem division of mixed ages. State Finalists are invited to travel to Lehi, Utah.
8-10 top ranking Torchbearers will be invited to perform for the Showcase & Festival.

Check List:
1. Completed State Chair Form
2. Completed NYSS Student Entry Form—Required.
includes:

A. Contact Info Section

B. About You Section—including a High quality “head shot” photo submitted

C. About Your Story Section

D. Story Permissions Section – Required. Will need author to also fill out a permission form (if your story is under copyright.) If you need permission from someone to use the story you are
telling, have them click here to access our online permission form.

E. Minor Participant Release Section for recording and web page usage. – Required.

F. Electronic video link submitted (All video submissions must now be electronic; Youtube, Vimeo, etc.)

 

 

State Chair Reps

IF NO REPRESENTATIVE IS LISTED, WE DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE SOMEONE SERVING THAT STATE. PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO SERVE YOUR AREA. IF YOU WERE SERVING, WE LOST CONTACT WITH YOU AND NEED YOUR INFORMATION.
Please send inquiries to Nannette Watts (NYSS Chair) nannette.watts@gmail.com or Emily Burmester (TSI office manager) timpfest@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering as a state Chair.

ALABAMA
no rep listed

 

ALASKA
no rep listed

 

ARIZONA
no rep listed

 

ARKANSAS
Roger Armstrong
7421 Fairways Drive
Little Rock, AR 72204
501-416-3920
santaclaus@arkansas.net

 

CALIFORNIA
Karen Rae Kraut
7663 Jayhawk Drive
Riverside, CA 92509
951-505-0527
jomokchu@aol.com
www.karenraekraut.com

 

COLORADO
no rep listed

 

CONNECTICUT
no rep listed

 

DELAWARE
no rep listed

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
no rep listed

 

FLORIDA
no rep listed

 

GEORGIA
no rep listed

 

HAWAII
no rep listed

 

IDAHO
no rep listed

 

ILLINOIS
Brian “Fox” Ellis
Fox Tales International
P.O. Box 209
Bishop Hill, IL 61419
(309) 689-8000
www.foxtalesint.com
www.historicunitedstates.com
www.twinflowerinn.com

 

INDIANA
no rep listed

 

IOWA
no rep listed

 

KANSAS
no rep listed

 

KENTUCKY
Kentucky Youth Storytelling Committee
kys@kystory.org

 

LOUISIANA
no rep listed

 

MAINE
no rep listed

 

MARYLAND
no rep listed

 

MASSACHUSETTS
no rep listed

 

MICHIGAN
no rep listed

 

MINNESOTA
Katie Knudsen
PO Box 28275
Crystal, MN 55428
763-535-7509
stories2teach@gmail.com
www.ripplingstories.com

 

MISSISSIPPI
no rep listed

 

MISSOURI
no rep listed

 

MONTANA
no rep listed

 

NEBRASKA
Diane Cox
1034 North 77th Street
Omaha, NE 68114
402-393-7095
coxinsox@cox.net

 

NEVADA
no rep listed

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE
no rep listed

 

NEW JERSEY
no rep listed

 

NEW MEXICO
Steven Pla
4618 Idlewilde Lane SE
Alburquerque, NM 87108
505-268-0663
spla@swcp.com

 

NEW YORK
Mary Ann Schmidt
storytellingmsc@gmail.com

 

NORTH CAROLINA
Rodger Ellingwood
rodger@comporium.net

 

NORTH DAKOTA
no rep listed

 

OHIO
Donna Marie Kuczynski
803 N. Main St.
Amherst, OH 44001
440-988-2307
donna@talestotell.org

 

OKLAHOMA
no rep listed

 

OREGON
Holly B. Robison
765 NW 28th Ave.
Cornelius, OR 97113
801-440-6857
robhollyb@gmail.com

 

PENNSYLVANIA
Charles Kiernan
4458 Coffeetown Road
Schnecksville, PA 18078
610-799-2742
cjkiernan@toast.net

Dr. Catherine Moore
707 W. Market Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
267-210-2508
cmoorecab@moravianacademy.org
moorecab@gmail.com

Karen Maurer
224 Washington Ave
Bethlehem, PA 18018
610-419-0232 (Home)
484-224-6634 (Cell)
bookkm@gmail.com
www.booksstoires.blogspot.com

 

RHODE ISLAND
Jeanne Donato
82 Potter Hill Road
Westerly, RI 2891
401-896-6935
jeannedonato@aol.com

 

SOUTH CAROLINA
Rodger Ellingwood
rodger@comporium.net

 

SOUTH DAKOTA
no rep listed

 

TENNESSEE
Dianne Hackworth
2832 Dutch Valley Road
Clinton, TN 37716
865-457-3392
dianne@diannehackworth.com

 

TEXAS
Rosemary G. Davis
P.O. Box 1783
Mason, TX 76856-1783
325-347-6050
830-305-1286    cell
rlgdavis@verizon.net

 

UTAH
Rachel Hedman
P.O. Box 274
West Jordan, UT 84084
801-870-5799
info@rachelhedman.com

 

VERMONT
no rep listed

 

VIRGINIA

 

WASHINGTON
no rep listed

 

WEST VIRGINIA
no rep listed

 

WISCONSIN
no rep listed

 

WYOMING
no rep listed

 

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