the living art of storytelling in Massachusetts
SL® III Winners • Regional slam • Runner-ups 12th, 11th and 10th grades
Regional High School Slam - StoriesLive® III @ BPL Apr 27th
StoriesLive®III: High School Storytelling Program Features the Humor and Resilience of Teens
This past Saturday, twenty-seven high school students told true life stories before a rapt audience of friends, teachers, casual observers and family at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. At the culminating storytelling event of StoriesLive®'s third consecutive season, winners of this Regional Slam were awarded over $5,500 in cash prizes. Panels of volunteer judges selected winners from each of three divisions, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.
It was a challenge for the judges to pick just a few winners from many strong stories.
Sophomores: 1st Place, $250 -- Annemarie DeMarco-Alfama (Revere High School) Runners Up, $ 125 each -- Kenny Le (John O'Bryant, School of Math and Science, Boston) & Moises Caraballo (Revere High School)
Annemarie's story, on the theme "First Time"was about her first dance recital and first successful competition. In an interesting parallel to her personal history, her sensory details and presence as a performer moved the judges unanimously award her first prize at her first storytelling competition.
Juniors: 1st Place, $1,000 -- Latisha Joujute (Everett High School) Runners-Up, $500 each -- Stephen Carlin (Everett High School) & Henry Chavez (Latin Academy,Boston) Audience Choice, $500 -- Kristen Ruffin (Latin Academy, Boston)
Junior, Latisha Joujote showed a masterful control of comic elements in her story on the theme, "Where I Am From" These elements were thrown in strong contrast by the sobering tragic event that unfolded and her phoenix-like conclusion.
Seniors: 1st Place, $1,000 -- Nico Luisi (Revere High School) Runners Up, $500 each -- Moises Ramirez (Lynn Classical High School) & Vance Crayton (Lynn Classical High School) Audience Choice, $500 -- Theodore Biv (Lynn Classical) Two massmouth choice winners ($100 each), will be announced soon.
Revere High School senior, Nico Luisi's story, was based on the theme "Up the Family Tree". His story create a warm picture of family unity that shattered and ultimately strengthened his personal resolve.
Top: Senior winners. Next: 10th graders Below Xs2: 11th grade
The only intramural high school story slam in the U.S., StoriesLive® has set a precedent and created a fully realized model of how the timeless art of storytelling works in high school English classes. Since the successful launch in 2011, the StoriesLive® curriculum and massmouth's storytellers have introduced over five thousand high school students from the Commonwealth to the art of storytelling.
Major support from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and local cultural councils as funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council aided robust fundraising including a generous gift from Three Apples Storytelling Festival, private donors, the newly formed massmouth,inc.Board of Directors and in-kind donations from massmouth,inc. artists give this program its far reach. - For more info, visit: http://massmouth.ning.com/ - 'Like' us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/massmouth.org - Follow us on Twitter @massmouth