The art of storytelling is older than reading, dating back to long before printing was invented, but it is modern too. The storyteller uses vocal variation, gestures, facial expression and physical movement to suggest different characters and character relationships in order to make the story come alive in the mind of the listener. A presentation in this category is to be a narrative told in the third person. Emphasis should be placed on a natural, spontaneous delivery given in the participant’s own words. If the story does not lend itself to retelling in the student’s own words, it is not an appropriate selection. (Time: 4-8 minutes)
2011 Rule Change: Storytellers may choose to sit or stand while telling their story, but they may not switch between sitting and standing as that would constitute using the chair as a prop. Storytellers who choose to stand may move around freely when telling their story.