Each November, Morgan Elementary students start preparing to show off their storytelling skills as they compete for the opportunity to showcase their talents at the annual Weber State Storytelling Festival. All students from 1st grade to 5th grade are encouraged to learn or write a story. They then share their stories with their classmates in December. It is a tough decision to choose just two students from each class to move on to the grade-level competition because the children are all working to be great storytellers.
On January 7th, 8-10 students from each grade told their stories in front of the entire grade. This can be a pretty scary experience but they did a great job sharing their talents. At the end of the assembly, two students were chosen to represent their grade in a school-wide assembly to choose the storyteller who will be participating in the Weber State Storytelling Festival. Our grade-level winners were: Gage Jenks, Everett Gilson, Alexis Lynam, Cambria Farr, Mason Morley, Logan Turner, Morgan Ellis, Michael McClellan, Easton Turner, Talon Thornton, and Hailey Shope, our wild card chosen from the group of third place winners.
On January 14, 2011, Talon Thornton, the son of Doug & Janet Thornton, was chosen as the winner during the school-wide assembly to choose the student who will represent Morgan Elementary at the Weber State Storytelling Festival. Mason Morley was 2nd place and Michael McClellan was 3rd place. All 11 of the storytellers were really good and the judges had the hard job of picking a single winner.