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‘Story Slam’ participants tell tales of their thankful times

By Luis Quintanilla

Volunteer State Community College students Elisha Brinkley and Christina Alva walked away with a prize on Nov. 7.

Both students were winners of the Story Slam held at Vol State with Brinkley winning first place and Alva winning second.

The event took place in the Rochelle Center in the Thigpen Library from 11:10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. At the event, students were able to sign up for a chance to tell a story in front of the audience and possibly win a cash prize. Nine people told their stories ranging from the more comedic side to the more deep and personal side.

The event began with students being able to get refreshments and snacks in front of the Rochelle Center and with a sign-up sheet for those who wished to tell their story. For the audience members who didn’t sign up, there was still involvement for them as there were cards laid out on the seats with fill in the blank questions that they could answer anonymously.

The emcee, Jon Goode, would then collect these cards and read them in between each story. These cards and their answers ranged from least favorite Thanksgiving food, to favorite Thanksgiving memory.

Goode kicked of the event by hyping the crowd. He asked the audience to demonstrate how to properly clap and cheer to rile them up for the various speakers who would present. He then went onto a personal story of how his car broke down once and how a trucker gave him a lift to his destination. He chronicled this story in a comedic way making the audience laugh, but ultimately delivered the theme of the story: a simple interaction connected two strangers, just as storytelling usually does.

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