Ary resident Layne Stacy has been named a Kentucky Youth Storytelling Torchbearer by the Kentucky Storytelling Association (KSA). He will receive a $100 cash award, a plaque, free admissions to other storytelling events in Kentucky including the Cave Run, Corn Island, and Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festivals, and he will be invited to tell stories at the Kentucky Storytelling Conference. Selection at the state level also qualifies him to enter the National Youth Storytelling Showcase.
Layne Stacy, son of Michelle and Alan Stacy, will be a senior at Knott County Central High School. He entered the KYS program with his retelling of the Appalachian folktale Fat Man. When asked what he likes best about storytelling, Layne replied, “I love that storytelling allows you to become different people in order to entertain others. It allows me to step out of my shoes and into the shoes of someone else. I feel as if one of the key features to storytelling is to feel and think like the characters you’re portraying, which makes them more believable.” Layne has participated on his school’s speech team since 4th grade.
Only five young storytellers are selected from Kentucky each year. Contestants must submit a video (DVD or electronic link) of themselves telling a story. Those videos are then judged by members of KSA.
The other Kentucky Youth Storytelling Torchbearers are Cole Vaughan and Darby Tassell from Bowling Green, Logan Burris from Partridge, and Riley Gossage from Lexington. The Kentucky Youth Storytelling Showcase is a program of the Kentucky Storytelling Association, a non-profit whose mission is to develop ongoing support and appreciation for the art of storytelling throughout the Commonwealth. Learn more about KSA at www.kystory.org