Earlier this spring, BHS students had the opportunity to participate in a storytelling workshop facilitated by Norah Dooley from Mass Mouth. Ms. Dooley has worked with high-schoolers across the state, sharing her curriculum with educators and students in an effort to celebrate personal expression and emphasize the cultural significance and emotional impact of this art-form. The curriculum also connects the oral tradition of storytelling to a very practical process in many high school students’ lives: the process of writing a college admissions essay. The program asks students to explore their experiences and address some story prompts that mirror those included as options on the Common Application for college admission.
This past Saturday, two BHS seniors – Thomas Bezreh, first time participant, and Patrick Hoarty, one of last year’s winners – performed in Stories Live, a high school story slam competition organized by Mass Mouth. Both BHS competitors shared their humorous personal experiences, one an “epic fail,” and one a “first time,” with confidence and energy. This year, Tommy Bezreh was named one of the Mass Mouth Teacher’s Choice award winners and will receive a prize of $500.00 to be used toward educational expenses. Congratulations to both participants!