Telling Tall Tales

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Telling Tall Tales

By Becka Bash, Staff

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Earlier this month, the English 10 honors classes read The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories by Geoffrey Chaucer. Last Friday, the sophomores had traveled to Eagle Creek Park to read their own tales they had written that were to closely mimic Chaucer’s style.


“I actually only spent an hour on my tale, and it was quite funny how. I was in the car listening to Broadway, and eating McDonald’s with my mom,” said Presley Beck.


During the trip, the classes had been split up into groups where they all read their tales. In the end, they all voted amongst themselves on who had the best. Beck had been voted on in her group to compete in a ‘Tale Off,’ a competition in the auditorium where all the students got together and listened to the top tales before voting on their favorite.


“When it was time for me to share my tale, I was scared but excited! I have a lot of experience with acting and doing musicals/singing by myself on stage, so I wasn’t that scared. But, I was definitely worried about judgment from the whole honors sophomore class,” Beck said.


Beck’s tale had been about a baker’s wife who had found out her husband had been killing and baking his customers into the pies he sold.


I would probably describe my tale as a horrendously weird tale. I wanted something crazy to write about, so that it’d be different than everyone else’s, but also wanted to add some of my personal feelings into it,” said Presley Beck.


Beck was among winners including Sarah Mayo, Nick Smith, Gavin Peters, Cooper Davenport, Maisey Parker, Rachel Shultz, Reilly White, Ben Webber, and Katie Humphries. A few of the presenters had even brought out musical instruments, such as Smith, who had a recorder, and many had props, such as White who had a book and a newly acquired accent to help him present.

“I was really surprised to be chosen by my group because my story wasn’t one of the funny ones. Mine was a more scary type of story, and I was really dreading telling to almost the whole grade,” said Katie Humphries.


Humphries had dressed up as a nun and had a tale of a group of men fighting over a girl.


“My tale was a Breton Lai with a twist at the end. It wasn’t based on anything unlike many of the other stories which makes it a little more unique,” Humphries said.


Humphries had presented near the middle and had gotten a lot of laughs when she first got on stage and had trouble with adjusting mic.


“On stage it was scary. I’m normally a confident person, but once I was in front of everyone that changed! I pretty much made zero eye contact, but I figured my story was already graded so I didn’t worry about it,” Humphries said.


Once all of them had finished their presentations, the rest of the students were tasked with voting for the winner. As they walked out, they were asked to tell whatever teacher they came across whose tale they had thought was the best.


“I really thought everyone up there had a fantastic tale in their own way, and having people pick ‘the best one’ was sort of degrading to everyone who didn’t win. Everyone did so amazing and I truly just think that having a vote on who is the best, would hurt/offend the people who didn’t win,” Beck said.


Ultimately though, the students had to pick, and Cooper Davenport, who had played a ukulele and sang during his tale, ultimately won.

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