Storytelling at Payson High School

Mario Avent rapping about the Zeus and the gods of Olympus.

The students at Payson High School took a break after a day of testing for story time. At their assembly, Liz Warren, co-founder and director of South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix and her three students entertained the Payson students with a variety of stories.

Warren shared with the PHS students that the art of storytelling has returned to Arizona.

PHS students then listened to mythology, folklore, personal history and a true story with themes covering compassion, generosity, family and friendship.

The highlight came when South Mountain student, Mario Avent, rapped about the mythological tale of Zeus and the gods of Olympus. The students shouted and cheered.

The Arizona Professional Writers brought Warren and her students to the assembly.

She will be a keynote speaker at the Payson Book Festival Saturday, July 21.

contact the reporter at: mnelson@payson.com

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