More than 400 students take up the STORY CHALLENGE

It was a battle of wits, creativity and the gift of the gab at this story-telling competition, which comes with a twist. 

Participants of this year’s Story Challenge had a final showdown at News Centre Auditorium on March 16.

Contestants were given a certain topic 15 minutes before they take the stage and tell their story. To make it more challenging, they had to weave in a unique condition into the story given to them only three minutes before “show-time”!

It was a test of courage that most adults would fail, but the natural story-telling abilities of some of these primary and secondary students kept both the judges and their supporters including parents, teachers and schoolmates entertained.

Students could take part as an individual or in a group, in either the English or Mandarin category. This year’s competition attracted 443 participants from 63 schools and institutes. This was an increase from the first Story Challenge held in 2007, which saw 407 students from 61 primary and secondary schools.

Story Challenge is organised by The Theatre Practice, one of Singapore’s leading theatre groups. The organiser and its team of volunteers had been busy running the event since February, holding free workshops for participants to learn the rules of the game as well as the skills required to create a good, engaging story. Contestants had to go through auditions and a preliminary round before they were shortlisted for the semi-finals, held on the same day as the finals.

This unique story-telling competition tests the imagination and thinking skills of the students. Only those with a flair for story-telling will be able to outshine the rest. The winners went home with certificates, trophies and cash prizes.

Ms Chin Soo Fang, Deputy General Manager of Singapore Press Holdings Foundation (SPH Foundation), said: “SPH Foundation is glad to again be the Presenting Sponsor of Story Challenge. This exciting competition is a fun way to challenge students’ command of the languages as well as their creativity and expression. Through it, we hope that we can help to develop a greater interest in culture and the arts among our youths.”

Story Challenge, back for the second year, is sponsored by SPH Foundation with the support of SPH’s student papers Friday Weekly and IN as the official newspapers.

Mandarin Category Champions

Primary Individual

Zhang LinYi

Boon Lay Garden Primary School

Secondary Individual

Bao Han Jie

Raffles Institution

Primary Team

Emil Lim Zhao Wei, Chong Chung Chi, Lay Chang Yao

Northland Primary School

Secondary Team

Tong Yu Xiang, Li Jiayuan, Zhang Yiwen

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

English Category Champions

Primary Individual

Cheryl Lum

Teck Ghee Primary School

Secondary Individual

Koh Wen Jun Eugene

Chung Cheng High School (Main)

Primary Team

Isabellu Hu, Melissa Teh, Alicia Yeo Lisha

Singapore Chinese Girls' School

Secondary Team

KhooYi Jun, Liew Wei Lin, Jesslyn Winata

River Valley High School


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