The winners of the Bell County School District Cleudis Robbins Memorial Storytelling Contest have been announced.
The contest took place on Oct. 4 at the Bell High School Auditorium. The first place winners in each division received $500 and the second and third place winners took home $200 and $50, respectfully.
In the senior division, Corey Fuson took first place. Sarah Howard and Madison Hensley came in second and third, respectively.
In the junior division, Bronson Goins won first place. Noah England won second. Devin Fuson took third.
The contest was established by the family of Cleudis Robbins, an honored and beloved son of Bell County who recently passed away. The contest is to celebrate both his life and the Appalachian storytelling tradition.
Robbins, a Bell County High School 1955 alum, was an award-winning storyteller who amused and delighted audiences for more than 50 years, drawing upon his experience of growing up in the coal mining camps of southeastern Kentucky.
His storytelling career began when he was about 11 and attended the former Beans Fork School.
He was a bright student who struggled to stay in school at a time when his family was impoverished and school was not a priority, organizers of the event said.
Despite his many disadvantages, Robbins recognized the importance of education as a means to a better life.
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