Kelly Yambor is just another high school student: smart, sweet, and friendly. Yet, beyond the surface, she is a storyteller as good as a grandmother.
Yambor, clad in a multi-colored romper and gladiator sandals, was bright-eyed and eager to respond to questions, even though her clothing didn’t offer much protection against the chill of the air-conditioning vents right above her. “I believe that as a storyteller, we should not only be able to tell the stories, but listen [to them] as well,” Yambor said during an interview last Tuesday at American University, where she was participating in the National Student Leadership Conference.
Yambor, 17, is a rising senior at the South River High School in Davidsonville, Maryland. She is a player in the field hockey team and the tennis team, a member of the National Honor Society, and the head of the community service club. If that doesn’t sound like enough, Yambor also juggles four Advanced Placement classes and four electives, among them journalism, yearbook, and teacher’s aide. In addition, she works at the local country club as a bus girl, where she can earn some extra pocket money to finance her purges at stores such as Forever21, Urban Outfitters, and H&M.
High school resume aside, however, Yambor is one to tell stories in a way transport the listener to the place. She aspires to enhance her storytelling skills by participating in her school’s newspaper and yearbook programs, where she needs to convey to a large audience a recap of the entire season for a sport, a club, and “basically everything,” she said. She believes that because she loves to tell the stories, she should learn to hone her listening skills as well, which will help her learn to express her creativity with clarity.
When writing for the yearbook, “I like to add my own flavor, a little twist to the stories,” Yambor said. Through exemplifying her subject, whether it be a club or a sport, with not only their accomplishments, but also their downfalls, Yambor adds something different from just the usual features story to a better well-rounded story.
“That’s why I’m so into journalism. I think it’s a fun way to let you express yourself in a creative way. It’s completely and entirely your own story,” she said.