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Saint Francis University Hosts Regional Shakespeare Competition

2018 Central PA Branch Regional Competitors Alex Winnick – Hershey High School, Mary Rose Valentine -- The Delta Program, Ava Rose Wendelken – Carlisle High School, Hope Showers – Juniata Mennonite School, Gillian Letson – Phillipsburg-Osceola High School, Isabelle Snyder – State College High School, Ari Michael Dym – Susquehanna Township High School

Saint Francis University hosted the English Speaking Union's Central PA Regional Shakespeare Competition on Saturday, February 17 at JFK Auditorium. Students from eight high schools presented monologues and sonnets from the works of William Shakespeare. 

2018 Central PA Branch Winners
Alex Winnick 3rd place tie
Ava Rose Wendelken – Winner
Dalia Shvartsman – 2nd place, Alternate
Hope Showers – 3rd place tie

Carlisle High School student, Ava Rose Wendelken, won first place by reciting Sonnet 115 and performing her monologue from Henry IV. The highlight of her first place prize includes the Saint Francis Departments of Literature, Language and Fine Arts sponsoring her entrance participation fee for the National Shakespeare Competition in New York City on April 23, 2018.   Ava Rose will compete with winners from our other 49 states to become National Shakespeare Competition Champion. 


Alex Winnick, Ava Rose Wendelken, Bonnie M. Resinski ( Competition Coordinator) Dalia Shvartsman, Hope Showers

Second place went to Dalia Shvarstman from Harrisburg Academy High School. Tied for third place was Hope Showers, Juniata Mennonite H.S., and Alexander Winnick, Hershey H.S.  Along with competition certificates, all competitors received gift bags containing the complete works of Shakespeare and Saint Francis items. 

"All of the competitors did very well. The fact that our four judges scored a tie for third place shows the level of talent in these young men and women," says Competition Coordinator Bonnie M. Resinski. 

Fun with Shakespeare!

High schools that participated were Carlisle, Delta, Harrisburg Academy, Hershey, Juniata Mennonite, Phillipsburg-Osceola, State College, and Susquehanna. 

If you would like more information about the Regional Shakespeare Completion or find out how you can be a part, email or call 814-472-6774


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