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News And Events

25th Annual Shakespeare Competition

Left to Right: Gwen Dixie, chairman of the DFW National Shakespeare Competition; Edward Lessard, grandfather of competition winner Caroline Garnett; Caroline Garnett, first place winner and student at Booker T.Washington School for the Performing Arts; Ruth Mader, President of the DFW English-Speaking Union; Linda Raya, Highland Park High School English teacher and host of the event.


Booker T. Washington student Caroline Garnett won the  25th Annual National Shakespeare Competition sponsored by the DFW English-Speaking Union. Recently held at Highland Park High School, winning students of fall-winter competitions representing 9 area high schools performed Shakespeare selections before a panel of judges in hopes of being the DFW representative at the national competition to be held later this spring.

Winner of the national competition in New York receives a summer trip to England to study Shakespeare first-hand.


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March Event with Rose-Mary Rumbley

The eyes of March are upon us and we have a great event for MARCH 13TH.  Rose-Mary Rumbley [prolific Dallas speaker, author, actress, and teacher]  will be our after dinner speaker on the horrors and humor of WW11 and Marsha Rose from Ft. Worth [vocalist and entertainer] will be there to entertain us during the dinner hour with her songs from the Andrew Sisters and melodies from WW11.  I expect a large turnout for this event so get your reservations in early and paying friends and guests are invited.

On another note, I want to thank all that helped us with the Shakespeare Competition on the 20th. I think it was one of our more successful years and we had great students. Many thanks to Gwen Dixie for a great job and to Ann and Wayne, Luellen, Derrick, Mary, Virginia, our fabulous judges and of course Linda Raya at Highland Park High School for always coming thru for us, and Charlotte at City Café for pulling off a beautiful lunch for all. If you missed it you missed some wonderful performances by our young students!   


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Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill Named New Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States

Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill MBE was elected Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States unanimously at a meeting of its Board of Directors on September 27, 2015.  His two-year term of office began immediately.  Dr. Beresford-Hill was selected to lead the English-Speaking Union of the United States for his global experience as a scholar, educator, administrator and author.

Paul Beresford-Hill is a distinguished educator who has worked at the secondary and tertiary educational systems of the US and the UK.  A graduate of both Oxford University and Columbia, he has been a Research Associate at the Oxford Department of Educational Studies, Senior Member of Wadham College, Oxford, and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Teacher's College.  He has worked in the USA, the UK and Asia, and was Chief Administrator for Global Learning at Dowling College in Long Island.  From 1999 to 2004 he was Director of Bangkok Patana School, the British International School in Thailand, one of the largest international schools in Asia. 


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2014 Christmas Party


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May 4th Queen's Tea Party


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