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The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a network of 68 Branches throughout the country, whose members celebrate English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators and members. The ESU seeks to nurture and enhance our linguistics heritage through nationally administered programs and outreach.

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News And Events

National Shakespeare Competition Winners

First Place: Sarah Spalding - Hawaii

Second Place: Evelyn Johnson - Philadelphia Branch

Third Place: Elizabeth Mears - Boston Branch

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National Shakespeare Competition Finalists

Alfred Bardwell-Evans - Charlottesville Branch
Angelo Chukwudebe - San Francisco Branch
Evelyn Johnson - Philadelphia Branch
Hale Stewart - Phoenix Branch
Koria Johnson - Sandhills Branch
Andrew Davis - Austin Branch
Elizabeth Mears - Boston Branch
Harry Thornton - Chicago Branch
Sarah Spalding - Hawaii
Willington Vuelto - New York Branch

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Founder's Award Dinner

On behalf of Honorary Chair Danny Lopez, Her Majesty's Consul General in New York, we are delighted to announce that Edwina Sandys MBE and Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill MBE have agreed to accept the 2015 English-Speaking Union Founder's Award for their roles in creating and launching the ESU National Shakespeare Competition.  Award presentation festivities will take place in the Crystal Room of The Empire Hotel, adjacent to Lincoln Center, in New York, immediately following the 32nd National Shakespeare Competition on Monday, April 27, 2015. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 pm followed by a festive dinner at 7:00 pm.  For additional information, details and tickets, please click here.

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The ESU MSPDP Championship Middle School Debate Tournament

Saturday, April 18th at the Hackley School, Tarrytown, NJ

95 teams from 33 schools will converge at the Hackley School for the English-Speaking Union Middle School Public Debate Program Championship Tournament.  Nearly 300 students, accompanied by 100 teacher-coaches, will come from New York City, Westchester County (NY), Monmouth, Mercer and Bergen Counties (NJ), Washington, DC, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, VA, Montogomery County, MD, and New Orleans, LA.

There will be five rounds of debate, plus an additional Grand Public Debate.  By the day's end, the ESU will have sponsored nearly 250 debates.

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Representative chosen to compete in the International Public Speaking Competition in London

First Place Winner: Chaya Sara Oppenheim, a junior at Manhattan High School for Girls in New York City, will travel to London this May to represent the United States in the 2015 ESU International Public Speaking Competition.

The ESU International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) brings together the most talented young speakers from across the globe for a week of oratorical workshops, competition and international cultural exchange. Her speech at the National Level, titled, "Colorblindness vs. the Mosaic of Diversity", addressed the ESU's theme, "To Be Ignorant of the Past is to Remain a Child". At the International Level, Chaya Sara will speak on the topic, "Culture is Not a Luxury, But a Necessity".

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