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Oxford Welcomes ESU BUSS Scholars

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Jonna Shutowick, BUSS Scholar from the ESU Palm Beach Branch, at the Bodleian Library

This past week, the University of Oxford welcomed ESU British University Summer School (BUSS) scholars to their International Summer School program. For three weeks, the American teachers will have the privilege of studying English Literature, History, Politics and Society, or Creative Writing at Exeter College. Founded in 1314, Exeter is one of the oldest and most esteemed colleges at Oxford. All of the new "Oxonians" have won fellowships from their local ESU Branches to fund the course tuition, housing, meals and travel expenses.

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Shakespeare Comes Alive at the 31st ESU National Shakespeare Competition

The 2014 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition was held on May 5th on the Vivian Beaumont stage Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.  Fifty-eight winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide participated.

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Reception and Dinner Honoring Retiring President & Executive Director Alice Boyne

Alice Boyne, who dedicated her career to the English-Speaking Union, retired at the end of February after 43 years of service, most recently as President & Executive Director.  A host of ESU Members, Branch Presidents, Board Members and professional associates gathered on May 5 to celebrate her tenure and leadership - specifically her visionary work to establish the ESU's major educational programs.

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Dr. E. Quinn Peeper Elected President and Laura J. Phelps Elected Vice-Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States

Dr. E. Quinn Peeper was elected President and Laura J. Phelps was elected Vice-Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) effectively immediately at a meeting of its Board of Directors on May 4.  Dr. Peeper, a long-time activist and supporter of the ESU, succeeds Alice Boyne, who recently stepped down as the organization's President and retired as its Executive Director after a 43-year career at the ESU.  Ms. Phelps, a strong activist and supporter of the ESU, succeeds Mark Stollar, who recently stepped down from that post.

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Teenager from Indianapolis wins English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

Captivating audiences with a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Scott Van Wye from Indianapolis, Indiana, a student of Richard Phillipy at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, won first prize at the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition.  The Competition was held on May 5th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Scott had previously won the ESU Indianapolis Branch regional competition.  His prize for placing first is a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Young Actors Summer School in London, England. 

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