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ESU Sponsors 236 Middle School Debates at East Coast Championship Tournament

On April 18, 2015, the English-Speaking Union, along with its partner the Middle School Public Debate Program, welcomed 282 students from 31 schools in six states to the Hackley School in Tarryton, NY.  These students participated in 236 rounds of debate.  Teams from the Hackley School and Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon, VA advanced to the Final Championship Debate where they sparred over the topic:  The US should pay ransom for hostages.

The Championship Tournament was the culmination of a year-long initiative sponsored by the English Speaking Union in New York and New Jersey, and is part of the national Middle School Public Debate Program.  Attending the tournament were public, charter and independent schools from inter-scholastic Leagues in New York City, Monmouth County, NJ, Washington, DC and New Orleans.  Over 100 teachers and parents joined the students on April 18th to serve as volunteer judges. 

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The 2015 English-Speaking Union Founder’s Award

The Hon. Edwina Sandys MBE and Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill MBE were presented the English-Speaking Union Founder's Award on April 27 for their roles in helping to launch the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition 32 years ago.  Immediately following the 2015 ESU National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center Theater, the awards were presented at a festive reception and dinner in the Crystal Room of the Empire Hotel.

Danny Lopez, Her Majesty's Consul General in New York, served as Honorary Chairman of the event committee.  Unable to attend in person, he was represented by Nick Astbury, Deputy Consul-General and Deputy Head of Mission.

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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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Luard Morse Scholarship awarded to Allyson Carpenter and Laura Campbell

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Allyson Carpenter and Laura Campbell

Allyson Carpenter, a Political Science Major/Community Development Minor, and Laura Campbell, a Biology Major/Chemistry Minor, both at Howard University in Washington, D.C., have been selected as this year's recipients of the English–Speaking Union (ESU) Luard Morse Scholarship.  The scholarship provides $25,000 towards a semester of study at an English university during the 2015-16 academic year.

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The New Book Press Provides Prizes for All ESU National Shakespeare Competition Teachers

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The New Book Press is offering prizes to all high school teachers participating in the 2015 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. They publish the digital series WordPlay Shakespeare (eBooks of the Bard's plays featuring video performances of a whole play alongside the complete text). 

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