ESU Jacksonville FL Branch

A Message from the Jacksonville FL Branch President

Dear Fellow ESU Members:

It's hard to believe the ESU is well on its way into a new fiscal year.  As you know, at the beginning of each fiscal year we encourage all members to renew.  Recently, at the end of June, I sent you an appeal asking that you renew your annual membership.

I know that it is easy to put follow-up items aside to deal with later.  This is a friendly reminder that your participation is vital as we pursue our mission of linking people through the English language. This mission is one that continues to be ever more significant in today's global community.  I hope you will continue your support by taking time to renew your membership now.

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News And Events


With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Libby Kellmanson  from Jacksonville, FL, a student of Katie Black at Episcopal School of Jacksonville in Jacksonville, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Libby previously won the ESU Jacksonville Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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Middleburg High Students Win 9th Annual Clay Country Shakespeare Contest

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Catherine Baum Shakespeare Coordinator (left) and Delaney Brown Clay County winner

Delaney Brown and Zach Lofton took top honors in the ESU Preliminary Shakespeare Competition, November 3, 2015 held at Middleburg High School.
These two students, along with four others who placed, hae advanced to the finals to be held in Jacksonville February 6, 2016. Cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 will be awarded to the first three places.
The first place winner in the Jacksonville finals, will receive a 3 day trip to New York City to compete in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition in May 2016.

Delaney Brown 1st Place winner, right center, and Zach Lofton 2nd place, left center.


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2015 National Shakespeare Competition

We invite schools serving Grades 9-12  to participate in the 2015 ESU National Shakespeare Competition.

The Competition provides teachers with a free performance-based program for the study of English Language Arts and Shakespeare that satisfies Common Core State Standards. High school students from the local area recite Shakespeare's monologues and sonnets and compete for the chance to win a trip to New York City. 

Learn more on our ESU Jacksonville, Florida, Shakespeare Competition page: Click Here


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