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Deck the Halls - 2022 Christmas Party

A wonderful time was had by the ESU Kentucky Branch members, Board of Directors and incoming scholars for 2023 at the 2022 Christmas Party.

Our "Deck the Halls" party was held at Big Spring Country Club on December 7, 2022.  After being welcomed by our President, Kate Nitzken, a performance of heavenly holiday music was shared by the Bellarmine University Schola Cantorum, directed by Dr. S. Timothy Glasscock.  Our latest class of scholars was presented by Dr. Ted Scharre.  They are: Cana Hibpshman, Teacher at Anderson County High School, The Globe; Ashley Albrinck, Student from Thomas More University, Oxford University; Abigail Stanger, Student from the University of Louisville, Oxford University.  An ornament exchange made the event festive and personal.

Thanks to all of the people who worked tirelessly to make this such a wonderful event. Photo credits: Sarah Herron Photography

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2022 Christmas ESU Kentucky Branch Christmas party

You are invited to Deck the Halls with us at our 2022 Christmas E-SU Kentucky Branch Christmas party!

PLEASE NOTE...SPACE IS LIMITED so seating will only be held with a PAID RSVP.

Register Here!

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2022 Annual Meeting and Scholar Presentation

On October 1, 2022, the English-Speaking Union Kentucky Branch held its Annual Meeting and Scholar Presentation at the Audubon Country Club in Louisville, KY.

As guests of member Jason Heine, the meeting was attended by Scholars, the Board of Directors, branch members, and guests.

The live presenters were Rayleigh Deaton, Kayla Daley, Katie Weible, and Beth Ewing.  Elayne Harrington presented remotely from her additional studies in Ireland.  Also, teacher Rebecca Hibbard from Corbin, KY combined efforts with Katie Weible since they studied together at the Globe Theatre.

The presentations were engaging and enjoyable for all in attendance.

We invite you to view these presentations and enjoy experiencing these summer scholarships.


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2023 ESU National Shakespeare Competition


Kentucky High School Students Vie for Chance to Compete in the 40th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City.

Across America, the branches of this over 100-year-old institution are sponsoring the 2023 English-Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition. The ESU Kentucky Branch will host their local competition on Saturday, February 25th, at Presentation Academy in Louisville, KY. We are anticipating a wonderful turnout since the state winner will compete in NYC. Each student will perform a Shakespearean monologue and recite a sonnet from a carefully curated selection.  Competitors will be judged on their understanding of the texts and on their ability to communicate that understanding to an audience.

Registration Is Easy!

Just follow these easy steps to offer this amazing opportunity to your high school students. Fill out school registration form available on the National ESU Website.

2023 ESU National Shakespeare Competition School Participation Form - The English-Speaking Union (


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 To mark the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, Episcopal congregations in Louisville in the Diocese of Kentucky will join together at Christ Church Cathedral to commemorate her life and service to the church.


The service will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, at the Cathedral located at 421 S. 2nd St.  In accordance with the plan put forth by the church of England for services commemorating Her Majesty, bells will be rung an hour before the service, and a Book of Condolences will be available for signing.


In her official capacity, Queen Elizabeth was the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, of which many American Episcopal churches belong.


Parking is available at the Louisville Surgery Center (444 S. 1st St.), which is directly behind the cathedral.  Additional parking is available on the street and in paid garages at the YMCA (555 S. 2nd St) and the Marriott (280 W. Jefferson St.).


All are welcome.


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