Naples teen performs at the 35th Annual National Shakespeare Competition in New York City
New York City: April 23 may have been a normal Monday for most high school students, but for Catherine Schilling from Gulf Coast High School it will be a day to remember forever. Catherine, student of Joy Gorence, placed as a semifinalist at the 35th Annual National Shakespeare Competition on William Shakespeare's birthday while competing against 55 students from around the US on stage at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater in Lincoln Center as the culmination of a year-long competition hosted by the English-Speaking Union (ESU).
Prior to arriving in New York City for the competition, Catherine wrote:
Shakespeare is the epitome of the English language. I'm excited to meet my fellow enthusiasts and hopefully see a side of New York that I haven't seen before!
To qualify for the National Shakespeare Competition finals, Catherine won the regional ESU Naples Branch Shakespeare Competition on February 24, 2018.