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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Jessica Lehman  from Media, PA, a student of Patricia Sack at Merion Mercy Academy in Merion Station, 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. Jessica previously won the ESU Philadelphia 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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A Colonial Christmas



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Winners of Philadelphia Branch 29th Annual Shakespeare Competition

Philadelphia Competition was held on February 15, 2016 at the Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School. Seventeen schools from the Greater Philadelphia competed.  The winners represented a cross section of the area:  Left to right: Third Place: Thomas Van Dean, Central High School; First Place, Emma Muller, Perkiomen Valley High School; 2nd Place, Zillah Elcin, The Academy at Palumbo.

The Andrew F. Webster Scholarship was awarded at a reception for the winners and their families on Sunday, March 6, 2016. Left to right: Diana Evans, Shakespeare Competition Chairperson; Andrew F. Webster; winners Thomas Van Dean, Emma Muller, and Zillah Elcin.

Emma Muller will compete at the ESU National Competition in New York City.


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         Gayla McCluskey & David Humphrey, Co-Chairs

The 89th Birthday and the 63nd Year of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated Sunday, June 14th at the at the campus of SEI, Oaks, PA. A big thank you to Gayla McCluskey and David Humphrey for Co-Chairing this stellar event!! Guests arrived to the sound of bagpipes and champagne, enjoyed sunny weather, a beautiful location, and a private tour of the amazing West Art Collection.

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