Through the Shakespeare Competition, students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. Students also develop essential skills such as critical thinking, close reading, and public speaking; increase self-confidence through reading, analysis and performance of Shakespeare. They also explore the beauty of Shakespeare's language and classic themes. They bring the timeless works of Shakespeare to life and learn to express his works with understanding, feeling and clarity.
On February 10th nearly 100 people enjoyed the competition held at the Village Chapel in Pinehurst North Carolina. Our winner this year was Jenna Burns from the O'Neal School. Our second and third place winners were John Ambrose from Union Pines High School and Olivia McCue from Pinecrest High School.
Nine high school students from Pinecrest, Union Pines, North Moore and the O'Neal School competed for the opportunity to travel to New York City and compete in the 36th Annual ESU US Shakespeare event on April 23rd, sponsored by our local Sandhills ESU Branch.
Though there were a few seasoned young actors among the nine high school students competing, they didn't have props, costumes or co-stars — just a monologue of roughly 20 lines from one of Shakespeare's works.