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Winter Dinner Highlights

On January 24, 2022, Central Florida ESU members met to dine and dance the night away with the delightful tunes of The Buzzcatz, Ricky Sylvia, and a five-piece band as their soundtrack.

"It was one of the best ESU dinners ever!" says Barbara Hughes, Branch President, while recalling the evening of delightful food, company, and entertainment!

UCF scholars, Devin Johnson and Daniel Edelen, were our honored guests. As our first Jessie Drey UCF Scholarship recipients, they represent yet another way that the Central Florida ESU is supporting passionate educators!

(left to right) Daniel Edelen, Jessie Drey UCF Scholarship Recipient; Curtis Proctor, UCF Director of Advancement College of Community Innovation and Education; Barbara Hughes, ESU Branch President; Devin Johnson, Jessie Drey UCF Scholarship Recipient; Socky O'Sullivan, ESU Branch Executive Vice President.


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Central Florida ESU Gives Away $100,000 in Scholarships to Celebrate 100 Years of Service!

(Left to Right): Malcolm Butler (School of Teacher Education Professor and School Director), Curtis Proctor (School of Teacher Education Director of Advancement), Pamela "Sissi" Carroll (UCF Dean of the College of Community Innovation and Education), Barbara Hughes (Central Florida E-SU President), Reta Jackson (Central FL. E-SU Scholarships Committee Chair), Jan McClure (Central FL. E-SU Education Committee Chair), Brett Carrier (Central FL. E-SU Communications Chair)

Orlando, Florida - September, 2021- During this unprecedented time, when CNBC reported that one in four teachers considered quitting at the start of the school year, the Central Florida Branch of the English-Speaking Union has donated $100,000 to the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education. To honor both founding member Jessie Drey and The Centennial of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, 1920-2020, the Central Florida Branch is establishing The Central Florida English-Speaking Union Jessie Drey Memorial Scholarship program to support and encourage practicing Central Florida educators to remain in the profession as they pursue graduate studies at the University of Central Florida. 


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Stay Connected

As we all face a situation unlike any other in our generation, one thing has been proven without a doubt: we must stay connected and actively engaged with the topics and activities that we love. Here at the Central Florida English-Speaking Union, we are attempting to provide our members with the brain stimulation to delight you through monotonously masked days! Why not take a didactic journey through the south discussing its architecture or listen to our upcoming speaker, Jan Clanton, discuss the scandal behind the well-known portrait of Madame X and the man who painted it? All of this is available from the comfort of your home through the beauty of technology. 

Both National and local Central Florida English-Speaking Union previously recorded lectures are available through the links below:

Click Here for the National E-SU Online Happy Hour Series 

Click Here for the Central Florida Branch Online Series


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2021 Shakespeare Competition

On February 22, the Annual ESU Shakespeare Competition arrived in a whole new format, one which arrived in the inboxes of all members via email. For the first time ever, the Central Florida Branch of the ESU held a virtual competition that was open to students in the tri-county area, inviting participants from Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties. Also new this year was the For the Love of the Bard Award. This award will be given annually to a student who exhibits determination, grit, fortitude, and a true passion for Shakespeare's works. This year's inaugural recipient is Kristina M. Williams of Avalon Private School. The second award that is new to the competition this year is the Richard Burbage Award. Named after one of the most famous actors at The Globe Theatre, this award celebrates the work and dedication of teacher sponsors who have managed year after year to keep their students engaged, their involvement in our competition ongoing, and our audiences enriched. The 2021 recipient of the Richard Burbage Award is long-standing sponsor Robert Carr. Both award winners will receive a check for $100.00. 
Our Third Place contestant for the 2021 Shakespeare competition is Jalise Martinez of Poinciana High School. Her faculty sponsor is James Thompson. In Second Place is Eislinn Gracen. Supported by her teacher sponsor, Sarah Porter, Eislinn represents West Orange High School. Advancing to the National round of competition is First Place winner, Christian Walker, for his portrayal of Hamlet. Lisa Hines of The Geneva School is Christian's faculty sponsor. First, Second, and Third Place rankings were awarded $1,000.00, $500.00, and $250.00 respectively. 

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ESU Happy Hour Series

Welcome to ESU Happy Hour! The ESU has planned a series of programs to connect and reach out to our members through programs that are engaging, fun, and informative on a wide variety of topics. Happy Hour programs bring to you guest speakers live and free of charge.  Speakers may also suggest a unique cocktail for you to create and enjoy at home. These programs are designed so ESU members and guests can learn and interact with our outstanding speakers. Many speakers will provide exciting participation opportunities with fun give away books and products at the end of each program.

Read the full story for a complete listing of the first six speakers in the program!


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The English-Speaking Union

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Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.