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Announcing the winners of the 38th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

April 26th, 2021 - New York City: Adapting to the ever changing circumstances brought on by the global pandemic, ESU hosted the 38th annual National Shakespeare Competition virtually for the second time ever. 

This year's competition utilized Zoom, YouTube, text-to-vote, among other virtual technologies to bring the competition alive. The virtual platform enabled hundreds of students, schools, and spectators alike to tune in across the world. We are proud to announce the winners of the year's competition:

 

Delilah Delgado of the ESU San Diego Branch won 1st Place with her quick witted and thorough renditions of Pheobe from As Your Like It, and Sonnet 62. 

Her teacher, Samantha Howard of the Bishop's School will receive the $1000 Teacher Recognition Award, being the second such award recipient, since the award's founding last year.

 

Anna Sheehan of the ESU Boston Branch took 2nd Place. Her teacher, Barbara Whitlock of Montrose School will receive the $500 Teacher Recognition Award. 

Samuel Christian of the ESU Los Angeles Branch won 3rd place. His teacher, Elizabeth Dennehy of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts will receive the $250 Teacher Recognition Award.  

The second annual People's Choice Award was won by Spencer Morvillo of the Monmouth County Branch, student of Smita Ganatra at Glen Ridge High School received 487 votes.

Over 6,000 people voted from around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Ghana, and China, expanding the competition's community despite the pandemic.

To read more about our winners, finalists, esteemed judges, and this year's competition, please download the full press release here.

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ESU Happy Hour Series

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Wednesday, May 5 from 4:00-5:00 PM (EDT)
Shake Up Shakespeare
Carol Ann Lloyd

Hosted by the ESU Central Pennsylvania Branch in collaboration with the
Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

For more than 400 years, Shakespeare and his plays have been part of our lives. From the playhouses of the sixteenth century to the American Wild West, and from formal theatres to high school festivals, Shakespeare's stories have resonated around the world. This interactive program will invite attendees to participate in polls, chats, and discussions. We'll take a look at how Shakespeare created stories that raise questions about relationships that we are still trying to answer today. We'll explore the power of his language and how it has shaped and been shaped by experiences over hundreds of years. Finally, we'll look at ways Shakespeare's characters and his plays say "goodbye," considering how these final lines encourage us to continue our consideration of ideas and insights. Carol Ann Lloyd is a speaker and writer who shares English history and Shakespeare with a broad audience across the US and abroad.


To receive one Continuing Education credit hour, all participants must complete the entire program. Once you've attended the program, you will need to complete additional forms for Act 48 credit through CIU 10 that will be provided to you. 

Read More                              Register Online Here

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In Memory of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with deep respect and admiration that we honor the life and legacy of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, President of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth. Prince Philip served as the President of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth from 1952 to 2011, during which time the English-Speaking Union of the United States had 14 Chairmen serve the joint purpose and pursuits of the organization. 

Prince Philip toasting the Queen at the Waldorf Astoria, New York, next to Lewis Douglas (Chairman of ESU from 1955-1959), and Arthur H. Dean (Chairman of ESU from 1959-1961)

Prince Philip was a dedicated leader of the organization. He is credited with founding the Public Speaking Competition, a program which hosts participants from the English-Speaking Union of the United States at the Commonwealth headquarters, Dartmouth House, each year, in what is now the largest such competition for schools in England and Wales.

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Happy International Women's Day

The English-Speaking Union of the United States wishes everyone a proud and happy International Women's Day. As an organization, we recognize that women solidify and advocate for our communities both here at the English-Speaking Union, and also across the world.

We believe that the only path to true freedom is one which fosters equity for all people and specifically works to uplift those frequently sequestered to the margin. We are proud to work alongside so many women as we promote global goodwill and scholarship in English language education. 

 

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ESU Chairman's Message

Dear Colleagues, Members & Friends of the English-Speaking Union,
 
Racism and xenophobia have no place in our society. We stand in solidarity with Asian and Asian-American communities across the country that have been the subject of racially-motivated attacks. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the English-Speaking Union, we reaffirm our commitment to civil dialogue, global understanding and cross-cultural exchange. The diversity of our communities strengthens and enriches us all.   
 
H.E. Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill, CBE. KSt.J.
Chairman, The English-Speaking Union of the United States
 
 

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