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Ali Cohen from Arizona competed in the IPSC Grand Final round in London

2018 IPSC Finalists in London

"The only difference between these two girls--in fact, the only difference between girls like myself and the 60 million uneducated girls around the world is chance."

These words were spoken today in London by Chandler Arizona high school junior Ali Cohen as part of her speech, Many Worlds Apart at the Grand Final of the ESU International Public Speaking Competition at Dartmouth House today.

Ali (third from right in the front row) used her platform to urge those who have power and influence to be a conduit for the story of uneducated girls around the world as they fight for education, opportunity and equality. 

Watch the IPSC Grand Finals on Facebook. 
(Ali Cohen's speech is at 1:21:00)

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279 middle school students from 6 states debated at the Championship Tournament

2017-2018 Middle School Debate Championship
Should reptiles be pets? Should the Olympics include video games? Should the US adopt a guaranteed minimum income level? These are just a few of the topics middle school students debated during the English in Action Middle School Debate Championship Tournament on May 5 in New York City. Debaters came from 33 schools in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland and Colorado to participate in the seventh annual tournament at the Nest +m public school.

Rachel Carson Middle School from Herndon, Virginia won the final debate against The Dalton School from New York, New York.

Jasmine Sanchez of West End Secondary School in New York, NY won the Top Speaker and coveted Golden Gavel awards.

Click here to see the tournament photos.

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2018 National Shakespeare Competition winner Jackson Dean

April 23 may have been a normal Monday for most students, but as the birthday of William Shakespeare and the date of the 35th Annual National Shakespeare Competition, April 23, 2018 will be a day that fifty-five high school students will never forget. Students from around the US competed on stage in the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center as the culmination of a year-long competition hosted by the English-Speaking Union (ESU).

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ARNIC Graduation Date Set

ARNIC Graduation Save the date: May 31, 2018

The 2018 Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) Graduation will be held Thursday, May 31, 6 pm at The Fourth Universalist Society of New York.

The Marietta and Andrew Romay Foundation has announced a special challenge grant of $25,000 in support of ARNIC. For more information about the ARNIC 2018 Benefit and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rossana Ivanova at rivanova@esuus.org, (212) 818-1200 ext. 220.

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2018-2019 Luard Morse Scholarship Recipient Named

2018-2019 Luard Morse Scholarship Finalists and Committee Members

Ms. Kyana Washington of Manvel, TX, an English major from Spelman College, has been selected as the English in Action 2018-2019 Luard Morse Scholarship recipient. Christopher Broadwell, Executive Director of the English-Speaking Union, announced the winner, noting that Ms. Washington will receive up to $25,000 toward a semester of study at a university of her choosing in the United Kingdom during the 2018-2019 academic year.

"Being selected as a Luard Morse Scholarship finalist has been an amazing experience. I've enjoyed meeting inspiring students and alumni from Historically Black Colleges and Universities around the country," Ms. Washington stated at her qualifying interview in New York on Thursday, January 18, 2018. "It was a pleasure to have been able to engage in a thought-provoking discussion about feminism, literature, and current events. My interview has inspired me to continue my intellectual exploration and to continue pursuing my goal of becoming an advocate for women in my study of both English and Philosophy."

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