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A Message from the Chairman,
English-Speaking Union of the United States
Ambassador Paul Beresford-Hill, CBE

June 8, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the ESU of the US,

When I was about five years of age my parents moved from Dublin to a part of south London called Lewisham. We lived in a small terraced house. My friends on the right were originally from Cyprus, and on the other side, the family was Trinidadian. We were the Irish Catholics in the middle and we were all immigrants. That's what formed our collective identity, and we knew, going to school together, playing in the street, going to the Saturday Films at the local cinema, that we could depend on each other when other children derided us because of our accent or our color. Racism and intolerance are nothing new to humanity, and neither is our collective will to overcome it and seek harmony and peace with each other.  

 

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June is Immigrant Heritage Month!

At this time of crisis and deep divisions in our society, we are reminded of the ESU core values of inclusion, equity and opportunity. 

Today, as always, we are committed to listening to the voices of all members of our community. We support and stand with immigrants and celebrate their contributions to our society. 

 

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All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend a British Tea celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 94th birthday AND The English-Speaking Union Kansas City Branch's 100th birthday. It will be one of our biggest social gatherings of the year.

The British tea will be held at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, Mo., in a stately 3-story, 5,000 square foot home built in 1913. The tea will include a variety of tea sandwiches, sweets, Brenda's signature scones, mock Devonshire cream, fine fruit butter or fruit jams and premium tea.  Our tea will include a special champagne toast to HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 94th  birthday and ESU's 100th birthday. We will again have our popular Trivia Quiz with a selection of fun prizes as well as some special door prizes.

 

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2020 National Winners Announced
In First Virtual Shakespeare Competition

The 2020 National Shakespeare Competition was unlike no other in its 37 years. After ESU Branches completed their own branch competitions and selected their first-place winners, the National Semi-Finals and Finals scheduled for April 27, 2020 in New York City had to be reconfigured from an in-person competition to a virtual competition due to COVID-19.

The ESU met this challenge and a virtual National Shakespeare Competition came together in record time. Many thanks to ESU's National Education Department headed by a remarkable team lead by Karen Karpowich, ESU's Executive Director; Betty Trevino Roth, Senior Manager, School and Teacher Programs; Annelise Nussbacher, Education Coordinator;  and Josh Keppel-González, Communications and IT Manager. Their teamwork, dedication and close coordination with 49 branches, 49 students, teachers, branch competition coordinators, judges and many sponsors made this 37th Annual National Shakespeare Competition a huge success.

 

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Let's keep the fun going and support our Kansas City Branch winner! A $1,000 People's Choice Award will be awarded to one lucky student. Sheridan Mirador is Kansas City's  Branch Winner. He is a senior at Center High School in Kansas City.

Click here to watch the video performances of 49 students who entered the 2020 National Shakespeare Competition. As you watch each of the students perform, be sure to watch Sheridan, he is #47

Here's how to vote: Text NSC and the number of your favorite student to 212-818-1200. There must NOT be a space between NSC and the number (example: NSC57)  Please only vote once. Additional votes from the same number will be discounted. And please do not call in; your vote will not count and your call will not be returned.

 

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The English-Speaking Union

Kansas City Branch

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