Kate Nitzken, Branch President
9907 Winged Foot Drive
Louisville, KY 40223 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
To register for upcoming events, please contact:
6600 Eastwind Way
Crestwood, KY 40014
Scholarships for UK Study
The ESU-KY will award a limited number of scholarships to qualified Kentucky college students, and Kentucky middle and high school teachers, for courses offered at institutions in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2024. Selections are held in the Fall every year for the next summer.
National ESU 2020 Online Shakespeare Competition - Jordyn Jenkins, a senior from the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, KY was the first ever Online ESU Kentucky Branch Shakespeare Competition Winner. We were most proud of her performance and she placed third in the Online National Shakespeare Competition. Congratulations and best wishes to Jordyn as she pursues a performing degree and to her teacher Katherine Blackerby Weible!
A special thank you to all who participated in the first-ever Online E-SU KY Branch Competition. We all participants and teachers for their willingness to go above and beyond to send entries and bring outstanding performances to our esteemed judges. Our heartfelt congratulations to all for your perseverance and support. I ask that you please notify your students of the results.
The judging team was: Dr. John Gatton, Zan Sawyer Dailey, and Baron Kelly
The Finalists are:
1st - #3 Jordyn Jenkins - Monologue# 220 Jailer's Daughter and Sonnet #127
Youth Performing Arts School - Teacher - Katie Backerby Weible
2nd- #2 Helena Schatzki - Monologue # 167 Lady Anne and Sonnet #96
Lafayette High School - Teacher -Amie Kissling
3rd - #4 Holly Kissel - Monologue # 147 Iago and Sonnet #130 Presentation High School - Teacher - Ashley Beck
Below is the link for the Google ESU monologues. Please share this link with family and friends to enjoy the competitor's work.
Sponsored by Sullivan University
College of Hospitality Studies with scholarships by the English-Speaking Union,
Congratulations to all of the student chef participants!
Last night was the British Isles Cuisine Competition and both the English-Speaking Union and Sullivan University staff and instructors were so pleased with the professionalism and enthusiasm of every team who participated. Over 200 people attended the event in the beautiful Pendennis Club Ballroom and had a grand time voting for their favorites between bites of delicious delicacies researched, cooked and prepared by all of the participating student chefs.
The food from every team was amazing and the judges must have had a very difficult time making the decision on the winners. and there seemed to be strong interest in having a repeat competition next year. Chef Dodd and Chef Sams provided attendees with amazing insights as the evening drew to a close.
The final results were as follows:
1st Place Winners, $2500.00 Scholarship Scotland Chaz Panagacos Cliff Rice
2nd Place Winners, $1000.00 Scholarship
England Ben McClelland Kevin McGee
3rd Place Winners, $500.00 Scholarship
Ireland Ed Schuler Jake Stone
Wales Grace Alexander Brandon Schieferle
Our thanks to everyone who made the evening a great success.
Harpist Jessica Hayden provided beautiful ambiance and carols for guests and branch members.
The 2019 Dickens Christmas Party was a success! Guest enjoyed the beautiful music of harpist Jessica Hayden as well as a Christmas Carol performance by past Kentucky Branch Scholar Brandon Meeks. The evening was topped off with a gift basket from Buckingham Palace and English Toffee treats for each guest. A wonderful time was had by all in attendance.
Members and guest enjoyed a delicious meal at the Pendennis Club
Many of the scholars chosen to attend the UK during 2020 were present and shared their excitement about their upcoming studies.
Brandon Meeks, an Equity actor, and prior branch TLAB scholar, shared an outstanding one-man performance of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol."
Vice-President Sylvia Bruton and member Rita Bell congratulate Brandon after his stellar performance.
Please watch for more details on our 2022 ESU-KY Branch Christmas party to be held at the Big Springs Country Club on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. We are so excited to be able to celebrate together again!
Message From Kentucky Branch President
The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU US) is a non-profit, non-political, educational service organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. The Kentucky Branch is a vibrant, active organization with a devoted focus on enabling student and teacher scholars to study in the United Kingdom and promoting scholarship with students from our state.
The Kentucky Branch
The Kentucky Branch of the ESU was chartered in 1923 by local business and civic leaders. In the 1960's Mr. Josh Everett took the task of expanding the organization in Kentucky and served many years in that leadership role. Notable branch presidents included Mr. Barry Bingham, Sr. and later Mr. Keith Runyon, Forum Editor for the Courier Journal. In 1960 Norman McKenna was the first scholar sent by the Kentucky Branch to study in the United Kingdom. Dr. McKenna served as Branch President from 1992-94. Since 1964, over 500 Kentucky teachers and college students have been awarded scholarships by the Kentucky Branch. The current President is Mrs. Kate Scharre Nitzken, NBCT, who was a past ESU scholar teacher selected in 2009 to study Teaching Shakespeare through Performance at Shakespeare's New Globe Theater in London.
Current activity in the branch includes the annual sponsorship of university and teacher scholars to study abroad through the ESU TLab Program, the annual high school student Shakespeare Competition, and numerous events and activities designed to engage our membership. We salute all past scholars from our state who have studied at many universities and educational institutions. The Kentucky Branch is an active and vibrant chapter and we welcome new members to all activities.
Kate S. Nitzken, NBCT
President, ESU Kentucky Branch
Gene Paul Stotz
Gene was a long time member of the Kentucky Branch, English Speaking Union. He served on the Scholarship Committee since 2003 and was a sponsor of several scholarships over his years of service to the Kentucky Branch. Gene was a member of the Audubon Park Garden Club and one of the founding members of Jeff-Clark Preservation. Gene was an elementary school art teacher for the greater Clark County Schools in Indiana until he retired. He was a lifelong member of Salem United Church of Christ, where he served previously as president. He was a volunteer at Southeast Area Ministries (SEAM). Gene was 72.
Gene is survived by many loving family members and friends who will miss him dearly.
Samuel Norman McKenna
A loving donation, in memory of long time member Samuel Norman McKenna, has been made to the Kentucky Branch Scholarship Fund, by Ms. Emily Maxwell. Thoughts of Norman will always be treasured by the Kentucky Branch!
The ESU-KY branch is saddened at the passing of long time member William Pfingst Carrell, age 84, of Louisville, KY.
Mr. Carrell was a member of a family of illustrious military background and was an accomplished athlete. He was a third
generation member of the prestigious Pendennis Club in Louisville and was an avid supporter of all things relating to history.