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2016 Lexington Branch Shakespeare Competition

Lexington Branch Shakespeare Competition participants, January 16, 2016

Mausam Mehta, from Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia, won the ESU Lexington Branch Shakespeare Competition on January 16, 2016, at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton.  Mausam was coached by John Fregosi, mathematics and theater teacher at her high school. The 2015 winner, Nora Oeschlin, was also from Robert E. Lee High School and coached by Mr. Fregosi.

Mausam was one of eight area contestants.  Kasey Britt, a student at Turner Ashby High School, Harrisonburg, was runner up and Ryan Boloix, a student at Spotswood High School, Penn Laird, placed third.  Each of the three winners was awarded a partial scholarship to the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) summer camp.

 

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2015 Lexington Branch Shakespeare Competition

Nora Oechslin, a sophomore at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia, won the ESU Lexington Branch Shakespeare Competition on January 17, 2015, at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton.  Nora was coached by John Fregosi, mathematics and theater teacher at her high school.  She was one of eight area contestants.

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2015 National Shakespeare Competition

We invite schools serving Grades 9-12 in our area to celebrate the Bard's 450th birthday this year by participating in the 2015 ESU National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition provides teachers with a free performance-based program for the study of English Language Arts and Shakespeare that satisfies Common Core State Standards. High school students from the local arearecite Shakespeare's monologues and sonnets and compete for the chance to win a trip to New York City.  Learn more on our ESU Lexington, Virginia Branch Shakespeare Competition page - Click Here

 
 

VIRGINIA PROGRAM AT OXFORD

The 2014 opening meeting of the Lexington Branch of the English Speaking Union was held on September 26.  The meeting featured reports from the two local university students who had spent the summer studying at Oxford University partially sponsored by scholarships provided by the Lexington Branch.  The students were Brittany Norwood, a junior at Washington and Lee and Joseph Amato, a third classman at Virginia Military Institute.

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All the World's a Stage for Teen from East Rockingham High School

Captivating audiences with a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Tatiana Hodgins from Elkton, Virginia, a student of Erica Williams at East Rockingham High School in Elkton, placed as one of 10 finalists at the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition.  The Competition was held on May 5th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Tatiana had previously won the ESU Lexington, VA Branch regional competition.

 

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