Lexington ESU members heard from the recipients of three awards provided by the group at its October 14, 2016 opening meeting and reception held at Kendall Hall. The speakers were Mausam Mehta, winner of the Lexington branch Shakespeare competition in May, BUSS scholarship winner Janie Thames, and Oxford scholarship winners Sarah Lemon and Danielle Hughson.
Mehta, a junior at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia, treated the audience to a monologue from "The Winter's Tale" that she had performed onstage at the Lincoln Center. After winning the Lexington branch competition in May, Mehta participated as a semi-finalist in the 33rd annual ESU National Shakespeare Competition in New York City.
Thames, who is an English teacher in Rockingham County, Virginia, recounted her experiences studying at Oxford over the summer on a BUSS scholarship provided by the ESU.
Virginia Military Institute Cadet Lemon and Washington & Lee University student Hughson were winners of scholarships for summer study at Oxford. The two made a joint slide presentation showing the highlights of their six weeks studying at Oxford and traveling in Europe as part of the ESU-sponsored Virginia Program at Oxford.
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