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Get Exicited!

It's never to early to get exited about the 2018 - 2019 ESU Season here in the Sandhills. This season promises to be one of the best yet. There will be a Kick-off event in September, so watch this space for the date and time. Throughout the season you'll be entertained and educated on subjects ranging from prominent authors to historical figures - science taking us into the future and insights about current events.

Membership information will be coming out soon so stay tuned. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing everyone at our Kick-off meeting in September.


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Jenna Does a Terrific Job in the National Shakespeare Competition

April 26, 2018 — New York City: April 23 may have been a normal Monday for most high school students, but for Jenna Burns from The O'Neal School it will be a day to remember forever. Jenna, student of Michael Norman, placed as a semifinalist at the 35th Annual National Shakespeare Competition on William Shakespeare's birthday while competing against 55 students from around the US on stage at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater in Lincoln Center as the culmination of a year-long competition hosted by the English-Speaking Union (ESU).

Prior to arriving in New York City for the competition, Jenna wrote:

Performing Shakespeare means so much to me. Through it I have met so many great people and ultimately have gained confidence in myself as an actress. I also love how Shakespeare has universal motifs that ring true today. I am looking forward to performing at Lincoln Center and I am very excited to meet people who have a shared love of Shakespeare!


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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Dinner meeting

John Milton Cooper, Jr.

Speaking on:
"Land of His Mother and
His Father: Woodrow
Wilson and Great Britain in World War I"

Outlook Room
Pinehurst Members Club
6:00 pm Cocktails; 7:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Program


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Jenna Burns from the O'Neal School.

Student of the Month

Each month Sandhills Branch selects a Student of the Month based on their outstanding academic record, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community involvement and they in turn select a teacher who has most influenced them.


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The English-Speaking Union

Sandhills Branch

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