News And Events

News And Events

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
featuring


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 2018 ESU - Sandhills Branch Shakespeare Competition

On February 10th, the 2018 ESU Sandhills Shakespeare Competition was held at the Village Chapel in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Nine high school students from Pinecrest, Union Pines, North Moore and the O'Neal School competed for the opportunity to travel to New York City and compete in the 36th Annual ESU US Shakespeare event on April 23rd. Our winner this year is Jenna Burns from the O'Neal School, Our second and third place winners were John Ambrose from Union Pines High School and Olivia McCue from Pinecrest High School.

ESU Sandhills has been sponsoring this event since 2008. This year the competition involved more than 140 students Moore County high school students. Congratulations to our winner and to all those who benefited from learning about Shakespeare in preparing for the competition. 

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Middle School Debate


Six Moore County, NC middle schools competed in the 9th annual ESU Middle School Debate at the Sandhills Community College on March 6, 2018. Over 100 middle school students took part in this competition as debaters, timekeepers and alternates. Members of the Pinecrest High School, Pinehurst, NC national award winning debate team served as co-judges. The winners are decided based on speaker points, which are awarded on each team's ability to enunciate, present evidence, and refute the opposing teams arguments. For the middle school debaters, this is their Super Bowl. The Middle School Debates have been sponsored by the Sandhills Branch of the ESU for the past 9 years. Chaired by Sally Bold Frick, the competition is made possible by the participation of 20 ESU members who serve as judges each year

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English Speaking Union’s 2017 - 2018 Season

Published with permission of the The Pilot Newspaper, Southern Pines, NC

What do spaceflight, archaeology, climate change, World War I, Napoleon, the internet, and U.S. foreign policy have in common?

They will all be featured among presentations occurring this season at the Sandhills Branch of the English-Speaking Union (E-SU) dinner meetings. The E-SU is an organization dedicated to education, scholarship, and understanding.

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