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Sydney Jones Wins With Shakespeare


On March 5, Sydney Jones of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School and eighteen other high school students joined the English-Speaking Union's worldwide celebration of Shakespeare's 400-year legacy.  At ESU-Syracuse Branch's twenty-eighth Shakespeare Competition at Syracuse Stage's Archbold Theatre, winner Sydney Jones presented Shakespeare's Sonnet 57 and a monologue by Isabella from Measure for Measure

Catie Kobland of Liverpool High School won second place and Daniel Kelly of Christian Brothers Academy, third.  Honorable mention was awarded to Elijah Harper from Cazenovia; Lydia Kelly, of Manlius Pebble Hill; and Connor Coleman, of Union Springs.

Syracuse's event is made possible by the generous support of The Allyn Foundation and The Richard Mather Fund and by the members of ESU's Syracuse branch. Our appreciation also goes to Syracuse Stage who provides the venue for our workshop and competition.

Elizabeth Ingram, Associate Professor of voice and acting in Syracuse University's Drama Department,  conducted our workshop for our competition participants on Tuesday, March 1. Competition judges were Frank Fiumano, Katherine McGerr, and Leslie Noble.

This year's 135 participants represented nineteen schools:

  • Altmar-Parish-Williamstown – Sydney Jones
  • C.W. Baker – Daniel Watlington
  • Camden – Anna Seidl
  • Cazenovia – Elijah Harper
  • Christian Brothers Academy –Daniel Kelly
  • Cicero-North Syracuse – Alexis Davis
  • Fabius-Pompey – Alexa Fox
  • Faith Heritage – Kaitlyn Quesinberry
  • Jamesville-Dewitt – Rebecca Teitelbaum         
  • Lansing – Emily Miriam Pollack
  • Liverpool – Catie Kobland
  • Manlius Pebble Hill – Lydia Kelly
  • Nottingham – Sophie Nash
  • Oswego – Keelan McGreevy
  • Red Creek – Emilie Pitts
  • Skaneateles – Aimee LaFrance
  • Syracuse Academy of Science – Chianna Boatman
  • Union Springs – Connor Coleman
  • Westhill – Anna P. Frost

These students received a copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare.  A plaque recording the names of Syracuse's past winners resides in the halls of the current winner for a year.


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