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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Rosiefinch Brown  from Bisbee, AZ, a student of Carrie Duerk at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Rosiefinch previously won the ESU Tucson Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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     Buena High School student Wins       First Place in 2017 Shakespeare    Competition held at the University           of Arizona March 4, 2017

Rosiefinch Brown, from Buena HS in Sierra Vista, placed First in the Southern Arizona Tucson ESU Branch Finals with her performance of the Duchess of Gloucester from Richard II. Every year her sponsoring teacher, Carrie Duerk, holds a demanding competition with over 40 students. On the day of the Tucson competition Ms. Duerk travelled the 74 miles from Sierra Vista with a bus full of enthusiastic students. They left very early in the morning, arriving on campus at 7:30 AM. Ms. Duerk returned  to a  major theatre production that evening.  We salute this extraordinary teacher.  

Second Place winner was Luke Gaff from Desert Christian HS; His sponsoring teacher was Cathy Simon. The Third Place winners who tied, were Sophia Duclo of University High( sponsoring teacher, Maryann Green) ; and Sophia Rankin of Catalina Foothills HS, (sponsoring teacher, Carson Wright).

The First Place winner received $100.00 and a full paid flight to New York City; the Second Place winner received $50.00, and the two Third place winners each received $25.00.   1st, 2nd,and 3rd Place engraved medals were awarded, as well as Honorable Mention medals for the top 4 through 10.

Approximately 250 students participated in the high school competitions in Tucson and Southern Arizona. For the 17th year Professor Bobbi McKean coordinated with our ESU branch arranging for the use of a University of Arizona theatre, and providing student volunteers from the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film, and Television.

 Again we were graced with Distinguished Judges whose encouraging and professional comments, just before the final announcement of the winners, uplifted and incited a general appreciation of everyone who took part in this celebration of students, teachers, and Shakespeare's language:


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