With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Evie Johnson '12, a junior at Friends' Central School, won second prize at the 32nd annual English-Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition. The competition was held on April 27th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 57 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Evie had previously won the ESU Philadelphia Branch regional competition. For placing second at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Evie won a full scholarship to the American Shakespeare Center’s Theatre Camp in Staunton, Virginia.
The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition is a school-based program designed to help students develop their speaking and critical thinking skills and their appreciation of literature as they explore the language and themes in Shakespeare’s works. Approximately 15,000 students competed in the competition this year, first at their schools, then at their regional branch. Imagine, coming in second out of 15,000! Congratulations, Evie!