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Kansas City’s 37th Annual Virtual Shakespeare Competition Program

We are excited to announce the First, Second and Third-Place winners of the Kansas City Branch's 37th Annual Shakespeare Competition. Don't miss our virtual program on April 21 at 5:00 pm which will include the videos of the seven students' performances at this year's Competition and live commentary from the judges. Everyone is cordially invited to this April 21 free virtual program, but registration is required. You are encouraged to register now.

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Seven students submitted video entries which were judged by our distinguished judges, Sidonie Garrett, Executive Artistic Director of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Melinda McCreary, Director of Education and Community Programs at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Mark Robbins, a professional actor and director with more than 170 professional roles to his credit. The judges have selected our winners:

First Place winner is Aliyah Pullin from Olathe South High School. Lauren Hannon is the sponsoring teacher. Second Place winner is Sofia Hughes from Blue Valley High School. Maureen Davis is the sponsoring teacher. Third Place winner is Maggie Herber from Shawnee Mission South High School. Her sponsoring teacher is Mark Swezey. Read more.


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ESU Kansas City Branch Announces 10 Schools in 37th Annual 2021 Shakespeare Competition

The ESU Kansas City Branch is pleased to announce that ten area high schools have entered the 2021 Shakespeare Competition. This year will be the first that the ESU Kansas City Branch is holding a virtual Shakespeare Competition due to COVID-19 restrictions. Each winner of a school competition will record a performance of a monologue from one of Shakespeare's plays and one of Shakespeare's sonnets, and three Kansas City Branch judges will view those videos to select the Branch winner to represent the Kansas City area in the ESU national competition. In 2020, the ESU national competition used this video format for the first time.

Congratulations to these schools and their teachers for their perseverance, and best of luck to all of the students competing in their school competitions

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You Are Invited to a Virtual Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Churchill's "Sinews of Peace" Speech

Churchill Warned Against the Dangers of the "Iron Curtain"

America's National Churchill Museum will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill's "Sinews of Peace" address, commonly known as the "Iron Curtain" speech, on March 5-6, 2021, when the world will be invited to a free, virtual commemoration, live from the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Dignitaries, leaders, and members of the Churchill family will participate from all parts of the world for what promises to be a memorable celebration.

The livestreamed program will begin on Friday, March 5 at 10:00 am (CST) and events will continue until 3 pm (CST). 

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ESU Happy Hour Series

Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World



Join us online Wednesday, March 10 at 3:00 pm Central Time for our next ESU Happy Hour with our guest speaker, Kathryn Aalto.

In a visually-rich and entertaining presentation, New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed speaker Kathryn Aalto introduces her book, Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World.

Don't miss this inspiring Happy Hour. It's free to all ESU members and guests. Invite your friends to attend this next Happy Hour program. Registration is required. Read More


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Celebrating World Poetry Day with the Wick Poetry Center Traveling Stanzas





Mark your calendar for our second ESU Happy Hour in March—Wednesday, March 24 at 4:00 pm Central Time. We will be celebrating World Poetry Day (officially on the 21st each year) with our guest speaker, David Hassler. World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity's most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity. Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry speaks to our common humanity and our shared values, transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.


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