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The ESU Naples Branch National Shakespeare Competition


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Caroline Rubin, 2022 Shakespeare Competition Winner, Naples Branch

I am 17 years old and a senior at Community School of Naples.  Throughout my life, I have always held a great appreciation for Shakespeare's work.  When I was younger, I visited the Globe Theatre in London and was thrilled to watch one of Shakespeare's plays.  I remember being captivated by not only the genius of Shakespeare's work, but by the actors' ability to bring Shakespeare's words to life.  As an avid poet, I have considered myself simply a lover of poetics and Shakespeare, but never an actress. This soon changed at the beginning of this year.  The exceptional English Department at Community School of Naples has strongly encouraged students to enter the ESU Shakespeare Monologue Competition for years.  At first, I was hesitant to enter, but I soon decided to give it my best try.  It certainly paid off!  This experience has taught me the benefit of taking risks and having the confidence to take on new challenges.  Perhaps most importantly, the Shakespeare Competition has furthered my belief in the power of language, and it is wonderful to see so many young people sharing this belief.  I plan to pursue English and Creative Writing in college; therefore, I may pursue a career as a teacher or professor of English.


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Keeley McEwen, 2022 TLab Recipient

My name is Keeley McEwen Fornal and I want to tell you how incredibly thankful I am to be the recipient of the T-Lab scholarship this summer.   I have been a teacher for the last fifteen year, but prior to being a teacher I worked as a paralegal with my primary focus in criminal justice, first degree murder and capital sex crimes.  It was during my time working on these types of cases, I realized how many people fall through the cracks of our system.   A seed was planted that maybe I could better serve my community by engaging with young people before they entered the criminal justice system.  I retired, began the certification process and began teaching almost immediately.  I currently teach 12th grade English/Language Arts to high-risk populations.  I have worked in private, charter and now public education.   I continue to work with at risk populations hoping to instill in them a love for literature, but more so an understanding that they are capable of being life-long learners.   I am a proud mother of two amazing children, my daughter Alexzandria and my son Kolby, who have been my inspiration and my greatest cheerleaders in my pursuit of my passions and dreams.  Without their support, I would not have been able to take this amazing journey and gather the valuable resources that will help guide my curriculum in the coming years.   


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