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Tully’s Tiernan Tobin Tops Syracuse High School Students Bowing to Shakespeare This Year

Tully Jr. Sr. High School winner Tiernan Tobin receiving ESU-Syracuse winner plaque from ESU-Syracuse Shakespeare Committee Co-chairs Wendy Davenport and Susan Jarosz

At March 2nd's English-Speaking Union-Syracuse Branch's 31st Shakespeare Competition at Syracuse Stage's Arthur Storch Theatre, winner Tiernan Tobin from Tully High School presented Shakespeare's Sonnet 50 and a monologue by Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet.  Her talent won her a trip to NYC's Lincoln Center to participate in the National English-Speaking Union's 36th competition with fifty other nationwide winners on April 29.  The prize this year is a summer acting experience in Oxford, England.

Faith Annan of Jamesville-DeWitt High School won second place and Skyler Bertrand from CBA, third.  Honorable mention was awarded to Emilie Pearl of Jordan-Elbridge, Emma DeGroff from Union Springs, and Lorelei Bodenbach of Cicero-North Syracuse.

The purpose of the competition is to develop students' understanding of Shakespeare and his universality, as well as to further the worldwide ESU mission of fostering global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural activities for students, educators, and members. Syracuse's event is made possible by the generous support of The Richard Mather Fund and the members of ESU's Syracuse branch.

Thom Miller, Assistant Professor of Voice and Acting in Syracuse University's Drama Department, conducted a workshop for Syracuse's competition participants on Tuesday, February 26.  Competition judges were Matt Chiorini, director of Le Moyne College's Theatre Program; Joan Hart Willard, a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher and professional actor; and Joann Yarrow, Director of Community Engagement and Education for Syracuse Stage.

This year's participants represent these fourteen schools:

Bishop Ludden – Margaret Galeazza

Jamesville-Dewitt – Faith Annan

C.W. Baker – Rebekah Wittman

Jordan-Elbridge – Emilie Pearl

Camden – Emily Pitoniak

Lansing – Audrey Lauzun

Cazenovia – Carter Williams

Skaneateles – Joseph Norris

Christian Brothers Academy – Skyler Bertrand

Tully – Tiernan Tobin

Cicero-North Syracuse – Lorelei Bodenbach

Union Springs – Emma DeGroff

Innovation Tech – Hayden Mullin

Westhill – Grace Stensland


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