This year's English-Speaking Union-Syracuse Branch's 32nd Annual Shakespeare Competition exchanged Syracuse Stage's Archbold Theatre for a home video, triumphing over the corona virus and scoring another victory for William Shakespeare in the process. Winner Emilee Edick from Christian Brothers Academy presented Shakespeare's Sonnet 11 and a monologue by Phoebe from As You Like It. Her talent won her video a trip to New York City to participate in the National English-Speaking Union's 38th competition with forty-eight other nationwide winners.
Emma Winkler from Manlius Pebble Hill School won second place and Tyler Piper from Jordan-Elbridge, third. Honorable mention was awarded to Joseph Norris of Skaneateles, Cael Sullivan from Camden, and Kimberly Rivera-Cotto from C.W.Baker in Baldwinsville.
Syracuse's event is made possible by the generous support of The Richard Mather Fund and the members of ESU's Syracuse branch. Syracuse Branch Shakespeare Committee members include Susan Jarosz and Wendy Davenport, Co-chairs, Dot Booher, Sarah Conley, Shirley Cruickshank, Norma Ferguson, Anne Kuehn, Ann Padget, JoAnn Wallace, and Barbara Weller.
Competition judges were Frank Fiumano, Robert Hupp, and Sharee Pierce. Matthew Phillips, an English teacher from Jamesville-DeWitt, made the competition possible by volunteering to handle the video details. Joe Pierce, Sharee's husband, came forward with Zoom enabling the judges to confer.
This year's participants represent these seventeen schools:
C.W. Baker – Kimberly Rivera-Cotto Lansing – Audrey Lauzun
Camden – Cael Sullivan Manlius Pebble Hill – Emma Winkler
Cazenovia – Carter Williams Oswego – Kathleen McGreevy
Christian Brothers Academy – Emilee Edick Skaneateles – Joseph Norris
Fabius-Pompey – Kalysta Donaghy-Robinson Tully – Moira McAninch
Homer – Valerie Mayo Union Springs – Sarah Lutkins
Innovation Tech – Hayden Mullin Vernon-Verona-Sherrill – Devyn Balfe
Jamesville-Dewitt – Anka Chiorini Westhill – Alexandra Dubaniewicz
Jordan-Elbridge – Tyler Piper
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