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Think Spring, think Singapore Slings....

Co-Chairs Priscilla Barlow and Jetta Boschen, together with their Ascot Ball Committee, are busy making plans for a wonderful evening to benefit the many ESU Chicago Branch scholarships; including the high school Shakespeare Program, Page Scholar, British Universities Summer abroad program and the Luard Morse Scholarship fund. Don't miss our annual fundraiser!


Ascot Ball 2015


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All the World's a Stage for Teen from Evanston Township High School

Harry Thornton from Evanston, a student of Anne Lefkocitz at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, won the English-Speaking Union Chicago Branch regional Shakespeare competition. The event was part of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. Harry Thornton had already won his school Shakespeare competition at ETHS. The ESU Branch competition was held on Monday, February 9 at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and 23 school winners from the Chicago area participated. Harry impressed the judges and captivated the audience with his performance of Hamlet and his recitation of Sonnet 136. He will go on to represent the Chicago area as a semi-finalist at National competition in April (regularly held at the world-renowned performing arts complex, Lincoln Center, in New York City).


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Luard Morse Scholarship awarded to Allyson Carpenter and Laura Campbell

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Allyson Carpenter and Laura Campbell

Allyson Carpenter, a Political Science Major/Community Development Minor, and Laura Campbell, a Biology Major/Chemistry Minor, both at Howard University in Washington, D.C., have been selected as this year's recipients of the English–Speaking Union (ESU) Luard Morse Scholarship.  The scholarship provides $25,000 towards a semester of study at an English university during the 2015-16 academic year.


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Shakespeare Programs

Mark your calendars for a Free Shakespeare Seminar at Roosevelt University

Monday, November 17,2014
Complimentary boxed lunch included

Registration opens in October for the Chicago Branch Shakespeare Competition

Top 3 students are awarded scholarship funds and the chance to compete at Lincoln Center in NY in April 2015

 Monday, February 9, 2015
8:30 am-2pm
Complimentary boxed lunch included

See our website for Competition info and links: Click Here

Please contact Victoria Arnold with questions:

The English-Speaking Union
47 W. Division , Suite 388
Chicago 60610


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