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29 Competed for National stage!

The Northern Ohio Regional Competition winner was Claire Kapitan from St. Joseph Academy. She strove for three years to make it to the top! She earned a free trip to the National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City. There she will compete with about 50 students for a summer scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England. Congratulations Claire. And to her teachers Anne Ising and Becky McNulty.

Here are some photos of the very competitive Competition. Students are learning deeper literacy by lifting words from the page onto the stage. Over the last three years, the First Place winners each had competed for three years in a row, honing their skills.

FIRST PLACE, Claire Kapitan, St. Joseph Academy 

SECOND PLACE, Stella Connelly, Hawken Upper School
THIRD PLACE, Madeleine Mckenney, Shaker Heights High School  
Anna Abundis, Grosse Pointe South High School 
Anthony Cuevas, Elyria Catholic High School 
Pablo Pineda, Lake Ridge Academy
Jill Reef, Western Reserve Academy 
Jenna Guinan, Hawken Upper School
Casey Wilcox, Laurel School  

Thank you to all who worked so very hard for the success of students who participated within their schools and in the Regional Competition. Thanks you teachers, parents, ESU members, judges and donors! 

Judges included:
Terry Bugler, Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Donald Carrier, CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program
Eric Coble Playwright
Sharon Divell, ESU Member
Tom Hamilton, Actor
William Johnson, Educator
Carol Laursen, Playwright


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