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2020 Shakespeare Competition

2020 Shakespeare Competition Portland Branch

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition: Portland Branch was held on Saturday, February 13 at the Fir Acres Theatre, Lewis and Clark College, Portland. We were proud to host 8 extraordinary student thespians, from various high schools across the state. First prize was awarded to Evan Ewing, of McMinnville High School, McMinnville, Oregon.  

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2018 Shakespeare Competition

 Portland 2018 Shakespeare Competition Winner

Student Broen McCloskey pictured winning Portland's 2018 Shakespeare competition

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2019 Shakespeare Competition

Portland student performs at the
36th Annual National Shakespeare Competition in
New York City


April 30, 2019 — New York City: April 29th may have been a normal Monday for most high school students, but for Elizabeth Hennessey from Seton Catholic College Prep it will be a day to remember forever. Elizabeth, student of Linda Scheurman, placed as a semifinalist at the 36th Annual National Shakespeare Competition celebrating William Shakespeare's birthday while competing against 50 students from around the US on stage at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater. The event is the culmination of a year-long competition hosted by the English-Speaking Union (ESU).

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2016 Shakespeare Competition


With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Michael Martinoff  from McMinnville, OR, a student of Bethany Mason at McMinnville High School in McMinnville, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Michael previously won the ESU Portland Branch competition.

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Susan Ferris - National Merit Award Winner

Portland Branch President Susan Ferris receiving National Merit Award from ESU Chairman Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill at National ESU Conference in NYC, October 11, 2015

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Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program - Nicholas Bennett JP

Up Close and Personal with a Member of the British Parliament

22 April 2015 - 6:30 pm Parish Hall- St. Marks Church

In his lecture Mr. Bennett looks at the differences and similarities between the ways in which the US and
British political and governmental systems work, including recent innovations in Britain adopted from
US practice. Mr Bennett looks at the state of the 'Special Relationship' between the US and Britain in the
light of the Obama Administration's declaration of a 'Pacific Presidency', as well as the challenges facing
both countries in tackling government debt and in moving towards disengagement in Afghanistan. 

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Page Scholar

Evening meal with Page Scholar
Nial Pickering

From Liverpool, England as he talks to us about teaching science and the UK and how he is contrasting it with teaching science in the USA. 

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Portland Branch Dinner Meeting

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Speaker Event - Sue Peabody

On January 21, Dr. Sue Peabody, professor of history at Washington State University/Vancouver spoke to Portland, Oregon, ESU members and their guests about slavery in the French colonies.  Dr. Peabody, also associate chair of the history department at WSU/Vancouver explained to her attentive audience that France had an active slave trade but nothing has been written about it.  Her book revolves around the life of a man called Furcy who was enslaved in the Franch Colonies in the 1800's.  The book she's writing while on sabbatical will be translated into French so French Nationals can realize this piece of their history.

The luncheon meeting was held at Ft. Vancouver's restaurant, The Grant House, located on the north side of the Columbia River in Washington State.  U.S. President Ulysses Grant was stationed at Ft. Vancouver early in his military career.

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A Message from the Portland Branch President

Dear ESU Member or Prospective Member,

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