Get Ready for the 2004 Shakespeare Competition!

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NOTICE: There are two mistakes on the "Selections for the Semifinal and Finial Competitions" sheet of the 2nd mailing they should read as follows...

For Men:

ROMEO AND JULIET: Act I, Scene I, Lines 81-97
Prince: Rebellious subjects" to "the forfeit of the peace."

LOVE LABOUR'S LOST: Act V Scene II, Lines 315-34
Berowne: " This fellow pecks" to "honey-tongued Boyet"

You can download the corrected 2nd mailing below

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First Mailing - 2004

Second Mailing - 2004

Third Mailing - 2004 (coming)

The National Shakespeare Competition is the ESU's largest educational initiative that is mentioned by services, both in terms of outreach and visibility. Working in conjunction with schools and local communities, it provides teachers with a curriculum-based program for introducing and promoting the study of Shakespeare. Through the memorization and interpretation of a monologue and a sonnet, students are encouraged to develop their communication skills and an appreciation of language and literature. Since 1983, almost 145,000 young people in 60 communities nationwide have participated in the program.

Information about the local Cincinnati area competition is sent out to area schools each year. The following letters were sent out this year. A third letter will be sent to those who participate. If your school has not received a letter or it has not reached the proper person please drop us a line at .

The finals of the Cincinnati Branch of the ESU 2003 Shakespeare Competition occurred on March 1st. Following are the the results:

First Place - Jessica Rothert - School for the Creative and Performing Arts

Second Place - Katie Trauth - Scott High School

Third Place - Katelyn Groh - Mother of Mercy High School

Melissa Anderson - Seven Hills Upper School
Jeffrey Lynch - Cincinnati Country Day School
Nina T. Yarbrough - Withrow High School

Special Thanks - This year both days of the competition were held at The Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival. We are very grateful and the contestants loved to perform on their stage. Thanks again.

Competition Photos:

Janice Flanagan (Co-Chair), Jessica Rothert, Melissa Anderson,
Katie Trauth, Katelyn Groh, Jeffrey Lynch, Nina T. Yarbrough, Bob Amott (Co-Chair)

Robert & Eileen McCarthy provided all the finalists
a gift of a Shakespeare Tote Bag. A big thank you to
the McCarthys.

Helping out... Jason Bruffy, Shakespeare Festival
Shirley Schooler & Jane Anderson, ESU Members

List of Participating Schools - 2004

List of Participating Schools - 2003