Winter Park, Florida’s very own Sophia Wise, who captivated audiences with her sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, did the city proud at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, winning 3rd prize. The Winter Park High School student was in New York on the 26th of April, where she competed with 58 other ESU winners from all over the country at Lincoln Center. Sophia previously won first place at the regional ESU competition in Central Florida.
For winning third place at the ESU National Shakespeare Competition, Sophia also received a $500 courtesy of the Shakespeare Society.
Other winners of the national competition include ESU Dallas Branch regional winner John-Michael Lyles, who won 1st prize. For placing first, Lyles also received the union’s Amanda Steele Scholarship, getting him a spot at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s Young Actors Summer School, a prestigious institution in London.
The runner-up to the nationals is ESU St. Louis Branch regional winner Caroline Amos, who also received a gift prize of $1000.
The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is a program designed to develop the speaking and critical-thinking skills of students from all over the country, helping them find an interest in literature as they discover for themselves the wonder and beauty of Shakespeare’s masterpieces.
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