With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Westlake High School senior Emily Schordock placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City.
The competition took place May 1 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Emily previously won the ESU Cleveland Branch competition.
More than 20,000 high school students nationwide participated in the 2017 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition at the local, regional and national levels.
The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is a school-based program designed to help students develop speaking and critical thinking skills, and appreciation of literature, as they explore the beauty of the language and the timeless themes in Shakespeare’s works. In three progressive competition levels, students memorize, interpret and perform monologues and sonnets in their own schools, at ESU Branch-sponsored community competitions and at the national competition.
As a semi-finalist, Emily enjoyed two days of educational and cultural activities in New York City, including an exclusive acting workshop by the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University faculty. Emily was coached by WHS Language Arts teacher Ann Hasenohrl.