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Wingate to host annual Shakespeare competition

January 16, 2014

WINGATE — Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and King Lear will come alive at Wingate University’s 30th annual Shakespeare Competition held on Feb. 11. In association with the English-Speaking Union of the United States, middle and high school students from surrounding schools are invited to the campus to compete in the contest each year. Jan. 21 is the deadline to register.


For the preliminary round, students recite a sonnet and a portion of a Shakespeare play before a faculty/staff judge and a student judge. Winners in the preliminary round then go on to compete in the final round of the contest at the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center.


More than 300 students usually participate in this popular event that runs from 11 a.m. until an awards ceremony at 2:15 p.m. All participants receive a certificate. Plaques will be awarded to winners in each division. The first-place winner in the high school division receives a free trip to New York City to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition at the Lincoln Center. First through third place in the high school division are awarded a $2,500 scholarship renewable annually for four years if they are admitted to Wingate.


This project is supported by the Union County Community Arts Council Arts in the Schools Grant Program and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Contact Pam Merrill at pmerrill@wingate.edu with questions. More information about the competition can be found at http://www.wingate.edu/academics/annual-shakespeare-competition.