30th Shakespeare Competition at Wingate University to be held on Feb. 11

Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, NC – Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and King Lear will come alive at Wingate University’s 30th annual Shakespeare Competition held on Feb. 11, 2014. 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, 2014 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 11a.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 with questions. More information about the competition can be found at

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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