Shakespeare Competition at Wingate University

Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, NC – Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and King Lear will come alive at Wingate University’s annual Shakespeare Competition scheduled for Feb. 28. 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.

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. Lunch is included with the entry fee. Union County students and CMS middle school students should submit a $6 fee; CMS high school students, CMS private school students and those outside Union and Charlotte-Mecklenburg counties should submit a $9 entry fee. Wingate University tuition scholarships will be given to first through fifth place winners in the high school division. This project is supported by the Union County Community Arts Council Arts in the Schools Grant Program and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. More information about the contest 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 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 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 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 and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to