Shakespeare Competition winners announced

NEWS RELEASE Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer
February 20, 2013

Wingate, N.C. – In association with the English-Speaking Union of the United States, Wingate University hosted the annual Shakespeare Competition yesterday. Nearly 300 middle and high school students from surrounding schools competed.

For the preliminary round, students recited a sonnet and a portion of a Shakespeare play before a faculty/staff judge and a student judge. Winners in the preliminary round competed in the final round of the contest at the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center on Wingate’s campus.

The first-place winner in the high school division receives a free trip to New York City to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition. Wingate University tuition scholarships will be given to first through third 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.
The winners in the high school division are:
1st Place Jacob Michael McHugh (Ardrey Kell HS)
2nd Place Anthony J. Sims (A. L. Brown HS)
3rd Place Nkeki Obi-Melekwe (CATA)
Honorable Mention Jada Walters (Providence HS)

Middle school division winners:
1st Place Sarah Roberts (Alexander Graham)
2nd Place Rachel Wainscott (J. M. Robinson)
3rd Place Alex Woodcook (Community House)
Honorable Mention Aman Singh (J. M. Robinson)
Honorable Mention Troi Pryor (Community House)
Honorable Mention Calvin Lane (Crestdale)

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 6th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves nearly 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews 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 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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