Wingate announces Shakespeare winners

Albemarle Middle student takes first in Shakespeare Competition

Wingate, NC –Macbeth, Hamlet and Othello came alive at Wingate University’s annual Shakespeare competition last week as middle and high school students from surrounding schools competed on campus with sonnets and recitations.

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 went on to compete in the final round of the contest at the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center.

The winners of the Shakespeare competition for middle school students are:

1st: Tristan Simmons (Albemarle Road Middle School)

2nd: Nathan Pillmore (Charlotte Christian Middle School)

3rd: Kaylan Cox (Albemarle Road Middle School)

4th: Franklin Ockerman (Homeschool)

5th: Hannah Coffman (Randolph Middle School)

The winners for the Shakespeare competition for high school students are:

1st:John Pizzato (Northwest School of the Arts)

2nd: Corynne Wagener (Charlotte Christian MS)

3rd: Polly Katherine Hilton (Charlotte Christian MS)

4th: Kyra Gemberling (Northwest School of the Arts)

5th: Allen Carpenter (Central Academy of Technology and Arts)

The first through fifth place winners in the high school division received Wingate University tuition scholarships. The top reciter in high school division (9th grade through 12th grade) received an all-expense-paid opportunity to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition in New York City in

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery, and community service.

Wingate offers 34 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music, and sports sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in business, education, physician assistant studies and sports administration. In addition, the school awards the doctor of pharmacy and the doctor of education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past three years. -end-