Wingate University announces winners of 30th annual Shakespeare Competition

Bradley Kesling, a student at Charlotte Christian, was the 1st place high school winner
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C –Winners of the 30th annual Shakespeare Competition held at Wingate University on Feb. 27, 2014 have been announced. High school winners were:
1st Place: Bradley Kesling, Charlotte Christian
2nd Place: Alex Woodcook, Ardrey Kell
3rd Place: Jacob McHugh, Ardrey Kell
Honorable Mention: Domonique Smith, Ardrey Kell

Middle school winners were:
1st Place: Aman Singh, J. M. Robinson MS
2nd Place: Orlando Lyons, Albemarle Road MS
3rd Place: Rixey Terry, Northwest School of the Arts
Honorable Mention: Emily Taylor, Northwest School of the Arts
Honorable Mention: Caitlin G. O’Brien, J. M. Robinson
Honorable Mention: Cori Ferguson, J. M. Robinson

All 300+ participants received a certificate. Plaques were 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. The competition is held in association with the English-Speaking Union of the U.S.; and is supported by the Union County Community Arts Council Arts in the Schools Grant Program and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

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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