MHS Junior Eric Armstrong wins semi-finalist honors in New York Shakespeare competition
Posted on 05/05/2015

As a regional Shakespeare competition winner, MHS junior Eric Armstrong  earned a chance to compete against 57 students from around the country in the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center Theater in New York on April 27. 

Armstrong performed a sonnet and a monologue at the 32nd annual competition. All of the student participants spent two days participating in educational and cultural activities in New York City, including an acting workshop at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. 

MHS Drama Director Bethany Mason has praised Eric's dedication to his craft and credits his attitude and work ethic for his achievement of this honor. 

The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition is a school-based program designed to help students develop their speaking and critical thinking skills and their appreciation of literature as they explore the beauty of the language and timeless themes in Shakespeare’s works. In three progressive competition levels, students memorize, interpret, and perform monologues and sonnets in their own schools, at ESU Branch-sponsored community competitions and at the National Shakespeare Competition. The program has engaged more than 250,000 young people since its inception. Citing its 32nd season this year, the Honorable Bill De Blasio, Mayor of the City of New York, proclaimed April 27th as William Shakespeare Day. 

For more information, read the press release.