MHS junior wins regional Shakespeare competition
Posted on 02/25/2015

MHS junior, Eric Armstrong, won first place at the regional English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition, held at Lewis and Clark College. He was supported by the local McMinnville ESU Branch, acting coach Judith Miller, and MHS Drama Director, Bethany Mason.

Through this unique competition, students are encouraged to develop their communication and acting skills, as well as an appreciation of the power of language and literature. Eric’s first place award is an all-expenses paid trip to New York City in April to compete in the nationals competition. 

Eric came into the Drama department last year as a sophomore, and he brought a lot of gusto and dedication with him. He made an impression on me because when he didn't get cast in a play right away, or get into the advanced class that he wanted, he didn't give up. He kept on trying, and that stood out because I don't see many kids persevering through disappointment like that.

He is a disciplined actor and works hard to advance his acting craft and to be involved with theatre on all levels. Beyond being involved in my plays, he has participated in a summer intensive acting program in Seattle, has been in a show at the local Gallery Theatre, and he also spearheaded the Talent Showcase last year at MHS.

Eric is definitely a mover and shaker, I couldn't be prouder of his recent win at the regional ESU Shakespeare competition.