WHS senior to compete in Shakespeare contest
Westlake High School senior Emily Schordock won the regional Shakespeare competition and is now heading to New York City to complete nationally.
Schordock won the school-level contest on Feb. 9 and then beat out students from 25 Northern Ohio high schools at the English-Speaking Union’s High School Shakespeare Competition held in Westlake on Feb. 25. The contest was held in partnership with Great Lakes Theater.
Schordock’s monologue as Kate from “Taming of the Shrew” won her an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Competition on May 1 at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She will face about 50 competitors from around the country for a three-week scholarship to study William Shakespeare in London.
The English-Speaking Union, headquartered in London, England, celebrates English as a vital, globally-shared language, and encourages better English for a better world. The 25 schools that competed all participated in the Great Lakes Theater’s in-school Shakespeare workshops.
The competition involves each students performing both a sonnet and a well-known monologue from a Shakespeare play. Nationally, about 15,000 students are engaged at the local level each year. School winners advance to regional competitions, where judges are professionals form academic, theatrical and media organizations.