The Bolles School will host the English-Speaking Union Jacksonville Branch’s National Shakespeare Competition on February 22 at 9 a.m.
Competing students represent many schools around Northeast Florida including Stanton, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Mandarin High School and Douglas Anderson School for the Arts. They participated in in-house contests at their schools to narrow down the contestants. At Bolles, Gabriel Bassin ’20, Brenna Hughes ’21 and Sophie Grace Posick ’22 presented monologues and sonnets during a competition last week. Hughes was named the Bolles in-house competition winner and Posick took runner-up. Both orators will compete in the Jacksonville ESU Shakespeare competition at Bolles February 22.
“The Bolles School in-house Shakespeare competition has become quite a tradition over the last couple of years and this year the standard was very high,” said Marie Kervin, Bolles Oratory Coach and public speaking instructor. She invited all members of the Bolles community to campus to watch Hughes and Posick compete against speakers from local schools. Students are vying for a big prize: an all-expense paid trip to New York to participate in the nationwide competition in April.