***Update*** Congratulations to Spencer Morvillo for winning the "People's Choice" award in this year's Shakespeare competition! Big thanks to the GR community for their support!
Glen Ridge High School freshman Spencer Morvillo won the regional round of the 2021 English-Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition. Spencer was chosen by a panel of judges as the winner among all the entries across the state of NJ with his performance of a King Richard monologue from Richard II and Sonnet 137. Spencer will now represent the Monmouth County Branch at the ESU National Competition in April.
The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-based education program in which high school students read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespeare’s works. Since 1983, the competition has helped more than 400,000 young Americans develop communication skills and an appreciation for language and literature.
Glen Ridge HS has participated in this tradition annually but this year was very different as students had to compete virtually due to the pandemic. Despite these challenges, our students performed a Shakespearean monologue and recited a sonnet from a curated selection on March 12, 2021. Competitors were judged on their understanding of the texts and on their ability to communicate that understanding to an audience. Judges included Kate Balaschak, Patrick Hansen, and Smita Ganatra.
Congratulations Spencer! We wish you all the best in Nationals!