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Students participate in annual Shakespeare competition

Cazenovia High School Shakespeare aficionados Natalie Roszel, left, Orresta Paddock, Jess McDonough, and Sophie Heath attended the recent English Speaking Union Annual Shakespeare Competition at Syracuse stage. Paddock was crowned the victor.

Cazenovia High School Shakespeare aficionados Natalie Roszel, left, Orresta Paddock, Jess McDonough, and Sophie Heath attended the recent English Speaking Union Annual Shakespeare Competition at Syracuse stage. Paddock was crowned the victor. Christie Brenneck

The winner of the regional competition was Collin Purcell, a junior from Fayetteville-Manlius High School with a great understanding of Shakespeare’s work. He performed Jaques from “As You Like It” and “Sonnet Number 65.”

As an English and Shakespeare lover, I was very excited to see new members join the club. This year’s club consisted of Ian Abernathy, Sophie Heath, Orresta Paddock, Bob Louis, Jack Woltman, Natalie Roszel, Emma Dudley, Conner Carroll, Kyle Markowski, Gillian Brod and Jess McDonough.

Our advisors are Mrs. Brenneck and Mrs. Everard, both English teachers at Cazenovia High School.

As a three-year member of Cazenovia’s Shakespeare Club, it makes me very happy when my friends tell me they want to join next year. Many people join the club because it is a fun way to learn Shakespeare, and you get to do it with your friends. When my friend Sophie and I joined while in eighth grade, we had no idea what the club was all about, but we soon came to love it.

I would encourage more teens to join; you gain life experiences that you couldn’t pick up anywhere else.

Jess McDonough is a sophomore at Cazenovia High School and member of the Cazenovia Shakespeare Club.

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