Candace Lebron-Williams, a member of the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) Shakespeare Company, took top honors at the fourth annual Shakespeare at Notre Dame Regional Monologue Competition held December 10 at the Robinson Center.
Lebron-Williams, a senior at John Adams High School, won accolades for her performance of the prologue from Henry V. She now advances to the English Speaking Union of the United States (ESUUS) State Shakespeare Competition in Indianapolis, to be held in February, and will compete for the opportunity to represent Indiana at the national competition in New York.
Twenty-eight area students from 11 schools competed in the regional contest. New to the competition was the addition of a collegiate division, comprised of 14 freshmen enrolled in Notre Dame professor’s Nicole McLaughlin’s Writing and Rhetoric class.
“To see such a rich engagement with Shakespeare’s language by primary and secondary school students is nothing short of inspirational,” said Scott Jackson, Shakespeare at Notre Dame’s executive Director. “These kids are excelling in an area that few adults would ever imagine possible.”
The winners and runner-ups for each division are:
High School Division:
Winner: Candace Lebron-Williams
Runner-up: Joan Becker
Middle School Division
Winner: Indonesia Holt
Runner-up: Zion Williams
Elementary School Division
Winner: India McKinney
Runner-up: Kashlin Biffle
Winner: Kendra Rask
Runner-up: Robert Pak
Founded in 2001 as an initiative between the University of Notre Dame and the Northeast Neighborhood, the RCLC aims to strengthen the surrounding area through relationship building and educational opportunities by promoting innovation and excellence. In its nine-year history, more than 5,500 people have participated in classes and activities at the RCLC.
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Originally published at newsinfo.nd.edu.