The Cardinal Gibbons National English Honor Society hosted their annual Shakespeare monologue competition on Thursday, Jan. 24, on campus, where sophomore Danielle Polidora took first overall performing a monologue from “Romeo and Juliet.”
Under the direction of moderator Ms. Melissa Sweeney, twelve students memorized monologues from Shakespeare’s famous works, including “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hamlet,” and performed them in front of an audience, as well as five guest judges. The judges for the competition included: Mr. Erick Crow, director of choral activities and drama; Mrs. Wendy Kalis, English teacher; Mr. Daniel Marguriet, English teacher; Mr. Paul Ott, principal; and Mr. Brett Carr, administrative assistant for the Guidance Department. Participants were judged on the accuracy of their monologue, as well as the overall quality of their performance.
Polidora is now eligible to compete in a local district competition, where she will have the chance to earn a spot in the 36th Annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City on Sunday, April 29, and Monday, April 30, where some of the nation’s most exceptional students will gather to compete for scholarship prizes.