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Junior qualifies for national Shakespeare Monologue Competition

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Back in January, the English Honor Society and Dead Poet’s Society hosted their first-ever Renaissance Festival. Among the festivities at the event was the second annual schoolwide Shakespeare monologue competition. Last year, the event was held on a separate occasion by the English department rather than being integrated within the Ren Fest.

Last year’s monologue contest winner junior Gabriela Coutinho returned Jan. 20 to compete in the contest for a second time. After performing Tamora’s Act I Scene I monologue from Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and Sonnet 116, Coutinho won the contest once again, and would return to the regional competition.

At the Fort Lauderdale English-Speaking Union (ESU) Shakespeare Monologue Contest, Coutinho won first place and secured herself a spot at the national competition in Lincoln Center on Shakespeare Day, April 23.

Joanne is a junior at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. Although this is only her second year on the newspaper staff, her passion for journalism is a crucial part of her life. In addition to constantly advertising iPatriot, Joanne is also a member of Quill and Scroll and Key Club and serves as treasurer of the English Honor Society, secretary of the Chinese Honor Society and secretary and historian for the Mu Alpha Theta math team. While she does consider herself quite the math nerd, in her free time she enjoys listening to music or learning how to improve her photography.

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