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Mid-Pacific Institute student wins national Shakespearean title

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mid-Pacific Institute senior, Sarah Spalding, became the second student from Hawaii to ever win the English-Speaking Union's National Shakespeare Competition at the Lincoln Center in New York Monday.

More than 15,000 high school students from 56 districts vied for a chance at the national title. The top from each of those districts took the stage for the finals.

Spalding faced other district champions with a monologue and sonnet as Rosalind from “As You Like It,” and with a “cold reading” from “A Winter's Tale.”

Her first place performance won her a full ride to Young Actors' Summer School at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Spalding is no stranger to the stage with major roles in Mid-Pacific's musicals “Grease,” “Legally Blonde,” and “Glass.”

She and her advisor Jon Watt are celebrating Spalding's accomplishment and returned to Hawaii Tuesday.

The first English-Speaking Union's National Shakespeare Competition winner from Hawaii was Punahou's Connor Lawhorn in 2011. He is now a student at Williams College in Massachusetts.

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