Almost 300 students competed. In the preliminary round, students recited a sonnet and a portion of a Shakespeare play before a faculty/staff judge and a student judge. Winners advanced to the final round.
Jacob won a free trip to New York City to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition. Wingate University tuition scholarships will be given to first- through third-place winners in the high school division. Anthony J. Simos of Brown High was second; Nkeki Obi-Melekwe of Central Academy of Technology & Arts was third.