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Students Shine In Shakespeare Contest

Group photo of students in contest


Kate Jeon holds award

On Thursday, February 15th, sixteen Avonworth Middle and High School students traveled to the O'Reilly Theater in downtown Pittsburgh to participate in the preliminary round of the annual Pittsburgh Public Theater Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest.  

In the weeks leading up to the contest, they each chose a monologue or scene to perform and learned about the character and play that they selected.  They then set to work memorizing their lines and "becoming" their characters.  On February 2nd, they had the opportunity to work with a teaching artist/coach from the Pittsburgh Public Theater.  The coach came to the middle school and worked one on one with students, helping them to better understand their scenes and deliver their lines.

During the weeks of Feb. 5th and Feb. 12th, more than 800 students from 80+ different schools and organizations across the city performed in the  preliminary rounds of the contest.  And after thoughtful deliberation by the judges, the finalists were announced.  Receiving an Honorable Mention in the Upper Division (grades 8-12) Scene contest were Emma Noss and Sadie Walsh, and receiving Honorable Mentions in the Upper Division Monologue Contest were Lyra Klinedinst and Lyla Sebeck.  Named a Finalist in the Lower Division (grades 4-7) Monologue Contest was Kate Jeon.

Kate was then invited to perform live on stage at the O'Reilly Theater on Monday, Feb. 26th in the Showcase of Finalists.  Here the top performers in the Upper and Lower Divisions in both the Monologue and Scene categories were highlighted in front of a packed house.  After an evening of outstanding performances, the winners were announced.  Bringing home top honors in the Lower Division Monologue Contest was Kate Jeon!



  • Avonworth High School
  • Avonworth Middle School
  • Avonworth School District