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Buffalo Seminary student heading to national Shakespeare competition

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Competitors in Buffalo's annual Shakespeare Competition on Feb. 11 at the Saturn Club. From left: Angel Dysart-Nunekpeku of Lafayette High School; Stephanie Eichinger (obscured) of Kenmore West High School; winner Eliza Hopkins of Buffalo Seminary; Fatimah Pennington of Tonawanda High School; Benjamin Langer of Williamsville East High School; Rashawnn Pope of Leonardo da Vinci High School; Elizabeth Koplas (obscured) of Starpoint High School; Rebecca Maciuba of Springville Griffith Institute; and David Tunis-Garcia of Hutchinson Central Technical High School.

Eliza Hopkins, a student at Buffalo Seminary, was the winner of Buffalo's ninth annual Shakespeare Competition, held at the Saturn Club on Feb. 11. Hopkins, who wowed the crowd and judges with her performance of several lines from "Richard III" and Shakespeare's sonnet 103, will travel to New York City's Lincoln Center on April 22 to compete at the national level of the competition, sponsored by the English-Speaking Union. Hopkins is pictured above, third from left, in a photo of this year's local competitors. Judges for the local competition included Bob Swados, Audre Bunis, Dan Shanahan and Vincent O'Neill.

--Colin Dabkowski

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