The finals of the 2016 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition were held May 2nd in New York City. For more information on this education program, visit www.esuus.org. Ten high school students were picked out of a group of 55 contestants from across the country to compete in the final round. In this level of competition, students presented a monologue of no more than twenty lines, a sonnet and a randomized cold reading of a monologue (in whatever order they wished). Judges evaluated how well they understood their selected pieces and how effectively they expressed and communicated that understanding. The winner was Ari Dalbert from the ESU Hawaii Branch. Zoë Oliver from the ESU Greenwich Branch was the runner-up, and Cecilia Harchegani from the ESU San Diego Branch placed 3rd. The finalists were: Devin Bean (Boston Branch); Madison Breske (Delaware Branch); Jordan Ford (San Francisco Branch); Abel Garcia (New York Branch); Rachel Hartner (Research Triangle NC Branch); Jake Mulé (Desert Palm Springs Branch); and Tristan Whitney (Nashville Branch).