On Monday, March 19th, students and teachers from across the Washington DC metro area gathered at the The Lansburgh Theatre, home of the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) in downtown DC, to compete in the 29th Annual National Shakespeare Competition. Representing Middleburg Academy, senior Alexandra (Alex) Hess performed Hamlet's famous "To be or not be..." soliloquy and Shakespearean Sonnet 43. Student competitors presented their pieces to a panel of three judges of local theatre professionals including the Director of Education at STC. The students also participated in a Shakespearean Monologue Workshop and a Q&A session with a group of three professional actors affiliated with STC. Middleburg Academy's Drama Teacher, David Sturdevant, attended the event and commented, "This was a tremendous event for all the of the competitors. Alex did an amazing job representing the school and made some great connections with other students and professionals. So many teachers expressed to me what an outstanding job she did." While not selected as a finalist for the national finals, Alex was pleased with the experience. "It was an honor to present on this stage where so many great Shakespearean actors have performed. I learned a lot and made some great friends. I hope the school will continue to participate in the future."