SKANEATELES | As he prepares to compete in the national Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City May 4 to 6, Jeffrey Kringer was recognized in his home auditorium by members of the Syracuse branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, the sponsors of the contest.

The representatives visited Skaneateles High School to recognize all participants in the Skaneateles competition and to present Kringer with the plaque that carries the names of annual winners in the regional competition.

The last time a Skaneateles student won this competition was nine years ago, when Pilar Castro-Kiltz went to Lincoln Center to compete nationally.

After winning the in-school competition and the regional competition, Kringer will be one of 60 competitors for the national honor. The prize for the national winner is a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Young Actors Summer School in London.

According to the ESU, "The purpose of the competition is to develop students' understanding of Shakespeare and his universality, as well as to support the worldwide ESU's mission of celebrating English as a shared language and fostering global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators and members."

Supporters of the competition include the Allyn Foundation, Richard Mather Fund and members of ESU's Syracuse branch.

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Lori Ruhlman is the school information officer for the Skaneateles Central School District.

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