On Thursday, January 8, 2015, UDHS English Dept. Chair Kelsey Bierling and Gifted Seminar teacher Jessica Baton hosted the second annual Upper Darby High School Shakespeare Competition, a qualifier for the Philadelphia Branch of the English Speaking Union's Shakespeare Competition. Participating students were tasked with choosing a monologue from one of Shakespeare's plays and performing it dramatically on stage. Students were prohibited from using costumes or props, so their acting ability could truly shine. Hedgerow Theater Company members Lily Dwoskin and Susan Wefel served as judges. Freshman Cleo Hoey came in first place for her recitation of one of Juliet's monologues from Romeo and Juliet. The following students came in second place, third place, and honorable mention respectively: William Irving, Sophia Desko, and Mallory Perry. Cleo will go on to perform her monologue and recite a selected sonnet at the Philadelphia competition on February 16, 2015 at Adrienne Theater.