A Sierra Vista teen placed as a semifinalist in the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition Monday.

Rachel Ruby Squires of Buena High School was one of 58 students competing at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York City. She qualified for the national contest after winning a regional competition.

The program is designed to help students develop their speaking and critical thinking skills and their appreciation of literature. Students memorize, interpret and perform monologues and sonnets in their own schools, at ESU Branch-sponsored community competitions and at the National Shakespeare Competition.

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