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Students Bring Words of Shakespeare to Life

The words of Shakespeare came alive at Merion Mercy Academy on February 5, as students competed in the school's annual Shakespeare Competition. Students presented monologues from a variety of Shakespeare's plays. 

Gabrielle Bass '19 won first place and goes on to the Philadelphia Branch competition later this month. In second was Victoria Conroy '20 and third place went to Grace Brazunas '20.

The Shakespeare Competition is sponsored by the English Speaking Union of the United States and designed to help high school students develop their understanding of  Shakespeare's works. Contestants from across the country advance from school contests to community competitions, and, finally, to a national competition. 

Gabrielle Bass '19



Throughout the English curriculum, teachers highlight the ways in which literature is influenced by and influences history and culture. During the course of their studies, students will become familiar with the great writers and thinkers of American and British Literature and will also be exposed to some of the best works of world literature.The English Department, recognizing the power of the spoken and written word to inform, inspire, and transform, seeks to help students become critical thinkers, discerning readers, proficient writers, and eloquent speakers. To accomplish its goal, the department maintains rigorous standards, offers exciting courses, and provides opportunities for students to participate in academic contests and to publish their work.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Understand historical/literary periods of the United States and Great Britain
  • Develop the reading skills necessary to comprehend, analyze, and enjoy fiction and non-fiction works 
  • Possess knowledge of literary techniques and devices
  • Make thematic connections with material covered in other curriculum areas       
  • Have experience writing in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Develop a personal style and voice
  • Develop precision and clarity of expression in their writing and speaking
  • Effectively use technology to gather and synthesize information and to communicate ideas                                                                                             

Course Descriptions

The English Department offers a broad range of courses. A-level classes are open to qualified students. Freshmen are placed based upon their standardized test scores, HSPT results, placement test, and 7th and 8thgrade marks. Thereafter, students are placed by the department. Students are required to take Literature and Writing, American Literature, British Literature, Effective Writing, and two semesters of courses selected from those numbered from 140 to 150. 


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An independent, Catholic, all-girls college preparatory high school for grades 9-12
Merion Mercy Academy
511 Montgomery Avenue Merion Station, PA 19066
P (610) 664-6655
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