AUSTIN Cove Baptist College students took all the top three awards at the finals of the 2017 Canning Shakespeare Competition at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
The competition was won by 17-year old Paris Meeres as Phoebe from As You Like It.
Second and third prizes went to Jade Chilcott and Caiden Doye.
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie hosted the finals of the competition with 10 students from the Peel region performing before an expert panel.
The competition, run last year by Mr Hastie with co-sponsor Senator Dean Smith, invited students aged 15-17 to submit a video performance of a monologue from one of Shakespeare’s works.
The top 10 were chosen for the final performance.
Mr Hastie said the competition was about encouraging young people to engage with the works of Shakespeare as well as strengthening the community.
“The arts are a great way of bringing people together from all walks of life,’’ he said.
“Shakespeare was one of the greatest story tellers of all time.
“I want the next generation of Australians to engage with this heritage , to experience it and internalise it.”
Entries were received from Austin Cove Baptist College, Mandurah Catholic College, Halls Head College, Pinjarra Senior High School, Frederick Irwin Anglican School and Mandurah Baptist College.