Latin Students Excel on National Exam
Seven Medals Earned in Eighth Grade
At a School assembly on April 17, nineteen Green Vale School students were
honored for the scores they earned on this year’s National Latin Exam.
In grade 7, Olivia, Sharmeen, Alexandra and Kyle scored above the national average of 31 out of 40 on the Introduction to Latin exam and earned Certificates of Achievement. Additionally, Georgina, Amelia, Anton and Donovan earned a Purple Ribbon and Certificate for Outstanding Achievement, as they scored over 36 out of 40.
In grade 8, students took the Latin I exam and notable scores above the national average of 27 were earned by Somes and Andrew cum laude and Elizabeth and Julianne, who received Magna Cum Laude. Christian, Julian, Addison, John and Alexander each earned Silver Medals and received honors Maxima Cum Laude.
Last but not least, Elle and Riggs led the eighth grade with the highest honors, Summa Cum Laude, bringing home two gold medals!
Latin teacher John Feliciano added, “When asked, ‘why take a so-called dead language?’ I usually offer the rebuttal that Latin is ubiquitous. Whether one opens a science textbook to study anatomy or biological nomenclature, speaks a Romance Language or English, or is learning about the branches of government or handles US currency, they will undoubtedly encounter and use Latin. My most compelling argument tends to be that Latin is kept alive not only by the Papacy, but also more importantly by students of Latin, who dedicate themselves to a pursuit of knowledge that connects to most other disciplines. Today is a testament that they truly embody the mottos Labor Omnia Vincit (work conquers all) and Optima Durant (the best things endure)”.
Mastery of Latin is one of many academic traditions at Green Vale that have helped prepare graduates to succeed at some of the finest and most challenging high schools and colleges in the country.