14 PJ students earn awards for high scores on National Latin Exam


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Pope John XXIII Regional High School



SPARTA — Fourteen Pope John XXIII Regional High School students recently received awards and certificates for achieving top-four scores on the National Latin Exam.

The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a 40-question, multiple-choice test that is offered to students on seven levels: Introduction to Latin, Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Latin III/IV Prose, and Latin III/IV Poetry exams: On these exams, which have a time limit of 45 minutes, there are questions on grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin, and Latin in use in the modern world,” according to the NLE.

Two Pope John students — senior Isabella DiBernadino and freshman Tucker Austin — each earned a gold medal and Summa Cum Laude certificate for being top scorers on their respective exams. DiBernadino was a top scorer on the Latin I exam, while Austin was a top scorer on the Latin II exam.

Ten students — junior Liam Dempsey, eighth grade student Spencer Randall, freshman Joseph Mazich, freshman Lily Marino, freshman Calvin Woo, junior Catherine Jhong, sophomore Lucy Campbell, sophomore Logan Hanley, junior Connor Dempsey and junior Eden Espinosa — each were awarded a silver medal and a Maxima Cum Laude certificate for being second-place finishers on their respective exams.

Liam Dempsey and Randall placed second on the Latin I exam; Mazich, Marino and Woo placed second on the Latin II exam; Jhong, Campbell and Hanley placed second on the Latin III Prose exam; and Connor Dempsey and Espinosa placed second on the Latin IV Prose exam.

Rounding out the Lions’ award winners were freshmen Kyle Miller and Parker Higgins, who each earned a Cum Laude certificate for placing fourth on the Latin II exam.

“We are extremely proud of all of our students who did so well on the National Latin Exam,” Pope John XXIII Regional High School President Rev. Monsignor Kieran McHugh said. “When many schools have given up on the classics, Pope John has maintained its standard in studying the classics, especially Latin.”

“I couldn't be happier,” Pope John first-year Latin teacher Giulia Gavin said. “I told our students during the first week of class a Latin proverb, 'Qui scribit, bis discit,’ which means ‘He who writes reads twice.” They remembered this as they prepared for this exam. The exam has challenging tests, and our students rose to the occasion. I am so very proud of each and every one of them. ”



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