Forty-four Taft students sat for the National Latin Exam (NLE) earlier this year. When the results were announced this week, it was clear that Tafties are well-prepared, highly-capable Latin scholars.
"Taft had a really great year," notes Latin Teacher Lisa Parente. "We had 44 students sit for the exam, and 27 of them earned awards, including eight gold medals (summa cum laude)."
The NLE is given annually to Latin students across the globe. Individual tests include general exams at the introductory, beginning, and intermediate levels, as well as intermediate and advanced reading comprehension exams, and advanced prose and poetry testing. Depending upon their score, students may earn certificates, medals, and may even qualify for scholarships.
Awards earned by Taft students in this year's NLE are:
Summa cum Laude (gold medal)
Intermediate Latin: Babi Marques Jones, Antonia Hill, Lottie Story
Intermediate Latin Reading Comprehension: Grace Deng, Alice Lander, Catherine Peng, Mercury Titterton
Advanced Latin Poetry Reading: Steve Mayer
Maxima cum Laude (silver medal)
Beginning Latin: Trevor Stellmach, Michael Ren, Tiffany Zong, Eno-Yaa Kissi, Sam Lovell
Intermediate Latin: Andy Chung, Brooke Smith
Intermediate Latin Reading Comprehension: Daniel Deng
Advanced Latin Reading Comprehension: Sheina Patrick
Magna cum Laude
Beginning Latin: Jacob Lucas, Casey O'Toole, Elise Taylor, Georgie Willard
Intermediate Latin: Matt Ramirez, Ania Joszczyk
Intermediate Latin Reading Comprehension: Quinn Hedges
Advanced Latin Poetry Reading: Yuk Sum Chan
Intermediate Latin: Will Sherer, Lilly Bunnell
Congratulations to all!
The National Latin Exam promotes and supports the learning and teaching of the Latin language, while providing every Latin student the opportunity to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in their study of the Latin language and culture. Participants do not compete with other student son a comparative basis, but are evaluated solely on their own performance on the exam.