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Celebrating Our Latin Scholars

Every year, a handful of Scecina Memorial Latin students join over 140,000 others from across our nation in taking the National Latin Exam. The exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a timed, 40-question, multiple-choice test offered to students on seven levels.

This year, five Crusaders (pictured below with Latin teacher, Ms. Stephanie Syverson) took the 2014 National Latin Exam and were recognized for their high performance by receiving the following honors:                                                            

  • Cum Laude “With Honor” 
    • Luke Manley '15 - Latin I (pictured front left)
    • Diana Lomeli '14 – Latin IV (pictured back right)
  • Magna Cum Laude “With Great Honor”
    • Michael Rosswurm '17 – Latin I (pictured front right)
    • Caroline Sausser ‘15 – Latin III (pictured back middle)
  • Summa Cum Laude “With Highest Honor” and Gold Medal
    • Kennedy Bouvier ‘15 – Latin V (pictured back left)

Latin is an ancient language. Along with Greek, it is part of the foundation of Western Civilization. As such, it has had a profound influence on medicine, law, religion, academia, and government. You name it, and it has probably been influenced by Latin.

SMHS Junior Kennedy Bouvier, who started studying Latin in the 6th grade while attending The Oaks Academy, believes Latin may be undervalued by many, “­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­A lot of people want to say it is dead, or it's relevant only to the romance languages, but many major languages have taken elements of the Latin language.”

Kennedy added that studying Latin has many benefits for students, which include improved spelling, reading comprehension, and public speaking. These benefits enable students to grasp concepts more easily in other subjects and perform better on high-stakes exams like the SAT and ACT.

Know any Latin? You may know more than you think. Here are just a few examples:
  • Per se (by itself)
  • Vice versa (turn around)
  • Status quo (state or condition of things)
  • Exempli gratia (for the sake of example, e.g.)
  • Ipso facto (by the fact itself)

Scecina Memorial's Latin Club complements our students' coursework. Learn more: http://www.scecina.org/our-clubs

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