RCHS competes in National Latin Exam

LOVE OF LATIN: RCHS students posing for a post-exam-results photo are (front row, from left) Michelle White, Hannah Bennett, Julia Wood, Cassie Meredith, Nicholas Hipple, Nicky Taylor and Christian Grimsley and (back row) Klaire Gubler, Allison Stuart, Robert Yowell, Zach Huff, Will Thompson and Grayson Love.  Savannah Grammo
LOVE OF LATIN: RCHS students posing for a post-exam-results photo are (front row, from left) Michelle White, Hannah Bennett, Julia Wood, Cassie Meredith, Nicholas Hipple, Nicky Taylor and Christian Grimsley and (back row) Klaire Gubler, Allison Stuart, Robert Yowell, Zach Huff, Will Thompson and Grayson Love.

Select Rappahannock County High School Latin students successfully participated last month in the National Latin Exam and earned multiple awards.

The exam is offered under the joint sponsorship of the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League. This year, the online event hosted more than 149,000 Latin students from every state and 13 foreign countries.

“The test is not standardized to any one sort of curriculum or instruction,” said Latin teacher James Sharpe. “Our students compete with others to see how many questions they can answer about Latin grammar, Roman history and culture, and a Latin language reading passage. Some of the more difficult questions challenge the students with such advanced grammar as: indirect statement, passive periphrastic, future active infinitives and verbs in the subjunctive mood. This year, Zachary Huff won the school’s first gold-medal prize ever, summa cum laude – with highest praise.”

“The exam was tough,” Huff said. “We crammed for it in the couple of weeks prior, and the second semester students only had half of the class before taking it. I was mostly shocked and surprised that I even got an award.”

“I am proud of all my Latin scholars,” Sharpe said.

The award winners were: Gold Summa Cum Laude, Zach Huff; Silver Maxima Cum Laude, Nicholas Hipple, Allison Stuart, Will Thompson; Magna Cum Laude, Michelle White, Julia Wood, Hannah Bennett, Grayson Love, Christian Grimsley, Klaire Gubler; Cum Laude, Nicky Taylor, Cassie Meredith, Robert Yowell.