The National Latin Exam is a rigorous 40-question test covering Latin grammar and comprehension as well as Ancient Roman life, history, mythology, and geography. It was first administered in 1977, and since that time hundreds of thousands of students from across the globe have sat for it, putting their command of Latin language and culture to the test. To perform well on this exam is a significant feat.
This year, 23 OLMC students joined over 143,000 others to take the 2018 NLE. Participants hailed from all 50 states and 25 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, the Republic of Georgia, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.
We are thrilled to announce that OLMC students represented our school masterfully and brought home several well-deserved honors. For the Introduction to Latin Level, three of our students earned Achievement Certificates and one earned an Outstanding Achievement Certificate. For the Latin I level, three of our students earned Cum Laude, one earned Maxima Cum Laude, and three earned Summa Cum Laude, the highest possible designation.
The students deserve much credit for their stellar performances, as do their Latin teachers Mr. Nathaniel Torrey (Intro to Latin) and Mrs. Kathryn Stejskal (Latin I). Mr. Torrey and Mrs. Stejskal, who delivered this year’s much celebrated commencement address, have successfully brought Latin to joyful life in the classroom, and it has become a favorite subject at OLMC. Students delight in learning how to communicate with one another in that language. Some of their favorite songs, which they sing with such beauty that it never fails to bring listeners to tears, are in Latin. And they experience for themselves first-hand what Timothy Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) once observed: Latin allows you to adore words, take them apart and find out where they came from. They also delight in immersing themselves in that incomparable culture: whether it’s our third graders bringing the gods and goddesses of beloved myths to life at our Festival of the Arts, or our sixth graders traveling to the Met to study historical art and architecture, our students find unabashed joy delving into the timeless beauty of the ancient world.
It’s perhaps no wonder, then, that our students performed as well as they did on the National Latin Exam, for that test merely highlights what we already know to be true: children who are enchanted with learning are ideally positioned to excel in any field of study, including the most challenging.