April 29, 2021
Last month, PCS Latin students sat for the annual National Latin Exam (NLE) “a test given annually to Latin students across the United States and around the world. The NLE is not meant to be a competition but rather an opportunity for students to receive reinforcement and recognition for their accomplishments in the classroom. Depending upon their score, students may earn certificates, medals, and may even qualify for scholarships.” (nle.org)
Latin teacher, Mrs. Rachel Humphrey shares with the school, “All my students worked really hard to prepare for this exam, and I am SO proud of each one! Please join me in congratulating them!”
Logan Maxell (11th grade) earned a gold medal in Advance Latin Prose (Latin IV).
David Harding (10th grade), Olivia Holmstedt (9th grade), Conall McClelland (10th grade), Caden Schroder (10th grade), all earned a silver medal in Introduction to Latin (Latin I).
Jack Stanley (9th grade) earned a “cum laude” award in Introduction to Latin (Latin I).
From left: Olivia Holmstedt, Caden Schroder, David Harding, Jack Stanley
For 11th grader Maxwell, this is his fourth gold medal in the National Latin Exam. It is a PCS record. When asked if he was aiming for a gold, he smiles and nods. As NLE participants have 40 minutes to answer 40 questions, his goal and success in improving his scores every year ensured that he brought home a gold!
He has taken Latin with Mrs. Humphrey for the last four years. “I really like History and Ancient Rome culture,” explains Maxwell, “Latin helps me understand Roman history.” He is reading "The Aeneid" by Virgil (an epic poem about Aeneas written sometime between 29-19 B.C.) and shares that it has a richer meaning in its original text. Maxwell hopes to be able to use his command of Latin in his future endeavors, perhaps teaching ancient history at the university level.
No matter which language our students choose in the PCS offerings, we are thrilled for the opportunities and commitment our students and teachers bring to their classes!
Written by Rachel Humphrey & Grace Dugger