Earlier this month, our Latin students took part in the annual Classics Day held at Mount Holyoke College. The event brings together students from numerous area schools, both public and independent, for a day of learning about and celebrating the history, culture, and legacy of ancient Greece and Rome. Classics Day consists of a number of competitive events, and MacDuffie had quite a bit of success.
Upper school Latin students competed in the art contest. The following students were winners in the poster category:
Third Place: Aurora Basnet ’19, Georgie Brown ’19, and Sarah Scott ’19 (Latin III), “The Roman Countryside: Ideals and Realities”
Second Place: Maddy LaChance ’20 (Latin II): “Tiberius Gracchus: Hero or Villain?”
Upper school Latin students who earned the highest scores on their semester exams competed in Certamen, a quiz bowl that tests knowledge on various aspects of Latin grammar, vocabulary, and classical history & culture.
The Latin I team, consisting of Hannah Donnelly ’22, Marie Hua ’21, Pei Lin ’20, and Angel Mao ’20, finished third at the Beginner level.
The Latin II team, consisting of Ian Hua ’20, Maddy LaChance ’20, Gene Qu ’18, and Nam Vo ’18, finished first at the Intermediate level. They defeated Amherst Regional and Williston in the finals round to bring the first-ever Certamen championship to MacDuffie!
Finally, one of the Mythology teams, consisting of Sara Avery ’23, Mo Hua ’24, Ryan Priestly ’23, and Reece Tramazzo ’23, finished first in their competition.
Congratulations to these excellent students on a superlative performance, and thanks to Magister Taravella for preparing them so well!