Madeira students win National Latin Exam Awards

May 7, 2018

In late February and March thirteen Madeira students participated in the National Latin Exam (NLE). The NLE, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a 40-question, multiple-choice test with a time limit of 45 minutes, offered to students on seven levels. On the Introduction to Latin, Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Latin III/IV Prose, and Latin III/IV Poetry exams, there are questions on grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin, and Latin in use in the modern world. The Latin V-VI exam contains two Latin passages as the basis for questions on grammar, comprehension, historical background, classical literature, and literary devices. 

The philosophy of the National Latin Exam is predicated on providing every Latin student the opportunity to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in his or her study of the Latin language and culture. This opportunity exists for all students since, in the National Latin Exam, they are not competing with their fellow students on a comparative basis, but are evaluated solely on their own performance on the exam. The basic purposes of the NLE are to promote the study of Latin and to encourage the individual student.

Below is a list of this year’s award winners by class from Madeira:

Latin I:
Annabel Richter ’20       Silver Maxima Cum Laude
Reese Villella ’21           Magna Cum Laude
Addison Callaghan ‘21   Cum Laude

Latin II:
Ejun Kim ‘19                 Gold Summa Cum Laude
Elsie Jang ‘19                Magna Cum Laude
Victora Zhang ‘20          Cum Laude
Olivia Minjack ‘21          Cum Laude 

Latin III:
Alex Burnside ’19           Magna Cum Laude
Grace Morgan ‘20           Cum Laude 

AP Latin (IV)
Lucy Li ‘18                     Gold Summa Cum Laude
Keira Han ‘18                 Silver Maxima Cum Laude
Catherine Hall ‘18           Silver Maxima Cum Laude
Mallie Moore ‘18             Magna Cum Laude