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EPS students receive high marks on National Latin Exam

April 20, 2020 – Twenty-six Edina Public Schools students are being recognized for their achievements in the National Latin Exam. The 40-question multiple-choice test, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, promotes the study of Latin and encourages individual students. The test is offered to students on seven levels, which include Introduction to Latin, Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Latin III/IV Prose, Latin II/IV Poetry, and Latin V/VI+.

Students are tested on grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history geography, oral Latin, and Latin in use in the modern world. Tests are administered by Valley View Middle School Latin teacher Mary Howe, South View Middle School Latin teacher Mary Rossini, and Edina High School Latin teachers Katrina Budde and Emese Drew.

Introduction to Latin students can receive ribbons and certificates of achievement. Students who take the Latin I-IV Exams also receive awards. Perfect papers receive hand lettered certificates. Top scorers receive gold medals and a summa cum laude certificates. Second place winners receive silver medals and maxima cum laude certificates. Third place winners receive magna cum laude certificates, and fourth place winners receive cum laude certificates. Students do not compete with their fellow students on a comparative basis, but are evaluated on their own performance on the exam.

Congratulations to the following students:

Valley Middle School

Almaz Braasch, certificate

Aarya Garimella, certificate

Ahren Swammi, certificate

South View Middle School

Quinn Lapthorn, ribbon and certificate

Joseph Adam, ribbon certificate

Noah Wagoner, certificate

Megan Zavadil, certificate

Lucia Lazarus, certificate

Benjamin Oak, certificate

Edina High School

Latin I

Ryan Jiang, gold medal and summa cum laude

Max Heirigs, gold medal and summa cum laude

Adwin Shi gold medal and summa cum laude

Hannah Owen Pierre, silver medal and maxima cum laude

Shamita Senthil Kumar, cum laude

Latin II

Myra Han, gold medal and summa cum laude

Cora Adam, gold medal and summa cum laude

Anna Wang, silver medal and maxima cum laude

Latin IV

Zach Lugo, gold medal and summa cum laude

Alexis Yi, silver medal and maxima cum laude

Calli Glass, silver medal and maxima cum laude

Jamie Yuan, silver medal and maxima cum laude

Sarah Bryan, silver medal and maxima cum laude

Latin V

Amy Wang, gold medal and summa cum laude

Leah Dawson, magna cum laude

Brendan Polomis, magna cum laude

Cole Weinstein, magna cum laude