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LM Latin Learner Daniel Vossough Wins Prestigious "Special Book Award"

Lower Merion High School senior Daniel Vossough was recently presented with a prestigious Special Book Award for his perennial and practically peerless performance on the National Latin Exam (NLE) during his ninth- through twelfth-grade years.

There are only two ways to win a Special Book Award: students must either receive a perfect score on three exams or perform well enough to win a Gold Medal four years in a row. To earn his Special Book Award - Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita, which details the history of Rome - Vossough did the latter, winning his fourth-consecutive Gold Medal and Summa Cum Laude certificate on this year's iteration of the exam.

Winning a Special Book Award is a truly remarkable feat. Each year, less than 10% of NLE participants garner a Gold Medal, while only about 0.01% of all participating students are able to do so four years running.

The National Latin Exam, an annual assessment administered by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, evaluates students' knowledge and understanding of Latin language and Roman culture. This year, nearly 100,000 students from all over the world participated. The exam is known for its rigorous standards and comprehensive coverage of Latin grammar, vocabulary, translation and Roman history.

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