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LMSD students shine in 2018 National Latin Exam; Trio of Rams Earn Rare Perfect Score
LMSD students shine in 2018 National Latin Exam; Trio of Rams Earn Rare Perfect Score

Lower Merion School District was well-represented in the 2018 National Latin Exam (NLE) sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League as 145 students from Harriton and Lower Merion were recognized for their exemplary performance across all levels of the assessment.

The LMSD honorees were highlighted by a trio of students who recorded perfect scores on this year's exam. Harriton's Patrick McCann, Sunme Zhao and Michael O'Connor were three of only 526 students out of nearly 140,000 participating students throughout the United States, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe to achieve this distinction.

The philosophy of the NLE 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. The NLE is a 40-question, multiple choice test with a time limit of 45 minutes. Questions cover a variety of topics, including grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin, Latin in use in the modern world, historical background, and literary devices.Congratulations to all of this year's honorees!

Harriton (* denotes perfect score)

Latin I

  • Gold: Alexander Magder
  • Silver: Enya Xiang
  • Cum Laude: Lindsay Cannon

Latin II

  • Gold: Michael Medveckus, Lorraine Ruppert
  • Silver: Eli Wonnacot, Michael Kotler, Hilary Lutz, Christopher Molineaux, Jeffrey O'Neill, Lara Judkowski, Anna Reisner
  • Magna Cum Laude: Jillian Daly, Noah Voekel, Lincoln Green
  • Cum Laude: Michael Strauss, Nicholas Masterman, Maya Waldstreicher, Noah Nichilo, Alec Raphael, Olivia Dawley

Latin III

  • Gold: *Sunme Zhao, Avril Rosen, Cristina Sniffen, Sophie Boulware, Alice Zehner, Ian Abrams, Steven Ross, Nina Hollin
  • Silver: Riley Wexler, Kari Stein, Samuel Weissman, Laney Gold-Rappe, Yasmeen Majid, Alexander Sheller
  • Magna Cum Laude: Maggie Goldenberg, Noah Isenberg, Jordan Kreindler
  • Cum Laude: Sarah Cook, Lachlan Northington, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Kathrine Morey, Samuel Kartsonis

Latin IV

  • Gold: *Patrick McCann, *Michael O'Connor
  • Silver: Emma Deutch, Anna Manning, Carly Siciliano, Emily Stewart, Ignacio Solon
  • Magna Cuma Laude: Greta Luo

Latin V

  • Gold: David Parr, Michelle Qin, Guillermo Ribeiro-Vecino, Matthew Groeneveld, Lihui Wang, Ron Nafshi
  • Silver: Shangen Lu
  • Magna Cum Laude: Anthony Zhu, Calum Urquhart
  • Cum Laude: Ryan Kreiser, Maddie Jones, Benjamin Siderowf

Latin VI

  • Cum Laude: Benjamin Feldman

Lower Merion

Latin I

  • Gold: Talia Trentacoste
  • Silver: Alexis Duong
  • Magna Cum Laude: Jourdyn Rumph
  • Cum Laude: Brian Nguyen, Theodore Epstein

Latin II

  • Gold: Max Blumenfeld, Justin Badt, Mia Hodges, Owen Wetherbee, Sage O'Connor, Genevieve Oliver
  • Silver: Faye Berry, Brandyn Cronin, Henry Folk, Emily Shang, Fiona Rae, Andrew Koban Payne, Geoffrey Bynum, Carmen Cheng, Allison Stewart
  • Magna Cum Laude: Phoebe Danz, Olivia Steinberg, Samuel Hecht, Matthew Kuzas, Wilson Davis, Lucas Markovits, Robert Silver, Seth Richards, Lucas Rubens, Leo Cieri
  • Cum Laude: Talia Bierschwale, Mary Wetherbee, Samuel Davison, Caroline Graff, Evan Woltanski, Ryan Lynch

Latin III

  • Gold: Asher Sachs, Annie Liang, Christopher DeSantis
  • Silver: Alexander Levinson, Jordan Fleischman Mayro, Asher Dayanim, William De Santis, Ella Catt
  • Magna Cum Laude: Jason Ren, Lewis Kothmann, Joseph Plavin, Robert D'Aquila, Joseph Litvin, Oliver Stern
  • Cum Laude: Alexandra Haas, Samantha Anderer

Latin IV

  • Gold: Molly Cutler, Anna Barnett, Kathy Wei, Hannah Heller, Grace Ge, Andres Bermudez
  • Silver: Aviva Schuh, Max Gordon
  • Magna Cum Laude: Lily Elman, Sam Fogel, Asa Kosto, Julianna Fiore, Abigail Hirsch
  • Cum Laude: David Sommer, Sidharth Annapragada

Latin V

  • Silver: Benjamin Cowan, Maya Levitan
  • Magna Cum Laude: Nisha Arya, Joanna Gerber, Lena Anderson, Kerren Matthews, Julia Warmund
  • Cum Laude: Eric Liang, Joey Cengel

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