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Dragons Deliver 'Optimum' Performance in National Latin Exam

Welsh Valley Middle School Latin learners recently joined more than 100,000 students from all over the world as they participated in the 2024 National Latin Exam (NLE) sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League.

The Dragons, under the tutelage of Latin teacher Danny Bluth, excelled in this year’s examinations as 59 students were honored for their outstanding performance on the assessment.

Award Level # of Students
Gold Summa Cum Laude 21
Silver Maxima Cum Laude 25
Magna Cum Laude 7
Cum Laude 6

The philosophy of the NLE is predicated on providing every Latin student the opportunity to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in their 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 the participating students in Mr. Bluth’s Latin classes for these exemplary results!

Gold Summa Cum Laude: Archer Kerns, Thomas Picard, Molly Mathias, Aanya Bhandawat, Qiyan Zhou, Matt Sensenbrenner, Levy Kovalchuk, Charlotte Baur, Maxwell McNeeley, Brynn Burock, Krish Muni, Ivan Yotov, John Bellaria, Sophie Parker, Lucas Cohen, Atlas De Pasquale-Stern, Hana Juhn, Reilyn Bajus, August Rossi, Megan Choi, Dorsa Alfatouni

Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Finbarr DiAngelo, Odin Harrison, Rebecca Savarese, Quinn May, Evelyn Yan, Colton Baur, Penny Macdona, Logan Gentile, Viveca Schneider, Nicolas Duranton, Giulia Maione, Grady Walters, Jonah Vibbert, Khalin Thomas, Grady Fenstermaker, Junlang Wang, Reagan Most, Mac Corraggio, Gary Dolgushev, Rae Feldman, Oliver Madison, Zephyr Sekulski, Conor Beamer, Addison Heasley, Elijah Noble

Magna Cum Laude: Genevieve Berman, Ehan Ansari, Blake Butler, Tucker Finnegan, Benzi Stein, Hailey Sun, April Lu

Cum Laude: Wiley Hunsicker, Andrew Groves, Henry Soufie, Lucy Pratz, Lucy Windisch, Pierce Royster

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