May 13, 2014

Cathedral High students shine in National Latin Exam



(Photos by Elizabeth Begley)

Staff report

SPRINGFIELD – Seven out of the 17 students who took the National Latin Exam at Cathedral High School earned honors this year and two even achieved perfect scores.

The results of the exam were announced May 12 at the end-of-the-year Latin Breakfast at the school.

All of the Latinists performed extraordinarily well, according to Jeremiah Begley, who teaches Latin at the school.

“The results are an indication not only of the intelligence of the students, but of the desire of the Cathedral students to do Latin in a serious way,” said Begley

Theresa Henle, a sophomore, and Scott Barnard, a senior, earned perfect scores and gold medals.

Those earning silver medals were: MaryRose O’Grady ’15, Eric Tessicini ’15, and Mary Iellamo ’14.

Annie Rodriguez, ’14 and Rachel LaFlamme ’16 were given magna cum laude certificates.

The National Latin Exam is sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League. It is a 40-question, multiple-choice test with a time limit of 45 minutes, offered to students on seven levels. More than 150,000 students take the test each year.
The Latin program was restarted at Cathedral after a two-year absence.
“We’re really excited about this,” said Begley. “It was dormant for two years but has been re-inaugurated with the enthusiastic support of Principal John Miller.”