Latin students earn recognition that would make Caesar proud


Photo: Sam Barton

Elaine Zamonski teaches a Roman myth to her Latin I class. Many of the students in this class took the Latin 1 National Latin Exam this year to test their knowledge and gain recognition for their work throughout the school year.

Nearly 100 Fairmont students participated in the National Latin Exam in March, and several received recognition for their scores in April.

Latin teacher David Vesely is very proud of his Latin students and said he recognizes all of their hard work. “We spend all year working on this exam. It’s a part of the curriculum,” he said.

Vesely said he doesn’t want students to be pressured to take this exam.

“It’s not required, but it is highly recommended. It is good practice,” he said. “The test is basically an hour where you have 40 minutes to answer 40 questions.”

The following are the awards:

Latin I

Silver Medalist: Xavian Ogletree, Mason Speck

Magna Cum Laude: Brittany Mason, Jesse Herrick

Cum Laude: Paul Zimbran, Nick Aukerman, Jackson Kauffman, Hannah Wintrow, Taylor Dobbins, Olivia Thomas

Latin II

Silver Medalist: Jamie Cunningham, Zack Janow, Nellie Pestian

Magna Cum Laude: Veronica Romo, Josh Horn

Cum Laude: Alex Reed, Kyle Loftus, Bob MacLean, Josiah Callinan, Leah Teserovitch, Holden Duncan

Latin III

Gold Medalist: Jason Guadalupe, Chris Warner

Latin IV

Silver Medalist: Ian Morgan

Magna Cum Laude: Josh Strange, Trixia Apiado, Connor Loftus