HAMDEN – Twenty Latin students from Sacred Heart Academy have attained national recognition for their excellent performance on the 2015 National Latin Exam.
Students earned two summa cum laude certificates and gold medals, five maxima cum laude certificates plus silver medals, eight certificates of magna cum laude and five cum laude certificates.
The National Latin Exam is sponsored annually by the American Classical League. It tests students on Latin grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension, as well as on Greek and Roman history, culture, mythology and geography.
Students from Sacred Heart Academy have a long history of excellent performance on the Latin exam. They were taught by Latin teacher Adelaide Hirth.
The following students have earned national recognition:
Latin I, summa cum laude certificates and gold medals, freshmen Arushi Khanna of Derby (perfect paper) and Amy Ziobron of Westbrook;
Maxima cum laude and silver medals, sophomore Julia Cyr of New Haven and freshmen Michaela Gibbons of Guilford, Laura Mocciola of Shelton and Sarah Nastri of Cheshire;
Magna cum laude, junior Katherine Fitzgerald of North Haven, sophomores Abigail Kelly of Huntington and Sadaf Khokhar of Hamden, and freshmen Maia Jakubowski of Cheshire, Jiwon Jeong of Hamden and Meredith McConnell of Branford;
Cum laude, freshmen Madison Blakeslee of North Branford, Katie Crowell of North Haven and Roselynn Thattil of Stratford;
Latin II, maxima cum laude plus silver medal, sophomore Elizabeth LoPreiato of New Britain;
Cum laude, sophomores Kierstin Jones of Hamden and Alicia Pekar of Branford;
Latin III, magna cum laude, juniors Kristen Austin of Northford and Elizabeth Smith of Madison.
According to the American Classical League website, more than 153,000 Latin students from all 50 states participated this year, as did students from 20 foreign countries.