In Excelsis! – BHS Reaches New Heights on 2015 National Latin Exam

Congratulations to Latin teacher, Magister Stringer, and his Latin students!

It just keeps getting better and better for Burlington High School on the National Latin Exam, an annual, nationwide test of students abilities in Latin language.  In three years of taking the exam, students’ scores have increased almost across the board each and every year, both individually and as classes. This year, BHS students earned an unprecedented total of 9 medals, 3 Gold and 6 Silver, a dramatic increase over last year’s 3 medals (1 Gold and 2 Silver) and the 2 earned in 2013. Furthermore, a full 28 of 55 (51%) students received Latin honors or higher including medals, up significantly from 18 of 44 last year (41%) and 11 of 30 (37%) in 2013.  Most impressive were the junior and sophomore classes, who posted the biggest gains from a year ago.  As a class, the juniors earned 4 medals (2 gold and 2 silver) and a total of 10 of 15 students winning awards, up from two medals and 7 awards for their class on last year’s test. The sophomores earned 3 medals (1 gold and 2 silvers) and a total of 8 awards over last year’s 3 medals and 4 awards.

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 8.50.35 PMWhile BHS continues to improve as a school, this is driven by some outstanding individuals.  First and foremost, the highest possible praise goes to sophomore Anusha Datar who earned her second straight Gold Medal, summa cum laude, posting an enviable 34 out of 40, a full 9 points above the national average.  Also going for gold were first time summa cum laude winners Juniors Luke Iler and Jackson Towle, both of whom scored 32 out of 40, (also 9 points above the national average). Luke improved from a Silver Medal turn on last year’s exam and Jackson leapt from cum laude a year ago.  Two other Juniors brought home hardware, as Yash Bhalla’s and Connor Pustizzi’s scores of 28 (5 above the national average) earned them both Silver Medals, maxima cum laude. Next, the performances of sophomores Zachary Glantz and John Francis Hornicek also garnered Silver, maxima cum laude, with scores of 33 and 30 (8 and 5 above the national average), respectively.  For Mr. Hornicek, this is his second straight Silver Medal. Finally, the freshmen class increased BHS’ medal total to an enviable 9, as Amanda McCombs and Ben Horgan also earned Silver medals, as each tallied scores of 33 (5 points above the national average) for their maxima cum laude.

Overall, the 2015 National Latin Exam was an unprecedented success for the students of Burlington High School and a full list of all of our 2015 award winners followers here:

Gold Medal, Summa cum Laude Anusha Datar, 2017

Gold Medal, Summa cum Laude Luke Iler, 2016

Gold Medal, Summa cum Laude Jackson Towle, 2016

Silver Medal, Maxima cum Laude Yash Bhalla, 2016

Silver Medal, Maxima cum Laude Connor Pustizzi, 2016

Silver Medal, Maxima cum Laude Zachary Glantz, 2017

Silver Medal, Maxima cum Laude John Francis Hornicek, 2017

Silver Medal, Maxima cum Laude Amanda McCombs, 2018

Silver Medal, Maxima cum Laude Ben Horgan, 2018

Magna Cum Laude Shinji Coram, 2016

Magna Cum Laude Richard (R.J.) Hovasse, 2016

Magna Cum Laude Hannah Miksenas, 2016

Magna Cum Laude Aysha Afzal, 2017

Magna Cum Laude Aashay Madhani, 2017

Cum Laude Parina Patel, 2015

Cum Laude Shivesh Shah, 2015

Cum Laude Stephen Clarke, 2016

Cum Laude Kamran Sirohi, 2016

Cum Laude Demitria Tsitsopolous, 2016

Cum Laude Matthias Gloor, 2017

Cum Laude Shivani Patel, 2017

Cum Laude Shailin Shah, 2017

Cum Laude Jade Gordon, 2017 (Latin II)

Cum Laude Brendan Lucas, 2018

Cum Laude Charlie Paras, 2018

Cum Laude Rutvi Shah, 2018

Cum Laude Alexander Viglione, 2018

Cum Laude Daniel Xue, 2018

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