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Latin Students Excel Across Multiple National Exams


During the 2022-23 school year, Latin students and others with a strong interest in Classics participated in four national exams, with many winning awards at the highest level. Several students earned remarkable distinctions, which are honored with special recognitions such as certificates or medals. 

Congratulations to all who participated for their hard work and dedication!

National Latin Exam

The National Latin Exam is an annual measure of proficiency and knowledge offered to students on seven levels. Ravenscroft students performed very well on this exam, with dozens earning distinctions across various levels and three earning special recognitions:

  • Grace Parker ’28 (Introduction to Latin) and Henry Zhang ’25 (Advanced Prose), special certificates for their Perfect Papers
  • Bennett Gillespie ’23, Book Award for earning five gold medals on the exam
A table showing students recognized for the 2023 National Latin Exam
A grid of photo showing students with National Latin Awards medals, books and certificates

National Latin Exam (clockwise from top left): Latin IA students Carter Overcash ’28, Amy Guo ’29, Tyler Ge ’28, Caroline Edwards ’28, Aiden Tong ’28 and Jackson Stansell ’28; Book Award recipient Bennett Gillespie ’23; Perfect Paper examinee Henry Zhang ’25; Perfect Paper examinee Grace Parker ’29; Andrew Guenard ’23; Sachin Lakshman ’25; Latin IA students Madelyn Bekerman ’28, Cameron Gordon ’28, Grace Parker ’29 and Wood Lovell ’28

National Classical Etymology Exam

This exam comprises multiple-choice questions about the origins of English words derived from Greek and Latin. Awards are given in two divisions — those who have taken Latin or Greek in school and those who have not — with three levels each: Novice (through eighth grade), Intermediate (ninth and 10th grades) and Advanced (11th and 12th grades). These students received recognition for their performance:

  • Silver Medal: Ethan MacLaren ’25 and Henry Zhang ’25
  • Bronze Medal: Sachin Lakshman ’25 and Adelaide Malynn ’25


Classical Association of the Middle West and South Latin Translation Examination

This exam offers cash prizes, book awards and awards of commendation to qualifying winners in its Latin Translation Exams for high school and college students. Organizers announced results for the past two years of tests.

  • Secondary Division, Intermediate Exam (2021-22): Henry Zhang ’25, Cash Award 
  • Secondary Division, Advanced Exam (2022-23): Henry Zhang ’25, Certificate of Commendation 


Photos showing students with certificates and ribbons for the Medusa Mythology exam

Medusa Mythology Exam: Ellie League ’24, Ethan McMinn’24, Henry Zhang ’25 and Alex Wang ’25

Medusa Mythology Exam

The Medusa Mythology Exam is open to students in ninth-12th grades and gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their enthusiasm and excellence in the field of Greco-Roman mythology. These students achieved distinctions as noted:

  • Magna Cum Laude: Ellie League ’24, Rowan Thomas ’23 and Henry Zhang ’25
  • Cum Laude: Laurel Carter ’24, Ethan McMinn ’24, Sawyer Parker ’26, Alex Wang ’25 and Shirley Yang ’25