St. Mary's Episcopal School embraces all things Latin -- Tennessee Junior Classical League convention, building Roman chariots, National Latin Honor Society inductions, the National Latin Exam.
For its ninth time, St. Mary's participated in the Tennessee Junior Classical League convention at Rossview High School in Clarksville, Tenn. Fifty-four students from St. Mary's attended the convention with Upper School Latin teacher Jenny Fields and Middle School Latin teacher Dr. Patrick McFadden.
Formed in 1955, the Tennessee league and its parent organization, the National Junior Classical League, are nonprofit fraternal organizations whose purpose is to promote appreciation and enthusiasm for studying Latin and the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome. This year's convention had almost 800 delegates from nearly 30 schools -- all there to celebrate the classics.
Convention competitions included all sorts of events, such as academic tests and costume, essay, and photography contests. Overall, St. Mary's took home these group awards: first place in Scrapbook Sweepstakes, first in Spirit, second in Group Costume, second in Skit, second in 880 Relay, third in Publicity, fifth in Scrapbook, and fifth in Banner. From Collierville, Christine Son won an individual award in the Vocabulary 5 competition.
As a physics/latin project, Upper School students worked with Upper School science chair Michael Volpe to construct Roman "chariots" from everyday materials such as wood, metal trash cans and old wheelchair axles.
Using physics principles, the students were able to build chariots that can hold a person weighing up to 200 lbs.
After Volpe and his students completed the project, chariot rides around the school track were offered to all Upper School students in celebration of the school's accomplishments in Latin.
In other school "Latin news," St. Mary's announced inductees to the National Latin Honor Society. From the Collierville area, new members include Neelam Khan of Collierville and Christine Son.
St. Mary's students also garnered awards on the National Latin Exam. Christine Son was a gold medal summa cum laude winner, and Neelam Khan was a magna cum laude winner.