BCHS students excel on Latin exam


BRISTOL – Forty-seven Bristol Central High School students received top scores on the Connecticut State Latin Exam, and one recorded a perfect score.

Latin III student Katherine Plourde earned a perfect score on the test, said Kelly Monahan-DiNoia, the BCHS Latin teacher. “We had a perfect paper. I don’t think that I’ve ever had a perfect paper on the state exam. Very exciting!”

“Like the National Latin Exam, which is taken in March, this particularly difficult exam tests students’ knowledge of ancient Roman language, culture, history, geography and religion,” she said.

“Historically, the Connecticut State Latin Exam has been extraordinarily complex. The vocabulary and grammar are not easy. I’m so proud of the strong showing by BCHS students,” Monahan-DiNoia said.

The BCHS students were among about 1,800 Connecticut students of Latin, from public and private schools, who took the exam in late April.

The Classical Association of Connecticut, the exam sponsor, awards medals to students whose scores placed first, second or third. Certificates of distinction are given to all students scoring in the top 25 percent of all test results.

The following BCHS students earned Summa Cum Laude status for the highest scores on the exam:

Latin IV: Rylan Sullivan, Tiffany Sarmiento, Gaggan Singh, Nicole Wolf, and Maximillian Grant.

Latin III: Katherine Plourde, Arianna Olson, Nicole Truszkowski, Dominic Borrelli, and Christianna Peabody.

Latin I: Alex Crandall, Sebastian Kania, and Stephen Pittman.

The following earned Magna Cum Laude status for the second highest scores:

Latin IV: Gabrielle Raymond, Eric Duval, and Elizabeth Hrywniak.

Latin III: Molly Watstein, Spencer Leszko, and Daniel Potz.

Latin II: Alex Balfour, Olivia Rajotte, and Mariah Santana.

Latin I: Hannah Shapland and Connor Staubley.

The following earned Cum Laude status for the third highest scores:

Latin IV: George Pittman, Megan Varley, and Erin Shapland.

Latin III: Isabelle Derosier, Matthew Ligi, and Drew Rajotte.

Latin II: Branden Alvarado, Desmond DeVille, Jacob Harvey, Emily McAllister, Jordyn Testa, Jacob Nelson, Nick Osuch, Jonathan Rindfleisch, Brianna Saverino, and Ashley Yung.

Latin I: Jack Hale, Kirsten Campbell, and Marissa Pecorelli.

The following earned Cum Dignitate certificates for placing in the top 25 percent of all scores in the state:

Latin IV: Zachary Aldieri and Olivia Pechulis.

Latin III: Hunter Damon-Smith and Dezirae Miller

Latin II: Payton Pechulis.

Latin I: Rachel Wolf.

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or scorica@bristolpress.com.


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