Another BCHS students receives perfect Latin exam score

Published on Monday, 17 April 2017 22:13


BRISTOL - For the fourth year in a row, a Bristol Central High School student has achieved a perfect score on the National Latin Exam.

In March, students in Kelly Monahan-DiNoia’s Latin classes at BCHS and Barbara Joliat’s Latin classes at Bristol Eastern High School took the 40th annual exam, which is sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League.

Thirty nine BCHS students and 12 BEHS students received high scores on the exam.

“BCHS had a perfect paper again this year!” according to Monahan-DiNoia. “That’s four in four years (my first 20 years teaching, I had a total of two perfect papers)! Woo Hoo!”

“Latin II student, Sebastian Kania, the son of Pawel and Ewa Kania, earned a perfect score on this tremendously competitive examination!” she continued.

Bristol Latin students competed against 149,000 Latin students from all 50 states and 16 foreign countries, including: Australia, Belize, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.

The BCHS student results were as follows:

Gold Medal Winners (Summa Cum Laude):

Latin II: Sebastian Kania, Stephen Pittman, Jordan Northup.

Silver Medal Winners (Maxima Cum Laude):

Latin IV: Daniel Potz, Christianna Peabody, Molly Watstein.

Latin III: Desmond DeVille.

Latin II: Rachel Ragusa.

Latin I: Lucas Lefield, Dominic Rowland, Alexa Celi, Katherine Funk, Zachary Stirk, Daniel Gaudoin, Benjamin Jabs.

Third Place Winners (Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude):

Latin IV: Colin Savino, Spencer Leszko, Devon DeNoto, Nicole Truszkowski, Alexandria Winarski.

Latin III: Branden Alvarado, Jacob Nelson, Brianna Saverino, John (Nick) Osuch.

Latin II: Hannah Shapman, Kiara Suazo, Marissa Pecorelli, AlexCrandall, Yarielis Feliberty, Cody Rivenburg, Erik Youman.

Latin I: Morgan Greger, Kaja Stanecki, Logan Williams, Ava Gornealt, Jonathan Lukasiewicz, Morgan Begin, Hayden Repeta.

The BEHS student results were as follows:

Silver Medal Winners (Maxima Cum Laude):

Latin I: Jason Lipscomb.

Latin II: Maura McGuire, Tyler Duquette, Taylor Domingue.

Third Place Winners (Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude):

Latin I: Ashlie Moderacki, Megan Yates.

Latin II: Olivia Allen, Kelly Simpson, Paige McLaughlin, Jalen Drzewiecki, Colin Scinto.

Latin IV: Fatima Abbas.

In its inaugural year, 1978, approximately 9,000 students participated in the exam, and the number has grown steadily to its current level, as the result of a cooperative venture which has linked teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school, and college level across the nation and the world.

The exam tests students’ knowledge of ancient Roman language, grammar, literature, geography, daily life, mythology, history, and English derivatives. There are also comprehension questions based on a short passage. The test has a time limit of 45 minutes.

The Bristol winner will be recognized at awards ceremonies at their schools in May.

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 17 April 2017 22:13. Updated: Monday, 17 April 2017 22:15.