Bristol students soak up Roman culture at Latin Day

Published on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:16


BRISTOL - “Sic Parvis Magna” (“thus big things come from small”) was the theme at the recent 37th annual Connecticut State Latin Day.

More than 1,500 Latin students from about 50 middle and high schools went to Holiday Hill in Cheshire to celebrate the language and culture of ancient Rome, including 46 from Bristol Central High School.

The day was filled with a variety of learning activities and academic competitions.

Topics included: Roman architecture, medical Latin, calligraphy and botany, which were offered throughout the day. Hands-on workshops available to students included Roman military drill, Roman food preparation and mosaic making.

School teams competed academically in Certamen (Latin Quiz Bowl) and on individual tests covering Latin grammar, Roman mythology, ancient geography and even ancient Greek.

Student projects were on display for judging.

BCHS students earned some awards for their projects:

n Architecture: Dainell Palmer, third place.

n Drawings and Sketches: Tyler Lamoureaux, Jon Rindfleisch, and Mia Clement, tied for second place.

n Mosaics: Amanda Shepard, first place; Caitlin Hildebrand, third place.

n Photography: Chase Gabrielli, first place.

n Computer-Generated Art: Sam Brewer, first place.

n Manuscripts: Stephen Pittman, second place; Amanda Shepard, third place

n Textiles: Rachel Ragusa, second place.

n Other: Douglas Sato, first place.

Latin III student Yarielis Feliberty took first place for her chariot design. Latin IV students Payton Pechulis and Ryan DiNoia took home ribbons again this year for the standing broad jump.

Latin III students Kiara Suazo and Stephen Pittman crossed the finish line first in the Decimated Marathon. BCHS Latin students took second place in the soccer competition (Bristol Eastern came in first) and Latin III student Sebastian Kania finished second in tennis.

Finally, Latin III and IV students took third place in the Upper Level Certamen. BCHS Latin students earned second place medals for the Boys’ Costume Contest (Erik Youman as Poseidon), the Girls’ Costume Contest (Jessenia Serrano as Persephone), and the Couple/Group Costume Contest (Jordan Northup and Luis Haro as Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony).

BCHS Latin teacher Kelly Monahan-DiNoia said she is “quite proud, again this year,” of her students’ results at the event.

Connecticut State Latin Day is led by teachers, college professors, and others who are members of the Classical Association of Connecticut. The organization’s primary goal is to foster excellence in the teaching of classical languages and civilizations within Connecticut’s schools, colleges, and universities.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:16. Updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:19.