, BRISTOL – Bristol Central High School continues an over 40 year tradition of language students excelling on the National Latin Exam and Connecticut State Latin Exam and recognizing students for their several accomplishments in language education.
“Bristol Central has a 46-year tradition of performing extraordinarily well on the National Latin Exam,” said BCHS Latin Teacher Kelly Monahan-Dinoia. “That began with Loretta Teevan who taught Latin in Bristol for 43 years.”
Monahan-Dinoia called Teevan an “institution” in Bristol and said she was instrumental in the lives of many students throughout the years and she had taught her as a student. When the National Latin Exam started in 1976, Teevan encouraged her students to participate. The longtime Latin teacher died in January.
“She made sure I knew that I had to carry her torch and make sure Bristol Central continued to perform well on the National Latin Exam, and I’m proud to say we have,” she continued. “The last two-and-a-half years of covid has made teaching a challenge. The fact that my students held their own and continued to perform well on the National Latin Exam makes me ecstatically happy and proud.”
Monahan-Dinoia said she often will quiz students utilizing past Latin exams to get them prepared for the test. Earning high marks, 31 students from Bristol Central excelled on the exam.
The teacher noted that Latin lived in a variety of languages and words and was utilized in law and modern medicine.
Kathy Archibald, Spanish and language department chair, said students will be honored as part of a World Language Honor Society ceremony, May 23.
“We have been hosting this for at least 20 years and we’re very excited to get to an in-person ceremony and celebrate all of our language students in the languages we offer,” she said.
Archibald also said students would receive World Language Book Awards at the event. Those students are chosen by teachers for their exemplary work in language and are encouraged to further their studies.
Bristol Central also has gold, silver and bronze medalists in the National Italian Exam.
Teachers will also be honoring students with “Polyglot Awards” for those who excel in multiple languages. As of press time, over 23 students are also slated to graduate this year with the Connecticut Seal of Biliteracy.
BCHS Spanish National Honor Society inductees will include Kylee Barnes, Olivia Blanca, Janelle Brand, Jimmy Cantarero, Riley Caudill, Joshua Clukey, Angel Diaz Lopez, Madison Dumas, Jaizalee Gonzalez, Abigail Hansen, Rowan Hennessey, Gabriella Jimenez-Ramos, Jack Jones, Tyler LeVasseur, Aleida Lyon, Kadyn Matos, Miranda Muscara, Olivia Norrie, Isabella Paolino, Cydney Pelletier, Ailina Perez Flores, Tracy Pierre, Abigail Quintero, Fryda Ramos, Hailey Rosado Lopez, Kate Schilling, Aiden Smith, Sophia Stark, Brooke Valentino and Dorian Wilczynski.
French National Honor Society inductees include James Totten, Gabriela Poniat, Fatima Aamir, Ava Bouchard, Mikayla Brown, Aryonna Doyon, Taylor Porrini, Alexia Roy, Megan Sicotte, Kaidyn Sigmund and A’zaria Womber.
Italian National Honor Society inductees include Umar Malick, Jennifer Veloz-Avila, Leslie Caivinagua, Viet Cao, Emma Costello, Madison Lesko, Sophia Mazzone and Brooke Rinaldi.
Latin National Honor Society inductees include Nyomi Cordero, Luke Losacano, Madison Pflugbeil, Nathan Stone, Emma Tedesco and Elianna Trestman.
Polyglot Award winners are Beckett Hennessy, Martina Jagielski, Hannah Krueger and Umar Malick.
Ethan Aurigemma is set to receive the Dorothy Bain Raviele Italian Book Award. Evin Berube is set to receive the Loretta Teevan Latin Book Award. Mia Roucoulet will receive the Ralph Nestico French Book Award and Martina Jagielski will receive the Nancy Henderson Spanish Book Award.
National Italian Exam winners include Beckett Hennessy with a gold medal, Fransesca Amara with a silver medal and Grace Mazzone with a bronze medal.
Students who scored well in the state Latin exam included Even Berube and Hanna Kreuger in Latin IV; Madison Pflugbell in Latin III; Mackenzie Little in Latin II. Victoria Testa, Isabella Rivera, Leigha Powell and Nicholas Carmelich for Latin I had the highest scores in the state for the exam.
Hannah Aldieri, Elizabeth Blanca, Charles Pittman, and Keegan Thormahlen in Latin IV; Oscar “Alex” Cruz, Celines Quiroga, and Nathan Stone in Latin III; Emmanuel Ceron-Mantilla, and Isabella Scarola in Latin II; and Samantha Licki and Adrien Milewski Latin I had the second highest scores in the entire state of Connecticut on the exam.
In the National Latin Exam, Nicholas Carmelich had a perfect paper; gold medal winners in Latin IV included Hannah Krueger and Evin Berube; Latin II gold medal winners included Mackenzie Little and Latin I gold medalists included Nicholas Carmelich, Samantha Licki, Adrian Milewski,, Leigha Powell and Ahala Sarmiento.
Silver medal winners in Latin IV included Keegan Thormahlen and Charles Pittman; Latin III Madison Pflugbell; Latin II Isabel Paolino, Aengus Repeta and Isabella Scarola; Latin I Isabella Rivera and Victoria Testa.
Third place winners in Latin IV included Hanna Aldieri, Elizabeth Blanca, Dylan Green and Amber Whitford; Latin III Luke Losacano, Celines Quiroga, Melissa Silahak, Nathan Stone and Emma Tedesco; Latin II Emmanuel Ceron-Mantilla, Nicholas Dudek, Mila Giantonio and Umar Malick; Latin I Shamus Whittaker.