Latin students shine on national exam

Junior Reena Evans, sophomores Caleb Bryant and Steven Tenbusch and seventh-grader Muhammad A. each attained Summa Cum Laude recognition on the 2013 National Latin Exam taken by  84 West Shore Latin students last month.

West Shore was joined by more than 150,000 others from all 50 states and 15 foreign countries including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

Thirty-one percent of West Shore’s 84 test-takers won awards which was similar to the school’s performance in past years.

Placing second in the Magna Cum Laude category were junior Alec Sepulveda, sophomores Talin Handa and Fanny Lilavois and eighth-graders Luke S., Emily B., Matthew J, Noelani T., Huda N., Jessica P. and Nicholas S.

The other notable winners with the Cum Laude award were freshmen Mary-Grace Lally, Georgia Reis, Srimayi Tenali and Kyle Wheat, eighth-grader Aakilah H. and seventh-grader Grayden T.

“I am very proud of the students for continuing their high honor around the world because the scores and awards are relative to the scores of other students,” Latin teacher Virginia Wills said.

Evans also was pleased to hear the news that she had won the Summa Cum Laude award.

“I am happy because I now have another achievement to proudly place on my resume,”she said.

By Steven Tenbusch

Editor’s note: Brevard Public Schools policy prohibits the inclusion of middle-schoolers’ last names on district websites.