Third of Latin students win awards

Latin students received their results of the National Latin Exam on Monday, several of whom received awards.

“The students did really well this year,” Latin teacher Virginia Wills said. “Thirty-three West Shore students got an award. That’s a third of all Latin students, [and] seven of the students got the summa cum laude award.”

Each winning student will receive a certificate, and summa cum laude and magna cum laude award recipients will receive a gold or silver medal respectively.

“We want to be able to give [the awards] at the Academic Awards Ceremony on April 30,” Wills said. “In this way it’s different than last year.”

Students are given their award based on how their score compared to the national average. The average of all Latin I students was 28 correct answers out of 40 questions. The Latin II average was 27 correct answers. Latin III and IV average was 25 correct answers.

“I don’t know how people get scores that low [nationwide],” sophomore Jennifer Stone, who received the maxima cum laude award. “I’ve always gotten an award. I wasn’t surprised [this year because] the test is always easy.”

Junior Emily Coard received a cum laude award.

“I was surprised because I thought I didn’t do well on the test,” she said. “The last two years I failed it, so I’m glad that I got my first award.

By Andrew Lim