By Duaa K.
In 7th grade, students can take either Latin or Spanish. This article will focus on the Latin Club because like one 8th-grade Latin Student, Gigi L. explained, “Latin slays.”
In Latin, students can participate in competitions where they can create original pieces of work and submit them for the chance of winning at the Latin Forum. Also, Latin students get to take a test where, if the score is good enough, they have the possibility to place!
Creative projects include topics like drawings, such as black pencil, charcoal pencil, colored pencil, black ink, colored ink, chalk and pastel, and acrylic and oil. Other types of creative projects include making charts, posters, maps, mixed media, handicrafts, small and large models, pottery, sculptures, mosaics, games, miscellaneous (including jewelry), and costumes. Individual Academy students who placed for creative and graphic arts are:
Duaa K. – Roman jewelry (miscellaneous) – 1st
Morgan R. – mixed media – 3rd
Sophia W. – mixed media – 4th
Josie C. – map – 4th
Max F. – dramatic interpretation – 1st
Jaime F. – Roman shield – 4th
Parker M. – sculpture – 5th
Aidan P. – charts and posters – 4th
Sara P. – 2D digital art – 1st
Claudia R. – painting – 1st
Chloe S. – map – 2nd
Erik S. – costume of Pluto – 1st
Margarita V. – drawing – 4th
For Latin exams, topics include Classical Art, Classical Geography, Vocabulary, Derivatives, Grammar, Greek derivatives, Greek Literature, Hellenic History, History of the Monarch, History of Empire and Republic, Mottoes, Quotes, and Abbreviations, Mythology, and Vocabulary. If someone is interested in studying for these exams, the students can use the study guides on the Florida Junior Classical League website. According to the FJCL website, “At least 50% of the questions on each Regional Latin Forum test will be drawn from that test’s study guide. 100% of each Latin Grammar test will be drawn from the provided study guides.” Students who placed for Latin tests include:
Jenna B. – history of the monarchy and republic – 2nd
Dilana C.– derivatives – 5th
Gabriella C. – history of the monarchy and republic – 3rd
Hagan J. – Latin vocabulary – 4th
Duaa K. – Latin mottoes – 2nd
Maggie M. – history of the Roman empire – 5th
Morgan R. – mixed media – 3rd
Sophia W. – mythology 5th
Jillian W. – Latin grammar – 4th
Jaime F. – history of the Roman empire – 2nd
Gigi L. – Latin grammar – 1st
Aidan P. – Classical Geography – 1st
Lauren R.– Latin mottoes – 4th
Claudia R. – Classical Art – 1st
Chloe S. – mythology – 1st
Erik S. – history of the Roman empire – 3rd
Margarita V. – derivatives – 2nd
Thomas W. – Roman customs – 5th
Also at the Latin Forum, there are sports events labeled Olympika. Activities include Friscus, 100 Meter run, 1 mile, Gladiator, and Caesar Dicit. Unfortunately, nobody from Academy placed in the sports events this year at Regionals.
The regional Latin forum this year was at Plant High School, and States takes place in Orlando. Plant High School kindly hosted Academy and eight to ten other schools this year on Saturday, Feb. 4. Once you arrive at Plant, students register their projects and attend the opening assembly.
The opening ceremony consists of representing your Latin patriotic side and reviewing what the day will have in store for the students. Then, if you signed up for an Olympika event, you head over to the field and do your event. If you aren’t, you can participate in other things with your friends like karaoke, taking the mystery test, or doing the other activities they have planned for you. Later, you can watch the movie they choose in the auditorium, which this year was Disney’s “Hercules”! Once the movie is finished, lunch is served, and shortly after, awards occur. Then, you can go home with your award in your hand!
Overall, the Academy of the Holy Names won the 2nd place academic trophy. The 2nd place creative art trophy, and the 2nd place overall trophy. For me, the regional Latin forum was a very fun experience that I would for sure participate in again next year. Stay tuned for more, including an article about the State Latin Forum!
You can also read more about the State Latin Forum which was held at the end of March in Orlando.