They Came; They Saw; They Conquered: Hun Students Shine on National Classics Exam
Hun students recently earned a gold and three silver medals in the National Classical Etymology Exam (NCEE) which measures students’ knowledge of English words derived from Greek and Latin. The students take part in a thriving Classics curriculum at Hun.
Owen Dougherty ’21 earned a gold medal, while Emily Ward ’19, Summer Goldstein ’19, and Ishwari Joshi ’21 received silver medals. Owen and Ishwari, both sophomores, take Latin 2, while Summer takes AP Latin and an Advanced Greek Independent Study, and Emily takes Ancient Greek Honors. Sofia Valencia ’22 and Elizabeth Ji ’21 finished just one point shy of a bronze medal.
Just 13 percent of the more than 4,600 students who took the exam nationally received medals.
All 18 of the Hun students who took the exam are part of the National Junior Classical League, said the club's faculty supervisor and teacher Jeff Snow.
The group competes, in teams of four, at Certamen competitions at universities throughout the year. Certamen is a competition that tests students’ knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin language and culture. Two of Hun’s teams took third place finishes at the Yale Certamen in November. And the group will take three more competitive exams this school year; the National Latin Exam, the National Roman Civilization Exam, and the National Latin Vocabulary Exam.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.