On March 21, seven Middle School students attended the Certamen at Princeton University, an annual competition for Latin students that is sponsored by the New Jersey Junior Classical League. The competition is geared toward high-school-aged students, and in fact, Gill represented one of only two middle schools among the approximately 40 schools in attendance.
At the Certamen, the students are quizzed on Latin vocabulary, Latin grammar, history, geography and Roman mythology. According to Middle School Latin teacher Donna Butler, who arranges the trip each year, "Our students were sensational. They were able to win the first two rounds of their competition and placed second in the third round." At the end of the day, Gill had taken second place among all of the schools in its division. The group celebrated its strong showing by having lunch at an Italian restaurant in Princeton. "I was so proud of the Middle School students who took on this challenge," said Butler. "It was a great day!"
Congratulations to our junior classicists on a terrific achievement: eighth-graders Catherine D'Arcangelis, John Newman, Charlotte Ruffine and Caleb Smith, and seventh-graders Meghan Cohen, Mary Jane Granito and Isha Vemuri.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.