BCHS Latin students excel national exam

Fifty five students at Bristol Central High School recently received high scores on the 39th annual National Latin Exam. In March, students in Kelly Monahan-DiNoia’s Latin I, II, III and IV classes took the exam which is sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League.

BCHS Latin students competed against 154,000 Latin students from all 50 states and 19 foreign countries including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.

Latin I student, Stephen Pittman, the son of Lawrence and Amy Pittman, earned a perfect score.

The National Latin Exam tests students’ knowledge of ancient Roman language, grammar, literature, geography, daily life, mythology, history, and English derivatives. There are also comprehension questions based on a short passage. The test has a time limit of 45 minutes.

The BCHS winners will be recognized at Bristol Central World Language Department’s awards ceremony on April 28 at 2:30 p.m. in the BCHS auditorium.


Stephen Pittman


Gold Medal Winners (Summa Cum Laude)

Latin III: Arianna Olson and Molly Watstein

Latin II: Nancy Ongany, Nicholas Osuch, and Desmond DeVille

Latin I: Stephen Pittman, Sebastian Kania, Jack Hale, and Marianna Apergis


Silver Medal Winners (Maxima Cum Laude)

Latin IV: Gabrielle Raymond and Elizabeth Hrywniak

Latin III: Isabelle Derosier, Daniel Potz, and Devon DeNoto

Latin II: Branden Alvarado, Jacob Nelson, Alex Balfour, Casey Walters, Olivia Rajotte

Latin I: Rachel Wolf, Yarielis Feliberty, Marissa Pecorelli, McKenna Duval, Rachel Ragusa, Weston Marshall, and Jordan Northup


Third Place Winners (Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude)

Latin IV: Nicole Wolf, Eric Duval, Gaggan Preet Singh, Erin Shapland, Tiffany Sarmiento, Maximillian Grant, George Pittman, Madison Pechulis, and Cari Schaeffer

Latin III: Christianna Peabody, Cameron berish, Colin Savino, Nicole Truszkowski, Dominic Borrelli, and Scott Larson

Latin II: Ryan DiNoia, Mariah Santana, Ashley MacDonald, Jacob Harvey, Jonathan Rindfleisch, Emily McAllister, Andrew Gauvin, and Iryna Mykhalivn Zyma.

Latin I: Julia Nelson, Hannah Shapland, Mason Hale, Zachary Radke, and Kiara Suazo.