OAK HILL ACADEMY STUDENTS Receive High HONORS ON NATIONAL LATIN EXAM

OAK HILL ACADEMY STUDENTS Receive High HONORS ON NATIONAL LATIN EXAM
Posted on 06/09/2017
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Latin is perceived by some to be a “dead language”, but not for many of the finest schools in the world, including Oak Hill Academy in Lincroft. There is evidence that students who take Latin do better than their classmates in the areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary, critical thinking, and problem solving. This is precisely why Oak Hill students have taken Latin since the school’s inception in 1981.Monmouth County Private School

Approximately 149,000 students from all 50 states and 16 foreign countries recently participated in the 2017 National Latin Exam.  Receiving highest honors and gold medals and summa cum laude certificates (answering 36-40 correct) for the eighth grade class were NJ Private SchoolNicholas Geissler (Middletown) with a perfect score (less than 1% of all students in the World); Mason Garber (Colts Neck), Sydney Yan (Holmdel), Grant D’Orsi (Leonardo), Sebastian Basile (Middletown) and Charlotte Walsh (Fair Haven). Anneliese Auleta (Holmdel), Brett Servilla (Rumson), Alyssa Lopez (Tinton Falls) and Kara Pietrowicz (Freehold) received silver medals and maxima cum laude certificates for scoring 33-35 correct out of 40; while Simar Arora (Marlboro), Elizabeth Lee (Marlboro), Sebastian Marchese (Colts Neck), Lucas Ligato (Lincroft) and Kushal Bhattacharyya (Marlboro) received magna cum laude certificates (31-32 correct).  Jason Rich (Atlantic Highlands), William Hurley (Monmouth Beach) and Jordan Codispoti (Holmdel) received cum laude certificates (29-30). 

Monmouth County Private SchoolOHA seventh grade students, Molly Jain (Red Bank) and Alex Mitchell (Red Bank)were two of the less than 2% of all students in the World to have Perfect Papers (40/40) on the Introduction to Latin Exam!

Classmates Aarya Doshi (Hazlet), Cakie Dym (Rumson), Addy Basile (Middletown), Elizabeth Wright (Fair Haven), Maria Giannakopoulos (Colts Neck), Samantha AbdelBarry (Wall), Daniel Mooney (Red Bank), Justin Weber (Middletown) and Shane Gazdus (Rumson) each earned a purple ribbon and an outstanding achievement certificate on the Introduction to Latin exam by scoring 35 to 39 correct. Receiving achievement certificates (30-34) in the seventh grade were William Attardi (West Long Branch), Pierce Blankenbaker (Colts Neck), Adam Holden (Locust), Rahul Kavuru (Holmdel), Christopher Skelton (Millstone Twp.), Ansh Kulkarni (Howell)and Paige Lane (Middletown).

The National Latin Exam is offered under the joint sponsorship of the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League.  The ACL/NJCL National Latin Exam has been approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and placed on the Advisory List of National Contests and Activities.

Oak Hill Academy has participated in the exam and has consistently won awards for the last twenty-eight years.  Much of the credit goes to Oak Hill Academy's Latin teacher, Miss Samantha Lewent, who prepared her students so well.