On the last Saturday in February, 13 Middle School and nine Upper School Latin students attended the Area C Latin Convention. They competed against approximately 800 students from 37 schools across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
The marquee event at a Latin competition is Certamen, a game played with buzzers by teams of four players, testing both their reflex speed and their knowledge of the Latin language, Roman history and daily life, and classical mythology. Two FWCD teams advanced to the finals. In the intermediate division, Ian Lee ’20 and Stephanie Morgan ’20 placed first, defeating The Greenhill School and Coppell High School. In the novice division, Henry Brookman ’22, Joaquin Castro-Balbi ’22, Ethan Hickman ’21 and Gavin Zoota ’22 placed second, beating St. Mark’s School of Texas, but losing narrowly to Greenhill.
The following students earned awards in individual contests:
Level 1/2 A
Michelle Pham ’22 : Fourth Place, Latin Derivatives; First Place, Greek Derivatives
Joaquin Castro-Balbi ’22: Second Place, Vocabulary; First Place, Decathlon
Gavin Zoota ’22: Second Place, Roman Life
Henry Brookman ’22: First Place, Roman History; First Place, Ancient Geography
Leo Vernor ’22: Second Place, Mottoes; Fifth Place, Reading Comprehension
Level 1/2 B
Ethan Hickman ’21: First Place, Latin Derivatives; Second Place, Ancient Geography
Krishna Vallabh ’21: Third Place, Greek Derivatives; First Place, Latin Oratory
Josh Wyatt ’21: Third Place, Roman History
Rogan Crumley ’21: Second Place, Greek History
Kelly Pham ’21: First Place, Mottoes
Kathryn Steele ’21: Second Place, Decathlon
Janie Bradford ’21: Second Place, Dramatic Interpretation
Stephanie Morgan ’20: Second Place, Decathlon
Alyssa Cole ’19: Fifth Place, Decathlon
Aidan Vogelson ’18: Fourth Place, Mythology
Nikhil De ’18: First Place, Reading Comprehension Poetry; Third Place, Decathlon
Samanna Maberry ’17: Second Place, Decathlon
At the end of the convention, Aidan Vogelson ’18 was appointed as the Area C Student Chair for 2017-18. FWCD will host next year's area convention. Story courtesy of Bryan Carlson.