Derryfield Latinists Perform Bene At Certamen
Sixteen Derryfield students competed at the Granite State Certamen in Rochester, NH, on November 12. The event, hosted at Spaulding High School by the Classical Association of New England, drew teams from New Hampshire and Massachusetts....
Sixteen Derryfield students competed at the Granite State Certamen in Rochester, NH, on November 12. The event, hosted at Spaulding High School by the Classical Association of New England, drew teams from New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
All of the four Derryfield teams placed in the top six (out of thirteen) in the upper level division. Seniors Scott Clutterbuck, Alexander Michaud, Cameron Campbell, and Ryan Stevenson took third; juniors Daniel Schwartzberg, Lulu Carter, Chelsea Kimball, and Jessa Fogel came in fourth; seniors Molly Ferguson and Jake Smiley, sophomore Eli Goldner, and freshmen Noelani Stevenson were fifth; and sophomores Juan Zamudio, Leah Holden, Adrian Brooks, and Max Smiley placed sixth.
The Certamen is a daylong competition in which teams of four must accumulate the most points in four separate rounds versus two other teams. Certamen not only tests the ability of Latin language grammar, but also the knowledge of Roman literature, culture, history, and mythology.
This was Derryfield's second time entering the Certamen, and the first time winning awards in the upper level of competition. Derryfield hopes to send even more teams to a Spring Certamen, performing even better. In their "Gym, Tan, Latin" shirts, the Latinists are excited to use their knowledge in a fun and exciting environment once again.
Senior Scott Clutterbuck comments, "At school we are just scholars of classical language and history. At Certamen, we are as Godly as the deities that we study." Senior Alex Michaud adds, "After six years of taking a dead language, you start to wonder if your Latin education is ever going to amount to anything besides a few more points on the SAT's. Little did we know, however, that we would walk out of Spaulding High School not only with a memorable experience but also with a trophy."