SHORT HILLS, NJ--  Eleven St. Rose of Lima Academy students earned high enough marks on the National Mythology Exam this spring to take home medals, including two sixth graders who won gold for their perfect scores on the exam.

The Athena Gold Medal winners were Clare Baumeister of Summit and Laurel Doyle of  Maplewood.

The National Mythology Exam, sponsored annually by the American Classical League, covers Greek and Roman mythology. There are 30 questions each year on all aspects of mythology, plus 10 more questions on a specific theme each year. This year the theme was “Ancient Beginnings.” Finally, the students answer another 10 questions on a specific category within mythology. They can choose questions about the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Aeneid, Native American tales, African tales, or Norse mythology.

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“The material covered in the National Mythology Exam is so wide ranging that we could never review all of it in class,” said Jane Katz, St. Rose of Lima Academy’s Latin teacher. “Each one of these students has taken on the responsibility of studying the required materials independently, often reading difficult translations of ancient texts.

“They all worked extraordinarily hard to achieve their success,” Katz said. “We are all very proud of them and their accomplishments.”

This year 11 of the 14 St. Rose students taking the exam earned medals. In addition to the gold medals winners, four students scored between 95 and 99 to win silver – eighth grader William Faughnan of South Orange, seventh graders Caleigh Wozniak of Maplewood and Alicia Furlan of Springfield, and sixth grader Xavier Warganz of Maplewood.

Five students scored between 90 and 94 to capture bronze medals – seventh graders Daniel Duggan ofMaplewoodand Zachary Pocchia of Maplewood, and sixth graders Rachel Furlan of Springfield, Jane Hearden of Summitand Charlotte Hilker of Maplewood.

If you are interested in interviewing St. Rose students about their performance on the National Mythology Exam and their teacher, Jane Katz, please contact Jim O’Neill at 469-733-2571 or 973-569-7054. You can also reach him by email at or

St. Rose of Lima Academy in Short Hills, N.J. is a fully-accredited co-educational academy, with more than 200 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. The school draws heavily from Short Hills and the surrounding communities of Maplewood, South Orange and Springfield. Established in 1869, it is one of the oldest Roman Catholic elementary schools in New Jersey.