CALDWELL, NJ — Two eighth-grade students at Trinity Academy recently achieved perfect scores on the National Latin Exam.
The NLE is sponsored by the American Classical League and National Junior Classical League;
the exam includes questions on grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature,
Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin and Latin in use in the modern world.
Trinity Academy’s Class of 2019 achieved:
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● Two perfect scores (purple ribbon and Perfect Paper Certificate awarded)
● Five outstanding scores (purple ribbon and Outstanding Achievement Certificate awarded)
● Three distinguished scores (Achievement Certificate awarded)
Trinity students as a whole gave perfect answers on 13 out of 40 questions, putting Trinity above the average of all schools worldwide taking the exam this year. It is the highest level of achievement Trinity has attained since it began administering the exam.
“We are so proud of the Class of 2019," said Trinity Academy Principal Linda Payonzeck. "They are a special group of young adults who will continue to thrill us with their achievements as they move on to their high school careers after their June 7 graduation. Mrs. Linda Shea is an energetic and enthusiastic instructor who really brings Latin to life for our students; Latin is core to our middle school instruction and supports the mission of Trinity Academy to help develop the 'whole child'."
For the last five years, Latin has been a required course for Trinity Academy’s upperclassmen (grades 6-8). Students meet with Latin instructor, Linda Shea, three times a week to study not only the language of Latin, but its history, culture and influences on modern society, as well.
“The benefits ofstudying Latin transcend simply preparing our students for the continuation of their academic careers," Shea said. "We know, through research, that children who have an understanding of Latin draw on that knowledge throughout their lives: language comprehension, making connections, and drawing inferences.”
Trinity Academy students study Latin for three years. This study culminates in the taking of the
National Latin Exam (NLE) during the spring of their eighth-grade year.