A total of 52 Westfield High School students earned a variety of awards and recognitions at all four levels of the National Latin Exam, which is given annually in all 50 states and a number of countries worldwide. Freshman Tomas Taaffe earned a perfect score on the level 1 exam and will receive special recognition for his accomplishment.

WHS Latin teachers James Rowan and Barbara Bair were pleased with this year’s results.  They said, “Once again, the students in the Westfield High School Latin program have represented their school well.  The large numbers of students winning awards, and in particular gold or silver medals, shows how enthusiastic they are about the Latin language and classical civilization.  We are very proud of them and we are confident that the future of Latin at Westfield High School is very bright.”

The following are the students who received awards:

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Level 1

Gold Summa Cum Laude with Perfect Score

Tomas Taaffe


Gold Summa Cum Laude

Emma Downer

Adam Holtzman

Luke Mizus

Wyatt Miller

Timothy Miller

Thomas Beck

Stephanie Xiao

Julianne Aronson

Vaughan Price

Brianna Hatch

Tahani Ahmed

Jackson Price

Andrew Caminiti

Sara Shen

James McCutcheon


Silver Maxima Cum Laude

Rachel Bowman

Owen Ripperger

Matthew McIntyre

Rebecca Dunaief

Natalie Nolan

Julia Salvato

Joshua Ebel


Magna Cum Laude

Samantha Stravach

Brendan Loder


Cum Laude

Jackson O’Brien


Level 2

Gold Summa Cum Laude

Lindsey Sharlow

Brendan Riccardi


Magna Cum Laude

Madeleine Sanford

Jonathan Silva

Darika Lara-Rodriguez

Sean Riccardi

Emma Escaldi


Cum Laude

Matthew Kujawski

Jack Miller

Sa’id Kharboutli

Ian Humphrey

Paige Venturino


Level 3- Prose

Gold Summa  Cum Laude

Natalia Zeller MacLean

Matthew Varano

Nicholas Nolan

Mark Fico


Silver Maxima Cum Laude

Carly Kandel

Nicholas Maher

Ryan Murphy


Cum Laude

Gabriel Giverlber

Christopher Hoerrner

Isabelle Cohen

Samantha Ricci

Owen Kessler


Level 4- Poetry


Silver Maxima Cum Laude

Danielle Gabuzda

Jack Fico