Summit hosts regional Latin competition

Summit Country Day School students show off first place ribbons.

Summit sophomore Jimmy Fraley and senior Ryan Burns show off the first place ribbons they received in competition at The Summit’s 23rd annual competition.

More than 60 students from 12 Cincinnati areas schools attended the 23rd annual Latin competition hosted by The Summit Country Day School on Feb. 29.

The Summit’s Latin Club is active throughout the year and promotes academics, the arts, leadership and community service. The annual competition brings together Latin students from the Cincinnati area to play Certamen. Certamen is a Latin word which means competition, and it is a Jeopardy!-style buzzer game with questions about the Latin language and classical civilization. The Summit’s Latin Club has consistently won local competitions and state championships and has even had multiple students on national championship teams.

“The Latin competition we host is one of several held around the city,” said Summit Latin teacher Larry Dean. “These competitions are a lot of fun for the kids because they get to compete and make friends with Latin students from other schools. I like them because they bring together students to learn more – on Saturday mornings – about Latin and the classical world.”

Among The Summit’s participants at the school competition, eighth grader Ethan Lam and seventh grader Benedict Domville competed at the novice level. After the three preliminary rounds, Ethan and Benedict were the No. 1 seed going into the finals and finished second against a combo team whose members came from different schools. Ninth graders Wali Khan and Owen McEachern, The Summit’s Intermediate team, finished in third place. The Advanced team, composed of sophomore Jimmy Fraley and senior Ryan Burns, earned first place.  Ryan is presently the President of the Ohio Junior Classical League, the state organization which promotes the study of Latin in secondary schools.

At The Summit, students are required to take an introduction to Latin in the sixth grade and can continue to study it through high school. The Latin Club has been named the state champion eight times in the last decade and many individuals have won national awards.