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Lyndon Institute Latin Club Goes to New York and New Haven

Roy Starling
Members of Lyndon Institute's Latin Club competed in the annual Yale Invitational Certamen. A certamen is a quiz-bowl style contest that focuses on knowledge of Roman history, mythology, and the Latin language. LI's team has been working since the beginning of the year to prepare for the event, memorizing lists of words, working ahead in their textbooks, reading Roman history, and practicing questions from past events. Team members came into Latin teacher Mr. Starling's room every day at lunch to study with each other and do further learning. All of the hard work paid off, as LI's novice team (David Kantor, Emma Renaudette, Toby Ham, and Devin Brown) went 2-1 against national, and the intermediate team (Abbie Ham, Tristan Miller, and Julia Before) went 3-0 to earn a spot in the semifinals.

After the event, the club went to the Yale Museum of Fine Art and the Connecticut Post Mall on Saturday evening followed by a whirlwind trip into New York City on Sunday morning. In NYC, the students saw Times Square, Chinatown, Grand Central Station, Wall Street, the 9/11 memorial, Battery Park, and the Statue of Liberty.

"The amount of learning the kids showed, and the amount of laughter I saw tells me this trip was a great success for the kids. I'm privileged to work at a place where the students will put in this kind of effort to put themselves out there against the finest schools in the country," said Latin teacher and team coach Roy Starling.
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