Lyndon Institute Latin Club Brings Home Silver Bowl
Roy Starling - Lyndon Institute
For 43 years, the UVM Classics department has been hosting an annual Latin Day designed to engage, excite, and teach Vermont high school Latin students about Latin and the classics. This year's Latin Day had a new look, led in large part by LI seniors Vermont Junior Classical League president Abigail Ham and VTJCL vice president Kate O'Farrell, as well as VTJCL state chair and Lyndon Institute Latin teacher Roy Starling. This year's event was revamped to be more interactive and included activities such as written tests, Roman military training for students, a conversational Latin seminar, an ancient gaming session, and skits performed by schools.
The Lyndon Institute Latin club attended this year's event and did well enough in the scoring activities to bring the Silver Bowl (awarded to the top school in the state) back to the Northeast Kingdom for the first time in almost ten years. LI's "probatio" (quiz bowl) teams finished first and second in their levels and LI sophomore Toby Ham earned top scores on the mythology and history tests.
LI Latin teacher Roy Starling said, "This year's Latin club has been an amazing group of kids. They started the year going down to Yale and made the semifinals at that event. They followed that with a trip to the Granite State Certamen in Dover, NH, and now they've brought home the silver bowl from UVM to LI for the first time in quite a few years. Going forward, we have an event at Harvard in March and a trip to Italy in April. It's such a blessing to work with such motivated kids at such a supportive school."