In a strong year for Harker’s Latin department, it comes as no surprise that Harker students had stellar performances on the National Myth Exam. The exam, which is given to all middle school students studying Latin, is administered every year through the American Classical League, which encourages the study of classical literature.
The exam itself is a multiple choice test that assesses students’ learning of Greek and Roman mythology which includes a subtest that tests knowledge of specific writing such as the “Iliad” or “Odyssey.” The exam was administered the first week of March, to test the students’ learning over the course of the year.
This year, more than 30 middle school students earned medals for impressive scores on the exam, with five students, Sean Costello, Aditya Dhar and Albert Xu, all grade 6, as well as Elisabeth Siegel and Allison Wang in grade 7, earning perfect scores. While Harker students usually perform well on the exam, Lisa Masoni, middle school Latin teacher, noted, “This is the first year I’ve had more than one gold medal.”