Latin Students Win Honors at State Convention

Foothill's Latin students came, saw and conquered last weekend at the 57th annual California Junior Classical League convention at the Menlo School in Atherton.

Students from 45 middle and high schools, including 16 in the Bay Area, attended the annual convention that celebrates all things Latin.

Foothill was showered with a variety of honors, including best new chapter in the state and first place chapter statewide (small school).

Alyosha Bendebury, Katie Downey, Diana Fu and Jacob Richey placed second in the state in the Latin 2 Certamen competition, a Jeopardy-style trivia contest that puts students' Latin knowledge to the test. Students not only must have a firm grasp of the language, but they also must have a broad knowledge of Latin culture and history.

Roland Huang, Ben Singer, Aneel Yelamanchili and Grace Yu placed third in the state in that Latin 1 Certamen competition.

Jacob Saldinger waltzed away with a $2,000 college scholarship, one of only four awarded. He applied for the scholarship by submitting information about his academic studies and extracurricular Latin activities. He also wrote an essay about why he studies Latin. The scholarship requires Jacob to study Latin in college for at least one year.

Jack Reed won first place in advanced history.

Congratulations to Foothill's outstanding Latin students:
Alyosha Bendebury
Katie Downey
Diana Fu
Eric Hitchens
Roland Huang
Anja Kong
Christian Medved
David Ni
Jack Reed
Jacob Richey
Jacob Saldinger
Ben Singer
Connie Wu
Aneel Yelamanchili
Grace Yu

The students were accompanied by teacher Eric Heinitz.

PHOTO left to right
Katie Downey, Jacob Richey, Elliott Goodman (state Certamen chair), Alyosha Bendebury and Diana Fu

Posted Wednesday, April 4, 2012