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Students Get Creative for National Writing Contest
a. d. V Id. Mai. (May 11th, 2016)

Each year the National Junior Classical League offers a creative writing contest. This year’s prompt was to write a letter from the point of view of a Roman historical figure or Greco-Roman mythological character: the contest is partly a research project and partly a creative writing effort.

Congratulations to the St. Andrew’s Upper School Latin students who were nationally recognized for their written work!

William McKinnerney '17 - “Vulcan: a letter to his past self” - 2nd Place
Katherine Salinas '17 - “An Open Letter from Orpheus to Aristaeus” - 5th Place
Molly Fox '18 - “Longing for Aeneas” - 6th Place
Janson Shrock '17 - “Octavian to Marc Antony and Lepidus about the Battle of Philipi” - 6th Place
Rachel Nezzer '17 - “An Excerpt from the Letters of Ceres” - 9th Place
Olivia Smith '17 - “Twin Telepathy” - 10th Place

St. Andrew's Highest Ranked SPC School at TSJCL Convention
a. d. V Kal. Mai. (April 27th, 2016)

On April 22 and 23, St. Andrew’s students competed in academic, artistic, and athletic contests at the Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL) convention at Atascocita High School. After a weekend of competing and participating in a variety of activities, the Upper School students finished in 10th place overall, the highest ranked school in the SPC that was at the competition. The Middle School also finished 10th overall in their respective division.

At the convention with the support of his classmates, St. Andrew’s junior Walton Schmidt campaigned for and was elected President for the 2016-2017 school year. Every year at the convention, the member schools elect a board of student officers to lead the organization for the following year. Previously, Walton had served on this year’s Executive Board as Historian, with junior Katherine Salinas as Editor and junior William McKinnerney as Webmaster. All three had extensive duties at the convention, which they carried out with grace.

Here are the complete Academic and Classical Civilization results for the St. Andrew’s delegation:

First Place
Sofia Gonzalez                         Latin Vocabulary
Sofia Gonzalez                         Sight Recitation
Katherine Salinas                    Poetry
Emma Schmidt                        Roman Life

Second Place
Emma Buechler                      Sculpture
Gray McKinnerney                  Greek Life and Literature
William McKinnerney             Multimedia
Nolan McNearney                   Club T-shirt Design
Katherine Salinas                    Computer-enhanced Photography
Emma Schmidt                        Mottoes
Walton Schmidt                      Catapult
Walton Schmidt                      Sight Recitation
Janson Shrock                          Catapult
Matthew Tobias                      Models

Third Place
Drew Aronoff                          Ancient Geography
Walton Schmidt                      Mottoes
Grace Zhao                             Electronic Art

Fourth Place
Parker Brandt                         Greek History
Tristram Coffin                       Costume
William McKinnerney             Classical Art
Katherine Salinas                    Traditional Photography

Fifth Place
Layne Alam                             Greek History
Rachel Nezzer                         Mythology
Katherine Salinas                    Research Paper
Will Snider                              Decathlon
Will Snider                              Grammar

Sixth Place
Will Josowitz                           Greek History
Katherine Salinas                    Latin Oratory

Seventh Place
Layne Alam                             Mythology
Drew Aronoff                          Roman Life
Henry Erlinger                         Latin Derivatives
Lily Kincannon                         Monochromatic Drawing
Rachel Nezzer                         Latin Derivatives
Katherine Salinas                    Roman History

Eighth Place
Emma Buechler                      Greek Life and Lit
Emma Buechler                      Pottery
Victoria Curtin                        Latin Oratory
Victoria Curtin                        Reading Comprehension - Advanced Poetry
Nolan McNearney                   Roman Life
Grace Zhao                           Polychromatic Drawing

Ninth Place
Henry Erlinger                       Mottoes
Pouya Mohammadi                Vocabulary

Tenth Place
Layne Alam                            Original Play, Actor
Parker Brandt                         Roman History
Andrew Buller                         Reading Comprehension
Jack Cowan                             Roman History
Lily Kincannon                         Vocabulary
Pouya Mohammadi                Original Play, Author
Rachel Nezzer                         Original Play, Actor
Jill Pewitt                                 Classical Art
Katherine Salinas                    Original Play, Actor
Grace Zhao                             Original Play, Actor

Students receiving summa cum laude awards for the Pentathlon: Drew Aronoff, Parker Brandt,Jack Cowan, Gray McKinnerney, Rachel Nezzer, Katherine Salinas, Emma Schmidt, Will Snider

Students receiving maxima cum laude awards for the Pentathlon: Layne Alam, Tristram Coffin, Henry Erlinger, Walton Schmidt

Students receiving magna cum laude awards for the Pentathlon: Stevie Gibson, Will Josowitz, Lizzie Leighty, William McKinnerney, Grace Zhao

Students receiving cum laude awards for the Pentathlon: Emma Buechler, Andrew Buller, Katie Cowan, James Gernstein, Sofia Gonzalez, Lily Kincannon, Pouya Mohammadi, Jill Pewitt

Additionally, we won the following Olympika events:

First Place
Janson Shrock         Frisbee Throw
Janson Shrock         Softball Throw

Additionally, the Upper School Club was awarded the second runner-up prize in the Publicity contest. Good luck to all as we prepare for Nationals this summer at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Students Take Top Honors in National Exams
a. d. XI Kal. Mai. (April 21st, 2016)

On March 8th, Latin students at the Upper School took the National Latin Exam. They were joined by and competed with over 154,000 students from 50 states and 19 foreign countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.

There are separate exams for different levels of Latin, and students in each level are awarded medals (gold and silver) for high achievement. Twenty-six Upper School students were recognized with some kind of award. Four students received Gold Medals and eight received Silver Medals, the two highest awards on the exam. Congratulations to our Latin scholars on their impressive achievements!

Gold Medal
Paige Anderson
Rachel Nezzer
Katherine Salinas
Walton Schmidt

Silver Medal
Adrian Almy
Hana Arriaga
Alex Bradley
Emma Erben
Molly Fox
Morgan Nascone
Cameron Scott
Matthew Tobias

Magna Cum Laude
Emma Buechler
Tristram Coffin
Katie Cowan
Lizzie Leighty
Gavin Massengale
Pace Renner
Ben Sirizzotti

Cum Laude
Drew Aronoff
Tom Hogan
Henry Howard
Will Josowitz
Pouya Mohammadi
Olivia Nicklos
Grace Zhao

Earlier in the year, Upper School Latin students had the option to take the National Roman Civilization Exam and National Latin Vocabulary Exam on Feb. 18 and 19, respectively. The results are in, and once again our Latin students shined in competition!

National Roman Civilization Exam
Gold Medal
Katherine Salinas

Silver Medal
Layne Alam
Parker Brandt
Rachel Nezzer
Walton Schmidt

Bronze Medal
Janson Shrock

National Latin Vocabulary Exam
Gold Medal
Emma Erben

Silver Medal
Hana Arriaga
Rachel Nezzer

Bronze Medal
Walton Schmidt

Students Take Top Prizes at Area Tournament
a. d. IV Kal. Mar. (February 26th, 2016)

St. Andrew’s Upper School and Middle School Latin Clubs were fierce competitors at the Area F Latin Convention at Rouse High School on Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20.

The Upper School’s Advanced Certamen team (comprised of Hana Arriaga, Rachel Nezzer, Katherine Salinas, and Walton Schmidt, plus alternate Layne Alam) won third place. The Middle School’s Certamen team (comprised of Jack Cowan, Gray McKinnerney, Emma Schmidt, and Will Snider) won second place in the Middle School division. In addition, eight-grader Will Snider was named the Armadillo Classical Society Junior Scholar for having the highest score of any middle schooler on the decathlon test.

As a school, St. Andrew's Upper School took second in the overall academic sweepstakes, calculated by assigning points for first, second, and third place finishes. One student was recognized for having the highest score at any level on his tests: Walton Schmidt was recognized for having the high score on the Mottoes test and in Sight Recitation. Additionally, Rachel Nezzer tied for the highest score on the Pentathlon of all students in level IV, a great accomplishment as every student at the convention takes that contest. William McKinnerney, Katherine Salinas, and Walton Schmidt also did a fabulous job of helping out at the convention as State officers.

A play, written by Pouya Mohammadi and performed by Layne Alam, Henry Howard, Rachel Nezzer, Walton Schmidt, and Katherine Salinas, about the history of gladiatorial combat won second place.

The Upper School individual award winners are:
1st Place
Layne Alam        Greek History (III)
Layne Alam        Mythology (III)
Parker Brandt     Greek History (I)
Tristram Coffin    Costume
Christian Erben    Vocal Solo
Emma Erben        Latin Derivatives
Morgan Nascone   Roman Life
Rachel Nezzer      Mythology (IV)
Katherine Salinas   Roman History
Walton Schmidt      Mottoes
Walton Schmidt      Sight Recitation
Grace Zhao            Mottoes
Grace Zhao            Polychromatic Art

2nd Place
Jasmine Aghazadeh      Dramatic Interpretation
Drew Aronoff                Ancient Geography
Drew Aronoff                Roman Life
Hana Arriaga                 Costume
Hana Arriaga                 Latin Literature
Parker Brandt                Roman History
James Gernstein            Sight Recitation
Lily Kincannon               Monochromatic Art
Lily Kincannon               Vocabulary
Fletcher Lowin               Greek Life and Literature
Rachel Nezzer               Latin Derivatives (IV)
Cameron Scott              Roman Life
Cameron Wilkinson        Latin Derivatives (I)

3rd Place
Hana Arriaga                 Advanced Grammar
Katie Cowan                  Mythology
Emma Erben                 Decathlon
Molly Fox                      Dramatic Interpretation
Henry Howard               Couple’s Costume
William McKinnerney      Latin Derivatives
Pouya Mohammadi        Ancient Geography
Katherine Salinas          Sight Recitation
Ben Sirizotti                  Couple’s Costume

Receiving summa cum laude awards for the Pentathlon were: Layne Alam, Parker Brandt, Rachel Nezzer, Katherine Salinas, and Walton Schmidt.

Receiving maxima cum laude awards for the Pentathlon were: Hana Arriaga, Drew Aronoff, Katie Cowan, James Gernstein, Stevie Gibson, Emma Erben, Lily Kincannon, Pouya Mohammadi, Cameron Scott, Ben Sirizotti, Jackie Smith, Michael Thomas, and Cameron Wilkinson.

Receiving magna cum laude awards for the Pentathlon were: Jasmine Aghazadeh, Paige Anderson, Alex Bradley, Emma Buechler, Oliver Chapin-Eiserloh, Tristram Coffin, Molly Fox, Tom Hogan, Henry Howard, Will Josowitz, William McKinnerney, Pace Renner, Janson Shrock, and Matthew Tobias.

Receiving cum laude awards for the Pentathlon were: Christian Erben, Will Greskovich, Lizzie Leighty, Fletcher Lowin, Morgan Nascone, Jill Pewitt, David Winslett, and Grace Zhao.

The Middle School individual award winners are:
1st Place
Jack Cowan          Roman History
Emma Schmidt     Roman Life
Sofia Gonzalez     Sight Recitation
Will Snider           Decathlon

2nd Place
Will Snider           Roman History
Sofia Gonzalez     Latin Vocabulary

3rd Place
Jayde Childress     Grammar
Henry Erlinger       Latin Derivatives

Olympika Awards:
1st Place
Will Snider    50 Yard Dash, 100 Yard Dash, 200 Yard Dash
Jayde Childress   Softball Throw

3rd Place
Andrew Buller   50 Yard Dash

Receiving summa cum laude awards for the Pentathlon were: Emma Schmidt, Jack Cowan, and Will Snider.

Receiving maxima cum laude awards for the Pentathlon were: Gray McKinnerney, Henry Erlinger, and Andrew Buller.

Receiving magna cum laude awards for the Pentathlon were: Jayde Childress and Sofia Gonzalez.

Thanks also go to the Salinas family who helped staff a “home base” for our students all day long.

Congratulations to all the winners and bonam fortunam omnibus at State. The State Convention will be held on April 22-23 at Atascocita High School.

Latin Students Take Top Prizes on National Latin Exam
a. d. VI Kal. Feb. (January 27th, 2016)

Back in December, Latin students at the Upper school took the National Classical Etymology Exam. They were joined by and competed with students from across the United States. There is one exam, and awards are based on the level of Latin in which a student is enrolled. Students in each level can be awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals for outstanding results. Thirteen Upper School students were recognized.

Gold Medals

  • Adrian Almy
  • Olivia Smith
  • Walton Schmidt

Silver Medals

  • Hana Arriaga
  • Parker Brandt
  • Emma Erben
  • Pouya Mohammadi
  • Olivia Nicklos

Bronze Medals

  • Layne Alam
  • Will Josowitz
  • Rachel Nezzer
  • Katherine Salinas
  • Cameron Scott

St. Andrew's 33rd Annual Latin Banquet
Id. Nov. (November 13th, 2015)

The 33rd Annual Latin Banquet was held in Nazro Hall on the afternoon of Sunday, November 15th. For the last few weeks Latin students have been preparing in class to show off their knowledge of Roman clothing, history, culture and mythology.

At the Banquet each student wears a costume according to his or her level of Latin, from servi all the way up to gods and goddesses. Authentic Roman cuisine was served while students played a game that required an understanding of ancient Rome to earn points for their “clans.”

Prior to the Banquet all Latin students were sorted into these six “clan” groups, and students were able to earn points for their “clan” during class in the weeks leading up to the Banquet. Students from the 5th through 12th grades combined their efforts and worked together to triumph in the costume contests and historical game. “It was fun,” said sophomore Jack Guttell, who played the role of Spartacus. In the end the gens Cornelia, or Cornelian clan, was in first place with Aemilia and Marcia in second and third respectively, but all six clans made a good showing.

Emma Buechler
Tristram Coffin
Quincy Alam
Finn Grogono
Emma Erben

Anna May Stouse
Ethan Parker
Mia Tobias
Ben Sirizzotti
Laney Goodrum
Jack Hornaday

Matronae / Imperatores /Principes:
Janson Shrock
Jackie Smith
Emma Schmidt
Katie Cowan

Evelyn Berry
Andrew Buller
Truman Cunningham
Sofia Gonzalez
Betsy Goodrum
Grace McKinnerney

Crusaders Compete at the 62nd Annual NJCL Convention
a. d. VII Id. Aug. (August 7th, 2015)

During the last week of July, a group of students from St. Andrew's Upper and Middle School divisions participated in the 2015 National Junior Classical League (NJCL) convention held at Trinity University in San Antonio. In addition to the contests and camaraderie that goes along with convention activities, the students were able to experience life on a college campus for the week from dormitories to the dining hall.

During the convention students excelled in their individual academic, artistic, and athletic contests in addition to having the opportunity to meet students from around the U.S. and Canada. Bryce Deskins was recognized for achieving the high score overall in the Classical Art contest. The Advanced level competitive Certamen team from Texas, which included St. Andrew's student Bryce Deskins, played a great tournament and finished fifth place overall. Some students' work was recognized during a general assembly of convention delegates for achievement in special contests. William McKinnerney won third place in the State Website Contest for his redesign of the Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL) website in his official capacity as TSJCL Webmaster in the 2014-2015 school year. William McKinnerney will continue to serve in this capacity on the TSJCL Executive Board for the coming year along with Historian Walton Schmidt and Editor Katherine Salinas. St. Andrew's alumnus Trace Turner ('13), who attended the convention as a member of the Senior Classical League, ran Ludi events at the convention as Vice President of the SCL. At the end of convention, Trace was elected to the post of NSCL President for the coming year. The Latin Club sponsors are thrilled with the results!

Here are the NJCL contest results for St. Andrew’s students, reflecting students who placed 1st-10th in their contests:

Tristram Coffin - Boy's Costume
Bryce Deskins - Classical Art (high score overall)
Katherine Salinas - Mosaic
Katherine Salinas - Computer Enhanced Photography
Walton Schmidt - Latin Sight Recitation
Tom Hogan - Essay
Rachel Nezzer - Large Model
Katherine Salinas - Essay
Katherine Salinas - Latin Sight Recitation
Walton Schmidt - Latin Oratory
Bryce Deskins - Academic Decathlon
Bryce Deskins - Academic Heptathlon
Bryce Deskins - Latin Literature
Bryce Deskins - Roman History
Rachel Nezzer - Essay
Katherine Salinas - Latin Oratory
Layne Alam - Hellenic History
Tristram Coffin - Overall Creative Arts
Henry Erlinger - Latin Vocabulary
Rachel Nezzer - Mosaic

The Advanced Certamen team from Texas, which included St. Andrew's student Bryce Deskins, represented the state of Texas in the highest level of the competitive tournament. The team won all three of their preliminary rounds during which they defeated eventual finalist teams Ohio and California and earned the second highest cumulative score. In semifinals, they were set to play Florida and Wisconsin. They played a tough semifinal round in which Florida took the early lead, but the Texas team fought to make a great comeback at the end. The final result hinged on a disputed answer given by the Florida team. After an hour of deliberations by the moderators Florida’s answer was accepted, and Florida moved on defeat Ohio and California to win the National Championship. The team is grateful for all of the supporters who followed the competition via the @SASAustinLatin Twitter feed and cheered them on.

Junior Experience in Italy
prid. Non. Iul. (July 6th, 2015)

On June 1, 19 St. Andrew’s Latin students left for Italy with three faculty chaperones. While there they studied the ways that ancient Roman and modern Italian culture intersect. The group started the trip by exploring the Bay of Naples area where Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, preserving several ancient towns that they visited. They even hiked up Vesuvius while in Southern Italy. Then, they moved on to Rome, and slowly explored the city neighborhood by neighborhood.

While there, they had the opportunity to visit a refugee center at the Episcopal Church of St. Paul’s Within the Walls. The group learned of the incredible crisis facing Italy. Last year over 40,000 immigrants sought refuge in Italy. Another almost 4,000 perished in the Mediterranean trying to get to Italy and other parts of Europe. After spending some time learning about the refugee crisis, the students spent some time talking with immigrants, hearing their stories, and playing games with them. Many students were nervous about how they would communicate, as the St. Andrew’s students had learned some limited Italian and the refugees are at various stages of learning Italian and/or English. As one student remarked afterwards, it’s amazing how much you can communicate with a combination of limited language and gestures.

The experience of meeting people from Africa and the Middle East definitely opened the eyes of our group in so many ways. Not only did they educate us about their plight, but talking with them revealed so much about the resilience of the human spirit. It certainly changed our perspective about all the immigrants we saw around Rome trying to make a living by selling souvenirs, selfie sticks, and other toys. We brought back a peace flag made by artisans at the center that we would like to hang in the St. Andrew’s Upper School Chapel as a reminder of what we learned there.

National Latin Exam Committee Honors Upper School Students
a. d. XII Kal. Mai. (April 20th, 2015)

On March 11th, Latin students at the Upper school took the National Latin Exam. They were joined by and competed with over 153,000 students from 50 states and 20 foreign countries including Australia, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Oman, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. There are separate exams for different levels of Latin, and students in each level are awarded medals (gold and silver) for high achievement. Thirty-three Upper School students were recognized with some kind of award. Thirteen students received Gold Medals and eight received Silver Medals, the two highest awards on the exam.

Gold Medals
Hana Arriaga
Alex Bradley
Bryce Deskins
Henry Gaudin
Robbie Li
Rachel Nezzer
Zack Osborne
Katherine Salinas
Walton Schmidt
Cameron Scott
Olivia Smith
Wesley Wiedenmeier
Jonathan Zornio

Silver Medals
Mark Ashworth
Christian Erben
Caroline Graves
Will Josowitz
Olivia Nicklos
Annika Ostrom
Pavan Reddy
Matthew Tobias

Magna Cum Laude
Will Nickerson
Katie Cowan
Stevie Gibson
William McKinnerney
Janson Shrock

Cum Laude
Adam Alvarado
Molly Fox
Tom Hogan
Gavin Massengale
Pouya Mohammadi
Pritam Reddy

As a seniors receiving gold medals, Bryce Deskins, Zack Osborne, and Wesley Wiedenmeier, will also receive scholarship applications for the prestigious NLE scholarship.

St. Andrew's Latin Students Succeed at TSJCL Convention
a. d. IV Non. Apr. (April 2nd, 2015)

On March 27 and 28, St. Andrew’s Upper School students competed in academic, artistic, and athletic contests at the TSJCL Convention at Amarillo High School.

The Austin-area Advanced Certamen Team (which included students from St. Andrew’s) competed in the state tournament.  The advanced division team, composed of St. Andrew’s students captain Bryce Deskins, team manager William McKinnerney, Rachel Nezzer, Katherine Salinas, Walton Schmidt, and Jonathan Zornio, won second place and missed tying for first place by 5 points.  Several of those students will combine with the San Antonio team to represent Texas at the National convention this summer at Trinity University. Congratulations to these Certamen players!

Overall, the Upper School placed ninth in Advanced Division Sweepstakes. Additionally, the Upper School Club was awarded the second runner-up prize in the Latin Club of the Year contest.  

Every year at the TSJCL convention, the member schools elect a board of student officers to lead the organization for the following year.  This year two St. Andrew’s students have served as officers: Katherine Salinas as Area F Chair and William McKinnerney as Webmaster.  At the convention this year, Walton Schmidt was officially sworn in as the new 2015-2016 TSJCL Historian after a successful campaign at the convention.  Bryce Deskins won an award for having the highest score for his individual contest (Classical Art) in any level.

Good luck to our Latin scholars as they prepare for Nationals this summer at Trinity University in San Antonio!

Academic and Classical Civilization Results
First Place

Bryce Deskins - Classical Art
Robbie Li - Essay

Second Place
Bryce Deskins - Roman History
Christian Erben - Club T-shirt
Will Josowitz - Classical Art
Rachel Nezzer - Mythology
Zack Osborne - Latin Derivatives
Katherine Salinas - Mosaics
Katherine Salinas - Poetry
Jonathan Zornio - Advanced Grammar

Third Place
Henry Erlinger - Mottoes level 1/2 A
Caroline Graves - Sight Recitation
Walton Schmidt - Mottoes level 3
Fourth Place
Walton Schmidt - Sight Recitation
Fifth Place
Layne Alam - Mythology level 2
Noelle Brimble - Roman Life
Tristram Coffin - Mythology level 1/2 B
Robbie Li - Grammar I
Katherine Salinas - Latin Literature

Pentathlon Results
Summa cum laude - 
Alex Bradley, Bryce Deskins, Henry Erlinger, Tom Hogan, Will Josowitz, and Jonathan Zornio
Maxima cum laude - Zack Osborne
Magna cum laude - Layne Alam, Tristram Coffin, Nolan McNearney, and Janson Shrock
Cum laude - Harrison Boyt and Tres Allen

Olympika Events
First Place

Long Jump - Tres Allen
4x100 Relay - Tres Allen, Harrison Boyt, Tom Hogan, Fletcher Lowin

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