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Certamen teams victorious at St. Gabriel's Tournament
a. d. IX Kal. Feb. (January 24th, 2009)

On Saturday, January 24th, St. Andrew's entered certamen teams at the St. Gabriel's certamen tournament in four levels: Advanced, Intermediate, Novice and Middle School levels. The Advanced team, with players Richard Dietz, Reid Swanger, Scott Dollen, Duke Njie, Matt Miller, and Elisa Turner, placed first. Junior Matt Miller said of the competition, "The LASA (LBJ) certamen team was the toughest team we played; we played pretty well against them, so I think we'll do well against them [at the Austin Area Competition]."

The Intermediate team, consisting of Bryant Bowyer, Rachel Deleery and Emma Richardson, placed second.

The Novice team, represented by Conner Butler and Patrick Davis, won first place.

The St. Andrew's Middle School team also won the second place trophy. Will Pearson, Cameron Osborn, Charlie Dennis, and Robert Luke played.

These teams will be representing us at the Austin Area Latin Competition, a competition to be held at Westwood High School on February 23-24th, 2009. They are expected to do well against difficult competitors. Bonam fortunam omnibus.

All Four St. Andrew's Teams Place at Hill Country MS Certamen Tournament
a. d. XVII Kal. Dec. (November 15th, 2008)

On Saturday, November 15th, five teams representing the St. Andrew's Latin Club competed in all four levels of the certamen competition at Hill Country Middle School. Teams from middle schools and high schools all over the Austin area competed, and the four teams from the St. Andrew's school advanced to finals. The Middle School team consisting of Charlie Dennis, Rachel Dimston, Robert Luke, and Trace Turner placed third in a very competitive division.  The Novice team beat two other teams in finals, taking home first place. Connor Butler and Jose Lopez made up the Novice team. This is a huge accomplishment for this team as most teams consist of four players. The Lower team won second, narrowly losing to Hill Country Christian, and consisted of Bryant Bowyer, Rachel Deleery, Emma Richardson, and Kendall Windham. The Upper team, consisting of Richard Dietz, Scott Dollen, Matt Miller, Duke Njie, Reid Swanger, and Colin Vanderburg played a fierce competition, and ultimately won first by 245 points against LBJ and Westlake.

Advanced certamen first, intermediate third at Reagan Tourney
a. d. VI Id. Nov. (November 8th, 2008)

On Saturday, November 8, four certamen teams from St. Andrew's Upper School arrived at Reagan High School in San Antonio at 7:00a.m. to compete in the Reagan High School Tournament. The intermediate team, representing their second year Latin classes, made it all the way to finals to take home a third place trophy. This team did incredibly well considering they consisted of only three people of a possible four. These students were sophomore Bryant Bowyer, and freshmen Kendle Windham and Emma Richardson. The advanced team, of seniors Duke Njie and Elisa Turner, and sophomores Scott Dollen and Reid Swanger, won first place. Congratulations to both teams!

Advanced and Novice Certamen Teams Win First Tournament of Year
a. d. XI Kal. Nov. (October 22nd, 2008)

The weekend of October the 18th, St. Andrew's co-hosted the annual Crusader Classic Certamen Tournament at the Upper School. Schools from both the Austin and San Antonio area attended. St. Andrew's had teams competing in all levels, and two of our teams won first place. One team, the Advanced team, consisting of Scott Dollen, Reid Swanger, Matthew Miller, and Elisa Turner, beat two San Antonio teams in the finals to take first place. "Reagan High School in San Antonio was a tough opponent," said Matt Miller, a Junior on the St. Andrew's Upper Team. The Novice team, consisting of Patrick Davis, Mason Neil, Conner Butler, and Jose Lopez, also won. "It was a lot of fun and we did a lot good work," said Kate Steinbach, a senior and a class representative of her AP Vergil class who helped set up the competition rooms. Her teacher, Jennie Luongo, also said that it "ran smoothly." "It was a success," added upper school Latin teacher Clint Hagen.

Students return from NJCL convention with many awards
a. d. IV Non. Aug. (August 2nd, 2008)

Twenty members of the St. Andrew's Latin Club participated in the 2008 National Junior Classical League convention that was held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, from July 28th to August 2nd. Participants competed in athletics (such as swimming, basketball, soccer and ultimate Frisbee), art contests, and daily academic exams. Many of the students were placed in the top ten of their respective competitions, including Academic Tests, Graphic Arts, Writing Competitions, and Ludi Sports. Students also assembled for a state fellowship and general assemblies, where they competed to show their spirit for their state. Students also marched in the Spirit Procession wearing their best Roman costumes along with about 1500 other Latin students from across the nation. On their way to Oxford, the students stayed two days in Cincinnati, where they visited Kings Island amusement park and took in a baseball game at the Great America Ballpark.

Several St. Andrew's students represented Texas on the state's Advanced Certamen team. Philip Swanger was a starter for the team and Reid Swanger, Kiran Rao, Matt Miller, and Scott Dollen were alternates. The team advanced to semi-finals before falling to eventual champions Virginia.

Upper school Latin teacher Jennie Luongo, middle school Latin intern Lauren Dill '04, and Andrew Rist '05 were crowned champions in the World Series of Certamen, the adult division of Certamen. In doing so, their team (called "Cornua Longa" or Longhorns) defeated last year's champion as well as the Florida Juggernaut, who had defeated them in a preliminary round.

Upper school Latin teacher Clint Hagen was named a "Summa Cum Laude Junior Classical League Sponsor." This award is given to sponsors who have given extraordinary service to the JCL on the local, state, and national levels.

Full results:

Rachel Deleery Decorative Stitching
Richard Dietz Open Certamen Intermediate
Anna Richards Glass
Philip Swanger Latin Literature V+
Reid Swanger Roman History III
Sarah Thompson Dolls
Christine Walsh 50 yd. Backstroke
Christine Walsh 100 yd. Backstroke
Christine Walsh 50 yd. Fly

Matt Miller Mottoes III
Cameron Osborn Greek Derivatives 1/2
Anna Richards Jewelry
Sarah Thompson Glass
Christine Walsh 50 yd. Breaststroke
Christine Walsh 50 yd. Freestyle
Christine Walsh 100 yd. Freestyle
Christine Walsh 200 yd. Freestyle
Christine Walsh 100 yd. Medley
Duke Njie Ludi Basketball
Austin Tedesco Ludi Basketball

Ali Campion Sight Recitation I
Scott Dollen Mythology III
Mason Osborn Essay
Mason Osborn Reading Comprehension - Prose III

Richard Dietz Games
Matt Miller Reading Comprehension III
Anna Richards Textiles
Philip Swanger Classical Art V+
Sarah Thompson Slogan

Ali Campion Dramatic Interpretation Girls' I
Richard Dietz Sight Recitation II
Matthew Miller English Oratory
Mason Osborn Grammar III
Mason Osborn Vocabulary III
Kiran Rao Latin Literature V+
Kiran Rao Mythology V+
Anna Richards Dolls
Reid Swanger Latin Literature III
Reid Swanger Roman Life III
Philip Swanger Reading Comprehension-Prose V+
Sarah Thompson Jewelry
Trace Turner Classical Art 1/2

Matthew Miller Vocabulary III
Mason Osborn Classical Art III
Mason Osborn Mottoes III
Philip Swanger Reading Comprehension – Poetry V+
Trace Turner Traditional Photography

Scott Dollen Latin Literature III
Mason Osborn Reading Comprehension – Poetry III
Sarah Thompson Girls' Costume
Elisa Turner Essay

Rachel Deleery Mythology I
Charlie Dennis 100 Meter Run
Kiran Rao Classical Art V+
Philip Swanger Vocabulary V+
Elisa Turner Mythology III

Ali Campion Illustrated Quotations
Kiran Rao Latin Derivatives V+
Kiran Rao Essay
Anna Richards Mosaics
Reid Swanger Academic Heptathlon III
Austin Tedesco Essay
Elisa Turner Mottoes III

Richard Dietz Mottoes II
Scott Dollen Roman Life III
Matt Miller Latin Literature III
Kiran Rao Reading Comprehension - Prose V+

Cell phone drive a success
a. d. XII Kal. Iun. (May 21st, 2008)

Today, the Latin Club will be taking the 55 phones that we collected in our used cell phone drive to the Austin Police Department Victims' Services Unit to be distributed to those who need phones to be enable them to call 911. Many thanks to all who donated and to sophomore Sarah Thompson who led our efforts.

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