“Certamens” are jeopardy style competitions for students. All of the questions are about the Latin language, ancient history, Roman culture, and classical mythology. Each team has four students.
Last week’s certamen was at Dulaney High School in Timonium, Maryland. Mr. Justin Myers brought a Level 2 team with four freshmen: Shane Patrick, Christopher Brubaker, Patrick James, and Mark Cermak and they came in first out of 15 teams.
A Level 3 team, consisting of all sophomores, also competed. This team was made up of sophomores Theo Clement, Jacob Cremers, Gonzalo Percovich, and Luke McClorey, with the last two students being only in Latin 2, so they were playing up a level. When they had arrived, they were asked if their team could move up a level (The Heights having a strong reputation, academically) to even the numbers out. They were able to come in second out of 15 teams, playing at the advanced level.
They came in second to our advanced team of Thomas Moynihan, George Messenger, Zef Crnkovich, and Lucas Cremers.
So The Heights ended up getting 1st out of 15 in one division and 1st and 2nd out of 15 in another, so it was a pretty good day for Mr. Myers’ students. There was a high percentage language questions and that suits us well. The other good schools there included Eleanor Roosevelt, Gillman, Dulaney, Loyola Blakefield, St. Johns Catholic Prep, and Montgomery Blair.