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Students excel in classical language competition

September 3rd, 2017 development
Students excel in classical language competition
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Socrates and Julius Caesar might have been impressed with some East Valley students who demonstrated their knowledge of ancient Greeks and Romans at a recent competition.

A student from BASIS Chandler and several students from Gilbert Classical Academy earned top honors at the 2017 National Junior Classical League Convention recently at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

They competed against 1,700 students from around the country in academic, athletic and creative contests. They also voted in the national student elections and took part in service projects to help Alabama schools.

The National Junior Classical League is an organization for junior high and senior high school students and is sponsored by the American Classical League. Its aim is to spark an interest in and appreciation of the literature, language and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as to convey an understanding of what modern culture owes to that classical antiquity.

Adrian Palumbo, 13, of BASIS Chandler competed in numerous categories and took second place in the modern myth competition, part of the Middle School Division for Creative Contests, as well as second place for a large model of Mount Etna, in the Middle School Division for Graphic Arts Contests.

Adrian took fourth place in the essay category of the Middle School Division for Creative Contests, and 10th place overall in Creative Contests for all levels.

Gilbert Classical Academy students Victoria Hays, Anika Kang, Ashlyn Robinette, Esteban Salas and Ainsley Snyder also competed in the Classical League convention and took home several awards in various categories, including High School Division for Graphic Arts Contests and High School Division for Athletic Contests.

Anyone interested in starting a chapter of the Junior Classical League at their school or a Latin program may email Sarah Palumbo, state chairwoman of the Arizona Junior Classical League and Latin teacher at Gilbert Classical Academy, at

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