APS News Release

APS Students Earn Perfect Scores on National Latin Exam

Fifteen APS students earned perfect scores on this year’s exams National Latin Exam. The 15 perfect scores were among more than 586 Arlington Latin students who took the exam in March.

Of the students who took the exam, 229 students earned awards: 62 students earned gold medals (Summa Cum Laude), 70 students received a silver medal (Maxima Cum Laude), 51 earned a Magna Cum Laude certificate and 46 earned the Cum Laude certificate.

Perfect Scores

  • Swanson Middle School – Grace Bouda, Emma Cai, Jaranin Chanikornpradit, Aviva Gendin, Breanne Graham, Sophia Leggoe, Laura Sawicki, Robert Williams, Nicholas Cecil, Christopher Edmondson, Daisy Maxwell, John Smaragdis, Ellen Summers
  • Washington-Liberty – Michael Robertson
  • Yorktown – Luke Mucchetti

At every level, only around 0.5 percent of students achieve a perfect paper in these exams, while gold summa cum laude medals are awarded to the top 10 percent of participants at each level.

The National Latin Exam was established in 1977 to provide students with a national standard to measure their academic success. The exam covers grammar, reading comprehension, Roman culture, history, geography, mythology, and etymology.

This year’s Gold Medal awardees, listed by school, are:

Arlington Tech – Antonia Jara Romero

H-B Woodlawn – Max Burch, Nicola Beaumont, Casey Pick, Nikhil Soni, William Hickey and Camila Anderson

Swanson Middle School – Luke Jolley, William Jones, Layla Michener, Isabel Pearson, Liam Romosz, Sod-od Tuvshinsaikhan, Dorothy Woods, Alex Bakalov, Ava Barnes, Stephan Butaev, Wyeth Hunt, Spencer Johnson, Allison Lanier, Patrick Lowery, Eleonora Romani, Robert Russo, Hunter Schmelling, Gavin Simpson, Lyra Sword, Amy Walsh, Abraham Wisner

Thomas Jefferson Middle School – Bella DeFilippi and Nominjin Shinekhuu

Washington-Liberty – Haley Baasansukh, Richard Chen, Jake Lawrence, Andrew Edmondson, Evan Barrie, Lauren Rylander, Kieran Hizon, Savannah Thompson

Yorktown – Michael Discenza, David Pacheco, Lucy Shoreman, Gillian Stoller, Decker Rossi, Colin Sartori, Amelia Stoller, Kevin Farell, Grant Harris