May 6, 2014

MASON, OH – Ten Mars Hill Academy students received top honors on the 2014 National Latin Exam (NLE). Two fifth grade students achieved perfect scores: Annie Lockett of Mason, and Julia Leonard of Liberty Township. Students earning the Gold Summa Cum Laude Award are sixth graders Kyle Chu of Cincinnati, Tessa DeBra of Loveland, Anna Kate Hicks of Cincinnati, and Etienne Pienaar of Maineville; seventh graders Gita O'Brien of Liberty Township and Drew Deister of Cincinnati; and eighth graders Drew Hicks of Cincinnati and Heather Merhout of Liberty Township.

Nearly seventy-three percent of the Mars Hill students in grades 5-9 who took the NLE received awards. Students at Mars Hill begin their Latin studies in fourth grade as part of the school's classical and Christian curriculum, with participation in the NLE beginning in fifth grade. The NLEs were created to promote the study of Latin and to encourage the individual student. Students do not compete with other students on a comparative basis, but are evaluated solely on their own performance on the exam.

Photo: Julia Leonard of Liberty Township and Annie Lockett of Mason achieved perfect scores on the 2014 National Latin Exam