May 11, 2015

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy ninth grader Heather Merhout of Liberty Township earned a perfect score on the 2015 National Greek Exam. According to the American Classical League (ACL), only 3.5% of the thousands of students from the United States, Canada, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom who took the exam earned a perfect score. Heather’s is also the first perfect score in Mars Hill’s three-year history with the exam.

Over 75% of Mars Hill’s ninth and tenth grade students who took the exam received awards, far exceeding the national average of 66%. Receiving High Honors were tenth grader Salome Palmer of Mason and ninth graders Hannah Min of Mason and Ryan O’Connor of Mason. Earning Merit awards were tenth graders Andrew Richesson of Mason, Anna Edwards of Liberty Township, and ninth grader Drew Hicks of Cincinnati.

“This is the third year Mars Hill has participated in the National Greek Exam,” said Dr. Christopher Jero, MHA’s Greek teacher. “Thanks to a strong Latin foundation, which is an integral part of the Mars Hill classical and Christian curriculum, our students have been able to learn a lot of Greek in a short time. Our students have worked hard and deserve the recognition the NGE has awarded them.”

Greek is offered to MHA students beginning in ninth grade, following five years of Latin instruction which begins in fourth grade.

Photo: Mars Hill Academy students earned honors for the National Greek Exam. Earning the purple ribbon representing a perfect score, the first in the school’s history with the exam, was ninth grader Heather Merhout of Liberty Township (bottom row, 2nd from right). Earning High Honors were (bottom row) ninth graders Hannah Min of Mason, Ryan O’Connor of Mason, and tenth grader Salome Palmer of Mason. Receiving Merit Awards were (top row) tenth grader Andrew Richesson of Mason, ninth grader Drew Hicks of Cincinnati, and tenth grader Anna Edwards of Liberty Township.