April 28, 2016

MASON, OH – Twenty-six Mars Hill Academy students received top honors on the 2016 National Latin Exam (NLE). Fourteen students achieved perfect scores, including sixth graders Noelle Min and Megumi Fukuda, both of Mason, and fifth graders Evan Weber of Maineville, Michelle Yang of Mason, Caleb White of Liberty Township, Johnathan Russell of West Chester, Carrie Merhout of Liberty Township, Marianne Erickson of Mason, Claire Robey of Cincinnati, Sarah Harris of Lebanon, Abigail Bowling of Fairfield, Janie Wehmeyer of Montgomery, Lucy Hicks of Cincinnati and Ellen Reynolds of Cincinnati.

Students earning the Gold Summa Cum Laude Award are sixth graders Alexandria Anderson of West Chester, Isaac Dowdy of Maineville, Ethan Ruppersburg of West Chester, Madison Trinkle of Liberty Township, Kaylee McChesney of Mason, Daryn Hancock of Lebanon, Manami Fukuda of Mason, Rachel Tipton of Loveland, and Marcel Pienaar of Maineville; eighth graders Kyle Chu of Cincinnati and Etienne Pienaar of Maineville; and ninth grader Drew Deister of Cincinnati.

Sixty-six 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: Fourteen Mars Hill Academy students achieved perfect scores on the 2016 National Latin Exam.