MAY 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA’s Latin Students Rank among Nation’s Best Scholars

Demarest, NJ: Latin is alive and well at the Academy of the Holy Angels, where 24 scholars have received honors for their performance on the National Latin Exam. Over 139,000 students from across the United States and 20 foreign countries took the National Latin Exam, and AHA’s scholars proved to be among the nation’s best students.

“Out of the 52 AHA students who participated in the National Latin Exam, 24 students received awards. In 2018, only 38% of the total number of participants across the world received awards,” AHA Latin teacher Lilah Terwilliger Katz explained.

Julia Mohr of Maywood earned magna cum laude honors for her work on the Latin V exam, the highest level, and the most difficult test offered.

Angels who excelled on the Latin III exam are Rachael Boardman of Saddle River and Kathryn Welch of Pearl River, New York, silver maxima cum laude; Alexandra Terjanian of River Vale and Elizabeth Kim of Fort Lee, magna cum laude; and Shannon Garrity of Old Tappan, cum laude.

The Latin II honorees are Dylan Vonderhorst of Pearl River, New York, gold summa cum laude; Carol Laux of Westwood and Mariel Bacolod of Fort Lee, silver maxima cum laude; Antonia Mysliwiec of Cliffside Park and Gwyneth Ulshoefer of Saddle Brook, magna cum laude; and Camille Rivas of Guttenberg, cum laude.

Students who received recognition for their work on the Latin I exam include Grace Watson of Glen Rock and Grace Sawyer of Weehawken, gold summa cum laude; Uijin “Christine” Kang of Closter, silver maxima cum laude; Josephine Noble of Demarest, Madeline Risbud of Westwood, Isabella Dail of Saddle River, and Emma Yale of Westwood, magna cum laude; and Ashley Terjanian of River Vale, Kathleen Stewart of Harrington Park, Lizelle Bacolod of Fort Lee, Lydia Schmidhauser of Pomona, New York, and Isabella Rosenbaum of the Township of Washington, cum laude.

“Torch U.S.,” the National Junior Classical League’s publication, will carry the names of gold summa cum laude winners Dylan Vonderhorst, Grace Watson, and Grace Sawyer.

Katz added that individuals who win gold medals on the Latin III, III-IV Prose, III-IV Poetry, or the Latin V-VI exam during their senior year are eligible for one of several $2,000 scholarships, including one from an anonymous donor.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.


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