On Friday, January 15, Will Eberle, Lori Pelliccia, Daniel Roe and I brought all 61 Williston Latin students to Mount Holyoke College for Classics Day. We joined around 300 students from a number of other schools, including Amherst Regional, Lenox, BCD and Academy Hill. Our students had a blast attending workshops, examining—and even handling—the antiquities in the Mount Holyoke Museum, and competing in contests. Everyone participated in at least one contest, and everyone had fun. We are so proud of our prize-winners:
-Gabe Moon: third place in military art for his amazing shield.
-Oscar DeFrancis and Nat Markey: third place for their model of the baths at Aquae Sulis.
-Rida Kareem, Molly Zawacki, and Sebi Herrera: second place for their costumed portrayal of Venus, Psyche and Cupid.
-Anabelle Farnham: second place for her memorized recitation of a poem by Sappho in Greek.
We had so many more prize-worthy entries! My personal favorites were Jaden Tanguay’s extraordinarily realistic spear and Anabelle, Chloe, and Neha as the three Fates: Clotho/Neha (who spins the thread of life), Lachesis/Chloe (who measures it) and Atropos/Anabelle (who cuts the thread and ends life). I’ve never seen students make bed-sheets look so authentically like ancient Greek garb! Neha even made her own spindle.
Thanks to all of you who helped us make this day a success and especially to our cheerful, tireless chaperones, Dan and Lori.
Venimus, Vidimus, Vicimus! (We came, we saw, we conquered!)