The Riverhead Latin students are always strong contenders at the annual Certamen competition. This year the Riverhead teams that competed in the 2017 competition held at Stony Brook University’s campus took one-third of the prizes awarded to all the teams participating in the event.
Competing in everything from grammar and syntax, vocabulary and word derivations, to Greco-Roman history, literature and civilization, Riverhead students went head-to-head with the best Latinists from 16 districts in Suffolk and Nassau.
Riverhead’s best and brightest young Latin scholars are under the tutelage of middle school teacher Lorene Custer and high school teacher Doc Greenberger.
Of the 12 total prizes awarded at four levels of competition, the Riverhead Latinists took four of them. The Level I middle school eighth graders took first place in their division. The Level III high school sophomores earned second place against their division opponents and the high school Level IV advanced Latinists earned both a second and a third place award against their challengers.
“Though bested only by our perennial rivals from Port Jefferson, our Blue Wave spirit was high,” said Custer.
She continued by saying “…all the Latinists and plenty of parents in attendance at the event agree, as is always the case, Riverhead Latinists are a force to be reckoned with when the academic Titans clash!”
Congratulations to all the Riverhead Latinists who represented Riverhead Schools at this prestigious event.
Source: Press release issued by Riverhead Central School District dated March 28, 2017. Photos courtesy of RCSD.