SUWANEE -- Five high school students from Gwinnett County Public Schools have aced the National Latin Exam, a test which assesses students' understanding of the foreign language.
They include the following: Sergio Parra, 10th grade, Mill Creek High School, perfect paper, level 2 National Latin Exam, teacher is Dale Buff; Kevin Kuonqui, 11th grade, Mountain View High School, perfect paper, level 1 National Latin Exam, teacher is Jaime Claymore; Ho Lim Lee, 12th grade, North Gwinnett High; perfect paper, level 4 poetry, National Latin Exam; Josh O'Shields, 11th grade, North Gwinnett High, perfect paper, level 3 poetry, National Latin Exam; Angela Park, 10th grade, North Gwinnett High, perfect paper, level 2.
Lee, O'Shields and Park were taught by Patrick Yaggy, a North Gwinnett High foreign language teacher who was selected this year by the Georgia Classical Association as the state's 2012 Latin Teacher of the Year.
In addition to the perfect papers, seven other Gwinnett students from North Gwinnett High and Parkview High were honored for having four years of gold summa cum laude scores. They include the following: Emily Benjamin, Seung Jae Choi, Yong-Jei Kwon, Hom Li Lee, Michael Sharp and Stephanie Simpson, all 12th grade students taught by Yaggy.
Parkview High School student Samuel Gowland, a 12th-grader, also was honored for having four years of gold summa cum laude scores. He was taught by Robert Patrick, who was recognized last year by the Georgia Classical Association as Georgia's 2011 Latin Teacher of the Year.
Local student receives national honor
ATLANTA -- The National Society of High School Scholars announced on July 2 that Archer High School student James W. Artemus IV from Lawrenceville was selected for membership.
The society recognizes top scholars and invites those students who have achieved academic excellence.
The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.
"On behalf of the NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that James has demonstrated to achieve this level of academic excellence," Nobel said. "James is now a member of a unique community of scholars, a community that represents our very best hope for the future."
Membership in the NSHSS entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications and participation in programs offered by educational partners. For more information, visit www.nshss.org.
Frank Reddy writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.