2018-02-01 / Community News

Students place in Latin contest

Thornton Academy students have won first-, secondand third-prize for the state of Maine in the Classical Association of New England student writing contest. All three students have been entered into the next level of competition with students from throughout New England and will find out in February if they have placed. The topic of the contest is to imagine how the ancient Roman philosopher and scientist Lucretius would respond to a 2017 NASA discovery of exoplanets that have characteristics necessary to support life.

Junior Henry Sylvester placed first with an essay comparing the philosophers Lucretius and Ptolemy. Senior Jackson Fuller finished in second place with a poem told from Lucretius’s point of view. Third place went to senior Hannah Faucher for an essay analyzing humanity’s desire to find others in the universe and not feel alone.

All three students are in Sally Cody’s Latin III / IV class. Cody has taught Latin at Thornton Academy for 41 years and still has enthusiasm for the project-based learning that she does in her classes. She values how her students can connect the ancient world to their emotions and experiences today through projects.

“Even though I say I teach Latin, it’s more than the language. It’s really a time period and my students have a whole world to experience. I get to time travel with them,” Cody said.

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