Wakefield students take home awards

Wakefield Country Day School delegates, from left, Lincoln Day, Scott Scoville, Lia Feit, Liza Dareing, Bea Youngquist, Anna Schuster, Peter McMahon, Gwynn Major, Anika Pruntel, Owen Schuster, Douglas Griffin and Natara Dulaney competed in the National Junior Classical League Convention in July at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Courtesy photo

During the last week of July, 12 Wakefield Country Day School students participated in the National Junior Classical League convention at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, taking home over 70 awards. The seventh- through 12th-grade Latin and Greek students competed in academic, artistic and athletic events.

Liza Dareing took first place for her 3-D map of the travels of Odysseus; Lincoln Day finished second in the Roman history test, and Bea Youngquist took third place in the English oratory contest.

Owen Schuster, Anna Schuster, Anika Pruntel, Lia Feit, Gwynn Major, Natara Dulaney, Scott Scoville, and Peter McMahon finished in the Top 10.

In team events, Peter McMahon and Lincoln Day both placed on the Virginia state team in the Latin quiz bowl, Certamen, finishing second. The missed out on the national title by 5 points. Scott Scoville helped anchor an amateur team that won first-place overall in the amateur division.

Douglas Griffin earned first and best in show on the classical art test, second in the Hellenic history and classical geography tests and first place for his recitation of a passage of Virgil’s “Aeneid.” He earned eight first-place commendations for a variety of graphic arts submissions, was awarded the top prize for overall achievement in graphic arts and the People’s Choice Award for best individual submission for his charcoal rendering of the Arch of Trajan. In overall convention standings, he placed second out of over 1,600 delegates. He was also the recipient of the Rhea Miller Scholarship.

Wakefield Country Day School is located in Flint Hill.