Festivus Victorious

Latin Owls collected a list of 23 accolades while competing against Houston, Germantown, St. Mary’s, White Station, Westminster Academy, St. Benedict at Auburndale, and The Collegiate School of Memphis during the 12th Annual Latin Fall Festivus Saturday, November 2, at Houston High School.
A dedicated delegation of 57 Upper and Lower School students resisted the siren song of the College GameDay broadcast and performed very well in a wide variety of competitive events:

Open Certamen, Upper Level: Team of Juniors Cooper Grinspun, Fawwaz Omer, and Max Shackelford (1st place); Team of Junior Ryan Peng and Sophomores Noah Emmert and Kerry Zhao (2nd place); Team of Sophomores Collin Craft and Forest Rudd (3rd place)

Open Certamen, Lower Level: Team of Freshman Alyaan Salman and Eighth Grader Qasim Akbar (1st place); Team of Freshmen Varun Krishnamurthi and Kevin Ma (3rd place)

Vocabulary Test, Level 1: Eighth Graders Parth Patel (1st place) and Bryan Ding (3rd place)

Vocabulary Test, Level 2: Freshmen Varun Krishnamurthi (1st place) and Charles Hamlett (3rd place)

Vocabulary Test, Level 3-4-5: Sophomore Mark Hieatt (2nd place); Junior Fawwaz Omer (3rd place)

Mythology Test, Level 1: Eighth Grader Parth Patel (1st place)

Mythology Test, Level 2: Freshman Alyaan Salman (2nd place)

Mythology Test, Level 3-4-5: Junior Will Schuessler (1st place); sophomore Kerry Zhao (2nd place)

Mythology Spelling Bee: Freshman Alyaan Salman (1st place); Sophomore Forest Rudd (3rd place)

Trigon: Freshman Jack Knighton (2nd place); Junior Max Shackelford (3rd place)

Catapult Large: Team of Sophomores Turner Bishop, Matthew Mellone, and Talal Siddiq (1st place)

Catapult Medium: Eighth Grader Aidan Glover (3rd place)

Catapult Small: Eighth Grader Alan Zhou (3rd place)

Aeneid Meme Contest: Freshman Jack Zaptin (1st place)

Amid the various Festivus competitions, junior Akbar Latif, Tennessee Junior Classical League first vice-president, spent the morning organizing a successful book drive to benefit the Little Free Library organization.

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