The Hull Lower School was abuzz with activity November 19 as MUS hosted 11 other schools and nearly 200 students for the 2022 Latin Fall Festivus.
The event kicked off with an assembly in the Dunavant Lecture Hall where Mr. Ryan Sellers, chair of the Classical and Modern Languages Department, gave the gathered students a rundown of the rules and schedule for the event.
Throughout the day, teams headed into Lower School classrooms to play the Latin trivia game Certamen. The quiz-bowl style competition pits teams of four in Latin I, Latin II, and Latin III, IV, and V divisions against one another.
Other activities included a Costume Contest where students dressed as Latin characters and an Academic Decathlon that tested knowledge in 10 categories related to ancient Roman language and culture. A game of Trigon took place in the Thomas Amphitheater, and students aired grievances in the Lower School.
Small and Large Catapult Competitions took place in the field north of the Lower School as students competed to see which machine could launch a tennis ball the farthest. Later in the day, some students elected to test their strength with a Discus Toss while others showed off their wits in the Escape Room.
First-place winners received Latin bobbleheads and ribbons while second- and third-place competitors received ribbons. Every student left Festivus with a cup commemorating the event.
“Coming out of the pandemic-related disruptions of the past couple of years, many of our students had never participated in this sort of competition,” Sellers said. “We’re proud of our students for performing so well and for continuing the tradition of excellence for which the MUS Latin program is known.”
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Costume Contest: Brady Ehrhart ’26, third place.
Classical Meme: Wills Frazer ’25, third place.
Large Catapult: Andersen Henry ’25 and Luke Henry ’27, second place.
Feats of Strength: Ethan Zaptin ’25, second place.
Mythology Spelling Bee: Alyaan Salman ’23, first place.
Certamen, Latin I: Class of 2027 - Liam Curran, Drew Knighton, Clay Patterson, and Coleman Russell, first place.
Certamen, Latin II: Class of 2026 - Wilson Pace, Luke Tjiong, Henry Phan, and Joshua Gramm, first place; and Lucas Zhang, Ari Thiyagarajaa, Albert Ding, and Carter Wildrick, third place.
Certamen, Latin III-IV-V: Class of 2025 - Joephen Chen, Kushal Patel, Michael Liu, and Rushil Komeravelli, first place. Class of 2024 - Will Gramm, Parth Patel, Alan Zhou, and Bryan Ding, second place
Will Hess ’24, Everett Sego ’24, Caroline Hunt (St. Mary’s), and Varun Krishnamurthi ’23, third place.
Academic Decathlon Latin I: Adams Feild ’27, second place and Soren Johnson ’27, third place.
Academic Decathlon Latin II: Joshua Gramm ’26, second place.
Academic Decathlon Latin III: Class of 2025 - Rushil Komeravelli, first place; Michael Liu, second place; and Kushal Patel, third place.
Academic Decathlon Latin IV and V: Bryan Ding ’24, first place; Will Gramm ’24, second place; and Varun Krishnamurthi ’23, third place.