14th-Straight TJCL Championship Win
The Bubones brought home their 14th-straight first-place trophy from the Tennessee Junior Classical League Convention held March 23-24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Knoxville.
A total of 36 MUS students, representing Latin I through Latin IV, contributed to this victory. They tallied 1,445 total points while the second-place team in the AAA Division, Webb School of Knoxville, scored 416 total points.
Joshua Gramm ’26 (114 points), Will Gramm ’24 (110 points), Michael Liu ’25 (102 points), Bryan Ding ’24 (99 points), Henry Phan ‘26 (90 points), and Alan Zhou ’24 (82 points) were the top point scorers for the Owls, taking six spots in the top 10 individual score list. One Certamen team placed first in the Novice B Division while another came in second in the Advanced A Division.
“This event allows our students to express their enthusiasm for Latin and to showcase all of their hard work in the classroom over the course of the year,” Classical and Modern Languages Chair Ryan Sellers said. “We're proud of their excellent performance."
Thanks to Latin Instructors David Gagliano and Trey Suddarth and Lower School Principal Loyal Murphy ’86 for traveling with the students.
Suddarth noted this is the 24th championship for the Latin program.
“We are blessed with some hard-working, capable students,” Suddarth said. “Because our boys take a required year of Latin in Grade 8, I think the student body has a good idea of how hard these guys work, and they are really proud of them. I know our Latin students feel just like an athletic team when we go out and represent the U.”