Pennington School students pursue excellence in foreign languages


Eighteen Spanish IV Honors students from Pennington School have been recognized for their performance on the national Spanish exam this year, with 12th graders Hexin Jiang and Christopher Ly winning the Gold award for their scores in the 95th percentile.

Kira O’Neil, twelfth grader; and Princeton 11th graders Jonah Heimann, Garren McCauley and Evin Roldan received the Plata Award.

Isabel Adams, Grade 11, of Pennington; Aiden Keith; Yuda Li, 11th grade, from Princeton Junction; and Minghao Zhang won the Bronce award.

The following students received honorable mentions for their grades: Jonell Adu-Gyamfi, Grade 12, from Parlin; Lauren Decker, grade 11, of Princeton; Sung Min Hwang; Grade 11 Noah Kooistra of Lawrenceville; Evan Levy; Gia Villegas, grade 12, from Bordentown; Dailan Xu; and Yiyao Zhu.

Twenty-two students at Pennington School won prizes in the 2022 National Latin Examination.

This year, the annual exam was administered to more than 100,000 students from the United States and 21 other countries.

The exam tests students on Latin grammar, Roman history, Roman mythology, and Roman culture, including reading a passage in Latin for comprehension.

Two students received Gold Summa Cum Laude Awards: Grade 12, AP Latin student Kurt Kennedy; and ninth-grader Caleb Collins, a Latin I major, who lives in Lawrenceville.

Eleven students won the Silver Maxima Cum Laude Award, including eighth graders Daniel Tracy of Pennington, Ciaran Walsh of Pennington, and Yanxin Wu; ninth graders Dhruv Ramaswamy of Pennington, Lisa Wang and Dingtong Zou of Princeton; grade 10 students Garrett Hardt, Jai Raman from Monmouth Junction South Brunswick and Yingying Peng; and 11th graders Beatrix Kim of Skillman and Elena Nechay of Princeton.

The Magna Cum Laude award was received by ninth graders Layten Hoffman, Pennington’s Deethya Karthikvatsan and Benjamin Pearlberg; as well as 10th grader William Arthur of Princeton; and 11th grader Aurora Hu.

Four students received Cum Laude Awards: ninth grader Ben Gibson; 10th graders Emily Howe of Pennington and Samantha Lambdin; and 12th grader David Cahn.

Students are currently in Latin classes ranging from Latin I to Latin AP.

Last week, Pennington School announced that several students had achieved nationally ranked marks in the national German exam this year, with tenth Maya Meehan-Ritter winning a gold medal; and several other nationally ranked students in the 87th Annual Grand Concours, the national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.


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