Latin Fans Flock to Fall Festivus

November 21, 2013

Academics, Languages

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The Owls hosted Latin Fall Festivus on campus November 16, graciously welcoming175 participants from 10 schools to compete in challenges inspired by the classics. Fifty-six MUS competitors ably defended their turf, winning or placing in 10 competitions.

“I’m very pleased that this has become such a successful community event,” Mr. Ryan Sellers, instructor in Latin and founder/organizer of the festival, said. “Latin is very strong throughout the Memphis area, and Festivus provides students from a wide variety of schools the opportunity to come together in celebration of our classical heritage.”

This sixth Festivus included intellectual challenges, such as Academic Testing, Mythology Spelling Bee, Vocabulary Test, Latin Phrases Test, and Open Certamen (team Q&A competitions). There were also contests for the best costumes, holiday cards, and discus toss. In the Airing of Grievances challenge, contestants spoke in the voice of a classical character and “aired their grievances” about someone who had wronged them. In the catapult contest, student engineers built machines – in small, medium, and large categories – designed to fling a tennis ball as far as possible. Freshman Callaway Rogers and eighth grader Jon Staffel managed the greatest distance – 95 feet – although their catapult was only medium-size.

Following is a list of Owl winners. For complete results click here. To see more photos from Fall Festivus, click here.

Vocabulary Test (Latin 1/2 and 1)

Eighth grader Jackson Moody – first place

Eighth grader Chang Yu – second place

Eighth grader Jackson Howell – third place

Eighth grader Rick Reinhard – third place

Eighth grader Peter Raves – third place

Vocabulary Test (Latin 2)

Freshman Brooks Eikner – second place

Freshman Tom Wells – second place

Vocabulary Test (Latin 3, 4, 5)

Junior Richard Ouyang – first place

Senior Salman Haque – second place

Junior Jack Gray – third place

Senior Shivam Bhakta – third place

Latin Phrases Test (Latin 1/2 and 1)

Eighth grader Rick Reinhard – first place

Eighth grader Jacob Webb – second place

Freshman Callaway Rogers – third place

Eighth grader Charlie Evans  – third place

Latin Phrases Test (Latin 2)

Freshman Tom Wells – second place

Freshman Brooks Eikner – third place

Latin Phrases Test (Latin 3, 4, 5)

Junior Richard Ouyang – first place

Senior Salman Haque – second place

Junior Yunhua Zhao – third place

Senior William Lamb – third place

Open Certamen (Latin 1/2, 1, and 2)

Freshman Tom Wells – first place (along with Maria Sallee of St. George’s, Rachel Starker of Northpoint Christian, and Rainey Charbonnet of Hutchison)

Freshman Aneesh Ram – second place (along with Rachel Crane of St. George’s and Karen Westgard of Northpoint Christian)

Freshman Brooks Eikner – third place (along with Ethan Cox of CBHS, William McLeod of Houston, and Brice Boyer of ECS)

Open Certamen (Latin 3, 4, and 5)

Senior Salman Haque – first place (along with Kayla Johnson of Collegiate School, Ian Romines of ECS, and Francesca Giorgianni of White Station)

Junior Jack Gray and sophomore Dylan Echlin – third place (along with Sam Naids of Houston)

Mythology Spelling Bee

Freshman Tom Wells – third place

Catapult Contest (small)

Eighth grader Jackson Moody – first place

Freshman Kian Ghodoussi – third place

Catapult Contest (medium)

Freshman Callaway Rogers and eighth grader Jon Staffel – first place

Eighth grader Macon Orr – third place

A Team Effort

Assisting Mr. Ryan Sellers in running Fall Festivus were faculty members Mr. Trey Suddarth, chair of the Foreign Languages Department; Mr. David Gagliano, instructor in Latin; Mr. Loyal Murphy ’86, instructor in math; and Mrs. Marilyn Reinhardt, instructor in Latin. Parents Mrs. Allison Braswell and Mrs. Lisa Murphy managed the snack room.

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