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RHS Students Earn Medals on National Latin Exam

May 14, 2021

Radnor High School Students Earn Medals on National Latin Exam

Defne DokenThirty-three Radnor High School students were recently named award winners on the National Latin Exam (NLE) sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League. The NLE was taken worldwide by over 88,000 students from all 50 states and 20 foreign countries. 

Freshman Defne Doken earned a perfect score and is one of seven RHS students named a gold medal and summa cum laude winner in the competition, including senior Liam Ullman who was invited to apply for an NLE scholarship based on his performance. Due to the overall performance by RHS students on the NLE, the school was also recognized with a Blue Certificate of Merit.  

The National Latin Exam tests students all over the globe on their translation skills and knowledge of Latin grammar, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin, reading comprehension, and in the use of Latin in the modern world.

A gold medal and a summa cum laude certificate are awarded to top scorers, a silver medal and maxima cum laude to second place winners, magna cum laude certificate to third place winners and cum laude certificate to fourth place winners. 

The 2021 National Latin Exam winners from Radnor High School are: 

Gold Medalists (summa cum laude winners)

  • Defne Doken (perfect score)
  • Theodore He
  • Daniel Kaper-Barcelata
  • Hyeonjin Kim
  • Skyler Le
  • Liam Ullman (invited to apply for an NLE scholarship)
  • Lauren Yoo

CollageSilver Medalists (maxima cum laude winners)

  • Natalie Denhardt
  • Lindsay Feinberg
  • Michael Marino
  • Cynthia Maz
  • Arav Menon
  • Massimo Todaro
  • Bridget Walsh

Certificate Winners (magna cum laude)

  • Graham Bernabeo
  • Ben Brecher
  • Ryan Brennan
  • Matthew Brubaker
  • Will Curley
  • Ellie Davis
  • Mia Engle
  • Carson Feinberg
  • Sebastian Kaper-Barcelata
  • Soomin Lee
  • Minnie Madden
  • Manato Matsuoka
  • Audrey Margolies
  • John Williams 

Certificate Winners (cum laude)

  • Andrew Barbarisi
  • Jacob Kellerman
  • Brady Roselle
  • Christopher Tufaro
  • Grace Xu


Latin is one of four World Languages offered in RTSD. Students also have the opportunity to learn French, German and Spanish. All winners are currently enrolled in Dr. Donal McGay's Latin classes.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners!



Pictured: Radnor High School freshman Defne Doken; Award winners in the International Cafe at Radnor High School. Not pictured: Theodore He, Lauren Yoo, Natalie Denhardt, Lindsay Feinberg, Michael Marino, Mia Engle, Carson Feinberg, Soomin Lee, Audrey Margolies, Manato Matsuoka