Ursuline Academy had a very successful outing at the annual Classics Day held at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester on April 4. The day is a competition among high school Classics students from public and private schools across Massachusetts.
Team Ursuline did exceptionally well this year. The lower division team (Brigid Ryan, Natalie Moran, Jennifer McGrail, Katherine Delaney, and Tegan Greene) placed second in the Certamen competition, while the upper division team (Natalie McGrail, Giovanna Ragusa, and Kathleen Ryan) won first place in the Manuscript Challenge. This year was the first time that Ursuline had a team invited to the Manuscript Challenge, which requires students to study a digitized Latin manuscript, transcribe it, translate it into English, and write an essay about their observations.
Three students competed in the costume contest, putting on a humorous skit about the Greek gods having family therapy. Sawyer Strouth played "Dr. Phillippus," Catherine Tracy played Zeus, and Faith Banach played Hades. With lines like "My best friend is a three-headed dog who can barely catch a discus!" they kept the audience laughing. Sawyer Strouth competed in the art contest, submitting a beautiful painting of Odysseus in the shipwreck in Book 5 of The Odyssey.
Latin teacher Erin Cummins was justifiably proud of the team's efforts. “All in all, I am incredibly proud of the students. For many of the students who came, this was their first Classics Day. For others, being seniors, it was their last. Throughout the whole day, they were collegial and enthusiastic, friendly to their competitors, and excited to learn.”