Victoria for Riverhead’s Latinists

11/18/2010 9:01 PM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead Latin Team participated in the eighth annual Suffolk Classical Society Declamatio hosted by SUNY Stony Brook. Pictured here are (from left) Pola Dobrzynski, Emily Leona Cardillo, John Rios, James Rios, Emily Pearce and Gwen Hilles,

Riverhead School District’s Latin Team took home a slew of prizes — including best in county — at the eighth annual Suffolk County Classical Society Declamatio at Stony Brook University Tuesday. And one student from Bishop McGann-Mercy High School took home a first place award as well.

During the competition students memorized then recited — or declaimed — passages from ancient and contemporary Latin literature before a panel of judges.

Riverhead competed against five other schools and took seven of the 12 places in three categories.

In the Middle School Level I division,  Riverhead dominated the competition as  James “Octavius Aurelius” Rios took first place for the second year in a row, Gwen “Aqua Columba” Hilles received second and third went to Emily “Hibernia Rosa” Pearce.

In the High School Pre-Regents Level II division, sophomore Daniel “Simonn Akbar Yakbar” Raynor tied with Mercy freshman Danielle Allen of Aquebogue for first place and Riverhead freshman Pola Dobrzynski took second.

In the High School Advanced Level III division, senior Emily Leona Cardillo received third place. Junior John “Odysseus Tyrannos” Rios, James Rios’s older brother, received first place in that competition also earning him the best in county award. John has placed every year in the competition since seventh grade.

Riverhead Middle School Latin teacher and coach Lorene Custer was thrilled with her students’ performance at this year’s competition. “Attention to detail and fastidious persistence recently paid off as Riverhead Latinists excelled at this year’s eighth annual Declamatio,” she said. “The Riverhead Latin program continues its reign as the Smartest of the Smart in Suffolk County!”

Riverhead Middle School is one of the few intermediate schools in the nation to offer Latin courses to its students. The team, which has taken home numerous awards at previous competitions, has established itself as a force every year since the Declamatio began.



10 Comment

  • I love my job! <3

  • All of the students who participated in the Declamatio should be very proud of themselves and applauded for their efforts.

  • Congratulations to the Riverhead Latin Team! I took two years of Latin in Riverhead when the Pulaski Street School was RHS from a great teacher Morris Diamond. Latin helps build a solid foundation for language studies and history. It sounds like present day Riverhead Latin student also have a great teacher in Lorene Custer.

    Mike Botula,
    RHS Class of 1958

  • Hooray for Marni Behr! Thanks to the Behr familia!

  • Salve Mr. Botula, My husband (Latin teacher at RHS) and I are quite conscious of /grateful for the Latin legacy we happen to be a part of in Riverhead. We hear so many wonderful things about the Latin teachers of yore; would have loved to know Mr. Diamond. Thank you for your comments. I will be sure to share them with my students.

  • Congratulations to the Riverhead Schools’ Latin team. I’m glad to see the study of Latin being encouraged. It not only enhances English vocabulary and spelling, also gives students a running start in the study of Spanish, Italian and French. Look to the study of Latin for improved SAT scores.

  • I totally forgot she was even still in office. It’s no surprise she opposes it, she is part of the problem. Corruption is like a tree with strong roots.

  • Patricia Eddingon has done nothing but bring disgrace to the Town. Pass the reso because the public is sick and tired of patronage.

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