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Awards and Recognition
Teacher Placement Service
All elementary, middle, and high school teachers who are members
of CAV are encouraged to have their students
participate in any or all of the
contests listed below. Please contact the individual
chairs for more information.
EIGHTY-NINTH ANNUAL LATIN TOURNAMENT
OF THE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION OF
March 18-22, 2019
exams are designed to test the student's mastery of the Latin language
and, in the case of the advanced level exams, some basic literary matter
at that particular level of study. Exams will consist of questions on
vocabulary, forms, syntax, (where appropriate) rhetorical and poetic
devices, and reading passages for translation to show active and
accurate comprehension. Each exam will include 75 multiple-choice
questions and a 25-point Latin passage for translation into
are five tests offered, depending on the level of the student. A
syllabus for each exam may be found on the CAV website. The tests are:
• Latin I
• Latin II
• Intermediate Latin Prose
• Advanced Latin Prose: based upon prose authors including Cicero and Caesar, as well as Livy, Seneca, Pliny or others
• Advanced Latin Poetry: based upon authors such as Vergil, Catullus, Ovid, Horace, and other poets
STRUCTURE OF COMPETITION
Schools in Virginia may compete in one of three divisions:
• Alpha (secondary and intermediate public schools)
• Beta (independent and private schools)
• Gamma (charter, magnet, and governor’s schools)
All teachers entering contestants MUST be members of the CAV.
Not yet a member? Join today! Non-members may join by sending in dues
with the Registration Form. After November 1, dues are $20 per
person. If this is your first year teaching Latin in Virginia, you are
eligible for one year’s free membership.
Teachers must submit their registration postmarked by Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
Competition fee is $3.00 per student, non-refundable. Try the
tournament for free your first year! Your students may compete
free of charge if your school is registering for the first time or
has not registered in the past five years.
2019 Reg. Form (MS Word) 2019 Reg. Form (pdf) Syllabus
2019 Exam Instructions Student List
Any arrangements for a
change in the date or location for administering the exam must be made
directly with the
Tournament Director. The only acceptable reason for
a change in dates shall be (1) a school's vacation, in which case an
earlier exam date will be granted, or (2) inclement weather on the
The exam will be given
at the school of the participants and may be given on any ONE of
the days from March 18-22, 2019. Schools on vacation that week may
request to take the exam the previous week. All students in the
same level of Latin MUST be tested at the same time. The Latin teacher
MAY administer the exams.
REGISTRATION AND TESTING
- By March 1
you (the Latin teacher) will receive an e-mail confirmation
of your registration. Please write your e-mail address (and those of
all teachers registering students at your school) neatly and
correctly on the registration form so the registrar can reach you
the tests and testing directions to arrive by March 10 (or
earlier if you request an earlier testing date) OR notify your
test administrator of their arrival date. Check with that person
on that date.
- Before the
exam, get the
"List of Participating Students" from the
examination packet. Type or neatly
print a list of each student's name, his/her assigned student ID
number, which exam he/she is taking, and (for Intermediate Latin Prose,
Advanced Prose, and Advanced Poetry students) his/her level of Latin
return it to the test administrator, if you are using one). This
document has been emailed to the teacher, and is pre-filled with the
names of your tests and student ID numbers. This provides a
testing roster, which will be mailed with the tests for accurate
spelling of names of award recipients.
- If there is
bad weather on your prearranged date of testing, contact the
CAV Tournament Director IMMEDIATELY for permission to give the
test within the next two class days back in school. He needs to plan
for late-arriving results.
- Past exams (and keys) from the Latin Tournament can be found here.
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND REGISTRAR:
awards on the Latin Tournament are designed to recognize students who
have achieved an outstanding performance on their exam. First
place winners will receive an engraved Jefferson Cup; second and third
place winners will receive medals. Certificates of Honorable Mention
will also be awarded as the Tournament Director deems appropriate. If
there is a large number of students registered on an advanced level of
testing, awards may be subdivided by year of Latin. If the number is
small, there may be fewer than three awards. Awards will be announced
at the spring meeting of the CAV; if for any reason the awards
themselves may not be available at that meeting, they will be mailed as
soon as possible.
will be awarded: one to the public ("alpha") school with the most
points for first-second-third places, one to the independent ("beta")
school with the same distinction, and lastly one to the charter,
magnet, or governor’s (“gamma”) school with the same distinction.
Please be advised that the CAV will not publish in its newsletter or
on its website the names of student winners whose families do not wish
to make that information public. If your school or school system
maintains data on which students may or may not allow their names to
be published, please advise Kevin Jefferson. It is the responsibility of each individual Latin
teacher to inform the tournament director if any students opt out of
having their names listed among the winners in the newsletter.
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THE 2019 CAV
CLASSICAL ESSAY CONTEST
Essay Information Available To Print:
- The CAV Classical Essay Contest is designed to recognize
those students who have submitted outstanding essays in English on a topic
appropriate to each level or class.
- The contest is open to students in the public and private middle and high
schools of Virginia, and homeschoolers, whose teachers are current members of the Classical
Association of Virginia.
- Essays shall be submitted in English
in the following divisions:
- First Year Latin : Mama, life had just begun: Growing up in ancient Rome (Division A
for students in grade 6-8; Division B for grades 9-12)
- Second Year Latin: So you think you can love me and leave me to die? Story of Theseus and Ariadne
- *Third Year Latin: Open you eyes/Look up to the skies and see: Use of augury in Roman religion
- Advanced Latin (Latin III and above*):
- Vergil: I see a little silhouetto of a man: Marcellus in the Underworld
- Poetry: Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Women in Ovid's Pygmalion
- **History: Mama mia, mama mia, let me go: Nero's relationship with Agrippina
*N.B.: Students who are in their third year of Latin who
choose to do the general third year topic will be judged only with other Third
Year students. They may also submit an essay in one of the advanced topics. This
is so that we do not prevent students who are in their third year and doing one
of the advanced authors from writing on the author they are currently studying.
Those essays will be judged in the same pool as the advanced level students.
**N.B.: The history topic is open to both Latin 3 and Latin 4+ students,
and will be graded in separate groups.
N.B.: Students at the Third Year and Advanced levels may submit essays in
more than one category.
- Essays should be roughly 1000 words, typed double-spaced on a single side of the page.
- The first page of the essay may include a title. The
student's name should not appear on any page of the essay, and the pages of
the essay should be numbered.
- Each entry must come with a
COVER PAGE (Word) | COVER PAGE (.pdf). Please use the form provided here.
- The cover page shall
- name and home address of the contestant
- name and address (with city or district) of the school
- name of the teacher
- year of Latin studied in 2018-2019 (First, Second, etc.,
AP is NOT a level)
- student's grade level
- essay topic
- No help may be received from any person in the research,
preparation, and/or writing of the essay. Books and electronic sources may
(indeed, generally should) be consulted, provided that all research is
completed by the student and proper acknowledgement of intellectual property
is given. A list of sources and works cited should be provided at the end of
the essay on a separate page. A good on-line source for help in the formal
preparation of an essay is Purdue's online writing lab (OWL), which can be
- Teachers, of course, are allowed to guide students toward
the types of reference material to consult, and provide general instruction on
the writing of a good essay. However, teachers must not provide any
editorial feedback to the students. That is, they should not be reading and
commenting on their students' essays before the final form in which they will
- Essays should present a clear, coherent synthesis of
material researched. A lively and well-organized essay is better than a
laundry list of facts. Judges look for verve and imagination in the writing,
and not merely quantity of research. To this end, it has been the policy to
accept essays that are closer to creative writing exercises than to the
traditional expository essay. It is to be understood, however, that the same
amount of factual content and critical thought must be in evidence in whatever
form the essay takes. It should be noted as well that what appears to be a
creative approach to writing an essay begins to look less and less creative
when essay after essay is written in the same pattern.
- The fee is $2.00 per student. Teachers who are not members of CAV should
send their dues of $20.00 with the entrance fee. Make checks payable to the
Classical Association of Virginia. Ineligible entries will be discarded.
- Please note that by entering this contest you are giving
the Classical Association of Virginia consent to publish your name in its
official publications. Winners' names will be published on the CAV website and
in the CAV newsletter.
- Note also: the winning essays
will be posted on the CAV website in pdf form. If students do not want their
names published and/or essays posted, they should please add a note to that
effect on their cover page.
- The contest closes on Friday, February 22, 2019. Entries
may be submitted electronically or sent through US mail.
Those postmarked after the closing date will be discarded.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Spring meeting. All
entries should be sent to:
- Nadia Ghosheh
- Director of CAV Classical Essay Contest
5809 Chase Commons Ct., Apt. 205
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THE 2019 CAV
ARTHUR F. STOCKER
LATIN ESSAY CONTEST
Print Out a Copy:
MS Word pdf
INFORMATION AND TOPICS
1. The contest is open only to students in high schools and
preparatory schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia whose teacher is currently a member of the
Classical Association of Virginia and whose dues for 2015-2016 school year have been paid in
full at the time when the entry is submitted.
2. No fee is charged for essays entered in the Latin Essay
3. All entries must be submitted through the Latin teacher. No entries sent
directly by the student, or received from any other source than the teacher,
will be accepted.
4. Each entry must be accompanied by a written statement from the teacher,
a. Both the level of Latin which the student is taking at the time of
submission of the essay and the number of years the student has been taking
b. The author(s) and title of the basic textbook being used in the course
which the entrant is taking.
5. All entries must be received on or before Monday, April 1, 2019, and should be sent to:
- John F. Miller
- Director, CAV Arthur F. Stocker Latin Essay Contest
University of Virginia, Department of Classics
B018 Cocke Hall, P.O. Box 400788
- Charlottesville, VA 22904-4788
6. Essays must be written entirely in Latin, and must be on the subject
prescribed for the level of Latin the contestant is taking. The subjects for this year are:
First Year Latin: De bello Punico secundo
Second Year Latin: De cultu Iunonis apud Romanos (150-250 words)
Advanced Latin: De Medea filia et sorore (200-300 words)
7. If the number of contestants warrants it, there will be separate
competitions and awards for students in third-year Latin and for students in
fourth- or fifth-year Latin, but this shall be entirely at the discretion of the
1. The first page of each entry shall be blank, except for
a. The full name and home address
(including the zip code) of the contestant. Nick-names should not to be used.
b. The full name (including the middle initial) of the contestant's Latin
c. The name and post office address (including zip code) of the school in which
the contestant is enrolled.
2. The contestant's name shall appear in the upper right-hand corner of every
page submitted, except for the first page (see Rule #1, above).
3. The name of the Latin teacher and the name of the school shall not appear
anywhere except on the first page of the entry, as prescribed in Rule #1,
4. Contestants may write only on the subject specified for the level of Latin
in which they are enrolled. The limitations on the number of words for each
subject should be carefully observed.
5. No help from any person is permitted in the
preparation of this essay. Reference books on Roman literature, Roman
life, and Roman history, books about Roman religion, Latin
dictionaries, and Latin grammars may of course be used, but a
bibliography identifying books that have been used should appear at the
end of the essay.
6. Judging will be based both upon the content of the essay and on Latin
usage, but the correctness of the Latin will be the most important single
factor. Contestants should make a conscious effort to incorporate as many as
possible of the new syntactical features of the Latin language that they have
encountered for the first time on the level of Latin for which they are
currently enrolled. The syllabi for Latin I, Latin II, and Latin III that have
been prepared for the use of students taking the Latin Tournament examinations
should be consulted.
7. The names of the winners in each competition and of those
receiving honorable mention will be announced at the spring meeting of the
Classical Association of Virginia..
8. All entries become the property of the Classical Association of Virginia,
and will not be returned to the writer after judging. Contestants who want to
keep a copy should make one for themselves before submittal. The decision of the
judges will in all cases be final.
***Nota Bene I: Students who plan to enter the Latin Essay
Contest might find a visit to the following Latin chatroom amusing and
***Nota Bene II: Teachers should inform students that, by
entering this competition, they are giving the Classical Association of Virginia
permission to publish their names in any of its official publications. This
permission is given unless the students make written requests to the contrary.
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