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Waltham student excels at Holy Cross College Classics Day

L to R: Paul Tegan, Argo Kiernan-Paadre, Andre Christie, Matt Caron, PJ LeBlanc, Drew Williamson, Ian Webb, Conor Harrington, Corey Scannell, and Michael Kelley
L to R: Paul Tegan, Argo Kiernan-Paadre, Andre Christie, Matt Caron, PJ LeBlanc, Drew Williamson, Ian Webb, Conor Harrington, Corey Scannell, and Michael Kelley

Andre Christie of Waltham, a freshman at Boston College High School, together with fellow classmates Argo Kiernan-Paadre of Sharon, Matthew Caron of Framingham, and Paul Tegan of Milton, competing against 855 students from 28 schools, gave an impressive performance but just missed the finals in The Lower Level Certamen at Holy Cross College Classics Day. Certamen is a “competition” on Latin grammar, Roman and Greek mythology, Roman history, and Roman life.


The Upper level Certamen team, consisting of juniors and sophomores, made the finals and were awarded second prize.


Corey Scannell of West Roxbury, together with classmate Michael Kelley of Revere, were awarded first prize for their work in the Manuscript Challenge. They deciphered and translated a 10th century French manuscript of Horace's Odes 1.11 and 1.12. This is the second consecutive year that BC High has won first prize in the Manuscript Challenge. Scannell is one of the two winners nationally of a Rev. Henry Bean S.J. Classics four year full scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross.


Among the myriad of activities Holy Cross’ Classics department organizes, the most eagerly anticipated and rambunctious was the student-built chariot race. The BC High team entered a chariot in the race. While they didn't win...they were the crowd favorite throwing candy to the plebeians along the Via Sanctae Crucis.



The 42nd annual event continues to gain notoriety as the successful event gives regional high school students the opportunity to have fun, learn about Holy Cross’ Classics department and celebrate Roman culture.


Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college-preparatory school for young men in grades 7 to 12. Founded in 1863, the school enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 140 communities in eastern Massachusetts. For more http://www.bchigh.edu



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