The official results of the Virginia Mathematics League Competition for the Academic Year 2010-2011 are another success story for Oakcrest students. 1,919 students from 95 high schools in Virginia participated in a series of math contests this school year. The Oakcrest Team performed exceptionally well. As a school our team placed seventh out of 95 schools. Individually, Lourdes B., a senior, placed fifth out of 1,919 students!
Our amazing Latin students here at Oakcrest were joined by over 150,000 others from all 50 states and 12 countries including Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Zimbabwe, Iran, and Malaysia in taking the National Latin Exam. The students are tested on their Latin reading comprehension skills, along with their abilities to define derivatives, identify important cultural, historical, geographical, and mythological items, and their capacity for being able to translate accurately.
The American Classical League awards no medals for the best student within a school: awards are only given in comparison with the average of the 150,000 students. This year, many of our students have achieved high scores, as they have in the past. We have 4 students who are in the top 10% of all the Latin students who took the National Latin Exam and qualified for the Gold Medal: Laura C., Maddie M., Theresa B., and Mary Z.
Here is a brief summary of the results:
Latin IV Poetry – 2 Gold Medals, 2 Magna Cum Laude, 1 Cum Laude
Latin III – 1 Gold Medal, 1 Silver Medal, 2 Magna Cum Laude, 1 Cum Laude
Latin II – 2 Silver Medals, 1 Magna Cum Laude
Latin IB / Latin I – 1 Gold Medal, 1 Silver Medal, 2 Magna Cum Laude, 2 Cum Laude
Latin IA – 4 Outstanding Achievements, 2 Certificate of Achievements
Foreign Language and Math Honor Societies Induction
On Friday April 15, the Latin, Spanish, and Math Honor Societies had their induction ceremonies. Miss Ortiz, Assistant Head of School, presided over the ceremonies. Mrs. Theresa (Currano) Talavera ’93 was the keynote speaker. Mrs. Talavera speaks fluent Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and German. A former Oakcrest language teacher herself, Mrs. Talavera shared the story of how she developed a love and appreciation of foreign language, and spoke about the importance of learning languages.
The Oakcrest Chapter of the nationally recognized Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society (begun in 1936), affiliated with the American Classical League, recognizes Upper School students in grades 10-12 for excellence in their command of the Latin language and for their study of its literature.
Theresa B., Emma B., Kathryn B., Kathleen B., Lucy C., Amanda C., Alexandra D., Kathleen D., Madison D., Desiree F., Caroline H., Paula K., Julie M., Madeline M., Mary M., Elizabeth N., Kathleen N., Anne P., Elizabeth T., Elizabeth W., Adrienne W., and Mary Z.
The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica was founded in 1953 by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese to honor students in North American secondary schools. Mrs. Laura Mandino, of Oakcrest School, established this chapter, El Capítulo Cervantino, in 2004, in honor of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of Las Aventuras del Ingenioso Hidalgo, don Quijote de la Mancha. The purpose of the society is to recognize high student achievement in Spanish and Portuguese and to promote a continuity of interest in Hispanic Studies and Luso-Brazilian Studies. To qualify, students must be a regularly enrolled student of a secondary school (grades 9-12) who has maintained an honor average of 87% or above for at least 3 semesters. Other criteria for selection into the Society are character, leadership, and seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty, service and commitment to others.
Congratulations to the 2010-2011 inductees: Layla A., Nancy F., Margaret G., Jacqueline H., Lovisa M-O., Katherine M., Kaitlin O.
Current members of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica are: Lourdes B., Christina C., Alessandra C., Eileen, D., Rachel E., Alexandra G., Beka H., Mary Theresa K., Sally L., Carolina L., Theresa M., Angélica-María M.
Mu Alpha Theta is an organization whose purpose is to stimulate interest in mathematics by providing public recognition of superior mathematical scholarship and by promoting various mathematical activities. It is co-sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. There are now over 1500 chapters in the United States and foreign countries. Colleges and major universities recognize membership in Mu Alpha Theta as an important part of the student’s academic resume. Topics presented during club meetings and interest generated therein help members to gain a greater understanding and enjoyment of mathematics.
Congratulations to the inductees of Oakcrest Chapter of The Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society: Kathleen B., Lucy C., Amanda C., Madison D., Abby F., Nancy F., Maggie G., Jacqueline H., Lovisa M.-O., Katherine M., Elizabeth N., Katie N., Bonnie N., Katie O., Monica R., Elizabeth T. and Rachel W.