Stuck in Vermont 19: Latin Day
The 31st Annual Vermont Latin Day was held at UVM's Patrick Gym on Friday the 13th, also known as The Ides of April to the ancient Romans.
Did you know that the Ides is approximately mid-month and that Romans kept track of their schedules by referencing either the Ides (13th or 15th day of the month), Nones (5th or 7th day of the month) or Kalends (1st day of the month)? Just one of the many tid bits I learned at Latin Day!
Hundreds of excited spear-carrying, toga-clad Vermont high school students converged Friday to celebrate Latin Day, test their trivia, perform skits, compete for prizes, and revel in their love of ancient history.
Is Latin a dead language? Hard to believe after this whirlwind event - you be the judge.
Skits entitled and performed by:
1) Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans – Joshua Knox
Famous Romans at Their Villas
2) Burlington High School – Noralee Cartier
Athenian Idol ( = Athena's and Poseidon's contest over patronage of Athens)
3) CVU – Leanne Morton
Even Shepherds Get the Blues (= parody of Latin pastoral poetry)
4) Essex High School – Anne Broussard
Waiting for Zeus: An Existential Tragi-comedy in 1 and 1/2 Acts (parody
5) Hanover High School - Don Buck and Brian Glenny
Demeter and Persephone
6) Harwood Union High School – Ben Eldredge
Cadmus and the Dragon’s Teeth
7) Lamoille Union High School – Meghan Holland
The Man Who Ate Himself (= myth of Erysichthon)
8) Lyndon Institute – Becky Sahlin
Keepin’ It Rural: Horace’s Fable of the Country Mouse and City Mouse
9) Mt. Abe – Karl Ritval
Project Big Belly (= Hesiod's story of Kronos eating his children)
10) Mt. Mansfield High School – Bob Slayton
The Green Acres of Cincinnatus (= a farmer-statesman comes back to save
11) Montpelier High School – Mary Redmond
Narcissus and Echo
12) Riverside School – Jean Luc Gauville
Triptolemus (= myth about the gift of agriculture to humans)
13) Spaulding High School – Kristie LeBlanc
Pirates of the Mediterranean (= Bacchus captured by pirates)
And did I mention that I am still smiling, days after Latin Day took place? If these high-energy kids are the future, then I think we will do ok. In a way, this vlog goes hand in hand with the Step It Up vlog. As paranoid as one can get about the future of our planet, intelligent, hard working students like these give me hope for a better tomorrow.