Classical Promise Scholarships: Previous Recipients
Livia Hoffman is a junior at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois. She studies Homeric Greek, Classical Latin, and Egyptology and has a passion for the ancient world in general. She also volunteers at the National Hellenic Museum of Chicago. With her Classical Promise Grant, Livia plans on giving a series of thirty-minute interactive presentations, The Eureka Seminars, to elementary and middle school children over the summer. These lectures will cover topics to include: Troy and Homer [and mention of the founding legends of Rome, London, and Paris], Ptolemaic Egypt and Cleopatra, and Cuisine of the Classical World, based on the cookbook of Apicius.
*N.B. - Due to COVID-19, Livia has been unable to deliver her presentations to
a live audience at the National Hellenic Museum but hopes to be able to do so
by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. In the meantime, she has prepared her
talks and made them available on YouTube.
Sara Wietbrock is a Latin teacher at Crown Point High School in Crown Point, Indiana. The Crown Point Latin Program plans to offer a summer enrichment program to local students in third through seventh grades. High school Latin students act as the teachers and introduce the younger students to Classical mythology, Roman culture, and conversational and Classical Latin. The program aims to expose students to Classics, to encourage connections between Latin and students' own language, and to prove to students and parents that Latin is alive and exciting!
*N.B. - Due to COVID-19, the Crown Point Latin Program's Latin Summer Camp has been
postponed to Summer 2021.
Abigail Sullivan, a student of Ms. Maureen Haviland at Lexington High School,
is creating a two-week summer program for middle school students in Lexington,
Massachusetts. The program will be titled "Latina: Lingua Vitae" and will explore
both the basic principles of the language as well as its emergence. Students will
also study Greco-Roman culture and mythology. This program will be incorporated
into Lexploration, a local summer day camp with one-week sessions.
Andrea Stehle is a Latin teacher at BASIS Shavano Middle School in San Antonio,
Texas. For the past three years, her seventh grade students have conducted a mythology
camp for younger students at their school. This year, they are conducting a monthly
mythology program for elementary-school-aged children living at a long-term shelter
called Magdalena House. Andrea and her students hope that bringing mythological stories
and activities to the shelter will be a positive experience for the children living there.
Julia Byers, a Latin teacher at Eaglecrest High School in Centennial, Colorado, is
working with three feeder middle schools to start an after-school Latin Club. Her high school
students will design, prepare, and run the club for the middle school students each month
using the Ascanius Roman Explorers activities. She looks forward to helping her own students
learn leadership skills while the middle school students are sure to enjoy being taught by
the older students.
Katie Close is a student of Mr. Eric Indgjerd at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy
in Spokane, Washington. Inspired by her own "Grand Tour" to Greece and Italy this summer,
Katie plans to create a Grand Tour experience for the 3rd grade beginning Latin class. She
will make colorful passports for each student, also utilize maps and stamps, and then use
them to "travel" through the ancient world of Chapter 1 in Hans Orberg's Classic text,
"Lingua Latina". She will also use the passports and stamps to encourage speaking Latin in
front of the class and in small groups. One of Katie's classes this year is "Senior
Independent Study," which will give her the opportunity to student teach Latin at her school.
She is excited to be a recipient of the Classical Promise Grant and hopes to get a lot out of
Sarah Shin of CHD Academy in Dublin, California, plans to establish an after-school
Classics Club to supplement a Junior Classical League Club and reinforce language learning
for a group of 24 middle school students. Her goal is to show students that learning Latin
can be fun and engaging, by focusing on hands-on activities, games, and interactive workshops
covering ancient geography, classical mythology, Roman civilization, daily life, and history,
as well as Latin grammar and vocabulary. Her hope is that, as a result, the middle school
students might choose to continue learning Latin at the high school level and maybe even
Julia Paloma Manso will organize a "Crazy for the Classics" series of
classes about Greek and Roman history, mythology, language, and culture at her
local library in San Antonio, Texas. The classes, designed for students eight
to twelve years old, will place an emphasis on the relationship between the
Greek and Roman civilizations and on the Greeks' influence on the Romans.
David Tapper will introduce a workshop at the National Hellenic Museum in
Chicago, Illinois, focusing on ancient pottery as a principal means of understanding
daily life and special events in the ancient world. In his 90 minute program,
students aged nine to fourteen will learn about the role and significance of pottery
decoration in ancient Greco-Roman civilization, and about Greek vocabulary for
specific types of vessels.
Sophie Pelzer will teach elementary school students at the local library or at
a homeless shelter in Yarrow Point, Washington, about Greco-Roman mythology. In her
course, she will first provide students with a general overview of the Greek gods and
goddesses, with an emphasis on the Olympians, and then focus on the stories of Hercules
Alex Annenberg is teaching a series of four lessons on the Latin language and Roman
culture to middle school-aged homeschooled students in Alford, Massachusetts. In the two
lessons dedicated to Latin, students will learn noun/verb agreement, case endings and their
basic uses, and verb conjugation, and in the two lessons on Roman culture, students will
learn about topics including Roman entertainment, social structure, and politicians, and
about the similarities between Roman and contemporary culture.
Calvin Lucido is running an after-school exploration of mythology and culture for 2nd-4th graders at Flint Hill's lower school. Students will learn about Greco-Roman mythology and Roman culture through storytelling, discussions, and hands-on activities.
Shaan Bhandarkar founded Mission TechConnect and its Classics-dedicated workshop program AuxFer. Through this initiative, Shaan wishes to share his enthusiasm for Latin with the next generation of Classics admirers by coordinating multiple interactive workshops delving into Roman culture and introductory Latin grammar.
Prathik Naidu (Alexandria, VA) is founder of The Classics Project, and is developing multiple week-long programs to help young students explore topics ranging from mythology to Roman military.
Jackson Skeen (Virginia Beach, VA) conducted a four-week program for students after school. His activities involved using the Latin Language, crafts, a mythology competition, and Roman feast.
The Latin IV class at Milton High School (Milton, MA) staged seven plays in Latin and English based on Phaedrus' Fabulae for the fifth grade class at a local elementary school.
Alexia Hernandez (Deerfield Academy, Weybridge, VT) designed Academia Latina, a two-week summer program for students in grades 1-6 to explore Classical
mythology and basics of the Latin Language. The program features arts and crafts, as well as modern comparisons for mythological stories. "I came. I saw. I learned."
Ann Evans and fellow students at St. Mary's Academy (Raleigh, NC), under the direction of Ms. Elizabeth Olson, conducted a six-week after-school program with fourth and fifth grade students at a local elementary school. Together, they explored the Latin Language, as well as mythology, culture, art, and architecture through activities, crafts, and projects.
The 8th grade Latin class at St. John's Episcopal in Laurel, Maryland. Students created a set of activities and artifacts to help teach preK-5th grade classes about the Roman culture and mythology. The activities will be passed down from one Latin class to the next, so young students at St. John's will be able to learn about the Classics for several years.
Jacob Glick is a student of Dr. Pontone in Great Neck, NY. Jacob continued his Latin program's successful eight-week
after-school Latin program at an elementary school in his hometown.
Katherine Williams is a student of Mrs. Arble at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach. Katherine developed and taught
a six-week program for elementary school students in a gifted and talented program in the Hampton Roads area. They explored the Latin language,
Roman culture, and classical mythology. Katherine served on the faculty of LatinSummer Williamsburg in 2009.
Brandon Shih is a student of Dr. Pontone in Great Neck, NY. Brandon plans to use his scholarship to continue an eight-week after-school Latin program at an elementary school in his hometown.
Latin IV and V classes at Moultonborough Academy, NH. They staged an ancient Roman comedy, Curculio, to entertain
and educate children in grades five and six. The scholarship was used for publicity, costumes, scenery, and props. With this
program, the students helped children to recognize the impact that the Romans have had on our modern world.
Chris Leung is a student of Dr. Pontone in New York. He continued the foundation that the previous year's recepient had established. Chris used the scholarship to obtain the necessary materials to continue running an after school enrichment program at a local elementary school in his hometown.
Brian Miranda is also a student of Dr. Pontone at Great Neck South High School in New York. Brian used the scholarship
to continue an after school Latin program at his local elementary school. He introduced fifth grade students to Latin and Classical
Mythology. By the end of his eight-week program, many of the students were planning to pursue Latin in middle school.
Stephen Miranda, a top performing student from Long Island, developed an eight week curriculum Lingua Latina Magna Est for 5th graders at three local elementary schools. Stephen's aim was to increase interest in the Latin programs available at the middle and high school levels in his hometown. His efforts were so well received that these schools decided to instate his curriculum in an annually recurring enrichment program. He has studied both Latin and Greek from Dr. Anthony Pontone.
Rachel Ziegler, a student of Ms. Judy Grebe in Indiana, was the first in the history of Ascanius to have received the Classical Promise Scholarship. Rachel used the scholarship to help obtain the neccessary materials for her to introduce middle school students to Greco-Roman literature, history and mythology as she assisted in a 7th grade English class during the 2006 scholastic year.