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Mike Riehls
June 20, 2013
Several groups of students from University Liggett School earned national recognition for their performances on the following national tests: National Mythology Examination and the Medusa Mythology Exam; National Spanish Examinations; National French Examinations; and the National Latin Examinations.

In the Level 4 Prose category of the Latin exams, Elisha Sword of Grosse Pointe, earned a gold medal and Tommy Fair of Grosse Pointe Park and Joe Renzi of Clinton Township earned silver medals.

Level 3 medalists included: August Bonacci of Grosse Pointe Woods, silver medal; William Loner of Harper Woods, silver medal; Yuku Yamasaki of Grosse Pointe Woods, Magna Cum Laude; Isabelle Sakelaris of Grosse Pointe Farms, Magna Cum Laude; Jeffrey Shell of Grosse Pointe Farms, Magna Cum Laude; Charlotte Richardson of Grosse Pointe, Magna Cum Laude; and Nicole Rosenberg of Clinton Township, Magna Cum Laude. Carina Ghafari of Grosse Pointe Shores earned a Cum Laude award.

In Level 2, Francesca Giacona of Grosse Pointe Woods earned a silver medal and Ryan Magnotte of Roseville earned a Magna Cum Laude award.

This year marked the 36th for the Latin exam. More than 140,000 college, high school, middle school and elementary students from around the world participated. At Liggett, 36 high school-aged students participated and more than one-third of them received awards.

French Exam

For scoring in the 95th percentile on the Level 1 exam of the National French Exam, given by the American Association of Teachers of French, Cristina Milenius and Brynne Reilly, both of Grosse Pointe Farms, earned silver medals; for scoring in the 85-94th percentile, Lauren Ehehalt of Clinton Township, Isabelle Sakelaris of Grosse Pointe Farms, Nina White of Grosse Pointe Farms, Labrayla Key of Detroit, Megan Desmadryl of Algonac and Lily Petitpren of Grosse Pointe Farms earned bronze medals.

On the Level 2 exam, Jo Hummel and Alexander Minanov, both of Grosse Pointe, earned silver medals for scoring in the 95th percentile, and Grace Drettmann of Grosse Pointe Farms, Anthony Garvey of Clinton Township, Meghan Kuhr of Grosse Pointe Farms, Elise Babcock of Grosse Pointe Park and Bobby Kaiser of Grosse Pointe earned bronze medals for scores in the 85-94th percentile.

Antonio Malkoun of Shelby Township, Ariane Staricco of Grosse Pointe Shores and Rose Canzano of Detroit earned bronze medals on the Level 3 exam for scoring in the 90-95th percentile.

On the Level 4 exam, Julia Kaiser of Grosse Pointe Park, Annie Grech of Grosse Pointe Woods and Alec Josaitis of Eastpointe earned Certificat d’Honneur for scoring in the 85th percentile.

Robert Babcock of Grosse Pointe Park earned a Certificat d’Honneur in the Level 5 exam for scoring in the 80th percentile.

Spanish Exam

Liggett’s gold medalists, awarded to those scoring in the 95-100th percentile nationally in the National Spanish Exam, were Anna Rose Canzano of Detroit, Kevin Allen of St. Clair Shores, Natalie Caramagno of Grosse Pointe Woods and Pasha Vreeken of Grosse Pointe Farms.

Silver medalists, for scores in the 85-94th percentile, were Andrew Almasy of Grosse Pointe, Aaron Robertson of Detroit, Rayna Patel of Grosse Pointe Woods, Jewel Evans of Dertoit, Autumn Buysse of Rochester, Mackenzie Lukas of Grosse Pointe Shores, Samantha Allen of St. Claire Shores, Kendall McConico of Detroit and Kayla Strong of Detroit.

For scores in the 75-84th percentile, bronze medalists were Armaity Minwalla of Macomb Township, Ania Dow of Grosse Pointe Park, Amanda Lee of Detroit, Julia Kaiser of Grosse Pointe and Cole Zingas of Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mythology

Loner of Harper Woods and Kaitlyn Lee earned gold medals on the National Mythology Examination for scoring 100 percent on the exam. Patrick Bernas of Grosse Pointe Woods and Andrew Loner of Harper Woods earned silver medals for scoring between 95 and 99 percent, and Trevor Jones of Grosse Pointe Park, Giacona of Grosse Pointe Woods and Kira Borum of Detroit earned bronze medals for scoring between 90 and 94 percent.

Loner also earned a gold medal in the Medusa Mythology Exam, a comprehensive test covering specific themes in Greek and Roman Mythology. This year’s topic was “Life and Death on Trojan Soil.”

Yamasaki of Grosse Pointe Woods earned a silver, and Fair of Grosse Pointe Park earned a bronze. Fourth-place award-winners were Isabelle Sakelaris of Grosse Pointe Farms, Bonacci of Grosse Pointe Woods, Shadath Chowdury of Hamtramck, Shell of Grosse Pointe Farms and Will Gilbert of Grosse Pointe Woods.

The following students earned fifth-place awards: Charlotte Richardson of Grosse Pointe, Jane Ninivaggi of Grosse Pointe Farms, Jessica Rotzoll of Shelby Township, Bennet Sakelaris of Grosse Pointe Farms, Haleigh Ristovski of Sterling Heights, Briana Bellamy of Detroit and Joseph Renzi of Clinton Township.

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