The picture is before the final round, on the stage. Please notice the young man who is sitting second from the right and has his game face on. He's important. Not more important than any other player on the team, but important to me. The moderator is checking each player's i.d. number to make sure that they are who they say they are. The audience is waiting:
Now, I'll quote Larry Dean's recap:
You can read more from Larry here: http://ojcl.org/?page_id=1019
And the individual gold medal for best certamen competitor in the Nation was won by
Adam Sichel of Indian Hill! Remember how I said to look for the discipulus with the game face? That is the young man who took it upon himself to go beyond the basics of Latin and devote himself to knowing and understanding as much as humanly possible about Latin. And he made me a better teacher in the process. Adam was flexible enough to work with not only me, but was trained daily during the school year by my fantastic colleague K.C. Kless, then moved on to train at the summer Castra with Mr. Dean, Chris Lapp, and the upper level deities from across the state. Adam never missed an opportunity to hone his talent.
|The question asked of Adam, "You were a state champion before, what are you now, Adam?"|
Response: "A national champion."
You bet he is!
The hours and hours and hours paid off, amici! The Ohio Latin teachers (especially the SW Ohio Latin-in-laws) are beaming with pride. Congratulations!
Now I am going to try to stop crying with joy and pride and happiness. Yes, Burgess, that's prappyoy.