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Ryan Cooley '26 wins Gold Medal on national Latin exam

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Ryan Cooley ’26 has proven to be an exceptionally bright student.

Not only did he recently win an elite academic award, but he’s figured out a way to hang out with Mr. Don Kelly a few days a week.


Ryan won a Gold Medal and Summa Cum Laude Certificate for his performance on The National Latin Exam. Ryan, a student in Mr. Kelly’s Latin IV class, took the Intermediate Reading Comprehension test.

Quote from Ryan

On this year’s exam: “This year I took the Intermediate Latin Reading Comprehension level of the National Latin Exam, which consisted of two original Latin passages, along with comprehension and grammar questions about them. Mr. Kelly made sure that we were more than prepared for the exam. He is truly an amazing, fun and knowledgeable teacher who makes me look forward to every Latin class.” 

List of award recipients

Introduction to Latin

Magna Cum Laude Certificate: Adela Cecunjanin ’24, Joseph Prickett ’27

Cum Laude Certificate: Gabriel Cruz ’25, Nathaniel Jasmin ’27

Gold Medal and Summa Cum Laude Certificate: Jayden Lee-Choi ’26


Beginner Latin

Magna Cum Laude Certificate: Julia Choi ’26, Philip Tikhonov ’24

Cum Laude Certificate: Jason Foerster ’25

Silver Medal and Maxima Cum Laude Certificate: Ha Anh Nguyen ’25


Intermediate Reading Comprehension

Magna Cum Laude Certificate: Avery Kay ’26

Gold Medal and Summa Cum Laude Certificate: Ryan Cooley ’26



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