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Liam Etti '20, Michelle Itkin '22 praise efforts of Mr. Kelly

Liam Etti '20, Michelle Itkin '22 praise efforts of Mr. Kelly

Respect for their teacher helped two Wilbraham & Monson Academy students earn lofty awards on one of the country’s most difficult assessments.

Liam Etti ’20 and Michelle Itkin ’22 received Silver Medals and a Maximum Cum Laude Certificate for their performance on this year’s National Latin Exam. Liam took the Latin 4 test, while Michelle tackled the Latin 2 exam.

Both praised the efforts of their teacher Mr. Don Kelly, who has been instructing Latin to WMA students for more than 40 years.


Liam regarding Mr. Kelly as a Latin teacher: “It really is an honor to receive an award from the NLE. Mr. Kelly is one of the best teachers at the Academy and it had been one of the great honors of my educational experience to be his student. Mr. Kelly is fully dedicated not just to the academic lives of his students, but also to their success at the Academy as a whole. If there is one thing that I will take with me to Ireland and Columbia it's the classical lessons and charisma of one of the great teachers of the Academy. And, of course, his unforgettable advice: ‘Semper Ubi Sub Ubi.’”  

Michelle regarding working with Mr. Kelly prior to the National Latin Exam: “I'm proud to have won a silver medal on the exam. Mr. Kelly and I spent the weeks leading up to the test revising for it so I'm glad our work paid off. I've loved taking private lessons from him this past year, and Latin has been one of my favorite classes in high school so far.”

Mr. Kelly regarding Liam as a student: “Liam has been taking Latin for all four years at the Academy, and this achievement is a great capstone to his classical language experience.”

Mr. Kelly regarding working with Michelle: “Michelle is doing an independent study combining Latin 2 and Latin 3 this year; so her success does not come as a surprise to me.”

Also receiving recognition for their performances on the National Latin Exam were:

Liam Murphy ’20 - Magna Cum Laude Certificate, Latin 3 Exam

Theresa Kervick ’20 - Cum Laude Certificate, Latin 4 Exam

Asha Puri ’20 - Cum Laude Certificate, Latin 2 Exam