All elementary, middle, and high school teachers who are members
of CAV are encouraged to have their students
participate in any or all of the
contests listed below. Please contact the individual
chairs for more information.
EIGHTY-THIRD ANNUAL LATIN TOURNAMENT
OF THE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION OF
March 25-29, 2013
The exams are designed
to test the student's mastery of the Latin language and, in the case
of the upper level exams, some basic literary matter at that
particular level of study. Exams will consist of questions on
vocabulary, forms, syntax, (where appropriate) rhetorical and poetic
devices, and reading passages for translation to show active and
accurate comprehension. Each exam will include 75 multiple-choice
questions and a 25-point Latin passage for translation into English.
Advanced Latin Prose:
3-4-5+ for non-AP, non-Cicero students
based upon books 1, 4, and 6 of AP syllabus of De Bello Gallico
and sight Caesar, levels 3-4-5+
Advanced Latin Poetry:
based upon authors such as Catullus, Ovid, Horace, and other poets
syllabus for the CAV Tournament
- Students in
secondary and intermediate public ("alpha"), independent and private
("beta"), and charter, magnet, and governor’s (“gamma”) schools in
Virginia are eligible.
- All teachers
entering contestants MUST be members of the CAV. Membership of
ALL teachers entering students will be enforced. Non-members
may join by sending in dues with the Registration Form. After
November 1, 2013, dues are $15 per person. ***If this is your first
year teaching Latin in Virginia, you are eligible for one year's
$3.00 per student,
*** Free registration for any school that is registering for CAV Exams
for the first time or that has not registered in the past five years.
The registration form
with entry fee must be postmarked no later than
February 16, 2013. Only the CAV
Tournament Registrar may waive this deadline, which will be done ONLY
if there is time to accommodate the request.
Any arrangements for a
change in the date or location for administering the exam must be made
directly with the
Tournament Director. The only acceptable reason for
a change in dates shall be (1) a school's vacation, in which case an
earlier exam date will be granted, or (2) inclement weather on the
scheduled date, in which case the exam must be administered April 1
or 2 (and express mailed to the director). If your school has
spring vacation March 25-29, please schedule your testing for
March 18-22 (or earlier). If your school has a two weeks spring break
spanning both of these weeks, please contact the tournament director
to make scheduling arrangements.
The exam will be given
at the school of the participants and may be given on any ONE of
the days from March 25-29, 2013. Schools on vacation that week may
request to take the exam the previous week. All students in the
same level of Latin MUST be tested at the same time. The Latin teacher
MAY administer the exams.
REGISTRATION AND TESTING
- By March 1
you (the Latin teacher) will receive an e-mail or fax confirmation
of your registration. Please write your e-mail address (and those of
all teachers registering students at your school) neatly and
correctly on the registration form so the registrar can reach you
via e-mail. If you do not receive an e-mail, call or e-mail the
CAV Tournament Registrar IMMEDIATELY.
the tests and testing directions to arrive by March 15 (or
earlier if you request an earlier testing date) OR notify your
test administrator of their arrival date. Check with that person
on that date.
- If materials
have NOT been received, call or e-mail the
CAV Tournament Registrar IMMEDIATELY.
- Before the
exam, get the
"Teacher-Prepared List of Students Being Tested" from the
examination packet. Type or neatly print a list of each
student's name, which exam he/she is taking, and (for Advanced Latin
Prose, Caesar, and Advanced Poetry students) his/her level of Latin
(and return it to the test administrator, if you are using one).
This provides a testing roster, which will be mailed with the tests
for accurate spelling of names of award recipients.
- If there is
bad weather on your prearranged date of testing, contact the
CAV Tournament Director IMMEDIATELY for permission to give the
test within the next two class days back in school. He needs to plan
for late-arriving results.
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First place winners
will receive an engraved Jefferson Cup; second and third place winners
will receive medals. Certificates of Honorable Mention will also be
awarded as the Tournament Director deems appropriate. If there is a
large number of students registered on an advanced level of testing,
awards may be subdivided by year of Latin. If the number is small,
there may be fewer than three awards. Awards will be announced at the
spring meeting of the CAV; if for any reason the awards themselves may
not be available at that meeting, they will be mailed as soon as
will be awarded: one to the public ("alpha") school with the most
points for first-second-third places, one to the independent ("beta")
school with the same distinction, and lastly one to the charter,
magnet, or governor’s (“gamma”) school with the same distinction.
Nota Bene I:
Please be advised that the CAV will not publish in its newsletter or
on its website the names of student winners whose families do not wish
to make that information public. If your school or school system
maintains data on which students may or may not allow their names to
be published, please advise
Ian Hochberg. It is the responsibility of each individual Latin
teacher to inform the tournament director if any students opt out of
having their names listed among the winners in the newsletter.
Nota Bene II:
Ian Hochberg is willing to send past issues of CAV Tournament Exams by
e-mail to anyone indicating what (s)he would like: Latin One, Latin
Two, Advanced Prose, or Advanced Poetry. Just e-mail Ian at:
email@example.com. There is no charge for past issues sent this
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THE 2013 CAV
CLASSICAL ESSAY CONTEST
Essay Information Available To Print:
- The CAV Classical Essay Contest is designed to recognize
those students who have submitted outstanding essays in English on a topic
appropriate to each level or class.
- The contest is open to students in the public and private middle and high
schools of Virginia, and homeschoolers, whose teachers are current members of the Classical
Association of Virginia.
- Essays shall be submitted in English
in the following divisions:
- First Year Latin (Division A
for students in grade 6-8; Division B for grades 9-12): Fact
and Fiction in Rome's Beginnings
- Second Year Latin: Nos illud aedificavimus!
The achievements of Roman engineering and construction
- *Third Year Latin: Casus Belli Gallici: Evaluate
Caesar's case for making war in Gaul
- Advanced Latin (Latin III and above*):
- Vergil: Bringer of safety/Horrendous monster: The
role of Fama in the Aeneid
- Poetry: Tela infesta: When poets wield words as
- **History: Casus Belli Gallici: Evaluate Caesar's
case for making war in Gaul
*N.B.: Students who are in their third year of Latin who
choose to do the general third year topic will be judged only with other Third
Year students. They may also submit an essay in one of the advanced topics. This
is so that we do not prevent students who are in their third year and doing one
of the advanced authors from writing on the author they are currently studying.
Those essays will be judged in the same pool as the advanced level students.
**N.B.: The history topic is open to both Latin 3 and Latin 4+ students,
and will be graded in separate groups.
N.B.: Students at the Third Year and Advanced levels may submit essays in
more than one category.
- Essays should be roughly 1000 words in length, typed on single sides of the page.
- The first page of the essay may include a title. The
student's name should not appear on any page of the essay, and the pages of
the essay should be numbered.
- Each entry should come with a
COVER PAGE that shall
- name and home address of the contestant
- name and address (with city or district) of the school
- name of the teacher
- year of Latin studied in 2012-2013 (First, Second, etc.,
AP is NOT a level)
- student's grade level
- essay topic
- No help may be received from any person in the research,
preparation, and/or writing of the essay. Books and electronic sources may
(indeed, generally should) be consulted, provided that all research is
completed by the student and proper acknowledgement of intellectual property
is given. A list of sources and works cited should be provided at the end of
the essay on a separate page. A good on-line source for help in the formal
preparation of an essay is Purdue's online writing lab (OWL), which can be
- Teachers, of course, are allowed to guide students toward
the types of reference material to consult, and provide general instruction on
the writing of a good essay. However, teachers must not provide any
editorial feedback to the students. That is, they should not be reading and
commenting on their students' essays before the final form in which they will
- Essays should present a clear, coherent synthesis of
material researched. A lively and well-organized essay is better than a
laundry list of facts. Judges look for verve and imagination in the writing,
and not merely quantity of research. To this end, it has been the policy to
accept essays that are closer to creative writing exercises than to the
traditional expository essay. It is to be understood, however, that the same
amount of factual content and critical thought must be in evidence in whatever
form the essay takes. It should be noted as well that what appears to be a
creative approach to writing an essay begins to look less and less creative
when essay after essay is written in the same pattern.
- The fee is $2.00 per student. Teachers who are not members of CAV should
send their dues of $15.00 with the entrance fee. Make checks payable to the
Classical Association of Virginia. Ineligible entries will be discarded.
- Please note that by entering this contest you are giving
the Classical Association of Virginia consent to publish your name in its
official publications. Winners' names will be published on the CAV website and
in the CAV newsletter.
- Note also: the winning essays
will be posted on the CAV website in pdf form. If students do not want their
names published and/or essays posted, they should please add a note to that
effect on their cover page.
- The contest closes on
February 20, 2013. Entries postmarked after that date will be discarded. Winners will be
announced and prizes awarded at the Spring meeting. All entries should be sent to:
- Patrick Bradley
- Director of CAV Classical Essay Contest
- Rockbridge County High School
143 Greenhouse Road
- Lexington, VA 24450
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THE 2013 CAV
ARTHUR F. STOCKER
LATIN ESSAY CONTEST
Print Out a Copy:
INFORMATION AND TOPICS
1. The contest is open only to students in high schools and
preparatory schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia whose teacher is currently a member of the
Classical Association of Virginia and whose dues for 2012-2013 have been paid in
full at the time when the entry is submitted.
2. No fee is charged for essays entered in the Latin Essay
3. All entries must be submitted through the Latin teacher. No entries sent
directly by the student, or received from any other source than the teacher,
will be accepted.
4. Each entry must be accompanied by a written statement from the teacher,
a. Both the level of Latin which the student is taking at the time of
submittal of the essay and the number of years the student has been taking
b. The author(s) and title of the basic textbook being used in the course
which the entrant is taking.
5. All entries must be received on or before
April 1, 2013, and should be sent to:
- John F. Miller
- Director, CAV Arthur F. Stocker Latin Essay Contest
University of Virginia, Department of Classics
B018 Cocke Hall, P.O. Box 400788
- Charlottesville, VA 22904-4788
6. Essays must be written entirely in Latin, and must be on the subject
prescribed for the level of Latin the contestant is taking. The subjects for
First Year Latin: De bello secundo cum Carthagine
Second Year Latin: De ludis in Circo Maximo
Advanced Latin: De viris fabulosis qui in regionem
infernam descenderunt (200-300 words)
7. If the number of contestants warrants it, there will be separate
competitions and awards for students in third-year Latin and for students in
fourth- or fifth-year Latin, but this shall be entirely at the discretion of the
1. The first page of each entry shall be blank, except for
a. The full name and home address
(including the zip code) of the contestant. Nick-names should not to be used.
b. The full name (including the middle initial) of the contestant's Latin
c. The name and post office address (including zip code) of the school in which
the contestant is enrolled.
2. The contestant's name shall appear in the upper right-hand corner of every
page submitted, except for the first page (see Rule #1, above).
3. The name of the Latin teacher and the name of the school shall not appear
anywhere except on the first page of the entry, as prescribed in Rule #1,
4. Contestants may write only on the subject specified for the level of Latin
in which they are enrolled. The limitations on the number of words for each
subject should be carefully observed.
5. No help from any person is permitted in the preparation of this essay. Reference books on Roman literature, Roman life, and Roman history, books about
Roman religion, Latin dictionaries, and Latin grammars may of course be used,
but a bibliography identifying books that have been used should appear at the
end of the essay.
6. Judging will be based both upon the content of the essay and on Latin
usage, but the correctness of the Latin will be the most important single
factor. Contestants should make a conscious effort to incorporate as many as
possible of the new syntactical features of the Latin language that they have
encountered for the first time on the level of Latin for which they are
currently enrolled. The syllabi for Latin I, Latin II, and Latin III that have
been prepared for the use of students taking the Latin Tournament examinations
should be consulted.
7. The names of the winners in each competition and of those
receiving honorable mention will be announced at the spring meeting of the
Classical Association of Virginia..
8. All entries become the property of the Classical Association of Virginia,
and will not be returned to the writer after judging. Contestants who want to
keep a copy should make one for themselves before submittal. The decision of the
judges will in all cases be final.
***Nota Bene I: Students who plan to enter the Latin Essay
Contest might find a visit to the following Latin chatroom amusing and
***Nota Bene II: Teachers should inform students that, by
entering this competition, they are giving the Classical Association of Virginia
permission to publish their names in any of its official publications. This
permission is given unless the students make written requests to the contrary.
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