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CAMWS High School Latin Translation Contest

The Classical Association of the Middle West and South offers cash prizes, book awards, and awards of commendation to qualifying winners in its School Awards Latin Translation Contests for high school students of Latin or homeschooled students.

Teachers administering the one-hour exam must be individual members of CAMWS, or their schools must be institutional members of CAMWS, or their school libraries must subscribe to the Classical Journal. This examination must be administered during the first two weeks of December (between Monday, November 27 and Friday, December 8, 2017). The Latin teacher (or a substitute) may administer the exam during regular class time, but the teacher or proctor may NOT answer any questions or provide any other sort of assistance.

Students should translate as literally as possible without violating English idiom. They are responsible for the vocabulary on the Dickinson College Core Latin Vocabulary list. Any words not appearing on this list will be glossed.

The Intermediate High School Exam is open to students in Latin Two or Latin Three. It is designed for students who have learned most basic Latin grammar but whose translation experience has primarily involved adapted prose passages. 

The top 10 students in the Intermediate High School Exam will each receive a $50 cash prize. An additional 10 outstanding contestants will receive a book prize relevant to classical antiquity.  Additional writers of meritorious examinations will receive certificates of commendation. 

The Advanced High School Exam is open to students in Latin Four and beyond. It is designed for students who have not only learned most basic Latin grammar but who have also had considerable experience translating authentic passages. 

The advanced translation exam alternates annually between  poetry and prose. Yhe 2017-2018 exam will feature a poetry passage (e.g., Ovid, Vergil, Catullus).

The top 10 students in the Advanced High School Exam will each receive a $250 cash prize. An additional 20 outstanding contestants will receive a book prize relevant to classical antiquity.  Additional writers of meritorious examinations will receive certificates of commendation. 

Winners will be announced just before or at the annual CAMWS meeting.

Contest History

Previous Translation Exams

All questions about the high school exams should be directed to the chair of the Subcommittee on the School Awards at schoolawards@camws.org.

Registration for this exam is due by November 1, 2017. To register for the contest, complete this Contest Registration Form. Please note that a $2 non-refundable fee underwriting the costs of the examination is required for each contestant.

Previous Winners Of CAMWS Translation Contests