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 28 and Friday, December 9, 2016). It is no longer necessary for the exam to be administered by a school official other than the Latin teacher. The Latin teacher may administer the exam during regular class time, but the teacher 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 passages. Previous Intermediate Exams:  2014-15 / 2015-16

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. In keeping with our traditional alternation between poetry and prose, the 2016-2017 exam will feature a prose passage (e.g., Cicero, Suetonius, Livy). Previous CAMWS poetry passages are posted here. Previous CAMWS prose passages are posted here.

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.

All questions about the high school exams should be directed to Ryan Sellers, Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on the School Awards at ryan.sellers@musowls.org.

Registration for this exam is due by November 1, 2016. To register for the contest, complete this Contest Application Form. Please note that a $2 non-refundable fee underwriting the costs of the examination is required for each contestant.

Winners Of 2015-2016 High School Translation Contests (Intermediate And Advanced)
Previous Winners Of CAMWS Translation Contests