Students in Greek and Roman Studies Excel at National Convention

Six students in Greek and Roman Studies recently represented Rhodes at the annual convention of Eta Sigma Phi, the national honor society for classical languages and cultures. Alexandra Howell ’17, Mason Johnson ’15, Elizabeth Ross ’15, Henry Schott ’17, Amy Stout ’15, and Emily Tarr ’15 were among the 100 delegates from around the country who gathered at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ, for intellectual exchange and to conduct the business of the society. They were accompanied by Prof. David Sick.

Johnson finished a term as the national vice president or Hyparchos of the society, and Howell was elected to the post of national treasurer or Chrysophylax for the next academic year. Johnson’s paper “Subdivisions: The Containment of Femininity in Aristophanes’ Ecclesiazusae” was also selected for presentation at the next meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, the national organization of the discipline. He wrote the paper in Greek 393 at Rhodes under the direction of Prof. Kenneth Morrell.

Tarr was selected as the recipient of the Bernice L. Fox Award for students pursuing a career in high school teaching. She finished her degree requirements at Rhodes in December 2014 and began teaching Latin at St. Scholastica Academy in Mandeville, LA, in January.

Four members of the delegation (Howell, Schott, Stout, and Tarr) were on the winning certamen team at the convention. Certamen is contest of knowledge similar to College Bowl with questions focused on Greek, Latin, and ancient Mediterranean cultures.