Students and faculty gathered in Katharine Brush Library on Tuesday, May 3, for the annual Katherine Ballard Modern and Classical Language Honors Tea to recognize students who have excelled in their studies of language.
Michael Anderson, Latin teacher and department head, welcomed students, faculty, and others in attendance and reminded students that “we invited you here because of your true commitment to excellence in your study of languages and culture. We are delighted to celebrate with you, in person, here today for the first time in a long time.”
Arabic and French teacher Ludmila Zamah, in her opening remarks, told the students that “choosing to learn a language and investing energy in it honors the people who speak it and helps you make meaningful connections.”
Prior to the presentation of the certificates, five students representing each language taught at Loomis, presented a song, anecdote, poem, or reflection. Junior Inari-Jade Barrett, representing Arabic, presented a rendition of a song in Arabic by the Egyptian singer Dalida. Representing her fellow students of Chinese, sophomore Lauren Sonnenfeld read a poem by Meng Haoran. Junior Ignacio Feged represented the French-language learners with a reflection on how studying French increased his enjoyment of watching soccer, aka football. Senior John Riley told an amusing story and read from Cicero of the Roman Marcus Aurelius. And junior Louis Hernández shared an appreciation for his teacher, Lilian Hutchinson, and her authentic approach to teaching Spanish.
All of the honored students were recognized individually by their language teachers.
Nana Achiaa Donkor
Lexie Mae Hydrick
Preston McNulty Socha