Agnes Scott Team Wins National Classics Competition

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A group of Agnes Scott College students beat out 24 other U.S. college teams in a classics knowledge competition held as part of the 82nd Annual National Convention of Eta Sigma Phi, the honorary classics society, at Virginia Tech April 9-11.

The Agnes Scott team won the Certamen (Latin for competition), a College-Bowl style contest testing knowledge of all things classical (Greek and Latin language, literature, history, civilization, culture and geography). The team was made up of Jessie Jones '09, Arianne Kahn and Marlie Bolin '10, Sydney Tonsfeldt and Jenna Stuckey '11, Kate Schuhlein '12 and Emma Kearney '13.

Because it was the college’s first visit to the convention and first time competing in the Certamen, the team was taken completely by surprise by its win, Kahn said.

“Our team did very well – they were on fire,” Stuckey said. “I was very proud.”

The team’s winning question: Which Carthaginian commander lost the battle of the Metaurus River? Answer: Hasdrubal Barca, Hannibal’s brother.

Their prize? A copy of the Oxford Companion to Classical Literature.

“It’s huge and beautiful,” Kahn said.

Eta Sigma Phi’s purpose is to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer relationships among students who are interested in classical study, including intercampus relationships; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study and in the languages, literature, history and art of ancient Greece and Rome.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.