Loomis Endowed Academic Award in Latin

Results of the 2019 Loomis Latin Contest

On May 1, 2019, the Department of Classics held its 19th annual competition for the Loomis Endowed Academic Award in Latin. Winners were announced on May 11 at the spring picnic for Delta Chi, St. Olaf’s chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national Classics honor society.

First prize ($300)  went to Joseph G. Spellman, a senior from Tyler, Texas, majoring in Classics and Economics. A bassoonist in the St. Olaf Band and a handbell player, he took Classical Studies in Greece and has been instructor of the Latin Lab for two years. Currently hyparchos of Delta Chi, he has served Eta Sigma Phi on the national level as megas chrysophylax and megas prytanis; he attended the conventions in Ann Arbor (2017) and Carlisle (2018) and presided over the convention at St. Olaf this spring. He will soon head to Mississippi to begin his work in the classroom with Teach for America.

Second prize ($200) went to JuliAnne N. Rach, a junior from Orlando, Florida, majoring in Classics and Humanistic Archaeology. She took Classical Studies in Italy and participated as an intern in the summer dig at Antiochia ad Cragum in Turkey. Currently grammateus of Delta Chi, online orator for the Society for Ancient History, and a Latin tutor, she attended the Eta Sigma Phi convention in Carlisle (2018) and played Parthenis, the crabby man’s daughter, in Menander’s Dyskolos. She will be instructor of the Latin Lab next year.

Third prize ($100) went to  Alexander A. Cavender, a senior from Sevierville, Tennessee, majoring in Classics, Philosophy, and Religion. As a Delta Chi member, he helped run the Eta Sigma Phi convention at St. Olaf this spring; he won third prize in the 2019 national Maureen Dallas Watkins Koine Greek Translation Contest. He plays taiko drum and has taken both Classics interims abroad. He will attend graduate school in theology at the University of Notre Dame.

This year the Latin translation passage came from Book 8 of Vergil’s Aeneid.

The Academic Award in Latin was endowed by Kenneth and Kathleen Loomis. Their son Stephen graduated from St. Olaf in 1997 with a double major in Latin and Mathematics.


Results of the Loomis Latin Contest, 2001-2018


May 9, 2001:

1st prize: Jennifer L. Brown ’01, Classics major, from Danville, Virginia

2nd prize: Kristina (Nina) L. Alton ’02, Classics and English major, from Red Wing, Minnesota


April 26, 2002:

1st prize: Lauren V. Christensen ’05, Art History and Asian Studies major, from Minneapolis, MN

2nd prize: Marquis S. Berrey ’03, Classics major, from Galesburg, IL

3rd prize: David R. Schiedler ’04, Classics and German major with Historical Perspectives concentration, from Fountain, CO


April 28, 2003:

1st prize: Christopher A. Schifani ’05, Classics major, from Albuquerque, NM

2nd prize: Marquis S. Berrey ’03, Classics major, from Galesburg, IL

3rd prize: Katharine A. Monson ’04, Classics and Religion major, from Beresford, SD

Honorable mention: Keeley Esterhay ’06, Classics and Spanish major, from Englewood, CO


May 5, 2004:

1st prize: Jennifer S. Starkey ’07, Classics major, from Laramie, WY

2nd prize: Lauren E. Gioe ’06, Classics and Asian Studies major with a Media Studies concentration, from Bartlett, IL

3rd prize (tie): David R. Schiedler ’04, Classics and German major with a Historical Perspectives concentration, from Waco, TX, and Stephanie E. Walker ’05, Classics and English major, from Sheridan, WY


April 25, 2005:

1st prize: Jennifer S. Starkey ’07, Classics major, from Laramie, WY

2nd prize: Christopher A. Schifani ’06, Classics major, from Albuquerque, NM

3rd prize: Elizabeth A. Beerman ’07, Classics major, from Clive, IA


May 16, 2006:

1st prize: Jennifer S. Starkey ’07, Classics major, from Laramie, WY

2nd prize: Elizabeth A. Beerman ’07, Classics major, from Clive, IA

3rd prize: A. Kirstine Wynn ’06, Classics and Music major from Bellingham, WA


May 12, 2007:

1st prize: Jennifer S. Starkey ’07, Classics major, from Laramie, WY

2nd prize: Elizabeth A. Beerman ’07, Classics major, from Clive, IA

3rd prize (tie): Hilary J. Bouxsein ’09, Classics and Philosophy major, from Evanston, IL, and Thomas K. Halvorsen ’10, Classics major, from Edina, MN


May 12, 2008:

1st prize: Thomas K. Halvorsen ’10, Classics major with a Linguistic Studies concentration, from Edina, MN

2nd prize: Sarah M. Adamson ’09, Classics major, from Rochester, MN

3rd prize: Hilary J. Bouxsein ’09, Classics and Philosophy major, from Evanston, IL

Honorable mention: Alaina K. Burkard ’08, Classics and Biology major, from Portland, OR


May 4, 2009:

1st prize: Thomas K. Halvorsen ’10, Classics major with a Linguistic Studies concentration, from Edina, MN

2nd prize (tie): Hilary J. Bouxsein ’09, Classics and Philosophy major, from Evanston, IL and Jennifer N. Easler ’10, Classics, Medieval Studies, and English major, from Fredricksburg, VA

3rd prize: Martin P. Shedd ’11, Classics and Music major, from Ashburnham, MA


May 10, 2010:

1st prize: Thomas K. Halvorsen ’10, Classics major with a Linguistic Studies concentration, from Edina, MN

2nd prize: Jennifer N. Easler ’10, Classics, Medieval Studies, and English major, from Fredricksburg, VA

3rd prize: Emily Marie Sandquist ’13, Classics major, from Singapore

4th prize: David T. Estle ’10, Classics major, from Tybee Island, GA


May 9, 2011:

1st prize: Emily Marie Sandquist ’13, Classics major, from Singapore

2nd prize: Martin P. Shedd ’12, Classics and Music major, from Ashburnham, MA

3rd prize: Adam D. Berndt ’13, Classics and Psychology major, from Fargo, ND


May 7, 2012:

1st prize: Emily Marie Sandquist ’13, Classics major, from Singapore

2nd prize: Adam D. Berndt ’13, Classics and Psychology major, from Fargo, ND

3rd prize (tie): Rebecca A. Frank ’14, Classics, Ancient Studies, and History major, from Seattle, WA and Grace B. Koch ’15, Classics and Ancient Studies major, from Evanston, IL


May 6, 2013:

1st prize: Adam D. Berndt ’13, Classics and Psychology major, from Fargo, ND

2nd prize: Grace B. Koch ’15, Classics and Ancient Studies major, from Evanston, IL

3rd prize (tie): Amanda P. Tveite ’15, Classics and Mathematics major, from Bloomington, MN


May 5, 2014:

1st prize: Clemens Bart, International Student, from Dresden, Germany

2nd prize: Rebecca A. Frank ’14, Classics and Ancient Studies major, from Seattle, WA

3rd prize: Grace B. Koch ’15, Classics and Ancient Studies major, from Cheyenne, WY (originally Evanston, IL)


May 11, 2015:

1st prize: Grace B. Koch ’15, Classics and Ancient Studies major, from Cheyenne, WY (originally Evanston, IL)

2nd prize: Kirby L. Schoephoerster ’17, Classics major, from Fayette, MO

3rd prize: Leif D. McLellan ’16, Classics and Ancient Studies major, from Shoreview, MN


May 14, 2016:

1st prize: Joseph A. C. Burkhart ’17, Classics and Chemistry major, from Bloomington, IN

2nd prize: Leif D. McLellan ’16, Classics and Ancient Studies major, from Shoreview, MN

3rd prize: Kirby L. Schoephoerster ’17, Classics major, from Fayette, MO


May 14, 2017:

1st prize: Kirby L. Schoephoerster ’17, Classics major, from Fayette, MO

2nd prize: Steven T. Daniel ’17, Classics and English major, from St. Louis, MO

3rd prize: Lili Hanft ’17, Medieval Studies and History major, from Keene, NH

Honorable mention: Benjamin R. Cooper ’17, Classics and Religion major, from Florence, MA


May 12, 2018:

1st prize: Herman S. Hannan ’18, Classics major, from Homer, AK

2nd prize: Jakob P. Janssen ’18, Medieval Studies major, from Dayton, OR

3rd prize: Mary Landis Gaston ’19, Classics major, from Nashville, TN