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Classics students take top honors in national contest

St. Olaf students Clemens Bart (pictured here) and Grace Koch ’15 won top awards at the Maurine Dallas Watkins Translation Contests.

Two St. Olaf College classics students won top honors in the national Maurine Dallas Watkins Translation Contests.

Clemens Bart, an international student from Dresden, Germany, won second prizes in both the Advanced Latin and Latin Prose Composition categories.

Grace Koch ’15, who has also won top awards in both of the last two competitions, earned an honorable mention in the Advanced Greek category.

Chance Bonar ’15

Their achievements help St. Olaf continue its 35-year winning streak at the contest. With at least one winner at the Watkins event every year since 1980, St. Olaf has the best competition record of any school in the country.

The annual contest is organized by Eta Sigma Phi, the national honorary society for classical studies.

In addition, Koch and fellow student Chance Bonar ’15 won two of only six $1,000 Manson A. Stewart Scholarships awarded annually by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.