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Modern and Classical Language Department Award Winners (2014)

We are pleased to announce the award winners for the various languages in the department.  In the picture above from left to right are: Claire Cunningham, The John Frazier Roos Award for Excellence in Latin; Jem Wynne, The Burton L. Curry Award for Excellence in French; Alan Simonini, The John R. Mars Award for Excellence in Spanish; Nic Peterson, The Department of Modern and Classical Languages Award for Excellence in Chinese; and Santiago Aguirre, The Martin A. Uebel Award for Excellence in German. Congratulations to these fine students for their achievements.

Graduating with Honors (2015)

Rachel Simon (GR) from Warsaw, IN and Erin Lopez Vine (GA), from Tucson, AZ earned honors in Modern and Classical Languages for the 2014-15 school year. Each girl was enrolled in the Honors Seminar for two terms and successfuly completed her work under the aegis of Master Instructor Bruce Burgess.Rachel completed a memoir of her trip to France as a participant in the Indiana University Honors Program in the summer of 2014. She kept a journal in French of her experiences throughout the six week program, took numerous pictures, and saved tickets and various other souvenirs. While a great part of her project was going through her journal entries and making grammatical corrections, she also made a scrapbook and slide show to document her time in France. Follwing the completion of her work, Rachel gave a one hour defense (in French) of her project. Rachel commented, "It was a great project through which I gained a better understanding of the the French language as weell as myself!"

After completing all courses in the Latin curriculum at Culver, Erin's project examined how Romance languages emanated from Latin. She wrote a paper detailing the morphological and phonological changes that occurred from Classical Latin to Vulgar Latin and then to modern French, Spanish, and Italian. The paper presented the basics of linguistics while highlighting that the topics covered were only a small portion of the changes that occurred between the languages over time. Erin also had a one hour defense of her work (in English) before a group on instructors from the department. In writing about the significance of her experience, Erin said, "One of the main purposes of the project was to illustrate that Latin is not a dead language; it is alive in the different forms of the modern Romance Languages."

The department congratulates both Rachel and Erin on their exceptional work and commitment to language study!

Heading off to various destinations in Spain, France, Austria and China with the Indiana University Honors Program for High School Students in the summer of 2015 are the following students:

France (Brest):  Matthieu Menard, Hallie Rauch; (Saumur):  Julia Hernandez; (St. Brieuc):  Lydia Jacqua,  Gabrielle Menard

Spain (Oviedo):  Erica Sadlowski, Joshua Thompkins, Madeleine Wildermuth; (Ciudad Real):  Chiara Fitzgerald

Mexico (Mérida):  Anne Marie Wright

Austria (Graz):  Kieran Hussey,  Susan Westman

China (Hangzhou):  Alexander Krupp

All thirteen students who applied for IU Honors this year were selected to participate, which is a source of considerabe pride for the entire department. We wish all of the students safe travels and a most productive summer and extend our appreciation to Ms. Gabrielle DiLorenzo for her excellent work as coordinator of this program.

Advance Hispanic Art (March 18, 2015)

In the Spanish 4 Hispanic Art course, students explore the lives and work of eleven Hispanic artists, nine of whom are still living. In Unit 7 of the course, students choose their favorite painting by Cuban artist Cepp Selgas and write a letter in Spanish to the artist in which they tell him why they liked the painting and perhaps asking him a question about the piece. For several years now, Cepp Selgas has graciously answered their letters and published his personal response to each student in his blog to which there is a link below. Congrtulations to course teacher, Ms. Kim White, and to her students for having their letters published.

Chinese (April 3, 2015)

Gabrielle Wells (CGA ’15) received her acceptance from NYU-Shanghai ( She will go to Shanghai to visit the campus next week where she will join Nicole Stephenson (CGA ’14) and Jacob Kurdziel (CMA ’13) for a week. If Gabrielle accepts the offer, she will become the third student to attend ONU-Shanghai from the Chinese Language Program of Culver Academies.

 On April 25, 2014 the following individuals were inducted into la Société Honoraire de Français:

Alena Arkhipov ’16 (GB) Tyver, Russia, Hayes Barnes ’14 (CA) Culver, Indiana, Abel Barrera Duran ’14 (CB) Kokomo, Indiana, Katie Bevil ’16 (GL) Omaha, Nebraska, Ben Bustria ’15 (BA) Fairport Harbor, Ohio, Rory Byrne ’14 (GT) South Bend, Indiana, Ryan Colella ’14 (CB) New York, New York, Emily Hernandez ’14 (GR) Pueblo, Colorado, Stuart Johnston ’16 (CB) Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Hallie Rauch ’16 (GA) Evansville, Indiana, Eduardo Saenz Espino ’15 (TA) Mexico City, Mexico, Rachel Simon ’15 (GR) Fort Wayne, Indiana, Taylor Stuewe ’14 (GB) Long Sault, Ontario, Canada, Riley Thompson ’14 (CA) Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, Niccolo Verrecchia ’15 (TB) Florence, Italy, Click here for a couple of pictures of the ceremony.

Also on April 25, 2014 The National Spanish Honor Society, José Martí Chapter inducted the following students into the society:

Alec Abaunza, Michael Anthony, Allison Baker, Paige Baldacci, Sarah Boland, Hannah Buggeln, Rebecca Carballo, Rowan Farrell, Angel Fay, Austin Kilduff, Hanna Moffet, Erica Oosterhoff, Khaleef Rehman, Natalie Schurr, Robert Thomas, Dalton Tuggle, and John Van Duyn

Congratulations to these deserving students!  here for a slide show of the induction ceremony.

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