OLMC Alum Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Latin
Morris Catholic freshman Jude Huresky (OLMC ‘18) was recently inducted into the National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society, an extraordinary accomplishment for any student and unheard of for a lower classman. Induction into the Honor Society is a special designation given to students who have demonstrated “outstanding academic achievement and citizenship in Latin class.” To be eligible, students must: be members in good standing of both the state and national organizations of the Junior Classical League; maintain an A average in Latin class; exemplify good citizenship; and meet any additional requirements set by the teacher.
NJCL proudly holds the honor of being one of the largest academic youth organizations in the world. There are over 50,000 members in approximately 1,200 chapters, located in almost every state and in several foreign countries. Established in 1936, the organization seeks to promote the study of Latin and Greek, to benefit students and teachers alike, and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of classical antiquity. With his induction into its Honor Society, Mr. Huresky has realized one of the highest achievements attainable to a student of classical studies.
Mr. Huresky’s impressive accomplishment is not surprising to those who knew him when he was first delving into Latin at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Under the expert guidance of Mr. Craig Davis and Mrs. Katherine Stejskal, he developed a lasting love for the language that has propelled him to real excellence in the subject. Ever humble and gracious, Mr. Huresky credits his time at OLMC for the honor bestowed upon him:
My experience began in 6th grade when Mr. Davis taught me a basic knowledge of Latin. He made it so interesting that I instantly enjoyed every minute of his class, and he inspired in me a love for the language that has persisted. The August before my ﬁrst year of high school I learned that I was put into Latin 3 Honors because there were no Latin 1 or 2 classes this year. I was at ﬁrst alarmed, but because of Mr. Davis’ confidence in me, I knew that I would excel. I believe that my invaluable education at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School has prepared me for the rigorous classes of high school, and my induction into the National Latin Honor Society is the culmination of all the hard work and expert teaching of Mr. Davis. Without his amazing teaching skills and his contagious love for the Latin language, I would not be where I am today as a new member of the National Latin Honor Society.
OLMC is thrilled to congratulate Mr. Huresky on his induction and wishes him success and joy as he continues to deepen his love for this beautiful language in high school and beyond. Non scholae sed vitae discimus!