Eight HHSS students advance to classical junior league national competition

Eight Harlingen High School South students advanced to the National Junior Classical League National Competition, which will be held at North Dakota State University in July.

The students attended the state competition in Austin this month, where they competed against students from 46 other high schools in Texas.

The National Junior Classical League is sponsored by the American Classical League and composed of junior and senior high school competitors who participate in the understanding of ancient Greece and Rome and compete on several subjects including latin oratory, classical art and ancient geography.

The eight prizewinners are all students of Latin in Mrs. Marie Garza’s class at Harlingen High School South.

“I also want to extend my sincere gratitude to Ms. Alma Rodriguez for helping me coach these students with Roman and Greek History and for being a great co-sponsor as well as Mr. Marcos Almanza for his willingness to accompany us and help us during the state competition for all the years that Harlingen High School South has attended,” Garza said.


The following are the name of the eight students who advanced to the national event:

Salome Quintanilla, Maxima Cum Laude

Level 1: 10th place in reading comprehension


Judith De La Garza

Level 3: 10th place in Latin oratory; 10th place in mottoes and quotations


Valeria Montero, Cum Laude

Level 4: 5th place in mottoes and quotations


Alexander Castillo, Cum Laude

Level 3: 7th place in advanced level Greek history


Cassandra Sauceda

Level 1: 6th place in classical art


Barbara Zamorano

Level 3: 9th place in classical art and 10th place in illustrated quotations


Alyssa Rios, Maxima Cum Laude

Gold in pentathlon – Level 2


Lorynn Vera, Magna Cum Laude

Silver in pentathlon – Level 2



Victoria Saenz, Cum Laude

Dalilah  Sanchez, Cum Laude


Click herefor scores and other relevant information about the state competition.

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