Randolph Students Take Second Place in National Classics Competition

Rhiannon Knol '11, Eric Struble '11 shine in their first Certamen tournament.

Eric Struble '11 and Rhiannon Knol '11


Randolph students Rhiannon Knol '11 and Eric Struble '11 competed on the second-place team in the Certamen tournament at the 82nd National Convention of Eta Sigma Phi in Blacksburg, Virginia, April 9-11, 2010.

This was the duo's first Certamen competition.

Certamen , which is Latin for "competition", is a quiz bowl-style game with classics-themed questions. Questions range from the minutiae of Latin grammar and vocabulary, Latin-based etymology, Roman history and culture, and classical mythology. The reference invokes the brief ancient Greek account of the Contest of Homer and Hesiod, Certamen Homeri et Hesiodi.

Eta Sigma Phi is the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek. Members are elected by local chapters which have been chartered by the society. The purposes of the Society, in the words of the Constitution, are "to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationship; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome."

The Delta Alpha chapter of Eta Sigma Phi at Randolph College was established in 1961.

Amy R. Cohen, associate professor of classics and chapter advisor, also attended the convention.