Pa Cyber Students Recognized for Great Success on the 2012 National Mythology Exam
This past March, 20 PA Cyber students from the Philadelphia Support Center tested their knowledge of the classics after participating in the Mythology Class as part of our PA Cyber ++ program. With great enthusiasm these students spent a few months exploring the ancient past and growing their appreciation for both Greek and Roman influence in language, literature, art, music and drama.
In addition to having a general familiarity with the 12 Olympian Gods and their Roman counterparts, students needed to be able to answer specific questions about mythology such as 'How does lovely Iris carry messages from Mount Olympus to earth?' and 'Why was Tantalus punished by the gods?'. All twenty students deserve honors and recognition for their hard work and high scores.
The National Mythology Exam is consistently given to over 10,000 students in approximately 400 schools around the United States and several foreign countries. A snapshot of the national statistics reveals that last year 10,297 students took the exam. Only 920 were awarded a gold medal; that's less than 10 percent. Only about 12 percent scored well enough for a silver medal, and 15 percent received a bronze medal.
This year, 30 percent of our students won a gold medal--which requires a 100 percent on the exam! And more than 45 percent of our students scored between a 90-99 percent on the exam, earning them either a silver or bronze medal. What is most impressive, however, is that all of our students scored a 70% or above, and that is no easy feat!
Next time you see one of these students give them a pat on the back and say “Opus magnum!” or “Well done!”
Gold Medal Winners: