Perse pupil wins classical reading competition

It was all Greek to Carla Campos Zanotti Gerosa (Year 9) as she enjoyed success in the Cambridge Classical Association’s Junior Classical Reading Competition.

She won the classical Greek prose category after impressing judges with her reading in front of a packed lecture room at Cambridge University’s Classics Faculty.

However, Carla had stiff competition, including from fellow Perse pupils Maia Polonius, Milo Khong and Djia Sanath-Vijay (all Year 9), in the Greek section.

Perse Head of Classics Seb Foster said: “Carla was able to produce a performance that was seamless in its pronunciation and had the natural flow of a native speaker of classical Greek.

“This was the first time any of them have taken part in a competition such as this, but you would not have known. They were all excellent and there was very little to choose between them all.

“In fact, all of them were praised for the fluency of the readings, especially given this is their first year studying Greek.”

The Perse was also represented extremely well by Year 8 pupils Enrica Russo, Arya Lloyd, Pavel Lomonosov and Timofei Lomonosov.

Enrica and Arya did themselves proud in the Latin prose category and they were joined by Pavel and Timofei in giving a convincing and dramatic performance in the Latin script section.

Mr Foster said: “The competition has been held remotely over the past two years, so it was brilliant to be able to compete in person again.

“All of our pupils did superbly well and should be very proud of themselves. I think they learned a huge amount from it.”


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