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Spurred by SATs and college concerns, high schoolers flock to Latin

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Students at a Junior Classical League convention dress up in Latin and Greek-inspired costumes. (Courtesy of Dennis Webb)

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Students at a Junior Classical League convention dress up in Latin and Greek-inspired costumes. (Courtesy of Dennis Webb)

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The mindless verbal recitation. The archaic prose. The old men in togas. No wonder Latin gets such a bad rap. While Latin was once thought of as snooty and boring, it’s gaining traction among teens looking to boost SAT scores and gain acceptance at top colleges. Along the way, some students are finding that what was once a résumé-enhancing exercise can soon become a lifelong love.


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