As a high school freshman, Adan Juarez earned a perfect score on the National Latin Exam.
The Orange County Register profile implies that Latin is closer to English than Spanish, which is Adan’s first language. Adan’s teacher claims 70 percent of English words are derived from Latin, which seems high. English is a Germanic language.
I’ll have to ask Dr. Weevil, who’s a Latin teacher, about that.
My niece was a lackluster student until ninth grade, when she started acing Latin. She decided it was fun to do well and started working hard and earning A’s in her other classes. She moves into her freshman dorm at Occidental tomorrow.