"Some students have a deep-seated desire to learn more than what is taught in the classroom. No Latin teacher can cover vocabulary, grammar, derivatives, Roman history and daily life, mythology, and the influence of Latin in the modern world with any degree of thoroughness during class. Students who find these areas fascinating and are willing to delve deeper into them find Certamen a fulfilling experience.
Some students know that they are Latin nerds and revel in the camaraderie of other Latin nerds. Rather than hiding their knowledge, they compete with each other to show it off, and feel good about themselves in the process.
Winning is always nice, but learning more and developing self-respect are what education is all about."
-- Susan S. Schearer