Daniel Turaev received a hero’s welcome in the corridors and classrooms at JCoSS this week after news spread quickly that he had made it into the UK team for the International Linguistics Olympiad, to be held in Yongin, South Korea in August. He is one of eight students in the UK to be selected to represent the UK at the increasingly popular competition.
Special mention goes to year 12 student James Saker, who led the charge (literally across the heartspace one lunchtime) to establish the first entry of JCoSS students into the UK Linguistics Olympiad. Having signed themselves up, fifteen Year 12 and 13 students set about decoding the Cippus Abellanus (to us mere mortals a document carved into stone from the 2nd century BCE, dealing with a legal dispute between the cities of Abella and Nola in southern Italy) and other linguistic challenges. We are delighted that several students won bronze and silver awards in Round 1 (Adam Caplan, James Saker, Octavia Molteno, Benjamin Conway, Ethan Levenon) and Samuel Lachmann achieved the gold.