Bethany Phillips is a true rara avis, a “rare bird” among Latin students. In addition to maintaining excellent grades, which have earned her a place in the National Honor Society and National Junior Classical League (NJCL) Latin Honor Society, Bethany has won numerous awards on competitions relating to the Classics. She has earned honors on the National Latin Exam and several academic contests at both the NJCL and Virginia Junior Classical League (VJCL) Latin conventions. Bethany has also won awards on creative competitions for modern myth stories and Sight Latin reading. Even in art, Bethany has achieved significant recognition, winning awards for projects submitted at the state convention as well as the only “Best-In-Show” recognition for an original children’s storybook project at the 2004 Loudoun Latin Day.
In addition to her achievements on competitions, Bethany earned the right to attend the Governor’s Latin Academy in the summer of 2004, one of a select group of Latin students from the Commonwealth chosen for the residential program. There, she was elected consul (president) and starred in the title role of Curculio, the academy play.
At Park View, she has served the Latin club as its 2004-2005 President. During her presidency, she has helped increase the club’s membership from approximately 37 to nearly 90 members. She also designed the Latin club’s popular T-shirt, helped design the Latin certamen academic team sweatshirt and has collaborated with a peer to create the club’s first webpage.
In addition, Bethany has tirelessly contributed hours of her time as a volunteer through the Latin club. For the past two years, Bethany has helped lead the club in its service projects through the Loudoun Holiday Coalition and Happy Hats. After school, Bethany tutors other Latin students every Thursday and Friday of every week, all year long. Bethany’s efforts have not only improved the grades of many students, but they have inspired other peer tutors and increased enthusiasm overall in the Latin program. Bethany’s accumulated volunteer hours even helped the Latin club win second place overall in the state service competition at the 2004 VJCL Latin convention.