First Fulbright Scholar from Highlands Latin School!

Congratulations to Highlands Latin alum Genevieve Crum on her Fulbright Scholarship.


Genevieve Crum – 2011 HLS Alum

Crum, a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame, is researching the power of food to cultivate sustainability and social justice while earning her Master’s degree in Pollenzo, Italy.

Genevieve’s mother, Jolene Crum, emailed us to say, “Bob and I feel strongly that HLS’ influence in teaching Genevieve both how to learn well and how to more fully embrace her love of learning led her to this place of success in her educational career.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State designed to build relationships with other countries. Fulbright alumni include 54 Nobel Prize winners, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 33 heads of state.

Breaking Good: Organic Chemists on the rise!


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What do you get when you mix a room full of brilliant minds, a teacher pushing them to think beyond the textbook, and a bunch of chemicals? Well, in this case you get acetylsalicylic acid – or in laymen’s terms, aspirin. Students are currently in their Stoichiometry Unit, and this lab, commonly done in a first year college class, helps them apply multiple concepts to their work. “I love doing this lab with students because it brings stoichiometry to life and they can see a real world example,” said Mrs. Bramer.

At the end of this lab the aspirin was tested for its purity, and 80% of the students actually made a relatively pure product.


img_4455_1“[Students] practice important lab skills like taking accurate measurements, filtration, running a chemical reaction to completion, recrystallization, testing for purity, and following proper waste management procedures. I love challenging and teaching to a high yet achievable level here at HLS!” Mrs. Bramer – Organic Chemistry Instructor

At Highlands Latin School our teachers strive for academic excellence in all that they teach, whether it be training students to deepen their thinking about characters in literature, or in understanding the history and chemical makeup of a common medicine, and producing it themselves.

Interested in more information about Highlands Latin School? Request an information packet here.

Why Latin? 36% of Seniors recognized as National Merit Semifinalists/Commended

Why study Latin?

36% (4 of 11) of Highlands Latin’s class of 2017 were recognized as National Merit Semifinalists or Commended students. Congratulations to Semifinalists Tanner Petrie and Jobe Arnold, and to Commended Students Worden Barr and Jack Spurlock.

Over the last decade, Highlands Latin has maintained the highest percentage of National Merit Semifinalists and Commended students in Louisville.

Come see what Highlands Latin’s culture of academic excellence can do for your family. Join us for an Open House on Sunday, October 30th


Spring Meadows Campus: 10901 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, KY 40243
Crescent Hill Campus: 2800 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206

The National Merit Scholarship program is the most prestigious national academic award for high school seniors. Across the country, 1% of college bound seniors are recognized as semifinalists and less than 3% are recognized as commended students.

Highlands Latin 2016 Graduation

A school should be an Alma Mater, knowing her children one by one. Not a factory, or a mint, or a treadmill. ~ Cardinal Newman

Below are the highlights.

5 min 50 sec: Ed Boomershine’s inspiring commencement speech.

18 min 30 sec: Mr. Wheatley’s individual address to the seniors. Highlands Latin strives to be an Alma Mater, knowing her children one by one. Mr. Wheatley takes this sentiment to heart.

Highlands Latin Students Accepted to Prestigious Summer Programs


Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program is a highly competitive summer program in which rising seniors spend five weeks at one of three in-state college campuses with other students from across the state. Accepted students spend their summer focusing on their chosen discipline. GSP is completely paid for, and students who complete the summer program are awarded generous scholarship opportunities to colleges and universities in the state of Kentucky.

Jack Spurlock Tanner Petrie
Governor’s Scholars Program:
Jack Spurlock, Tanner Petrie

Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Program allows rising juniors and seniors to spend three weeks living on campus at Centre College immersed in the arts as they study and develop their selected art form. Throughout the program, they also forge new friendships with other students from around the state, while working with college professors and coaches. GSA is completely paid for, and accepted students are offered very generous scholarships at in-state colleges and universities.

Hannah Thibaudeau
Governor’s School for the Arts:

Hannah Thibaudeau – Visual Arts

Highlands Latin Community Lecture 2016 – Louis Markos

“Why Should Christians Read the Pagan Classics”

The HLS Community Lecture Series welcomes Louis Markos, who holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities at Houston Baptist University. Dr. Markos is the author of numerous scholarly books, including From Achilles to Christ, Lewis Agonistes: How C.S. Lewis Can Train Us to Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World, On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis, Apologetics in the Twenty-First Century, Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition, and Pressing Forward: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Victorian Age.

He has also produced several lecture series for the Teaching Company, including, “The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis,” and “Plato to Postmodernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author.”

2016 Grammar School Plays


HLS grammar school students always look forward to performing their spring plays. “The Banquet of the Gods” by 3rd grade, “Famous Men of Rome” by 4th grade, and “Robin Hood and His Merry Men” by 5th grade.

2016 National Latin Exam Awards


Three students worldwide earn their sixth Gold Medal… Two are from Highlands Latin School!

Out of 142,000 participants in the National Latin Exam only three students earned their sixth gold medals in 2016. Two of the three students are Highlands Latin seniors, Tanner Petrie and Jack Spurlock.

Petrie and Spurlock joined Highlands Latin in 3rd and 1st grade respectively and have excelled at Latin since.

This was a record year for HLS success on the National Latin Exam. In addition to Tanner Petrie’s and Jack Spurlock’s six golds, Highlands Latin students were challenged to earn as many gold medals as the last published numbers for prep schools Phillips Exeter (where Mark Zuckerberg earned four gold medals) and Roxbury Latin (the oldest school in the US).

NLE 2016 Poster

They rose to the challenge with 17 Perfect Papers, 117 gold medals, and 47 silver medals out of 199 participants. In fact, 59% of Highlands Latin students earned gold medals compared to a national average of 12%.

At Highlands Latin School, we encourage individual students to compete with themselves to improve their scores. Students are given multiple chances to achieve a new “personal best.” It is a challenge our students relish, and it is through that challenge they develop a love of Latin and achieving difficult goals.

Congratulations Highlanders!

Spring Meadows 9th-12th Gold Medal Recipients: (Back Row) Ben Lange, Tanner Petrie, Jack Hauersperger, Mitchell Halsema, David Dekold, Jack Spurlock, Worden Barr, Bobbie Fowler; (Middle Row) Erin Bowe, Schuyler Baas, Laura Callihan, Sydney Veith, Frankie Booker, Sophia Fornwalt, Austin Schmitt, Kincaed Williams, Peter Schwab, Davis Henderson, Ryan Apperson, James Reilly; (Front Row) Burke Tinsley, Anna Fuller, Maddie Lange, Maggie Roy, Kate Burnett, Hannah Thibaudeau, Mary Cuthrell, Danielle Fuller, Rachel McGraw, Abigail Donaldson, Elora Gunn, Jacqueline Renn, Katelyn Miller, Helen Mariah Murdoch, Willow NoltemeyerSpring Meadows 6th-8th Gold Medal Recipients: (Back Row) Alex Harris, Madison Miller, Tanay Neotia, Lindsey Thomas, Charlotte Wright, Meg Booker, Natalia Mendoza-Andres, Alex Dhabliwala, Ethan Ater, Colin Roark, Chloe Walrad, John Michael Dhabliwala; (Middle Row) Jack Rohrer, Brianna Gilcreast, Callie Wilson, Gracie Zamiska, Sydney Windhorst, Anna Whittle, Madeline Johnson, Casey Johnson, Hayden Trier, Eric Beiter, Jonathan Lasoi, Jenna Nicodemus, Ryan O’Dea; (Front Row) Levi Shinabery, Jillian Whitmer, Julianna Sizemore, Sophie Harris, Avery Hanel, Meredith Moser, Lilly Luse, Brennan Thomas, Judah Murdoch, Schaefer Wagner, Christopher Kaufmann, Mason Eisner, Emma Caudill, Isabel Winebrenner, Cade Wheat 
Crescent Hill 6th-8th Gold Medal Recipients: (Back Row) Joseph Stachnik, Patrick Leonard, Emmy Hamilton, Whitney Leonard, Emily Leonard, Emily Sedgwick, Julia Singleton, Alethia Boswell, Luke Robson; (Third Row) Chapman Adkins, Meseret Bitner, Isabel Daniel, Alyssa Meadows, Kashiku Hutcheson, AJ Mangione, George Dwyer, Nati Hamilton, Emily Grace Haner, Hans Keisling; (Second Row) Gabby Beury, Cambrie Malone, Lauren Marshall, Olivia Vickery, Sarah Beth Plummer, Carter McGill, Sara Miyamoto, Blair Barker, Mirabel Noltemeyer, Molly Mast, Isabella Helms; (Front Row) August Rothpletz, Lily Hamilton, Iris Noth, Grazia Ferraro, Owen Meyer, Josiah Gomez, Rachel Kimbell, Emily Steinbach, Annika Wallitsch, Sydney PetrieSpring Meadows 9th-12th Silver Medal Recipients: (Back Row) Matthew Rouse, Jobe Arnold, Stuart Miller, Brody Malone, Joseph Collum, Jack Brunton, Andrew Watson; (Middle Row) Alexander McFarland, Aiden Arnold, Jackson Hoffman, William Yates, Noah Walker, Abraham Collum, Carl Yoder, Steven Walter; (Front Row) Samuel Bush, Avery Bergdorf, Catherine Jarboe, Faith Thibaudeau, Haylee Hatcher, Corrie Russell, Grace Burnett, Hattie Hume, Laura Rose GiltnerSpring Meadows 6th-8th Silver Medal Recipients: (Back Row) Daniel Young, Tristan Harbold, Mason Brown, Ethan Beierle , Kathryn Beiter, Sasha Novosel; (Front Row) Kelsey Johnson, Jacob Fox, Clayton Brodfuehrer, Kate Whittle, Audrey Dick, Madeline Caudill
Crescent Hill 6th-8th Silver Medal Recipients: (Back Row) Annabel Crush, Abigail Bitner, Maggie Hunsucker, Lemlem Hutcheson, William Gunn; (Front Row) Gracie Riddle, Justin Gilbert, Elijah Montgomery, Ann Driggs