Logan Park High School pupil Tuhin Baucus reminds himself
of the difference between Pantheon and Parthenon. Photo by
For the past few days, Tuhin Baucus has been repeating
the same thing, over and over: ''The Pantheon is in Rome, the
Parthenon is in Athens''.
It is a small fact the 16-year-old Logan Park High School
pupil will never forget after incorrectly answering a
question about it and missing out on a 100% score in the 2014
American Latin examination.
''The question was, 'what famous building is on one of the
major hills in Rome?'
''I confused the Pantheon in Rome with the Parthenon in
''I guess I read it wrong. It was a silly concentration
''That question will stick in my mind forever - I won't get
that wrong again.''
More than 19,000 pupils from 18 countries sat the exam and
Tuhin scored 39 out of 40, putting him in the top 1%
The New Zealand average was 32 out of 40, and the United
States average 31.
For his efforts, Tuhin received a gold medal and a summa cum
laude (with greatest praise) certificate.
Tuhin was proud of his achievement, and said he could chuckle
about it in hindsight.
''It's exhilarating. I don't really know how to explain how I
feel about it.''
He has been studying Latin for the past five years to foster
his love of languages.
''It's the language of the ages, the classical world.
''With it, you can learn a raft of languages. Most of the
Western languages like Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese
and English are derived from it.''
It is also useful in facets of science - a field in which he
hopes to forge a career.