Some Chariot Racing, to get you primed for Classics Academy Night in Morristown

 

On Thursday, June 5, 2014, Morristown High School’s Classics Academy will strut its stuff, sharing projects by elite students who have spent the year searching for links between Antiquity and modern life.

The presentations start at 6 pm and we enthusiastically recommend them.

To put you in the mood, here are video highlights from last month’s Chariot Races at MHS.

Well, highlights might not be precisely accurate. Year 13 of this popular competition proved decidedly unlucky–suggesting that the Latin Club may want to spend more time studying Roman engineering.

The winning student-designed chariot, Fac IdĀ  (that’s Latin for Nike’s Just Do It slogan), won because, in the words of sophomore builderĀ Ben Edwards, “It didn’t fall apart…that definitely helped us in the long run.”

AND THEN THE WHEELS FELL OFF... One of five chariots that wiped out in 2014 Morristown High competition. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

AND THEN THE WHEELS FELL OFF… One of five chariots that wiped out in 2014 Morristown High competition. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Five of six chariots did fall apart. But if anyone had mounted a challenge, Team Fac Id was ready with a secret weapon: Caecilius. This textbook character, painted on the front of the chariot, was primed to spit a stream of “blood” at anything in its path.

Hey, like the Velites said, it never hurts to Be Prepared.

Our thanks to MHS broadcasting students Matt Prusso and Darren Gong for this rough-and-tumble video.

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SECRET WEAPON: 'Caecillius' spits 'blood' at anything in its path, as student John Montfort mans the controls. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

SECRET WEAPON: ‘Caecilius’ spits ‘blood’ at anything in its path, as student John Montfort mans the controls. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

'DO IT!'  Team Fac Id, winners of the 13th annual MHS Chariot Races. From left: Builders John Montfort and Ben Edwards, and track stars Matt Napoleon and Matt Anders. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

‘DO IT!’ Team Fac Id, winners of the 13th annual MHS Chariot Races. From left: Builders John Montfort and Ben Edwards, and track stars Matt Napoleon and Matt Anders. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Another entry that fell short in the 2014 MHS Chariot Races. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Another entry that fell short in the 2014 MHS Chariot Races. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

HOMESTRETCH: Students have best seats in the house for the 2014 MHS Chariot Races. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

HOMESTRETCH: Students have best seats in the house for the 2014 MHS Chariot Races. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Latin teacher Mark Gutkowski calls the action, while students Darren Gong and Matt Prusso capture the video. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Latin teacher Mark Gutkowski calls the action, while students Darren Gong and Matt Prusso capture the video. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Chariot falls by the wayside at the 2014 MHS races. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Chariot falls by the wayside at the 2014 MHS races. Photo by Kevin Coughlin



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