Congratulations to Jasmine Zhang ’23, recipient of Lawrenceville’s 2022 Delmas Award! The Delmas provides a grant to an outstanding Third or Fourth Form student of either Latin or Greek who wishes to continue his/her studies in Greece or Rome through a summer program. Established in 1997, the award is funded by the Gladys Krieble Foundation on behalf of Lawrenceville Trustee Emeritus Dr. Patricia Labalme.
The award will support a trip to Italy, with an itinerary and research goals designed by Zhang and Language teacher Scott Barnard. It will offer her “the opportunity to follow her curiosity and engage with the past outside of the classroom in ways that COVID has reminded us are unique and essential,” Barnard explained. “It's a chance for students to take their passion and their learning and apply it to legacies that run deep into the past and connect ancient and modern people.”
Zhang was selected out of a very competitive pool of applicants, according to Barnard, because her “passion for and ever-deepening curiosity about Classical antiquity.” In her award application, Barnard said, Zhang “wrote about the particular pleasure she takes in studying Roman women because (with only a few rare exceptions) so much of what we understand about them is filtered through the eyes of Roman men. She is particularly keen to travel to Italy so she can become immersed in Roman material culture (statues, paintings, murals, etc.), many of which can tell us things about the daily life of Roman women that surviving texts simply cannot.”
Zhang was introduced to Latin through a short, seventh grade course which, she said, she really enjoyed. “I decided to give the actual [Lawrenceville] course a chance, and I've been studying Latin ever since,” she stated.
The Delmas-supported trip, Zhang said, seems like a “milestone in [her] journey of studying Latin.”
“I've always wanted to travel to Italy, and being able to go to Rome, in particular, is very exciting for me, as it is an opportunity to see (in person) the historical places I have learned about in the classroom these past couple of years,” she said. “I'm very excited to continue learning and researching on this trip to Rome. I'm also very grateful for the input and help of Dr. Barnard regarding this award, as well as his overall guidance in my Latin class this past year.”
For additional information, contact Lisa M. Gillard H'17, director of public relations, at email@example.com.