So What Is Certamen Anyway?

Certamen (from the Latin certamen -inis meaning contest or struggle) is a Classics-themed quiz bowl. It is a game, testing team members' knowledge of subjects like grammar, derivatives, literature, history, culture, and mythology.

Every year, WSHS's certamen teams (Latin I, Latin II, Advanced) have the opportunity to compete at several local competitions, the Regional Forum, and the State Forum. We have even had students attend the warm-ups for determining the Florida teams that compete at the National Convention.

Certamen offers an opportunity for ambitious students to compete together. It's bunches of fun (especially when you win). If you are interested in playing on one of the teams, come Friday after school to 6-203, ask a current member, or ask Mr. Robie in class. We would love to have you!

Upcoming Competitions

JUST ANNOUNCED! Jacksonville Certamen (Saturday, September 27th at Paxon School)

Orlando Certamen (Saturday, November 22nd at Winter Springs High School)

Regional Latin Forum (Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at Winter Springs High School)

State Latin Forum (Thursday, April 9th - Saturday, April 11th at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive and Sand Lake Road)

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Information from Previous Years

January 12th, 2013
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The Paxon/St. John's Country Day tournament is fast upon us!

Date: Saturday, October 13
Place: St. John's Country Day School, Orange Park, Fl (near Jacksonville)
Departure: Leave WSHS 7:45 am [Meet in front of the school at the flagpole.]
Return: 7:00 pm [This is the estimated latest possible time we will be back at the school.]
Cost: $30 (covers the cost of the school bus, the registration fee, and the lunch fee for pizza) (cash or check made out to Winter Springs High School)

You must have a current medical release form and field trip form to participate.
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Documents pertaining to this event are below. We will be taking a SCPS bus driven by a SCPS driver.
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SECOND CERTAMEN OF THE YEAR: November 10th, 2012 @ Winter Springs High School! Details forthcoming....

ORLANDO Area Certamen!

Winter Springs High School and Trinity Preparatory School cordially invite you to their jointly sponsored certamen tournament to take place at Winter Springs High School on November 10, 2012. Play will start at 11:00 am with finals around 4:30 pm. Lunch of pizza and soda or water will be provided. The cost will be $14.00 per team. This includes registration, lunch consisting of two slices of pizza and a drink, and copies of the questions e-mailed after corrections have been made. Schools not attending that want to purchase a copy of the questions for $5 per set after the event should contact Daniel Robie at You must bring one chaperone for every ten students. There is no charge for the required chaperones. Extra chaperones, SCLers, or students hoping to join mixed teams are $4.00 each. We will try to accommodate students who want to play and who have no team, but we can’t promise.

And please be patient with us; this is our first time hosting such an event.

The planned schedule of the day:

Registration : 10:30 – 10:50
Level I Preliminary Rounds : 11:00 – 12:00
Lunch : 11:45 – 12:45
Latin I Semi-Finals : 12:00 – 12:25
Level II Preliminary Rounds : 12:30 – 1:30
Latin II Semi-Finals : 1:30 – 1:55
Advanced Preliminary Rounds : 2:00 – 3:00
Advanced Semi-Finals : 3:00 – 3:25
Finals (Level I, Level II, and then Advanced) : 3:30 – 5:00

Please inform all of your players that they should be present and ready to play at all times. We will begin rounds early if the play of previous rounds proceeds faster than scheduled.

There are 15 questions in each preliminary round and semi-final and 20 questions in the final rounds.

Syllabus: This competition will use the Yale Certamen syllabus by Ben VanGelder for question topic distribution categories and percentages. Visit for more information.

Please direct questions to Daniel Robie, Kyle McGimsey, and Carolyn Davidson (,,