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Latin classes transcend language

Unveiling artistic treasures at the DIA

The Grosse Pointe South Latin Club recently went on a field trip to the DIA (Detroit Institution of Art). Students were able to see ancient art ranging from the Roman-Latin era to Native American Art dating back 10,000 years. The club’s field trip lasted the entire day because of how much art there was to see. The DIA is the fifth largest Art institution in the USA.

“I take all of the Latin classes to the DIA every year,” Latin teacher David Smith said. “Every time I attend the DIA, I always find something new because they constantly add new sections and expand.”

It’s not only the art that the field trip offered. The Latin class also went to the brand-new movie theater that was put up to stream short films about the DIA and the history of some of the works in the building. With the addition of a one-and-a-half-hour movie, it made sure that are class was never bored in the museum.

“After lunch Mr. Smith let us have options on what are class wanted to do,” Miles Meldrum ’26 said. “Are class could either go watch a film in the movie theater about Latin art or are class could keep exploring the museum and look at more paintings”.

The reason why the DIA is a Latin field trip is because they have the most Latin Art in the midwest and the section of Latin art was 3 complete floors of different artists. There are hundreds of different artifacts and paintings that are part of the Latin curriculum.

“I plan to take all my classes to the DIA in the future,” Smith said. “Not only is it a break from school for the students, but it makes them better prepared for Latin, seeing all the different paintings at the DIA.”

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Matthew Hamilton ’26, Copy Editor
On the surface, Matthew Hamilton ’26 is your average teenage boy. His life is prioritized around sports, video games and occasionally sports card trading. Getting an inside look into the life of Hamilton, we can observe that he is far from average. As a future member of the Save the Lakes club and also of the Latin club, he thrives in helping others and communicating. Hamilton also enjoys writing, which is why he joined Tower.“During Honors Journalism, teamwork and communication made me understand how important those two essentials mean,” Hamilton said. He also wants to thank Honors Journalism for making his writing skills better than ever. Matthew appreciates the time that he spent in Honors Journalism and he is so excited to be a first year staffer.

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