MERENS/Meritus/Merita Awards: Recognizing Teachers of the Classics

The American Classical League's Meritus/Merita Awards are intended to recognize sustained and distinguished service to the Classics profession generally and to ACL in particular.

2023 Recipients

Ronnie Ancona
Nava Cohen
John Gruber-Miller
Mark Pearsall


Previous Recipients


A candidate must have been an ACL member for at least five years (and, unless retired, be a current member) and a current or retired teacher of classical languages or classical humanities, broadly defined, at any level K-12 or college/university. In the case of extraordinary contributions to ACL and the Classics profession, persons who have not been Classics teachers may be considered. Current members of the ACL Board of Governors are not eligible. Nominators must be members of The American Classical League.


Up to four recipients will be selected each spring by an awards committee consisting of teachers at the elementary, middle-school, high-school, and university levels. Recipients will be recognized and their awards presented by the ACL President at the annual ACL Institute banquet.


The required nomination form is available below.  This form contains instructions on how to complete the form and submit the nomination. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 1. **DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 1**. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the committee chair Ian Hochberg at

Nomination Form

The American Classical League

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