Fargo North Latin students propose ND Latin motto

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group of Latin students at Fargo North High School wants the North Dakota Legislature to adopt a Latin motto for the state.

It is "Serit ut alteri saeclo prosit," (SARE'-it ut AL'-tur-ee CY'-cloh PRO'-sit). In English, it means "One sows for the benefit of another age."

The North Dakota House's Government and Veterans Affairs Committee endorsed the idea after a hearing Thursday. The full House will vote on it later.

North sophomore Erin Stangeland says the motto is adapted from a quote by the Roman philosopher Cicero. She says it "reflects the essence of North Dakota in five short words."

David Volk is the students' Latin teacher and a former North Dakota teacher of the year. He calls the saying "the most appropriate mission statement" for North Dakota.