WARSAW — Drake “Truber” Swartzentruber, graduated last year from Warsaw Community High School and is now a fine art and entertainment illustration major at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Vindac, an app Swartzentruber created, was recently released on the Apple App Store.
Swartzentruber has always enjoyed studying languages. In elementary and Middle school he studied Koine Greek with Grace College Seminary instructors Brent Sandy and Dan McNamara. In eighth grade he created a flash game called Koine Crazy teaching Ancient Greek grammar. Swartzentruber was introduced to Latin in the gifted and talented program with Maria Babanskyj. He continued Latin studies with secondary instructor Renatta Erwin.
Latin language education is more important than just spells for Harry Potter movies. Latin words and roots make up half of our vocabulary and is an effective way to study English grammar. It is the root word for science, theology, logic, law and government. It is the language of western civilization
The app allows users to cast Latin preposition spells by gesture at your barbaric foes from atop Hadrian’s Wall. Set in ancient Roman Britain, the kinetic, visual,and interactive properties of Vindac will have you mastering twenty-five essential Latin prepositions. Learning Latin prepositions through this educational video game allows for a dynamic, powerful learning experience that simply can’t be met by flashcards. Vindac features digitally painted Northumbrian settings and historically accurate characters.
The original music was commissioned by Drew Tomasik. Drew is a member of the Ball State University Fanfare Trumpet Ensemble and a fellow Warsaw High alumni.