By Ann Nguyen
Every year in early to mid March, LJCLers and LSCLers alike swarm to the hive: Holiday Inn - South on Airline Hwy in Baton Rouge. This year, convention began with the Ides of March and continued through to the 17th.
LSCL had lots of fun moderating Academic Testing and Certamen, judging Graphic Arts, sequestering students for Creative Arts, running and DJ-ing Olympika, and putting on a spectacular That’s Entertainment which featured an appearance from the Ionas Fratres and some Ides of March Madness playoff coverage. We also hosted a lovely SCL/Slasher Ice Cream Mixer, where we added new members to our LSCL colony.
From creating an American Ninja Warrior-level obstacle course to debuting our first single, “Year 753 (B.C.E.),” LJCL Convention was a buzzing success! But we couldn’t have done it without our 18 amazing SCLers coming in from across the state and country. Special thanks to our fabulous guest-CL, Kristina Mihajlovic, for dropping by to say hello and sing the NSCL Song with us.
We can’t wait to all get together again for Nationals!
Congratulations to our newly elected board:
President - Jacob Summerville, Southeastern Louisiana University ‘21
Vice President - Clare Plunket, Louisiana State University ‘21
Secretary - Ann Nguyen, University of Southern California ‘22
Treasurer - Christin Chachula, Louisiana State University ‘23
By Jason Long
Salvete omnes! We hope you enjoyed your visit to NJCL Convention in Ohio as much as we enjoyed hosting you. Our sixty-ninth annual convention was from March 9th to 11th. The theme was from Catullus V: “Soles occidere et redire possunt.” We had 25 OSCLers in attendance, and gained 21 slashers at this convention. Below are some highlights from our weekend in Columbus.
Two new committees were created for our chapter’s merchandise and website respectively. We held a fundraiser for The Sportula, a scholarship fund for Classics students, and donated $100. We won the only Ludi event held at OJCL conventions, napping. Now OSCL President, Tullus Dean, was a celebrity, especially in the eyes of our state’s biggest delegation, who is Tullus’s biggest fan. We introduced Queen of the Day at our convention for the first time. Congratulations to our winner, Bob McDonald.
Check out more photos from our convention on the Gallery page of our website.
By Susie Szymanski
The 66th Annual Indiana Junior Classical League State Convention was held March 8 and 9 at Indiana University, Bloomington. The ISCL had a tremendous time getting together to serve the IJCL, and the chairs, teachers, and chaperones were grateful to have them back.
In attendance were Kristina Mihajlovic, Mary Marshall, Kathryn Szymanski, Rebekah Maddack, Ryan Sizemore, Emily Fender, Casey Akers, Alex Rettker, Cameron Rachford, Emma Poor, Sara Schumacher, Skyler Sheck, Susie Szymanski, and the ISCL sponsor Tony Martin. Together, they helped with testing, certamen, That’s Entertainment moderating, and creative arts and graphic arts judging.
The newly elected 2019 – 2020 ISCL board consists of:
President: Susie Szymanski,
Vice President: Cameron Rachford,
Secretary: Emma Poor,
Treasurer: Skyler Sheck,
Parliamentarian: Casey Akers, and
Historian: Alex Rettker.
ISCL member, Rebekah Maddack, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for her work as assistant Academic Chair and Modern Myth judge. Bekah has been a member of the ISCL for eight years and is earning her master’s degree at Lincoln Christian University.
When reflecting on her 8th state convention, ISCLer Kathryn Szymanski says, “Even though I don’t know the answers to certamen questions, I still enjoy coming back. It’s fun to see the IJCLers try new contests each year and be proud of themselves.”
After this convention, the members of the ISCL have many new ideas and a vision for next year!