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!