Torch:U.S. LXVII Summer 2018 - Page 4


Summer 2018· Torch:U.S. · VOICES

A New Perspective

I wouldn’t be able to be writing this, teary eyed, thinking of my farewell to this organization as a JCLer, if it weren’t for you, incredible human beings, reading this right now, so thank you, NJCL, for an absolutely phenomenal year. One of the most amazing experiences I’ve had this past year was working with you. You’ve heard this a million times, but how weird is it that we’re bonded together by such an eccentric yet intriguing language? Anyways, back to the point. Since I’ve last updated you in the Spring Torch, I’ve debuted a cringe-till-death rap with my fellow NJCL officers, cried over horrendous dancing, experienced the vibrant city of New Orleans during Spring Planning, and put the finishing touches on my publication. I’ve finished awarding points for Currency (shout out to all of my loyal webmasters for submitting every month, even if it was nanoseconds before the deadline) and drooling over the extremely aesthetically pleasing digital creations that JCLers have submitted. I wear my memento of GJCL convention, a Simply Southern shirt with a huge “y’all” on the back in sheer PCD and an attempt to diversify myself. Shout out to Georgia as well for an absolutely phenomenal convention that’s outdoors (super fun) with a legion that comes to sell armor and ancient Rome related items! Also, they have chariot races. Anyways, sorry I can’t help but fangirl a little. Every month I’ve kept up with my webmaster/coding training (hit me up if you want to take part!) and learned so many things from state and local webmasters. My guide that has been in the works for a long time has really allowed me to connect with officers I otherwise totally fangirled over and looked up to. It’s been an incredible year, and I can’t wait to see you all in my home state for national convention!

E corde,

Lynn Ahrens

2017-2018 NJCL Communications Coordinator

Run for Office!

I hope you all had a great end to your school year! With the end of state convention season, nationals is coming up very soon! Mr. Webb and I have been hard at work recruiting candidates for this year’s elections. I’m sure many of you have read the Campaign Corner, but if you haven’t, please check it out at for election information and campaign advice. Several candidates have prefiled, but I would definitely love to hear from more of you! We’re definitely aiming for state of emergencies this year. If you or anyone you know might be interested in running for national office, please do not hesitate to contact me​ via email at! It’s been an honor to serve this amazing community, and I’d love to see y’all serve on next year’s board.

With JCLove,

Sarah Lee

2017-2018 NJCL Parliamentarian

Pictures, Please!

Salvete amici! These past few months have been busy for us all. I really enjoyed seeing pictures from your State Conventions all over social media-- it looks like you all had a great time. Also, I certainly hope that you enjoyed National Classics Week as much as I did!

As school years come to a close, excitement for Nationals is beginning to build. I would like to remind you all to reach out to Sarah at if you might be interested in running for National Historian this summer. Being on the National Board has been a wonderful experience, and I strongly encourage you all to consider running.

As for me, I spent a lot of time working on content for National Classics Week, continuing the Photo of the Month contest, and gathering photos and videos for the scrapbook and promotional video.

Please continue to send your photos and videos to your State Historians, so they can share them with me. I look forward to seeing you all very soon!


Ana Ohnersorgen

2017- 2018 NJCL Historian

See You Soon

Salvete, friends! Since the release of the Winter Issue, I, like the other officers, have kept quite busy. At Spring Planning Meeting in New Orleans, I had the chance to show the rest of the NJCL Officers around my home state. There, we filmed the Oscar-deserving promotional video for National Classics Week.

For National Classics Week itself, watching the outpouring of enthusiasm on social media was a delight, so thank you all! I would also like to thank all of you for the high caliber of submissions to the Local and State Publications Contests. Your work is incredible!

Since attending my final Louisiana JCL convention in March, I have said many goodbyes: goodbye to teachers, school, and more. However, this is not yet a goodbye! I cannot wait to see you all in July at national convention and end a surreal high school experience. Until that time, I hope this issue of the Torch stokes the fires of your JCLove; happy reading!

Jade Woods

2017-2018 NJCL Editor