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The Florida Junior Classical League was very busy during this first semester with a statewide event hosted by the officers and a variety of state service projects. The FJCL’s second annual Fall Forum took place on Nov. 19 at Winter Springs High School. JCLers from across Florida’s eight regions went bananas! for the chance to meet up together before state convention in the spring. Since September, schools had been practicing their cheers for the ‘banana dance challenge’ to get pumped for Fall Forum (Check out the videos on the FJCL Instagram!). Fall Forum was a great opportunity for FJCLers to join forces in such activities as the mannequin challenge, a statewide service project, ludi, and another butchering of the JCL song. This event featured the encouraging of competition and the fostering of brotherhood, bringing together students from across the state.

The Fall Forum service project consisted of making blankets for Project Linus, an organization that provides handmade blankets to critically ill children. FJCLers stopped by the service room all day to help tie blankets together while catching up with friends. FJCLers also enjoyed ludi events such as Pool Noodle Horseback Racing, Discus Toss, and a classic game of Bellum Aquae.

However the FJCL certainly wasn’t dormant the rest of the semester. With aid from the FJCL Regional Leaders under the leadership of Vice President Collin Kane, the FJCL worked hard to embrace the JCL spirit and to give back to their communities. In October, clubs participated in a statewide book drive to distribute to those with less access to supplies as the school year started up. Continuing on to the month of November the FJCL worked to feed the hungry, pooling together to provide roughly 370 meals for those less fortunate in the north Florida area. Capping off the month of November FJCLers participated in Project Linus at Fall Forum and had both fun and great success. In the month of December regions and schools held their Saturnalia parties where FJCLers contributed to Toys for Tots drives and several other region specific service opportunities while celebrating the traditions of the classical world.

2016 was filled to the brim with fun, spirit, and service in the FJCL, we can’t wait to see what 2017 holds!

back to their communities participated in a statewide book drive to distribute to those with less access to supplies as the school year started up. Continuing on to the month of November the FJCL worked to feed the hungry, pooling together to provide roughly 370 meals for those less fortunate in the north Florida area. Capping off the month of November FJCLers participated in Project Linus at Fall Forum and had both fun and great success. In the month of December regions and schools held their Saturnalia parties where FJCLers contributed to Toys for Tots drives and several other region specific service opportunities while celebrating the traditions of the classical world.

2016 was filled to the brim with fun, spirit, and service in the FJCL, we can’t wait to see what 2017 holds!

Collin Kane FJCL Vice President

FJCLers snuggling up with their newly created fleece tie blanket for Project Linus.

PC: Sumer Sao

FJCLer pool noodle horseback riding

PC: Sumer Sao, FJCL Historian

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Winter 2016-2017 Torch U.S State Reports