Torch:U.S. Winter 2016-2017 - Page 8

The Wisconsin Junior Classical League has been hard at work since nationals. Local chapters have taken classically-themed field trips, held fundraisers, done service work, promoted the classics in their communities, and hosted events for their Latin clubs. Additionally, the Wisconsin Certamen program is alive and well, as exemplified by WJCL teams’ excellent performance at the Yale Invitational in November. In a field including schools from across the country, Wisconsin teams made the semifinals at each level, and one took first place in the advanced division. Currently, the WJCL is eagerly anticipating state convention, which will occur in Madison from Jan. 26th to 28th. Hundreds of delegates will compete in graphic and creative arts, academics, Certamen, and spirit; candidates will vie for nine positions on the WJCL board. Wisconsin has had an incredible 2016, and we look forward to reuniting at state convention!

Margot Armbruster WIJCL Editor

Wisconsin

The Advanced A team from Brookfield Academy in Wisconsin smiles after winning the Yale Certamen Tournament in November. Photo by Jeffrey Chang.

Since nationals at Indiana University, Ohio has been busy keeping the classics fervor going in these past few months. We’ve had three Make a Difference Days (MADDs) of service in each of our regions. In the North and South MADDs, led by Gubernators Blake Himes and Julia Dean, OJCLers had the opportunity to help with local parks, cleaning up the Horseshoe Lake Park and California Woods Nature Preserve. In the Central Ohio MADD led by Gubernator Aquila Simmons, JCLers helped to prepare food for a Thanksgiving Day pantry event. In addition, the OJCL executive board worked hard to set its first ever Fall Forum into motion, giving Ohioans a day of Latin activities including certamen, academic tests, colloquia (with discussions about running for office, service in the OJCL, and the sharing of other creative ideas), along with a Thinking of You Project for the Cedar Village Nursing Home, a taste of what both state and national conventions are like. Furthermore, our state has hosted 4 local certamina at Moeller High School, Fall Forum, University of Cincinnati, and Miami University, along with the publishing of the Fall Edition of the Torch. Moreover, Treasurer Kelly Thaxton began the OJCL grant program for local chapters “in their efforts to expand their club, provide service to their community, or any other financial reason that they see fit for this grant.” The OJCL has been hard at work in the new school year post-nationals, and hopes to continue through the winter season in preparation for the state convention in February!

Lynn Ahrens, Ohio JCL editor

Village Nursing Home, a taste of what both state and national conventions are like. Furthermore, our state has hosted 4 local certamina at Moeller High School, Fall Forum, University of Cincinnati, and Miami University, along with the publishing of the Fall Edition of the Torch. Moreover, Treasurer Kelly Thaxton began the OJCL grant program for local chapters “in their efforts to expand their club, provide service to their community, or any other financial reason that they see fit for this grant.” The OJCL has been hard at work in the new school year post-nationals, and hopes to continue through the winter season in preparation for the state convention in February!

Lynn Ahrens OJCL Editor

Ohio

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Winter 2016-2017 Torch U.S State Reports