OJCL Torch Winter 2019 | Page 6

An OJCL Worth Remembering OJCL President Grant Bruner, Sycamore “And forever we’ll hold to the purple and gold of the Junior Classical League.” It’s hard to imagine that I attended my first OJCL convention 5 years ago at the Columbus Convention Center. The memory is still fresh. I had begged my sponsor, Mr. Torlone for weeks to take me along with the experienced cohort of older high school students. Unfortunately, I realized just a few weeks before that I had to present at the University of Cincinnati Science Fair at the same time. In the end, I sprinted out of the Science Fair and encouraged my dad to break a few traffic rules on the 1½ hour trip to Columbus. It was well worth the rush. Within minutes of settling into my room, I was whisked away to a troupe of Sycamore students taking photos in front of an entirely-too- muscular Arnold Schwarzenegger statue and running around a round table in a cavernous ballroom following a senior holding an empty bag of beef jerky. It was a joyous two days that I won't soon forget. But, alas, here I am approaching my last OJCL convention as a JCLer. I don’t think it has really set in yet that this is one of the last times that I will be able to cram for tests in an overcrowded Columbus hotel, watch my peers and best friends make fools of themselves for Spirit competitions or compete in a high-stakes Certamen semifinals match. I also have to start my goodbyes to so many good people that I have met along the way. It's not