The OJCL Torch Fall 2015 | Page 3

Fall 2015 Dominating at Convention By Sara Zandvakili, OJCL 2nd Vice President, Indian Hill School is in session. Latin Club is meeting. But is anyone actually thinking about dominating convention yet? For those who attended NJCL Convention at Trinity University, the desire for success in the JCL becomes very apparent when sitting at the awards assembly patiently waiting to hear your name within the long list of artists, scholars, actors, and athletes. And don’t pretend that you’ve never heard the same name repeated in every category (ahem, Lindsey Dierig and Joseph Delamerced) and wanted to do as well as those people. All JCLers want to dominate, and it is a realistic goal! But how do you dominate? The answer is simple – Graphic Arts! You may be wondering, “How do I win Graphic Arts?” That answer depends on the person. Most JCLers find their category niche and stick to it, whether it is a costume or a large model or a pencil drawing. Some JCLers do every category and hope for the best. However, all successful JCLers share one common trait: the drive to work hard. I’m sure you have a lot going on as a Latin scholar, especially around OJCL Convention, so you need to start convention projects early! Although it may seem tempting to leave them off for winter break (or even the night before convention), anyone you ask will definitely suggest starting now. After all, tempus fugit. Before you know it, we’ll be closing state convention with another awards assembly, this one filled with your name. Make a Difference Day By Bradley Katcher, OJCL Northwest Gubernator, Westlake As the Ohio Junior Classical League is a servicebased organization, it is important to realize the activities that we do as an organization for the betterment of the community. For about 15 years, the OJCL has actively participated in Make A Difference Day. Past events have ranged from canned food drives to trash pick-ups, nursing home visits to charity fundraisers, etc. Each Gubernator plans a service project on a date around Make a Difference Day in order to help get OJCLers involved in community service. This year MADD takes place on October 24th, but each Gubernator can pick a date around this time that works best for everyone in their region. You may hear experienced OJCLers refer to this event as MADD. Here’s a little history about the idea of MA