Torch: U.S. LXVII Spring 2018 - Page 2

Torch:U.S. Policy

The Torch:U.S. is published four times yearly as the official magazine of the National Junior Classical League. Issues are published in fall, winter, spring, and summer. It is entered as third-class material from the Oxford, Ohio, Post Office. The ideas expressed in the Opinion section are the comments of the Torch:U.S. and its staff and should not necessarily be considered the policy of the National Junior Classical League, its officers, or the National Committee. Readers are encouraged to express their opinions on any subject relevant to the classics or JCL in the Voices Section. Your name and address or title must be included with your submission. All names will be published. Submissions may be sent to the editor or the advisor (see addresses to the left).

Photo Credits

Jade Woods, Jewel Woods, Mardy Kramer, Ryan Vinson, Kiki Schmalfuss, Jesse Hogan, Meredith Kendall, Helena Holland,, Steve Gentle,

Torch:U.S. Staff


Jade Woods


Kurt Ristroph

Marveling at Miami


2017-2018 NJCL Editor

"Ego vos hortari tantum possum, ut amicitiam omnibus rebus humanis anteponatis," Cicero wrote. "I urge you, as much as I am able, to place friendship before all human issues. The clock is winding down the days until we gather with our beloved JCL friends at the campus of Miami University for national convention. To get a brief glimpse of what Miami's stunning campus looks like, read on!

Exceptionally Ordinary Emperors

Pertinax. Didius Julianus. Hostilian. Numerian. Except for the certamenator or the enthusiastic student of history, these names jar only vague memories, if any. In this issue, learn about the Roman Emperors whom posterity has forgotten.


Junior Classical League Directory

NJCL Officers 2017–2018

President Mark Bechthold

First Vice President Timothy Han

Second Vice President Collin Kane

Communications Coordinator Lynn Ahrens

Parliamentarian Sarah Lee

Historian Ana Ohnersorgen

Editor Jade Woods

NSCL Officers 2017-2018

President Jack Godar

Vice President Grace McIntire

Secretary Alexandra Pasamihalis

Treasurer Drew Alvarez

Parliamentarian Thiru Vinayagam

Editor Laci Lisenby

Historian Susie Szymanski

National Committee 2017-2018

Chair, Public Relations/Membership Catherine Sturgill

Vice Chair, Contests, Academics David Jackson

Secretary, Communications Dobbie Vasquez

Contests, Olympika/SCL Kyle McGimsey

Contests, Digital Generosa Sangco-Jackson

Contests, Creative Arts Seth Knowles

Contests, Certamen William Lee

Convention Advisor Sue Robertson

Programs/Scholastic Services Sherry Jankowski

Constitutional Advisor Dennis Webb

Publications Kurt Ristroph

Administrator/Ex-Officio Sherwin Little

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