Spring 2018 · Torch:U.S. · State Updates
The time has finally come; the Arizona Junior Classical League State Convention is here! Students from around the state and, even Nevada, too, are coming together on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 03, 2018. On Friday, the pre-convention fun is dining on traditional food then trying to “Escape the Room!” for a “Revolt in the Senate” activity. In addition, during convention there will be academic testing, Certamen, ancient Roman dormice, gladiator fights, Myth Pictionary, a build your own weapons station, impromptu art, mosaic making, sports such as “Ares’ Roulette Game” and “Neptune’s Water Wars,” and other contests. Furthermore, we will also be having two service activities at state. The first is in memory of Magistra Manley, a beloved Latin teacher who inspired hundreds of students. To honor her, we will collect supplies needed for cats for the Arizona Humane Society. Secondly, we are conducting “Project Linus” which is JCL members making fleece blankets for kids in need. This service project will provide kids who are seriously ill or traumatized with the warmth and comfort they deserve.
Ashlynn Robinette, Arizona JCL President
The California Junior Classical League has been quite busy as of late. We have hosted two regional conventions: Southern California Regional Amici Madness (SCRAM for short) in the South and Ludi in the North. Both of these conventions were quite successful, with SCRAM pulling in more than 1000 delegates. The board has planned for the qualifying round for Competitive Certamen at state convention to be held simultaneously on March 3 in two locations, one in the North of the state, the other one in the South. The nine best scoring teams at
each level will go on to compete at our State Convention, which will be at Menlo High School
from April 13th to 14th and which is expected to have at least 1500 delegates. As well, our convention will host a variety of events athletic, academic, and artistic, as well as numerous entertainments, including a reproduction of the escape room at nationals, now with easier versions for Latin novices.
Valete from the Golden State, where 65 Degrees Fahrenheit is unusually cold.
Peter Bota, Nuntius Californiensis
Since the last Torch, the Florida Junior Classical League remained active as always. Across the state, Regional Fora took place in late January and early February. FJCLers studied hard for their tests and started their preparations for our annual State Forum, which will take place in April. With the help and coordination of FJCL Regional Leaders, students
attending Regional Fora also engaged in service, writing cards and encouraging messages for hospitalized children. In total Florida wrote over 350 cards! The FJCL will continue with service and chapter engagement as we approach State Forum in April.
Kiki Schmalfuss, Florida JCL Historian
Satellite JCL spends their Valentine's Day writing Valentine's to children in the hospital. Photo: Taylor Roheen.