The National Junior Classical League Convention at Wake Forest University recently gave local students a chance to exchange ideas, hear noted speakers, participate in workshops, compete in academic, graphic arts, and creative arts contests and more.
Nearly 1,700 students attended the conference, including many from Matthews and Mint Hill.
The National Junior Classical League is an organization of middle and high school students sponsored by the American Classical League. It is comprised of local and state chapters and is the largest classical organization in the world. Its purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, according to the organization’s website.
At the convention, North Carolina as a state won first place in Digital Scrapbook, thanks to Master’s Academy club member, Sarah Rust; second place for increased membership; third place for total number of entries in the publicity contest; and fifth place for percentage of members entering the publicity contest. These awards were directly related to the efforts of Charlotte-area Latin students.
Area schools won the following national awards:
• Master’s Academy High School: Second place
• Master’s Academy Middle School: Fifth place
• Master’s Academy High School: 14th place
• Master’s Academy Middle School: 17th place
• Providence High School: 39th place
• Covenant Day High School: 55th place
• Covenant Day Middle School: 59th place
• Master’s Academy Middle School: Third place
• Master’s Academy High School: Fourth place
• Master’s Acdemy Middle School: Laura Schoeck – Dramatic interpretation fifth place; 50-yard freestyle swimming fifth place; scrapbook fifth place; maps third place
Joseph Stewart- Multimedia third place; 50-yard backstroke fourth place; 50-yard breaststroke fifth place; dramatic interpretation sixth place
• Master’s Academy High School: Ian Buchanan-Cates- Charts fourth place; Greek life and literature academic test level V+ – second place; top 15 on eight other academic tests and top 20 on three other tests; ranked 26th out of 1,675 students in academics.
Olivia Stogner- Costume- seventh place; scrapbook second place; Essay seventh place; ranked 26th out of 1,675 students for graphic arts
• Covenant Day High School
Eva Buchanan-Cates- Charts first place; Illustrated Quotes first place; Modern Myth fifth place; Latin Sight Reading sixth place; Costume, couples seventh place; Dramatic Interpretation ninth place; Reading Comprehension Poetry Academic Test ninth place; top 15 in 6 other academic tests; top 20 in 4 other academic tests; ranked 17th out of 1,675 students for creative arts and 20th for graphic arts
Kris Madden- costume, couples seventh place
National Creative Writing Awards (students not present at the convention):
• Caroline Wolfe- Master’s Academy, fourth place; Jarod Ritenbaugh- Master’s Academy eighth place
• 10th grade: Nicole Adams Master’s Academy, fourth place; Emily Jarrett- Covenant Day High School seventh place
• 11th grade: Corie Law- Covenant Day High School, first place
• 12th grade: Lane Baker- Covenant Day High School, second place