Five Summit students attended the virtual National Junior Classical League (NJCL) convention July 24-29. Originally scheduled to be at the University of Richmond, all aspects of the convention were converted so that the students could compete from home.
Maddie Mescher ’25, Mia Rahner ’23, Abby Almaguer ’22, Irene Calderon ’22, and Jimmy Fraley ‘22 submitted videos of themselves competing in the creative arts, photos of their graphic arts projects, took academic tests through Google Forms and competed against other states in Certamen via Zoom.
Mia Rahner won fourth place on the Level 1 Reading Comprehension test and her portfolio of art earned a Magna Cum Laude distinction. Abby Almaguer’s portfolio earned a Cum Laude and she served as parliamentarian of the Ohio delegation, leading the state’s voting caucus. Jimmy Fraley won fifth place on the Level 3 Geography test, his Modern Myth earned a Summa Cum Laude, and he competed on Ohio’s Upper Level Certamen team. Jimmy also served in his capacity as OJCL secretary, taking minutes at all of Ohio’s fellowship meetings. The Vox Latina, Summit’s Latin Club publication, placed sixth in the nation and was edited by Abby Almaguer and Irene Calderon.
Irene also competed on Ohio’s Upper Level Certamen team and placed on two academic tests, earning fifth place on Level 3 Mottoes/Quotations/Abbreviations and third on Level 3 Greek Derivatives. Additionally, Irene’s art portfolio earned Magna Cum Laude. Appointed as Ohio Junior Classical League’s (OJCL) Editor earlier this summer, Irene ran for and was elected to be the 2020-2021 NJCL Editor. As a national officer, Irene will be responsible for creating and editing the national publication of the organization, The Torch. “She ran a great campaign, highlighting the Middle School and Lower School versions of the Ohio Torch that she created,” said Summit Latin Teacher Lisa Mays.
Although not present at the virtual convention, Ryan Burns ’20 was awarded the Renata Motiu scholarship, endowed in honor of a Latin teacher from Michigan who was part of the NJCL for 33 years.
Lisa Mays continued to serve in her capacity as OJCL State Chair of Students, advising the OJCL board as they led the Ohio delegation through the various activities and competitions.