SCDS Latin Club wins multiple state championships

Summit students walk through spirit tunnel while holding new trophies

Summit junior Ryan Burns and senior Julia Dean lead the Latin Club into Flannery Gym for a state championship celebration. The club earned another state championship after finishing first in Overall Points at the 2019 Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) Convention March 8-10 in Columbus.

Continuing a tradition of excellence, The Summit Country Day School’s Latin Club earned another state championship after finishing first in Overall Points at the 2019 Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) Convention March 8-10 in Columbus. 

It was the fourth time in the last five years and eighth in the last 10 that The Summit has claimed the top spot at the convention.  

Summit students won 18 first-place awards in various categories. Also, The Summit’s Intermediate and Novice Level certamen teams won state championships. Certamen is a Jeopardy-style trivia game of Latin facts. Summit finished second in Total Per Capita Points and fifth in Academic Per Capita Points. 

“The Summit Latin Club’s high level of performance is an indicator of consistent effort on the part of the students,” says Rich Wilson, Head of School. “I’m sure a big reason that we have so many students in the club is that our Latin teachers develop activities that make learning fun and foster a sense of community. In the process, learning about the classics – the language, the history and the mythology – develops a higher level of modern day cultural competence among our students. We’re proud that they aim high every time they compete.”   

The Summit sent a delegation of 41 students to compete in tests, performances, art projects, a talent show and other aspects of Latin culture to showcase their knowledge. Students also participated in general assemblies, a toga banquet, elections and a service project. More than 500 students and 100 teachers, adults and college students represented 23 Ohio schools in the competition. 

Altogether, Top point earners and first-place winners were: 

  • Jimmy Fraley, freshman, Covington, 146 points. Jimmy finished second in overall points and finished first in Mythology Test, Roman History Test, Bead Mosaic and Multimedia. He finished fourth in creative arts. He also finished in fourth in the Academics tests with two first-place finishes and seven top-8 finishes. 
  • Irene Calderon, freshman, Hyde Park, 122 points. Irene finished third in overall points and first in Derivative Test, Pentathlon Test, Reading Comprehension Test and Vocabulary Test. She finished second in the Academic tests with four first-place finishes and five top-6 finishes. Irene finished 10th in Graphic Arts. 
  • Nicholas Stanis, eighth grade, Miami Township, 78 points. Nicholas finished seventh in overall points and finished first in Mythology Test. He finished ninth place in the Academics tests with a first-place finish on one test, second-place finishes on two tests and six top-10 finishes. 
  • Kendall Richard, freshman, Oakley, 66 points. Kendall finished 11th in overall points and took first place in Bead Mosaic.  
  • Anna Catherine Sansalone, freshman, Hyde Park, 62 points. She finished first in Illustrated Children’s Book and fourth place in Graphic Arts.  
  • Jackson Campbell, seventh grade, Hyde Park, 57 points. 
  • Kathryn Sullivan, junior, Morrow, 50 points.  
  • Ryan Burns, junior, Dry Run, 46 points. 
  • Maliah Bricking, junior, Sharonville, 43 points. 
  • Abby Almaguer, freshman, Loveland, 36 points. Abby earned first place in Poetry. 
  • Julia Dean, senior, Mount Washington, 31 points.  
  • Connie Nelson, junior, Hyde Park, 29 points. Connie earned first place in Drawn Chart and Drawn Map. 
  • Jennifer Sullivan, freshman, Morrow, 29 points. 
  • Alek Stanisic, seventh grade, Hyde Park, 28 points.  
  • Erin Devine, sophomore, Indian Hill, 27 points. 
  • Michelle Chen, junior, Anderson Township, first place in Bead Mosaic. 
  • Elizabeth Fahrmeier, sophomore, Dry Run, first place in Illustrated Quote Poster. 
  • Mike Hall, junior, Maineville, first place in Pottery.  
  • Beckett Schiaparelli, senior, Mason, first place in Photography. 


The state champion certamen Novice Level team included Wali Khan, Sam Parker, Alek Stanisic and Nicholas Stanis. The Intermediate Level team included Irene Calderon, Jimmy Fraley, Kendall Richard and Jennifer Sullivan. 

The Advanced Level team of Maliah Bricking, Ryan Burns, Julia Dean and Connie Nelson finished second.  

Projects that earned an “Excellent” award are: 

  • Commercial, which Connie Nelson edited. 
  • School Banner, a group project that Kendall Richard led. 
  • The Summit Newsletter, which Maliah Bricking edited.  

Summit students and teachers were also leaders at the state convention, upholding another longstanding tradition. Summit students have held offices every year for the past 21 years.  

Julia Dean ended her tenure as 2nd Vice President. She oversaw statewide community service projects and helped with convention contests. This was her fourth year on the Executive Board. At this convention, she was elected Parliamentarian of the Ohio Senior Classical League (OSCL), the college student organization that supports the OJCL’s activities. 

Ryan Burns completed his tenure as the Cincinnati Service Coordinator. He organized regional service activities. At this convention, he was elected President of the OJCL. He is the sixth student at The Summit to serve as the organization’s top officer. 

Tullus Dean '17, now a student at Xavier University, completed his duties as the Secretary of the OSCL. He registered all college students in attendance and kept minutes of the OSCL meetings. At this convention, Tullus was elected President of the OSCL. 

Summit Latin teacher Lisa Mays ’05 completed her first year as the State Chair of Students. Ms. Mays and Upper School teacher Larry Dean lead the Summit’s Latin Club.