Summit Latin club attends NJCL Convention

Student holding trophy

Irene finished first in Drawn Charts, Colored Pencil, Drawings and Sculpture. She took second in Dolls, Pastel Drawings and Ink Drawings and third in Greek Derivatives, Reading Comprehension, Charcoal Drawings, Jewelry, Pottery and Watercolor Drawings. She won first overall in Graphic Arts and eighth in Overall Points out of the more than 1,000 students who attended the conference.

The Summit Country Day School Latin club students accrued six first-place finishes at the 2019 National Junior Classical League (NJCL) Convention July 25-31 at North Dakota State University, attended by 1,400 students, teachers, adult chaperones and college helpers.

Sophomore Irene Calderon, Hyde Park, earned first-place finishes in Drawn Charts, Colored Pencil, Drawings and Sculpture. Sophomore Kendall Richard, Oakley, won the Mosaics category. Senior Connie Nelson, Hyde Park, took the top spot in Traditional Photography. 

Two Summit students were recognized at the General Assembly for their performance on the National Latin Exam in March. Senior Ryan Burns, Anderson Township, and Irene earned perfect scores on the exam, an accomplishment less than one percent of students who take the test achieve. Ryan was also honored for his continued excellence on the exam for earning his fourth-straight gold medal. 

Class of 2019 graduate Julia Dean won a $4,000 NJCL scholarship for demonstrating excellence in the classroom and dedication to the NJCL. 

Kendall won a Best of Show Award for her mosaic depicting Echo and Narcissus. Her project was one of just five to earn the coveted award.

She joined Irene and sophomore Jimmy Fraley, Covington, on the Ohio Intermediate certamen team that qualified for the semifinals and finished eighth in the nation.

In addition to her first-place awards, Irene finished second in Dolls, Pastel Drawings and Ink Drawings and third in Greek Derivatives, Reading Comprehension, Charcoal Drawings, Jewelry, Pottery and Watercolor Drawings. 

She won first overall in Graphic Arts and eighth in Overall Points out of the more than 1,000 students who attended the conference.

“Irene worked extremely hard throughout the year and summer to achieve these amazing results,” Summit Latin teacher Larry Dean said.

The Summit sent a delegation of 11 students, two teachers and one recent graduate. Top placers were:

•    Ryan Burns, senior, Anderson Township. Ryan finished 17th in Latin Grammar and Latin Vocabulary. 

•    Irene Calderon, sophomore, Hyde Park. Irene finished first in Drawn Charts, Colored Pencil, Drawings and Sculpture. She took second in Dolls, Pastel Drawings and Ink Drawings and third in Greek Derivatives, Reading Comprehension, Charcoal Drawings, Jewelry, Pottery and Watercolor Drawings.

•    Julia Dean ’19 finished third in Classical Greek and 10th in Mythology. 

•    Jimmy Fraley, sophomore, Covington. Jimmy finished ninth in Mythology and 10th in Classical Art.

•    Elsa Khan, senior, Mason. Elsa finished 13th in Hellenic History.

•    Wali Khan, freshman, Mason. Wali finished 27th in Mythology.

•    Ethan Lam, eighth grade, Anderson Township. Ethan finished third in Classical Art, eighth in Games and 10th in Mythology.

•    Connie Nelson, senior, Hyde Park. Connie took the top spot in Traditional Photography, finished second in Drawn Maps and ninth in Impromptu Art.

•    Sam Parker, freshman, Loveland. Sam finished 24th in Mythology.

•    Kendall Richard, sophomore, Oakley. Kendall won the Mosaics category and finished ninth in Latin Literature. 

•    Nicholas Stanis SMS’ 19  finished 10th in Hellenic History.

As part of a longstanding tradition, Summit students and teachers have held offices every year for the past 21 years.

Ryan is the Ohio Junior Classical League president, putting him in charge of all state meetings and state activities. It’s the sixth time that the president has been a Summit Latin student. 

Julia is the parliamentarian of Ohio Senior Classical League (OSCL), the college organization which assists the NJCL at its conventions. Her brother, Tullus ’17, is the president of the OSCL.

This was Mr. Dean’s 21st convention. He has served as the OJCL Certamen Coach for 20 years. Fellow Latin teacher Lisa Mays '05 is in her second year of a three-year tenure as the OJCL Chair of Students. In this capacity, she serves as mentor to all the student members of the Executive Board and oversees all the activities of the OJCL.  

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