Latin students earned top honors at the Texas State Junior Classical League (JCL) Convention, held April 22-23 at Atascocita High School in Humble.
Latin students from TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas earned top honors at the Texas State Junior Classical League (JCL) Convention, held April 22-23 at Atascocita High School in Humble.
The 26 TMI students who attended received multiple honors in academic tests. Highlights included: Lucas Prado made second place in Derivatives; Joey Kyle and Neely Stone earned third place in Roman History, as did Aaron Mills in Roman Life, Hope Westerman in Mottoes and Royya Osouli in Vocabulary. Samantha Dickie took fourth place in Classical Art, as did Peter Fera and Lucas Kirma in Dramatic Interpretation. Zachary Burgos received fifth place in Classical Art, as did Ryan Kyle in Latin Vocabulary.
All students at the convention also take the Pentathlon, a general Latin knowledge test. TMI students earning Pentathlon honors were: Ethan Arellano, Chase Blackwell, Zachary Burgos, Amanda Kyle, Joseph Kyle, Ryan Kyle and Jacob Saenger, summa cum laude; Bridget Lynch, Kyle Nevitt, Lucas Prado, Manaal Salman, and Neely Stone, maxima cum laude; Nyssa Brown, Lucas Kirma, Aaron Mills, Emmet Owen, and Audrey Zgardowski, magna cum laude; and Allison Dickie, Samantha Dickie, Peter Fera, Sebastian Flores, Joan Lewis, Royya Osouli, Jack Torpey and Hope Westerman, cum laude.
The Texas JCL convention was attended by more than 1,400 students from all over the state. “We are so proud of our TMI students for their outstanding performance among the state’s most talented students,” said Claudia Clark, TMI Latin teacher and JCL sponsor, “and we applaud their dedication to the classics.”
Formed in 1936, NJCL is the largest classical organization in the world, with a membership of more than 50,000 middle- and high-school students. JCL is the second-largest youth organization in the United States, after only the Boy Scouts. The JCL creed states, "We the members of the Junior Classical League covenant to hand on the torch of classical civilization to the modern world. We believe an acquaintance with the civilization of Greece and Rome will help us understand and appraise this world of today, which is indebted to ancient civilization in its government and laws, literature, language and arts."