Over 1500 students of Latin and Greek from 33 states, the United Kingdom and Ontario, spent July 25-30 in Richmond, Kentucky, competing at the 58th Annual National Junior Classical League Convention. A Colorado delegation of 17 students and two sponsors attended. Eleven of the students were from Fairview HS. This year's convention theme was: "bene legere saecla vincere" which translates to "To read well is to conquer the ages." - Isaac Flagg, 19th Century Classicist
Leading the delegation were Latin teachers Lynn Gibert of Fairview and Jesse Vader of Cherokee Trail. Each day began with breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and ended with Call to Rooms at 12:45 a.m.
"It is an exhausting, but exhilarating pace," noted Katt Bragg, a junior at Fairview.
Students read, write, speak, and breathe Latin for the entire week. They take tests in Latin and Greek language and culture, compete in Performing Arts and Graphic Arts events, as well as Olympika contests. Students also attend a variety of interesting Colloquia and compete in a quiz bowl competition known as "Certamen" (pronounced care-tah-men). Each day there is a General Assembly with Spirit contests for small, medium, and large states. Students at the convention dress for various themed days such as Post it to the Purple and Gold (NJCL colors), Kentucky Fried Classics, and A Day in Old Rome.
Fairview High School Student Top Prize Results
Kathleen Bragg: 4th in Sight Latin, 5th Essay, 8th in Modern Myth, 9th in Dramatic Interpretation Poetry Girls, 1st in Acrylic/Oil, 10th in Handmade Dolls, 3rd in Colored Ink, 3rd in Promotional Poster, 3rd in Sculpture, 6th in Textiles,
Viktor Brown: 7th in Costume
Janet Chen: 10th in Latin Mottoes Level II, 3rd in Oratory, 6th in Essay
Mattie Clos: 1st in Poster, 5th in Sculpture,1st Promotional Poster
Arnica Kalk: 2nd in Sculpture, 5th in Small Models
Hannah Longstaff: 6th in Creative Arts
Mary Rhodes: 1st place in Black Ink, 1st in Latin Greeting Cards, 3rd in Colored Ink,
7th in Latin Cartoons
Meena Wainwright: 13th in Roman Life Level III
Mary Rhodes of Fairview, who won 13 first place ribbons at the Colorado State Latin Convention, was awarded a $300.00 scholarship to attend Nationals.