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April 22, 2013

Madison Central Junior Classical League celebrating National Classics Week

RICHMOND — The Madison Central Junior Classical League will join classics students and enthusiasts across the country to celebrate the rich history and legacy of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome.

A full week of activities began Saturday with Madison Central’s JCL hosting a Classics Family Fun Day at the Madison County Public Library’s Richmond branch.

Activities included story time with Roman mythology, a Roman fashion show, a peek at the Roman military and its use of catapults, Latin and mythology found in Harry Potter and crafts.  The was rounded out with a session of Toga Yoga.  

Activities continued with Mythology Monday for which students wore a costume to represent a Greek or Roman myth. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes.

Activities for the remainder of the week will include:

• True Colors Tuesday — Because the official colors of JCL are purple and gold, students were encouraged to wear those colors to school. After school, students were to tie-dye clothing.

• Toga Walk Wednesday — After school, toga- and tunica-clad students will walk from Madison Central to Main Street where they will visit Babylon Mediterranean Grill for a taste of the modern mediterranean world.

• Toga Toga Thursday — Students are encouraged to wear a toga and/or tunica throughout the school day.

• Classics Fever Friday — Students will wear JCL or Latin/Greek related clothing.

“While National Classics Week offers a specific time to celebrate the classics, MCJCL members and Latin students celebrate their love and study of the classics throughout the year,” said Bari Conder Clements, MCHS Latin teacher and JCL sponsor.

The Madison Central JCL has participated in community events such as Second Sunday at Battlefield Park, Richmond’s Halloween Hoedown and the Glenn Marshall Elementary Fall Festival. Latin students also sent Valentine cards to Kenwood Rehabilitation Center this year.  

Madison Central Latin students also have the opportunity to compete with other students across the state and even across the country in a wide variety of academic, artistic and athletic events.

In early February, 22 Madison Central JCL members, along with their sponsors, Clements and Lucianne Junker, attended the Kentucky Junior Classical League convention in Louisville.

Students who placed in competitions included:

• AP Latin: Aaron Hull, seventh in Latin vocabulary, ninth in reading comprehension; Jeremiah Hudson, sixth in Roman history, ninth in derivatives; Katie Fisher, first in impromptu art, ninth in mottoes and abbreviations

• Latin III: Ronnie Hoover, second in Roman Life; Mark Ciocaa, seventh in Roman life, ninth in reading comprehension; Madi Miller, fifth in Roman life, 10th in mythology

• Latin II: Robby Allen, second in Roman life, seventh in mottoes and abbreviations; Desiree Johnson, ninth in reading comprehension

• Latin I: Jessie Hart, fourth in Roman Life, seventh in derivatives; Jamey Van Dyke, ninth in Roman life

In addition to competing, students participated in workshops with guest speakers from the University of Kentucky and local high school teachers, general assemblies, spirit contests, a dance, and the election of state officers.

Parker Householder, a junior at MCHS, was elected state JCL technology coordinator for 2013-14.  He will be responsible for building and maintaining the Kentucky Junior Classical League website, www.kyjcl.org.

On March 14, 55 MCHS Latin students took the National Latin Exam, along with more than 100,000 students from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain, Japan and other countries. Twenty-two MCHS students earned awards for their success on this test.

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