Latin Students Bring Home Awards from Illinois Junior Classic League


Valley students competed at the 49th Annual Illinois Junior Classical League convention in Itasca, Ill.

Valley students competed at the 49th Annual Illinois Junior Classical League convention in Itasca, Ill. Each year students attend state and national conventions to learn about Latin language, Greco-Roman culture and the influence of both on the modern world.  Students compete individually in various academic contests such as reading comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, Greco-Roman history, and Latin and English oratory.  Students also submit pieces in a wide range of graphic arts contests like 3-D art, 2-D art, computer enhanced photography, and handicrafts.  Students highlight collaboration in team competitions of certamen (trivia game), school spirit and creative roll call. Valley students receiving awards were:

Senior Kat Hemken, second place Handicrafts
Junior Lily Koufer, fourth place Handicrafts
Sophomore Brianne Tuttle, third place Costume Contest
Sophomore Lexi Brennan, second place Reading Comprehension
Sophomore Abby Pepin, fifth place Reading Comprehension
Sophomore Catherine Leafstedt, fourth place Mottoes, Quotes and Abbreviations
Abby Pepin and Lexi Brennan, fifth place Latin Sight Reading

The Illinois Junior Classical League is a branch of the National  Junior Classical Association for junior high and high school students sponsored by the American Classical League.  Its purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome to impart an understanding of the debt owed by our own culture to that of Classical antiquity.

The IJCL board and co-chairs invited the West Des Moines Community Schools Latin program and Latin Club to attend their state convention in the fall of 2010.  The convention is hosted annually in February and since 2010 students from Valley High School have been the sole representatives of Iowa at the Illinois convention.

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