On April 5-6, fourteen members of the Ridgeview Latin Club joined students from fourteen other schools at the 64th annual Colorado Junior Classical League State Convention at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. In addition to fun activities such as Olympika and a showing of Clash of the Titans, the convention included a variety of competitions at the individual, team, and club levels.
Individually, our students performed extremely well in these events, receiving 20 first-place awards and bringing home 80 awards for top five placings! Additionally, two of our students received Individual Achievement Trophies in overall sweepstakes (Rachel M. and Kellen H.). Only ten of these trophies awarded to the field of over 250 competitors!
In the much-anticipated Certamen competition (a Jeopardy-style quiz game), the Lower and Upper teams performed admirably, with the Upper team advancing to the finals. In the final competition, the upper team (3rd, 4th, and 5th year students) returned home with a hard-fought 3rd place. Upper team members included William C., Kellen H., Hannah H., and Rachel M.*; earning 5th place, lower team members (1st and 2nd year students) were Aljazi A.*, Andrew A., Sarina B., William D., Luci G., and Nicholas Z. (* denotes the captain on each team).
At the club level, Ridgeview performed extremely well. In addition to winning the overall spirit trophy for large chapters, we earned the 1st place trophy in the preconvention spirit contest (entry compiled by Rachel M. and Aljazi A.), which is based on the many activities we do as a club throughout the year. We also placed 1st in the medium-size Catapult competition (led by William D.) and 3rd in scrapbooks (created by Rachel M.).
As a result of our high placings in these individual, team, and club events, the Ridgeview Latin Club was named overall state champion and awarded the spirit trophy. We are extremely proud of all of our students for their dedication and enthusiasm for the study of Latin!The next level of competition for these young people will be the National Junior Classical League Convention from July 23-28 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. For more information on this event, see www.njcl.org