The 4th place Publicity contest trophy

Homestead wins 4th nationally, NJCL 2012

Three students represented Homestead Junior Classical League at the National Junior Classical League week-long convention this summer at Wake Forest University, NC and brought home the 4th-place award for publicity. The students attending were Michelle Bonahoom (Indiana JCL president), Rachel Klein, and David Landrigan.
The three boarded a bus with 38 other Indiana members and headed off to North Carolina. Including stops at Dollywood amusement park and the Smokey Mountains, the bus ride lasted a total of three days.
The publicity chairs for Homestead JCL who created the publicity submissions are Alicia Cuellar and William Ngo. Cuellar and Ngo amassed 15,963 publicity points by posting JCL banners around the community, facilitating community service projects, and handing out a variety of fliers to students and the general community. Homestead JCL had won the first-place publicity award at the 2012 Indiana Junior Classical League convention prior to competing at the national convention. The HJCL scrapbook, created by Courtney McGrew also won 7th place nationwide.
The purpose of the publicity award is to keep Latin and the Junior Classical League, the largest academic student organization of its kind in the world, in the public eye. Many people are unaware of the vitality of Latin programs throughout the nation, and the publicity projects focus on the various uses of Latin in the modern world.
One of the projects created by Cuellar and Ngo involved a Roman scarecrow/pumpkin display and facilitators in togas at the annual Zoo Halloween event.
Another activity was a mythology story and craft time for children at the local library; and later in the year, the club held a coloring contest and presented a mythological play at Barnes and Noble.
In addition to the publicity contest, students at the national convention participated in Olympika events, academic tests, certamen (Latin quiz-bowl), a Roman banquet, oratory contests, graphic arts contests, and various colloquia.
Michelle Bonahoom, the current IJCL president, led the Indiana delegation through the week’s events. In its 25-year history, Homestead JCL has sponsored nine of the last 19 state presidents and one national president, as well as dozens of other state officers. This year’s national president of the NJCL is Caroline Tucker, a former state president from Park Tudor School in Indianapolis.

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