HJCL poses at the zoo.

HJCL hits halway mark

Homestead's Junior Classical League has tackled a semester of hard work and dedication in hopes of placing high at state competition. After finishing second in Sweepstakes last year, the overall category, the group of students are determined to top that accomplishment by winning a grand prize trophy.
During the Halloween time, the Latin club volunteered at one of city's biggest attractions, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. Throughout the weekends of October, families had the opportunity to take their children trick-or-treating onsite. Festively dressed up as Romans, members worked at several stations to hand out candies such as PixiStixs, LaffyTaffys and Nerds.
The stations were playful and interactive for the kids. One spot had a treasure-chest filled with corn kernels, and trick-or-treaters had to reach in to see what treasures they would find.
Along with the Wild Zoo Halloween event, HJCL assembled small mythology candy bundles. The fun craft included a Smarties, a story about the wise Minerva and arrogant Arachne and a spider ring. These creations were handed out at members' houses.
The club also attended Indiana Fall Latin Day at Herron High School, the organizations first statewide gathering. The informative day provided advice and ideas for the upcoming competition year. Workshops explained major factors like publicity and art competitions.
A mock-certamen game was played as well. Certamen is a buzzer-game, similar to Jeopardy, where questions pertaining culture, grammar and mythology are asked. Before state convention, the state will hold two certamen invitationals, one of which will be held at Homestead High School.
Herron High School performed "The Greeks in the Beginning" play and a catapult contest was held too. In the contest, HJCL finished second.
For the holiday season, members volunteered at Barnes & Noble for a couple of days to gift wrap. During these session, members would complimentary wrap any items the shoppers would like.
Throughout the year so far, members have been publicizing the club through banners, flyers, decorations, radio announcements and more. These actions will all go towards the Publicity Contest, in which the club won first last year and fourth in the entire nation.
Certamen practices have been consistently held every week at the school for those who plan on competing at the invitationals and state convention as well. Local club officers have been brainstorming for more events to perform in the community too.
With the road to state convention half over, HJCL will work diligently to end the journey stronger than ever.

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HomesteadJCL says ... on Monday, Dec 31 at 12:02 PM

HJCL hits halfway* mark

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