HJCL poses with awards after State Convention.

Students win 2nd at State competition

Homestead High School's Junior Classical League (JCL) headed down to Indiana State University, Terre Haute to compete in the 60th annual Indiana State Convention against schools throughout the entire state on March 15-16.
The two-day convention consisted of graphic arts, creative arts and academic testings, which all would be accumulated to determine the Sweepstakes Award, an overall category. The Latin club finished second, an impressive and hard-earned placing.
Apart from competition, the students' agenda also included a Roman banquet, a pizza party, a Rent-a-Roman ( mock "slave auction") and Ludi(games/activities).
Michelle Bonahoom led the state delegation as the 2012-2013 state president. Former Homestead Latin club member, Christina Peters, made an appearance to give a presentation about Classical perceptions and treatments of mental illnesses.
The 1st and 2nd year teams won their respective divisions in certamen, a Latin form of Jeopardy where a reader asks questions pertaining mythology, grammar, vocabulary, etc.
Alicia Cuellar and William Ngo led the Homestead delegation to a second consecutive win in Delegate Spirit. Spirit consists of timed 15-minute sessions where each school may chant and cheer to emit enthusiasm and charisma.
The school won second in publicity, amassing over 10,000 points throughout the year as well. The primary purpose of publicity is to spread the word of the club and gain awareness of evident Roman influence in the world today.
JCL took home a plaque and first place ribbon for their Community Service Award. Earlier this year, the students visited Lutheran Children's Hospital, where they read and enacted mythology stories. Afterwards, they created crafts and played games with the children patients. Also as a team, the club won second in Helen Wampler Spirit, determined by the amount of projects done within the school building.
The club newsletter, Forum Factorum, created by William, won first place. Courtney Delacuesta and Courntey McGrew's scrapbook earned 1st place as well.
HJCL won well over 100 top five awards altogether. William won a handful of ribbons, ultimately earning him an Individual Graphic Arts trophy.
After 25 years of dedication and headship, club sponsor Kathy Adair attended her last competition due to her retirement at the end of the school year.
Despite the end of State, this would not be the last level of competition for several members. During the summer, the National Junior Classical League Convention will be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Some have chosen to attend that week-long event, where they will represent Indiana against other states.

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