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Volume v Issue 2

Table of Contents Letters



winter board meeting +OFFICER UPDATE

path to the state convention

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Atascocita High School Convention: March 3 Certamen: February 3

Houston and Southeast Texas

Ronald Reagan High School San Antonio and Convention: February 24 South Texas Certamen: February 23


Nota Bene!

Area Conventions Fort Worth Country Day Convention: February 24 Certamen: February 24

Dallas and Northeast Texas

Palo Duro High School Convention: February 24 Certamen: February 24

Amarillo and Northwest Texas

Anderson High School Convention: February 24 Certamen: February 23

Austin and Central Texas


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Convention Updates & OFFICER CANIDACY

Salvete amici! I hope you’re doing well. I’ve had an amazing time preparing for the state convention with your other state officers. As you prepare or complete your area convention, I wish you the best of luck in all of your pursuits. I would like to personally invite you to attend the state convention this year. For those of you who will attend your first state convention, ask your teachers, ask your friends, and/or ask me about the countless memories we have made at convention. One of the most amazing aspects of the TSJCL is that people from everywhere around Texas can find at least one time when a ludi, classical civilization, or academic contest has given them an unforgettable memory. For the many others who will attend the state convention for the 2nd, 3rd, or 5th time, I promise you that you will experience brand new events this year. This state convention, we have completely new ludi competitions as well as a service project to donate socks to the less fortunate and a spirit competition at our final general assembly. Anyone interested in the new Illustrated Quotations or Cartoons Ludi Contests can find the rules at As another new event, we have added a service opportunity for everyone interested in helping the homeless. Led by your 1st Vice President, Isabella, the service project will allow us to collect the socks that you bring and attach handwritten, heartwarming notes to donate. Near the end of the convention, we will have an exciting Spirit Competition for you to experience a part of the JCL love. With all of the new additions, I have not even mentioned the hundreds and hundreds of absolutely amazing students and people that you will have the chance to meet and become friends with. As a closing message, I want to encourage you to take on the state convention adventure as part of this year’s moto: Non progredi est regredi. I look forward to seeing you April 13th and 14th at Naaman Forest High School in Garland!5

Hunter Liu TSJCL President

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Salvete, omnes! The Junior Classical League is a one-of-a-kind organization that sparks enthusiasm in hundreds of students nationwide. Holding a state officer position provides one with the opportunity to give back to the TSJCL by working with a great group of JCL members just like you, who are passionate about the Junior Classical League. If you are willing to work hard and are passionate about the JCL, I encourage you to run for TSJCL office for the 2018-2019 school year and become an active part in shaping the future of the TSJCL. The state office of 2017-2018 Historian has recently been vacated, and we’d love to have qualified, passionate students apply! The appointed candidate will assume the role of the 2017-2018 Historian. Those interested in applying should email me ( expressing interest. Talk to your sponsor and make sure they’re on board with sponsoring a state officer. Fill out 2017-2018 Nominations Form for Appointed Officers on the TSJCL website or email me to receive a copy. This form will be due March 9, 2018; you can scan and email it to me. The officer positions for 2018-2019 include President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Outreach Coordinator, Historian, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Editor, Webmaster, and Area Chairpersons. Outreach Coordinator is a new officer position this year and holding it would mean making TSJCL history by being the very first student to hold that office. If being a state officer sounds appealing to you, don’t hesitate to email me at to learn more! I’ll be sending emails regarding the application/ election process in general, as well as more detailed information pertaining to the office you are interested in. You can also find specific information about each office and what the position entails in the TSJCL bylaws, which can be found on the TSJCL website. I’d love to answer any questions you have about each officer position and/or the election/ appointment process. Don’t hesitate to email me, as it is not binding; you can change your mind at any point! You can also find the addresses of the current board members on and contact them directly; they’d love to answer any specific questions about their experience on the board. It’s important to make sure that your sponsor is on board with sponsoring a state officer. All sponsors need to be aware that they have a student considering running for office. To run for an elected office, fill out the 2018-2019 Nominations Form that can be found on the TSJCL website and in the State Convention registration packet. This form will be due March 21, 2018 and you can scan and email it to me. If you’re interested in an appointed position (Parliamentarian, Webmaster, Editor, Treasurer), your application will be due after State Convention. You’ll fill out the 2018-2019 Appointed Officer Application form, which will be on the TSJCL website after State Convention. I encourage anyone who has an interest in running to visit the website and speak with your sponsor about this incredible opportunity. Please email me with any questions you have throughout this process. I look forward to hearing from you!

Sheridan Hardy TSJCL Parliamentarian

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Winter Board Meeting


he TSJCL Annual State Convention is a time for classics students all over the state of Texas to converge for competition, colloquium, and camaraderie. However, planning an event with such a large scope requires a dedicated capable of overseeing such a process— from preparing food and allocating rooms to preparing rules and ordering awards to be presented at the end of the festivities.

This unique job is carried out by the student members of the TSJCL, in particular Event Coordinators Ethan Durand and Parker Buckles. They, and the rest of the Board, met last January at the site of the convention, Naaman Forest High School in Dallas, to make final preparations. As a staff member accompanied the officers through the facility, details were accounted for like colloquium speakers, event spaces, and countless other amenities needed to ensure a smooth experience come this April. Despite the intense effort, the TSJCL State Convention is always a rewarding experience for its participants.

To see additional photos of the state Convention preparations, please see pages 6-7. Top: President Hunter Liu with 1st and 2nd vice President Isabella zou and carl quist MIDDLE: TXSCL officerS BOTTOM: the board outside Naaman forest

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Officer Update A nEW treasurer


fter the departure of Karen Valdez from her position as TSJCL Treasurer, the board appointed Abigail Ostmo as new Treasurer. Taking up a position mid-year is not easy, but Ostmo had an idea of what the job entailed.

New TSJCL Treasurer abigail ostmo, Photographed by historian emma buechler at the winter board meeting.

“Karen actually went to my school. We all knew that she was Treasurer and my teacher, Ms. Wenzlaff, told us that her position was open,” she said. Ostmo took on Karen’s previous responsibilities with ease— drawing on her previous experience as her school’s Latin Club Treasurer. She is looking forward to the rest of the year on the board. “I get to write a lot of checks, that’s pretty cool.”



ast Fall, TSJCL Historian Emma Buechler photographed the 2017-2018 board members for display on the website and for publication in Torch. Two officers, however, were not present at that meeting: Convention Coordinator Ethan Durand (left) and Area D Chair Sariah Williams (right).

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The Path to the State Convention Naaman forest high School April 13, 2018

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Tandem... New Ludi Events!

1. Illustrated Quotations All pieces should be hand drawn and illustrate a recognizable Latin quotation from an original Latin source. The Latin quotation must appear on the project, all quotations must be flat, and must not exceed a standard poster board of 22 x 28 inches or a standard foam board of 20 x 30 inches. The JCL reserves the right to use the illustrated quotation for publicity purposes.

2. Cartoons

All entries must be matted (no longer than an inch) and may be either a single panel no larger than 6 x 6 inches or a strip no longer than 4 x 8 inches.

Colophon Torch is the official publication of the Texas State Junior Classical League, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to the study of the classics in the modern age. Copyright Š 2018, all rights reserved. Reproduction whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. Questions or comments? Email the Editor Spencer Allan at

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Profile for Texas State Junior Classical League

The Winter TORCH 2018  

TORCH is the official publication of the Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL).

The Winter TORCH 2018  

TORCH is the official publication of the Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL).