Torch: WI Spring 2022

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Meet the Board Letter from the Editor State Convention State Testimonials Scire Communitates National Classics Week Wisconsin Chapter Photos Latin Derivatives Crossword WJCL Announcements


Meet the Board

Ilia Mikhailenko PRESIDENT

Sonia Zacharias FIRST VP

Hena Allaqaband SECOND VP

Thomas OByrne



Abby Horwitz TREASURER


Charlie Hieb HISTORIAN

Abhinay Reddy HISTORIAN


Krish Sharma TECH CO

Mona Khosla EDITOR

Letter from the Editor Salvete omnes! My name Is Mona Khosla, and I am so excited to be your WJCL editor for the next year. A big thank you to everyone who submitted to the Torch this Spring- I could not have done It without you! This publication of the torch features a new segment called Scire Communitates. I have always loved the JCL community, and the Torch has always served to strengthen the bonds we have as a state chapter. I hope that this new segment can grow In the future and share the community feeling throughout the WJCL. Enjoy Reading!

Mona Khosla


STATE CONVENTION! State Convention was a success! Local Wisconsin chapters were able to return back In person at Madison for a full day packed with classics related activities.


State Testimonials Convention was a really fun experience for me because I got to participate and win in certamen with my team, and I also got to meet a lot of new people. Taking the tests was really fun because after the last virtual year we got to go back and compete as a school. - Riya Singh (Brookfield Academy) Convention was very nice; super fun. Even though it was one day, all the officers made it really enjoyable! I’m super excited for next year’s Convention! - Abhinay Reddy (WJCL Historian) Convention was fun, I guess. - Hannah (Brookfield East)

Convention was great! Although it was much shorter in comparison to the usual multi-day Convention, I had really missed all of the spirit and fun that comes with in-person Convention. I was able to meet so many people, make a multitude of friends, try new things, and introduce newer members to their first in-person Convention! - Karishma (Brookfield East)

At first when I heard convention was only one day I was pretty upset, but even though I had to wake up at 4 in the morning to drive to Madison it was better than another year on Zoom. - Hena Allaqaband (WJCL 2nd VP)

I had a great time with all my friends doing Latin-related things and I also enjoyed meeting other kids from different schools with similar interests as myself. - Charlie Hieb (WJCL Historian)

Invigorating; spectacular; the BEST experience of my entire life! - Emily (Brookfield East)


Scire n u i t m a t m e o s C to know the community! Spring Questions: 1. What is by far the most exciting activity your chapter's Latin club executes? 2. What is/are the best classics-related joke(s) of your chapter? 3. What food item do you feel embodies the classics and why?

Brookfield East 1. For every Saturnalia, our chapter makes chocolate dormice! These desserts (not the original Roman stuffed dormice), made from Oreos, maraschino cherries, melted chocolate, Hershey’s Kisses, and almonds are a hit among both new and returning members every year! 2. Brookfield East's classics jokes! We love Grumio. Live laugh love Latin. A Roman walks into a bar. He asks the bartender, “Can I have a martini?” He gets his drinks. “Two? I only asked for one!” (Explanation: martini is plural!) 3. Peacock embodies the Classics because Grumio carried it on his head (CLC Book 1). WIne truly embodies the Classics, because in Ancient times everyone was drinking it (and became very drunk: Grumio ēbrius est). Plums embody the Classics. Latin is a purple language. Furthermore, the JCL colors are purple & gold. Finally, purple is a very vibrant and deep color that displays lots of emotion.


Wauwatosa West 1. During our Saturnalia festivities, we have food and fake wine (sparkling juice (grape)). We also have our lord of mischief, they created a lot of mischief and ended up drinking a whole bottle of sparkling juice. In preparation for the WJCL convention, most of our chapter helped to create our banner. It took 3 days, and lots of hard work. 2. We are the Tosa West Trojans, and we have been horse free for 3,719 years. 3. Wine/grape juice, it has been around for a long time, yet hasn’t changed all that much.

Brookfield Academy 1. Everyone’s favorite activity that BA Latin Club runs is hands down Martia Mementia, or March Madness. Almost every year, our latin club runs a school-wide basketball tournament. Students pile into the gym to watch teams of 4 battle in mini games. Everyone is cheering and yelling, and it is always a blast for everyone involved. Another classic BA Latin Club event is Where’s Pegasus Wednesday. During the Wednesday of National Classics Week, our latin teachers hide a small Pegasus stuffed animal around the building, and students race to find it. I was lucky enough to win last year, and I still have my “I found Pegasus” button in my backpack. 2. One of the most iconic BA Latin Club jokes is the story of the lost buttons. At state every year, BA Latin Club sells buttons; you may have heard the phrase, “1 for 1, 6 for 5!” At NJCL Convention, though, BA is responsible for bringing the buttons for the WJCL to sell at Agora. Well, some years ago at the 2018 NJCL Convention in Miami, Ohio, 2 infamous BA students lost the buttons at Nationals. The story has become a favorite amongst the upperclassmen of our latin club. If you were wondering, the buttons were found. 3. I would say bread. You may be wondering why I would pick such a bland and boring food item, but bread was a quintessential part of Roman life. However, this bread was not the same loaves of white bread we eat today. Bread was a large part of meals in Rome, and in 140 B.C. a law was passed to provide poorer citizens with grain. Juvenal coined this “panem et circenses,” or “bread and circuses.”


Homestead 1. Obviously, we have the most fun at state but we usually always hold a gingerbread contest around Christmas where we create Roman structures. 2. Homestead's classics jokes! Semper obi sub ubi (always where under where) “Latin isn’t dead, its just Roman around” 3. Peacocks because they were the centerpiece of a Roman Cena and were eaten by as gourmet delicacy. Olives and wine are also a huge staple when you think of the Classics.

DSHA 1. The most exciting activity we do in the DSHA Latin Program is our house competitions. As latin one students, we are randomly sorted into houses based off of those in the Harry Potter series. Each semester we compete for house points through bringing latin connections or winning kahoots in class etc. At the end of the semester, the winning house gets an ice cream party, and Magistra Stone decorates the class in the colors of the house. 2. Our chapter loves to joke about the poetically ambiguous wording of authentic latin, especially the latin fours. 3. A cheese board as a whole represents the classics. Cheese boards seem to be ornate yet sophisticated and mature. The classics seem to embody these same characteristics.

Thank you for submitting to Scire Communitates! Don't forget to submit questions and responses to participate In the next Issue of the Torch!


National Classics Week Service Project: Highway Cleanup

Tuesday: Classics Bingo Contest


Wednesday: Roman Trivia 1. What’s the name of the first complex sewer system in the world located in Rome? a. Cloaca Maxima b. Circus Maximus c. Aquaductus d. Cloacum Maximum 2. What was Rome's seaport, located at the mouth of the Tiber River? a. Herculaneum b. Pompeii c. Ostia d. Brundisium 3. Last but not least: How many birds did Romulus see the night before he killed his brother? a. 0 b. 12 c. 6 d. 11 4. What percent of the Roman population were plebians? a. 90% b. 55% c. 36% d. 98% 5. How old was Caeser when he became a consul? a. 13 b. 56 c. 35 d. 41 6. The Ancient Romans ate almonds True or False. a. True b. False 7. Which Roman spectacle drew the largest gathering? a. gladiator battles b. mock naval battles c. chariot racing d. wrestling 8. What was the average life expectancy, in years, of an Ancient Roman? a. 20-30 b. 30-40 c. 40-50 d. 50-60

Trivia Answers: A, C, B, A, D, A, C, A


Thursday: Rome's Birthday Cake Baking Contest Kristina Pfankuch's hydra cupcake (Catholic Memorial High School)

Hena Allaqaband's Birthday Cake for Rome (Brookfield Academy)

Friday: Roman Meme Contest

Brookfield East's memes

Saturday: Photo Submission Contest


Chapter Photos!


Latin Derivatives Crossword

Across: 3 engage in conversation. 4 firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. 6 a tube-shaped sac attached to and opening into the lower end of the large intestine in humans and some other mammals. 9 trustworthy and reliable. 10 a ruler with total power over a country, typically one who has obtained power by force. 12 a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation. 13 a combination of statements, ideas, or features of a situation that are opposed to one another. 14 withstand the action or effect of. 16 a weight hung from a fixed point so that it can swing freely backward and forward, especially a rod with a weight at the end that regulates the mechanism of a clock. 17 a formal charge or accusation of a serious crime. 19 a regular payment made during a person's retirement from an investment fund to which that person or their employer has contributed during their working life.

Down: 1 showing a great deal of variety; very different. 2 insisting or demanding something; not allowing refusal. 5 the action of spending funds. 7 a thing predicted; a forecast. 8 something, typically money, awarded to someone as a recompense for loss, injury, or suffering. 11 a book or electronic resource that lists the words of a language (typically in alphabetical order) and gives their meaning, or gives the equivalent words in a different language, often also providing information about pronunciation, origin, and usage. 14 move backward. 15 temporarily prevent from continuing or being in force or effect. 18 have objective reality or being.


WJCL Announcements Next board meeting: June 18th at Brookfield Academy, 12 PM

NJCL Convention: July 24-30 at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Pre-Nationals picnic: Time and place TBD for all Nationals attendees