Articles for the Month of November 2015

Honor Society Service Project

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On October 31, the Greyfriars Honor Society spent 2 hours on a service project: spreading mulch for the headmaster.  While our club desires to serve the wider community through organizations like Matthews HELP center (food drive) and Operation Christmas Child, we also desire to serve our school community. Mr. McGowan, our headmaster, tirelessly serves the school. So we wanted to give back to him and his family. The combined force of 20 people (students, parents and siblings) reduced the massive pile of mulch in 2 hours. Several parents and students spread mulch and burned dead brush and logs while the others worked to load and move mulch between the driveway and the backyard. At the halfway mark, the students enjoyed Mrs. McGowan’s delicious cinnamon rolls as a treat. As president of the Greyfriars Honor Society, I am thankful that we had the opportunity to bless the McGowans with our work! [Post contributed by senior student Kaitlyn M.]

Junior Classical League Fall Forum



Four of the Greyfriars Classical Academy Latin Club members ventured to UNC-Greensboro this past weekend to take part in the NC Junior Classical League Fall Forum/UNC-G Classics Day.  There is nothing like 400 Latin students screaming about Latin at 9 am in the morning to wake you up and to make you realize that Latin is indeed something about which many NC Latin students are excited.  With this being our first experience at Fall Forum, we observed and took notes for the spirit competition at a state convention coming up in the spring.

Student officers from around the state presented seminars for others to learn about making JCL scrapbooks, running for a state office and other important items related to JCL.  Next the real fun started at Classics Day – Roman games, an archaeological dig, name writing in Greek, military reenactments, Olympika sports, gladiatorial contests and plays performed by UNC-G Classics students all came together to make for a very fun experience.

After a delicious lunch at the UNC-G dining hall, we set off to try our hand at Certamen (Latin Quiz Bowl).  We were in awe of the knowledge of our competitors and the celerity of those thumbs beeping the buzzers, but we saw what it was all about and returned home determined to make the top nine at Certamen Regionals and to advance to semi-finals at the NCJCL State Convention.

A big thank you to Andy, Rebecca, Neidin and Amanda who gave up a weekend day to make the trip, and to parent drivers and chaperones:  Jack and Tomi Blake, Karen Claxton and Joni Shelnutt. Amanda stepped right in to assist with chapter registration that morning and she made lots of new friends hanging with the students from Master’s Academy.  We even found a statue of Minerva on campus in front of which to pose!  [Post contributed by GCA Latin teacher, Sherri Madden]


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Beyond the Classroom: American History


During October the GCA senior class went on an extended field trip to Virginia and Pennsylvania, visiting historical sites in the cities of Petersburg, Philadelphia,  Richmond and Charlottesville. On this exciting tour of some of the America’s most important artifacts and places, the Class of 2016 was accompanied by their history teacher, Pamela Mullins, and by parent Martha Snyder.  During this trip, the seniors were able to see Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Appomattox Courthouse and many other historical places.  The trip was not all just history; the seniors enjoyed a lot of quality time with each other, including having Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia.  This was a great trip for the seniors to be able to see firsthand where some of the pivotal events of American History took place, as their class learns more about our country. [Post contributed by Megan Snyder]


In front of Jefferson’s Monticello