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]