CROWN POINT | Thirty-one members of the Crown Point High School Latin Club joined more than 200 students from 14 schools at the 60th Annual Indiana Junior Classical League State Convention last month at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
In addition to social events like a “Minute to Win It” contest and a pizza party, the convention included competition at the individual, team, and club levels. Individual events included academic tests, graphic arts projects, and creative arts performances.
At the club level, for the fifth consecutive year, Crown Point placed first in the Helen Wampler Spirit Competition, an award based on all club activities throughout the year, an entry compiled by Consul Kristina Mihajlovic. CPHS also earned first place in the publicity contest with an entry compiled by Anna Werkowski.
CPHS placed second with its local chapter publication, "Tempus Canis," edited by Samantha Konicki, and third with its chapter T-shirt designed by CPHS freshman Becka Burke. Crown Point placed second in the Delegate Spirit (Kathryn Szymanski) and Scrapbook (Sarah DeMars) contests, and third in the Sharon Gibson Community Service Award (Anna Werkowski).
As a result of individual, team, and club successes, the Crown Point Latin Club was once again named overall state champion, earning 2,777 points, more than 1,300 points higher than the second-place team.
Individually, Crown Point students received more than 50 first-place awards. Three students received Individual Achievement Trophies in Academic Testing (Renee Brigham, Kristina Mihajlovic, Ahmed Shaaban), two received Individual Achievement Trophies in Graphic Arts (Alex Baloski, Sarah DeMars), and three received Individual Achievement Trophies in Creative Arts (Thomas Cooper, Michael Keller, Josh Mazur). There are five trophies available in each category.
In addition, Kristina Mihajlovic was awarded a $500 IJCL scholarship to continue studying the Classics at Indiana University.
In the much-anticipated Certamen competition, a Jeopardy-style quiz game, all three CPHS teams advanced to the final round at their respective level. The Advanced team (third- and fourth-year students) became state champions, while Crown Point's Novice team (first-year students) and Intermediate team (second-year students) placed second.
Advanced team members, who earned automatic spots on the state team competing at the Nation Junior Classical League Convention this summer, include Renee Brigham, Thomas Cooper, Sarah DeMars, Michael Keller, Kristina Mihajlovic, Susan Reed and Andie Wahlberg.
The Novice team members, who can try out to earn spots on the state team, are Alex Baloski, Natalie Brigham, Emily Fender and Susie Szymanski. Intermediate team members, also eligible to try out for state team positions, are Brennen Chaussey, Josh Mazur, Ryan Sizemore, Morgan Stofko, John Verdegan and Anna Werkowski.
All three CPHS juniors who ran for state for office were elected. Michael Keller, 2012-13 IJCL second vice president, was elected as 2013-14 I president. He will be responsible for leading the state delegation at this summer’s NJCL National Convention, as well as planning the Fall Latin Day, running all state board meetings, and managing the annual membership campaign.
Renee Brigham was elected IJCL secretary, and will be responsible for sending meeting reminders and publishing the minutes from all meetings.
Thomas Cooper was elected IJCL parliamentarian, responsible for recruiting candidates for office, maintaining the constitution and suggesting needed amendments, and running all election related events at next year’s convention.
In addition, several CPHS alumnae/seniors were elected to positions in the Indiana Senior Classical League, the college version of the Junior Classical League: Brittany Krowiarz, vice president; senior Brandi Collins, treasurer; and Bekah Maddack, parliamentarian.
The National Junior Classical League Convention will be held in July at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.