CROWN POINT | Nineteen Crown Point High School students recently joined 1,300 students from across the U.S at the 60th annual National Junior Classical League Convention at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
Students competed in academic, graphic arts, creative arts, Olympika athletic events and daily spirit competitions with themes such as “Waking Up in Roma,” a play on the popular song “Waking Up in Vegas” by Katy Perry.
Delegates attended colloquia covering such topics as ancient Roman dining and cuisine, reconstruction challenges at Pompeii and Herculaneum, Cicero and ancient philosophy, and a recurring community service session that involved making crib cards for babies in Summerlin Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Thirteen Crown Point students represented Indiana in the National Latin Certamen Tournament held at convention. Renee Brigham, Thomas Cooper, Sarah DeMars, Michael Keller, Kristina Mihajlovic, and Andie Wahlberg competed as the members of the State Advanced Team. Brennen Chaussey, Josh Mazur, Ryan Sizemore and Anna Werkowski joined the State Intermediate Team, while Alexandra Baloski, Natalie Brigham and Susan Szymanski competed at the Novice level.
Prior to the convention, students from CPHS joined peers from across the state for a three-day tour of Arizona and Nevada, including the Las Vegas strip and Fremont Street, the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, the Mob Museum of Las Vegas, and the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden.
Co-sponsor Sara Robertson received a Miller Fellowship as a first-time attendee at the national convention.
Crown Point High School’s Latin Club received second place in the chapter publicity contest for schools with new sponsors, and third place overall. A third place was also received for the chapter’s scrapbook.
Individual students placed well in Mixed Media, Black Pencil, Acrylic/Oil, Black Ink, Poster, Constructed Charts, Cartoons, Slogans, English Oratory, Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Illustrated Quotes, Large Models, Sight Latin Poetry, Dolls, and Traditional Photography.
First-place went to CPHS contestant Thomas Cooper in Creative Arts - Slogan; and in Graphic Arts to Alexandra Baloski, Mixed Media 7-9; Sarah DeMars, Watercolor 11-12; Eric Kim, Illustrated Quotes 11-12; and Savannah Langbartels, Large Models 10-12.