Junior Classical League (JCL)

What is JCL?

classicalFounded in 1936, the Junior Classical League (JCL) is an international organization of junior and senior high students dedicated to the study of classical languages and culture.  MRLHS’ chapter was founded in 2007. Our chapter is a member of the Washington-British Columbia Junior Classical League and is affiliated with the National Junior Classical League—the largest classical organization in the world today.  More information about JCL, including convention information and contest rules, can be found at http://www.wabcjcl.org and http://www.njcl.org. 

What does JCL do?

Everything—but with a classical twist!  Whatever your interest or idea, there is a place for it in the JCL.  Conventions include academic contests, athletic games, art shows, skits, talent shows, and much more—including a parade and banquet in togas.  You’ll meet scores of other students who love the classics. High points in the MRLHS experience at conventions include victories in the skit competition, gladiatorial combat, catapult contest, and sight Latin.  Besides attending the regional convention, the MRLHS chapter holds a ‘Winter Fun Night’ for its members and an end-of-the-year ‘JCL Night’ to give families and friends a taste of what JCL is like.  Our chapter has also sponsored pizza lunches, muffin sales, and canned food drives.  Io, Accipitres!  Matauitatau!

JCL Advisor, Rick Winterstein

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