Eighteen Crown Point High School students, nine Senior Classical League college and former Crown Point graduates, and two Crown Point High School Latin Club sponsors recently gathered together with approximately 1800 students and teachers from across the United States at the 64th annual National Junior Classical League Convention held at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. Students competed in academic, graphic art, creative art, and athletic events. Additionally, students participated in daily spirit competitions. The Indiana delegation placed third in the nation among large chapters on the ‘Troy Story’ spirit day and first in the nation on ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ spirit day (led by CP student Kayla Apking). The state digital scrapbook (creaed by CP student Cameron Rachford) earned 1st place in the nation. Also, in the website competion, Indiana placed 3rd with the website created by CP student Taylen Hovanec. For the state publication contest Indiana earned a 4th place with the newsletter Veritas et Scientia, written by CP student Hannah Walley. In the sports competitions Indiana performed very well earning a 1st place in Ultimate Frisbee, 3rd place in the Senior Boys Relays, and 4th place in the Volleyball competition.
Students also attended many educational colloquia throughout the week covering a variety of topics focused upon the classical world. Some of the favorite colloquia sessions inluded “Cooking and Dining in Ancient Rome”, “The Odyssey in Song”, “Printing Ancient Artifacts in 3-D”, and “Superheroes and Demigods: Classical Connections in Marvel and DC”. Students also participated in a community service project filling backpacks with donated school supplies to distribute to children in need.
In addition, three Crown Point students represented Indiana in the National Latin Certamen Tournament held at convention, a Jeopardy-like competition with questions covering a range of topics about the ancient world. Claire Dosen and Cameron Rachford competed as members of the Advanced team while Kayla Apking competed at the Intermediate level.
Both prior to and following convention, students from Crown Point joined their peers from across the state in a fun-filled six day tour with stops in Nashville, Huntsville, Birmingham, and Montgomery with visits to places such as the Opryland Hotel, the Parthenon, the US Space and Rocket Center, Vulcan Park, Jasmine Hill Gardens, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Crown Point High School’s Latin Club was named as a national member of the Century Club with well over 100 students involved. Joey Ferkull earned fifth place in the local publications contest with the Crown Point newsletter Tempus Canis (Time of the Dog). A third place was earned in the chapter publicity contest, submission by Kayla Apking. A fifth place was also received for the chapter’s scrapbook, created by Jessica Bao and Julie Tran. Sponsor Jeremy Walker was honored as a silver bowl recipient for attending his twentieth National Convention. Individual students placed well in many other categories with 12 top 5 placings in total. Two students achieved first places in National competitions: Cameron Rachford for slogans and Alyex Wahlberg in the 100 meter and 200 meter Senior Girls Track events.
Top five places, resulting in points for the state, were achieved by the following students:
Casey Akers, Jessica Bao, Claire Dosen,Zack Matijevich, Cameron Rachford, Skyler Sheck, Alyex Wahlberg, and Hannah Walley
Please see the attached list for more student and contest results.
Crown Point High School Latin students in attendance: Casey Akers, Kayla Apking, Jessica Bao, Ava Dailey, Dugan Dailey, Claire Dosen, Ethan Dosen, Cameron Fasel, Taylen Hovanec, Tyler Huitsing, Maddie Johnson, Emma Maddack, Zackary Matijevich, Cameron Rachford, Alex Rettker, Skyler Sheck, Alyex Wahlberg, Hannah Walley
Sponsors: Sara Wietbrock and Jeremy Walker
Senior Classical League Members and CPHS graduates in attendance: August Dailey, Emily Fender, Brittany Krowiarz, Kristina Mihajlovic, Ryan Sizemore, Elizabeth Szymanski, Katherine Szymanski, Susie Szymanski, and John Verdegan