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On Tuesday, April 10th 2018, The OJCL community suffered an immense tragedy with the passing of Seven Hills student Kyle Plush. Charlie Dwight, Seven Hills Latin Club president, wrote the following  about Kyle:

Ave Atque Vale, Kyle

“And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years.” On April 10th, 2018, the Seven Hills community and Latin Club suffered a tremendous loss. Sophomore Kyle Plush passed away in a tragic accident. However, the 16 short years he was alive — and certainly the three years he participated in our Latin Club — were filled with an infinite amount of enthusiasm, energy, and pure joy. Every question he asked brought us laughter, every suggestion he made brought us improvement, and every smile that lit up his face brought us happiness. Kyle was also remarkably intelligent. Everyone appreciated his extraordinary memory — as only a freshman, he got the highest score of our entire club on the OJCL Mythology test. There was no class he did not participate in, no teacher he did not impress, and no discussion that was not improved by his insightful comments.But what truly defined Kyle was the passion and enthusiasm with which he tackled everything he did. He spent hours reading D’Aulaire’s and Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. He showed up to every club meeting, worked on every club project, and constantly asked if there was anything else he could do to help.No matter the situation, Kyle could always improve your day: with a smile, a laugh, and a “Hello!” in the hallway. We will all be forever grateful that Kyle was a part of our lives. (4-15-18


1st Vice President Hanna Zandvakili has announced the Ohio Classics Week activites. Enter every day to increase your chances of extra OJCL spirit points and prizes! (4-15-18).

Congratulations to all the winners of the $100 NJCL Convention Scholarships sponsored by the OJCL! The quality of applications and additional funds from the OJCL Student Account allowed the committee to award more than the standard 10 scholarships. There are 19 recipients of the scholarship.  (4-13-18)

  1. Craig Bush (Shaker Heights)
  2. Max Carroll (Shaker Heights)
  3. Andrew Davis (Wellington)
  4. Emma Davis (Medina)
  5. Julia Dean (Summit)
  6. Joseph Delamerced (Summit)
  7. Charlie Dwight (Seven Hills)
  8. Rosie Gruber (Columbus Academy)
  9. Katlyn Havlin (McAuley)
  10. Jenny Hu (Seven Hills)
  11. Ellie Kammerer (McAuley)
  12. Morgan McGee (St. Ursula)
  13. Taylor McGowan (Columbus Academy)
  14. Sam Parker (Summit)
  15. Gemma Sander (St. Ursula)
  16. Hannah Shane (Shaker Heights)
  17. Ryan Shane (Shaker Heights)
  18. Nicholas Stanis (Summit)
  19. Matt Wabler (Seven Hills)

The UC Classics Club and Department are once again hosting their annual Homerathon, a live reading of selections from the Iliad and the Odyssey on Saturday, April 14th from 10am-3pm on Blegen Lawn. The day will also feature tours of our study collection and our world-renowned library as well as games! Pizza will be provided, although bringing a dish to share (chips, cookies, etc.) is encouraged.  Here is the flyer, and here is a link to our event page on facebook where the most up-to-date information will be posted (including the schedule as soon as it is finalized!).  (4/5/18)

Bored now that Convention is over? Want to make charity cards to win prize money for your club? Participate in the OJCL Card Drive for Hospitalized Kids! Send cards by Friday April 20 for your chapter to be considered for a cash prize. See the flier for details here.

5 of the positions on the Executive Board are appointed: Editor, Historian, and the Gubernators for the North, Central, and South regions. We encourage students to apply for these offices!  Members of the newly elected Executive Board and the appointed positions from last year’s board (i.e. Editor, Historian, and the Gubernators) will appoint members to these offices. (3/16/18)

The deadline to apply for a Gubernator position is Friday, March 30.
The deadline to apply for Editor or Historian is Friday, April 14.

Information about the NJCL Summer Convention, July 23-28, at Miami University (Oxford OH). (3/16/18)

Information about the tryouts for the OH Competitive Certamen teams. (3/16-18)

Latin in the Summer?  Ita Vero!  (Yes, please, and thank you!) (3/16/18)

  • Larry Dean is again running a summer Latin program at Summit for 15 days, Mon June 11 – Fri June 29, 8:30-12:30.
  • It is intended for motivated students, regardless of their level of Latin – from beginners entering the 7th grade to advanced scholars who have graduated.
  • Students can sign up/show up anytime.
  • It is a great learning environment, with motivated students from throughout the Cincinnati area and sometimes even from other parts of OH – and they all have the same joy of learning and love of the classics.
  • Here is the link to the program description from the Summit Summer catalogue, p. 8 ( and here in the link to the registration page ( Please call me at (513) 502-0108 if you have questions.

Want an extra $100 to help pay the cost of going to the NJCL Convention? Apply for one of the scholarships sponsored by the OJCL!  Deadline is 11:59 pm on April 6. (3/14/18)

Submit to the 2018 Spring Torch!  Remember, articles should be 650 words or less. They should also be in PDF format. Please proofread before submitting!  The deadline is March 31. (3/12/18)

Editor Taylor McGowan releases the the Winter 2018 Edition of the OJCL Torch! View it here on Joomag.

Historian Ellie Kammerer releases her Historian Guide! This information is useful for historians on both the local and state level. Check it out here!


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