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2020 State Convention Theme: Suadeo a te impetres ne sis nugax. “I advise you to ask of yourself not to be a fool” (Petronius, Satyricon 52)

Latest Announcements:

Save the date!  Shaker Certamen will take place Sunday, November 10th, 1-4 pm. Open certamen format, novice, lower and upper levels. Please join us!  Please contact Nora Murphy if you have any questions or concerns. (10-11-19)

Congratulations to Photo of the Season Winners! (10-11-19)

Summer First Place: Olivia Hopkin, Madeira
Second Place: Alex Frohn, Seven Hills
Third Place: Calla Conway, Medina

Spring First Place: Jimmy Fraley, Summit
Second Place: Melissa Flores
Third Place: Emma Tucker, Madeira

Please send chapter updates (and other articles) to for publication in the Fall Torch! Remember that submission to the OJCL Torch earns points towards your local publication in the Publications Contest at convention! (10-11-19)

Schools should fill out our new contact form with updated officer information; all officers can be entered at once into the form (9-25-19)

Please click here to access a survey to select where the South Make A Difference Day will be held this year! (9-23-19)

Fall Forum will again be hosted at Columbus Academy on October 12th from 9am-5pm! A fun ‘mini-convention’ with lectures by college professors, an academic test, impromptu art, certamen, Ultimate frisbee & Capture the Flag, and more (including certudi)!  Bring $5 for pizza lunch. Events will happen concurrently with the Ohio Classical Conference. Check out the OCC flier and Schedule of Events! (9-3-19)

CINCINNATI BUS to Fall Forum–bring another $5 for the bus.

  • You must do the online sign up to guarantee a spot on the bus.
  • The bus will leave Summit at 6:45 am.
  • It will then leave Columbus Academy around 5 pm and arrive back at Summit around 7 pm.  I will have students text parents when we are about 40 minutes from school.
  • A check for $5, made out to Summit, can be handed to me as the student boards the bus.  (Larry Dean, 9-11-19)

Southern Ohio Certamen (8-28-19)

  • All are on Saturday morning.
  • Registration starts at 9 am.  The competition itself begins 9:30ish and ends 11:30ish.
  • Fliers with directions will be posted a week or 2 before the certamen.
  • An ‘open certamen’ means that students from different schools will be randomly placed on teams.
  • Sept 21 – Moeller Open
  • Oct 5 – Miami University flier parking info
    • There are a limited number of spots available for a campus tour at 10:30 am on Saturday.   The tour conflicts with part of the Certamen, but that is the only time the Admissions office has available.  If someone is interested in taking the tour, please have them email Dr.  Barilleaux at
  • Oct 12 – Open Certamen at the Fall Forum at Columbus Academy
  • Nov 2 – Seven Hills
  • Nov 16 – University of Cincinnati
  • Feb 1 – Xavier University
  • Feb 29 – Summit
  • March 14 – State Championship at OJCL Convention
  • March 28 or April 4 – Ursuline Academy – spring certamen!
  • April 25 – Mt. Notre Dame – the Advanced questions will all be AP related to help prep for the AP exam on Tues May 12
  • July 24-29 – National Championship at NJCL Convention in Richmond VA
Congratulations to 2nd VP Andrew Cahall on his election to the NJCL Executive Board as Communications Coordinator! As such, the position of OJCL 2nd Vice President is now vacant and needs to be filled by appointment. Find the application here. Please contact Krish with any questions at (8-21-2019)
–A couple of quick reminders:
-Delegates may not apply for a position that their chapter currently holds
-Delegates MUST have permission from their sponsor and their parent to apply
-Only ONE delegate from each school may apply for 2nd Vice President
-The deadline for submitting an application is Sunday, September 8th, 11:59 pm

Congrats to the 2019 OH Competitive Certamen Teams for the NJCL Convention!! (6-28-19)

  • novice:  Sawyer Huckabee (Hoban), Wali Khan (Summit), Nicholas Stanis (Summit), Jude Yovichin (Hoban)
  • intermediate:  Irene Calderon (Summit), Will Corbin (Shaker), Jimmy Fraley (Summit), Kendall Richard (Summit)
  • advanced:  Grant Bruner (Sycamore), Peter Hattemer (Walnut Hills), Matt Shiavone (Shaker), Alan Zhang (Walnut Hills) 
  • 2019 OH Certamen Tryouts – Final Results

Pre-National Picnics! 

North: June 21 at Horseshoe Lake (17499 S Park Blvd, Shaker Heights) from 12-2:30 pm.  North Pre Nats picnic Info

Central: July 21 at the Columbus Academy Outdoor Classroom (4300 Cherry Bottom Rd) from 1:30-3:30 pm.  Please RSVP to Bea Sull at  Central Prenats picnic Info

South: July 19 at Ault Park (3600 Observatory Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208) from 1:00-3:00 pm. Please RSVP here. South Pre Nats picnic Info

Want to be on the OH competitive certamen team this summer at the NCL Convention in Fargo?  Click here for more info!

The 2019 OJCL Spring Torch is out!  Check it out here! (6-3-19)

Attending Nationals at NDSU? Please buy a spirit package! You will need to select a shirt size. All items will be distributed to delegates at NDSU (you still need to provide an address, but nothing will be shipped to you). All student delegates are REQUIRED to purchase a spirit package. Adult sponsors and chaperones are encouraged to do so.  Use this link to purchase your spirit package! Purchase by 6-21-19!  (5-28-19)

2019 Spring Service Events!

North– at the Greater Cleveland Foodbank (15500 South Waterloo Rd Cleveland, OH 44110) on June 6, from 12-2 pm. Please sign up using the link on the flyer below!

North Spring Service 2019

Central– NNEMAP Food Pantry, 10 AM – 1 PM June 1st. Please sign up using the link on the flyer below! 

Central Spring Service 2019

South – Matthew 25 Ministries on June 8 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Please sign up using the link on the flyer below!

South Spring Service 2019

Sat May 4, 9-11ish am, Mt. Notre Dame Certamen – all the Upper Level questions will be AP related to help with the AP Latin Exam on the 17th!  Here is the flier. (4/24/19)

We hope you are excited for NJCL Convention!  It is from Friday, July 26 to Wednesday, July 31.  The flights from Ohio leave early in the morning on Thursday, July 25, and the flights from Fargo leave early in the morning on Wednesday, July 31. Here are the flights which Larry Dean is taking. Students are not required to take these flights, but he will chaperone any students who are on these flights. Here are the flights that Columbus teachers are taking. (n.b. The North is traveling in school groups, not as a collective.  Students should contact their adviser.) (4-8-19)

Interested in becoming a member of the OJCL Executive Board?  Consider applying for the position of Editor or Historian!  Here is the form to apply.  It is due on Tuesday, April 30 by 11:59 P.M. (4-6-19)

Certamen in the spring? Euge! The Ursuline certamen is Saturday, April 6th!  Registration starts at 9:00 AM, play begins around 9:30 AM, and everything should be wrapped up by about noon. (4-4-19)

The OJCL Sponsors’ Meeting is Saturday, April 6th from 10:30am-12:15pm at The Wellington School. We will meet in the Middle School Commons, you should come to the Events entrance (3-28-19)

Here are the NJCL T-Shirt Design Contest Guidelines! Submissions are due by 11:59 P.M. on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 to! (3-25-19)

Interested in joining the 2019-2020 OJCL Executive Board? Apply to be a Gubernator! Fill out this form by Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019. (3-10-19)

Going to NJCL Convention? Here is the information about the 2019 OJCL Scholarship to Nationals! Due 11:59 P.M. on April 5, 2019. (3-7-19)

2019_One Page Convention Schedule (with map and fellowship rooms) (3-5-19)

The wait is over! Here is the Winter 2019 OJCL Torch edited by Editor Allie Hinnenkamp! (3-3-19)

The 69th OJCL Convention Program by Secretary Andrew Cahall is here! (3-1-19)

Congratulations to this year’s OSCL Book and Packet Award winners! They are:

Full Scholarship: Sarah Hoag of Medina
Half Scholarship: Ellie Kammerer of Mercy McAuley
Half Scholarship: Kathryn Sullivan of Summit Country Day
The OSCL extends its gratitude to all applicants. (1-17-19)
View the Fall Service of the Season Contest results here! (1-12-19)


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