The Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) is the state organization which promotes the study of the Latin language and classical civilization.
The OJCL is part of the National JCL, which has over 47,000 members, making it the largest organization in the world dedicated to the study of classical civilization.
The OJCL is divided into 3 regions: the North, the Central Belt, and the South. In 2016, the OJCL celebrated its 66th year of keeping the torch of classical civilization alive, with 24 chapters with 1,245 members.
4 OJCL chapters are Century Clubs with over 100 members. They are:
- Madeira (115)
- Summit (111)
- Granville (103)
- Indian Hill (100)
Each year, the OJCL hosts a convention in Columbus which brings together over 600 students, teachers, and parents from across the state of Ohio to celebrate the study of Latin. There are a variety of competitive activities at the convention: academic tests, art contests, certamen, and creative performances (in both English and Latin). In addition, the convention offers a number of social activities, including a dance, a toga banquet, and the new OJCL’s Got Talent!
The convention is a wonderful opportunity for Ohio Latin students to earn recognition for their academic & artistic achievements, to gain leadership skills in the state organization, and to make new friends from around the state.