Future Convention Dates


March 5-7, 2021 


 Suadeo a te impetres ne sis nugax.

“I advise you to ask of yourself not to be a fool.”

Petronius, Satyricon 52

Each year, the OJCL hosts a convention in Columbus which brings together over 800 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 OJCL’s Got Talent! State Convention is also an opportunity for students to run for the OJCL Executive Board. Delegations compete in various contests to win prizes and recognition in Overall and Per Capita.


The 2021 Convention will be held virtually!

Convention Registration Update: Convention Registration will be due on Wednesday, January 20th. Sponsors will receive instructions for registration on or before January 9th.  At this time, we are estimating that the cost of our online convention will be $25.

Contest Information Specific to 2021:

This information is not exhaustive but is intended to be a rough guide. If you have questions or ideas, please reach out to me asap.

Graphic Arts:

-Students will submit a portfolio of projects

This is to limit the number of uploads/transfers/etc. needed by students and in some schools, sponsors

-Projects will be judges by categories as in previous years, however the judging system will be updated to make the process smoother

-Students MAY submit work that was created in EITHER the 19-20 or 20-21 school year HOWEVER, students MAY NOT submit more than one project for any given category

Creative Arts:

-Students will all compete on Saturday, February 27th to live judges via zoom links. Sponsors, please mark this date in your calendar as we will need many judges, even if you have only done certamen in the past, we may need your help.

-Students must be preregistered by February 1, so that we can create adequate time for judging sessions

-I am currently reconsidering our normal limits on how many students from a given school can compete in these contests and will have more information shortly

-Passages for Latin Recitation will be the same as announced for 2020

-Students may use the Costumes topic posted for OJCL 2020 or NJCL 2021 but may only compete with one costume

-There will be no Sight Latin contests


-Testing will take place during convention, timing will be announced with the convention schedule. All testing will be online.


-Certamen Team registration is due February 27

-Certamen will take place during convention


-Students MAY submit work that was created in EITHER the 19-20 or 20-21 school year HOWEVER, students MAY NOT submit more than one project for any given category

-All projects must be submitted online on or before February 1, 11:59pm


-Clubs MAY submit work that was created in EITHER the 19-20 or 20-21 school year HOWEVER, students MAY NOT submit more than one project for any given category

-As the convention theme is the same as last year, t-shirts may be from last year or this year, but you may only submit one.

-In place of a new t-shirt for this year, we have added a Mask contest. This is NOT based on the convention theme. It should be related to the Ancient Mediterranean World.

Contest Deadlines and Important Dates:

Creative Arts Registration: Saturday, February 1, 11:59pm

Graphic Arts PROJECTS: Saturday, February 1, 11:59pm (all graphic arts projects will be submitted online)

PreConvention PROJECTS: Saturday, February 1, 11:59pm

Creative Arts Time Sessions Announced: Saturday, February 8

Candidate Pre-File Deadline: Friday, February 14

Creative Arts Competition: Saturday, February 27

Certamen Registration deadline: Saturday, February 27

Unfortunately, the 2020 convention has been cancelled. Click here for more information (3-10-20)

The 70th OJCL Convention Program (2020 edition) is here! (3-4-20)

Want to win $ at the convention talent show?  Sign up for OJCL’s Got Talent!  Audition is Fri night, actual performance is Sat night.  Performances can be singing, dancing, playing an instrument, stand-up comedy, anything that is entertaining. (1-22-20)

OSCL Packet Award Results:

Full Packet Award: She’miah Irvin, Walnut Hills

Half Packet Award: Michael Hall, Summit Country Day

Half Packet Award: John Paul Schuette, Moeller (1-16-20)

The spirit themes for the 2020 OJCL Convention are out now, they are: Friday-Convention Theme (Club T-shirts), Saturday-Rome on the Range (Farms), Sunday-Tides of March (Beach/Ocean)! The Spirit Rubric is also out now! (1-11-20)

The 2020 OJCL Convention Roll Call Guidelines are here! (1-11-20)

The sign-up for Agora at the 2020 OJCL convention is now open! Your school can sign up here! The form will be open until 11:59 PM on Feb 28th. (2-4-20)

March 8-10, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus Columbus North

 Soles occidere et redire possunt.

(Catullus, Carmen 5.4)

2019_Convention Schedule (with map and fellowship rooms)

69th OJCL Convention Program

Crowne Plaza Floor Plan Map of Conference Rooms

2019 OJCL Convention Election Information (This link is no longer live because elections are concluded 3-27-19)

Convention Photo Scavenger Hunt!

Once you have taken all 15 photos, present them to Secretary Andrew Cahall for special recognition. Don’t be shy to ask for a photo, who knows, you might meet your new best friend! Have fun and Bonam Fortunam!
Take a picture with:
  1. An OJCL board member
  2. A candidate running for office
  3. Someone who speaks another language
  4. Someone who is an only child
  5. Someone who is left handed
  6. Bread at the banquet
  7. An apple or clementine
  8. Someone wearing a college shirt or sweatshirt
  9. An SCLer
  10. Your Latin/Greek teacher
  11. Someone with the same zodiac sign as you
  12. Someone wearing a non-white toga at the banquet
  13. A Game Boy or Nintendo DS
  14. An OJCL’s Got Talent! performer
  15. Your roommate(s)

Upcoming Deadlines:

Convention registration (completed by sponsors): January 18, 2019

Pre-Convention Contests due (completed by students): Friday, January 25, 2019

Candidate PreFile (completed by students): Sunday, February 17, 2019

Creative Arts & Certamen registration (completed by sponsors): March 1, 2019

Sign up for Bazaar/Agora table here!: March 5, 2019

Graphic Arts registration (online, completed by students): March 5, 2019

Roll Call submission: March 7, 2019, 11:59pm.


If you are attending Convention, please fill out and turn in this OJCL Media Release and Conduct Form.

Want to win $ at the convention talent show?  Sign up for OJCL’s Got Talent!  Audition is Fri night, actual performance is Sat night.  Performances can be singing, dancing, playing an instrument, stand-up comedy, anything that is entertaining.

Treasurer Katlyn Havlin is proud to release the 2019 OJCL Convention Spirit Themes! Also take a look at the Spirit rubric and Roll Call Guidelines.(2-6-19)

Register for the “Bazaagora” here! (1-28-19)

Have you ever wanted to give a speech at Convention? Submit to the Speech Contest! Deadline is February 25th. (1-27-19)

Parliamentarian Marcus Grewal is pleased to release the 2019 OJCL Executive Board Candidate PreFile form. The deadline is Sunday, February 24, 2019. (1-20-19)


Thanks to everyone who attended State Convention 2018!

March 9-11, 2018 at the DoubleTree Columbus Worthington

Audentes Fortuna iuvat. Fortune favors the bold. (Vergil, Aeneid 10.284)

[ Download a flier for State Convention here. ]

Important Dates and Deadlines:

  • January 27, 2018: Photo of the Season submission deadline
  • February 1, 2018: Deadline for NJCL membership without late fee
  • February 3, 2018: Pre-Convention project submission deadline AND Convention registration deadline
  • February 7, 2018: Postmark deadline for paying 50% of Convention cost
  • February 17, 2018: Speech Contest deadline
  • February 18, 2018: Candidate Prefile deadline
  • March 2, 2018: Creative Contest registration deadline
  • March 5, 2018: Graphic Arts project pre-registration deadline
  • March 8, 2018: Roll Call Pre-Approval deadline
  • March 9, 2018: Beginning of 2018 OJCL Convention; 100% of Convention cost due

Program for the 68th OJCL Convention by Secretary Jason Suh (Shaker)!

Detailed map of hotel

1 page schedule of events at the OJCL Convention – some locations have been changed from the program, and THE ROOM CHANGES ARE HIGHLIGHTED ON THIS SCHEDULE

BREAK OUT ROOM SIGN UP  If you would like to sign up for the break out room sessions (think Locked in a Room with a Zombie, but Classically themed… and no zombies), please sign up in the links below! There are two sessions, both late on Saturday night. A student may only do one. There is a limit to 32 students per session; the form will let you know if 32 have already signed up for a session.

State Convention:  2018 OJCL Media Release and Conduct Form – required! Turn the form into your Latin teacher.

ROLL CALL SUBMISSIONS are due MARCH 8TH to treasurer@ojcl.org. Check out the 2018 Roll Call Guidelines here!

Pre-Registration for Graphic Arts Contests is due March 5 at 11:59 PM! Pre-register your projects now: http://ojcl.org/students/graphic.php

Do you have merchandise that you want to sell? Do you need to raise extra funds for your club? Do you have another fun, awesome item you want people to see? Participate in the OJCL Bazaar! Sign up here!

Want to win fabulous prizes and earn the praise & admiration of your peers? Participate in the annual talent show: OJCL’s Got Talent! Sign up here. Auditions are on Friday night, and the show is on Saturday night. Yes, there are prizes!

See the 2018 Spirit Themes for State Convention: Audentes Fortuna Iuvat (Club T-shirts), Romans at the Races, and Cinema Romana! View the 2018 OJCL Spirit Rules here.

The OJCL Speech Contest deadline has been extended to Saturday, February 17. Additionally, those delegates introducing candidates for office are now ALLOWED to join the contest. View the rules here, bearing in mind these changes. Contact 1st Vice President Caroline Klette (vpres1@ojcl.org) with any questions.

Congratulations to Katlyn Havlin of McAuley High School for winning our Photo of the Season contest for Winter! View the full list of winners for Winter here, and be sure to submit your Spring submissions by May 16th.

The Pre-file form for candidates running for the 2018-2019 OJCL Executive Board is now live. Click here to complete the form. (The link is no longer available.) Please consult the Constitution and By-Laws – there are changes to duties of certain offices. The deadline is February 18. Contact Parliamentarian Julia Dean (parliamentarian@ojcl.org) if you have any further questions or concerns.

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

Congratulations to the following students for earning the Ohio Senior Classical League Scholarships for Convention!

  • Full Scholarship: Katlyn Havlin (McAuley)
  • Half Scholarships: Nyomi Morris (Beaumont) & Maliah Bricking (Summit)

View information from previous state conventions here.