Tues the 26th – Day 2
The convention is in full swing! Activities today included: certamen (both open/fun and competitive/bloodthirsty), English oratory, chess, the 2nd testing session, colloquia (Laura Schoettmer made a wax tablet!), essay contest, the 2nd GA, basketball, the start of student elections, track & field, and the academic decathlon (with the top 3 winners receiving cash prizes!).
I did some graphic arts judging this morning. Cartoon/Greeting Card Chair Brian Compton assigned me and 2 other teachers to judge the 3 levels of cartoons. Some of the jokes were quite funny, and some of the art was superb. Being the owner of 2 dogs, here is one that I particularly liked [semper paratus means ‘always prepared’]:
All 3 state chairs are at this convention. Jenn Bruening is in charge of Sponsors & Contests, Bryan Inderhees does Technology & Convention, and I supervise the the student officers and JCL delegates. The 3 of us attended the State Chairs Luncheon and were treated to some fine KY barbecue & beans. The cheesecake also was very good. They confirmed the sites of the next few conventions: Wake Forest NC (2012), UNLV NV (2013), Emory GA (2014), Trinity TX (2015), and Indiana University IL (2016). Why have these places been chosen? Each one has some dedicated teachers who are willing to work with the university and to host 1,500 people who all share a love of the Latin language and classical civilization.
The spirit theme for OH at the daily GA was ‘Nerds vs Stars Wars.’ Treasurer Heather Smith led the students through a variety of cheers in 15 minutes of spirited mayhem. Favorite cheers included: Go Ohio! and Peel Banana! and Boom Dynamite! Here are some pictures from the spirit today:
At GA, the National Latin Exam Committee recognized student winners. Approximately 138,000 students from the US and other countries take the NLE, the most prestigious of the national contests. The following students received special recognition:
- Perfect Exam on the NLE: Jesse Campbell (Summit), Tino Delamerced (Summit), Rachel Koize (McAuley), Ben Robertson (Shaker Heights), Tom Carroll (Westlake), Andrew Boudon (St. Edward), Connor Tomshack (St. Edward), and Gregory Pataky (St. Edward)
- Perfect on the National Greek Exam: Ezra Sigmond (Shaker Heights)
- 4 Gold in 5 Years on the NLE: Michelle Martinez (Walnut Hills)
- 4 Consecutive Golds on the NLE: Anna Delamerced (Summit), Matt Ahlgren (Summit), and Andrew Boudon (St. Edward)
- 5 Consecutive Golds on the NLE: Paul Slater (Summit), Catherine Daun (Indian Hill)
Sam Buck and I attended the Nominations Committee Meeting, mandatory for all student candidates for national office. Sam will be running against one other student. She gave a great speech which outlined her qualifications and demonstrated her understanding of the duties of the office. Go, Sam!
The campus at EKU is very nice, and all events are within a short walking distance. The dining hall offers a great variety of food, often with pasta and stir fry and burgers and pizzas cooked fresh right there in the dining hall. Go to the shutterfly account and click on ‘View All Videos’ to see a tour of the facility and a visit with OH students.
The Competitive Certamen Competition started this evening. There are 3 preliminary rounds (1 on Tues, 2 on Wed), then the 3 semifinal matches for the top 9 teams (Thurs), and the Finals for the winners of the 3 semifinal matches (Fri). McAuley alumna Megan Whitacre and Summit alumnus Chris Lapp helped coach the students during the summer, and their national certamen experience was invaluable. Here are ‘action shots’ of the 3 teams before the 1st match:
The Upper team was a bit tight in their 1st match against a tough Wildcard team, but they still managed to rack up 80 points during the round. The Intermediate team was dominating in an easy 1st round match. Tino led the way, but it was a great team effort. In the end, they amassed 270 pts (which is quite an impressive score). Lastly, the Novice team had a tough opening draw against perennial power Texas, but they played a fantastic round and took the match. Jesse was particularly impressive: his quick buzzes & confident answers got 7 of the 20 toss-up questions.
Click here to see an analysis of the 1st round by the OH Certamen coaches in an ESPN interview.
The small rooms for the certamen made the viewing difficult, but the OH students still came out in full force to support their players. Go to the shutterfly account and click on ‘View All Videos’ to see a short video of a certamen room before the match.
On a personal note, I get to sleep in tomorrow!