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2020 Announcements, News, and Deadlines

Click here for the results of the Dec 12 2020 OH Zoom Certamen 2 and for the google forms to sign up for the Jan 16 2021 OH Zoom Certamen 3:
Congratulations to the Fall Photo of the Season Winners! (11-23-20)
First Place: Alex Frohn, Seven Hills
Second Place: Jimmy Fraley, Summit
Third Place: Sarina Duncan, Wyoming

North Make a Difference Day!

We are having a winter clothing drive on November 28th. Check out the flyer for more information! (11-20-20)

South Make a Difference Day!

We are holding a book drive to benefit Adopt A Book Ohio on November 22nd. Check out the flyer for more information! (11-10-20)

Join us for a virtual Fall Forum on Saturday, October 17th! (10-8-20)

We want your feedback! If you attended the virtual NJCL convention, please take some time in the next few days to fill out the survey sent by OJCL President Chloe Constantinides. If OJCL convention needs to be virtual, we want it to be as enjoyable as possible (if you attended but did not get the survey link, email (9-24-20)

Virtual OCC will take place on Saturday, October 17th. Check out the flyer for more information! (9-24-20)
YES!  There will be certamen at Fall Forum.  Please encourage ALL of your students to join us on Saturday, October 17 for some fun certamen.  The meets will run from 2-3ish, using Zoom.  We’ll have 2 levels- (A) people with little to no Latin and/or certamen experience (Latin I and less competitive IIs) and  (B) experienced, with questions and modified rules for III and up (competitive IIs welcome).  Students who are interested in playing and adults (including SCLer types) who would help, please fill out the appropriate form below.  Please direct questions to Nora Murphy (9-24-20)
Volunteers       Players

Photo of the Season Submission dates 2020-2021 (9-24-20)

SUMMER: JULY 19, 2020
SPRING: MAY 9, 2021

Before she was elected NJCL Historian, Irene Calderon created Middle School and Elementary versions of the OJCL Torch. Check them out! Both versions are a lot of fun! (9-24-20)
It has been my honor to serve the OJCL as historian. While I was unable to say an actually goodbye, I hope as you flip through the scrapbook, you see how much this organization and the people in it truly meant to me.
Gratias Maximas Vobis Ago,
Alex Grass
19-20 OJCL Historian (9-24-20)
Congratulations to Editor Irene Calderon on her election to the NJCL Executive Board as national Editor! As such, the position of OJCL Editor is now vacant and needs to be filled by appointment. Additionally, we are reopening the application for the position of Central Gubernator. Find the application for both offices here.

A couple of quick reminders:

Please contact Abby Almaguer with any questions at (9-2-20)

The Spring Torch is out! You can access it using this link: (6-8-20)

Another opportunity to join the 2020-2021 OJCL Executive Board! Click here for the application for Editor and Historian! (5-19-20)

Want to be on the 2020-2021 OJCL Executive Board? Good news! The application to be a gubernator is here. Please follow this link to the form! (5-7-20)

Although the OJCL convention has been canceled, elections will still continue. As such, the State of Emergency offices must be announced. State of Emergency occurs when there are fewer than 2 candidates pre-filed for a particular office, and some of the restrictions regarding who can run for office are dropped. The offices in State of Emergency this year are Treasurer and President.
Students interested in running State of Emergency should complete the State Of Emergency form and submit a scan or picture, along with typed answers to the questions on the BLANK Prefile Form, to by 11:59pm on Wednesday, 4.15 (please respect social distancing by requesting your sponsor email their permission rather than trying to get their physical signature; your parents should sign rather than emailing the state chairs). Please contact Parliamentarian Krish Gupta if you have any questions. (4-8-20)

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Application now due April 24th. The OJCL scholarship application to attend the NJCL convention in Richmond, VA is here! OJCL will award up to ten $100.00 and up to two $250.00 scholarship awards to students.  All OJCL Members in good standing from Chapters in good standing are eligible. There are 2 types of scholarships:  for Level ½ or Level 1 students and for Level 2 and above students. One $250.00 scholarship will be available to each division. N.B. we will wait to write the checks until NJCL convention is confirmed as “on”; should NJCL be cancelled, scholarship winners will receive their checks to attend in 2021. Seniors can still receive the $$ to attend next year as SCLers, but no attendance = no money. To submit, send completed applications to Ms Mays AND your sponsor, who will also submit their confirmation via email (4-2-20)

Due to convention being cancelled, the OSCL is doing online elections this year, and the nominations process is the first step. The nomination form is out now and is due at 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 29! (3-22-20)

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

The Winter Edition of the OJCL Torch is out now! Be sure to give it a read! (3-8-20)

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

Congratulations to the Winter Photo of the Season Winners! (2-19-20)
First Place: Kendall Richard, Summit
Second Place: Kimberly Zwolshen, Indian Hill
Third Place: Margaret Sampson, Madeira
The pre-file form for those interested in running for elected office on the 2020-2021 executive board is now released! Here is the link for any students who are interested in running. (1-28-20)
The deadline for completing this form is February 23, 2020, at 11:59 PM.
A couple of rules and reminders for pre-filing:
-Delegates may not pre-file for an office that a member of your delegation currently holds.
-Delegates MUST have permission from your sponsor and parent to pre-file and run.
-No more than TWO delegates per delegation may pre-file for office.
-Only ONE delegate from each school may pre-file for each respective office.
-No pre-convention campaigning.
-Delegates who pre-file may not appear on OJCL social media posts until after convention in the interest of fairness.
Check out Krish’s new election guide! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Campaigning Rules:

Failure to abide by all rules may result in disqualification, so please read these carefully and email Krish with questions!

  1. If you feel like you need to ask, ask or don’t do it
  2. No campaigning until after Nom Com
  3. No stickers (to protect the hotel)
  4. All campaigning must be positive!
  5. All campaign materials must be pre-approved by the State Chair and the Parliamentarian
    1. Spending limit of $50, bring receipts to Nom Com!
    2. Keep in mind that all ‘donated’ materials will be counted towards the $50 spending limit. This includes posters and paper previously purchased as well as any printing/copying that you do at home or school. These materials will be assessed at the lesser price between and Staples on the day of Nom Com. As of January ’20, Staples charged $.60 for color copies and $.12 for black and white
  6. Although you may use social media, Airdrop may not be used to spread materials in any capacity
  7. You may not interfere with the campaigns of others
  8. All evidence of your campaign must be removed before the Third General Assembly (to keep the hotel clean)
  9. Candidates must attend Nom Com and Meet the Candidates

Winter Service Events:

North: TBA

The Central Region will be coming together to bake bread, make Project Linus squares, and play some certamen on MLK Day! Here is the flyer for more information! (1-17-20)

The South Winter Service Event is on Saturday, February 22 at 11:00 AM at Crayons to Computers! Please RSVP at this link and click here for the flyer! (1-16-20)

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)

2019 Announcements, News, and Deadlines

The OSCL Packet Award application is here, and it is due by 11:59 PM on January 8, 2020. They are offering 2 half-scholarships and 1 full-scholarship to the 2020 OJCL Convention. (12-9-19)

The 2019 Fall Torch by Editor Hannah Shane is here! Check out all the great articles! (11-22-19)

Make a Difference Days

North: We will be cooking and serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald House! Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019 Address: 10415 Euclid Avenue. There are a limited number of spots for this event, so please RSVP as soon as you can using this link: Here is the North MADD flyer for more info! (10-17-19)

Central: We will be distributing clothing from the Childhood League Clothing Drive! Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 Address: 674 Cleveland Avenue. Check out this flyer for Central MADD with more info! (10-17-19)

South: We will be assisting Cincinnati Parks staff in removing invasive species in Alms Park! Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 Address: 710 Tusculum Avenue. Take a look at the South MADD flyer for details! (10-17-19)

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! (9-3-19)

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

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 by 11:59 P.M. on Tuesday, April 30. (4-6-19)

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)

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)

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

We hope you are excited for NJCL Convention!  It is from Friday, July 26 to Wednesday, July 31.  The flight from Cincinnati will leave early in the morning on Thursday, July 25, and the flight from Fargo will 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.

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. (3-28-19)

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

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

Winter Torch submissions: Friday, January 25, 2019

Candidate PreFile (This link is no longer active 3-27-19) (completed by students): Sunday, February 24, 2019

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

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

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

Treasurer Katlyn Havlin is proud to release the 2019 OJCL Convention Spirit Themes! (This link is no longer active 3-27-19) (2-6-19)

Join us for “Coffee and the Classics,” a special event in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati, on February 9 2019. For more information, please see the attached flyer. (1-31-19)

Register for the “Bazaagora” here! (This link is no longer active 3-27-19) (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 (This link is no longer active 3-27-19) form. The deadline is Sunday, February 24, 2019. (1-20-19)

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)

Editor, Allie Hinnenkamp, is now accepting articles to be featured in the Winter Edition of the Torch! These articles can be on any topic, as long as they connect to the OJCL or the Classics. Articles should be about 200-600 words long in length (150-450 for chapter updates), and sent to by January 25.  (1-7-19)

The OSCL is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship to attend the OJCL convention.  The application is at the following link: (This link is no longer active 3-27-19). Please email the OSCL board if there are any questions or issues!  Applications are due 1/10 (1-4-19)

2018 Announcements, News, and Deadlines

Make a Difference Day Events:

Sat Oct 6, 9 am – 5 pm:  ‘Fall Forum’ at Columbus Academy – it is a fun ‘mini-convention’ with an interactive lecture, academic test, impromptu art, certamen, Ultimate frisbee & Capture the Flag, and more!  Bring $5 for pizza lunch and another $5 for the bus.

Sun Oct 14, 1-3 pm:  Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention at Sawyer Point – meet at the Cincinnatus statue at 12:45!  If you want to donate, I have created a team for the walk in honor of my late wife and fellow Latin teacher Andrea Weis.   (posted by Larry Dean, 9/24/18)

Cincinnati bus to the Fall Forum, Sat Oct 6, at Columbus Academy:

thanks, Larry Dean 513-502-0108

If you are attending nationals, be sure to purchase an OJCL spirit package here (This link is no longer active 3-27-19). If you are a JCLer, there is no need to pay extra for the welcome shirt, it is included with your spirit package. If you are an SCLer, you should purchase the welcome shirt as a separate item. (6-22-18)
Annually, the OJCL holds regional pre-nationals picnics to get everyone excited about NJCL Convention! These are open to everyone and we encourage everyone going to nationals to attend to meet friends and have fun. (6-5-18)

If you are interested in participating in Ludi or Olympika events at nationals, please fill out this form (This link is no longer live 3-27-19) to sign up for all your events! Doing Ludi is a great chance to have fun getting active and make new friends from different states. (6-5-18)

Has your club done an awesome service event? Enter the OJCL Service of the Season Contest! View more details here. (6-1-18)

The three newly appointed gubernators have planned spring service events for each region!
South Guber Ryan Burns is hosting an event on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9:15am-12:00pm at Hands against Hunger (located at the Hope Factory 2430 E. Kemper Road Cincinnati, OH 45241) where students will be packaging food for hungry children worldwide. He asks that attendees please bring $1 or more to donate to the organization. To sign up, please view his Sign Up Genius. (This link is no longer live 3-27-19)
Central Guber Ali Winter is hosting an event at the NNEMAP Food Pantry (677 E 11th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211) on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 10:00am-1:00pm. Attendees will have a fun day of giving back with JCL friends. Please view this flier for more details.
North Guber Emma Davis is hosting an event at Hubbard Valley Park (8600 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville, OH 44273) on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Students should be prepared for a great day of cleaning up the park. Please view this flier for more details. (5/3/18)

NJCL  T-shirt design contest 2018!  We are seeking the best designs from across the state of Ohio to help design this year’s shirt for  Nationals at Miami University! Enter for the opportunity to see your own design on our state t-shirt!  Read over the  rules and guidelines, and send submissions to Treasurer Katlyn Havlin at

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)

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 Monday, April 16 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.

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. (3-5-18)

Pre-Registration for Graphic Arts Contests is due March 5, tonight at 11:59 PM! Pre-register your projects now: (3-5-18)

The OFFICIAL program for the 68th Convention of the Ohio Junior Classical League, made by Secretary Jason Suh, has been released! Check it out here. (2-28-18)

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!  (This link is no longer live 3-27-19) (2-27-18)

Editor Taylor McGowan releases the the Winter 2018 Edition of the OJCL Torch! View it here on Joomag. (2-24-18)

ROLL CALL SUBMISSIONS are due MARCH 8TH to Check out the 2018 Roll Call Guidelines here! (2-23-18)

Historian Ellie Kammerer releases her Historian Guide! This information is useful for historians on both the local and state level. Check it out here! (2-13-18)

Saturday, Feb 24, 9:00-11:30 am – Last Cincinnati certamen before the State Championship at the OJCL Convention at Mt. Notre Dame! See flier here. (2-11-18)

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. (2-8-18)

State Convention:  2018 OJCL Media Release and Conduct Form – required!  Turn the form into your Latin teacher. (2-7-18)

February 10, 9 am – 11:30 am: 22nd Annual Summit Certamen – please bring certamen machines. See flier here. (2-7-18)

View the 2018 OJCL Spirit Rules and 2018 Roll Call Rules here! Please remember that your Roll Call will need to be pre-approved before you present it at State Convention. (1-28-18)

Photo of the Season submissions are due by January 27. Send submissions to Historian Ellie Kammerer (, and refer to the Photo of the Season page for more information. (1-17-18)

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 live.) Please consult the Constitution and By-Laws – there are changes to duties of certain offices. The deadline is February 18. Contact Parliamentarian Julia Dean ( if you have any further questions or concerns. (1-14-18)

Download a flier for State Convention here. (1-14-18)

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 ( with any questions. (1-11-18, updated 2-13-18)

The Classics Department of the University of Cincinnati is accepting applications for the Semple Scholarship.  The deadline is January 25, 2018.  Click here for the application. (1-10-18)

Official minutes of the OJCL Winter Planning Meeting by Secretary Jason Suh. (1-6-18)

Columbus Academy’s annual MLK Day Project Linus event is on January 15! Blankets will be made for hospitalized children. Contact Central Gubernator Marcus Grewal ( for any questions. More details on this flier. (1-6-18)

On Saturday, January 27 from 9:00-12:00, the Seven Hills Certamen will take place! See flier for more details and directions. (1-5-18)

Important dates to start the New Year (1-1-18):

2017 Announcements, News, and Deadlines

Congratulations to the following students for earning the Ohio Senior Classical League Scholarships for Convention! (12-31-17)

Saturday, January 6, 9:00 – 12:00: Xavier University Certamen – see flier for more details. And yes, there will be pizza afterwards! (12-11-17)

Intro to Latin and Latin I-III students have the opportunity to take the Classical Literacy Exam and the new Classical Scholar’s Exam, which focuses exclusively on Homer’s Odyssey. Read more here. (12-10-17)

High School Seniors! Did you know that many colleges in Ohio offer classical scholarships? Did you know that the JCL has many scholarships available? Check them out here: (12-10-17)

The OSCL is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship to attend the OJCL convention.  The application is at the following link:  (This link is no longer live 3-27-19). Please email the OSCL board if there are any questions or issues!  Applications are due 12/20, and award recipients will be selected before the new year. (12-4-17)

Editor Taylor McGowan opens submissions for the Winter Edition of the OJCL Torch. View the guidelines below. (11-26-17)

  1. Submissions should be 650 words or less.
  1. Submissions should be in PDF format. (Do not share articles via Google Docs – numerous technical issues)
  1. If you are a club officer, please inform the Editor of your club office as well as the school you attend.
    — If you are a state officer outside of the OJCL, please inform the Editor of your state office.

The OJCL would like to thank everyone who came to the Make A Difference Day events this year! Check out the Community Service page for articles about what happened in each region from Gubernators Marcus Grewal, Owen Kranz, and Hanna Zandvakili. (11-24-17)

Update: The North MADD has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 18 from 9 AM-12 PM! See the flier from North Gubernator Owen Kranz for more details. (11-9-17)

Treasurer Grant Bruner releases the 2018 Spirit Themes for State Convention. The three themes are Club T-shirts, Romans at the Races, and Cinema Romana! View the 2018 OJCL Spirit Rules here. (11-7-17)

November 4: 9-11ish am, UC Certamen: flier with information about where to park and where to go – THIS WILL INCLUDE FREE PIZZA AND A COOL PERFORMANCE ABOUT THE ODYSSEY RIGHT AFTER THE CERTAMEN. (11-3-17)

Historian Ellie Kammerer announces the first winner of Photo of the Season: Congratulations to Kimberly Dryden of Saint Ursula Academy for winning our Photo of the Season contest for Fall! View the full list of winners for Fall here, and be sure to enter your Winter submissions by January 17th. (10-20-17)

Reminder: The South MADD is on November 11 from 1:30-4:30 PM at California Woods Nature Preserve.  Please fill out this permission slip. | See the flier from South Gubernator Hanna Zandvakili for more details! (10-20-17)

The OJCL Executive Board would like to thank everyone who attended our 2nd Annual Fall Forum! Pictures from the event, courtesy of Historian Ellie Kammerer, are being uploaded on our Flickr account. (10-8-17)

Editor Taylor McGowan has released the 2017 Fall Edition of the OJCL Torch! (10-7-17)

On November 12, Shaker Heights will host an Open Certamen! Contact for more details or questions. (9-27-17)

Fall Forum: Athens Besieged! Want to be part of the game simulation Athens Besieged at the Fall Forum?  It will be a fun and interactive approach to the ancient city Athens.  You need to sign up to receive materials a few days before the Fall Forum so that you are ready to play! If you are familiar with the NJCL Roman Murder Mystery!, you’ll love Athens Besieged. Registration is now closed as of 10-3-17. (9-25-17)

Fall Forum is on Saturday, October 7 at the Columbus Academy! Open Certamen, Ludi, Election Colloquia, and more: see the program of events hereClick here to download a flier made by Secretary Jason Suh. (9-16-17)

Make A Difference Day Schedule (released 9-16-17):

Check out the Digital Scrapbook for the 2017 OJCL created by former Historian Caroline Klette! (8-31-17)

Seven local South Ohio Certamina are scheduled for the 2017-2018 school year! All are on Saturday morning, with registration beginning at 9 am.  The competition begins around 9:30 and ends around 11:30. Fliers (with directions!) will be posted 1-2 weeks before the Certamen. (8-30-17)

New year, new Latin Club! Please read and fill out this Latin Club contact information sheet and email the completed form to President Joseph Delamerced at (8-21-17)

Editor Taylor McGowan is accepting articles to the Fall edition of the OJCL Torch! Email your articles! (7-8-17)

Historian Ellie Kammerer has released a brand-new contest: Photo of the Season! Click here to view the rules. Enter every season for a chance to earn CASH PRIZES and STATEWIDE RECOGNITION! (7-1-17)

Historian Ellie Kammerer has uploaded almost 1000 photos from NJCL 2017 at Troy University! Click here to view them. (6-31-17)

The office of Secretary is vacant. Click here to apply. (This link is no longer live 3-27-19) Deadline is September 1. (6-31-17)

For those people going to Nationals, here is the link to order the spirit package (state t-shirts + materials for spirit), only $15:  Ohio Junior Classical League National Spirit Package 2017.

Editor Lynn Ahrens has released her final edition of the OJCL Torch!

Excited for Nationals? Watch this 30-second video with clips from the National Convention at IU! (5-22-17)

NJCL T-shirt Contest!  We are seeking the best designs from across the state of Ohio to help design this year’s shirt for  Nationals at Troy University! Enter for the opportunity to see your own design on our state t-shirt!  Read over the rules and guidelines, and send submissions to Treasurer Grant Bruner at (5-20-17)

Pre-Nationals picnics have been a long-held tradition of the OJCL. Every year before Nationals, OJCLers eat food together, play games, and prepare for spirit. OJCL officers will also be at the picnics in all regions, so we encourage you to come out! (posted 5-20-17)

North Region Pre-Nationals Picnic:

Central Region Pre-Nationals Picnic:

South Region Pre-Nationals Picnic:

Info about the Cincinnati bus to/from Troy University:   Larry Dean (513-502-0108, is organizing a Cincinnati bus to/from Troy University (AL) for the 2017 NJCL Convention.  2 THINGS ARE REQUIRED:   SIGN UP GENIUS ( (This link is no longer active 3-27-19) AND THE CHECK FOR $154.50.

Info about the Cleveland/Columbus transportion to/from Troy University:

Congratulations to St. Ursula Academy for winning our National Classics Week Contest and being awarded a $75 gift card to a restaurant of their choice! (5-11-17)

OJCL 1st VP Caroline Klette announces the National Classics Week Contests!  Winning club will receive $75 for a pizza/dessert celebration! Click here to view the activities for each day from April 21-27. (4-19-17)

SAVE THE DATE! The 2nd Annual Fall Forum will be held on Saturday, October 7 at the Columbus Academy! This is to be held in conjunction with the Ohio Classical Conference Annual Meeting (CEUs available for teachers). (3-31-17)

Come to a celebration of Homer on Saturday, April 1 from 11 am – 4 pm, at the University of Cincinnati. Here is the flier with information about the marathon reading and tours of the ancient material collection at UC and much more!

To apply for the vacant office of North Gubernator, click here and fill out the form (This link is no longer active 3-27-19) by Thursday, March 30. Please contact with any questions. When applying, please review our Constitution and By-Laws. (3-19-17)

Click here to view photos from the 2017 OJCL State Convention, which have been uploaded on our Flickr account. (3-17-17)

Congratulations to all the winners of the $100 NJCL Convention Scholarships sponsored by the OJCL! More than the standard 10 scholarships were able to awarded due to the quality of applications and additional funds in the OJCL Student Account. Click here for a full list of recipients. (3-14-17)

2017 National Convention (3-4-17):

To apply for the vacant office of Parliamentarian,click here and fill out the form (This link is no longer active 3-27-19). Please contact with any questions. When applying, please review our Constitution and By-Laws. (3-3-17)

6 of the positions on the Executive Board are appointed: Editor, Historian, and the Gubernators for the North, Central, and South regions. We encourage you 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. To apply for one of the appointed positions, click here and fill out the form (This link is no longer active 3-27-19). When applying, please review our Constitution and By-Laws. (3-3-17)

To view candidates for the 2017-2018 Executive Board as well as constitutional amendments, We also encourage you to listen to their GA II speech as well as to attend Meet the Candidates. (2-25-17)
As of 2-28-17, the Candidates page has been closed because elections have concluded. Thank you for participating in the election process.

The Club Video Contest is due on Saturday night at midnight! Please submit submissions to (2-24-17)

The deadline for Roll Call submission has been extended to Thursday, February 23. See Roll Call rules here. (2-22-17)

Apply for 1 of 10 $100 scholarships to the 2017 NJCL Convention. Click here for the application.  Deadline is Friday, March 10.  (2-21-17)

Reminder: pre-register your projects by MONDAY at 11:59 PM! (2-19-17)

The Program for the 67th State Convention of the Ohio Junior Classical League has been released! Check it out here! This year’s program was edited by Secretary Vishnu Kasturi (Shaker Heights).  It includes: the detailed schedule, a letter from THE President Brian Johnson, the schools in attendance, cartoons, information about the Saturday colloquia, and so much more! If you prefer a quick overview of the weekend events, view the one-page Convention Schedule here. (2-18-17)

By Thursday, February 23, schools must upload their Roll Call idea to YouTube and send it to Treasurer Kelly Thaxton ( Schools that do not submit a video by the deadline will be INELIGIBLE to participate in Roll Call at Convention. See the new, updated rules for Roll Call here. (2-16-17)

The 2017 Winter Edition of the OJCL Torch has been released, and it’s our biggest issue to date! Check out a fun Beginner’s Guide to Convention as well as amazing local club updates. (2-12-17)

Summit Certamen, Sat Feb 4, 9 am – 12 noon! Flier. (2-1-17)

Reminder: Sign up by February 15 to have a booth at the Bazaar! Learn more by clicking here. (1-21-17)

Click here to view the 2017 Rules for the Spirit Competition. Keep in mind the spirit themes! View the three themes here.
Click here to view the updated 2017 Rules for Roll Call. Important addition: schools must submit their roll call idea to Treasurer Kelly Thaxton at via YouTube. (1-20-17)

The Ohio Senior Classical League is proud to announce the three WINNERS of the scholarships for the Sixty-Seventh OJCL State Convention!  Thank you all to who applied. (1-17-17)
Full scholarship: Ellie Kammerer of McAuley
Half scholarships (2): Payton Cassel of Medina and Abby Almaguer of Summit

Reminder: If you are interested in running for office, please review the roles and duties of the offices on our Documents page as well as Parliamentarian Tullus Dean’s Guide to Running for OJCL Office. (1-12-17)

The Columbus Academy is hosting a Project Linus event at 10:30 AM with pizza provided at 12 PM and Certamen in the afternoon on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on 1/16. It’s always a great, fun time, so we encourage the central Ohio area to attend! (1-10-17)

Important dates for the Sixty-Seventh OJCL Convention (1-9-17):

Want to give a speech at GA about Latin/JCL?  Spots are available! Here is how to submit an application to give a speech. Deadline is February 1. (1-8-17)

The 2017 State Convention Prefile Form for candidates running for the Executive Board is live at this link: (This link is no longer active 3-27-19). If you are curious about our current 2016-2017 Executive Board, visit our Student Officers page. (1-4-17)

Those attending the 2017 Convention must fill out the 2017 OJCL Media Release and Conduct Form. (1-4-17)

2016 Announcements, News, and Deadlines

Interested in the OJCL Executive Board? Head to our new Student Officers page to learn more about our officers! (12-31-16)

The Xavier University Certamen will be held this Saturday on January 7 from 9 am – 12:30 pm! Click here for the 2017 XU Certamen flier (12-30-16).

The holidays are a great time to start planning for OJCL State Convention, especially the 2017 Bazaar! Click here to learn more information about how to sign up for a booth and earn some cash for your club. Contact Treasurer Kelly Thaxton if you have any further questions. We would like to remind prospective vendors that you will only get a booth if you sign up. (12-26-16)

The Executive Board would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season! (12-16-16)

The Ohio Senior Classical League is sponsoring packet awards to cover the cost of attendance to the OJCL State Convention. The 2017 Packet Award will be awarded any OJCL member and will waive all of that student’s convention fees. The OSCL will also award two awards to OJCL members that will pay for half of the convention attendance cost. (11-28-16)

The Make A Difference Day events were a HUGE success! The three Gubernators report on their events and would like to offer their thanks. (11-25-16)

Treasurer Kelly Thaxton has released the 2017 Spirit Themes! (11-6-16)

Nov 12 – Miami University Certamen: Flier with directions and parking permit (10-31-16)

The OJCL Torch Fall Edition has been released by Editor Lynn Ahrens (Ursuline)! (10-25-16)

Regional Make A Difference Days (10-5-16):

Fall Forum photos have been uploaded to our Flickr page, and more photos are still being uploaded. If you have any photos, please email Historian Caroline Klette ( so that she can upload your photos to the page. (10-4-16)

From 6-7:30 pm on October 16, the Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention will be held at Sawyer Point. The suggested fundraising goal for each walker is $44. Join the OJCL Team, “Magistra Rox,” here: (9-17-16)

OJCL Club Grant Application: The purpose of this grant is to provide local chapters of the Ohio Junior Classical League with monetary help in their efforts to expand their club, provide service to their community, or any other financial reason that they see fit for this grant. Click here for more information and the application. (9-8-16)

Fall Forum: October 1 at Columbus Academy, 10 am – 4 pm. (9-7-16)

Cincinnati Local Certamen Schedule: 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 sent out in a week or 2 before the certamen. Hope to see you there! (8-26-16)

Info about the Cincinnati bus to/from IU:
Info about the Cleveland/Columbus bus to/from IU:

South Region Pre-Nationals Picnic (posted 6-10-16)

A message from 2nd VP Joseph Delamerced (Summit): If your school or chapter has participated in several service events or if you as an individual have a large number of service hours, I encourage you to enter two competitions from the NJCL! The NJCL has two community service contests for you to enter that can gain you national recognition for the work you or your school has done. ENTRIES ARE DUE BY JULY 1! (6-8-16)

1st VP Julia Cardinal (McAuley) has released the winners of the 2 contests to celebrate National Classics Week. (5-26-16)

For those people going to Nationals, here is the link to order the ‘spirit package’ (state tshirts + spirit materials), only $15: Ohio Junior Classical League National Spirit Package 2016 (5-24-16)

Editor Josh Young (Indian Hill) has released his final Spring Edition of the OJCL Torch! (5-20-16)

Excited for Nationals? Check out this 30-second promotional by 2nd Vice President Joseph Delamerced (Summit). (5-19-16)

Central Gubernator Aquila Simmons (Wellington) reports on a recent regional service event: (5-17-16)

Central Region Pre-Nationals Picnic (posted 5-17-16)

South Gubernator Julia Dean (Summit) reports on a recent regional service event: (4-18-16)

Central Gubernator Aquila Simmons (Wellington) is organizing a service event. (4-8-16)

1st VP Julia Cardinal (McAuley) has 2 contests to celebrate National Classics Week (April 17-24) – win a pizza party for your club or a gift card to Chipotle! DEADLINE FOR THE SELFIES FOR THE CLUB CONTEST IS EXTENDED TO MAY 2 AT 11:59 PM. (4-7-16)

South Gubernator Julia Dean (Summit) invites all Cincinnati Latin students to participate in a service activity at Matthew 25 (11060 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242). YOU MUST SIGN UP ONLINE HERE!

Congratulations to the winners of the $100 OJCL Scholarships to attend the NJCL Convention at Indiana University (Bloomington IN)! Checks for the winners will be mailed this week. The quality of the applications and extra money in the OJCL student fund allow the organization to give out a record high 19 scholarships. (3-14-2016)

  1. Gautam Apte (Shaker)
  2. Julia Cardinal (McAuley)
  3. Hali Clark (Summit)
  4. Julia Dean (Summit)
  5. Tullus Dean (Summit)
  6. Joseph Delamerced (Summit)
  7. Lindsey Dierig (Turpin)
  8. Charlie Dwight (Seven Hills)
  9. David Fiora (Turpin)
  10. Brian Johnson (Shaker)
  11. Katlyn Havlin (McAuley)
  12. Maria Henriquez (Turpin)
  13. Ellie Kammerer (McAuley)
  14. Vishnu Kasturi (Shaker)
  15. Sam Katz (Shaker)
  16. Caroline Klette (Summit)
  17. Adam Sichel (Indian Hill)
  18. Jocelyn Ting (Shaker)
  19. Sara Zandvakili (Indian Hill)

Click here for a fun 1 minute video (by 2nd VP Joseph Delamerced) encouraging Summit students to attend convention. (3-2-16)


The Executive Board is now accepting application for Treasurer, the 3 Gubernators, Editor, and Historian: If sponsors or students have any questions, email Parliamentarian Tullus Dean (Summit): (2-23-16)

Certamen Schedule 2016

Club Video Contest Info! Club Video Contest 2016! (2-19-16)

Apply for 1 of 10 $100 scholarships to the 2016 NJCL Convention. Click here for the application. Deadline is Fri March 11. There is also another scholarship which covers the entire cost of convention. (2-14-16)

Official program, with complete schedule, edited by Summit Senior Dustin Argo, the OJCL Secretary.

Convention 2016 Schedule (2-8-16)

Here is the winter edition of the Torch, the OJCL newsletter edited by Editor Josh Young (Indian Hill). It has videos and gallery of pictures of the new hotel. Here is the PDF to print off. (1-30-16)

Do you have something important to say about Latin and the JCL? Want to give a speech to all the delegates at convention during one of the General Assemblies? Click here for details about the ‘Convention Speech Contest’ (deadline is Feb 5). (1-25-16)

Secretary Dustin Argo has edited the minutes of the Jan 9 OJCL Winter Planning Meeting for the 2016 Convention. (1-20-16).

Click here for article and pictures of the Project Linus + Certamen at Columbus Academy on MLK Day. (1-19-16)

2nd VP Sara Sandvakili has created a team called ‘Ohio Junior Classical League’ for the Night for the Fight to Beat Childhood Cancer! It is an overnight event on Fri Feb 26 at the Cintas Center (Cincinnati). (1-9-16)

All GRAPHIC ARTS rules have been updated. These more clearly explain disqualification and the judging process. Please be sure to read these as you are working on your graphic arts! (1-9-16)

REMINDER! PRE-CONVENTION PROJECTS are due WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2016 (11:59 pm)! (1-8-16)

Project Linus Service Event and Certamen will be held at Columbus Academy on MLK day, Jan 18 from 10:30am-2:30pm. If you are able to attend, please email Ms. Bening ( with the number of members of your club who will be attending. Please bring $5 for lunch. (1-8-16)

The 2016 Shaker Heights Certamen will be on Feb 7 at 1 pm in its cafeteria. Flier. (1-6-16)

2015 Announcements, News, and Deadlines

Southwest Gubernator Julia Cardinal (McAuley) has posted articles about 2 OJCL service events in Cincinnati in the fall of 2015.  (12-29-15)

Congratulations to the following scholarship winners for the 2016 Convention!  Thanks to the SCL for providing this opportunity! (12-18-15)

The NJCL Fall Torch 2015 has a number of OH people featured!  Check out pages:  7, 12, 13, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29, 35!  Go Ohio! (12-4-15)

Check out the Creative Arts Contests page to see this year’s Latin Recitation and Dramatic Interpretation passages! (11-23-15)

Come to the annual Gift Wrap sponsored by the Westlake Latin Club, 10 am – 3 pm, Sat Dec 12!  (11-23-15)

Congratulations to the Shaker Heights Latin Club for the winning entries in both the Roman Rap and Promotional Video Contests!  The prize?   2 $100 Pizza Parties! (11-23-15)

Apply for SCHOLARSHIPS to the 2016 OJCL CONVENTION! The deadline is December 5th, 2015 at 11:59pm. Here the OJCL Convention Scholarship Application! Thanks to the Ohio Senior Classical League for offering this awesome opportunity! (10-28-15)

The OJCL is sponsoring a SAT/ACT/IB Test Prep Book Drive.  Flier with info is here.  Click here for the online submission, due Nov 28 (NEW DATE, 2 WEEKS LATER).  The Latin Club which donates the most books wins $100 for a pizza party!  Contact 2nd VP Sara Zandvakili ( with questions. (10-14-15).

2015-2016 Editor Josh Young (Indian Hill) has completed his 1st issue of the OJCL Torch – it includes videos of the OH delegation from the summer NJCL Convention at Trinity University (San Antonio TX). (10-6-15)

Make a Difference Day! (10-5-15)

Want the Classics professors of Miami University or the University of Cincinnati to visit your classroom and/or Classics Club and to introduce them to literary, historical, or cultural topics from the ancient world? Click here to find out more about MU’s program and Click here to find out more about UC’s program. (9-28-15)

Central Gubernator Andrew Zhang reports that the Columbus OJCL had a successful Make a Difference Day.  (9-21-15)


CINCINNATI CERTAMEN SCHEDULE, always Sat mornings, 9-11ish (8-25-15):

Important dates for OJCL Executive Board (8-20-15)

2015 NJCL Convention Update (7-4-15)

  1. Cincinnati people: There will be a bus to/from the Louisville airport. It will leave Summit at 5 am on Sun July 26 for the 8:18 am flight. It will then leave Louisville at around 1 pm on Sat Aug 1 for the 12:01 arrival of the flight. Please indicate your intention to take the bus both ways through this online sign up (checks for around $50, made out to OJCL, can be handed to me as the student boards the bus, I am still working out the final details):
  2. Everyone, SUN JULY 26: There will be a bus + a van or smaller bus for anyone interested in transportation from the San Antonio airport to Alamo/Riverwalk to Trinity on Sun July 26. The bus will leave the airport at 1:30 pm and get to campus around 6:30. All students arriving on Sun July 26 need to do the pre-convention housing – contact the NJCL if you have not signed up for that. Please make sure that you have done the SignUpGenius and sent the check for $14 so I know how big the 2nd van/bus needs to be:
  3. Everyone, SAT AUG 1: The OJCL has ordered 2 40 person buses for Sat Aug 1 – one will arrive at Trinity at 5 am (for the 7 am flight of the Cincinnati group), one will arrive at Trinity at 6 am (for the 8 am flight of the Cleveland group). The cost is $10 – cash or check to OJCL. THIS WILL BE COLLECTED AT CONVENTION, SO BRING THE $ OR THE CHECK WITH YOU, DO NOT SEND THIS TO ME. THERE IS NO SIGN UP FOR THIS, JUST BRING CASH/CHECK TO CONVENTION AND THERE WILL BE A SPOT FOR YOU.
  4. REQUIRED FOR OJCL’ERS: Treasurer Kelly Thaxton and President Lindsey Dierig have created an Etsy account for participants to get the state tshirt + spirit stuff. The price is $19.20. Sign up and pay online here:
    Here is a message from Kelly about spirit: “Salvete! NJCL Convention is just around the corner and it’s time for everybody to order their spirit packages. You can order the package through the etsy link above, and it comes with 2 t-shirts. One of the shirts is the required state shirt that every delegate must have. Each day of convention has a different spirit theme, and the spirit package has the necessary items to go along with those themes, so we’re asking that everybody orders their package by July 8th. We also need delegates to bring a toga, one white t-shirt, and one blue t-shirt. Thank you and see you at convention!”
  5. Announcement: OH Competitive Certamen Teams at Trinity! Thanks to all players – 24 students from 7 different schools – who participated in the tryout process!

OJCL Regional Summer Picnics:  These events are for all OJCL students, especially those who are attending the National Convention at Trinity University! (6-15-15)

OSCL President Bob McDonald ( announces the OSCL Book Award:  “In past years, the OSCL has offered a $150 award to a senior to be spent on books for college. This year is no different, and the application is here! I’d like to stress that the student does NOT need to be majoring or minoring in Classics. The application is due June 16th.”  (6-5-15)

OJCL Bus at Nationals:  Sun July 26, 1:30-6:30 – San Antonio airport to Alamo/Riverwalk to Trinity:  Check must be received before spot is reserved. (5-29-15)

Former Editor Dustin Argo (Summit) has completed his 3rd and final issue of the OJCL Torch!  He will still be continuing to serve the OJCL as this year’s Secretary.

Check out these pix of JCLove, with Mr. & Mrs. I, at the April meeting.  The fruit of their labor will arrive very soon! (5-5-15)

Interested in Competitive Certamen at the NJCL Convention in San Antonio?  Click here for information on tryouts.  (4-23-15)

Latin in the Summer?  EUGEPAE!! (4-23-15)

Congratulations to the new officers who were appointed by the Board at the Feb 18 meeting! (4-19-2015)

NEW FUN CONTEST:  ROMAN RAP CHALLENGE to promote National Classics Week, April 19-25.  Click here for the flier with all the info below (4-14-2015)

Cleveland Teachers – Nora Murphy is hosting an adult get together on May 8.  (4-11-15)

Congratulations to the winners of the $100 OJCL Scholarships to attend the NJCL Convention at Trinity University (San Antonio TX)!  Checks for the winners will be mailed this week.  (4-11-2015)

  1. Hannah Barrett (Shaker)
  2. Will Beatrez (St. Edward)
  3. Jesse Campbell (Summit)
  4. Julia Cardinal (McAuley)
  5. Hali Clark (Summit)
  6. Julia Dean (Summit)
  7. Tullus Dean (Summit)
  8. Joseph Delamerced (Summit)
  9. Charlie Dwight (Seven Hills)
  10. Brian Johnson (Shaker)
  11. Allison Kao (Shaker)
  12. Srivishnu Kasturi (Shaker)
  13. Bradley Katcher (Westlake)
  14. Sam Katz (Shaker)
  15. Ben Robertson (Shaker)
  16. Elisa Stanis (Summit)
  17. Jocelyn Ting (Shaker)
  18. Sara Zandvakili (Indian Hill)

A message from Parliamentarian Brian Johnson:  Thank you to everyone who applied for the position of Gubernator! The OJCL Board has reviewed the applications, voted, and your 4 Gubernators are:

Congratulations! And thank you again to all the applicants! (4-7-2015)


The Ohio Senior Classical League is offering a scholarship to cover the cost of convention.  The application is here, and the deadline is Feb 20 2015.  (1-26-15)

Cleveland Service Event:  The West Side Catholic Center  will be hosting a “mobile food pantry” on Saturday, February 28th, from 9:00-12:30. The OJCL take a whole group of people (they’re pretty flexible with the numbers) to unload a delivery truck and to distribute food/supplies to those in need.  Please email NW Gubernator Will Beatrez with numbers: (1-26-15)

McAuley is sponsoring a ‘Togathon!’ to raise money for St. Peter Claver’s Latin School for Boys (Cincinnati OH) on Feb 14 2015, 1-5 pm.  flier and Fundraising Tracker (1-8-15)

2014 Announcements, News, and Deadlines

The Shaker Heights Certamen will be at 1 pm on Sun Feb 1 2015.  Click here for the flier.  (12-16-2014)

Magistra Lisa Patton has announced the date for the Westlake gift wrap + certamen (12-2-2014)

Treasurer Lindsey Dierig has released the spirit themes for the 2015 OJCL Convention.  And here are the  Rules for Spirit and Roll Call. (12-1-15)

Editor Dustin Argo (Summit) has released the 2014 Fall OJCL Torch.  (11-8-14)

Find out about the hundreds of hours of community service that OJCLers have already performed this year!  (11-7-14)

New contest, Panel/Comic Storytelling, added to Pre-Convention contests! (10-31-2014)

Here are the minutes from the Sept 13 2014 Fall Planning Meeting.  (9-26-14)

NE Gubernator Allison Kao ( and NW Gubernator Will Beatrez ( are the contacts for the Cleveland MADD service project on Oct 25, 2014, 1 – 4 pm at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens (750 E 88th St, Cleveland, OH 44108).  Click here for the flier.  Sign up online for the event at so there is a good estimate for how many gardening supplies the Cultural Gardens coordinator should bring. (9-20-14)

2 Cincinnati service events are planned in October.  SW Gubernator Sara Zandvakili is the contact person (  (9-15-14)

CINCINNATI CERTAMEN SCHEDULE, always Sat mornings, 9-11ish (9-12-14):

ANNOUNCEMENT:  The duties for the 2015-2016 1st VP and 2nd VP are new!  Here is the document with the amendment (passed in December 2013) with the new duties for each office.  Click on the ‘About Us’ button on top of this page to find Article 5 of the By-Laws with the duties of all the offices.


This article about 4 Perfects on the National Latin Exam by Ben Robertson (Shaker Heights) and Connor Tomshack (St. Edward) celebrates their extraordinary achievement and details the importance & relevance of Latin.  (6/22/14)

Here is the June 2014 OJCL Torch.  It is the final issue by Editor Jane Klaus (Ursuline Academy).  (6-16-14)

Columbus Pre-Nationals Picnic:  July 12 2014, 12-3 PM, at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Westerville, OH.  Click here for the flier.  (6/16/14)

Cleveland OJCL Summer Picnic:  July 13 2014, 1-4 pm, Edgewater Park, Cleveland, OH 44102.  Click here for the informational flier.  (6-3-14)

NEW!!  OJCL Promotional Video Contest (with CASH prizes), deadline to upload video to Google Drive is NOW JUNE 6 2014):

Congratulations to the newly appointed OJCL officers!  (4-24-14)

Travel to NJCL Convention (4-19-14):

Congratulations to the winners of the $100 OJCL Scholarships to attend the NJCL Convention! This year set a record for the most applications. Checks for the winners will be mailed this week.  (4-7-2014)

  1. Sameer Apte (Shaker Heights)
  2. Will Beatrez (St. Edward)
  3. Julia Dean (Summit)
  4. Tullus Dean (Summit)
  5. Joseph Delamerced (Summit)
  6. Tino Delamerced (Summit)
  7. Will Emery (Granville)
  8. Allison Kao (Shaker)
  9. Caroline Klette (Summit)
  10. Ben Robertson (Shaker)
  11. Narayan Sundararajan (Shaker)
  12. Jocelyn Ting (Shaker)
  13. Connor Tomshack (St. Edward)
  14. Sara Zandvakili (Indian Hill)

Here is the information about OH Certamen Tryouts and Summit Summer Latin Program.  The teams will compete at the NJCL Convention at Emory University (Atlanta GA).  The document also includes information about the Summer Latin Program run by Certamen Coach Larry Dean at Summit.  (4-4-14)

Congratulations to the new Gubernators selected last night at a cyber meeting of the OJCL Executive Board!  (3-24-14)

Shaker Heights teacher Nora Murphy is hosting a gathering for Latin teachers on May 7 at her home.  All Latin teachers of all levels are invited!  (3/23/14)

Ecce!  Tibi OSCL pecuniam dare vult!  Seniors can now apply for the OSCL Book Award. Deadline is Fri April 11.  (3/23/14)

Applications for the 6 appointed positions (4 gubernators, editor, historian) are due by Thurs March 20.  And congratulations to Katarina Packis (Westlake) who was selected by the Executive Board to fill the vacancy at 2nd VP!

Now available:  the application for the 10 $100 scholarships to the NJCL Convention – deadline is March 24.  (3-10/14)

Certamen schedules and results! It’s like Latin ESPN! (3-7-14)

Here is the 2014 OJCL Convention Program by Secretary Emily Haussler, and here is the 2014 OJCL Convention Program for the convention. (3-3-14)

Here is the Feb 2014 OJCL Torch by Editor Jane Klaus (Ursuline Academy).  (3-3-14)

2014 Convention Announcements (2-13-14):

Pre-Convention Deadline MOVED to Monday, Feb. 10th. (from Mrs. I, 2/6/14)

The pre-file form for OJCL elected office is now live:  Applications are due February 5th.  (from Parliamentarian Will Emery, 1/13/14)

Registration & Payment Deadlines for 2014 OJCL Convention (from Mr. I, 1/11/14)

2013 Announcements, News, and Deadlines

The Shaker Heights Certamen will be Feb 2 2014.  (1/7/14)

Parliamentarian Will Emery created this document to explain the duties of the various offices of the Executive Board. (12/2/2013)

On Dec. 1 2013, the Executive Board passed an amendment to the By-Laws involving the duties of the 1st and 2nd VPs.  Service will be a duty of the 2nd VP beginning with the election of the 2015-2016 officers at the 2015 OJCL Convention.  Click here for the full text of the amendment. (12/2/2013)

OJCL Treasurer Narayan Sundararajan has give each of the 3 GA’s a ‘spirit theme’ for the 2014 Convention.  Click here to print off more information.  (11/25/2013)

Here is the UPDATED Cleveland certamen schedule (10/19/2013):


OJCL Editor Jane Klaus (Ursuline) has completed the Fall 2013 Edition of The Torch!  It contains detailed information about the 3 regional MADD events, articles about nationals, and much more.  (10/1/13)

Interested in giving 1 of the 6 ‘Opening/Closing Speeches’ at the 2014 OJCL Convention?  There are 6 speeches total – 1 to open the 3 General Assemblies, 1 to close them.  3 of the slots are already filled:  NJCL President Danny Trunzo, OSCL President Logan Nagel, and OJCL President Tino Delamerced.  Contact OJCL President Tino Delamerced ( if you have something to say! (9/26/13)

Here is the Cleveland certamen schedule (9/17/2013):

Here is an article about the August 2013 retirement of long-time Latin teacher and OJCL sponsor William Prueter of West Geauga.  His school consistently placed 1st in the ‘Academic Per Capita’ competion at the State Convention. (9/16/2013)

Cincinnati Certamen Schedule for 2013-2014 (all certamen are on Saturday, from 9 am – 11ish am)

Here are a few new things (9/10/13):

Here is a list of important reminders about the UNLV Convention. (7/18/13)

Here is a suggested packing list for the 2013 NJCL at UNLV created by OJCL Treasurer Narayan Sundararajan. (7/9/13)

Below are the OH Competitive Certamen Teams for the 2013 NJCL Convention at UNLV.  Congratulationes et Optimam Fortunam! (7/3/2013)


  1. Tullus Dean (Summit)
  2. Patrick Fox (St. Edward)
  3. Soren Gran (St. Edward)
  4. Sam Katz (Shaker Heights)


  1. Will Beatrez (St. Edward)
  2. Alex Lathem (Westlake)
  3. Matthew McMillan (Shaker Heights)
  4. Anav Sood (Shaker Heights)


  1. Tino Delamerced (Summit)
  2. Jesse Campbell (Summit)
  3. Mollie Effler (McAuley)
  4. Ben Robertson (Shaker Heights)
  5. Adam Sichel (Indian Hill)

*Tino and Adam will play in every round; Mollie, Ben, and Jesse will rotate in different rounds

NJCL at UNLV!  (6/14/2013)

Outgoing OJCL Editor Regina Merrill (Summit) has completed the 2013 Spring Torch.  Optime, Regina! (5/24/13)

Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati will all be having ‘End of the Year’ + ‘Looking Forward to NJCL Convention’ picnics.  All Latin students are invited to join the fun!  (5/15/13)

Here are the minutes for the OJCL Executive Board Meeting and the minutes for the OJCL Sponsors Meeting on April 20, 2013.  (4/27/2013)

Are you going to Nationals at UNLV and interested in trying out for the OH Competitive Certamen teams?  If the answer is ‘Ita Vero!’ then click here for full information about the tryouts.  Even if you are not going to Nationals or playing certamen, maybe you want to improve your Latin skills and knowledge of the classical world – there is a summer Latin program at Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati.  Come on in and join the summer fun!  (4/25/2013)

Congratulations to the 2 new members of the Executive Board who were appointed at the Spring Meeting (4/20/13):

The OJCL Executive Board selected the 4 Gubernators for next year at a recent ‘cybermeeting (4/8/2013):

The 16 winners of the $100 OJCL Scholarship to the 2013 NJCL Convention at UNVL have been announced!  Click here for the list.  (3/31/2013)

Interested in proposing a change in the OJCL By-Laws or an amendment to the OJCL Constitution?  Parliamentarian Will Emery wants to hear from you.  Click here to make a suggestion.  (3/25/2013)

Message about the selection of next year’s Gubernators and Editor and Historian from Parliamentarian Will Emery:  “We still have six appointed positions that need to be filled by the best and brightest in the OJCL. If you are a strong leader, avid administrator, or want to give back to the organization, please apply.  The open positions are: SE Gubernator, Central Gubernator, NE Gubernator, NW Gubernator, Torch Editor, and Historian. Interested students must email me ( an Appointed Officer Application by April 1 for Gubernators and April 15 for Torch Editor and Historian.” (3/21/2013)

The application for the $100 OJCL Scholarship for the 2013 NJCL Convention is now available.  It must be emailed to State Chair Larry Dean ( by 11:59 Mon March 25. (3/5/13)

OJCL Editor Regina Merrill has completed the Winter 2013 issue of ‘The Ohio Torch.’ (3/1/13)

Here are some announcements from the Feb 9 2013 Executive Board meeting regarding the 2013 OJCL Convention (2/13/13, updated 2/17/13):

Suggest a theme for the 2013 Convention here.  (2/5/2013)


2012 Announcements, News, and Deadlines

The Candidate Prefile Application is now available online. If you don’t see your school listed, remind your sponsor to submit your membership information. (12/11/2012).

The Creative Contest Documents 2013 for OJCL Convention 2013 have been posted.  View the “Creative Arts” tab for the complete PDF.  (11/14/2012)

The details for the OJCL Make a Difference Day Service Events for Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland are now finalized (10/2/2012).

Each of the 3 main OH areas – Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland – has released the local certamen schedule for the 2012-2012 school year (9/22/2012).

OJCL Editor Regina Merrill has published her 1st edition of the OJCL Torch (9/22/2012).

Here are the official minutes of the OJCL Executive Board Meeting on Sept 8, 2012 (9/8/2012).

Changes have been made to various projects (8/28/12):

Important dates for OJCL Executive Board (8/2/12):

Mr. Dean’s daily updates on the 2012 NJCL Convention can be found here. (8/1/12)

Information about 2012 National Convention at Wake Forest in July has been posted here.  (5/29/12)

OJCL Editor Susan Wallace (Madeira) has completed her 3rd and final edition of the Torch.  Click here to see some great pictures & articles about the OJCL. (5/1/2012)

Both the OJCL Executive Board and the OJCL Sponsors had meetings on Sat April 21st (Rome’s 2,765th B-Day!).

The Ohio Senior Classical League is accepting applications for its 2012 Book Award Scholarship.  The award is hundreds of dollars for book expenses at college.  It is for graduating high school seniors.  The deadline is Friday May 4th at 11:59 pm.  Click here to download the application.  (4/16/2012)

Academic tests and keys for 2012 and 2010 have been posted under Academics on the Contest Page. (3/5/2012)