2015 Fall Latin Day

The 38th annual Fall Latin Day was a huge success. The state officers really outdid themselves with this year’s Fall Latin Day. From informational general assemblies to interesting breakouts a Latin lover wouldn’t be disappointed.Everyone who went to this amazing event had something good to say. Here were a few responses. First year Latin student Dugan Dailey said, “I found Fall Latin Day to be a fun, yet educational experience. I learned a lot about ancient Roman culture, which expanded my interest in JCL. I also had a great time making friends and meeting new people. Fall Latin Day was surely a wonderful use of a Saturday”. A second year Latin student, Erin Sizemore, said, “I thought it was way better than last year in all aspects. The space we had was more suited towards our numbers, the break out sessions were more interesting, and overall it was better organized. The general assemblies were more entertaining as well. I thought August did a really nice job putting it together.”.

The following is the local press release.

Local students attend state Latin activity

Students from Crown Point Latin Club were among more than 100 high school Latin students and their sponsors from across Indiana who attended the 38th annual Indiana Junior Classical League Fall Latin Day on November 14 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

During registration/group pictures schools were able to choose from two different activities: Lend a Hand Activity, where students traced, cut out, and colored handprints that were connected together to form a wreath and then donated and Scopa, a fun Italian card game.

Dr. Keith Dickson gave a wonderful keynote address on “Myth and Medicine.”

Fall Latin Day participants attended breakout sessions over topics such as Roman art and Roman performances, Cursus Honorum and Roman propaganda, Roman games such as the modern trivia game called Certamen, Roman oratory, Roman elections, and spirit cheers.  Purdue University Classical Studies Professors also presented several sessions entitled, “Pack it and Ship it! Fun with Roman jars,” “Being Free in Ancient Rome,” and “What Modern Comedians Owe to Roman Satire: A Look at Stephen Colbert, Amy Schumer, and Trevor Noah.”  Graduating seniors also attended a session on college and the Classics presented by members of the Senior Classical League, the college level of the organization.

Latin students and their teachers represented Boonville Schools, Carmel HS, Crown Point HS, Herron HS (Indianapolis), Homestead HS (Fort Wayne), Indiana Academy of Math Science, and Humanities (Muncie), Jay County HS (Portland), Park Tudor (Indianapolis), Terre Haute South Vigo HS, and Valparaiso HS.

Student officers in charge of the day, were August Dailey of Crown Point, president; Katie Schmelz of Carmel, first vice president; Kendal Paul of Homestead, second vice president; Claire Dosen of Crown Point, secretary; Ben Depta of Crown Point, parliamentarian; Mary Piper of Herron, editor; and Evan Castle of Homestead, webmaster.

Upcoming events include: January 9, Hoosier Certamen Invitational at Herron HS; January 24 – 30, Indiana Latin Week; February 20, Indiana Certamen Invitational at Guerin Catholic HS, Noblesville; March 11-12, state convention at Indiana University, Bloomington; and July 25-July 30, national convention at Indiana University, Bloomington.