Hail, senior Maggie Conrad! Cloaked in a Roman toga and soldier helmet, she and fellow Junior Classical League members Ceci Bourg, Claire Plunkett, Celeste Maffei (seniors) and junior Kristen Tholen promenade into the Chariot Competition to be judged on “best homemade chariot.” Dominican, along with schools from all over Louisiana, gathered in Baton Rouge in March for the Louisiana JCL Convention.
Over the course of three days, Junior Classical League members competed in several categories that related to the theme, “All Art is but an Imitation of Nature”- a quote from the Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger. Categories such as Olympika (academic testing), graphic and performing arts, and spirit competitions gave students the opportunity to put their knowledge to the test.
JCL members dedicated many hours prepare for the convention, which paid off because DHS fecit mundum verrunt, the Latin term for “made a clean sweep.” Overall Club Sweeps, one of the most prestigious categories, determined which club had the highest average scores in the categories. DHS earned 5th place, “which is big for us because other clubs typically bring in about 50 or 60 members versus our seven,” said moderator Dr. Wayne Rupp.
For Individual Sweepstakes, senior Elizabeth Champagne earned 8th place and Maffei came in with a close 9th place. On top of the many other awards and prizes, Dominican finished with Maffei receiving the 2017 LCJL College Scholarship.
Each year, the Louisiana JCL Convention unites students from all over the state who share the same passion for Greek and Roman culture. “The convention was a really cool experience,” said Bourg. “I am proud of us for accomplishing so much and bringing home so many awards with a smaller team.”