The Latin club will attend the Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL) convention April 8-10 at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, which has rotated hosts each year the club visits, although it was virtual l ‘last year. The competition consists of artistic events, public speaking and other games. The club attended the Area C convention on February 26.
“Our region is quite strong,” said Courtney Herring, Latin teacher and club sponsor. “We generally do quite well at Area. We are probably one of the best schools in the area, if not the best. We still have many children [qualify].”
Last year, the region and state competitions were virtual. Very few Latin club members have actually competed in person due to COVID-19, as the club has more subclasses than ever and fewer club members.
“Unfortunately, it was all online last year,” said senior and officer Olivia O’Brien. “We couldn’t go anywhere for this, but this is the first year that I really have the opportunity to go somewhere. I think it will be great for all of us.
With fewer members comes other problems. In the past, there have been as many as 80 children going to state, but Herring is taking 16 students to state this year.
“I think we’re going to go from first to fifth in some events,” Herring said. “Some other events are a lot tougher than others, though. We will certainly have national qualifications, we may not have so many.