TMI students earn national classics honors

All five students representing TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas who attended the national convention of the Junior Classical League earned Top 10 places in competition at their respective levels.

At the annual event, held July 27-Aug. 1 at Trinity University, TMI students earned the following honors in subject tests:
Freshman Dillon Goldmann placed second in Greek Life and Literature and sixth in Roman History; eighth grader Amanda Kyle, seventh in both Mythology and Roman History; eighth grader Joey Kyle, second in Ancient Geography and Monuments, eighth in Roman Life and ninth in Roman History; ninth grader Bridget Lynch, first in Roman Life and seventh in Heptathlon (a general classical knowledge test on seven topics of language and civilization); and eighth grader Lucas Prado placed fifth in Latin Derivatives, seventh in Greek Derivatives and eighth in Heptathlon.

“I am so incredibly proud of these students for wanting to spend a week of their summer attending a Latin convention and for all their hard work,” said Claudia Clark, Latin teacher and faculty sponsor of TMI’s middle-school chapter of JCL. “I see this as a wonderful and enriching experience for our students and I couldn’t be prouder of their performance.”

The TMI students previously competed at the area and state levels during the 2014-2015 school year. The national convention was attended by about 1,600 students from all over the country. Activities also included contests in the arts and athletics, lectures given by university professors, state meetings and a talent showcase.

Formed in 1936, NJCL is the largest classical organization in the world, with a membership of more than 50,000 middle- and high-school students. JCL is the second-largest youth organization in the United States, after only the Boy Scouts.

The JCL creed states, “We the members of the Junior Classical League covenant to hand on the torch of classical civilization to the modern world. We believe an acquaintance with the civilization of Greece and Rome will help us understand and appraise this world of today, which is indebted to ancient civilization in its government and laws, literature, language, and arts. We affirm the JCL experience develops responsibility, fosters brotherhood, promotes enthusiasm , encourages competition, inspires dedication, and enriches our total growth.”