Members of the Mount Carmel Classics Club departed for the annual Illinois Junior Classical League (IJCL) Convention at the Westin-Itasca in Itasca, Illinois. The MC team placed 8th in per-capita points, which means that the team had the most points per team member.
Mr. Sean Sweany, the moderator of the Classics Club, praised the MC delegates at the convention.
“In addition to placing in the top 10 schools in the state, I was delighted that our delegation represented themselves and their school with class, showing a passion and appreciation for the Classics that can inspire other Latin scholars to be proud of their academic achievements and success,” Sweany noted, when asked about his thoughts on how well the students represented the school.
“It was a really great experience these past three years going to this convention, and I’m going to miss it next year for sure,” noted senior Anthony Morales, who has attended the convention since his sophomore year.
Freshman Chris Auguste, Sophomores Aidan Rodgers, Blake Lopez, Basie Mollet, Patrick Navarre, and Adam Sieracki, and Senior Zack Pasciak all placed in the top five for at least one of the individual tests they took. Sophomore Blake Lopez placed in the top five in five of the tests, placing fourth in the Greek Derivatives test and the History test, second in the Vocabulary and Decathlon tests, and first in the Grammar test. Lopez also teamed up with fellow Sophomore Xandru Borst for the sight Latin competition, which required them to read a Latin passage in front of judges. They placed fifth in that competition.
Numerous individuals also placed in their own individual competitions. Each contest allowed teams to compete and gain points, depending on where the competitors place. The convention began Thursday, February 22nd and ran until Saturday, February 24th.