ATLANTA — Four area high school students recently attended the National Junior Classical League Convention in Atlanta. Dakota Jackson and Teresa Easterbrooks of Winthrop High School and Kathryn Truman and Sarah Truman of Cony High School attended the convention, which was held at Emory University.

During the week-long event, students were able to take tests on Latin language and culture, recite Latin, compete in athletic events and attend seminars taught by college staff.

Students attended this year from 38 states and Canadian provinces. Maine students attended from Cony High School, Greely High School, Sacopee Valley High School and Winthrop High School.

Awards were presented to states, schools and individuals. Maine was recognized for its Junior Classical League publication the “TORCH,” which received fourth place in the publications contest. In the publicity contest, Maine was awarded first place in percentage of schools entering and fourth place in number of state entries. Local schools were also recognized for their publicity efforts: Winthrop High School placed 19th and Cony High School 28th. Cony also received special mention about newspaper articles involving the efforts to preserve the Latin program there. Cony also received second place for best new chapter publicity.

Individual awards were earned by Easterbrooks, who placed fifth in Latin Sight Reading, girls poetry division, and sixth place in senior girls’ shotput.

Accompanying the students were teachers Sarah Moore of Cony High School, the recipient of a Miller Fellowship award for first-time teacher attendees, and Meg Cook of Winthrop High School, who was attending her 32nd consecutive convention.

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