Twenty Maine students and teachers recently traveled to Alabama to participate in the 2017 National Junior Classical League Convention. The event took place July 23-30 at Troy University. The convention offered students many activities including art, athletic and academic competitions as well as seminars by college professors.

The Maine delegation earned several awards. In the category of state promotional videos, Hampden Academy student Eliot Small received a first-place award. Hampden Academy also earned an award for best print article in the Publicity Contest. The TORCH:ME newsletter, edited by Emma McAnirlin of Nokomis, placed sixth in State Publications. The Maine delegation also earned a third-place award for an outstanding spirit display among the small state delegations. The Maine T-shirt, designed by Emma Dexter of Greely High School, received fourth place in the most creative category.

Maine delegates also earned many individual awards. Molly Swalec, of Hampden Academy, placed third in the Sculpture Competition. Winthrop’s Samantha Neumann received seventh place in the oil/acrylic category of the Graphic Arts Competition.

Many Maine delegates placed in the Essay Contest: Emma Dexter, of Greely, earned a first place, Audrie French, of Hampden, placed seventh, Fantasia Perez, of Winthrop, placed eighth, Noah Burby, of Hampden, placed ninth, and Molly Swalec, of Hampden, placed 10th. Winthrop’s Samantha Neumann received a ninth place award for her local scrapbook. Joey Tierney, of Winthrop, placed 11th in the Sight Latin Reading competition.

Two Maine teachers received free registration to the convention through the Miller Fellowship, given to teachers who are attending the convention for the first time. They were Katherine Collins of Gardiner Area High School and Ross Shaler of Winthrop High School.

Other teachers attending the convention were Ben Johnson of Hampden Academy for his 10th convention and Seth Knowles of Greely, who has attended 16 conventions. Other adults attending were Alyssa Sohns of the University of Southern Maine and retired teacher Margaret Cook, who has attended 35 conventions. Cook received the Mildred Sterling award for longtime service to the Junior Classical League, presented by her former student, Seth Knowles.

Other students who attended the convention were Maine Junior Classical League President Colby Kreider of Nokomis; Nathan Cyr, Duncan Lary and Julia Vine from Greely, Aidan Babbitt and Andrew Terry of Hampden, and Emma Dwelle of Winthrop.