Welcome to the Texas State Junior Classical League!
Bringing Texans interested in the classics together since the late 60s, the TSJCL fosters the study of ancient Greek and Latin topics in the modern age. The TSJCL is one of more than 1,000 chapters of the National Junior Classical League, an international organization that encourages the same activities as the TSJCL. The NJCL is one of the largest student driven organizations in the world, comprised of more than 45,000 students.
We invite you to browse our website whether you are a member of the TSJCL or not. We have many resources available for others studying the Classics.
Creating or Renewing Your Membership
TSJCL registration, as well as state convention sign ups, is done through MyTSJCL this year. Click the button below to learn more about starting or renewing your TSJCL membership.
Suggest a TSJCL Constitution Amendment
Have an amendment for the TSJCL Constitution? Fill out the form here! To submit a suggested amendment, you must be a member of the TSJCL and your school must be a chapter within the TSJCL. All proposed amendments must be submitted by January 1st to be considered at the state convention in the same calendar year.
Running for TSJCL Office
Love the classics? Interested in becoming a TSJCL officer? Positions include President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Outreach Coordinator, Historian, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Editor, Webmaster, Convention Coordinator(s), and Area Chairpersons. Click the button below to learn more about running for office.
TSJCL Announcement COVID-19 Virus
Dear TSJCL Sponsors,
Out of abundance of caution and with the declaration of health emergency by Houston’s Mayor Turner, the State Chairs have concluded that cancelling the 2020 TSJCL Convention due to the concerns of COVID-19 would be the best course of action.
We recognize all the hard work that students and teachers have put into preparing for this event and share in their disappointment in the cancellation. The decision to cancel this event was not made lightly. The state chairs have been in constant communication and discussion since last week and have been monitoring the situation carefully. As the press conference by the mayor of Houston unfolded today, we feel that this decision is in the best interest of students, teachers, chaperones, and the TSJCL as an organization. Please know that if payments have already been made or submitted, TSJCL is prepared to refund all costs associated with the convention (registration, food, etc.), except for the processing fee assessed by Stripe if payment was made by using the online credit card option. The fee is assessed by Stripe, NOT TSJCL, and cannot be recovered by the organization. We apologize for this inconvenience.
We want to take this time to recognize all the hard work put in by this year’s TSJCL student officers in the organization of this event. The amount of time they spent and the dedication they have for TSJCL and the Classics are second to none. They should be applauded for all that they have done, even though we had to make the painful decision to cancel this year’s state convention.
The State Chairs are also discussing if and how any contests may take place but have made no final decisions at this time. Additionally, the State Chairs in conjunction with the Board will come up with a plan for student officer and State Chair elections to take place so that a new board will be in place. We will disseminate additional information via all TSJCL social media outlets and the TCA Listserv as soon as possible.
March 11, 2020
2020 TSJCL Fall Torch
Our editor has been hard at work creating this year's Fall Torch. Check it out here!
August 14, 2019
TSJCL Announcement re: JCL Creed & Song
Dear TSJCL Sponsors,
Many of you may be aware of the social media concerns surrounding the JCL. If not, in brief, observers (some of whom are JCL sponsors, and others of whom are not) have objected to some of the language used in the NJCL song and creed. Because the creed and song are part of the NJCL Handbook which requires a vote of the NJCL Board, NJCL is NOT able to make immediate changes.
As the chairs of a state affiliate of NJCL, TSJCL State Chairs have decided that the creed and the song are not mandatory at TSJCL events. Furthermore, we encourage local JCL sponsors to refrain from using the NJCL song and creed until our national organization has had the opportunity to evaluate and assess the creed and song fairly and objectively under the guidance of the diversity consultant hired by ACL. Until TSJCL receives further guidance from NJCL, the song and the creed will no longer be available on the TSJCL website.
In addition, one of the activities NJCL offered in the past during the Day in Old Rome was Rent-A-Roman. NJCL recognized the resemblance of this activity to Roman slave auctions and has not offered this activity for a long time. NJCL has unequivocally stated that the national organization condemns any actions, reenactments, and/or activities that advocate slavery or any form of human rights violation. Even though TSJCL State Conventions have not offered this event, the TSJCL State Chairs want to echo the same sentiment as the NJCL and strongly discourage local sponsors from having these events.
October 31, 2019
2019 NJCL Convention Results
Congratulations to all the Texans who went to the NJCL convention this year in Fargo, ND! All of the NJCL results are now available on the download archives page.
August 14, 2019
Webmaster Officer Application Deadline Extended
The application deadline for Webmaster has been extended to May 10! Just like the other appointed officer positions, all application materials (nominations form, cover letter, and resume) should be emailed to the parliamentarian at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates for Webmaster may also want to include a mock website design.
May 6, 2019
Running for Appointed Office Positions
The board is now accepting appointed officer applications! Appointed office materials (nominations form, cover letter, and resume) are due May 3rd! After you submit your application, the parliamentarian will contact you for a interview. Elected officers include Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Editor, and Webmaster. As per state of emergency procedure, the Historian position is also open for application.
- Candidates for Treasurer must come from a chapter whose sponsor has previously sponsored a TSJCL officer or area chairperson.
- Candidates for Editor should include a mock Torch cover.
- Candidates for Historian may want to include a mock scrapbook page/cover.
- Candidates for Webmaster may want to include a mock website design.
April 18, 2019
State Results Released
Thank you for such a wonderful state convention, everyone! All contest and sweepstakes results are now available on the state convention page.
April 8, 2019
State Convention Election Winners
The TSJCL board would like to welcome the following state convention election winners to the 2019-2020 board:
- Troy Schouten, President
- Lorelei Ing, 1st Vice President
- Devansh Dalal, 2nd Vice President
- Katiana Soenen, Secretary
- Kagan Baker, Outreach Coordinator
Congratulationes vobis agimus, officers!
April 7, 2019
Official Convention Schedule
Salve, TSJCL members! With state convention right around the corner, feel free to familiarize yourselves with the official schedule for this year. Schedule includes contest times and colloquium session info.
March 26, 2019
Aristotle Award Applications Open
The TSJCL board is pleased to share this year's application form for the Aristotle Award, which will reimburse the cost of a student's regular registration ($495) for the NJCL National Convention this summer at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. This award is open to any TSJCL student member who can commit to attending the convention if they receive the scholarship. The deadline for the application is April 23. The recipient will be notified by May 1 to give time to register for NJCL by the May 15 deadline for regular registration.
Students attending NJCL National Convention need to have an adult attending convention who is responsible for them, whether it's their own Latin teacher, a Latin teacher from another school with whom the teacher has arranged it, or a parent.
March 16, 2019
Elected Officer Position Nominations due Friday!
Want to join the TSJCL board? Nominations forms for elected officer positions are due this Friday, March 8. Cover letters and resumes are due after March 8 (final deadline will be announced soon). Officers will be elected during the state convention. Elected positions include the President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Outreach Coordinator, and Historian. Nominations and applications for appointed officer positions (Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Editor, Webmaster, Convention Coordinators) will not be due until after state convention.
March 4, 2019
Register for State Convention Now!
The 2019 TSJCL state convention (April 5-6) is just around the corner! The Sponsor Registration Packet and all registration forms are now posted on the state convention page. Sponsors must complete all registration online at MyTSJCL by March 8.
Only sponsors need to fill out the Sponsor Registration Packet, but students should also review packet for important info on things we've changed for this year's convention, including new General Assembly procedures, new academic contest answer forms, and a Kahoot! competition.
February 28, 2019
Now Accepting TSJCL Consitution Amendment Suggestions!
The board is now accepting TSJCL Constitution amendment suggestions from TSJCL members! Click the link below to suggest an amendment. Submission form can also be found on the home page and under the "TSJCL Board" menu option. The Student Executive Board will then consider your proposal.
To submit a suggested amendment, you MUST be a member of the TSJCL and your school MUST be a chapter within the TSJCL. According to Article VII of the Constitution, all proposed amendments must be submitted by January 1st to be considered at the state convention in the same calendar year.
February 11, 2019
Read the Winter Torch!
The 2019 Winter Torch has been published! Issue includes a recap of the winter board meeting and important state convention updates.
February 4, 2019
State Convention Talent Show
Calling all TSJCL members! Interested in performing at the TSJCL State Convention Talent Show? Check out the flyer below and fill out a form here before March 8!
January 19, 2019
New Info on Running for 2019-2020 TSJCL Office
Want to join the TSJCL board? Elected officer positions are chosen during the State Convention while appointed officers are selected after the convention. Learn more about running for 2019-2020 office by clicking the link below!
January 19, 2019
Winter Board Meeting
The TSJCL board met last week at Anderson High School, location of the 2019 State Convention. Among the many topics discussed: finalized rules, contest facilities, and the food truck lineup. More convention updates are coming, so stay tuned!
January 19, 2019
Read the Fall Torch Now!
Hope you are all having a laeta Saturnalia! The Fall Torch has been published. Read now for the latest state convention rules, updates, and more!
December 26, 2018
TSJCL Announces New Monthly Online Contests!
The TSJCL is excited to announce two new online monthly contests this year, the Club of the Month and Service of the Month, to recognize Latin clubs active in celebrating the classics and benefitting the local community throughout the year.
Want to enter? Click the link below or go to the Monthly Contests page under the Events in the menu! Winners will be announced each month and featured on the website in honor of their recognition.
November 2, 2018
Calling All Prospective TSJCL Officers!
Interested in running for TSJCL office this year? Please fill out this form if you are interested in pursuing a TSJCL board position. This is in no way committing to applying for office! We just want to know what office you're interested in and some information about you. Feel free to send this to anyone who is interested!
October 8, 2018
2019 State Convention Rules Released
Rules for the 2019 TSJCL State Convention contests are out! Check them out here!
October 5, 2018
Fall Board Meeting Recap
The new 2018-2019 TSJCL board met this Saturday at the Jesuit College Prepatory School of Dallas, where board members finalized area convention dates and edited new state contest rules. Stay in touch: rules will be posted soon!
September 19, 2018
Read the 2017-2018 Scrapbook!
The 2017-2018 TSCL scrapbook Ad Astra Per Aspera, created by our awesome historian Faith Padgett, is finally available for download!
July 23, 2018
Spring Board Meeting Recap
The TSJCL board met one final time for the 2017-2018 school year at Alamo Heights High School, San Antonio. Among the subjects discussed at the meeting included T-shirt designs for national convetion and appointed officer positions. The board welcomes the newly appointed officers and area chairs below:
- Ashley Xie, Parliamentarian
- Nicole Stachowiak, Editor
- Katiana Soenen and Jude Farrell, Convention Coordinators
- Alex Moree, Area A Chair
- Clarissa Valenciano and Tatianna Saenz, Area B Chairs
- Troy Schouten and Nathan Shelton, Area D Chairs
- Lorelei Ing and Emma Schmidt, Area F Chairs
Last but not least, the board also bids farewell to all our outgoing officers and high school graduates. Valete, and we look forward to working with the new board in the 2018-2019 school year!
May 19, 2018
Editor Position Deadline Extended to Monday, May 14
Still interested in applying for an appointed officer position? The Editor application deadline has been extended to Monday, May 14!
Once again, applicants must submit the Nominations Form, cover letter, and resume. Candidates for Editor should include a mock Torch cover. Applications must be emailed to the parliamentarian and Ms. Wenzlaff by May 14. Interviews will be held via Google Hangouts after all applications have been submitted.
May 9, 2018
Appointed Officer Applications Open!
Love the classics? Want to become a TSJCL state officer? Applications for appointed officer positions editor, webmaster, treasurer, and parliamentarian are open now!
Applicants must submit the Nominations Form, a cover letter, and a resume. Candidates for Editor should include a mock Torch cover, and candidates for Webmaster should include a mock web design. Applications must be emailed to the parliamentarian and Ms. Wenzlaff by May 1. Interviews will be held via Google Hangouts after all applications have been submitted.
Apr 19, 2018
State Convention Recap
The board congratulates all who attended an amazing weekend of classics, learning, and fun at the 2018 TSJCL state convention! Here were some highlights of the convention:
- Over 1800 students and teachers were registered from 90 different schools and separate entities
- Around $850 were raised for scholarships
- 643 pairs of socks and about 200 notes were collected for the homeless in 1st vice president Isabella Zou's service project
- Will Snider was elected as the board's first ever outreach coordinator
- The board welcomed Carl Quist as the new TSJCL president. Other new officers include 1st vice president Luke Martin, 2nd vice president Nour Kassem, secretary Grant Morrison, and historian Faith Padgett. Congratulations and welcome to the board, officers!
Apr 19, 2018
Read the Midnight Torch!
Hope you are all having an awesome time at TSJCL! Written at midnight before state convention (literally), The final Torch of the school year, the Midnight Torch, is now available online to read!
Apr 14, 2018
Aristotle Scholarship Application Open!
Applications for the Aristotle Award scholarship for an NJCL registration packet are now being accepted through April 23. The award will reimburse the cost of one Texas student's registration for this summer's NJCL convention at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The winner of the award will be notified on or before May 1, so that they may register for NJCL by May 15. Interested students should apply at the following link: Aristotle Award Application
Apr 9, 2018
State Convention Schedule
The state convention official schedule has been released! Times are subject to change, but feel free to take a look and plan ahead. Schedule is available at the button below or on the state page.
Apr 1, 2018
State Hotel Special Deals Update
The Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Park Central and Homewood Suites Dallas Park Central hotels have offered a special deal. Email here.
The Holiday Inn Garland also has 25 rooms available with a special TSJCL rate. Contact hotel at 972-495-1144 and ask for Rita to give you the TSJCL rate. The hotel is very close to the school.
Mar 28, 2018
State Registration Open!
The TSJCL is eager to announce that registration for state convention, held April 13-14, is open! Just like last year, registration will be hosted on MyTSJCL. Deadline is March 21!
Mar 15, 2018
Looking for New Historian
Passionate about Latin? Love record-keeping? Enjoy scrapbooking? The TSJCL is currently looking for a new historian! Interested applicants should read the letter and fill out the nomination form, which must be sent to the parliamentarian and parliamentarian sponsor. Deadline is March 9!
Mar 15, 2018
Need Certamen Practice?
State convention is only weeks away, and we've decided to release around several dozen brand new Certamen practice questions to help you prepare! Check them out on the Certamen page and have fun practicing!
Mar 15, 2018
Read the Winter Torch!
The Winter Torch issue is out! Features include a winter board meeting recap and some latest news regarding the state convention. Read now to learn more!
Feb 27, 2018
Where to Stay at State Convention
For attendees traveling to state convention, we've made a list of hotels within the area where students and teachers can stay. List includes proximity and prices, and some hotels feature special rates for TSJCL members. List is also available on the State Convention and Links + Downloads pages.
Feb 10, 2018
Winter Board Meeting Recap
Happy new years! To start off 2018, the TSJCL board convened at Naaman Forest High School, location of the 2018 State Convention. We've finalized contest rules and toured the campus, and we are excited to say we look forward to seeing everyone at an awesome convention!
January 11, 2018
Area F Sign Up
Sign up for Area F 2018 is now open!
December 20, 2017
National Convention Announcement
We welcome you to join us at the 65th Annual National Junior Classical League Convention, held from July 23-28 at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Registration opens March 1, 2018.
November 27, 2017
2017 Fall Torch Issue
The 2017 Fall Torch issue has been released! Read it here.
October 16, 2017
State Convention Rules Released
Rules for the 2018 State Convention contests are out, and the TSJCL Board is excited to announce 3 new contests: Photo of the Month, Promotional Video, and Illustrated Quoatations and Cartoons. Check them out here!
October 12, 2017
Fall Board Meeting Recap
To kick off the 2017-2018 school year, the TSJCL board had is first meeting at Westlake High School, Austin. Members were able to meet new board members as well as introduce several brand new state contests!
September 16, 2017