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.
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 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
TSJCL Winter Board Meeting
January 12, 2019
Anderson High School
Area D Convention
February 2, 2019
Area A Convention
February 9, 2019
Clear Lake High School
Area B Convention
February 23, 2019
Clark High School
San Antonio, TX
Area C Convention
February 23, 2019
Area F Convention
February 22, 2019 (Certamen preliminaries)
February 23, 2019 (all other contests)
St. Andrew's Upper School
TSJCL State Convention
April 5-6, 2019
Anderson High School
NJCL National Convention
July 26-31, 2019
North Dakota State University