Latin Club: The Junior Classical League

Karen Moore and Ashton Murphy discusses starting a Latin club.

The National Junior Classical League is an organization designed to promote the study of classics among middle and high school students. With over 50,000 members across the U.S., Canada, and Australia, it is the largest classical organization in the world. Each year the NJCL provides opportunities for academic competition in classical study. Learn more about this organization and how Latin Club may bring a new level of enthusiasm to your Latin program. This unique presentation format will provide participants with two perspectives, that of teacher and student. A former JCL club member herself, Karen Moore has now served as a JCL sponsor for Grace Academy’s award winning Latin Club for the past eight years. Ashton Murphy, recent Grace Academy alumna, has been a part of the Grace Academy Latin Club for the past six years, winning top honors at the area, state and national level. This teacher-student duo will discuss the organization of the NJCL and how classical Christian schools can use its resources to encourage their Latin programs.

Karen Moore

Karen has led both teaching and administrative roles at Grace Academy of Georgetown, a classical Christian school in central Texas, where she has built the 3rd- through 12th-grade classical language program. She has nearly 20 years of experience teaching Latin, Greek and ancient humanities in classical Christian schools. Karen also sponsors the school's award-winning chapter of the Junior Classical League. She is the author of Latin Alive Reader: Latin Literature from Cicero to Newton, multiple Latin texts and the Essential Latin course for teachers on ClassicalU. Karen blogs at www.latinaliveonline. com. She and her husband, Bryan, are the proud parents of graduates of Grace Academy and one high school junior.

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