This year, the National Junior Classical League (NJCL) Convention went online July 24-29, and two Indian Hill High School students participated and placed! Indian Hill High School (IHHS) Class of 2020 graduate Olivia Sheldon and rising sophomore Alex Sheldon earned recognition.
“The NJCL worked really hard to ensure that students from all across the country could be part of the national convention experience,” said IHHS Latin teacher Melissa Burgess. “Well over 1,000 people participated in the virtual convention. Alex and Olivia, as veteran NJCL attendees, didn’t want to miss this event and they took full advantage of the variety of competitions and activities.”
The presence of each IHHS student was known. In Graphic Arts, Alex Sheldon earned: magna cum laude, Art Portfolio, grade 9; summa cum laude, Quarantine, grade 9; magna cum laude, Impromptu Art, grades 7-9. In E-lympica, she earned: first place, Trick Shot and Push Ups; second place, Sit Ups. Additionally, Alex Sheldon was featured in the “That’s Entertainment” talent show with a pre-recorded gymnastics routine choreographed to the song “Pompeii” by Bastille.
“Though convention was different I really enjoyed the new opportunities like the E-lympica events, and I had fun doing the art in quarantine with Olivia,” said Alex Sheldon. “The best part was that the community and jc-love stayed the same!”
In Graphic Arts, Olivia Sheldon earned summa cum laude, Art Portfolio, grade 12; summa cum laude, Quarantine, grade 12; summa cum laude, Impromptu Art, grade 12. In Academic Testing, she earned third place, Classical Art, level 5+.
“Virtual convention was an enjoyable experience and something for me to look forward to each day,” said Olivia Sheldon. “It was especially great that a lot of the energy from in-person convention managed to make its way into nationals this year despite the online format.”