On the last weekend in January, LPS students along with students from other Wisconsin schools compete at the annual state Junior Classical League convention in Madison. The students compete in tests on
- Greek and Roman history
- Latin literature
- Roman private life
- Greek and Latin derivatives
- Latin mottos
- Latin grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension
In addition there is an impromptu essay competition, an impromptu art contest, and competition in all sorts of arts and crafts.
Finally, there is the yearly Certamen competition. Teams from each school compete against each other, 3 at a time in the preliminaries. The 3 preliminary rounds consists of 15-16 toss-up questions with two bonuses each. Whichever team first answers the toss-up correctly gets a chance at the two bonus questions. For each level (1-4), the top 3 teams after the preliminary rounds, compete in the final round: 20 toss-up questions, 2 bonus questions per toss-up.
Year after year our students have demonstrated that LPS is serving them well by giving them a fine classical background necessary for effective ministerial studies. Our students consistently place in the top 5 in the different competitions.
The annual JCL convention hosts about 500 students from these different schools. That is strong evidence that more and more people are realizing the benefit of a true classical education, what it means for the development of the mind, the understanding of culture, and the building of character. Thank God for the great blessing we have!
If a student is interested in joining JCL for the next annual convention, please talk with Prof. Souksamay Phetsanghane.