|General assembly antics. Note to self: next time, bring earplugs!|
Be still my hammering heart!
Honestly, I don't know how I grew up without knowing anything about the Junior Classical League. I would have been all over this when I was a teen. Still, I'm grateful to have experienced a taste of the national convention this week. I gave two presentations--one on Cleopatra and one on Writing Historical Fiction.
The Cleopatra presentation had to be moved from a classroom at Eastern Kentucky University to a small auditorium. Kelly Kusch of the KY Junior Classical League told me later she counted close to 150 attendees. Kelly, thankfully, stood up to signal me when my hour was over, quickly realizing that I would've gone on FOREVER about my favorite subject. But the teens and teachers had places to go and contests to place!
|Tenisha of Oklahoma totally captured the Selene smoulder!|
The kids inspired me with their brilliance and enthusiasm but I was also blown away by the dedication of the Latin teachers I met. Wednesday night I was invited to speak at 9:30 pm at a Teacher's Exchange presentation hosted by Davind Volk and Jeremy Walker, both from North Dakota. I was honored to be a part of it. But, to be honest, I thought, "Who's going to show up so late at night when they've been so busy herding, managing, and chaperoning teens?" When I saw the auditorium, I thought David and Jeremy--who are HYSTERICAL by the way--may have overestimated attendance. I figured just a handful of folks would show up. After all, it was late.
I was wrong. The auditorium nearly filled with Latin teachers seeking ways of enhancing their teaching methods a. What dedication! I was really blown away by their commitment. And humbled. These are some lucky kids to have such devoted teachers.
|Me, Shawn, Ginger and Robin (in back).|
I wanted to give a shout-out too to Bari Clemens, a Latin teacher in Kentucky, who was incredibly helpful in making arrangements for me to attend this week. Thank you Bari, Kelly, and everyone else who made it easy for me to be a part of amazing experience. Not to be presumptuous, but I sure do hope to attend future state and national conventions because I'm totally and completely hooked!