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September 23, 2010

calendar 2010-11

Filed under: link — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 9:20 am
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The calendar on the right is up to date now with activities and links. If you have any other events are deadlines to add, please post in the comments!

Oct. 9, 2010: LJCL Fall Forum at Denham Springs High
Oct. 15, 2010: Deadline to register for National Classical Etymology Exam
Oct. 28-30, 2010: CAMWS Southern Section at University of Richmond
Oct. 30, 2010: LCA Organizational Meeting at LSU
Dec. 15, 2010: Deadline to register for SCRIBO contest
Jan. 15, 2011: Deadline to register for Classical Literacy Exam
Jan. 15, 2011: Deadline to register for National Mythology Exam
Jan. 15, 2011: Deadline to register for National Roman Civilization Exam
Jan. 18, 2011: Deadline to register for National Latin Exam
Feb. 12, 2011: Deadline to register for Medusa Mythology Exam
March 7-11, 2011: National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week
March 11-12, 2011: LJCL Convention in Baton Rouge
Spring 2011: LCA State Meeting at McNeese State University
July 25-30, 2011: NJCL Convention


SCRIBO: a creative writing contest for Latin students

Filed under: opportunities — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 8:34 am

Goals: This contest is designed to spur interest and excitement in using Latin for creative writing, provide teachers with high quality materials in Latin that they can read in their classes, and honor and recognize top work in Latin creative writing!

Original short stories, comics, and poems are accepted. Illustrations are encouraged but not required. Entries have a maximum of 1,000 words and a maximum of 10 pages.

Eligibility and Levels:
Students of Latin in any grade, from kindergarten through college, may participate. Entries will be sorted into the following levels, which are based on length of time studying Latin and content of the course: exploratory, lower, and upper.

Classroom Integration:
SCRIBO is designed to be as flexible as possible for easy classroom integration. You could offer a contest, assignment, or project from which you could choose and submit the best entries. This could be open-ended, connected to a cultural unit, or connected to your text’s storyline!

Benefits: Participation in SCRIBO has the following benefits

  • certificates for all participants
  • medals with ribbons for the top 20% of scorers
  • press release plus letter to the principal recognizing medal winners
  • free CD of the top entries, including multiple entries per level
  • ability to purchase full-color bound books of the collected top entries (plus inclusion in a raffle to win a free copy of this book)
  • knowledge that your school is supporting the mission of Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute to bring Latin and Classical Studies to our youngest scholars

All entries will be judged by Latin teachers and professors who have training in Latin composition and/or oral Latin, using the following categories: grammatical and syntactical accuracy, choice of vocabulary, quality of work, audience appeal. Entries in the running to be in the top 20% will be scored by at least one additional judge. (Contact SCRIBO to apply to serve as a judge.)

Cost: $25 for 1 entry (or homeschool groups); $45 for 2-5 entries; $75 for 6-10 entries.

Registration & Submission: Register and pay by mail/online, including names, ages, and levels of student participants, no later than December 15, 2010. Receive an email from SCRIBO with identifying codes for all your participants, no later than January 1, 2011. Then the teacher submits all entries electronically in PDF format no later than January 15, 2011. Results, awards, and CD’s should be in the mail by April 15, 2011!

Visit for more information and to register!

Sponsored by Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

May 8, 2010

film contest: last call for submissions

Filed under: announcement,opportunities — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 11:47 am
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A reminder from Andrew Reinhard (Bolchazy-Carducci) about the classical student film contest:

The submission deadline for the second annual Terence Awards for Excellence in Classics Student Filmmaking is approaching. Entries must be either submitted electronically or postmarked by May 30th. If your students completed end-of-year or end-of-semester projects that were movies, they are eligible to submit them for cash and book prizes sponsored by Excellence Through Classics and Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers (and me!). Full contest rules are below. Apologies for the length of this post.

I am pleased to announce the second annual Terence Awards. These cash awards and prizes will be given to those junior high, high school, and university students whose videos convey Classics in a way that is informative, entertaining, or both. Please read on for details:


Cash prizes and free books will be awarded to the winning filmmaker or team in the following categories:

1 Best Picture, Junior Prize (junior high, high school, or homeschool student(s) ages 11-18 at the time the film was created)

1 Best Picture, Senior Prize (college or university students aged 18+ at the time the film was created)

1 Best Foreign Film Prize (all levels, students who are non-US citizens living outside of the United States and its Territories at the time the film was created)

The Best Picture and Best Foreign Film prizes recognize excellence in student filmmaking which include exceptional creativity, superb writing, acting, and production of a movie with Classical themes including, but not limited to history, mythology, and/or culture. Movies may be set in any time period (past, present, future, or a combination thereof) and can be live-action, animated (including machinima), or a mix of live action and animation. The use of Latin and/or Greek is encouraged, but not required. Subtitles may be used.

1 Best Use of Latin in a Film Prize (all levels, Classical, Medieval, Vulgate, etc.)

1 Best Use of Greek in a Film Prize (all levels, Homeric, Attic, or Koine)

The Best Use of Latin/Greek prizes celebrate excellence and creativity in the integration of Latin and/or Greek into a student-created film. To be eligible for these prizes, the films must contain Latin/Greek subtitles and/or Latin/Greek spoken dialogue or narration.

A single film can win both a Best Picture prize and a Best Use of Latin/Greek prize. The Best Foreign Film prize-winner is also eligible to win Best Picture (Junior) or Best Picture (Senior).

Winners will also have their videos featured on the eClassics homepage for one month, and will be designated as a Terence Award-winner for all time.

Special thanks to Excellence Through Classics (ETC) for a grant to fund cash prizes for the Best Picture winners (both Junior and Senior) and Best Foreign Film. Winners of Best Use of Latin/Greek will receive vouchers for free books from Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers.

Winners will be announced at the American Classical League Summer Institute on June 27, 2010, and will be simultaneously posted on eClassics and on various Classics discussion lists.

Winners will be paid either by check or EFT, or can have their winnings payable to their school’s Latin Club, JCL, or NJCL chapter. Winners of the book vouchers will receive a special code for use with online purchases at Bolchazy.

How to Enter

1) If you (or all members of your film production team) were a junior high or high school student (grades 6-12) during the period of January 1, 2009-May 30, 2010, or if you were a homeschool student aged 11-18 during this same period, you are eligible for all prizes except Best Picture (Senior). If you (or all members of your film production team) were enrolled in a college or university during that same period, you are eligible for all prizes except Best Picture (Junior).

2) Videos must contain Classical (or Classically-informed/inspired) content. Videos produced for Latin or Greek class projects, videos on subjects from Greek and/or Roman mythology, videos on Greek and/or Roman history will be considered. Video submissions containing Latin and/or Greek (all or in part) are strongly encouraged. Videos may be live-action, animated, or both, and can include audio and video samples as long as those samples are credited. Videos should follow the MPAA ratings guide for “G”, “PG”, or “PG-13” content. Submissions containing profanity, nudity, graphic violence, or obscenity will not be considered.

3) Videos must be submitted in .avi, .mov, or .mpg format, or via a URL should the video submission be hosted on eClassics, YouTube, TeacherTube, or other online video content provider. Videos may be of any length. Videos must have been created during the period of January 1, 2009-May 30, 2010.

4) Submissions may be posted by students (or their teachers) on and must include a tag/keyword of “Terence”. Alternately, submissions may also be submitted on CD, DVD, or flash drive, mailed to:

Andrew Reinhard
c/oTerence Awards
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road
Mundelein, IL 60060

5) One submission per student (or student group if created as a collaborative project).

6) Submissions must be postmarked on or before May 30, 2010. Late submissions will not be considered. Submissions cannot be returned.

7) There is no entry submission fee.

8) Questions about the contest should be sent via email to

Good luck!

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