Madison High Students Win 28 Awards at State Convention

Madison High Students Win 28 Awards at State Convention

Juno Braley - Impromptu Art

Juno Braley - Impromptu Art


Sophia Hsu - Aphrodite Rising From Sea Foam


Sinead McWeeney - Chimera

Each November, the Virginia Junior Classical League (VJCL) sponsors a state convention at the Richmond Convention Center. This year, the convention was held virtually on Zoom with the aid of G Suite and other remote participation tech tools. Students from 50 schools across the state participated, including nine students from Madison. The state convention features a wide variety of competitions in academics, graphic crafts, and creative arts, all based on classical content and themes. In addition, students participate in Discamus sessions featuring Latin and Greek teachers and professors from around the state, a spirit contest between schools, a talent show, elections for state officers, and other activities.

Each Madison student took three academic tests and participated in three additional arts and crafts or creative arts contests (this year, everything but the academic tests and impromptu art contest happened prior to convention, with due dates by Nov. 7. Seniors and Co-Presidents of the Latin Club Juno Braley and Melinda Goldfedder served as Madison’s voting delegates and representatives at the Nominations Committee Meeting, and the group as a whole earned 27 individual awards and a school spirit award.

The Madison delegation included a student who attended the 2017, 2018, and 2019 VJCL conventions; two students who attended the 2018 and 2019 conventions; three students who attended the 2019 convention; three students for whom this was their first convention; and students from every level of Latin.

Madison Awards (28 total):

Madison Delegation: 6th place, Spirit Contest

  • Juno Braley: Summa Cum Laude, T-Shirt Design; Magna Cum Laude, Impromptu Art, 12th grade; 6th place, Mottoes, Quotes, and Abbreviations, Level IV; 10th place, Derivatives, Level IV

  • Corinne Church: Summa Cum Laude, Costume Contest, Patroclus; Summa Cum Laude, Impromptu Art, 11th grade; 1st place, Reading Comprehension, Elementary Level; 1st place, Geography, Level I; 2nd place, Derivatives, Level I; 4th place, Mottoes, Quotes, and Abbreviations, Level I

  • Sophia Hsu: Summa Cum Laude, Portfolio, 9th grade; 3rd place, Vocabulary, Level I; 6th place, Mottoes, Quotes, and Abbreviations, Level I; 7th place, Derivatives, Level I; 9th place, Reading Comprehension, Elementary Level

  • Madison Le: Cum Laude, Upper Level Modern Myth

  • Sinead McWeeney: Magna Cum Laude, Graphic Arts Portfolio, 11th Grade; Magna Cum Laude, Latin Oratory, Level II; Cum Laude, Impromptu Art,11th grade; 3rd place, Geography, Level III; 8th place, History, Level III

  • Hannah Petersen: Summa Cum Laude, Latin Oratory, Level II; Summa Cum Laude, Impromptu Art, 10th grade; Summa Cum Laude, DIY Masks; Magna Cum Laude, Costume Contest, Cloelia; Cum Laude, Modern Myth, Middle Level; 7th place, Reading Comprehension, Intermediate Level