Carpe Diem: Longhorn Latin Club advances to state

Carpe Diem: Longhorn Latin Club advances to state
Posted on 03/08/2018
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(L to R): J. Frank Dobie Latin Club Presidents Samantha Merrill, Jason Sabal, and Annie Tran helped lead the team to a first place at regionals.

By: Jade Wise
PISD Communications

The J. Frank Dobie High School Latin Club seized the day by placing first overall at the regional competition of the Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL) and will advance to state on April 13-14 in Dallas.

At the regionals, the team of 60-plus members competed in several categories, including various tests, oratory presentations and dramatic interpretations of classic literature. 

Based off Triumvirate, a Julius Caesar era style of Roman government, the Longhorn Latin club is led by three seniors, Samantha Merrill, Annie Tran and Jason Sabal who split responsibilities and serve as co-presidents.

“It was really encouraging to see so many like-minded individuals come together and compete against each other in classical language,” said Sabal. 

Merrill said she enjoyed seeing diversity at the competition among the competitors and how stereotypes are often wrong.

“You wouldn’t think of Latin club students traditionally being involved in athletics or art competitions, but they are. They have a lot of hidden talents,” said Merrill. 

The three presidents said they are proud of the team for the strong showing at regionals and that they have high expectations for the team in Dallas.

“I wouldn’t choose anyone else to be working with,” said Tran. “Everyone on our team is so talented and smart.”

Sabal added, “We are very confident because we have a really strong team. Our goal at the state competition is a top three finish.”

The Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL) is the Texas branch of the National Junior Classical League (NJCL), which is the largest student classical organization in the world with over 45,000 members. 

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The J. Frank Dobie Latin Club team stops for a photo following the regional competition.