Hi, I’m Kabir, a 9th grade Latin student from Harker running for First Vice-President. After being a part of JCL for almost 4 years, attending countless conventions, being elected First Vice-President at my chapter, and serving as the current CAJCL Webmaster, I truly understand the heart of the CAJCL community. I have numerous ideas for reaching out to new chapters and showing others the power of our community. I’m starting a state website spotlight/contest to gather chapter websites and show schools thinking about joining CAJCL the activities other chapters are doing. Additionally, I plan on creating a set of fun and engaging games for new clubs to help them get started, including Latin Skribbl, Kahoots, scavenger hunts, and simplified Certamen. I want to reach out to Latin students who do not currently participate in JCL to show them the joy of being a part of our community.
Salve! I’m Elizabeth and I’m a Junior at Sage Hill. I’m the current CAJCL Parliamentarian, and I’m running to be the 2021-2022 1st Vice-President. I’ve been a member of JCL for the past six years and have attended six SCRAMs and four State Conventions. I’ve been a member of my chapter’s JCL Board for three years and next year will serve as the co-president. I also served as the Academic Co-Chair for SCRAM. As 1st VP, I will recruit more schools to join JCL. I will grow the buddy program for new sponsors to provide more guidance in their first year as a sponsor. I will collaborate with the Historian and Nuntius editor to reach out to JCL alumni and learn how JCL has influenced their lives. I’ve really enjoyed my years in JCL and want to end my high school experience as your CAJCL 1st Vice-President!
My name is Avery Konwiser, a junior at Harvard-Westlake, and I’m running for 2nd VP. Being involved in JCL for the last 5 years has opened up a host of opportunities for me, and it would mean so much to be able to give back through my proposed plan as Second Vice President. My main priority is to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible, especially in such uncertain times. I’ll work closely with chapters and their respective leaders to make sure that every event safely accommodates everyone. For spirit, I plan to broaden the parameters for submissions, ensuring that we can still experience the environment that makes JCL what it is, even if we’re not fully back to normal. Finally, my plans for community service are to work with local groups in both Northern and Southern California to see how we can best use our resources.
salvēte omnēs! mihi nomen est Andrew Bota and I am running to be the next CAJCL second vice president. Currently, I am in Latin III and have been in JCL for three years, attending two national conventions and always having a hand ready for a buzzer . If I get elected, I plan on using board resolutions to establish long term goals as the CAJCL board chair, adding drives to service projects, implementing an advocacy service project at state, and conducting the all monthly board check-ins (but not necessarily all meetings) over Zoom with a preset agenda. To find out more about my qualifications and goals, please visit voteandrewbota.weebly.com and @andrewfor2vp on Instagram starting Monday morning.
Salvete amicis! My name is Megan Chui, and I'm so excited to be running for the CAJCL Secretary position. As current elected Secretary for Miramonte Latin Club, I am in charge of recording minutes for club planning meetings and taking attendance at all events, as well as attending weekly lunch activities. These responsibilities are similar to the ones required of the CAJCL Secretary, so I believe my experience, professionalism, and overall enthusiasm to contribute to the CAJCL community will make me an ideal candidate for this position. If I were to be elected as CAJCL Secretary, I would increase social media presence for engagement; strive to keep meetings succinct and to the point; to increase transparency, I suggest that board meetings should be open for all delegates to attend.
Salvē! My name is Alexis Kim and I’m a junior at Sage Hill School. I have loved taking Latin since I was a freshman and can clearly remember the moment I felt a personal connection with the Classics. Visiting the town of Aquae Sulis, I explored the Roman baths and was awed to see what I’d only read about in books. I realized that I wanted to spread this wonder with other students. As secretary for Sage Hill JCL’s board, I’ve acquired the skills and experience necessary to act as a bridge between the executive board and JCL chapters. I will ensure that everyone’s voice is heard via a suggestion box on the CAJCL website. I will also increase member engagement by posting each meeting’s minutes through Instagram and YouTube. The Classics are my passion, and if elected secretary, I will work diligently to help the CAJCL spread its mission.
Salvete omnes, my name is Tim Abbott and I am running for Historian. I am a junior at St. Ignatius, where I enjoy learning Latin and being part of the JCL. When not studying Latin, I am part of my school's yearbook and podcast clubs. After school, I work at a bicycle shop as a mechanic. I am enthusiastic about telling the stories of the CAJCL through this hopefully post-pandemic upcoming year. As Historian, I would use my experience as a podcaster, school photographer, and yearbook editor to create a multimedia supplement to the scrapbook. I would love to create podcast episodes with interviews from Ludi, Convention, and other CAJCL activities. I would also to start a segment "Lectures from the Other Side" spotlighting exceptional Latin students who are knowledgeable about a specific relevant topic. I would be honored to tell the story of the California Junior Classical League.
I am currently a junior at Miramonte High School, have been a Latin student for the past four years, and a member of the CAJCL for three years. This year, I am running to be the next CAJCL Historian because I am incredibly passionate about Latin and the classics. Additionally, I feel that I am qualified for the position because of my past leadership experience including being the Master of Communications at Miramonte. As Historian I would strive to design an engaging scrapbook by integrating memories from state-wide events with local events from different schools to showcase the immense Latin spirit in California. I would also try to create more photo contests to encourage the Latin spirit in schools.
Claire Lenden, a junior from Menlo School, is running to be your CAJCL Parliamentarian! She has been involved in JCL for three years and has committed a significant amount of time to the program because of how much she loves the incredible JCL community. She attended nationals the last two years, helped run Ludi in 2019 and played a significant role in planning and executing this state convention (come say hi at pictionary or a kahoot). She plans to attend nationals for all four years of highschool – even those held on Zoom– because of just how much fun she has at them. Claire was Menlo JCL Parliamentarian from 2019-2020 and is currently First Vice President. Beyond JCL, Claire is passionate about politics and musical theatre (where the above photo was taken). For more information about Claire and her Parliamentarian campaign please visit @claire.4.paarli on Instagram.
Salvete omnes, my name is Lena Bagley, and I'm running for Parliamentarian. I'm a junior at Harvard-Westlake where I've been an active and contributing member of JCL for many years. I also play water polo and DJ for my school's radio station. The Parliamentarian oversees the constitution, which governs the processes and standards by which board meetings and conventions are run, and acts as a guiding document for the values and focus of CAJCL. If elected Parliamentarian, I plan to renew delegates' interest in board elections by making the candidate's open forum more accessible and providing additional candidate information to voters. In addition, I plan to improve the precision of the constitution by eliminating or combining unnecessary clauses, and clarifying sections of the constitution which are somewhat ambiguous. If chosen as Parliamentarian, I will work hard to uphold the constitution in the best way possible.
Salvete omnes! My name is Ashley Yoshii, and I'm a junior and Latin student at St. Ignatius running to be your CAJCL webmaster. Aside from being apart of JCL, I am the co-chair of SI's social justice council and co-president of SI's Disney club; outside of school, I'm an imaginative person in pursuit of visual arts and crafts. If appointed, I will utilize my creative skills to embellish the website by adding current photos of members of all chapters, small and large, to showcase the spirit of CAJCL. In addition, I would alter the layout to make the website more accessible, adjust the theme to match Nationals, and feature artwork and photo submissions by members to win the NJCL Convention website competition! I promise to work diligently and listen attentively to your feedback in order to curate a website that reflects the enthusiasm and passion of the whole CAJCL community.
Kayla Davis is a junior from Menlo School, running to be CAJCL’s Nuntius Editor! Over her three years in Menlo School JCL, she has contributed her time, effort, and endless love to many things Classics-related, including but not limited to three years of certamen, helping out at Ludi 2019, and committing countless hours to event planning and management to ensure the success of this year’s state convention. Most notably, Kayla is MJCL’s 2020-2021 Newsletter Editor -- she comes up with fresh designs, writes articles, and adds homemade crosswords and other fun puzzles to every edition. If she were chosen, Kayla would expand participation in the Nuntius through initiatives such as a Classics-related article contest. Outside of JCL, Kayla absolutely loves playing saxophone and ukulele. She’s also always open to a good music recommendation.