Lightridge Students Place Well at the VJCL Convention


Lightridge High School sent five of its students to the Virginia Junior Classical League (VJCL) State Convention. The virtual convention was held November 21 and 22.


The Lightning was represented by Olivia Hess, Chloe Schoenly, Monet Shum, Samir Khattak and Nolan Jansorn. (Hess, Schoenly and Shum are in Latin 4. Khattak and Jansorn are in Latin 3.)


In academic testing, all the Lightridge placed within the top 25 in every test they took. The results included:

  • Nolan Jansorn - History (eighth), Geography (fourth)
  • Olivia Hess - Mottoes (eighth), Geography (sixth), Decathlon (10th)
  • Chloe Schoenly - History (eighth), Geography (ninth)
  • Monet Shum - History (ninth), Geography (ninth)

In Graphic Arts, Shum, Schoenly, Hess and Jansorn competed and earned awards. Jansorn earned Cum Laude, Schoenly obtained Magna Cum Laude and Shum and Hess earned Summa Cum Laude. Additionally, Shum was awarded "Best in Show" for all 10th grade art submissions. 


Shum, Schoenly and Hess also competed in a live art competition, Impromptu Art, where they each earned Summa Cum Laude recognition for their submissions.


In Creative Arts, Khattak competed in the modern myth competition, where he achieved the Cum Laude recognition. Shum competed in the English oratory competition, where she earned Magna Cum Laude recognition.


Finally, Shum was elected to the editor position for the Virginia Junior Classical League. 


Steven Boscovitch is Lightrige’s Latin teacher.


Formed in 1936, the National Junior Classical League (NJCL) is an organization of junior and senior high school students sponsored by the American Classical League. Composed of local and state/provincial chapters across the United States, Canada, and Australia, it is the largest Classical organization in the world today with more than 50,000 members. Its mission is  to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of classical antiquity.


The first Virginia JCL chapter began in 1962. Today, the VJCL has more than 100 chapters and thousands of delegates. 





Published December 22, 2020