Student officers are high school students in grades 10-12.  They have shown maturity, leadership, and responsibility in your school JCL chapter.  Elected officers arrange to attend up to four meetings in Michigan, located in various parts of the state near the upcoming conference.  Student officers attend with their teacher, who is responsible for seeing that the student officer upholds his/her duties.

Teachers may select no more than THREE students to run for officers.  Students are given a form to obtain the signatures of their parents, teacher, and themselves to show that they have permission to run for an office.  The permission forms are sent to the student who is parliamentarian for the year.  This student compiles a list of students running for offices, making sure that only two students run for an office.  If there are more than two, the parliamentarian contacts the most recent student who has submitted a permission slip and asks the student to select a different office.

At the spring conference, the candidates prepare brief speeches to give to the entire group at the assembly prior to the voting.  At the conclusion of the speeches, the parliamentarian supplies each chapter with a ballot so the school may vote for TWO.  They may vote twice for the same candidate or split the vote with one for each of the two people running.  The votes are tallied, and the winners are announced during the awards assembly.  New officers are officially sworn in at a ceremony.  Officers receive an official NJCL pin.

Teachers:  Provide this information to all students interested in running for an office along with the following application.  Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received.  The deadline is  February 28, 2017.



  • Preside at all executive board meetings and at the annual conferences.
  • Coordinates with National Junior Classical as the official student representative of the organization.
  • Assist the state chairman as requested, including the preparation of the agenda for executive board meetings.
  • Promotes publicity and special projects.
  • Promotes MJCL to schools without JCL chapters encouraging them to join.

Editor of TAEDA (formerly called vice president)

  • Assist the president and help coordinate the MJCL activities.
  • Execute the duties of the president in the event of his/ her absence.
  • Edit, publish, and distribute the TAEDA at least three times annually and send three copies of each issue to the NJCL Publications contest.
  • See that an accurate account of all receipts and expenditures for publications is kept.
  • Keep on file three copies of each issue of the TAEDA.
  • Communicate with the NJCL webmaster regarding MJCL activities.
  • Send the MJCL news and publicity to the National Junior Classical League publicity chairperson and The Torch U.S.


  • Within two days after each meeting, distribute copies of the minutes of the executive board meetings and the state meetings to all members of the executive board.
  • Be responsible along with the vice president for the registration at the state meetings. Pass out the packets to the schools and welcome them as they arrive.
  • Maintain a continually updated executive board mailing list, and mail this list to all executive board members.
  • Write letters of invitation and appreciation to all participants in state meeting programs and other people instrumental to state meetings.
  • Keep on file copies of the MJCL Constitution and Bylaws, programs of state meetings, copies of special projects which may be borrowed by state chapters, copies of The Torch: U.S., TAEDA, and all executive board records.
  • Formulate and send a letter to each chapter requesting clippings and other scrapbook materials.
  • Take pictures and keep records of MJCL events. Share pictures with the webmaster.
  • Keep the MJCL scrapbook updated.
  • Give a regular report to the executive board on the progress of the scrapbook.
  • Arrange to enter and exhibit the scrapbook at the national convention.


  • Make all decisions concerning the correct observations of the rules of parliamentary procedures according to Robert’s Rules of Order.
  • Execute the duties of the president in the event of simultaneous absence of the president and the vice president.
  • Keep on file 3 copies of the MJCL constitution.
  • Conduct the Candidate Forum at the annual convention in accordance with the constitution.
  • In January, send permission slips for prospective officers to chapters in good standing.
  • Receive and file candidacy papers for the Michigan Junior Classical League officers, and send a summary sheet of the candidates to all chapters in good standing.  Contact students when three or more have chosen the same office and convince them to switch to an office where no one or one person is running to balance out the ballot.  Only two candidates should be running for each office.
  • Mail any proposed amendments to the constitution and bylaws.
  • Supervise and conduct the general election of state officers at the second general election assembly of the spring conference.  Each school is provided with a ballot to choose TWO choices for each office. They may choose to vote twice for the same person or split the ballot with one vote for each candidate.
  • At the joint executive board meeting, the leaving parliamentarian is to distribute copies of the current constitution to all incoming executive board members.

Sophia Tesic, Parliamentarian

Dalia Housey, Secretary/Historian 

Salvete omnes! My name is Dalia Housey and I am your Secretary/Historian. I love Roman culture and the studies surrounding Roman life. Outside of being an MJCL and JCL officer at my school, I enjoy student council, mock trial, and many other extracurriculars. Latin has helped me in so many ways, and I hope that by giving back to the MJCL I can help Latin grow, and influence many others how it has impacted me. I hope to see you at the 70th MJCL confrence!

Meet the 2019-2020 Officers!

Maria Cheriyan, TAEDA Editor

Hello, everyone! I've been elected your MJCL TAEDA Editor. While studying the classics, I found myself interested in topics that hardly anyone knows about -- MJCL has helped me share my knowledge about those things and find a community where there are other people who have the same love for the ancient world as I do. I really enjoy learning Latin, and I'm also learning Japanese and Italian outside of school. I'm excited to get to know all of you this year at the conference; I hope that you'll all have a great time there!


Hans Liu, President

​Hi everyone! My name is Hans Liu and I am your President. I love Roman culture and the study of Roman History including all of the trivia facts from the empire era. In addition to loving Roman culture, I enjoy learning a broad range of topics ranging from Physics to even playing piano and clarinet. Latin by far has helped me significantly and I hope through my time I can contribute greatly to MJCL.

Hello everyone! My name is Sophia Tesic and I am the MJCL Parliamentarian. Roman culture and history have always been interesting for me and I love that learning Latin entails not only learning the language but learning all about the people of Ancient Rome as well. Outside of school, I enjoy playing the violin and traveling to new places. MJCL has helped cultivate my appreciation for Latin and I hope I can share that with all of you at this year’s MJCL conference!

CONTACT US MichiganMJCL@gmail.com

​Michigan Junior Classical League