"Let your knowledge be power."

With this quote, World Languages Department Coordinator for Classical Languages, Latin teacher and club advisor Dr. Christopher Trause honored and completed the induction of nineteen students from James Caldwell High School (JCHS), West Caldwell, into the National Junior Classical League (NJCL) Latin Honor Society on Wednesday, April  6, 2016, at a morning ceremony held at the school. Coordinated and led by Dr. Trause, students must reapply for the membership in the Honor Society each year, meeting strict academic and community requirements. Of the nineteen students inducted this year, twelve were inducted for the first time.

To become a member of the Latin Honor Society, students must maintain an A average in the Latin course, be a member in good standing of the NJCL, and exemplify good citizenship. The candle lighting ceremony includes a question and answer section conducted completely in Latin.

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“All of these students demonstrate a strong desire to learn ancient languages and commit the time necessary to excel in their Latin studies,” said Dr. Trause. “The students learn about Roman and Greek literature, history, art and life, and those inducted exemplify not only what it means to be a good student, but also what it means to be a good person.”

The NJCL extends membership to more than 50,000 students of Latin worldwide annually. The NJCL is composed of local and state chapters and is the largest Classical organization in the world today. Its purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.

The new inductees seniors Juliana Malloy and Austin Scott, junior Lydia Wielgus, and sophomores Kelly Chang, Gabriella D’Erasmo, Ashvin Nagarajan, Brendan Padover, Luc Perret, Kevin Perry, Lauren Rickenbach, Julie Schmidt, Tali Tukachinsky, and Mina Yi, join existing members seniors Eloise Albaret, Leo Chiaet and Leah Friedenberg, and juniors Caroline Coughlin, Kassie Sarkar and Rachael Weisman.

 For more information on James Caldwell High School, visit www.cwcboe.org/jchs. For more information on the National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society, visit http://www.njcl.org/pages/latin-honor-society.