EASTON HIGH’S NATASHA PANDUWAWALA IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL JUNIOR CLASSICAL LEAGUE
Photo: Easton High School is very well represented in leadership at both the state and the national level of Junior Classical League (JCL). Emily Redmond was chosen as Maryland JCL president, Josiah Sanders as Maryland JCL Editor, and Natasha Panduwawala was elected National JCL President at the NJCL Convention this past summer.
Easton High School students joined other Latin students from Maryland to attend the 65th National Junior Classical League Convention at the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Of the 16 Maryland delegates, seven were from Easton High.
The National Junior Classical League is an organization for middle and high school students in classical courses, and is one of the largest academic youth organizations in the world. There are over 50,000 members in approximately 1,200 chapters, located in almost every state and in several foreign countries.
Easton High Senior Natasha Panuwawala of Cordova has become the first student from Maryland to be elected president of the national organization. In addition to her membership in Junior Classical League, Natasha has extensive leadership experience. She been an an officer in the Easton High Chapters of National Latin Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Government, and Key Club International. She has participated in numerous other extra-curricular activities, including theatre, choir, Warrior Lacrosse, and Unified Bocce. She also founded “Movement to Remember” a non-profit organization which collects orthorpedic aids for the less fortunate in Sri Lanka.
“This honor and journey is absolutely surreal. Never did I think when I started Latin that I would become President of the NJCL,” Natasha exclaimed. “I am excited to see all that unfolds and to share another wonderful National Convention with my EHS Latin family and Maryland Latin family this coming summer!”
Easton High School is very well represented in leadership at both the state and the national level of Junior Classical League (JCL). In addition to Natasha Panduwawala being elected National JCL President, Emily Redmond was chosen as Maryland JCL president, and Josiah Sanders as Maryland JCL Editor.
While at NJCL Convention the seven delegates from EHS also participated in Open Certamen, or a non-competitive Latin knowledge competition, overall spirit competitions, where Maryland placed second overall. They also enjoyed fun activities such as a “Pandora’s Box” escape room, the Odyssey in Song, and a National service project where they made mats for the homeless of Cincinnati, Ohio.
“There are many reasons people may decide to go to National Convention, some of those being the politics, the academic testing, the sports, or the certamen,” said Easton High Senior Josiah Sanders. “With any of these, we all go for the overall experience of attending the biggest latin convention of the year. Where we are surrounded with people who have the same deep love of Latin that we do.”