Loyola’s Junior Classical League Hosts 35 Schools at Fourth On-Campus SCRAM

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Loyola’s Junior Classical League (JCL) hosted the Southern California Regional Amici Madness (SCRAM) for the fourth time on Saturday, Oct. 28. The event, which the JCL club has planned for six months, lasted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About 40 students from JCL participated in the SCRAM. This year, the event welcomed 35 middle schools and high schools. The SCRAM included activities meant to nurture the arts, athletics and the intellect. The event puts an emphasis on Latin language and culture, as multiple events are centered around Latin mythology, history and grammar.

Loyola’s JCL, along with moderator and Latin teacher Teresa Kawamata, organized the entire event. Senior Jarmayne Deala, the president of Loyola’s JCL and the Southern Representative for the California JCL, was in charge of delegating the responsibilities to the other members of the club and overseeing the event.

Deala said, “I wanted to give back to the JCL community. Hosting the SCRAM would be my way of saying thank you to all the people who have truly made me who I am today.”

Senior Jordan Lee, the academics chair for the SCRAM, wrote various tests and graded them once completed. Lee said, “My four years of Latin gave me the chance to help those aspiring classic scholars. The SCRAM provides a great experience for the next generation of classic scholars.”

Various other members welcomed the guests, helped run the different activities throughout campus and distributed the awards for the winners of the events.

Senior Antonio Reyes, a participant in the event said, “We had to stay organized and communicate with each other. The SCRAM helped us gain life skills in learning to organize our time and manage our different activities.”

Senior Alexander Kang, one of the head logistics officers for the SCRAM, said, “It is a great experience in managing people and being able to bring excitement to so many people.”

Deala said, “Having to host [the]SCRAM has taught me how to lead and work with everyone. We started planning in May of this year, and I realized that I could not do this on my own. I needed a team. I have learned more and more about the characters of my fellow club members and with that knowledge, I knew who to assign to what position.”

The SCRAM also helped the JCL club’s various members grow closer together. Senior Antonio Reyes said, “We had to constantly communicate, and we developed a close bond with everybody in the JCL club.”

Deala said, “SCRAM was very important to me because over the years, we have gone to SCRAM and State Conventions at different schools and I could see that those events really brought people together. JCL means a lot to me because I have made my best friends in this club and I have made so many great memories, one of those being able to host SCRAM. Because of that, I wanted to give back to the JCL community.”

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