KYJCL

Kentucky Junior Classical League

The State Board and What We Do: Our state board consists of 7 people, plus our two amazing state chairs, Ms. Kusch, and Mrs. Clements. The state board plans and leads state-wide events, such as Fall Forum and State Convention, leads the Kentucky delegation at National Convention, and keeps KY JCL in working order. Here is each member of the State Board and what they do:

  • President:
    • The president’s job can be summarized as being a coordinator and a figurehead. The president coordinates and plans meetings of the board, makes sure that all of the state officers are doing their jobs, and makes sure that everything runs smoothly.  The president is a figurehead of the board itself at JCL events, since he/she runs all KY JCL events, and represents the Kentucky delegation on the national level.
    • If you want to find out more, you can talk to our current president, Alex Beckham.
  • 1st Vice President (1st VP)
    • The 1st VP’s job can be summarized as publicity and membership. The 1st VP, as well as taking the president’s place in his/her absence, promotes the JCL to schools with Latin programs and works with them to start their JCL chapters. The 1st VP is in charge of keeping track of the membership of the entire KY JCL delegation.
    • If you want to find out more, you can talk to our current 1st VP, Elijah Fox
  • 2nd Vice President (2nd VP)
    • The 2nd VP is in charge of Spirit and Service. The 2nd VP coordinates spirit judging and prizes at State Convention and leads Spirit at National Convention. The  2nd VP also coordinates statewide service projects both during and outside of State Convention.
    • If you want to find out more, you can talk to our current 2nd VP Paige Graf, or our current President Alex Beckham, last year’s 2nd VP
  • Communications Coordinator (CoCo)
    • The Communications Coordinator combines two previous roles, Secretary and Technology Coordinator. The CoCo takes notes at all meetings of the board and throughout State Convention. The CoCo is also in charge of the state website and social media accounts.
    • If you want to find out more, you can talk to our current two-time CoCo Chris Rauf.
  • Parliamentarian
    • The Parliamentarian’s job can be summarized as elections and amendments. The parliamentarian oversees any matter that involves voting, with the most prominent being State and National Elections. The Parliamentarian is also in charge of the State Constitution and is able to propose amendments to the Board to be voted on by the delegations at the next State Convention.
    • If you want to find out more, you may talk to the current parliamentarian, Christian Schuetter
  • Historian
    • The Historian’s main job is to take photographs at all JCL events and creates a State Scrapbook, which is entered into national contests.
    • If you want to find out more, you may talk to current Historian Reece Ecton, or SCL member Becca Noel, who graduated from CLS last year and was last year’s Historian.
  • Torch Editor
    • The Torch Editor’s job is fairly self-explanatory. The Torch Editor compiles articles for and publishes the Torch, Kentucky JCL’s newsletter, throughout the year and during State Convention.
    • If you want to find out more, you may talk to current Torch Editor Eli Brown




Qualifications to Run for Office:

  • In order to run for office, you will need to have several things:
    • Parental permission
    • Permission from your chapter sponsor (the adult that is in charge of your JCL chapter).
    • You must have attended at least 1 state convention previously
    • You must be a member of a delegation in good standing with the JCL
    • You must have that JCLove (not an official one but still highly recommended)


Prefiling:

  • Sometime after the turn of the year, the parliamentarian will send out a form to all delegations that you will use to prefile as a candidate. You will need to get your parent’s and your chapter sponsor’s signatures, and you will need to fill out some questions about yourself, why you want to run, and why you think you will be the best for this position.


Speeches:

  • You will make a total of 2 speeches during convention. You will give a two-minute speech to the Nominations Committee, and a three-minute speech to the entire convention during the second General Assembly (GA). Note the difference in length.
  • I personally found that the best way to prepare your speeches was to make the two-minute speech first, just saying what you wrote down for the prefiling form and not much more. The purpose of the first speech is to convince the nominations committee that you should be a candidate, so keep that in mind.
  • The three-minute speech is given to the whole convention during the second GA. You have a whole extra minute than the previous speech, so you have time to cover more about yourself. All the information from the two-minute speech should be in the three-minute speech too.
  • When you make your speech at the second GA, you will have the option to have a fellow delegate introduce you. The person who introduces you should be able to say something about you that they know from experience, like that you have a good work ethic because you helped them with something, for example. While most of the time the person who introduces you is from your school, it looks better if a friend from another school introduces you, because it shows that you are able to make friends with others in JCL quite easily.


Meet the Candidates:

  • In the afternoon on Saturday, right before Shame Game, you will be required to attend Meet the Candidates. There, the current state officers will ask all of the candidates both fun and serious questions so that the rest of the convention can get to know you better. Be prepared to talk about yourself, your campaign, and whatever other random things the officers think of.


Other Important Things to Know:

  • You will be expected to be dressed professionally as a candidate. If you even have the slightest notion of running for office, bring business formal clothes with you. You will want to wear them for your two speeches on Saturday morning.
  • Be prepared to talk to a lot of people during convention. If you want people to vote for you, you will want to meet people from a lot of different schools in order to give yourself the best possible representation during voting.
  • At the first GA of convention, I will make an announcement regarding the number of candidates that are running for each position. If there are no candidates running for a position, there is a state of emergency for that position. During a state of emergency, any attendee of convention is able to be nominated by the voting attendees of a school delegation at the Nominations Committee. The nominated candidates will then make their speech to the nominations committee as the rest of the candidates do. If you decide to become a candidate during a state of emergency, be ready to spend Friday night up late writing a speech, as many of our previous officers have found out from experience.
  • Campaign advertising is allowed (ONLY after the Nominations Committee has met, mind you). Many previous candidates have made signs and posters, given out stickers and candy, and even made their own campaign team within their delegation. Just be sure that signs are posted in places that removing them will not cause damage to the hotel.