The Certamen (ker-ta-men) team prepares students for competition at Junior Classical League events. Students learn all aspects of classical society, history and mythology, and test their knowledge against high school teams from across the state. Events include: academic tests (e.g. history, mythology, grammar, vocabulary, Roman daily life); speech events; catapult and chariot; essay and story writing. The premier event is the Certamen, a team quiz contest.
This last Saturday (Feb 6th) the Certamen team competed at CARCER (the California Regional Certamina Rounds) at St Ignatius Prep in San Francisco. CARCER is held out two schools, one in Northern California and one in SOuthern California, simultaneously. The top nine teams in each category (middle school 1,2 and 3; high school 1,2,3 and advanced) advance to the semi-finals. Three of our four teams (high school 1, 2 and 3) advanced to the semi-final round, which will be at California Junior Classical League State Convention on March 19th.