2009 - 20010
Dear Latin Colleague,
It’s that time of year again. The Illinois Certamen
League invites you and your Latin students to join in exciting team competition
based on knowledge of the classics. Last
year thirty schools participated in ICL Tournaments held at four regional sites
and regional winners met in the ICL Championship Tournament last May at
Illinois Certamen League regional tournaments for the 2009 - 20010 school year are scheduled for
TUESDAY, October 27, 2009 WEDNESDAY, November 4, 2009
February 2, 20010
Note: This is a change from the past years when it has been the first Tuesday.
regions except South will offer Junior High this year. The
Western competitions will be held at
Certamen on those days will begin at and close with an Awards Assembly at @ . The Illinois Certamen League All-Area Championship Tournament will be held during late April or early May.
For those of you not familiar with Certamen,
this is an oral team competition that has a format that is a cross between
competition in College Bowl and that of Jeopardy. Originated by a group of Latin teachers in
In many states, Latin students are so enthused about
playing Certamen, that they travel hours to a
school-sponsored tournament as well as to regular-scheduled Certamen
League competitions. The Illinois Certamen League offers a chance for some friendly competition
and socialization between your Latin students and students in other schools in
your region –
There are four levels of competition: Junior High; Latin I or Novice Level (high school students who begin Latin I this fall. NOTE: If a student had Latin previous to high school and is currently enrolled in Latin 1 in high school that student competes on Latin II level); Latin II or Lower Level; and Advanced (Latin 3 through Latin 5) or Upper Level. At each site, and at each tournament, ribbons will be awarded to members of the top three placing teams on each level based upon the points scored at the end of three rounds of 20 questions each. Scores will also accumulate and the top team for each level from each region in February will receive a trophy for their region and then will meet in April or May for the Final Tournament against the other regional winners.
Join us this year for an exciting season of Certamen. Mark the competition dates on your calendar and request buses early before school extra-curricular funds are committed. School administrators will often pay for buses if they are informed students are participating in team competitions. A school may enter one (1) team on any or all levels of competition.
Registration fees this year are as follows: 1 team - $20; 2 teams - $40; 3 or more teams - $50.
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If this fee is a problem for you school, please contact Liz Skoryi. If your school did not participate last year or you just want to try, call Liz for special fees.
Also if you want further info regarding texts used, reader’s responsibilities, sample questions, scoring, etc., please let Liz know. It has not been included as a packet this year because no information has changed from the past years.
If you have any questions about certamen or conflict with dates or sites, please contact your regional chairperson listed below.
NOTE: Remember there are four regions only if there are a minimal of 6 schools for each region, otherwise regions will be combined.
EACH SCHOOL MUST E-MAIL LIZ THE SCHOOL’S
INTENT TO COMPETE BY OCTOBER 1ST. THIS
INCLUDES – SCHOOL NAME, LEVELS TO BE PLAYED, AND 1ST AND 2ND
CHOICE OF REGIONS. (Note: Some schools do not have 2 choices; such as
For us to know this information is mandatory before all registration forms are received since some are not received until late in the season. Please e-mail Liz at email@example.com with THE ABOVE INFORMATION. Any questions please contact Liz ASAP.
Northern Suburbs - Elisa Denja TEMPORARY CHAIR/Judy Hayes Asst.
847 - 965 – 3259
Western Suburbs &
847 – 890 - 0083
Chicago & South Suburbs - Liz Skoryi
& REGISTRATION Home 815 - 725 - 8723 / cell 815 – 370 - 8723
Please complete the enclosed registration form and return
REMEMBER TO E-MAIL INFORMATION EVEN BEFORE YOU SEND IN THE FORM.