Taylor Sellers-Varela


Class of 2022

School: Whitney Young Magnet High School


Taylor is a junior at Whitney Young. He has been taking Latin since kindergarten at Decatur, and is the Treasurer of the Whitney Young Certamen Team. He is also in the Chicago Children's Choir's Voice of Chicago ensemble, and is on the board of his school's pride club. As well as Classics, he is passionate about English and Film and in his spare time enjoys singing and creative writing.

Likes: Cats(not the movie), singing, storytelling

Favorite Latin Quote: "Amor omnia vincit"

Kaylani Rivera

1st Vice President

Class of 2023

School: Northside College Prep


Kaylani is a sophomore at Northside. She started taking Latin in her freshman year and is the mythologian for the Illinois team. When she has free time she enjoys playing video games or spending time with friends. Her greatest accomplishments are being valedictorian and being appointed to the ILJCL board. 

Likes: Programming, video games, mythology, purple, and the book “The Book Thief” by Marcus Zusak

Favorite Latin Quote: “Perfer et obdura, dolor hic tibi proderit olim” - Ovid

Eva Basa

2nd Vice President

Class of 2021

School: Whitney Young Magnet High School 


Eva is the 2nd vice president of the Illinois junior classical league. she handles the service projects and runs spirit for state and nationals. Eva first started taking Latin her freshman year of high school, and has been to three state conventions. Outside of Latin, she plays violin in her school’s chamber orchestra and is on the girls varsity tennis team. 

Likes: Iced coffee, listening to spotify, musical theater, spending time with her two older sisters

Favorite Latin Quote: “Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes” -Virgil

Michael Beirne

Communications Coordinator

Class of 2021

School: Benet Academy


Michael is a rising senior at Benet Academy. He's been taking Latin since freshman year and plans to continue in college. He is the drummer in his school's jazz ensemble and combo sextet, while also participating in the pit orchestra, pep bands, and marching band. Michael is an active member of Benet's debate and volleyball teams. When he can get time away from school, he enjoys hanging out with friends, gardening, and spending time with his dog, Oodie.

Likes: Gardening, 'The Moth' podcast, and old episodes of 'Law and Order'

Favorite Latin Quote: "Nec Iovis ira nec ignis ... poterit abolere" -Ovid

Joseph Giambrone


Class of 2023

School: Northside College Prep


Joe is the Parliamentarian of the Illinois Junior Classical League. He is in charge of upholding the constitution and proposing amendments to it as needed. He also manages the election process for next year’s board. Joe is a sophomore at Northside College Prep, and he has taken Latin since kindergarten. Joe is excited to attend his third national convention this summer, and his fifth state convention next February. He has played as the grammarian on Certamen since sixth grade, and is excited to continue in the upcoming years.

Likes: Latin (obviously), math, linguistics, vexillology, cartography, video games (LoZ: BotW and SSBU are his favorite), long walks on the beach, and jorts.

Favorite Latin Quote: "Quod Erat Demonstrandum" 

Fouzaan Amjad


 Class of 2022
School: Hinsdale South


Aside from learning Latin and competing on the certamen team, Fouzan also enjoys writing for his school newspaper. He's a member of the speech team, mock trial, Science Olympiad, and the Football team. In his free time, Fouzan likes to hang out with friends and watch movies.

Likes: football, journalism, and public speaking.

Favorite Latin quote: "Audentes fortune iuvat" - Virgil.


Daniel Newgarden

NJCL President

Class of 2021

School: Northside College Prep


Daniel Newgarden is a rising senior at Northside College Prep and is the 2020-2021 ILJCL President. He has taken Latin since seventh grade, and will be taking Latin V next year. He has attended state convention three times and national convention twice(once physically, once virtually)! Aside from Latin, he enjoys playing tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons, cooking, and playing video games. He also participates in several activism and political organizations around Illinois, and hopes to make activism a part of his life.

Likes: Theater, NPR, volunteering in political campaigns

Favorite Latin Quote: "Sibi quisque ruri metit" -Plautus

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