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Bella Gainey


Class of 2025

School: Northside College Prep

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Hi all! I’m Bella, and I’m this years ILJCL President! Im so excited to be back to serve you guys for another term! I’m a junior and a third year Latin student at Northside College Prep in Chicago. When I’m not doing board-ing things, you'll probably find me doing some other extracurricular, whether it be attending an after-school club, taking an extra class, dancing, or participating in a school sport. I love learning, and have a problem staying still for too long. I love to yap, so please come up and talk to me at ILJCL events!

Likes: Exploring Chicago with friends, thrifting, photography, ceramics, learning and reading about topics that interest me, trying new foods, cats, and the color green

Favorite Latin Quote: “Ad meliora"


Gavin Leech

1st Vice President

Class of 2025

School: Collinsville High School


Salvete omnes! I’m Gavin, I’m a junior at Collinsville High School in southern Illinois;        

I have been studying latin for three years all the way up to the point of AP Latin. I am this year’s 1st Vice President and I’m so excited to see all you guys at convention!!! As 1st VP, it is my duty to promote and encourage membership into the lovely and omnipotent ILJCL. Outside of my duties I play trombone in many different musical ensembles both in my high school and in my community.

Likes: jazz, money, pizza, trombone, Star Wars, Latin, and the moon

Favorite Latin Quote: Facilis Descensus Averno


Christopher Morris

2nd Vice President

Class of 2025

School: Saint Ignatius College Prep

Hello my name is Chris Morris, I’m a third year Latin student and a junior at Saint Ignatius College Prep, as well as the second VP this year. My role includes everything related to service projects and spirit for all ILJCL events. If I’m not working on something classics related I’ll probably be doing one of my many extracurriculars like football, wrestling, and Boy Scouts, or working on my car. In my rare moments of free time I love to read. No matter what else I have going on I always make time to go hiking, fishing, and camping a few times a year. 


Likes: hiking, fishing, camping, reading, and working on cars; favorite color is black; favorite food is barbecue


Favorite Latin quote: Sunt corpora in flumine


Eric Chen

Communications Coordinator

Class of 2025

School: Walter Payton College Prep


Hello! I'm Eric, this year's Communications Coordinator, and I'll be managing the website and taking notes during board meetings. I'm a junior currently self-studying Latin!

Likes: Linguistics, web development, singing, learning & teaching Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese!

Favorite Latin quote: "Quid enim proderit homini, si lucretur mundum totum et detrimentum animæ suæ faciat ?"

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Chloe Lawson


Class of 2025

School: Northside College Prep

​Pronouns: She/They

Hobbies: Collecting records, going to the gym, and reading absurdist literature (currently).

Likes: Steak tacos with/ cilantro and sleeping while it's raining.

Dislikes: being late and people who walk slowly on the sidewalk (anywhere for that matter...LOL)

Fav Latin Quote: 「Cogitō ergo sum.」- Descartes
Graduating Class: Northside College Prep Junior, '25



Alicia Myoung


Class of 2027
School: Whitney Young

Greetings, I am Alicia Myoung. I am a student of Stevenson High School and my role is the Historian. The Historian is mainly responsible for documenting the ILJCL events that occur throughout their time in this role, as well as the ILJCL newsletter, the Nuntius. I have a handful of hobbies, such as drawing and playing TTRPGs. I like reading and researching information about mythologies, I participate in Certamen and have managed to move onto state.

Want to know the past ILJCL student board members? Check out the Officer Archive

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