Starting the Year Flying

Date: October 13th, 2017

Kickoff is an annual MassJCL event that takes place every Autumn. It is the first official event of our year, hence the name.

At the event, delegates can expect to participate in a variety of activities. One event is certamen for pre-registered teams. Another popular activity is the marshmallow catapult contests, in which delegates bring tiny catapults and compete against others to see whose ballista can shoot a marshmallow the farthest.

In addition to competitive events, Kickoff includes entertainment. There is an assembly led by the MassJCL state officers to start off the event. There are also workshops led by the officers which delegates are able to attend. Workshops are great for new for new JCLers, those considering running for state office, and local officer alike. Workshops in the past have been about the scrapbook contest, publications, and more!

This year, Kickoff will take place on October 13th at Barnstable High School in Hyannis. To register your chapter and certamen teams for this event please visit the Kickoff registration page by 10/5. For a full list of events download the Kickoff pamphlet here.

Engine Launch

The War Engines of MassJCL, Rivals Beware!
Photo Credits: Will Burnett

IMPORTANT: The ballista contest will NOT be occuring this years. We will not launch the arrows.

The launch of the siege engines is the hallmark of Kickoff. Schools construct their machinations ahead of time and square off in a contest of distance and power. All of the siege engines are classically inspired and should be constructed using the same materials that the ancients used. The exact building specifications can be found in the contest booklet here


Mt. Vesuvius looming over modern day Pompeii
Photo Credits: Emma Cohen

This year the entertainment for Kickoff will be performed by Doug Ryan. A teacher for many years, Doug Ryan is an expert in Latin and Roman studies. This year, he will be performing his program "A Visit By a Pompeian Slave" in which he performs as a Roman slave who survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and describes his life and experinces. Afterwards, he removes his disguise and describes how Pompeii and Herculaneum look today as well as the modern archeological discoveries about the eruption. If you would like more information about this event visit Doug Ryan's page "historia antiqua"