Since May 2018, World Language Instructor Danielle Wolanski has served as the vice-president of the Delaware Classical Association. When longtime state chair of the American Classical League (ACL) and National Junior Classical League (NJCL), Father Michael Connolly of Salesianum School retired, Wolanski was asked to consider applying for that leadership position. As one of three finalists, Wolanski was recently appointed to the position of state chair of the ACL/NJCL.
“I believe that my strong ties to the Latin community in Delaware, my association with so many Delaware Latin teachers, my involvement with the local Latin Day tradition, and my service to the Delaware Classical Association all led to this appointment,” stated Wolanski.
As such, she will act as the point person for all Delaware classicist activities and serve as the liaison to represent Delaware with the ACL. Wolanski will be in charge of the Delaware National Junior League Chapter, which oversees the National Latin Honor Society membership for the state. Wolanski shared: “I am very excited to have this opportunity to further my work for Delaware with the ACL and NJCL. I will be attending my very first ACL conference in the summer, and it is being held at my alma mater, the College of Charleston. That will make it doubly special.”
The NJCL was formed in 1936 and is an organization of junior and senior high school students sponsored by ACL. The purpose of NJCL is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt our own culture to that of Classical antiquity. The league works to serve the needs of Latin, Greek, and Classics teachers in the United States and around the world. They also work to provide scholarships to both students and teachers.
The ACL was founded in 1919 and is a professional organization which promotes the study of classical civilization at all levels of education in the United States and Canada. While most members are teachers of Latin, Greek, and the Classics, any person interested in preserving the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome is welcome to join. The organization is based in Hamilton, Ohio, and provides hundreds of teaching aids, runs a national placement service, sponsors the National Latin Examination, and functions as the parent organization for both the National Junior Classical League and the National Senior Classical League. Additionally, ACL holds an annual convention-the Annual Institute-to promote excellence in the teaching of classical studies.