The weather may have been cold outside but the student athletes at CJ were heating up the court, the pool, the mats and the lanes during the 2014-2015 winter season.

Both the men's and women's bowling teams had successful seasons. For the boys, Cole Mason, '16, was named to the GCL-Coed Second Team. Mason also qualified for districts where he bowled a 553 series with games of 180, 183 and 190. The men's team finished the season 4-10 in the conference and 5-16 overall.

For the women, Katie Sargent, '15, was named the GCL-Coed Player of the Year. Her game average was 190.5 this season. Sargent was also named to the GCL-Coed First Team while Rebecca Mayer, '15 was named to the Second Team and Anastasia McNeily, '15, had an honorable mention. The women's team finished the season 5-5 in the conference and 8-8 overall.

There were several standouts for the wrestling team this season.  McKinley Screetch, '15 and Thomas McGraw, '18, were each named to the GCL First team for the 132 pound and 113 pound weight class, respectively.  Micah Marshall, '18, was named to the GCL Second Team for the 120 pound weight class. The team as a whole succeeded in the GCL, with most players ranked in first, second, or third place in their weight class at the end of the season.

The swimming and diving team had four women qualify for the state championships this season. Erin Staley '15, Macleary Moran '18, Gerogia Albino '15 and Abby Arestides '17 competed in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Moran also competed in the individual 200 and 500 freestyles and Staley competed in the individual 500 freestyle.  The four swimmers were also named to the First Team in the GCL, for the 200 and 400 freestyle relays while Moran was named to the First Team for the 200 and 500 individual freestyles. Staley was named to the GCL Second Team for the 100 Butterfly and
500 Freestyle.

"I'm beyond happy. If I had to end my swimming career right now this is a great way to go. I wouldn't have it any other way and it's just really nice to be a part of this team," Staley said
about the successful season.

They men were also successful this season with Vincent Dang '17, Christopher McCoy '15, Matthew Richard '15 and John Hawthorn '15 being named to the GCL Second Team for the 200 Medley Relay. Dang was also nominated to the GCL Second Team for the 100 Backstroke.

The indoor track and field team also sent players to the state championships. The team competed in six meets to qualify players for state. Kyle McKinney '15 placed second in the state for the triple jump. Jasmyne Shaw, '15, Dejah Gilliam, '15, Ariel Caffee, '16, and Lauren Pegues, '17 competed in the 4x200 placing fourth in the state. Gilliam also placed fourth in the state in the 60 meter dash. McKinney and Olivia Brown '16 also competed in a national competition at the University of Kentucky, where McKinney placed third in the triple jump.

The women's basketball team made it to the postseason again after ending the season 4-6 in the GCL North Conference. Overall, the team went 11-12 after losing in the first round of postseason play to Bellbrook. Haleigh Shaw, '15, was named to the GCL First Team, while ReAnna Dudley, '15 and Ta'Jah Parker, '15, were named to the GCL Second Team.

The men's basketball team had their best season in years, advancing to the state semi-finals on March 26. The team won the GCL North Conference with a 9-1 record.
Overall, the team went 22-7 this season.

The team was not only named the GCL North champs, but also the Division 3 District and Regional Champions. Alan Vest, '15, was named the Player of the Year and Coach Joe Staley was named the Coach of the Year for the GCL North.  Other honors this season included:

                All-GCL North Team
                                - Alan Vest (1st Team)
                                - Myo Baxter-Bell, '15 (1st Team)
                                - Christian Montague, '17 (1st Team)
                                - Zach Burneka, '15 (2nd Team)
                                - Jacob Harrison, '16 (2nd Team)

                District 15 All Star Team
                                - Alan Vest (1st Team, Player Of the Year)
                                - Myo Baxter-Bell (1st Team)
                                -Christian Montague (1st Team, Underclassmen Team)

                All Southwest District
                                -Alan Vest (1st Team)
                                -Myo Baxter-Bell (2nd Team)
                                - Christian Montague (Honorable Mention)

                All Ohio
                                -Alan Vest (2nd Team)
                                - Myo Baxter-Bell (Honorable Mention)

Alan and Myo were also nominated to play in the North/South game.

When asked about this season, Coach Staley said, "I'm very proud of the way our team competed this season.  They were a true team in every sense of the word.  They were extremely unselfish and really cared about each other.  Our senior class is a very special group, and their leadership was outstanding."

Congratulations to all of our teams for a successful winter season!

What does it mean to be a man? This is a question that men everywhere are constantly confronted with, particularly during the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. 
In an attempt to answer this question, three CJ seniors are using their Senior Capstone project to help seventh grade boys gain a better understanding of masculinity.
Seniors Alex Juniewicz-Fogle, Danny Meyer and Sam Stidham created a presentation exploring the representation of masculinity in the media and the effects it has on middle school aged males. The young men presented their project to a group of seventh grade boys at St. Christopher’s Middle School in March.
“We had a PowerPoint with videos and facts,” said Juniewicz-Fogle. “And we talked to them about personal experiences that we’ve had with understanding masculinity.”
The seniors were inspired to create their project when they saw a Ted Talk video about masculinity in their junior year religion class. 
The seniors believe that there are a lot of prevalent messages in the media today that can encourage negative cultural norms.
“Being a man isn’t about having a lot of women, money and power,” said Juniewicz-Fogle. “Watching the Ted Talk video made us realize that’s really not how manhood is, so we decided to show the boys a clip of the video during our presentation.”
“We really wanted them to learn to look at manhood in a good way instead of a negative way and to grow up and be good people rather than following negative cultural norms. They should respect women and not try to get a lot of money and power. It was cool to see it have an impact on them like it did on me.”
“They’re just now sort of learning what masculinity is now,” added Stidham. “That’s why they were our target age group”. 
As part of their presentation the seniors showed the seventh graders a diagram of a man and asked them to label it with words they thought represented masculinity. “At first they all used words like ‘big’, ‘strong’, ‘tall’, and ‘athletic’,” said Meyer. “But after we talked to them we asked them to re-label the diagram and they used words like ‘reverent’, ‘respectful’, ‘courteous’, and ‘well-mannered’.”
“I really liked seeing the kids change and have a completely different view on it,” said Stidhan.
“We focused on the Marianist characteristics we’ve learned throughout our years here,” added Juniewicz-Fogle. “We told them about the Marianist Catholic teachings that you can use to apply to masculinity.” 
“The more we researched about it the more we found people around the country talking about it,” Juniewicz-Fogle continued. “It’s a serious issue that’s not really talked about a lot and we wanted to do something about it because it really hits home for all of us”.

March is National Save Your Vision Month. To close out the STEMM Speaker Series for the month, Catherine McDaniel, '00, spoke with students on Tuesday, March 31.

McDaniel is an associate professor of Clinical Optometry & Chief of Binocular Vision and Pediatric (BVP) Clinic at The Ohio State University, College of Optometry. McDaniel has been with OSU for three years but has been working in the optometry field for seven years.

After graduating from CJ in 2000, McDaniel attended Wright State University for her Bachelor of Science degree. She then attended OSU for her OD, MS degree. While at OSU, McDaniel works in the BVP Clinic teaching 4th year students how to perform exams on children and patients with binocular vision disorders. Additionally, McDaniel teaches a course in pediatric optometry to 3rd year optometry students. McDaniel is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and member of the American Optometric Association.

"I feel really strongly about science and math education, it opens a lot of different doors for you," said McDaniel about her motivation to talk with students on Tuesday.

According to the American Optometric Association, 55% of adults use computers, smart phones, tablets or other handheld electronics more than five hours a day, while children ages 10-18 spend three or more hours a day on the same devices. Researchers believe spending this amount of time on these devices is putting a strain on our eyes and users are not taking breaks as needed. The Association recommends visual breaks are needed every 20 minutes by users looking at something that is at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

To help protect eyes, McDaniel suggested, "don't forget to rest your eyes. Using smart devices aren't going to hurt your eyes, but you can get a lot more fatigued because you're doing a lot more close work."


Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at


Update: The Eagles end their season as State Semi-Finalists after a close run with LCC: 55-50. Thank you TEAM for an exciting season.

Road to State

This is the Eagle's first appearance in Columbus and run at the State title since 2004.The team, which ended the regular season 16-6, has been on an eight-game winning streak since February 13. The last team the Eagles lost to was Lima Central Catholic, which happens to be the team the Eagles will face on Thursday, March 26.

"We know them pretty well, that gives us a lot of confidence," said Charlie Szabo, assistant coach, in regards to facing the familiar opponent.

Students cheered on the team as they participated in a Walk To State around the school, right before the team board busses heading to Columbus.

"All the hard work is going to pay off. There's nothing we can do now but go out there and play our best," said team captain Alex Juniewicz-Fogle '15.

Coach Szabo echoed that sentiment. "They worked really hard to do this; they've earned their chance."

The game will tip-off at 8:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus.

Go Eagles!


CJ Spanish class students experienced a trip they'll never forget as they spent more than a week in Spain recently.

The students saw sites in several cities including Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid and Toledo. While in Barcelona, students participated in Mass in the crypt of La Sagrada Familia (the Church of the Holy Family.)

"The Mass at La Sagrada Familia was awesome because the priest was so wonderful and inclusive," said Sra. Peg Regan. "Taylor Burrows did a reading and Kate Quinttus and Ellie Cronin did petitions. Afterwards,  the priest had us come up to the front and gave us a special blessing."

While in Madrid, the group visited with fellow Marianist students from Colegio Santa Ana y San Rafael.The weather was not ideal during the visit, but Sra. Regan said that did not stop students from playing soccer with their Spanish pen pals.

The next stop for students was Zaragoza, where the group saw the statue of Our Lady of Pilar. It was that statue where Father Chaminade was inspired to start the Society of Mary.

Students also went to the former Spanish capital of Toledo. Students were told how Muslims, Jews and Christians used to peacefully coexist in this city and all three cultures can be identified in Toledo's St. Mary's Synagogue.

Sra. Regan said the trip overall was a great success and she is already looking forward to bringing students back to Spain next year.


They could have been hanging out with friends or staying at home going to sleep in their own beds. But instead, 11 students recently chose to immerse themselves with the homeless and help those in need.

This year's annual Urban Plunge retreat focused on serving the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Cincinnati. Students stayed at the facility, helped and prepared meals, and got a better understanding of urban poverty.

Teacher Alan Rozanski, who experienced the Urban Plunge for the first time with CJ said, "this experience has motivated the students to right the wrongs in our society, and listen to Mary when she says to us, 'do whatever He tells you.'"

During the weekend mission, students visited the Mary Magdalen House, which is run by a Marianist Ministry. Brother Giancarlo spoke with the group about the importance of treating those down on their luck with the same dignity as a person who is not in need. The Mary Magdalen House has private showers, toiletries, and laundry services available for the guests. It's the basic necessities that most of us don't think twice about that can sometimes be the most impactful on the Mary Magdalen House guests.

"The students responded with such generous and open hearts," said Urban Plunge adviser Molly Bardine.

During the retreat, CJ students participated in a number of different activities in order to better understand the realities of those experiencing poverty and homelessness.  The Catholic Social Teaching principle of Solidarity was a major theme of the retreat.

Clare Wade, '16 said "it was a very eye opening experience in which I now have a better understanding of how much of an impact I can make through all my little actions."


Young minds had the opportunity to learn more about neuroscience when Dr. Jim Olson returned for a fourth year in the STEMM Idol Speaker Series. The professor and researcher could add "a magician's doubter" to his list of titles as he explained how our eyes and our mind works to defy illusions.

While presenting, Dr. Olson showed students to not believe everything they saw at first glance. He gave several examples where students first saw different images than their classmates. Dr. Olson went on to show students how the brain works and can sometimes trick what our eyes are seeing.

"We perceive things in a way we can't out think them... some illusions you've seen before. These you can't because they're built into the way our brain is wired," Olson explained.

Dr. Olson graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Engineering Physics. While there, he expanded his interest from physics to biology and spent some time working in a laboratory in the Chemistry Department before moving on to the University of California at Berkeley to complete his doctorate in Biophysics. In his research at UC Berkeley, Dr. Olson studied the interaction of laser light with nerve cells in culture and performed some experiments using the billion electron volt heavy ion particle accelerator at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. He also taught physics in small group sessions and laboratories.

He then moved on to the nearby Stanford University School of Medicine for more research training in Neurochemistry and additional experience teaching in the medical cardiovascular course. Dr. Olson also developed and taught physics courses in the respiratory therapy program at a local community college.

Next, he took a faculty position at Tulane University in New Orleans where he began teaching medical neuroscience and continued his research on a variety of conditions that affect the brain. Finally, Dr. Olson moved to join the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University in 1986 to head up their research laboratory.

Dr. Olson's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Emergency Medicine Foundation, among others. He also participates in medical and graduate neuroscience courses and helps direct medical research projects for residents in the department's resident training program. In addition to science and science education, Dr. Olson enjoys taking pictures and printing black and white photography (from film), playing guitar, and flying.

In 2010, Dr. Olson was presented the Science Educator Award by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). The annual award "recognizes an outstanding neuroscientist who has made significant contributions in promoting public education and awareness about the field," and includes a $5,000 prize. According to a 2010 SfN press release, Dr. Olson worked to promote the inclusion of neuroscience topics into Science Olympiad competitions and into the curriculum for more than 5,000 middle schools and high schools across the U.S.

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at



"She lived what she believed."

And Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN lived a life loving all God's people and helping others. Which is why the CJ community is pleased to have the approval of a State of Ohio Historical Marker in her honor.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Sr. Dorothy's martyrdom. On February 12, 2005, Sr. Dorothy was shot six times in Brazil. She had been there for several years working for the future of the Amazon rainforest, fighting for farmers' rights and the poor.

On Thursday, family, friends and the community came to CJ to watch a special screening of "The Student, The Nun and The Amazon." A good friend of Sr. Dorothy's, Sr. Joan Krimm, SNDdeN, spoke on WDTN before the event.

"She didn't just talk, but she acted. She (taught) us a lesson of love. She loved God and all of God's creations," Sr. Krimm said in the interview.

Sr. Krimm also spoke at Thursday's event. It was during this time that the announcement about the marker was made. Chloe Johnson and Anjali Phadke, both freshmen at the Dayton STEM School in Kettering organized and made the push to have the marker approved.

"Because of her, there are so many school in Brazil and because of her death there is awareness around the world," said Phadke. There are nearly 40 schools in Brazil which were dedicated in Sr. Dorothy's honor.

"Together, we think of her as an inspiration," said Johnson.

Details about where and when the marker would be erected are still in discussion. 



WKEF's coverage of the community event.

WDTN talks to Sr. Joan before the community event.



Sr. Dorothy, Her Dream/Our Hands 2005-2015

PDF resource — Activity guide and schedule of national activities

Expanded Story of Sister Dorothy
online resource
 — SNDdeN Ohio Province


The Chaminade Julienne Community invites the public to “meet” Sr. Dorothy Stang SNDdeN through a screening of “The Student, The Nun & The Amazon” Thursday, Mar. 19 in the CJ Auditorium.


Filmed shortly before her death, this documentary bears witness to Sr. Dorothy’s love of people, passion for her work, and her vision and hope for the future of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Sr. Dorothy’s close friend, Sr. Joan Krimm, SNDdeN, will give a reflection following the showing of the film. Learn how Sr. Dorothy’s life continues to inspire work for justice. Resources will be available, and all are invited to stay for a reception.

For more information, visit or email Molly Bardine at

Other Activities — Calendar of Events



Sr. Dorothy, Her Dream/Our Hands 2005-2015
PDF resource
 — Activity guide and schedule of national activities

Expanded Story of Sister Dorothy
online resource
 — SNDdeN Ohio Province


For many high school students it’s hard to imagine how different life is in another country, let alone how difficult life is for young adults in some countries. This year, two groups of CJ students have made it their mission to raise awareness about the issues facing teenagers in impoverished areas of Africa.

Two separate groups of seniors at CJ are working on similar Senior Capstone projects that aim to make a difference in the lives of African teenagers in Kenya and Uganda.

One group, including seniors Matt Boudinot, Matt Pyper, Adam Pendergrass, Matt Richard and Danny Wittman, has placed their focus on a small, Marianist Catholic school named Our Lady of Nazareth in Nairobi, Kenya. Their mission is to gain knowledge about the Kenyan educational system, communicate with members of the school, and send school supplies, particularly books, to the students.

The seniors first heard about Our Lady of Nazareth from Father Jeje Callistus who is currently a student at the University of Dayton. Fr. Callistus, who has served as a teacher at the Kenyan school, has been a very useful source of information for the students throughout their project.

The young men have a main goal of acquiring school supplies to send to the Our Lady of Nazareth. “The most important thing to get is books, any kind of books, they’re very hard to come by for them,” said Adam Pendergrass. “We’re also getting them Holy Angels jerseys because they really like playing football (soccer).”

“We’re partnering with Holy Angels Elementary School for this drive; they’re helping us get supplies,” added Matt Boudinot. The students are also working closely with Holy Angels and other local Marianist organizations in the Dayton community to raise awareness for Our Lady of Nazareth.

“I think it’s great that they’re raising awareness with the young students at Holy Angels,” said Molly Bardine, Capstone Coordinator. “Who knows what spark of motivation they’ll start there?”

The seniors are all very excited to be a part of a project that is action oriented. “Hearing about how hard life is for students there has motivated us to actually send supplies,” said Pendergrass. “Raising awareness is great but we really wanted to get in there and help, we really feel like we’re actually taking action to help them.”

“A lot of projects are awareness oriented,” agreed Boudinot. “I really wanted to DO something, it has helped me really immerse myself in the project, and it’s made me realize how blessed I am.”

Unified for Uganda — Awareness for the Cause

Another group of seniors, including Grace Saunders and Emily Meyer, have focused their efforts on raising awareness about poverty and education in Uganda. The seniors were inspired by their involvement in the organization Unified for Uganda, also known as U for U.  

To complete their Capstone project, they organized a Global Symposium on February 22. The symposium invited all CJ students to learn about the level of poverty in Uganda and the ways education can help improve the situation.

Grace Saunders has been a member of Unified for Uganda for two years as part of her involvement with the Key Club at CJ. “We raised $1,100 for U for U but no one at CJ really seemed to know what we were raising money for,” said Saunders. “The lack of knowledge inspired us to use our Capstone project to raise awareness for U for U.”

The Global Symposium drew a big crowd. Many students attended, including two Cincinnati high school students who traveled to Uganda last year. “We were so happy they could come to the event,” said Saunders. “They talked about being with the children there and how it changed their lives”Cincinnati students join Saunders and Meyer at the Global Symposium

The symposium began with a prayer and a video from U for U and then split up into various educational breakout sessions. “I ran a session comparing Ugandan student’s lives to US student’s lives and Emily ran a session with facts, trivia and statistics about poverty,” said Saunders.

Clare Wade, a student who attended the symposium said it was an eye opening experience. “Some of the other girls and I are thinking of taking it to the next level next year for our Senior Capstone project,” she said. “It inspired me and my parents to sponsor a Ugandan girl for Lent. We’re sending her the first letter soon.”

“The really exciting thing about their project is that it will serve as a model for future projects,” said Bardine. "Any Capstone group in the future that wants to take on a symposium project will have a great model.”

Bardine emphasized the importance of educating future generations of students. “This project embraces the idea of educating students and inspiring them to act,” she said. “It’s really the core of Marianist tradition.”

Ultimately, the symposium was a great success. “At least 10 kids came up to me and tell me that they had fun or that I educated them,” said Saunders. “Multiple people have taken application forms for a leadership summit through U for U.”

The effort both groups of CJ seniors are making to positively affect the lives of African teenagers is truly heartwarming. “In general the most rewarding thing is seeing the smile on the Ugandan kid’s faces and getting a letter back, and realizing that I’m making a difference,” said Saunders. “The world seems ten times smaller now than it did before I become involved with U for U.”


Creative concoctions were constructed beyond the expectations of moderator Susan Eichenauer, who with the Key Club, hosted the first "Cake Boss Competition."

"The idea was basically to provide a unique and different after school activity for students to get them connected with a different group of kids," Eichenauer said.

The idea for the competition came from watching a popular television show Eichenauer said. When she suggested the idea to Key Club members, they quickly cooked up how CJ could do their own version. Twenty students signed up for the cake decorating event but enthusiasm about the competition spead throughout the school, as more students tried to participate in the competition after sign-ups were over.

While most students said they were excited about eating the cake at the end, most knew another reason why after-school activities like this are important. According to Laura Springman 15, events like this "give us a way to get to know the people, and grow bonds."


Brian Duffy has spent three decades making workforces safe and environmentally friendly.

How he's been able to adapt to new technological advances and still keep his employer, Crown Equipment Corporation, compliant with safety standards was the focus of his presentation during the latest CJ STEMM Speaker Series.

Duffy is a 1974 graduate of CJ. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Environmental Planning from Arizona State University.

Duffy has been in the Environmental Health & Safety field for 30 years, 26 of those years spent at his current employer, Crown Equipment Corporation. He is responsible for all global environmental health and safety compliances, and sustainability and injury prevention for his company's Lift Trucks.

According to the Crown Equipment Corporation website, "Safety is an integral part of Crown's engineering and manufacturing processes and it shows in our product design, technology advances, and training programs, all helping create a culture of safety." Duffy is a key player in making this philosophy happen.

Crown has received many Environmental and Safety awards because of Duffy's dedication to his profession. He has also been asked to speak at several Environmental Health & Safety conferences and has written for many publications regarding Environmental Health & Safety issues.

Duffy said being a part of the first graduating class of CJ helped prepare him for where he is today.

"I had a very strong background in the sciences. I had some great teachers who were willing to spend the time and help me along."

Duffy is still very much a part of the CJ culture. He has volunteered for the Fish Fry, been asked to be a presenter during the Hall of Fame Awards, and has been an Environmental Advisor to facilities projects.

While reflecting on the STEMM program, Duffy said he was excited to see the advancements at CJ.

"Just a great education and the STEMM program is an extension of that. It's really great to see not only the curriculum of STEMM but also the infrastructure improvements which are great."

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at



Great memory and great speed.

Those are the talents Emily Meyer, '15, and members of the Indoor Track Team displayed on Saturday, as they participated in two different state competitions.

Meyer, who won the CJ Poetry Out Loud competition earlier this year, had three poems prepared for the state competition.  

Meyer won CJ's competition when she recited "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" by Richard Hugo and "The Gaffe" by C.K. Williams. The Poetry Out Loud State Championship will be held in Columbus. 

According to Justin Nigro with the Ohio Arts Council, Meyer "did a wonderful job and represented Chaminade Julienne High School well!" She did not advance to the national competition.

The Walk to State for the indoor track participants was just a warm-up before Saturday's state finals. Kyle McKinney, '15, Jasmyne Shaw, '15, Dejah Gilliam, '15, Ariel Caffee, '16, and Lauren Pegues, '17 competed in Akron in the OATCCC Indoor State Championship.

Shaw, Gilliam, Caffee, and Pegues participated in the 4 x 200 relay, while Gilliam and Caffee also participated in individual competitions.

"It's exciting because it's our last year running and we've been running since freshman year," said Shaw.

McKinney, who was ranked #1 in the state for Triple Jump,  also participated in individual events.

"It's another opportunity to continue to excel at my track career, I'm excited," said McKinney.

In the competition, McKinney won 2nd place for Triple Jump. The girls 4 x 200 relay placed 4th and Gilliam placed 4th in the 60 meter dash.

Congratulations to all of our participants!


When you walk into CJ at 8:05 Monday morning, you hear the Student of the Week being announced throughout the entire building. This “JBN Student of the Week” program takes time to show appreciation for small or large acts of kindness reflected by a student in the building.

“The JBN student of the week is a student nominated by a teacher or staff member who lives out the philosophy of ‘just being nice’ every day,” senior student council class officer and JBN Student of the Week committee member Megan Foley ’15 said. “These students are typically ones who live out Christ's message of love, and have the ability to incorporate it into the random acts of kindness he or she does daily.”

Members of the JBN committee see the JBN Student of the Weeks as a way to initiate a ripple effect within the student body.

“I hope that the JBN Student of the Week program inspires students to be nicer, and I hope that the kids who already do so much for our school can feel happy and know that their kindness is appreciated,” JBN Student of the Week committee member Caroline Chick said. “At CJ there are so many JBN students that it will be hard to recognize all of them over the course of the year, but we try to make sure that we do appreciate those students who are genuinely nice and give them their moment.”

JBN stands for “Just Be Nice,” a campaign FLIGHT enacted last year. During the opening faculty and staff retreat of the 2013-2014 school year, members read two articles, including In My Mind’s Eye by Walter Wangerin, Jr. and Just Be Nice by George Wood, a former principal. Both articles stressed the significance little acts of kindness have on others.

In his article, Wood wrote, “There is not a lot (at my advanced age) that I remember about my own time as a student, but what I do remember are the acts of kindness by teachers... I know I learned a lot  of academic stuff too, but what stuck with me were the kindesses shown when, more often than not, I did nothing to deserve them.”

The message of students picking up on small acts of kindness inspired faculty and staff, who then decided to bring the concept to student body. FLIGHT embraced the message and made it a goal to implement JBN in the 2013-2014 school year.

Activities included an inspirational talk by Mr. Colvin, hanging motivational signs in bathrooms and on lockers, signing pledge cards to JBN, and challenging students through the morning announcements to JBN.

“It started catching on,” Kelli Kinnear, head of Ministry and Service, said. “Teachers would hear students in the classroom say JBN, there were visual and verbal reminders everywhere. It became a theme on retreats and other activities throughout the school year.”

During summer Student Council leadership training before the 2014-2015, Student Council decided to build on the JBN campaign through the Student of the Week program.

Students are selected by secret faculty and staff nominations, and thus far students from all grade levels have been nominated. Each week, the announcement contains a short bio of the student and a post is sent to faculty and student sites. The student’s picture is put up on the Student Council board and they also receive a certificate.

Students who have been named student of the week include:

- Noah Walusis ’17 : “Noah goes out of his way to help others feel included, feel part of a group, and feel at ease.  Whether it is on Sophomore Retreat, in the lunch room, or in the classroom, Noah encourages and supports others who may be struggling.”

- Dallas Danneker ’15: “Dallas always has a smile on his face, and he always is willing to lend a helping hand to other students and to faculty. He has taken several shadows under his wings to be a good example for them.”

- Reed Allen ’18: “He is someone who walks into a room and treats you like you are his best friend. He makes a point of saying HI to people as he walks to class or stops in an office or in the clinic.  He is kind, polite and just a pleasure to be around.”

- Catherine Grady ‘15: “She radiates joy whenever she is in the room.  she walks down the hall, she is friendly and outgoing to all.  In class, she is willing and happy to work with anyone, not just her friends. She is an all-around nice person with a truly kind and generous heart!”

- Antonio Mobley ‘16: “He is kind, respectful to adults, and friendly to all.  He has great manners.  He stops in to visit people in the Guidance Office and  makes everyone feel welcomed and appreciated.”

- Rachel Coughlin ’17: “She spreads joy and happiness wherever she goes, and she has a very positive outlook on life.  She is a hard working student who is dedicated in her studies and is extremely talented in her writing skills.”  

- Erin Staley ‘15: “She acts like a cheerleader to get others pumped up & motivated.  She volunteers in the Guidance Office as an aide, and she goes out of her way to do that extra thing to make others happy.”

- Joshua Hughes '17: "He's quiet and unassuming among students but at the same time very friendly and welcoming with everyone. He's also working as a peer tutor - tutoring students who need help especially in science."   

Michaela Linehan '16: "She is unfailingly cheerful, as nice as she can be to everyone around her, always says the right thing, helps her classmates constantly, and tutors others in the ELC.  She has a big heart and a kind spirit."

Carlos Estrada-Sanchez '16: "When faced with hardships or difficulties, he never gives up on trying and on doing his best.  And, he goes out of his way to help others and work with others when he sees them struggling."

- Kyle McKinney, '15: "He truly shows compassion and concern for all those around him.  He always is willing to lend a helping hand to others, he is welcoming to all, and he extends friendship to everyone.  Whether it is the hallway, the classroom, the lunch room, or outside of school, you can count on Kyle for a smile and a kind word."

- Tucker Helms, '17: "Tucker is truly a very nice young man, who stands up for his friends, even when it is not an easy thing to do.  He always says hi and greets people with respect and dignity, no matter what issues they may be having.  He is kind and friendly to all."

“We want to recognize students who really do nice kind acts without expecting applause or for their resume,” Student Council moderator Angela Ruffolo said. “I think everyone always appreciates when people say ‘thanks’ or say ‘hey...your kindness and nice acts do not go unnoticed!’  Really, JBN Student of the Week is just a way to show appreciation for people's kindness… to encourage the JBN philosophy throughout our building all the time.”

Future JBN recepients will be featured in the Eagle Pride section of the website.


Pictured: a few members of the committee, as well as one recent JBN Student of the Week honoree: Ashley Huffman, Erin Staley, Megan Foley, Caroline Chick, Ceyrah Feeney


There are many opportunities in March to attend the CJ STEMM Idol Speaker series.

Whether you’ve attended all the 2014-15 homeroom sessions or if this is your first one, do not miss out on these unique opportunities to take an inside look at future college and career paths from professionals living them out.

On Tuesday, Mar. 3, all students were invited as Dr. Keith Watson visited from the Premier Health Specialists office in Yellow Springs. The veteran board certified OB/GYN has practiced medicine locally for almost 35 years, but don’t consider this doc “old school.”

Dr. Watson serves his patients by implementing innovative, minimally invasive techniques. He was one of the first Dayton physicians in the field to perform robotic assisted surgeries using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System and now helps train his colleagues in robotic procedures.

A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina at Charleston, Dr. Watson completed his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. He currently leads a staff of five.

While talking with students, Dr. Watson spoke about his mission trips overseas helping others in the health care field. "To me it's not a job, it's a profession," Dr. Watson said.

He also shared his passion for providing minimally invasive surgeries, which he is able to do with the  da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Students were able to see the robot in action as a video showed how the machine can peel the skin off a grape.

Dr. Watson's dedication for the robotic program was felt by the students who were eager to learn more about the system after his presentation was completed.

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at



Members of the CJ STEMM Special Ops Club and a Senior Capstone group teamed up with Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV) to offer the community an environmentally friendly option for getting started on spring cleaning.

On April 5, students and volunteers staffed a GESMV donation truck at CJ from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. accepting working and non-working cell phones, computers, monitors, printers, speakers and other devices. By afternoon, nearly 14,000 pounds of unwanted electronics was collected for safe disposal.

The event was the first of its kind for CJ, but not for GESMV. The organization hosts a number of community e-cycling events throughout the year.  View 2014 schedule >

“When you donate to our organization, it helps provide jobs to help people with disabilities, and also provide services and programs for people in the community that need us,” Kim Bramlage, marketing communications coordinator at GESMV, told the Dayton Daily News

The Special Ops Club learned more about GESMV’s recycling efforts last fall during a worksite visit to their facility. The club is offered as an extracurricular through the CJ STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) program by Meg Draeger, coordinator. All CJ students with an interest in robotics and computer science may join. Throughout the school year, club members meet once per week and participate in local team competitions, field trips and service projects.

In collaboration with the club, seniors Gary Labianco, Claire Meyers and Tom Weckesser offered to co-host the event as one aspect of their Senior Capstone project. The trio is researching and raising awareness about the fight for precious minerals that naturally occur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, many of which are incorporated into the electronic devices we use every day.

Learn more about this Senior Capstone project by visiting the group's Web site.

Photos by Meg Draeger.


Senior Kaylee Piatt is appearing in her eighth production as a cast member of the 2014 spring musical, Children of Eden, and says the latest show by far incorporates the most special effects she has ever seen on the CJ stage.

“This show would not be nearly as great without the collaboration of the visual arts program and our Special Effects Team,” Piatt said.

New this spring, a group of student crew members known as the Special Effects Team worked after school under the supervision of Janet Lasley, CJ art teacher, to create animal puppets. Puppets were made from mostly donated and household items and include elephants, horses, flying birds and comets, jellyfish, giraffes, turtles, anteaters and more. The puppets will be operated by actors on stage.

“It’s been fun working on the Special Effects Team because you get to spend a lot of extra time with your friends,” said sophomore Orfa Hernandez, who is involved in a performing arts production for the first time this school year. Her favorite piece is the horse mask made of paper mache.

Weeks prior to opening night, a few members of the cast and Special Effects Team had the opportunity to practice with their animals and learn from professional Darren Brown, a puppeteer from the Zoot Theatre Company in Dayton.

“Puppetry is a very selfless way to perform, but that’s what makes it special,” Brown told students. Zoot is a local non-profit organization and a resident company in the Dayton Art Institute’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium.

Enjoy Three Performances

Children of Eden is a two act musical based on the Book of Genesis. Opening night is Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the CJ auditorium, and the production also runs Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m.

Piatt takes the stage playing a lead role as Eve, but will also play a storyteller and serve as a puppeteer.

“The visual effects combined with the music and biblical themes make Children of Eden a very powerful and emotional show,” she said, and added that there is a little something for everyone -- children included.

In fact, the musical features more than a dozen area elementary school students in grades 5-8 who auditioned for the show in January. On Tuesday, April 1, those performers will get to show off their talents for friends and peers when their classmates from St. Helen, Mother Brunner and Holy Angels fill the auditorium to watch a special sneak preview and take part in a youth workshop.

Tickets for Children of Eden are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for kids in grades K-8. Doors open approximately a half hour before each show April 4-6.

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An innovative battle bot design by a team of six CJ Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering students literally and figuratively caught the attention of opponents and onlookers at the 2014 Spring Ohio Robotics XtremeBOTS Competition.

The Eagles placed ninth among a field of about 60 bots built by 19 college and high school teams from Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Their machine, officially named “Blue Eyes, White Dragon,” earned a more fitting nickname after making it to the Sweet 16 round of the competition.

“Our bot became known as the Ghandi bot because of its passive aggressive nature. There was no weapon on the bot,” explained sophomore Evan Skrobot. Instead of smashing other bots, the team’s wedge-shaped design scooped up anything in its path, rendering attacks from competitors useless.

“No one had ever done a scoop idea,” said sophomore team member Tyler Curtis. The design created a need for judges to adjust.

“They had to create a new rule for our bot,” said sophomore teammate Cole Mason (pictured above). “Teams could either tap out after we caught them or we would have to drive their bot around for three minutes to win the match.”

The Eagles design even seemed to impress Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who served as a guest speaker at the March 22 event hosted at the Nutter Center. She tweeted, “This @cjeagles robot was not messing around at the #xtremeBOTS competition @wrightstate today! We make it in #Dayton.”

All six students involved with the robotics team are enrolled in Principles of Engineering, a PLTW course taught by Andy Helms.

“Taking the Principles of Engineering course introduced us to robotics, but it also gave us access to the tools and knowledge we needed to be successful,” said sophomore Jordan Thomasson.

With guidance from Mr. Helms and Dan Reynolds of American Testing Services, the team’s professional mentor, Jordan and his teammates drew designs using AutoCAD software and assembled the bot with tools in the CJ STEMM Center.

The team hopes to compete again this spring in a National Robotics League competition at Baldwin Wallace University coming up May 17.

Video provided courtesy of Jordan Thomasson '16 and photos provided courtesy of Dan Reynolds. 


Thanks to the work of a Senior Capstone group and generosity of the CJ community, teachers at one local elementary school now have expanded options when it comes to providing valuable learning tools to their students.

The four group members, Mackenzie Boyer, Mariah Harlow, Leighanne Schwab and Rachel Rogers, focused their research on the life-long consequences of child poverty. Their project culminated in a book drive, held during the week of March 17-21, to benefit Ruskin Elementary in Dayton. The girls hope the drive will work to combat child illiteracy, a challenge that often accompanies child poverty, Harlow said.

“We were playing around with a lot of topics,” Harlow said. “Based on our interests from our junior year service projects, we started looking at poverty, and we decided to narrow it down to focus on children. We considered where they go after school, what they have or don’t have, and what materials they may need.”

Ruskin Elementary, which also collaborates with CJ through the school's Little Sibs program, enrolls many students who are at or below the poverty line, project mentor Erin Ketch said.

The book drive specifically benefited K-3 students, and each English class at CJ was provided a box where students could donate their new or gently used books. As an incentive, students who donated three or more books were entered into a drawing for a Chipotle gift card.

To date, the Senior Capstone group has already collected at least 420 books and, although the drive was intended to end March 21, they expect more books on the way.

Ketch, who is also an English teacher at CJ, reflected on the importance of child literacy and the impact that these donations could have.

“I see the importance of early literacy skills,” she said. “Research has shown time and again how important early reading and writing skills are for young children, and the sooner these skills are nurtured and developed, the better.”

The Capstone students had exposure to conditionsof poverty prior to their project, which was the gateway to exploring this issue further. Boyer is a part of the Little Sibs program and connected with Ruskin to plan the book drive, while Harlow considered her experience in volunteering for Urban Plunge as motivation.

“As part of Urban Plunge, we stayed at St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati and did service work for a weekend,” Harlow said. “Through that I got another eye for poverty, and that helped me put things in perspective for this project.”

The group’s research, their prior exposure to the realities of poverty, and their commitment to their cause leaves Ketch hopeful for the ultimate success for the book drive, she said.

“These students are all excellent readers and writers, and I believe that they see how literacy in their early lives has impacted them as high school students,” she said. “Their desire to give back to their community reflects this. It is our hope these books provide continual reading opportunities for the Ruskin students both at school and at home.”

The books will be delivered to Ruskin Elementary upon conclusion of the drive, and will be used according to their current needs, Ketch said.

To learn more about the Senior Capstone Project, search “senior capstone” at or contact Molly Bardine, coordinator at 461-3740 x405 or at


The annual Lenten Mission Drive is underway. This donation drive, organized by the office of ministry and service, benefits missions in Africa supported by our school's two founding orders, the Marianists and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

Collections this year will be split equally and donated to both Our Lady of the Nazareth Elementary School, a Marianist mission in Kenya, and the Sisters of Notre Dame Clean Water Project. Students learned more about each of these missions in their religion classes.

You can support the Lenten Mission Drive through any of the following activities taking place in the weeks leading up to Easter:

Men's Volleyball Game

Wednesday, March 26

Eagles fans can cheer on the men's volleyball team at home against Alter on Wednesday, March 26 in Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gymnasium. Proceeds from admissions and concessions will be donated. The JV begins at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity at 7 p.m. Fans of both schools are encouraged to wear purple.

Out of Uniform Day

Friday, April 4

Students can take part in the $2 Out of Uniform Day on Friday, April 4. A dollar from each person who participates will go to both missions.

Faculty & Staff Jeans Day

Tuesday, April 8

Faculty and staff can participate in a special adults-only "jeans day" on Tuesday, April 8.

Make a Contribution

Classroom Donation Cans

Everyone is welcomed to make contributions, small or large, to the donation cans stationed in classrooms around the building.

Thank You!

Thank you for your support of the CJ Lenten Mission Drive. To learn more, view this informational slideshow created by members of F.L.I.G.H.T. (Artwork created by senior F.L.I.G.H.T. member Patrick Zopff.)


Families and students in grades K-7 are invited to experience the CJ community at our spring "Try-It" Open House this Sunday, March 30. Parents will have the opportunity to learn more about the unique qualities that our Marianist and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Catholic educational experience offers students -- one that seeks to help them discover God's call in their lives. Meanwhile, children of all ages can enjoy plenty of fun, hands-on activities. 

Fun for the Kids

  • Make liquid nitrogen ice cream
  • Challenge our Quiz Bowl team
  • Work with the Special Effects team for the spring musical, Children of Eden
  • Engage in CJ STEMM and Project Lead the Way activities
  • Tour the CJ STEMM Center and shoot hoops in the renovated Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym.


It's What's Next

Leading in Faith Today (LIFT)

Families in attendance will have the unique opportunity to hear from Dan Meixner, CJ president, who will share the school's vision for serving students through its $20 million LIFT campaign. The largest component of LIFT includes funds for modernizing our 745 seat auditorium, enhancing performing arts rehearsal spaces, redesigning the cafeteria, and modernizing classrooms among other capital improvements. Learn more at

Win a CJ Eagle Summer Camp

Families who REGISTER ONLINE will be automatically entered in a special prize drawing to win a FREE CJ Eagle Summer Camp!  

Stop by Sunday for a few minutes or stay for a longer look.  



If you have questions, please email or call Brett Chmiel, admissions director, at (937) 461.3740 x210.


A men’s basketball district title and a wrestling state-runner up finish highlighted a successful 2013-14 winter sports season for Eagles student athletes. Take a look back at their accomplishments and find out where the Eagles stand in the hunt for the GCL All Sports Trophy.

Team Highlights

Men’s Basketball - District Champions, GCL Co-ed Co-champs

Record: 15-10 (7-3 GCL)

Key Wins: The No. 1 seeded Eagles won the program’s first district championship since 2008 with a 66-50 win over Cincinnati Shroder Paideia. Over the course of its tournament run, CJ won four games by an average of 30 points. During the regular season, the team swept GCL Co-ed North foes Carroll and Alter, and defeated Lima Central Catholic, the No. 2 team in Division III basketball, in late January. The win helped spark a streak of six consecutive victories which included the 65-56 defeat of Beavercreek on the road, and the Eagles finished the regular season as GCL Co-ed North co-champions.

All Stars: Myo Baxter-Bell '15 (AP All-State Third Team, AP All-Southwest District First Team, GCL First Team), C.J. Riazzi ‘14 (AP All-Southwest District Special Mention, *Ohio District 15 All Star, GCL First Team), Alan Vest ‘15 (AP All-Southwest District Special Mention, GCL First Team), Aaron Hammond ‘14 (GCL Second Team), Jacob Harrison ‘16 (GCL Second Team)

*The Ohio District 15 All Star Game is being held Wednesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at Centerville High School (directions). Admission is $5.


Women’s Basketball

Record: 7-16 (4-6 GCL)

Key Wins: The women’s team completed the season sweep of GCL North rival Fenwick and recorded huge wins over Division I opponents. In late December, the Eagles tallied a 10-point road win against Dublin Coffman, an eventual D-I state semifinalist, and the girls also decisively downed Fairborn 58-44.

All Stars: Haleigh Shaw ‘15 (AP All-Southwest District Special Mention, Ohio District 15 All-Underclassman First Team, GCL First Team), Angel Curry ‘14 (GCL Second Team), Tyanna McDowell ‘14 (GCL Second Team).


Men’s & Women’s Bowling

Records: Men’s 9-9 (5-9 GCL)  |  Women’s 8-5 (5-5 GCL)

Key Wins: The CJ men and women finished fifth and fourth respectively in their first year together in the expanded GCL Co-ed. Neither team lost a regular season match to non-league opponents and both teams swept Fenwick. In postseason play, Eric Handorf ‘14 and Katie Sargent ‘15 each advanced to the Division II district tournament.

All Stars: Eric Handorf ‘14 (GCL First Team), Katie Sargent ‘15 (GCL First Team), Shannon Leik ‘14 (GCL Second Team), Rebecca Mayer '15 (GCL Second Team), Kris Heidenreich '14 (GCL Honorable Mention.


Men's & Women's Indoor Lacrosse

Records: Men's 6-0  |  Women’s 1-5

Key Moments: The men's team went undefeated during the indoor season. The women’s team bounced back from a slow start and recorded its first indoor victory 19-13 over Lebanon on January 26. Women’s lacrosse is now a school sponsored interscholastic varsity sport for the spring season.

Spring Season: The women’s team plays its season opener at Lakota East (directions) on Saturday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. The men’s lacrosse team opens the spring outdoor season on Friday, March 28 at 6 p.m. against Licking Valley at home (Dog Leg Park; directions).


Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track

Key Moments: For a fourth consecutive season, the men’s and women’s indoor track program qualified to compete in the Division II/III Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) Indoor Track & Field State Championships at Akron University in early March. Although the team did not place, many individual ran their fastest times of the year. View individual results >

Spring Season: CJ opens the 2014 outdoor season on Saturday, March 29 at the Up and Running Invitational hosted by Troy High School (directions).


Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving

Key Moments: The CJ men and women each finished second at the January 25 league championship meet in their first year together in the expanded GCL Co-ed. First place finishes at the league meet were had by Erin Staley ‘15 (500 yard freestyle) and Claire Meyers ‘14 (100 yard butterfly). In the program’s first year hosting the Best of the Nest meet, the women’s team took first place and the men’s team took third. In the postseason, the Eagles sent 17 swimmers and one diver to the district tournament where the women’s 200 yard freestyle relay team missed going to state by three tenths of a second, finishing in 25th place.

All Stars:

Men’s - Coach of the Year Paul Biermann

  • John Hawthorn ‘15 (GCL Second Team, 500 Yard Freestyle)
  • Vincent Dang ‘17 (GCL Second Team, 100 Yard Backstroke)
  • Vincent Dang ‘17, Aarik Fretz ‘15, Gary LaBianco ‘14, John Hawthorn ‘15 (GCL Second Team, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay)
  • Christopher McCoy ‘15 (GCL Honorable Mention, 100 Yard Breaststroke)
  • Vincent Dang ‘17, Christopher McCoy ‘15, Matthew Richard ‘15, John Hawthorn ‘15 (GCL Honorable Mention, 200 Yard Medley Relay)


  • Claire Meyers ‘14 (GCL First Team, 100 Yard Butterfly; GCL Second Team; 50 Yard Freestyle)
  • Erin Staley ‘15 (GCL First Team, 500 Yard Freestyle; GCL Second Team, 200 Yard Freestyle)
  • Claire Meyers ‘15, Georgia Albino ‘15, Erin Staley ‘15, and Abby Arestides ‘17 (GCL Second Team, 200 Yard Freestyle Relay)
  • Abby Arestides ‘17 (GCL Honorable Mention, 50 Yard Freestyle)
  • Kaitlin Kearns ‘14 (GCL Honorable Mention, 500 Yard Freestyle)
  • Kaitlin Kearns ‘14, Natalie Murray ‘16, Samantha Cudney ‘14, Katy Harrington ‘15 (GCL Honorable Mention, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay)



Key Moments: In his fourth consecutive trip to Columbus, Lyle Plummer ‘14 finished as the Division III state runner-up in 132-pound class. He was joined at state by teammate and first time qualifier McKinley Screetch ‘15, an alternate in the 120-pound class. The team placed second among all GCL Co-ed schools and sixth overall in the league tournament on February 1. At that meet, which included teams from the GCL South, Mason Kooser ‘14 and Plummer finished third while Screetch finished fifth in their respective classes.

All Stars: Lyle Plummer ‘14 (GCL Athlete of the Year, GCL First Team, March Penn Station Athlete of the Month), Mason Kooser ‘14 (GCL First Team), Deeter Spees ‘16 (GCL Second Team), McKinley Screetch ‘15 (GCL Second Team).


All Sports Trophy

The GCL All Sports Trophy recognizes across-the-board athletic excellence. Teams in each season are awarded points depending upon where they finish in the league. At the end of the school year, all points are totaled and the top school from each division (north and central) wins the trophy. CJ scored 39 points for the winter season and is in third place headed into the spring sports season with 85.5 total points.

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As part of their Senior Capstone project, two groups are closely collaborating with the special needs community to provide leadership opportunities, build relationships and raise awareness for this often overlooked population.

Students began their project by researching the issues and barriers to inclusion facing those they intended to serve. Both groups decided to partner with the school's Cuvilly special education program and Toward Independence, Inc., a local non-profit agency that serves people with developmental disabilities.

Together with their partner organizations, 11 group members are in the midst of planning and presenting several social events for the younger special needs population to interact with the older special needs population.

A group comprised of seniors Jenny Meier, Bobby Krupa, James Schwendeman, James Moorman, Michael McDonald, Mason Kooser and Joe Hoeft set their project in motion with a Valentine’s Day dance at the Toward Independence facility in Xenia. Students made boutonnieres, corsages and paper airplanes to give to clients. They also served dinner and visited with guests at the dance.

Judi MacLeod, Cuvilly department chair and mentor for the project, said the event was very successful. “It was a great opportunity for interactions on both parts. Toward Independence has dances every year, but we’re trying to build a relationship with them. Our goal is to supplement what is going on already and also get our Cuvilly students working in conjunction with their clients.”

Nancy Justice, event coordinator at Toward Independence, expressed that her organization has enjoyed working with CJ and that the process has helped all parties meet their goals.

"Doing these events is a way for our clients to socialize and meet new friends,” Justice said. “It is an excellent form of social integration, especially with the Chaminade Julienne students.”

While the group continues to fulfill  these goals and brainstorm ideas for their next event, MacLeod said, a second group formed by Marissa Miller, Vaughn Martin, Doug Neff and Ben Landes is working with clients on a variety show that will take place in April. Those students are visiting with clients once a week to practice learning new songs, she said.

MacLeod said she believes that through this ongoing project, each group is getting exposure to new experiences that they would not have had the opportunity to encounter otherwise.

“Our students are learning how to work with people with special needs and getting opportunities to be in leadership positions. The Toward Independence clients are getting the opportunity to work with a group of very energetic and excited young people, and they want to see them succeed,” she said.

MacLeod said that CJ has been in contact with Toward Independence for several years about other events. She saw the Senior Capstone project as an opportunity to branch out even more in order to further spread awareness.

“Our adult special needs population is such a wonderful group of people who often don’t get noticed, or if they are noticed, it is in a negative light,” she said.“So my goal is for the students to understand that there is this group of people who have so much to give. Not only do we need to help, but we need to recognize their unique qualities as well.”

To learn more about the Senior Capstone Project, search “senior capstone” at or contact Molly Bardine, coordinator at 461-3740 x405 or at


Students with an interest in STEMM fields don't necessarily need to be enrolled in CJ's nationally certified Project Lead the Way curriculum for exposure to valuable learning experiences inside and outside the classroom.

During the first week in March, a group of students taking environmental and physical science courses with teachers Caty Maga and Jessie Hanley helped younger students from around the Miami Valley learn how to be energy efficient at this year’s Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) and Vectren Energy Fair.

"The topics being discussed at the fair were the same topics that my students are learning about in class," Hanley said. "I wanted them to apply what they had learned and teach it to someone else so that I knew they had mastered the material."

More than 600 students from area schools attended the Energy Fair facilitated at the University of Dayton by the Ohio Energy Project. CJ students helped lead and teach lessons on topics including light and sound, kinetic and potential energy, insulation, electromagnetic waves and efficiency.

“The Energy Fair was a big success,” said DP&L’s Kara McMillen. “It was one of our largest crowds to date and the students and teachers were very engaged and energetic.”

Another group of CJ students has been leading the resurgence of the school's Science Olympiad team, said Hanley. She and fellow science teacher Matt Fuhs stepped in to coach the Eagles this school year. The team, open to all students, practiced together once each week after school to prepare for competition.

"We wanted to give a niche to kids interested in science and expose them to more science topics," Hanley said. A majority had never been involved with a team before high school, she added. Science Olympiad competitions combine knowledge-based questions and performance challenges to test students' smarts across several different disciplines. 

This year's 11 members recently placed eighth at the Ohio Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on March 15 at Piqua High School (pictured below). They also participated in an invitational tournament in New Albany, Ohio in late February. Although the season is complete, students interested in joining next year's team can contact Mr. Fuhs or Ms. Hanley.

For a complete listing of CJ STEMM-related extracurricular opportunities, visit


PICTURED TOP: Young students hold hands to form a "human circuit" as part of an energy demonstration at the DP&L and Vectren Energy Fair. (Photo courtesy of DP&L.)


Guests ages 21 and over are invited to enjoy food, games and a silent auction this Saturday, March 22 at the CJ Fish Fry. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by the CJ Blue Green Club.

Pre-sale tickets are available in the Welcome Center, development office and athletic office for $12. All tickets will be $15 at the door. Call (937) 461-3740 x233 for details.

Watch The UD FLyers Vs. Syracuse at 7:10 p.m.

The third round of the men's NCAA basketball tournament will be broadcast live on both 11-by-6 foot HD video boards in Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym. Watch the No. 11 seeded University of Dayton Flyers take on the No. 3 seeded Syracuse Orange at 7:10 p.m.

Invite Friends!

Like and share this event with friends on our alumni Facebook page.


Volunteers & Donations  -- THANKS!

It takes support from many volunteers to make this huge community event and silent auction possible. If you or someone you know would like to donate items or gift cards for the silent auction, please contact:

  • Lenise Knight at:  321-8824 | email
  • Marcia Northern at:  974-4873
  • Kathryn Huffman at: 238-6543

All volunteers are appreciated! If you would like to volunteer to a work a shift, please contact:

  • Amy Settich at: 790-0827
  • Corey Dix at: 877-0892  |  email

Dr. Jim Olson, Ph.D., of Wright State University returns to CJ to celebrate Brain Awareness Week with students on Tuesday, March 18.

The professor and researcher will discuss topics in neuroscience, emergency medicine and the functions of the human brain with all interested students during homeroom sessions in the library. This year marks Dr. Olson’s third appearance as a STEMM Idol Speaker.

“The students love him because he brings actual human specimens of brain and spinal cord segments, which the students can see and touch,” said Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator. As part of his presentation, Dr. Olson also talks to students about the importance of organ donation for scientific research.

“Jim does an excellent job of explaining that, in discussing and handling such specimens from deceased donors, we are obligated to show utmost respect and care knowing the organs are from human beings.”

Dr. Olson will also be taking his presentation into the classroom for students enrolled in Anatomy and Project Lead the Way biomedical sciences classes with teacher Amy O’Loughlin.

“Jim is awesome because he is totally relatable to the kids,” O’Loughlin said. “The fact that they can see an actual human brain after we’ve talked about it just reinforces what they’re learning.”


According to organizers at The Dana Foundation, a grant-giving company for scientific research, Brain Awareness Week has been celebrated each March since 1996 to raise global awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. The week is officially being recognized March 10-16, 2014. Learn more at

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at


Hundreds of Dayton area families took to the hardwood and filled the halls of the CJ STEMM Center at the 3rd Annual Hoopla Challenge and 1st Annual STEM Education Event on Selection Sunday, March 16. 

In partnership with the Dayton Hoopla's celebration of the NCAA First Four games, CJ hosted a basketball shooting competition for grades K-8 for a second consecutive year. Students competed for prizes including posters, Hoopla t-shirts, autographed basketballs, tickets to the 2014 NCAA First Four games at UD Arena, iTunes gift cards and 15 iPad minis. 

New this year, guests were invited into the classroom for hands-on exhibits and demonstrations by professionals from many of the country's top science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) organizations.

The afternoon kicked off in Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gymnasium at 1 p.m., and a free Marion's pizza lunch was enjoyed by all in the cafeteria. A big THANK YOU goes to our special guest speakers who welcomed families and to our STEMM exhibitors who engaged eager young learners. 



  • General Lester L. Lyles, commander, Air Force Materiel Command at WPAFB.
  • Colonel Cassie B. Barlow, commander, 88th Air Base Wing at WPAFB. 
  • Derek Porter, president of Dayton Power & Light.
  • Jim Jabir, head women's basketball coach at the University of Dayton.
  • Scott Sullivan, president of SelectTech Services Corp. 
  • JP Nauseef, chairman of the Local Organizing Committee.
  • Matt Farrell, volunteer committee member.


STEMM Exhibitors

  • Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
  • DP&L
  • GetPrinting3D
  • Innovators Robotics
  • Ohio Robotics, Inc.
  • Premier Health
  • SelectTech
  • Sinclair Community College
  • St. Albert the Great Energy Team
  • University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI)
  • WPAFB Educational Outreach
  • Wright State Research Institute
  • Wright State University College of Engineering & Computer Science


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PICTURED ABOVE: Families await the start of the 2014 Hoopla Challenge in CJ's newly-renovated Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gymnasium. (Photo courtesy of DJ Jay, owner of Liftoff Entertainment.)


Opportunities offered through the office of ministry and service have been taking students places this semester to learn about vocations and live out their faith in solidarity with the less fortunate.

FLIGHT Service Project

Fifteen seniors from CJ’s non-credit service leadership class FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today) spent a day serving others at the House of Bread. The non-profit community kitchen located on Orth Avenue is open for lunch seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Students worked from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. setting up the dining area, preparing dishes and serving a five-course meal for about 150 people said senior Alyssa Young. She learned that the House of Bread prepares and serves about 200 fresh lunches each day in addition to providing about 100 bag lunches for after school programs at various places throughout Dayton.

“You could tell how grateful guests were to be served a good meal,” she said. FLIGHT members were invited to enjoy a meal as well and concluded their service learning trip by helping with clean-up.

“I love FLIGHT, we are like a little family,” Young said. “I’ve always said that I’m proud to be a member.”

Marianist Retreat at St. Meinrad

Junior Nick Nevius and senior Patrick Zopff explored Marianist brotherhood at an overnight discernment retreat in late February hosted at the St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana.

Among the retreat activities, Nevius said his favorite part was attending Mass and a special prayer service with Benedectine monks from the monastery. “One of the Benedictine charisms is to treat every guest like Christ, and I felt that hospitality,” he said.

Joining CJ students on retreat were Marianist brothers, aspirants and students from fellow Marianist high schools Purcell Marian (Cincinnati), Chaminade College Preparatory (St. Louis), St. Mary’s (St. Louis), and St. John Vianney (St. Louis). The Marianists sponsor 18 high schools and three universities across the United States.

Urban Plunge Retreat

A small group of 10 students (pictured top) spent one weekend living in solidarity with people experiencing poverty and homelessness during Urban Plunge Retreat. The retreat was hosted by St. Vincent de Paul’s Ozanam Center for Service Learning in Cincinnati.

When the group arrived Friday morning, retreatants immediately jumped in to help visitors shop for food and personal care items at the organization’s food pantry from 10 a.m. to noon. Students primarily worked with and met community members living in areas of the city’s poverty-stricken West End and Over The Rhine neighborhoods.

Activities included a poverty simulation, tours of shelters, home visits with members of St. Vincent de Paul, and the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Food Challenge. Junior Jacob Marshall said the challenge, which tasked students with shopping for and preparing a family meal on a budget of just $5.96, opened his eyes to issues people living on assistance face every day.

“I realized how hard it is to live off food stamps,” he said. “The challenge showed me that people living in poverty can be unhealthy because they don’t have access or the means to buy fresh foods.”

Marshall added that his views on homelessness were changed by the urban plunge experience and said he has been inspired to get involved locally with the St. Vincent de Paul Dayton District Council. 



Two more Eagles signed to follow their athletic pursuits while embarking on the next stage in their academic careers. This year’s group of student-athlete signees are as diverse as they are talented.

On March 6, Kaitlyn Cartone and Claire Meyers became the latest seniors to make formal college commitments. Cartone will play golf for the Belles of Saint Mary’s College (Indiana) and Meyers will swim for the Generals of Washington and Lee University (Virginia). Both are NCAA Division III schools.

So far this school year six Eagles from six different athletic programs have signed National Letters of Intent -- two from fall sports (football, golf), two from winter sports (swimming, wrestling), and two from spring sports (crew, lacrosse).

Kaitlyn Cartone

Golf - SAint Mary’s College

Cartone is the last golfer left from the 2011 state championship team to have played in the Eagles’ title winning match. Since then, the four-year letterwinner has also helped the team to a state runner-up finish in 2012 and a third place finish at this year’s Division II tournament.

“Kaitlyn had a great season and she’ll be tough to replace,” said head coach George Menker. As the team’s only senior, Kaitlyn carried a 43.4 average this season for the GCL Co-ed champs. She is a three-time first team All-Conference honoree, a two-time first team Southwest Ohio District honoree, and was named to the 2013 Academic All-Ohio team.

The resident of Vandalia will receive academic scholarships and intends to study biology at Saint Mary’s this fall. “I’m so thankful to the CJ community for their support. I feel very blessed,” she said.

Claire Meyers

Swimming - Washington and Lee University

Meyers left her mark on the CJ swimming program by taking five school records (two individual, three relay) as a four-year varsity letterwinner, but the program itself arguably made an even bigger impression on the Eagles’ team MVP.

“I’m really going to miss CJ swimming. It is really like having a second family,” said Meyers, a four-time recipient of first team All-Conference honors.

The matriarch of the CJ swim team, head coach Kate Corrado-Whistler, said Meyers’ leadership and talent will be equally missed. “Us coaches depend on her for so many things and she always comes through.”

The Tipp City resident will receive athletic grants and intends to study business at Washington and Lee University.  



One Senior Capstone group has made it their mission to address cyberbullying, a dangerous online phenomena that often goes unseen outside of school classrooms and hallways.

On March 6, Bridget Wolff, Susie Sipos and Mimi Uwase will visit Holy Angels School to inform 7th and 8th grade students about what cyberbullying is, who is affected by it, and how to stop it. The group chose this topic because of its recent frequency in the news, and this age group because they knew this was the age that many kids start going online and interacting with others, Wolff said.

“We have read a lot of sad stories about how more kids are getting bullied and becoming depressed,” she said. “Children were committing suicide due to bullying, so we thought that we should take on the issue and try to end it.”

Their presentation at Holy Angels School will consist of a PowerPoint presentation, interactive scenarios, and two videos about the dangers of cyberbullying.

“We want the kids to learn that words hurt more than people think that they do,” Sipos said. “And bullying doesn’t only happen at school, it can happen when you go home too so you really can’t escape from it.”

The audience will also receive a stick at the beginning of the presentation, but at the end they will put all the sticks together as a symbol of strength to encourage support among their classmates.

“We will hand them sticks at the very beginning and they’ll be wondering what it’s for,” Sipos said. “At the end we will explain that one stick, or one person can break alone, but when you put all the sticks together, or you have everyone standing up for each other, it’s much harder to break them.”

She explained that the symbolism of the sticks would further demonstrate the power of standing up for each other, especially if someone is being bullied online.

“We want the world to become a better place, and it can't be when people are picking on each other,” Wolff added. “We want to spread positivity.”

Nancy Dever, math teacher and mentor for this Senior Capstone project, said she predicts that the project will be beneficial for both the group and the audience.

“I want the students to feel comfortable presenting, but also feel like they’re doing something good," she said. “I hope it inspires the children to be interested in the subject and actively participating in the presentation, but to make sure they’re learning something too.”

Sipos reflected on how her involvement in this project has changed her perspective on social media and how she will interact with others online in the future.

“It definitely has taught me to be more careful with what I say, what I’m doing, and how I’m watching out for others,” she said.

To learn more about the Senior Capstone Project, search “senior capstone” at or contact Molly Bardine, coordinator at 461-3740 x405 or at  


This weekend, visual arts and English students take part in two state competitions Saturday, March 8. Good luck and go Eagles!

Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest

For a third consecutive year, Rachel Strahorn will represent CJ in the state Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest. The event, sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), takes place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Ohio Dominican University's Matesich Theatre (directions).

Rachel (pictured above) placed fourth at state one year ago and looks to follow in the footsteps of CJ’s two past state champions. Her sister, 2011 alumna Lynsay Strahorn, won state as a junior and 2008 graduate Rachel Chandler -- Ohio’s first female champion -- took the state title as a senior.

The Eagles senior will perform "Insomnia," by Gabriel Rossetti, "Adam's Curse," by William Butler Yeats, and "The Blackstone Rangers," by Gwendolyn Brooks this Saturday against students from 49 Ohio high schools.

The state winner will receive $300 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship April 28-30. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for its library, according to the OAC Web site.

For more information about the state contest, visit Information about the national program is available at

UPDATE: Congratulations to Rachel who finished fourth in the 2014 statewide competition. 

Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition

Five works by four CJ visual art students will be judged for inclusion in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition.

Congratulations to our regional winners who placed in the following categories:

  • Sarah Chapman, senior (two pieces: painting and commercial art)
  • Bridget Elder, junior (jewelry/enameling)
  • Maria Emery, junior (fibers/wearable art)
  • Jesse Thompson, senior (painting)

These students’ pieces are among approximately 2,500 works selected for state judging. Although judging is closed to the public, the 300 winning pieces will be on display at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower (directions) from March 31 through April 11 between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. Winners are eligible to receive scholarships and awards.

The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition is in its 44th year according to its Web site, Approximately 12,000 entries are submitted for judging by students at public and private schools across 15 regions throughout the state.  


Meet the two-time International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) Ohio Valley Semifinal champions: Chaminade Julienne’s own Vega.

The eight students that make up the 2013-14 a cappella ensemble followed in the footsteps of last year’s septet by winning our area's regional competition over schools from New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee. Vega features newcomers Katy Harrington, Ayanna Hayes, Kaylee Piatt and Sean Stewart along with returning members Cassidy Aughe, Addi Helms, Daniel Jackson and David Marshall.

Performances of rock band Bastille's “Pompeii," solo artist Rihanna's “What Now," and folk duo The Civil Wars' “Barton Hollow” earned Vega a 39-point win over the second place finisher Saturday, March 1. Junior Daniel Jackson once again received the award for Outstanding Vocal Percussion and the group was awarded Outstanding Choreography honors for the second consecutive year.

The win qualifies the Eagles to return to New York City April 25 and compete in the national finals against a handful of the best high school a cappella groups from around the country.

Earlier this school year, Vega was invited to perform with an elite group of pop a cappella groups at the Kettering National A Cappella Festival hosted by Fairmont High School. CJ also hosted its own pop a cappella concert for the first time this January. The show featured the school’s own groups, Vega and Age V, as well as college groups from the University of Dayton and the University of Kentucky.

Vega has released two albums since being founded during the 2010-11 school year by Joe Whatley ‘04, director of choirs. Albums include the 2012 release “Momentum,” and the group’s newest album, “Elevation,” on sale now.  


Every day, CJ teachers are finding ways to expand the classroom for the benefit of students and colleagues. Through class trips, co-curricular competitions and clubs, guest presentations, professional development opportunities and more, faculty and staff are broadening horizons and pushing boundaries on the educational experience.

Check out what these CJ STEMM / Project Lead the Way faculty members are doing:

Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM Coordinator

The CJ STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) program is designed to pair classroom learning with hands-on collaboration from area professionals, businesses, colleges and universities. The program is shepherded by part-time CJ STEMM Coordinator Meg Draeger and a team of Advisory Board members who have partnered with more than 30 local institutions.

While her official position is “part-time,” Mrs. Draeger stays busy organizing on- and off-campus co-curricular opportunities that are open to all CJ students. Each year, she has a hand in planning field trips, worksite visits, internships and mentorships, community events, homeroom presentations (including the popular CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series) and summer camps for area youth.

This school year, Mrs. Draeger increased STEMM programming to include two new club offerings: The Girls in STEMM Club, open to current female students in grades 9-12, and the MathCounts club, open to area 7th and 8th graders. On March 14, MathCounts hosted a “Pi Day” (3.14) celebration in the cafeteria for about 20 children from area grade schools who enjoyed learning with apple pie and peach cobbler dessert.

Mrs. Draeger has also been able to offer a new STEMM ministry and service R.E.A.C.H. volunteer site this school year thanks partly to a $500 Innovative Teaching / STEM Grant she won from the Catholic Schools Office. The after-school project, Toys for God’s Kids, allows students to assemble wooden toy cars that are donated to children around the world. (Belize mission trip participants will actually deliver some of the toy cars to children there in late June.) Mrs. Draeger will be recognized and formally receive her grant certificate at the Teacher Recognition Banquet on May 7 at Kettering’s Presidential Banquet Center.

Andy Helms, PLTW instructor (engineering)

In January, Andy Helms was selected to become a “Master Teacher” for the Principles of Engineering course by Project Lead the Way (PLTW). Master Teachers are appointed to provide the required training to help certify fellow educators who wish to teach PLTW courses. Mr. Helms will complete an apprenticeship for the 2013-14 school year before offering his services at summer Core Training seminars, which are hosted by affiliated colleges and universities. Currently, all CJ PLTW faculty double as certified Master Teachers for either engineering or biomedical sciences courses.

As CJ’s engineering instructor, Mr. Helms recently took a group of students to compete in the DRMA XtremeBots spring competition hosted at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. The team entered two bots, ‘Nicolas’ and ‘Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto,’ into battle on March 23 and bot ‘Nicolas’ advanced to the "sweet 16" round! Next up, Mr. Helms and Mrs. Draeger will accompany 18 PLTW engineering students on a field trip to Motoman Robotics in honor of National Robotics Week on Tuesday, April 9.

Amy O’Loughlin, PLTW instructor (biomedical sciences)

Taking advantage of an opportunity to put an expert in front of her classes, biomedical sciences teacher Amy O’Loughlin invited Dr. Jim Olson, Ph.D., to speak with her students before and after his March 19 STEMM Idol Speaker presentation. Dr. Olson, research director at the the Wright State University School of Medicine, allowed students to touch and hold real human brains. He also shared some unique brain statistics and facts compiled by a fellow neuroscientist at Wake Forest University.

By the day’s end, Dr. Olson presented to nearly 140 CJ students including 75 in Mrs. O’Loughlin’s Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and anatomy and physiology classes! Four of those students took him up on an invitation to visit his WSU laboratory and will job shadow Dr. Olson in April.

Amanda Ooten, PLTW instructor (biomedical sciences)

Biology teacher, PLTW instructor and Dayton Regional STEM Center Fellow Amanda Ooten hosted a STEM Workshop for K-12 Catholic school teachers on Saturday, March 23 at CJ. Fourteen educators, representing eight different schools and varying grades and subjects, joined Mrs. Ooten in the library to take part in hands-on demonstrations and share ideas for innovative, inquiry-based teaching techniques.

Earlier this school year, Mrs. Ooten virtually opened up her classroom to students and teachers everywhere by working with TED-Ed to create a customized video lesson on photosynthesis. TED-Ed is an up-and-coming non-profit organization aimed at providing engaging educational content for users through the use of technology and its Web site,

The simple story of photosynthesis and food” is a 4-minute, animated YouTube video voiced and taught by Mrs. Ooten. View her lesson below or follow Mrs. Ooten on Twitter (@EaglesBiology) to watch how she uses the “flipped classroom” model of teaching on a regular basis!

This article is part of a new series of Community Update stories that explore some of the ways educators, across all CJ departments, are supplementing classroom learning during the 2012-13 school year. Look for more academic departments to be featured in the weeks ahead.


The story of the flood has been preserved, and is retold here, through resources available from the Dayton Metro Library’s “Dayton Remembers: Preserving the History of the Miami Valley” collection, and a handwritten account -- authored by Sister Helen of the Sacred Heart -- from the Notre Dame Academy Archives.

Flooding began Easter Sunday, March 23, 1913, when storm clouds converged over the Miami Valley, bringing nine to 11 inches of precipitation during a five-day period. Having thawed from its winter freeze, the saturated ground in early spring could not hold the excess water. Instead, runoff filled the Great Miami, Mad and Stillwater Rivers and surrounding tributaries beyond capacity.

Courtesy of Notre Dame ArchivesHeavy showers Monday caused levees to fail early Tuesday morning, allowing the force of an estimated four trillion gallons of water to rush into downtown. It was reported that the amount roughly equaled the volume of water that passes over Niagara Falls in four days time, and 14 square miles of Dayton were covered.

The Sisters at Notre Dame Academy, located at Franklin and Ludlow Streets, were left stranded in the heart of the devastation. Beginning at 5:25 that morning, Sister Helen of the Sacred Heart scribed journal entries detailing the disastrous events.

“The water forced its way into the basement with the roar of Niagara, and we hurried to the next floor, to remove furniture to a place of safety,” she wrote. In the hours that followed, a fiery explosion is documented on Washington Street and the 12-foot wall surrounding the convent is said to succumb to the flood.

Waters were reported to crest 10 to 12 feet above ground level, reaching as high as 20 feet in places of lower elevation. Gas main leaks fueled fires that destroyed other parts of the city. The Sisters who were penning the journal were advised to put out their lights to avoid a similar fate. Before nightfall, the current is recorded at 50 miles an hour and a boat carrying five is witnessed to capsize on Franklin Street near Emmanuel Church.

Courtesy of Emmanuel Catholic Church“Water rose steadily until one o’clock but contrary to expectation, when it stopped rising it did not begin to go down. [...]Away over the hill the electric lights from St. Mary College and from the National Cash Register (NCR) only made the darkness over the stricken city darker still. The rain poured; wind blew; cold intensified; the weary hours wore away.”

The Marianists and citizens unaffected by flood waters at St. Mary (later renamed the University of Dayton in 1920) and NCR ramped up relief efforts, building boats in order to rescue and supply food, and providing shelter for the displaced. On Wednesday, Gov. James M. Cox declared a state of emergency, placing Dayton under martial law (an order that would last approximately one month) and calling in the Ohio National Guard. Cox wouldeventually appoint NCR President John H. Patterson head of the Citizens’ Relief Committee.

“Every school house and every church outside the flooded district was utilized as a relief headquarters and as a place of refuge,” reported the Dayton Daily News in the March 28 ‘Flood Extra’ edition, issued from the offices of NCR. Rev. Father Bernard O’Reilly, president of St. Mary’s, is quoted to have taken in 520 at his boarding school where students’ Easter break allowed for extra vacancy.

Courtesy of Emmanuel Catholic Church“Thursday, [March] 27. All day the waters kept going down slowly. The Thermometer [sic] registered 45 dg [sic]. In the rooms, the corridors were even colder. That day we helped ourselves to the little food that was left. In the morning we had puffed rice and rain water,” the Sister’s entry described. By 3 p.m., the National Guard had reached the iconic red brick building by boat in water now “only six feet [deep] in
the streets.”

A message sent from the Sisters to Fr. O’Reilly elicited a delivery of ham sandwiches and bottled water in reply from the Marianists Friday morning after rain and snowfall ceased. These provisions were followed by another delivery of bread and water. With supplies being delivered and floodwaters receding, the wrecked but sanitary school building also became a point of refuge for the weary.

“The boat rowed in over the iron Gate [sic] to the Franklin Street door. All day Friday, refugees were brought to the Convent on Franklin Street. [...] From Saturday morning until the following Tuesday, 78 persons were brought to the Convent half starved, half frozen; one woman having stood on a roof from Tuesday until she was brought to us on Friday. Doctors and nurses were constantly coming to see if the refugees needed their aid. Everybody was kind to us.

Courtesy of the Dayton Metro Library“During the first ten days after the flood six hundred persons were served with food by the Sisters, who got it from the Relief Committee; ten Sisters were busy serving all day. Former Graduates [sic] of the Academy came with baskets for relief,” the Sister’s account detailed.

Cleanup efforts began immediately. Mud, debris from homes and businesses and upwards of 3,000 horse and animal carcasses littered nearly all areas affected by the flood. The recovery would take years, but eventually culminated in the creation of The Miami Conservancy District in 1914 and the construction of five dams — Englewood, Germantown, Huffman, Lockington and Taylorsville — completed in 1922. The estimated death toll was between 300 to 400, including 123 casualties in Dayton. Property damage was estimated at more than $100 million (well over $2 billion today).

Through their hardships, the Sisters prayed and gave thanks for the many community members who offered help, going as far as acknowledging the Brothers of Mary as “best friends.” Long after, the relationship between two of the area’s prominent Catholic religious orders would continue to grow.

Fourteen years later, the Marianists purchased the property at Franklin and Ludlow before reuniting there with the Sisters in 1973 to form the school that continues to thrive at the very same downtown corner.

Courtesy of the Dayton Metro Library

PHOTOS: All photos courtesy of Dayton Metro Library, Emmanuel Catholic Church and the Notre Dame Archive (header image courtesy of Dayton Metro Library; mouse over interior images to view source).

This story was first published in the Winter 2013 issue of Vision, CJ's alumni magazine. For more information on The Great Dayton Flood, including photo albums and the complete transcript of the Sister Helen's journal, visit


Six different groups or individuals will make appearances in state tournaments and competitions, across both athletic and academic realms, during this half of the school year. Continue reading to learn where our Eagles may soar to next!

Results updated March 21, 2013


                 Men's Individual State Champion

Who: Men's and women's indoor track team

What: OATCCC Indoor D-II/D-III State Championships

When: March 16

Where: Akron University

Fun Fact: It's a three-peat for the Eagles! The CJ women's indoor track teams earned back-to-back Division II/III OATCCC state titles in 2011 and 2012, and repeated again as champions at the 2013 meet. Devanae Mitchell led the way, contributing 28 of the girls 31 total points and outpacing the entire field by herself (second place Liberty-Benton High School earned 24.33 points). The Toledo-bound senior finished first in the triple jump (35-10), first in the long jump (17-10.5) and second in the 60-meter dash (7.93). The Eagles 4x800 relay team of Kathryn Marshall '13, Emily Shira '13, Beth Stumpf '15 and Helen Wittman '15 placed sixth (10:07.24), and senior Tia Jones placed 15th in the shot put (31-7). It is the first time in school history a CJ athletic team has won state titles in three consecutive seasons.

Congratulations is also in order for sophomore Kyle McKinney who won the individual indoor championship in the long jump (43-1.25).

Science - Individual STATE Qualifier

Who: Annemarie Krug '13

What: 65th Annual Ohio State Science Day

When: Saturday, May 11; 8 a.m.

Where: French Fieldhouse and St. John Arena at OSU

Fun Fact: Annemarie is a three-time State Science Day qualifier. For her 2013 project, titled "The Effect of Sound on the Memory of Autistic People," she received 39 out of 40 possible points at the district science fair March 16. The senior also earned a special award worth $100 from the Southern Ohio Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Society for Information Display.

Wrestling - Individual State Qualifier

Who: Lyle Plummer '14

What: OHSAA Division II Individual State Wrestling Tournament.

When: Feb. 18 thru March 2.

Where: Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center (OSU).

Fun Fact: Lyle became the first wrestler in CJ history to reach the state tournament in three consecutive seasons. He finished 11th in the 120 lbs. weight class this season, and earned his 100th career vicotry during the regular season.

Basketball - State Semifinalists

Who: Varsity women's basketball team

What: OHSAA Division II State Semifinals

When: March 14

Where: Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center (OSU).

Fun Fact:  The CJ girls made program history, finishing the season as the seventh Eagles team to appear in the state tournament. The program has won three championships (1999, 2003, and 2005) and finished second three times (1998, 2001, 2004). The Eagles entered this year's final four as the only unranked team after upsetting league rival Carroll in an overtime regional finals victory. 


Who: Rachel Strahorn '14

What: Ohio Poetry Out Loud contest, sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council as part of a national recitation competition.

When: March 16

Where: Matesich Theatre in Erskine Hall, Ohio Dominican University

Fun Fact: The competition uses a pyramid structure in which contestants compete at the classroom level before becoming eligible to move on to the school-wide, state and national contests. Rachel, who also competed at state in 2012, finished as one of five runners up this year. Since 2008, two different school-wide winners have gone on to win state and represent CJ at nationals in Washington, D.C. (Rachel Chandler '08 and Lynsay Strahorn '11).

Visual Arts - Individual State Winner

Who: Patrick Zopff '14

What: Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition

When: The exhibition opens after a noon awards ceremony on Sunday, April 14 and runs weekdays (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) through May 16.

Where: James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus.

Fun Fact: Patrick's two entries, one painting and one drawing,  were selected by regional judges for inclusion in the state-wide competition on March 9. His pencil line drawing titled "Henry Kissinger" was one of 300 pieces chosen from roughly 12,000 at state for display in the exhibition. In its 43rd year, the exhibition is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of talented high school students in the state of Ohio according to its Web site, The junior has also been recognized locally for his work at the Max May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.


Brain Awareness Week is March 11-17! To celebrate, we've invited Dr. Jim Olson, Ph.D., from the Wright State University School of Medicine to come explore neuroscience with students on Tuesday, March 19 as our CJ STEMM Idol Speaker.

Dr. Olson graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Engineering Physics. While there, he expanded his interest from physics to biology and spent some time working in a laboratory in the Chemistry Department before moving on to the University of California at Berkeley to complete his doctorate in Biophysics. In his research at UC Berkeley, Dr. Olson studied the interaction of laser light with nerve cells in culture and performed some experiments using the billion electron volt heavy ion particle accelerator at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. He also taught physics in small group sessions and laboratories.

He then moved on to the nearby Stanford University School of Medicine for more research training in Neurochemistry and additional experience teaching in the medical cardiovascular course. Dr. Olson also developed and taught physics courses in the respiratory therapy program at a local community college.

Next, he took a faculty position at Tulane University in New Orleans where he began teaching medical neuroscience and continued his research on a variety of conditions that affect the brain. Finally, Dr. Olson moved to join the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University in 1986 to head up their research laboratory.  View Dr. Olson's page at >

Dr. Olson's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Emergency Medicine Foundation, among others. He also participates in medical and graduate neuroscience courses and helps direct medical research projects for residents in the department's resident training program. In addition to science and science education, Dr. Olson enjoys taking pictures and printing black and white photography (from film), playing guitar, and flying.

In 2010, Dr. Olson was presented the Science Educator Award by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). The annual award "recognizes an outstanding neuroscientist who has made significant contributions in promoting public education and awareness about the field," and includes a $5,000 prize. According to an SfN press release, Dr. Olson worked to promote the inclusion of neuroscience topics into Science Olympiad competitions and into the curriculum for more than 5,000 middle schools and high schools across the U.S.


Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at


March 15, 2013 marks exactly 10 years since an Eagles’ women’s basketball team won a state championship. On this date in 2003, Chaminade Julienne defeated Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 60-46 in the Division II finals, earning the program its second of three titles in school history.

Led by head coach Frank Goldsberry, a 2007 CJ Hall of Fame inductee, and assistant Thom Grimm, the Eagles finished the season with a record of 26-2. CJ beat nine of Ohio’s top 10 teams that season, including the eventual Division I champion Beavercreek. Their only losses came at the hands of state championship teams from Missouri and Illinois. Along the way, the girls allowed a season average of just 37.8 points per game while scoring 60.6.

“This group continued to pave the way for the great tradition CJ is known for,” said Mandy Myers ‘00, current head varsity coach. “They carried the torch from the great players before them to the great players after them, making their own impressive statement along the way.”

The CJ women’s basketball program made a name for itself in Ohio in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s by appearing in six state finals games over a period of just eight years. The Eagles captured titles in 1999, 2003 and 2005, and finished as state runner-up in 1998, 2001 and 2004.

Although she did not play with or coach the 2003 team, Myers said she remembers the group for their tenacity and hard-working attitude on the court, both in practice and during games. She remains good friends with many of the girls today.

“The girls came and talked to our current team this past December and it was clear that the standards and traditions set by the 2003 team still carry on today,” Myers said. Members of the 2003 team who were able to make it back to CJ were also honored at halftime of the home men’s basketball game on Dec. 21.

Ten years later, Myers’ team made history of its own by becoming the seventh CJ women’s basketball team to appear at state. Not long after receiving their pep talk from the past champs, the Eagles were staring at a mediocre 9-9 record near the midway point of the 2013 season; however, the girls rallied in late January to win 10 consecutive games and advanced to the state final four as regional champs following a thrilling 47-45 overtime victory against league rival Carroll.


Back Row: Jena Schaefer, Keya Carpenter, Aisha Jefferson, Alyson Busch, Tiffany Williams, Lindsey Goldsberry, Maria Getty

Front Row: Allison Kern, Faith Ligon, Ashley Goldsberry, Brandie Hoskins, Jill Busch

Not pictured: Brittany Clarke, Brittany Harrison, Madonna Igah, Janice Anderson


Are you ready to shoot some hoops? In partnership with the Dayton Hoopla's celebration of the NCAA First Four games, Chaminade Julienne hosted the 2nd Annual Hoopla Challenge on March 17 -- Selection Sunday!

Dayton-area families tipped off the Madness in the center-city with food, fun, prizes and a shooting competition for boys and girls in grades 2-8. Nearly 250 students crowded the CJ gymanisum to shoot for big prizes including Hoopla t-shirts, NCAA First Four tickets, iTunes gift cards, and 15 iPad mini tablets. (View a picture of our iPad winners with Rudy Flyer on CJ's Facebook wall.)

Attendees enjoyed free pizza in the cafeteria courtesy of Marion's Piazza and were able to watch the NCAA Selection Show together on the big screen! The NCAA First Four games at the University of Dayton Arena will be played March 19-20, followed by second and thid round tournament games Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the 2nd Annual Hoopla Challenge hosted at CJ. For the complete lineup of Dayton Hoopla events, visit


This winter, the Eagles Lacrosse program took advantage of an opportunity to give something back to the organization that helped make the sport possible at CJ.

On Feb. 17, Chaminade Julienne hosted the US Lacrosse Level 1 coaches instructional clinic for southern Ohio. Nearly 70 coaches from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky attended the all day clinic in the Student Conditioning Center (SCC).

“As the recipient of no less than four US Lacrosse grants, Eagles Lacrosse is very happy to be able to repay the generosity of our governing body in this way,” said Mary Reis ‘77, club president. She was instrumental in landing the program’s first grant, a 2010 US Lacrosse Equipment Grant, which supplied nearly all things necessary to field the school’s men’s and women’s teams just three years ago.

“The Student Conditioning Center was the perfect location for this course, which normally conducts the field portions outdoors. Participants were pleased to be indoors on a very cold day with temperatures hovering at 20 degrees,” Reis said. Instructors from US Lacrosse combined classroom instruction with hands-on field experience on the SCC’s turf to teach lacrosse fundamentals including coaching theory and development, individual skills, and team tactics.

This summer, the Eagles Lacrosse program will again be taking advantage of CJ’s on-campus athletic facilities, Blue Green Field and the SCC, to expand its summer camp offerings. Two new sessions for boys and girls in grades 1-4 are being added in late July to go along with existing sessions for students in grades 5-9, which were first offered last year.

Look for more details about lacrosse camp, and all 2013 CJ summer camps, to be announced shortly.

Photos and information provided courtesy of Mary Reis.


Chaminade Julienne has preserved some of the history of one of its predecessor schools by recovering the stained glass windows that once adorned the interior of the building at 325 Homewood Avenue, formerly the home of Julienne High School.

The leadership team of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur joined alumnae from Julienne and members of the CJ alumni office Saturday, March 24 in blessing the first of the school’s new stained glass windows, installed for display on the first floor outside the Welcome Center.

The “new” window, which has been around for decades, was first installed in the Sisters’ chapel at Julienne circa 1927. Administrators at CJ acquired the stained glass window, and a dozen similar windows, this January from Dayton Public Schools, which purchased the property in the historic Five Oaks neighborhood from Dayton Christian Schools in 2006.

“The windows are a part of our history, and we have been working with officials from DPS since they last used the building in 2007 to recover them and bring them to our campus,” said Dan Meixner, president.

Julienne High School for girls operated from 1927 to 1973 before relocating to and merging with the all-boys Chaminade High School at the corner of Franklin and Ludlow Streets—CJ’s current location. In 1974, girls from the recently closed St. Joseph Commercial High School in downtown Dayton were welcomed at CJ as well.

“We hope to install more of the windows from Julienne in our building over the next few years as renovations to individual spaces occur,” Meixner said.

The window, which depicts the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus, will be moved during the summer of 2012 to its final home at the administrative offices of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Cincinnati. CJ is jointly owned and sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Society of Mary.

“Julienne and Chaminade Julienne are important to the Sisters, and they wanted a reminder of how their Catholic educational mission has been, and continues to be, lived out in Dayton,” Meixner said.

Beginning in 1886, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur first operated Notre Dame Academy on the site of the current Chaminade Julienne campus. Later, as enrollment grew in the 1920’s, the order constructed a new building on Homewood Avenue that would become Julienne High School.

According to Meixner, restoration of the stained glass window slated for permanent display at CJ is expected to take six to eight weeks.

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For the second consecutive season, the Eagles women’s track team took home the Division II/III indoor track state championship at the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) meet March 17.

The CJ quintet of Cierra Brown ‘12, Alexandria Coleman ‘12, Camille Dickens ’12, Tia Jones ’13, and Devanae Mitchell ’13 combined to run away from the field with 64 points—18 better than the second place team. The girls followed up strong individual performances with the fastest foursome in the 800 meter relay to finish in first place amongst the 68-team field.

Highlights from the day at the University of Akron included:

  • the team of Brown, Coleman, Dickens and Mitchell turning in the fastest relay time at 1:45.22.

  • Brown setting the Ohio indoor state record in the triple jump with a mark of 39’-08.50”, breaking the previous record—her own from 2011—by more than one foot. The Purdue University signee also won the 60 meter hurdles event

  • and Mitchell repeating her first place long jump finish from a year ago with a mark of 17’-04.50”.

On the men’s side, the Eagles only competitor, Antwan Persons ’13, finished first in the long jump event with a mark of 22’-02” and earned 10 points.

“Winning an indoor track championship is tremendous in the sense that our team has got a jump on conditioning and technique for the spring,” said men's and women's head coach Jerry Puckett. That head start last season helped propel the Eagles to a GGCL title, a district championship, a second place regional finish and a state appearance—not to mention an individual men’s Division II 300 meter hurdles state champion.

“I expect our teams to go into the outdoor season and not miss a beat,” Puckett said.

In their first meet of the season March 24, the Eagles finished third (girls, 102 points) and tenth (boys, 27 points) at the Northmont Invitational. Event winners from CJ included girls Brown (100m hurdles, 300m hurdles); Dickens (triple jump); Jones (shot put); Mitchell (200m, long jump); and Persons in the boys long jump event.

Did You Know?

  • Women’s indoor track is the first athletic program in CJ history to win back-to-back state championships.

  • 2011-2012 marks the third time two Eagles teams have won state championships in the same school year (2012 women’s indoor track and 2011 women’s golf). During the 2002-2003 school year, CJ's football and women's basketball teams won state titles, and Chaminade High School won basketball and baseball titles in 1970.


Chaminade Julienne students toured the Spanish countryside and visited with friends at a Marianist sister school in Madrid during a nine day springtime excursion through Spain.

As part of the school’s annual journey overseas March 8-16, about 25 CJ Spanish students spent three mornings in Spain’s capital city with pen pals at Colegio Santa Ana y San Rafael, a fellow Marianist institution. Activities included introductory icebreakers (presented in Spanish), a walk through the city’s famous Buen Retiro Park, games and dancing, and fun with the school’s mascot, affectionately known as ‘Father Chami.’

“We were all struck by the similarities of the two schools, especially in the area of family spirit, which is one of our Marianist charisms,” said Peg Regan, Spanish teacher and foreign languages department chair. Regan and chaperones Brad Kassner, science teacher, and Cindy Budde, administrative assistant, also accompanied students to Zaragoza to visit La Basilica de Santa María where Fr. Chaminade was inspired to start the Society of Mary.

Other highlights from the trip included taking a group bike ride along the beach in Barcelona, hiking on the island of Montserrat, and attending a La Liga futbol match between Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano at Estadi Cornella-El Prat in Catalonia. On the group’s final night, their Spanish pen pals treated CJ students to a farewell dinner.

“Saying goodbye was very hard, but several pen pals are making plans to visit Dayton this summer,” Regan said.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, written by esteemed playwright Andrew Lloyd Weber, is making its way to the CJ auditorium. The CJ Performing Arts department is stepping into some pretty big shoes, as they take on the famous musical that, in film version, starred Donny Osmond.

The musical is taken from the Bible story about Joseph and his 11 brothers. However, this does not mean it will be a boring religious story. The action-packed saga tells the tale of Joseph as he goes through the Bible stories and his vengeful brothers attempt to kill him. It also has quite a bit of humor thrown in. “I’m excited for the opportunities this will give people, and the chances they will have to showcase their talents,” said junior Maddie Brown.

The CJ production stars senior Cari Meixner, juniors Maddie Brown and Caitlin Pearn, and sophomore Kaylee Piatt as narrators and senior Jon Besecker plays Joseph, while fellow senior Trevor Meyers plays the Pharaoh. All six of these headliners are veterans in the Performing Arts department, but Debi Schutt, department chair, does not want to deter newcomers. “One of the reasons we chose this musical was so that we could use it as a recruiting tool,” she said. The large number of male parts made this play particularly appealing to the department.

One quirk of the production is that it will feature 40 students from area elementary schools in a kid’s choir. Also, as opposed to the usual flat set up, the stage has a triangular addition that juts out into the first four rows of the auditorium, creating, according to Meixner, a “surround theatre sort of feeling.”

Another special quirk to this year’s spring musical is that the audience will have more chances to see it. As opposed to the usual four shows over one weekend, the cast will instead put on five shows over the course of two weekends, including a show with freshman understudy David Marshall.

By: Will McKelvey, ‘12

This story was first published in the March 2012 issue of The Ludlow Street Journal, CJ's official student newspaper.

Show times:

March 23, 24, 30 and 31
Doors open at 7 p.m., curtain opens at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 25
Doors open at 2:30 p.m., curtain opens at 3 p.m.


$10 Adults; $8 HS Students; $5 K-8 Students
Tickets available at the door and pre-sale at CJ

Members of Chaminade Julienne’s pop a cappella group Vega performed at the second annual Voices in Harmony Festival, taking home the award for best choreography by a group.

The two-day regional pop a cappella event, hosted at Lexington Catholic High School in Kentucky, featured two competitions as well as workshop sessions and clinics for high school and college musicians, plus two concerts for those in attendance.

“This was Vega’s first competition and they plan to compete more in the coming years,” said Joe Whatley, director of choirs. He added the group looks forward to stepping out onto the regional, national and world’s stage next year at the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA).

CJ's eight-member pop a cappella group, in only its second year in existence, received top honors among 13 other Ohio and Kentucky high schools in one of two group categories at the competition, held March 9-10. The festival was headlined by the national touring troupe The House of Jacks and solo performer Mister Tim.

“As anyone who has been around the CJ community knows, our students are top notch and they can succeed at anything they put their minds to,” Whatley said. “The students in Vega exemplify what it means to be a CJ student by their hard work, pursuit of excellence and desire to be great.”

Formed as a septet in the fall of 2010, Vega expanded this school year by adding four new vocalists. Returners include Mackenzie Aughe (alto), Cari Meixner (soprano), Carly Meixner (alto), and Trevor Meyers (bass). The newcomers are Jon Besecker (vocal percussionist), Maddie Brown (soprano), Caitlin Pearn (alto), and Andre Tomlinson (tenor). Daniel Jackson serves as the group’s substitute vocal percussionist.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the growing genre, the performing arts department added a new pop a cappella group, Age V, for the 2011-12 school year. According to Whatley, about 20 CJ students sing as part of the group, which took its name (pronounced 'age five') by spelling “Vega” backwards.

Together, Vega and Age V have performed on the CJ stage three times at school concerts 'An Afternoon of Art' (February 2012); 'Sounds of the Season' (December 2011); and 'Autumn Overtures' (October 2011). Whatley said members of Vega have also enjoyed the opportunity to perform at various CJ admissions events, the school's President’s Dinner, Kettering Fairmont's Pop A Cappella Festival and with Tiffin University’s Higher Ground, for whom Kayla Hayes ’11—an original member of Vega—now sings (watch the performance below).

Don’t miss your next chance to see both Eagle pop a cappella groups live on Thursday, May 3 at the Pops Concert starting at 6 p.m.

Vega and Higher Ground Perform Live at CJ


Math teacher Ann Meyers ’76 understands that, even in the down period between seasons, it has never been easy for student-athletes to make time for a break.

Just like the roughly 150 two-and three-sport athletes competing on Eagles teams today, most of Meyers' free time in high school—and through college—was consumed playing softball, volleyball and basketball; the latter two as a Flyer at the University of Dayton.

So in the late 1990’s, the former Eagles head volleyball coach, and a 1986 CJ Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, decided it worthwhile to reserve one morning each season for girls on all teams to take a collective time-out and gather for breakfast.

“I was finding as a coach with my team that between practice, school work and school events, we weren’t able to see what was happening in the other seasonal athletic programs,” Meyers said. “The breakfast is a way for us to take 45 minutes out of our busy schedules to stop, celebrate and give the girls a chance to connect.”

For more than 10 years now the athletic office has set aside one weekday every fall, winter and spring to host a 7 a.m. meal in the cafeteria before school for female student-athletes in season. The optional, early-morning meeting not only gives the girls time to chat with new friends, but also includes a guest speaker and a generous spread of breakfast goodies (provided this school year thanks to CJ parents Meg Begley and AnnMarie McCormick).

Speakers are asked to share how involvement with athletics positively affected their life choices. According to Meyers, hearing from women with similar experiences “allows athletes of all different backgrounds a chance to find common ground with each other and with the speaker presenting that morning.”

The September breakfast featured first-year CJ science teacher Maura Lemon, who earned Atlantic 10 all-academic honors twice while running four years with the University of Dayton track and cross country teams. In January, CJ welcomed former Ohio State University swimmer Missy Kuck (pictured) to address students. She now competes and blogs about her experiences as a professional tri-athlete.

“Find a way to maintain athletics throughout your life because it will pay off in so many more ways than just winning,” Kuck told the girls during their meal. Her message resonated with MacKenzie Aughe, a senior. Aughe stays busy by swimming for CJ, singing in the school’s pop a cappella group Vega, and participating in Irish dancing among other activities.

“I’ve competed in two triathlons and after meeting Missy, I felt inspired to keep going,” said Aughe, a future Buckeye planning to attend OSU in the fall. She competed in the Chicago Triathlon and the Great Ohioan Triathlon held in Delaware—ironically Kuck’s hometown—and recommends the grueling workout to others wanting to keep in shape.

“It helps you stay fit and healthy, but you also feel like you’ve accomplished something in the end,” she said.

Spring student-athletes looking for the motivation to stick with sports this summer are encouraged to attend the final female athlete breakfast Friday, April 27 at 7 a.m.


Seniors Brian Beall and Josh Conner were selected by AP Biology teacher Amanda Ooten to attend the 20th annual Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s High School Science Symposium on Thursday, March 8. Students were accompanied by Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at the day-long event hosted at the hospital’s Albert B. Sabin Education Center.

“The purpose of the event is to enable outstanding high school juniors and seniors with an interest in health care and medicine to interact with and learn from professionals working to improve the outcomes for children today,” Draeger said.

She joined Brian and Josh as they toured the facilities and attended informational sessions on medical school and medical career paths. Career presentations covered topics including education requirements, job descriptions, and career opportunities in nursing; occupational and physical therapy; respiratory therapy and radiology technology; and psychology and genetic counseling.

“A small group tour took us to three Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics labs and included viewing DNA through very sophisticated microscopes, learning about DNA analysis processes, and extracting DNA,” Draeger said.

“In the Dentistry Clinic—very critical to a children’s hospital—we learned about common birth defects such as cleft lip and palette, and various treatments. We also tried our hands at filling a cavity using real dental instruments and filling material!”

The highlight of the day, said Draeger, was working with Dr. Donald Gilbert, a pediatric neurologist. He led the group in brain demonstrations and lectured about voluntary movement disorders, such as Tourette’s Syndrome.

“All in all, it was a great experience. We hope to be invited again next year and take two new CJ students,” Draeger said.

High school students are encouraged to explore additional co-curricular opportunities offered by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati. Click each to learn about summer programs, job shadowing, volunteer programs and more.


Chaminade Julienne has hired Scott Pierce as the school’s athletic director effective March 7. He served as the school’s interim director since July 27.

“Scott is a great fit for us. Since leading the responsibilities of the athletic office last summer, he has demonstrated a tremendous passion and desire to move CJ athletics to the next level,” said John Marshall, principal. “His knowledge of the school, our mission and our community, along with his desire to serve the greater community, will continue to benefit coaches, teams and players in a great way.

“It’s been evident that he’s made serving CJ student-athletes a priority,” Marshall said.

Prior to serving as interim athletic director, Pierce served 10 years at CJ as a teacher and a member of the football program, coaching freshman through varsity teams. During his time in the athletic office, Pierce helped foster players and coaches to multiple league titles, and district, regional and state appearances, including the Eagles 2011 Division II girl’s golf state championship.

“We’ve gained a lot of momentum with how successful our teams and student-athletes have been this school year,” Pierce said. “My goal is to build on that, continue to help grow opportunities for the Eagle program, and be a positive presence for the community, players and coaches.

“I look forward to serving student-athletes and coaches and supporting our strong Eagle tradition. When others watch our student-athletes play, they’ll get to know a little more about what we accomplish at CJ.”


On Tuesday, CJ welcomed biomedical engineering professionals Chuck Webb and Matthew Ferguson from Good Samaritan Hospital (Catholic Health Initiatives) to speak with students during homeroom periods as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker series.

Ferguson, a recent college graduate, has worked as a biomedical engineer with Good Samaritan Hospital for less than one year. He is responsible for 3,000 pieces of equipment, maintaining and repairing numerous devices and technical equipment critical to patient care. Ferguson said the associate degree program he completed at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College was rigorous and prepared him well for the work, two days of which are never alike.

Chuck Webb, a veteran in the biomedical engineering field, maintains all of the imaging equipment at the hospital. He began his health care career as an X-ray technician 30 years ago.

According to Ferguson and Webb, opportunities and potential salaries abound for graduates of biomedical engineering degree programs at all levels—associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and beyond. No matter which occupation a biomedical engineering graduate might pursue, whether more technical, hands-on, or engineering, research and design, the application of math, electronics/computer technology, communication skills, problem solving, and quick response are important skills required to be successful.

Biomedical engineers interested in the technical hands-on application of the degree may work for hospitals or equipment manufacturers such as Phillips, General Electic, or Siemens—the three largest medical equipment manufacturers—or may find employment with service companies that manage equipment at multiple locations.

Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) is part of the Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation’s second largest Catholic health care system. CJ’s biomedical sciences program is sponsored in part by GSH.


On February 23, the CJ English department conducted the fifth annual Poetry Out Loud school-wide competition. Sophomore Rachel Strahorn was declared the winner when it was all over, based on her recitation of “Flies Buzzing” by Mark Turcotte and “What Work Is” by Philip Levine.

In all, 22 classroom champions participated in the event that night, and approximately 420 students participated in the classroom competitions that preceded it. In four previous appearances, CJ school champions won the state competition twice and finished second and third on other occasions.

“The school-wide competition this year was tremendous,” said Jim Brooks, CJ English teacher and Poetry Out Loud coordinator. “The scoring was as close as it has ever been for the top positions.”

The runner-up this year was senior Sam Mullins, while juniors Kathryn Marshall and Emma Bridgman finished third and fourth respectively.

Partially in honor of previous state champions Rachel Chandler ’08 and Lynsay Strahorn ’11, the parents of those two graduates (David and Tamara Chandler, and Derrick and Kris Strahorn, pictured above) purchased and donated a beautiful wooden plaque which will now showcase the names of all CJ Poetry Out Loud school-wide champions for years to come.

The plaque will reside in the school library near the new poetry collection, a result of Rachel’s and Lynsay’s accomplishments at the state level. This special poetry collection will be dedicated later this year.

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Leading off as CJ's first feature team of the spring, the varsity baseball team will open up GCL North play at Carroll Wednesday, March 30 and follow up with the feature game of the week Friday against Alter at Action Sports Center (directions) starting at 5 p.m.

The Eagles (1-0 overall, 0-0 GCL) got off to a hot start in 2011 on a chilly Tuesday evening March  29, putting up 25 runs in the season opener against Ponitz Career Technology Center while allowing none. This year’s squad—comprised of a good mix of sophomores, juniors and seniors—looks to improve on a disappointing 2010 season in which nine of the team’s losses were decided by three runs or less.

Q&A with the Captains

Get to know seniors Josh Marshall, OF; Adam Schmidt, P/INF; Tyler Rohrer, OF; and James Walker, P/OF (pictured left to right below) both on and away from the diamond in this Q&A session with the captains:

What is your best CJ baseball memory?

Adam:  It would probably be after our St. Mary’s game last year. We went to coach Cheslock’s house, who was coach Barhorst's coach when he played at CJ. We had just beat St. Mary’s by one run, it was a really good game, then we went back to his house and had pizza.

Josh:  My best memory is going to Elder last year and going 3-for-3.

James:  I guess mine would be sophomore year when I almost hit for the cycle against Badin. I just needed the home run.

Tyler:  Probably the inside-the-park home run I hit last year at Oakwood. Had there been a fence there, it would have been gone, but they don’t have a right field fence at Oakwood. It just kept rolling.


What games this season are you most looking forward to and why?

Josh:  Both Carroll games. I know a lot of people from Carroll, so I want to beat them pretty bad.

Adam:  I’m looking forward to both Alter games because the first game last year they beat us by ten and then in the second game they beat us in 10 innings.

James:  I’d say our game against Fenwick at Fifth Third Field (Monday, May 2 at 5 p.m.), and all our games against GCL South teams just to see how we compare against some of the best teams in Ohio.

Tyler:  The game at Badin (Wednesday, April 20 at 5 p.m.) because last year we lost by one and it was completely our own fault. I think if we are on our “A” game this year we can finally beat them. We’ve never beaten them since I’ve been in high school.


What is one team goal and one personal goal you have for this year?

Josh:  One team goal is to win the GCL North, and my personal goal is to have a batting average of .500.

Adam:  I have the same team goal, to win the GCL North, but my individual goal is to finish in the top three on the team in ERA.

James:  The team goal is to go as far as we can in the playoffs and hopefully go to state. My personal goal is to win Pitcher of the Year in the GCL North.

Tyler:  My personal goal is to lead the GCL in steals, and my team goal is probably to get 15 wins.


What are your plans after graduation in May?

Josh:  I am probably going to Ohio University and start to get ready for wrestling there. I am undecided on a major.

Adam:   I’ll be going to either OSU or Xavier and I’ll probably study business.

James:  I’m going to Wright State or Indiana Tech and studying business.

Tyler:  This summer I’d like to get a job to get some money for school and I’m going to try to walk on to Xavier’s baseball team. I’ll be studying pre-med.


Baseball is filled with superstitions. Do you have any rituals or superstitions on the field?

James:  I have to put my uniform on a certain way and I do it the same way each game.

Josh:  I try to think that superstitions are based on what people think about them. So like if you believe in the superstition then it’s going to come true for you, so I try to not even think about any superstitions. Like when people say to lift your feet over the railroad tracks, I don’t do that just because I try not to believe in them.

Adam:  I do the same routine at the plate during the game when I’m stepping in against the pitcher. I put my first foot in, look down at the coach, step in and tap the outside corner of the plate once with my bat, then get ready to hit.

Tyler:  If I have a good game and we win, I don’t wash my socks.

L to R: Senior captains Josh Marshall, Adam Schmidt, Tyler Rohrer and James Walker.


A successful end to the winter indoor season hopes to be a sign of things to come this spring for the CJ boys and girls track teams.

Coach Jerry Puckett took six girls and four boys to the University of Akron Saturday, March 20, to compete in the combined Division II/III indoor track state championship hosted by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches. The boys finished an impressive tenth overall in a 62-team field while the girls brought home the hardware as state champs.

It took an entire team effort by the Eagles to finish atop a 63-team girls field and best Bishop Hartley High School (Columbus), the two-time defending champ, 39-37. Leading the way was sophomore Devanae Mitchell and junior Cierra Brown. As first reported by Dave Long in the Dayton Daily News, “Mitchell won the long jump (17 feet, ¼ inch), was third in the 60 (7.85) and fourth in the triple jump (32-8½). Brown won the triple jump (38-¼) and was third in the 60 hurdles (8.93).” Brown’s winning triple jump mark was also a state record, although her coach said she has done better in practice.

“No one had even set a personal record and we ended up winning it all,” Puckett said, describing his team’s surprise at their place on the podium. Contributing to the victory included junior Alexandria Coleman (400-meter dash), sophomore Tia Jones (shot put and weight throw), junior Natalie Prince (weight throw), and junior Camille Dickens, whose seventh place finish in the long jump helped give CJ the two points necessary to solidify a state championship.

This spring the girls look to build on their indoor success, three-peat as GGCL Grey North champions, and follow up on last season’s district title in the OHSAA state tournament with a strong core of young student-athletes. In fact both teams will be very young in 2011, combining to carry just four seniors between them, but that does not deter Puckett from expecting the most out of his squads.

“We’ve been to state four years in a row and I’ll be disappointed if we don’t take a group back with us this year.”

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9 a.m. Saturday, April 2 Trotwood-Madison HS (Trotwood Relays)
4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 Wayne High School (Warrior Relays)
4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 Bellbrook High School
4:30 p.m. Friday, April 15 Bellbrook High School (Bellbrook Invite)
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 Centerville High School (Field Events Only)
4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 Beavercreek High School
4:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 Roosevelt Relays (CJ’s Feature Team of the Week)
4:30 p.m. Monday, May 9 GCL/GGCL Coed Meet
4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 GCL/GGCL Coed Meet


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Put on your dancing shoes, slick your hair back, and get ready for a weekend of singing, dancing, and overall incredible talent. The performing arts department is ready to take the stage with its production of the hit movie Grease, starring senior Robbie Hankey as Danny Zuko and freshman Jennifer Meier as Sandy Dumbrowski.

In the play, Danny and Sandy meet over the summer before their senior year and instantly fall in love. They were sure their love would end when Sandy was to return home, but she enrolled in Rydell High School much to Danny’s surprise. Sandy is deeply hurt by the fact the boy she met at school is different than her summer fling. Throughout the show, the two seem to have an on-off relationship.

Robbie Hankey was definitely surprised at getting the lead. He admits he’s not a performing arts person, but thought it would be fun to audition. “It’s my senior year and I wanted to do something that people would remember me by. I thought I would just get a background part like a Greaser, but I was really shocked when I found out I would play Danny,” he exclaimed. Besides the Students of Diversity talent show, this will be the first time he has performed on stage.

Jennifer Meier encourages everyone to come. “There is going to be a surprise guest, the music is very entertaining, and everyone is going to have a blast!” she cheerfully announced. Many can agree that this will be a memorable show that everyone will talk about for a long time, so don’t miss out because “Grease is the word.”

By: Josie Kolvek '12

This story was first published in the March 2011 issue of The Ludlow Street Journal, CJ's official student newspaper.

CJ Lands a 1955 Ford Thunderbird

A 1955 Ford Thunderbird, on loan from the neighboring Packard Museum, was delivered Monday, March 21 for use in the musical. The car had to be forklifted up to a second floor door and driven into the backstage area of the auditorium.

All curtain times:

• Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.

• Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.

• Sunday, March 27 at 4 p.m.


Adults: $10  |  Students: $8  |  Pre-sale students: $6

Grade school students:  $4  |  Athletic and Eagle passes: Free




In less than an hour, 1,000 meals were prepared for St. Vincent de Paul by the diligent hands and caring hearts of religious education students and their parents from St. Albert and Holy Angels parishes, and students from Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. Along with preparing chicken casseroles, the 85 participants had the opportunity to learn about the impact of community service from Lisa Glandon, director of development and marketing for St. Vincent de Paul.

“We are so thankful for all of you gathered here this evening,” said Glandon addressing the crowd of volunteers in CJ’s gym. “Not just for what St. Vincent de Paul and our guests will receive from your service project this evening, but from what we know that you will receive—a sense of value, a sense of love and a sense of community.”

According to Glandon, the need for community support is great, and an average of 20,000 meals a month are served between both of the shelters that St. Vincent’s operates—Gateway Shelter for Women & Families and the Gettysburg Gateway for Men.

“We are grateful to organizations like CJ that gather together in service to help us provide assistance, shelter and hope to those who turn to us,” said Glandon.

The impact of the message resonated well with a young member of St. Albert the Great Parish, Adria Wenning. “If you think about it in terms of if I were homeless, I would feel amazed that someone would do something like this for me—to donate time and money, it’s astonishing.

“I’m proud of myself, that I did something like this. My dad and I helped out tonight, and I feel really good about that.”

The fact that students and parents would be working alongside each other was one of the reasons that Julie Penno, St. Albert religious education junior high coordinator, was drawn to this event. "It was a great opportunity for families to spend time together in a meaningful way. It will be something they won't forget—feeding 1,000!”

CJ juniors Lauren Wells and Anna Roland noticed other benefits that this service-learning event afforded junior high school students.

“The 7th and 8th graders in my group were willing and wanting to take leadership positions in the project,” said Wells. “They thought that it was nice being out of the classroom and participating in some of the things that they are learning about in religion class. Tonight was a hands-on experience.”

Roland appreciated the fact that CJ hosted an event which is different than a food drive, and that people took time out of their schedules to participate and make a difference in the lives of others. “Sometime you give a canned good, but then you don’t know how it is used. Through this service project, we are contributing directly to the homeless. I know that we are feeding people tonight.

“I also liked that this project brought people from different communities together. This is what CJ is about.”

Along with making casseroles, the “Feeding 1,000; Nourishing Lives” Lenten event included community prayer and personal witness; a simple supper; and music by Nick Cardilino, whose song, “Called to Glory,” was chosen as the theme song for the 2011 National Catholic Youth Conference.

7th and 8th graders participated alongside CJ students to prepare meals for St. Vincent de Paul. Nick Cardilino, whose song, “Called to Glory,” was chosen as the theme song for the 2011 National Catholic Youth Conference, led the group in songs of praise. The Eldridge Family from St. Albert Parish help prepare meals for St. Vincent de Paul.

The Fairbanks family does their part to help feed 1,000 at CJ Sunday night.  1,000 servings of chicken casseroles were prepared for St. Vincent de Paul.

View a video from Sunday night's combined community Lenten service event, courtesy of

A thousand meals to feed the hungry:


Taking their talents beyond the classroom, CJ English students have been getting noticed this spring at two nationally renowned competitions; the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest and the Scholastic Writing Awards.

Poetry Out Loud

After winning the schoolwide competition in February, senior Lynsay Strahorn finished runner up in this year’s state Poetry Out Loud contest on Saturday, March 12. She performed three poems (How We Made a New Art by Eavan Boland, Epilogue by Robert Lowell, and The Meaning of the Shovel by Martin Espada) for the crowd at Ohio Dominican University while competing against students from 40 other Ohio high schools—the largest field in the contest’s history.

Strahorn has competed at state for three years, previously taking first and third. For her second place finish she was awarded $100, an original piece of art, poetry books, and won $200 worth of poetry books for CJ’s library.

“She exemplified the CJ spirit to the best of her ability, handled herself with total class before, during and especially after the competition, and made all of us incredibly proud of who she is and what she accomplished,” said Jim Brooks, CJ English teacher and Poetry Out Loud moderator.

After graduation, Stahorn will play soccer and study honors psychology at Cleveland State University where she will receive an athletic grant in addition to an academic scholarship to cover all tuition expenses.

Scholastic Writing Awards

Four CJ students received regional Gold Key Awards for their entries in the 2011 Scholastic Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Two freshmen, one junior and one senior were recognized for their submissions in three categories: Miranda Fryman, ’14, and Rachel Rogers, ’14, for their personal essays What Happened to Forever and The Hidden Bond; Chris Menart, ’12, for his short story titled The Passion of Christ from the Gospel of Christopher Menart; and Elizabeth Cromartie for her poems Tower of Babel, Kairos and I Come From.

“This is the most prestigious writing competition in the country,” said Brooks, who also teaches three of the award-winning students in his Creative Writing and Honors English 9 courses. He has been encouraging CJ students to enter the competition for around the last 20 years.

“Anyone who places at any level has accomplished something great. Tens of thousands of students enter each year,” he added. More than 165,000 submissions were entered this year according to the program’s Web site. From those entries, only 50,000 students were recognized regionally and just 1,300 received national awards.

Earlier this year, fellow classmates Margaret Cleary, ’11, and Rachel Ruttle, ’11, were also honored for their submissions in the painting, drawing and photography categories of the competition’s counterpart, the Scholastic Art Awards. The pair earned a combined seven regional Honorable Mention and Silver Key Awards.

UPDATE: Cromartie wins national Silver Medal

Senior Elizabeth Cromartie (right) has been selected to receive a national Silver Medal for her work submitted in the Scholastic Writing Awards. She is among only a handful of students in the school’s 160-year history to ever win a national award in the prestigious contest, which has been recognizing writers since 1923.

“I feel like I know I have talent and it is really nice that others are recognizing I have talent,” she said. "It just doesn't feel real yet."

Cromartie will receive her Silver Medal award and cash prize during the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Tuesday, May 31. After graduation she plans to study English in college, but is currently undecided on a school.


Bro. Jack Somerville, S.M., spoke to Mr. Jim Brooks's senior English class Thursday morning, March 10, in World Literature. Bro. Jack is in charge of maintenance at Mt. St. John.

Students had been reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian Author. Bro. Jack spent a few years in Kenya and Zambia, where the Marianists have schools and have recruited young men to the order. He spoke about the challenges of entering a new culture that operates socially in ways that are different from the way we do.

In addition to sharing stories about the culture and the friendships that he made, Bro. Jack, a fine guitarist and singer, played a song of his own creation called "A Psalm for Africa," and a native Kenyan version of "Hakuna Matata."  He ended with a slide show of the people, work life and celebrations he encountered.

By Mr. Jim Brooks, English teacher


The fruit-fly and the human brain may not seem to have much in common upon first glance, but Assistant Zoology Professor Joyce Fernandes, PhD, of Miami University made the connection for CJ students Tuesday, March 8 as the month’s STEMM Idol Speaker.

As part of the school’s celebration of Brain Awareness Week, Fernandes along with MU graduate student Matthew Siefert discussed the important role fruit-flies can play as model organisms used for studying the neurobiology of humans. The student/teacher duo has been experimenting with the small, winged insects together in the lab for nearly four years.

Among the many reasons why the fruit-fly is ideal for use in the lab, Fernandes and Siefert cited its similarities to humans; each has a brain and experiences the five senses. Additionally, both grow from baby or larva to adult, encountering a multitude of neurological changes along the way; however, a fruit-fly’s life cycle only takes about 10 days to come to fruition. During this short lifespan, the fruit-fly undergoes different stages in which behaviors are learned including crawling, walking, jumping, flying and mating.

“The brain has to be rewired to accommodate these new motor skills,” Siefert explained to students in the CIL. Likewise he said the brain also accommodates for bodily trauma and aging in much the same way, so by examining this rewiring one can develop a better understanding of certain neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease, spinal muscular atrophy, Huntington’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

“It would be impossible to study these diseases in humans,” Fernandes stated. Instead, the genes that cause such disorders can be expressed in the fruit-fly and studied in a safe, controlled and timely manner.

Five questions for an MU graduate student.

Matthew Siefert grew up in Dayton and attended Bellbrook High School. As an undergraduate at Miami University he majored in zoology and minored in neuroscience. He is currently completing his second semester of a two year graduate program at MU and plans to finish with a Masters of Zoology degree. Siefert also teaches two introductory courses at the university and is one of eight graduate students working in the zoology and neuroscience research labs in Oxford.

Why is it important to study zoology?

I think it is important in developing a basic understanding of what’s going on around you. Biological sciences answer some of the basic questions so even if you’re not particularly interested in the subject, I think taking a zoology class would help out just in general to get an understanding of biological functions.

What advice would you give a high school student interested in studying a STEMM-related field in college?

Take classes outside of those subjects to make yourself a better all-around person. It may sound like a pain, but other classes can be awesome and I think they can help you see all sides of things. Coming from a science background you might see things one way, but if you take a religion course you could learn to view something a different way.

What is one thing a high school student can do now to prepare to be successful in college?

Improve your study habits. Personally, I was not very well prepared to study in college. Think of it as learning a whole year’s worth of material in one semester in college.  And you have to read. Some professors encourage you to read at least two hours a night. I don’t think it has to be two hours, but you have to read to keep up with it or you’re not going to get the information you need to pass the exams. I think that is one thing that kids underestimate going in to college, how much they’ll actually have to study on their own.

What is the coolest thing about going to graduate school?

Having it paid for. I was lucky enough to get an assistantship so my school is paid for, and I get paid to do research and teach.

What jobs or careers are available to those with a zoology degree?

A lot of times when you tell someone you’re a zoology major they think you are going to work at a zoo, but there are a lot of venues. Zoology is good for those on the pre-med and pre-veterinary tracks or for anyone wanting to do research .After school, I hope to work for Cincinnati Children’s or do research for Procter & Gamble.

Check the CJ STEMM Idol Speaker series Web page for information regarding all of this year's presentations.


Of the nine Chaminade Julienne students who participated in the Montgomery County Science Day on Saturday, March 5, six were awarded a rating of Superior and will have an opportunity to compete at the district level.

Students invited to move on to the West District Science Day include: Kaitlin Blanchard, ’14; Samantha Cudney, ’14; Annemarie Krug, ’13; Kathryn Marshall, ’13; Luke Schumann, ’14; and Erin Warfield, ’12. The competition will be held on the campus of Central State University on Saturday, March 19.

“Our nine participating students’ projects represented the alphabetical spectrum of project categories including Behavioral Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Health and Medicine,” said Meg Draeger, coordinator of CJ’s STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) program. Approximately 400 students in grades seven through 12 represented more than 20 area schools at the 2011 county science fair.

“All of our students performed well this year and I think many are on their way to having a bright, successful future in a STEMM-related college program or career field.”

In addition to earning the competition’s top rating, two CJ underclassmen were honored with special awards after receiving a perfect score of 40. Krug was recognized by the American Psychological Association for her project titled Visual Perception of People with Autistic Characteristics, and Schumann was given the Medicine and Health category’s Air Force Award for his project titled Glaucoma Drainage Tubes: Manipulation of Flow Using Valve-like Techniques.

UPDATE: Fairing Well at District Science Day

Five of the six CJ students who competed in the West District Science Day on Saturday, March 19 earned a score of Superior and are eligible to enter in the State Science Day held at Ohio State University on Saturday, May 7. Sophomore Annemarie Krug received two special awards from the Southern Ohio Human Factors & Ergonomics Society and from WPAFB AFRL. Congrats and good luck to Kaitlin, Annemarie, Kathryn, Luke, and Erin!


Photos taken from CJ's schoolwide Science Fair held February 17, 2011.

Students participate in CJ's schoolwide Science Fair on Thursday, Feb. 17. Students participate in CJ's schoolwide Science Fair on Thursday, Feb. 17.


CJ's varsity Quiz Bowl team finished atop the Greater Cincinnati Academic League (GCAL) for the fifth consecutive year in 2011 and will compete in the Ohio Academic Competition Regional Tournament Saturday, April 30.

After winning the fall league tournament, the Eagles (10-1) completed the regular season in early February with two close victories over Moeller and Ursuline to secure a share of the GCAL championship with Fenwick, who handed CJ its only loss. This spring, the team will make its sixth appearance at the state regional tournament since the program’s inception in 2005.

Under the supervision of Jim Sparrow, moderator and CJ social studies teacher, the school fielded three teams for the 2010-11 season.  The varsity, first reserve and second reserve squads completed the season a combined 20-3 overall in the GCAL, a league consisting of 16 mostly Catholic high schools in southwest Ohio.  

“We have good students,” Sparrow said of what makes all three of CJ's teams—comprised of seven seniors, seven juniors and one sophomore—so successful.  “We have good students and we practice a lot.

“We started practicing in September meeting two mornings a week, so we’ve been practicing now for five months, and we’ll practice for two more months until the state tournament.”

The Ohio Academic Competition state tournament hosts up to 96 teams hailing from six regions. Regional winners and runners-up advance to the state championship held this year on Saturday, May 7 at Columbus State Community College. The Eagles will begin their quest for the school’s first academic state title during the last weekend in April in the double-elimination regional tournament at Cincinnati State Community College.

“We’ve finished fourth one year and third one year at regionals, but we’ve never been to the state finals,” Sparrow said. “That is our goal this year.”

On Becoming Member of the Quiz Bowl Team

In his second year on the varsity team, senior captain Giles Hinders said what he most enjoys about Quiz Bowl is having the opportunity to compete while simultaneously being able to use the knowledge he’s attained both inside and outside of the classroom—a passion he realizes may not apply to everyone.  

“It’s sort of an outlet for our nerdiness,” he jokingly relented, but his team is just like any other at CJ. The group holds try-outs in the fall, practices on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and makes sure to sit down for a meal together before the start of the season to build camaraderie and friendships.

“This is a really selfless group of guys,” Hinders added. He encourages anyone interested in joining for the 2011-12 season to contact Mr. Sparrow.

Ohio Quiz Bowl Quick Facts

• Two teams compete head-to-head during a match.  Matches are trivia-based competitions consisting of three rounds: a category round in which questions come from 10 categories including American Literature, Mathematics, World History, Fine Arts, Life Science, English/World Literature, U.S. Government, Physical Science, World Geography, and U.S. History; an alphabet round in which all answers begin with the same letter; and a lighting round of 20 quick questions.

• Teams may consist of anywhere from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 8 students in grades 9-12. Four players compete at one time and coaches can make substitutions.

• Points are awarded during each round for correct answers. The team that finishes with the most points at the conclusion of all rounds is the winner.

• To qualify for the state tournament, a team must win its league or a tournament consisting of a minimum of eight different participating high schools.

• The Ohio Academic Competition began the state tournament in 1985 and has since crowned 26 champions.


The City of Dayton dedicated the North Findlay Street Bridge in honor of former city commissioner and 1951 Chaminade High School alumnus Richard A. Zimmer Tuesday, March 1, during a morning ceremony.

Family, friends, and members of the CJ community including the Eagle Pep Band were on hand to celebrate the permanent designation of the Richard A. Zimmer Memorial Bridge, named in honor of Dayton’s longest-tenured city commissioner.

"Commissioner Zimmer served the city of Dayton and the people of this community faithfully for so many years," said Dan Meixner, president. "He cared about all of his constituents, powerful people and everyday folks alike, and we know he made this city better."

As a native Daytonian, Zimmer served the city for 21 years spanning four decades from 1978 to 2005 before passing away in April 2010 at age 77. The bridge, which crosses the Mad River, fittingly links areas of northeast and southeast Dayton where he spent most of his life.

"I bet that the brothers and the priests who taught him at Chaminade were waiting to greet him when he showed up in heaven," Meixner added.

Survived by wife Mary Ann, a 1952 graduate of Julienne high school, and their nine children, the commissioner's family members participated in the ceremony by unveiling two new signs and sharing memories of the former commissioner’s commitment to public service on what would have been his 78th birthday. In honor of the occasion, CJ’s band led the large crowd that gathered for the dedication in the “Happy Birthday” song.

Following the ceremony on Findlay Street, Chaminade alumni of 1950, 1951 and 1952 were welcomed back to Chaminade Julienne High School for an on-campus luncheon at the corner Franklin and Ludlow Streets.


View a video of some of the day's events below, courtesy of

Richard Zimmer Memorial Bridge dedicated:


Over 130 fifth grade students from Bishop Leibold, St. Albert and St. Luke schools combined their creative talents and ideas to help “Dream Up the Future” at Chaminade Julienne in celebration of National Engineers Week (Feb. 20-26). For many, this was one of their first experiences to consider how engineering is used in our world.

CJ’s student Eagle Ambassadors led potential future engineers through a morning of discovery and adventure as they competed to create giant balloon carbon nanotube structures, designed and constructed functional robotic arms, built and launched straw rockets, used AutoCAD design modeling software, and propelled gumdrops across tiled terrain.

“We used every day materials to make our robot arm,” said Evan Jones from St. Luke. “We completed the first challenge, and picked up a paper object with it!”

Bishop Leibold’s Megan Dancer’s best experience was launching gumdrops into a target almost 20 yards away. “We had to change the angle and adjust the notches on the red launcher for how far it was going to get the gumdrops to go into the bucket.”

In addition to discovering the effect of launch angle, rocket fin shape and size, and air pressure, students delved into an Engineer’s Toolbox to utilize AutoCAD design and modeling software under the guidance of CJ alum Cara Nartker ’09, who is pursuing a mechanical and aerospace engineering degree at the University of Dayton.

Jasmine Hughes from Bishop Leibold appreciated the new experience using the computer-aided design software. “We made an iPod on the computer. I never did something like that before. You had to follow the directions to make circles, triangles and squares. Then you had to fit and place them together, and it turned into an iPod.”

Students interested in a medical career also gained an understanding of how engineering plays an increasing role in robotic surgery. They tested their own manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination as they performed “surgery” using mechanical grabber tools.

“This day was about exposing students to a few ideas of what kinds of challenges teams of engineers can solve, and how engineers can make a real difference in the world,” said Meg Draeger, coordinator of CJ’s STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) program. “Then, we gave them a morning of hands-on engineering design and testing of their own solutions.”

“We brought in the kind of learning experience that the Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum brings to our own high school students. It involves discovery, working in collaboration with others, testing ideas, and then making adjustments to improve your product.”

Draeger, who earned her Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois, and her Masters from the University of Dayton, believes that it is important to introduce the idea of engineering to young students.

“At this age, it’s nice for students to see how engineering is present in their everyday lives,” she said. “It also helps answer for them where their studies in math and science can take them in the future.”

For more information about CJ STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine), please visit, or contact Meg Draeger at, or (937) 461-3740 x487.



Chaminade Julienne seniors Margaret Cleary and Rachel Ruttle were recognized Friday, Feb. 18 at the K12 Gallery in Dayton for their combined seven winning entries in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Cleary earned Honorable Mention for four of her pieces in the painting, drawing and photography categories, while Ruttle earned two Silver Key awards and one Honorable Mention for three of her pieces in the photography category. The students’ winning artwork was displayed in the gallery’s new 2,500 square foot TEJAS studio during the 88 annual Scholastics Art Show February 16-25.

“It’s always wonderful to see our students getting recognized for their talents,” said Diana Barr, art teacher and department chair. According to the Dayton Daily News, more than 800 students entered the contest this year. “What makes this special is the amount of work they each got in.”

Both girls are members of CJ’s Environmental Club, and both will apply their artistic talents in college.  Cleary plans to study Fine Arts in the University of Cincinnati’s college of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), and Ruttle—also involved with theatre—has just been accepted to Columbia University in Chicago, where she plans to study photography.

Opportunities with the Art Department

CJ offers courses including Art Appreciation, Elements of Design, Photography and Ceramics to students in both the advanced placement and college preparatory tracks. Art teachers Barr and Janet Lasley encourage all students to explore their creativity beyond the classroom by offering extra-curricular opportunities including an after-school club, open studio sessions, field trips, and entry into a number of local and statewide contests. 

In January, students attended the Marking the Past/Shaping the Present: The Art of Willis "Bing" Davis retrospective at the University of Dayton's Rike Gallery. Throughout the spring and fall, you will have a chance to view students' own artwork as Eagles enter submissions into some of the following competitions and exhibitions:

  • Saturday, April 2 - 2nd Annual Creative Spirit Fine Arts Festival hosted at Memorial Hall in Dayton.
  • Sunday, April 3 - Artwork will be on display at CJ's Spring Open House from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, April 8-29 - An exhibit of CJ student artwork will be on display for the entire month in the lobby of the One Dayton Centre (formerly known as the Fifth Third Center)
  • Sunday, April 10 - The awards ceremony for the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition begins at noon at the Riffe Center in Columbus. Artwork will be on display through May 12 at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 17 - Qualified entries for the 2011 Congressional Art Competition will be on view through May 1 at the Dayton Art Institute, with a special awards ceremony on Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 25 - Submissions for the annual Gallery St. John Art & Education Exhibit will be on display at the Marianist Environmental Education Center through June 26. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. This year's theme is "Restoration."
  • Saturday, Sept. 10 - Regional qualifiers will have their work displayed at the Ohio Art Education Association's High School Art Show through October 15 at the STRS building in Columbus.

Lynsay Strahorn '11 captured the hearts and minds of judges and finished first in the State at the Poetry Out Loud Competition held on March 13, 2009. Strahorn was one of 28 students from Ohio high schools to participate. In addition to receiving top honors, she won $200, an all-expense-paid trip to the national competition taking place in Washington D.C. on April 29, and $500 for CJ to use to purchase poetry books.
     Strahorn has a passion for poetry fueled her drive for success this year. “We always read prose in the classroom, but I love the way poetry sounds and the way poets use words in different ways. You really have to find a meaning, and it can connect to readers in so many ways.”
     I am really excited and nervous to compete nationally. It really is the best of the best at this point. I will have time to work on my poems and perfect them.”
     Strahorn competed last year as a sophomore and placed third at the State level. This year, at Ohio Dominican University, Strahorn took first place by performing the poems “Walking Down Park,” by Nikki Giovanni; ”I Am,” by John Clare; and “For Love,” by Robert Creeley.
     “After finishing third last year, Lynsay was determined to win it all and do what was necessary to win. She proved to her classmates that if you work hard at something, you’re going to get better,” said Jim Brooks, CJ English teacher and Poetry Out Loud moderator. “She is a great student, great person, and very dedicated.”
     Poetry Out Loud is in its third year at CJ. Students in English classes compete within their classes. Winners from each class move on to a school-wide competition. This year, CJ had 18 students participate in the school-wide competition with Strahorn representing the school as the champion.
     She will now move on to represent Ohio and CJ at the National Finals in the footsteps of CJ graduate, Rachel Chandler, who won State in 2008 and competed nationally.
     Students choose and memorize a poem from over 600 poems on the Poetry Out Loud website for the classroom competition. As students advance, their requirements and the competition increase. At the state level, participants were required to memorize three poems, of which one or a combination had to be 25 lines or less and stem from the pre-20th century.
     “The major benefit is a greater familiarity and appreciation for poetry. Another great aspect is the performance aspect,” said Brooks. “They don’t think of poetry as an art form presented publicly. Finally, they learn to internalize the poem. They make it their own, and take on the voice of the poet.”
     Strahorn, the daughter of Derrick and Kris Strahorn of Harrison Township, also plays varsity basketball and soccer for CJ.
     According to its Web site, Poetry Out Loud’s mission is to encourage the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. The program provides an opportunity for students to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
By Tim Herrmann, Dayton, OH, March 15, 2010



After presenting their science fair projects to judges on February 18, Kateri Dillon '12, Grace Kauth '13, Annemarie Krug '13, Courteney Muhl '13, and Caitlin O'Loughlin '13 earned the right to represent Chaminade Julienne at this year's Montgomery County Science Day held on March 6. Dillon, Krug, and Muhl now advance to the West District Science Day competition held March 20 at Clark State.
     Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, appreciates the support shown by alumni, parents and colleagues who helped mentor science fair participants as well as judge at CJ's science fair. Draeger stresses the importance of the CJ STEMM program developing partnerships and relationships with professionals in STEMM careers because of the impact on students. "Students gain practice communicating, organizing thoughts, and displaying professionalism during meeting with mentors. We are also privileged to have a talented group of professionals who are more than willing to share their time and knowledge with our students."
Related topic: Why Do a Science Fair Project?



German language students experienced the 2010 Olympic in an unusual and academic way. They practiced their German by emailing letters to German athletes wishing them good luck and good health during their stay in Vancouver. According to teacher Jake Browning, the exercise took the students beyond watching educational videos and working out of text books to an interactive experience. 

    Two of the athletes managed to take a break from training and competition and replied to emails sent by Annie Reuter '11 and Nick Flannery. Frank Rommel, a 25-year-old skeleton racer from Oberhof, Germany thanked Flannery for his good wishes and let him know that he was currently in his final stages of training for the Olympics. “I thought it was really cool that an athlete competing on a world stage took time to write to a high school kid,” Flannery said. 

    Browning was pleased with the responses. “This exercise was an authentic, cultural communication experience. It allowed students to write and interact with a real person instead of learning about someone through a picture in a book."


Three years in the making, the Sister Dorothy Stang Murals were finally unveiled as part of CJ's annual social justice and global issues forum, now named the Stang Symposium held on February 24.

     The murals depict Sister Dorothy's life and mission based on the Beatitudes. A few years back, mural moderator and CJ religion teacher, Mick Mominee, had requested to borrow photos of Sister Dorothy that the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur had in their archives. After looking through the album of over 300 photos, each student chose a picture as inspiration for his or her section of the mural.

     "I just saw one of the pictures of all of these people walking down a hill, all going to Sister Dorothy's funeral," said senior Nola Lee. "They were walking down a hill carrying items. My theme was thirsting for justice."

     Lee was impressed by how many came to the special unveiling for faculty and staff members. "It was exciting to see all of the teachers there looking at it. It was really cool."

     "The murals are gorgeous, but now it's a little sad that the project is done. We had so much fun together [painting the murals]," she said. "We spent so much time doing this. I have new friends now."

     Though the last drops of paint are drying, the artists are talking about plans to help create an online mural gallery on the CJ Web site and they hope to have a few more receptions for public viewings of the murals.

     Artists who were involved with the creation of the murals are: Cora Harrison '10, Nola Lee '10, Boris Mugisha '10, Romeo Kwihangana '10, Sarah Shanks '10, Erin Wilson, Cedric Ntwali '10, Monica Baker '09, Nikki Crowell.




CJ hosted its second global issues and social justice symposium on February 24—an event now re-named the “Stang Symposium.” The event was held in tribute to Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN who was murdered in Para, Brazil on February 12, 2005 for her life’s work centered around social justice and conservation.

     “We gather today because of Sister Dorothy. We gather today because her life inspires us to look beyond our own life experiences and into the experiences of others,” said Molly Bardine, symposium coordinator and CJ English teacher.

     “We gather to explore social issues with the same eyes of faith that Sister Dorothy had so her spirit can take root in our lives.”

Dayton Daily News journalist Mary McCarty delivered the keynote speech portraying her own passion for Sister Dorothy, and explained what compels her to research and write about important global issues on a daily basis. She cited as a pinnacle moment in her career, the day that she was present when the guilty verdict came in for those responsible for Sister Stang’s murder.

     “There was pandemonium, sheer joy, dancing in the rain,” she recalled. “It made you feel how much they were oppressed and how much they appreciated Sister Dorothy. It makes me passionate about my work--telling stories like this, and shining a light on issues like this.”

     This year’s symposium was led by students who presented topics relating to inequity and oppression including children and war, human trafficking, and the education of girls. After students presented their research, their topics were opened for discussion among their peers. Bardine challenged them to take the discussions further and asked, “What do we do from here? In what ways can we take action as a school?”

     “This is all about celebrating what we can do at school,” she said. “It’s a collective dream—whether it’s going on a mission trip, involvement with junior service, thinking about global issues through research, or when you cultivate a perception of global justice.”

     As a final component of the event, students who painted the Sister Dorothy Stang Murals were on hand to discuss their inspiration and passionate connection they have with Sister Stang in creating their segments of the murals—all based on the Beatitudes. The murals, located in a community gathering room at CJ, took three years to finish and were officially unveiled just prior to the symposium.

     Senior Nola Lee said that initially, she and fellow mural artists viewed over 300 photos that were loaned to them from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. “I just saw one of the pictures that I liked.”

     She created her mural from a photo of mourners traveling down a hill to attend Sister Stang’s funeral. “There were so many of them. It was very humbling,” she said.