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Students Learn More About Burundi

Seven refugees from Burundi, Africa are now calling Dayton home after coming to the area last year. On Wednesday, May 13, four men from Burundi visited CJ to talk to students in Tony Ricciuto’s freshmen International World Cultures Honors Class.

The refugees were connected to CJ because of Herb Schwendeman ’71. He has been helping teach English to non-English speaking refugees for more than two-and-a-half years. 

Holocaust Memorial Contest Winners

It's been 70 years after the end of the Holocaust and World War II, but we're still learning about prejudice and racism today.

That was the theme provided by the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center for this year's Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest and Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Writing Contest. Eight students from CJ were selected winners this year in each of those contests.

In the art contest, Natalie Davis won first place, Adela Leon-Witt won third place, and Courtney Morah and Claire Armstrong received honorable mentions.

Students Earn Artistic Honors

Congratulations are in order for three students who were earned awards through the Scholastic Art Awards!

With works of digital art, Adzaan Muqtadir '16 earned 2 Gold Keys and 3 Honorable Mentions in the Scholastic Art Competition. Her Gold Key works are titled "Summertime Memories: Going Around and Around" and "Taking in Cosmos." Her Honorable Mention works include "Dayton in Color," "A Day Downtown" and "Blue Day." 

“Adzaan has a style all her own,” Diane Barr, art teacher said. “I’m impressed with what she creates, and I’m glad to know others are as well!” 

Poetry Out Loud

One microphone amplified the poems of twenty-nine individual voices during CJ’s 8th annual Poetry Out Loud Competition on January 29.

To get to the school-wide competition, students initially prepare poems selected from the Poetry Out Loud website and compete within their English classes. Winners of classroom competitions are then invited to compete in the school wide competition. There, each student recites one poem. Based on scoring, six students are asked to recite a second poem.

Genetic Counselor for a Day

Students in Cathryn Maga’s Honors Biology Class were genetic counselors for a day! The 9th and 10th grade students have been learning about genetics for the past five weeks. To wrap up the unit, Maga asked members of the CJ community to partake in a real-world simulation.

“This was a culmination activity where students were presented with a patient (parents and faculty)," Maga said. "As genetic counselors, they advised patients on what their chances were of inheriting or passing on the disorder based on family backgrounds given."

First Semester Field Trips in Review

The first semester is officially in the books! Here's a look back at some of the trips taken by students and teachers during the first half of the 2014-15 school year.

JUNIOR COUNCIL ON WORLD AFFAIRS (JCOWA)
In late October, members of JCOWA explored college and career opportunities in international affairs at a special Career Day sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dayton and hosted at Sinclair Community College. After hearing from keynote speakers, CJ students picked six professionals to meet with from the 20 different stations available.

Q&A with CJ National Merit Achievers

Congratulations to six seniors who have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Matthew Boudinot ’15, Erin Carmody ‘15, Emily Meyer ‘15, Monica Rains ‘15, and Grace Saunders ‘15 were named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, classmate Aaron Talib ’15 was recognized as an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Senior to Spend Year Studying Abroad

As a German language teacher, Jacob Browning tries to build confidence and impart life lessons in his students even when the lesson or road ahead seems foreign: “Find your own path,” he urges them.

The path senior Grace Klosterman discovered now points to Europe.

Grace, who attended St. Rita and Mother Brunner, is one of just 250 students nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship. The award covers an academic year of study and cultural immersion in Germany.

Catholic Chinese Bishop Pays a Visit

Catholic Bishop Francis Lu Xinping of Nanjing, China visited with students, teachers and staff the morning of September 11 to learn about CJ's innovative support programs designed to meet the needs of all students.

The international visit was sponsored by the University of Dayton Office of the President. Ascension Catholic School, St. Albert the Great Catholic School and Fairmont High School also hosted visits throughout the day.

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