October 2010

Feature Team Plus Trainers Recognized

The varsity football team and their trainers are being recognized as CJ's feature team this week heading into the final game of the season Friday, Oct. 29 against Alter High School at 7:30 p.m.

As the Eagles (3-6 overall, 1-5 GCL) prepare to take on the Knights at Fairmont High School, the CJ community will show their spirit at the annual bonfire Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. near Blue Green Field. The school will host a fundraiser for the American Heart Association at this free event; all current students, parents, faculty, staff, and families are encouraged to attend.

The feature team of the week designation comes on the heels of the team’s 31-6 Senior Night victory over Purcell Marian, and the subsequent pizza party which was held after the game in the cafeteria.  Senior lineman Lee Hollis, Jr. described the event as one of the most memorable moments in his high school career.

“Senior Night was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had at CJ and the pizza party topped it off,” Hollis said. “Just to see everyone all together in one place to support our team really meant a lot to me.”

Coming off the success of last season in which the Eagles made their first playoff appearance since 2006, this year’s squad has had to deal with some adversity, but Holis and senior co-captain Tim Szabo both agreed the team has gotten through their hardships by sticking together as a family.  Over the summer, varsity, JV and freshman teammates gathered with the cheerleaders for a picnic to start the season

“No matter how we finish this season, we’ll always have the lifelong friendships we’ve built with each other as members of the CJ football team,” said Szabo, wide receiver and defensive back. Friendships have formed both on and off the field through various activities including weekly dinners for all 19 seniors hosted each Thursday by a different football family.

Football players have also developed relationships with the CJ student trainers who volunteer under the supervision of teacher and head trainer Lori Dozer.  Student trainers, such as senior Lindsay Sraj, perform tasks which include providing ice, tending abrasions, and taping players.

“It has been a great experience because I’ve met a lot of people and made a lot of friends,” Sraj said. She has been assisting the football team for two years, attending both summer and after-school practices along with Friday and Saturday games for all three teams. 

“We’ve never gotten recognized before because we’re not a sport, but this week has been fun,” she added.

Former Eagle Excels on College Stage
Former Chaminade Julienne football player Jermar Rayford, '10, set an Ohio Wesleyan school record for receptions Saturday, Oct. 23 by hauling in 16 passes in the team's loss to Allegheny. Rayford, a first year fullback at OWU, tallied 119 yards and one TD while breaking the school's previous 43 year-old record of 13 receptions in one game. -- Read the full article at OWU.edu's athletics page.

STEMM Speaker Joe Lusczek, Jr.

Technical Director for Aerospace Systems Design and Analysis at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Joe Lusczek, Jr. presented to students about careers in engineering and science as CJ STEMM’s Idol Speaker Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the CIL.

Lusczek works with the United States Air Force and the Department of Defense to design and acquire airplanes for use by the military. During his distinguished career in the civil service, he has played key roles in the development of numerous integral aircraft and weapons systems still in use today, including work on the F-15 Eagle, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the B-2 Stealth Bomber, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and the air-launched cruise missile.

The Saint Louis University alum emphasized the importance of getting a degree and continuing education through high school and even after college, but focused on the aerospace engineering field of study.  According to Lusczek, college graduates of aerospace engineering programs can expect to earn a starting salary of $96,000 on average, whereas those with only high school diplomas are currently experiencing a 10 percent unemployment rate.

“Whatever you want to do, you got to work at it,” Lusczek advised, encouraging students to set a goal and try to learn from those who are the best at what they do. He concluded his presentation with a glimpse into the future of airplane design, discussing and showing photos of blended-wing-body aircraft and flying cars with retractable wings.

In an effort to promote his industry, Lusczek tries to encourage more students in the U.S. to study aeronautical engineering by speaking with grade school, high school, and college students across the country.  At WPAFB, he lectures to students in the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and works with the STARBASE Educational Outreach program.

According to WPAFB’s Web site, STARBASE is offered to fifth grade students attending Dayton-area schools, providing them with an opportunity to participate in a variety of learning experiences designed to increase interest in and knowledge of math, science and technology. This free 25-hour program spans five days and is a hands-on learning experience emphasizing teamwork for those interested in careers in flight.

Mr. Lusczek is no stranger to the Chaminade Julienne community. His son, Joseph Lusczek III, graduated from CJ in 2000 and went on to earn a degree in Biology from Wright State University.

Feature Teams and Football Recognized

As the fall athletic season winds to a close, the Spirit Committee recognizes the final three teams—men’s and women’s cross country, and football—this week before Senior Night Friday, Oct. 22 and the annual CJ Bonfire at Blue Green Field Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Despite only having 12 boys and 13 girls, runners on CJ's cross country program make up for their lack in numbers with an abundance of heart and tradition.  The team began training for this season during the summer, using workouts and philosophies handed down to nearly every CJ runner since 1963 from the program’s founder and first coach, Brother John Gilfether.

Today, the men’s team is lead by coaches, and former CJ runners, Chuck Bridgman ’79, and Ken Spitzig ’75, with the women headed up by teacher Greg Mueller.  Both teams are looking forward to competing in the district tournament this weekend after each finished third in the GCL North and GGCL Grey North All League meet October 16.

The close-knit group prepares for every weekend meet by loading up on carbohydrates at pasta parties hosted every Friday night at a teammates’ house, and CJ runners pray together before hitting the course each competition. Senior Rachel Collins said everyone is also responsible for supporting a running buddy. Running buddies provide each other with small snacks before meets and locker signs at school; however, the identity of team running buddies remains unknown until the end of the season.

“It’s nice to be honored and to know that your sport doesn’t go unrecognized,” she said. Collins and junior Mary Kate Carrigg are co-captains of the women’s team, while sophomore Sam Wittman and junior Sam Mullins are men’s captains.

“It was really an honor last year when I found out I was going to be captain,” Mullins said, adding that he is happy to take on the responsibility for his young team. There are only three seniors total in the entire program, and none on the men’s team, but Mullins said he is excited about this core group of strong, promising Eagle runners.

CJ harriers will have the opportunity to sport spirit shirts at school Friday, but they aren’t the only team being recognized this week. The varsity football team will also be donning the new blue and green tees before their game against Purcell Marian at 7:30 p.m. at West Carrollton Senior High School.

Spirit Committee is sponsoring a free pizza party in CJ's cafeteria for players, their families, and all students immediately following the game, but all senior athletes, band members, and their parents will be honored on the field during CJ’s Senior Night celebration at halftime of Friday's contest. The Eagles (0-5 GCL, 2-6 overall) look to land their first league-win against the Cavaliers before taking on rival Alter High School on October 29 in the final game of the season.

Family Kick-Off Night

Families of seventh and eighth grade summer camp participants descended upon CJ’s campus Saturday , Oct. 9 to enjoy fun activities and a cook out with students and faculty at the new Student Conditioning Center and Blue Green Field.

Eagle Ambassadors greeted guests with handshakes, hello’s, and a special t-shirt as they arrived at Blue Green Field Saturday evening. Families were treated to dinner—including hamburgers, hot dogs, and Spanish-style pastries—while members of the Eagle Pep band performed.  Youngsters played games of football and tag outside before activities got underway in the Student Conditioning Center.

“From when we first got out of the car there were CJ students welcoming us,” said Rachel Collopy, who was in attendance at the newly created Family Kickoff Night with her husband David and son Zachary, an eighth grader at Oakwood Junior High School. “You definitely don’t feel like a stranger here.”

Following dinner, and with the band leading the way, junior high families filed in to the facility for the opportunity to test out all of its accommodations.  Parents, along with their sons and daughters, got in on the action competing in games of soccer, basketball, football, putt-putt, and even crew contests on the team’s indoor rowing machines.

“I think for a high school this is a really fantastic facility, you don’t see this in most high schools,” Mrs. Collopy said. Her husband agreed, commenting, “The weight room is just incredible.”  Along with athletics, guests could take part in Quiz Bowl sports trivia and CJ STEMM-centered activities.

CJ STEMM camper Zachary Collopy came with his parents to check out the new additions to campus after he participated in the Eagle for a Day program, where grade schoolers get to shadow a CJ student. “The Student Conditioning Center is nothing like what any public school I’ve ever seen before has,” he said.

Family Kickoff Night, a brand new event allowing prospective families an on-campus look at CJ, was implemented by first-year Admissions Coordinator Brett Chmiel, ’02, who previously served for three years as the school’s assistant director of ministry and service. The night capped off around 7 p.m. with an informal awards ceremony for the winners of each competition and a prize raffle for all invited families; however, no one left empty handed—kids were given CJ mini-footballs on their way out.

“The more things you can do like this to involve the elementary kids the better, because they look forward to coming to CJ,” said Julieta Phillips, CJ parent and mother of three. Julieta and her husband Steve attended with their daughters, Courtney, a CJ sophomore; Cassie, an eighth grader participating in CJ’s concert band and taking honors algebra at the school; and Suzie, a seventh grader at Our Lady of the Rosary.

“I send my children to CJ because of the big Marianist influence and the sense of community, and I truly believe it is a Catholic school in every sense of the word,” Mrs. Phillips said, although she is not sure where her seventh grader might end up.

“Our youngest keeps saying she wants to go to [a different Dayton-area high school], then she comes to these functions and says, ‘I want to go to CJ,’” she laughed. “It makes a big difference.”

Fall Scholarship Luncheons

A group of Chaminade Julienne students who currently receive high school scholarships recently had the opportunity to meet the people behind the grants which help make it possible for them to attend CJ.

Earlier this fall, student recipients wrote letters thanking benefactors for their generous scholarship support. Then, during three weeks in September and October, various benefactors were invited on campus to meet and talk with more than 75 of those students over lunch hosted in CJ’s library.

Representatives from nine scholarship programs were welcomed to the event, including members from the Marianist and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur communities.

Following the meal, scholarship contributors spent time visiting with faculty and staff, and touring CJ’s two new facilities, the Student Conditioning Center and Blue Green Field.

“We have enjoyed showing our guests what a wonderful place CJ truly is, and how their help is making a difference in so many young lives,” said Ann Szabo, ’72, administrative assistant in the development department. Szabo, along with Director of Development Jim Walworth, organized the luncheons—the first of their kind.

“Thank you to all of our scholarship benefactors who visited with student recipients at these informal box lunch receptions,” Walworth said. “We look forward to hosting similar functions for the CJ community in the future.”

Feature Team of the Week

The group in charge of getting Eagle athletes going, the cheerleading squad, will be on the receiving end of the rooting this week while they are honored as CJ’s Feature Team.

The CJ community is sounding off in support of the nine girls who make up the varsity cheerleading team for the football season during perhaps the most important and spirituous week of the fall, Homecoming.

CJ takes on the league rival Carroll Patriots at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Northmont High School.  Following the game, there will be an Alumni Reception in the new Student Conditioning Center from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Homecoming Dance for CJ sophomores, juniors, and seniors is Saturday night in the gym.

The 2010 varsity cheerleading team consists entirely of juniors and seniors, and is coached by CJ parent Michelle McGill.  Senior co-captains Geralynn Byrd and Jasmine Williams will lead the team during the fall and winter as each cheers for the Eagles football and basketball teams.

“I think being the feature team is great because a lot of people don’t consider cheerleading a sport,” said Williams, who also runs track in the spring. “Just to be appreciated for a week is nice because sometimes we get overlooked.”

Spirit Committee will be passing out candy and hanging locker signs to celebrate the cheerleaders while the girls decorate lockers themselves in support of the football players. The team will be able to wear CJ spirit shirts at school Friday before the game.

Girls can decide to cheer for either the football team or the basketball team, but most choose to participate in both. During the season, the cheerleading squad practices Wednesday and Thursday for two hours after school. Preparation begins in the summer months when the team hosts a clinic, tryouts, and conditioning sessions in order to get physically fit to prevent injuries.

“We do a lot of work over the summer and we also attend camps. This summer we went to Ohio State University for the Cheerleaders of America (COA) camp and that was really fun,” Williams said. The team spent four days at the overnight camp in Columbus, cheering alongside other schools and learning new material. Williams added that attending camp strengthened their team’s bond.

“We don’t just yell and scream,” Williams joked. “It is a lot more work than people would think.”

CJ Eagles Pep Band Events

On Friday, Sept. 24 at the CJ vs. McNick varsity football game, The University of Dayton's Pride of Dayton Marching Band took over the halftime show. Usually, the Eagle Pep Band performs the halftime show, but CJ added even more spirit at its first home game of the year by inviting UD to perform their “Blues Show.”

Emily Casey, a junior, said, “The UD Marching Band added energy to the game. Instead of visiting the concession stand during halftime, I watched them perform. They were awesome!”  Madeline Brown, a sophomore who plays the saxophone in the pep band shared her thoughts; “Seeing them perform was an eye-opening experience. It made me realize how much energy music can add to the game and what I can do to be a better musician.”

After performing their halftime spectacle, the UD drumline stayed and played with CJ’s drumline for the fourth quarter.  The Eagles lost a heartbreaker to the Rockets, 14-7.

Chaminade Julienne Serves St. Vincent De Paul
Chaminade Julienne students have continued to serve nearby St. Vincent De Paul on many levels. Eagles have done everything from volunteering at the homeless shelter—performing tasks like cleaning, serving food, and folding laundry—to participating in their biggest event of the year Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Friends of the Poor walk.

In the fundraiser’s third year, the annual 3.7k walk began at 10 a.m. to raise awareness for the plight of the poor. The CJ Eagle Pep Band performed for its second year in a row to encourage and make noise for those participating and watching. The band marched from campus on Franklin and Ludlow Streets to the Washington Street Bridge, where they performed songs including Ohio’s state song, Hang on Sloopy.  The band enjoyed trekking to and performing at the St. Vincent De Paul fundraiser, and are thankful to have been involved in this Dayton-area community event.

By: Jay Bryant, '12

Alter Visits CJ For One-Woman Play

Seniors from neighboring Alter High School visited Chaminade Julienne Monday morning to attend a performance about the life of Dayton, Ohio native Sister Dorothy Stang.

A One Woman Play: The Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, performed by Sister Nancy Murray, OP, was presented in the auditorium at 9:30 a.m. Alter seniors and their teachers joined CJ juniors and seniors for the play, which is currently touring Ohio. Following the show, the class of 2011 from each school enjoyed lunch together, provided by CJ.

Sister Murray is a Dominican sister-actor from Adrian, Mich., best known for performing her one-woman play about St. Catherine of Siena at venues around the world. She is the elder sister of actor and comedian Bill Murray.

“I think nothing speaks to people like the arts,” Murray said. She wrote the script, which is based on Michele Murdock’s book A Journey of Courage, after watching films, researching archives, and interviewing community and family members of Sr. Dorothy Stang. CJ welcomed both Murdock and Barbara Richardson, Dorothy Stang’s sister, for the performance.

“I want this interpretation to tell a story that will leave an impact of a woman who really did speak out for justice and who put her life on the line,” Murray said, adding she hopes she can inspire and educate students who also want to make a difference in the world.

After turning 17, Julienne High School student Dorothy Mae Stang joined the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She worked as a missionary in Brazil for nearly 40 years until her tragic death on February 12, 2005, in Anapu, Para, Brazil. Sr. Stang was shot and killed while reciting passages from the Bible to her murderers. She is considered a martyr, and her life and work—advocating for poor and migrant farmers in Brazil—has been portrayed in numerous books as well as on screen.