May 2013

Congrats Class of 2013: "Go Make Disciples"

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School will hold its Commencement ceremony Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated Thursday, May 30 at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. Graduating first in her class is Annemarie Krug (St. Christopher, Ohio State University) followed by Salutatorian Emily Shira (St. Christopher, University of Notre Dame).

In addition to the top students, the faculty and staff of Chaminade Julienne annually recognize three seniors who best exemplify the three elements of the school’s mission — commitment to faith, dedication to learning, and demonstration of school and family spirit. Kathryn Marshall received the Founder’s Award for demonstrating on a daily basis the spirit of St. Julie Billiart and Blessed William Chaminade. Austin Piatt received the Michael D. Trainor Award, named in honor of CJ’s principal from 1999 to 2004, which is given to a student who has regularly demonstrated intellectual curiosity. For best exemplifying the Chaminade Julienne spirit, Clare Geraghty was awarded the Gerard “Fuzzy” Faust Award, named for CJ’s legendary coach and teacher from 1933 to 1980.

ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2013 INCLUDE:

$9.1 million awarded in scholarships as of May 24 to the class of 128 students
Over 11,300 service hours were contributed during their four years at CJ with 30 students volunteering over 100 hours, including classmates Maya Manson and Cole Retzloff who each contributed over 800 hours in four years.
3 graduates were recognized for their accomplishments in the National Merit Scholarship Program; they are Austin Piatt, Emily Shira, and finalist Sam Wittman.
2 graduates were recognized for their performance on the National Latin Exam; Emily Shira received cum laude honors, and Sam Wittman received summa cum laude honors and a Gold Medal for his perfect score.
10 student athletes signed to play sports for a college or university
2 graduates received the OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarship award; they are Matthaus Ayers and Gretchen Bruggeman
2 graduates received the OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award; they are Tommy Redinger and Emily Shira
2 graduates received the NFHS National Award of Excellence certificate; they are Grace Kauth and Austin Piatt.
1 graduate received the OHSAA Courageous Student Award; he is Brandon Payne.
21 graduates served as Kairos retreat leaders
46 graduates are members of the National Honor Society
24 graduates are Presidential Academic Award Recipients
8 graduates are Presidential Achievement Award Recipients
This year's graduates will be attending 44 colleges and universities, with a majority of the graduates attending colleges and universities in Ohio including the University of Dayton, Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College and Wright State University. Graduates will also be attending post-secondary institutions across the nation including the University of Kansas, University of Pittsburgh, University of Notre Dame, and Saint Mary’s College.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Chaminade Julienne is pleased to announce teacher Laura Eloe, in her 29th year at CJ, will present this year’s Commencement Address. Laura and her husband Paul, a professor of mathematics at the University of Dayton, are residents of Xenia and their two children Nate ’06 and Katie ’09 are graduates of CJ. In addition to teaching math and religion courses CJ, Laura has also taught math at UD and Utah State University.

FOUR-YEAR VARSITY LETTERWINNERS
Twenty-three student athletes graduating in the class of 2013 earned varsity letters in a particular sport during all four years at CJ. 

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English Teacher Wins Sr. Stang Award

For the fourth consecutive school year, a member of the Chaminade Julienne community was recognized by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for living out the legacy of one of its most beloved alumnae.

English teacher Molly Bardine was named a recipient of the 2013 Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang Award. The award is given to Catholic faculty members, parish lay ministers, and graduating high school seniors who work to advance social justice by demonstrating the values of martyr Sr. Dorothy, SNDdeN, a 1949 graduate of Julienne High School – a CJ predecessor school.

Pam Long, regional director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Catholic Social Action office, presented the award to Bardine after an all-school Mass at Emmanuel Catholic Church on May 22. The award was implemented in 2010 to honor the five-year remembrance of Sr. Stang’s tragic death. The Dayton native served the poor and marginalized people of the Brazilian Amazon, who were continually subjected to abuse and oppression from loggers and landowners, for nearly 30 years until her murder in 2005.

“Molly incorporates the Sisters of Notre Dame charism in everything she does — in her personal life, in the way she interacts with students, in determining curriculum as the English department chair,” wrote Nancy Dever, CJ math teacher, in her nomination letter.

“She truly seeks to keep alive the memory and ministry of Sr. Dorothy Stang, especially through her desire that the students of Chaminade Julienne learn about social justice issues and are able to come to the realization that one person can make a difference.”

In 20 years as a CJ faculty member, Bardine has worked to cultivate and teach students from a global, faith-based perspective. She serves as co-chair of the school’s Mission Integration Team (MIT) and has implemented the annual Stang Symposium (which most notably featured Sr. Dorothy biographer Binka Le Breton in 2009), spearheaded the new Senior Capstone Project in 2012-13, and twice attended the national SND Education Conference (most recently during the summer of 2012).

“When I asked some of her students why they thought Mrs. Bardine would be nominated for such an honor,” Dever wrote, “they said: she’s passionate and insightful; she shares with us how important Mary is in her life; she talks about the importance of her family, and she sees her students as an extension of her family; in her class, it’s not just about grades, it’s about life lessons.”

Molly and her husband Bryan, an associate professor at the University of Dayton, are residents of Kettering. Their daughters Katherine and Allison attend Holy Angels Catholic Elementary School in Dayton.

Previous Chaminade Julienne recipients include 2010 graduate Cora Harrison, religion teacher Mick Mominee and guidance counselor Susan Eichenauer.

Ohio Senators Commend CJ Science Teacher

State Senators Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) announced that Amanda Ooten, an AP Biology teacher at Chaminade Julienne, won for her school $1,000 and a microscope through the “Make My LabWoRx” contest. Her winning video and lesson plan demonstrate how nerves transmit signals through the body.

Make My LabWoRx is the latest initiative from Science WoRx, a mentoring and online resource network for science teachers sponsored by Astellas Pharma US, Inc. The 2013 Make My LabWoRx contest kicked off with seven qualifying rounds across the U.S.

The winners of the qualifying rounds, including Chaminade Julienne, have advanced to the final round of the competition on Facebook. In the final round, the teacher whose entry earns the most votes will win his or her school a grand prize of a gift certificate worth $5,000 for additional lab equipment.

“It is critically important that American students can compete with their global peers in the STEM disciplines. We are proud of the work being done by the science teachers across the region and wish Amanda Ooten success at the national level,” said Lehner.

“It is crucial that we support and encourage innovative teachers like Mrs. Ooten who make science come alive,” said Beagle. “Successful science students today make the engineers, chemists and technicians our economy needs for the jobs of tomorrow.”

“At Astellas, we all recall that moment when we knew that we wanted to dedicate our lives to scientific pursuits,” said Masao Yoshida, President and CEO of Astellas Pharma, Inc. “It brings us great pleasure to witness these remarkable teachers creating those moments for their students. We congratulate Mrs. Ooten and the winners of all of the Make My LabWoRx qualifying rounds, and wish them the best of luck in the final round of the competition.”

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Philanthropy Club Supports Non-profits

It’s no secret that service to others is synonymous with a CJ education, but guidance counselor Susan Eichenauer wanted students to learn even more about poverty in the local community, as well as what it takes for different organizations to serve those in need. She also wanted to introduce a new way for students to support those whose mission it is to help others, so she invited 10 students to join the newly formed philanthropy club.

The club is a member of Magnified Giving, a Cincinnati-based program founded by Roger Grein, which provides focus and structure for the club.

“It is learn-as-you-go,” said Eichenauer. “In this first year at CJ, we are all testing the waters. Mainly, we wanted to help the Dayton community which is what I really liked.”

The program seeks to inspire and engage students while “magnifying the impact of philanthropy,” according to magnifiedgiving.org. The group provides hands-on philanthropy education for students, and grant money for organizations that are selected as winning recipients by club members — no easy task to accomplish.

After deciding that they wanted to choose an organization that served children, the CJ group narrowed down their long list of worthy organizations to 10. That meant club members would research, visit, and become involved with service at each of the 10 sites — all to determine which organization would receive the $1,500 in grant money. The experience was eye-opening for LiNan McSherry ‘15 and fellow club member Megan Murray ‘14.

“I learned that this program is really big in Cincinnati and that we are the first to do this in Dayton,” McSherry said. “Many non-profits are run by volunteers and not paid staff. They are all about helping those in poverty. We learned about the many services they all provide.

“If these agencies were not in Dayton, then there would be a lot more need. Those needing medical attention would not get it. Catholic Social Services’ food pantry serves thousands. If we didn’t have that, a lot more people would be going hungry.”

Murray agrees saying that so many in the community are providing a tremendous amount of services, and that it is hard to decide who will receive the grant money.

“It’s difficult to choose. You have to decide what to focus on and there is no wrong or right choice, but our club has to decide. We go out to the sites and get a feel for how they help others. We take a look at how different places use resources, money and volunteers. We end up seeing how they impact so many.

“At the Catholic Social Services food pantry, you walk people around and help them pick out food that they like rather than just handing them a bag of food that might go to waste. We had the opportunity to interact with the people who came,” Murray said.

“Sometimes you don’t get to see the people you are helping at other places. They came in with suitcases that they walked around with all day. They were so grateful.”

To close out the club’s inaugural year, members attended the Magnified Giving Student Philanthropy Program 2013 Award Ceremony on April 30 in Cincinnati along with other clubs from across Ohio and Northern Kentucky and representatives from agencies that were awarded grants this year. Sitting at CJ’s table this year were grant recipients: Daybreak ($1,000) and Dakota Center, Inc. ($500).

“Choosing how to spend the grant was the hardest part of the grant process,” said McSherry. “All the organizations that we chose, we chose for a reason — they helped people in the greater Dayton area. However, our group chose Daybreak and the Dakota Center because we felt that they helped people short term and long term.

“On one hand you have Daybreak that houses, feeds, and offers emotional stability to young adults, teens, and women. And then you have the Dakota Center which helps little kids who are less fortunate and do not have the extra curriculars that most children are able to have.”

According to Eichenauer, club participants gained an understanding of the operation of non-profit agencies from the experience and had the opportunity to meet Magnified Giving founder, Roger Grein, who did not let personal setback become an excuse for not helping others. “I hope when presented with obstacles in their future, they learn that they can persevere and overcome what life throws at them.”

Montgomery Co. Recognizes Recyclers

The Montgomery County Solid Waste District recognized recycling efforts by the CJ community and fellow Miami Valley students at its 2013 spring Awards Ceremony.

Area elementary, middle and high school students were recognized for their participation in three county-wide contests, each aimed at raising environmental awareness, on May 18 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Among honorees, nine CJ students placed or won two of the three contest. Winners walked away with award plaques and tickets to a Dayton Dragons game.

Freshmen Allison Huffman, Will Huffman and Lili Kaminski finished first, second and third respectively in the 8-9th grade category of the 13th annual Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Poetry Contest. Contestants wrote with an environmental theme, covering topics such as litter prevention and urban beautification. According to www.mcohio.org, students from 29 schools submitted more than 250 poems this year.

In the 21st annual Recycled Sculpture Contest, two teams of CJ students designed and built artistic creations using only recycled woods, paper, plastic and plastics. Their entrees, titled “A Fish out of Water” by Amanda Draeger '16 and Halle Mason '16, and “Butterflies Fly Free” by Peter Evans '13, David Marshall '15, Isabela Rougeux '14, and Annelise Wilimitis '14, took first and second place respectively in the 9-12th grade team category. More than 1,300 students in grades K-12 from 20 different Montgomery County schools entered sculptures this year.

For more informaion about the contests, visit http://www.mcohio.org/newsdetail1035.html.

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Nine Celebrate Teaching Milestones in 2013

Nine faculty members celebrated milestones in Catholic education last Tuesday at the annual Teacher Recognition Banquet, sponsored by the Miami Valley Catholic Education Council, including one of CJ's longest tenured faculty members who has served his alma mater since 1973.

Forty years ago, John Zaidain ‘68 began teaching and coaching the Eagles full-time after volunteering as an assistant with the football team during two of his four years at the University of Dayton. Since then, he has taught social studies and physical education; coached football, tennis, and volleyball; served short stints as assistant and co-athletic director; and was elected to the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame.

“John Zaidain is part of the fabric of CJ and has been since his freshman year at Chaminade in 1964,” said fellow faculty member of 33 years Jim Brooks, English teacher. John and his wife Kathy are the parents of CJ graduates Jessica '02 and Joanna '05.

“John is one of those people who always believed,” said Peg Regan ‘73. “He has given constantly throughout the past 40 years to help make CJ the successful institution it is today. He treats all people with respect and makes his students and players feel valued. He has been willing to take on any task asked of him, whether it be teach a different subject or coach a new sport. He is a real role model for me in showing how to truly serve CJ.”

A Spanish teacher and the foreign language department chair, Peg herself celebrated 35 years of teaching, all of which have also come at her alma mater. She and husband Jim Brooks are also parents of two CJ graduates, Colleen ‘10 and Carmen ‘11. Peg’s sister Kathleen Zehenny is an administrative assistant in the athletic office, and her father Ed Regan ‘40 was a longtime faculty member and coach at Chaminade.

John and Peg are both well-respected and cherished members of the CJ community, and each is responsible for programs and opportunities enjoyed by students to this day. In 1982, Peg made international travel a staple of foreign language curriculum, organizing trips to Mexico and Spain. More recently, John established the very popular summer physical education program, which allows students -- especially incoming freshmen -- the chance to meet new friends and fulfill gym requirements in a fun way before the start of school.

Others celebrating milestones included:

  • Molly Bardine, 20 years of service: The English department chair initiated and orgainzes the annual Sr. Dorothy Stang Symposium. She began her career at CJ as a student-teacher in 1990. Many of Molly’s family members graduated from CJ predecessor schools.
  • Andy Helms, 15 years of service: Andy has coached football and taught business and Project Lead the Way engineering courses during his 7 years at CJ. He is the father of sophomore Addi and future Eagle Tucker, a soon-to-be member of the class of 2017.
  • Marilyn McCrate, 15 years of service: Marilyn splits time working as an assistant director of Ministry & Service and teaching religion. She and her husband Tom belong to a lay Marainist community and are parishioners at Queen of Apostles.
  • Jenny Secor, 15 years of service (not pictured): Jenny has been a part-time math teacher at CJ since 1998 and says she “continues to love being part of this faith-based community.”
  • Gina Harrington, 10 years of service: Gina serves at the director of library services. She has also helped coach Eagles’ soccer, bowling and swimming teams. Her children Scott ‘16, Katy ‘15 and Nathan ‘13 are all current CJ students.
  • Brett Chmiel ‘02, 6 years of service: Brett began working for his alma mater as an assistant director in the office of ministry and service. He has served in his current position as director of admissions since the 2010-11 school year.
  • Meg Draeger, 5 years of service: Meg coordinates CJ’s innovative STEMM (science, technology, math and medicine) program. Her daughters Amanda ‘16 and Emily ‘13 are both students at CJ. At this year’s Teacher Recongition Banquet, Meg also received an Innovative Teaching Grant for her proposal, Toys for God’s Kids.
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Assembly Recognizes Servant Leaders

Chaminade Julienne celebrated the value of volunteering at the school’s seventh annual Service Awards assembly May 8.

For the second consecutive school year, members of the CJ community donated in excess of 10,000 volunteer hours over and above what is required through religion curriculum. The total represents a contribution just shy of a quarter of a million dollars in today’s economy.

“Our whole school community has given a total of 10,546 hours of service to our broader community,” announced Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service. “According to the Independent Sector, the value of an hour of volunteering is $22.14. In other words, your service has contributed $233,488 to our local, national and international communities.”

Measured in dollars and cents, the value of students’ efforts is impressive. But more worthy of recognition, said Kinnear, is the example being set by students to voluntarily lead as people of compassion, integrity and faith, especially in a society that too often focuses on “the negativity, the hatred and the violence” that can dominate our worldview.

“I see many of you, our CJ students, choosing to live lives of service and faith. Whether you realize it or not, you are living out our school’s mission,” Kinnear told those in attendance. “We are here today to honor your choice to turn the negativity around.”

Special guest Linda Corey Simpson, a specialist from Hospice of Dayton, joined in the celebration by personally recognizing seven students who combined to give 258 hours of service to the Wilmington Avenue end-of-life care center in 2012.

“[Our organization] couldn’t survive without the dedication and determination of our volunteers,” Simpson said. The contribution by CJ students represented 32 percent of all volunteers hours recorded at Hospice last year, she said.

Among other guests were 25 youngsters from Ruskin Elementary and Immaculate Conception, who participated in the Little Sibs Program with CJ juniors and seniors this school year. Every Thursday, the “big siblings” from CJ visited their “littles” for the afternoon.

“The positive relationships that are formed are often life-changing – for both the Littles and their Big Sibs,” said Marilyn McCrate, assistant director of ministry and service. The program is in its 17th year at CJ.

Individuals recognized for their servant leadership included:

  • Seniors Danielle Gerhard-Scott, Nikki Northern and Taylor Zidaroff who received the Red Cord Honor Certificate of Achievement from the Community Blood Center for donating blood at least three times during their high school careers at the annual CJ Blood Drive.
  • Seniors Cole Retzloff and Maya Manson who each accumulated a school record of more than 800 volunteer hours during their four years at CJ.
  • Senior Mikaela Hadaway, a recipient of the 2013 Dayton LaSertoma Youth Service Award. More details >
  • Junior Kaitlin Blanchard, recipient of the Sr. Ruth Ann Bange Service Award. This award annually goes to the junior who exhibits the commitment and spirit of Sr. Ruth Ann, a Sister of Notre Dame who served on the faculty at CJ for 26 years.
  • Sophomore LiNan McSherry, recipient of the George Early Scholarship. This award annually goes to the sophomore who has distinguished himself or herself as a servant leader. The scholarship is named in honor of Geroge Early, who devoted 50 years of his life to the students, teachers, parents, and alumni of Chaminade and CJ as a teacher.
  • Thirty-nine students who received the CJ Bronze Award for completing 25 to 49 volunteer hours in the past year.
  • Fifty-five students who received the CJ Silver Service Award for completing 50 to 99 volunteer hours in the past year.
  • Twenty-six students who recieved the CJ Gold Service Award for completing 100 or more volunteer hours in the past year.
  • And all 13 participants who took part in the Senior Capstone Project, a cross-curricular pilot between the English and religion departments. 

Say a Prayer for Moms this Sunday

Join students and members of CJ’s Right to Life group in saying a special prayer this Mother’s Day for the women who welcomed us into the world.

The Lifeguards, a pro-life student organization, spent the school week leading up to Sunday, May 12 preparing appreciations and sharing reflections with their classmates. According to Lifeguards moderator Karen Emmerich, religion teacher, the focus of the group’s effort was to show gratitude for moms and the gifts they give, especially the most important gift of all -- life.

As part of the celebration, the Lifeguards supplied materials to students interested in making Mother’s Day cards during lunch periods Thursday afternoon. Members also made and sold tissue paper flowers as gifts, and donated the proceeds to Elizabeth’s New Life Center.

Reminders of a mother’s love were also present on the locker signs the Lifeguards posted and in the special prayers read before school during morning announcements.

“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers,” reads one locker sign quoting famous children's author Rudyard Kipling. Signs included quotes, Bible verses and statistics about motherhood.

This Mother’s Day, the Lifeguards invite you to share one of the daily prayers from the week with someone you love. Read each below, or download the full page of prayers.

MONDAY
A blessing and prayer tribute to all mothers
Blessed be all mothers
Who have come into our lives
Whose kindness, care and loving
Remain with us to guide.
Your inspiration in us
Made us strive in every way
Especially to remember
Helping others makes our day.
Mothers, this little tribute
Flows directly from my heart
You are so loved and cherished
Invaluable, one and all, you are.

TUESDAY
Gratitude for my Mother
Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me.

Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.

Most of all, Lord, give my mother the graces she most needs and desires today. I ask you this, in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior forever and ever.

WEDNESDAY
A Mothers' Day Prayer
I thank you, Creator of us all, for my mother.

I thank you that she gave me life and nurtured me all those years. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. She taught me that it was okay to cry and that I should always tell the truth.

Bless her with the graces she needs and which you want to give her today. Help her to feel precious in your eyes today and to know that I love her. Give her strength and courage, compassion and peace.

Bless her this day with your love.

THURSDAY
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"Lord, thank you for blessing me with my mom. I know sometimes I am not the perfect child. I know I challenge her a lot with my views and actions, but I also know that You have given me to her so she can love me.

I pray, Lord, that you continue to bless her with patience for me as I grow up and become more independent. I ask You to give her a sense of peace about my choices and to allow us to talk about the things that sometimes come between us.

I also ask, Lord, for you to comfort her and give her happiness in the areas of her life where she needs You most. I pray that You continue to bless her relationships and ask for her to have joy and success in the things she wants to do and achieve.

Lord, I also ask for You to bless me with wisdom, love, and understanding for my mom. I pray that You give me a heart that continues to love my mother and open up my mind to what she wants for me. Let me not take for granted the sacrifices she has made for me. I ask for You to bless me with patience in times when I do not understand, and the openness to show my love for her.

Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with my mother. I pray for continued blessings on my family and all the things we do for one another. In Your name, Amen."

FRIDAY
A Prayer for Mothers
Good and Gentle God, we pray in gratitude for our mothers and for all the women of history who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing forth new life. You who became human through a woman, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings.

Give them the strength to live and to be loved in return, not perfectly, but humanly. Give them the faithful support of family and friends as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children. Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of motherhood. Most of all, give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most.

Amen.

Dayton Organizations Recognize CJ Students

Three Dayton area organizations are honoring Chaminade Julienne students with special awards for their accomplishments, volunteerism and moral character during the final three months of the 2012-13 school year.

DAYTON BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU (BBB)
Student Body president Clare Geraghty ‘13 was named a 2013 Student of Integrity by the BBB Center for Business and Consumer Ethics. The CJ senior is one of seven students, selected from a pool of more than 70 applicants in the Miami Valley, who will be recognized for her high moral character and strong code of ethics during the Eclipse Integrity Awards on May 14.

This special awards dinner, hosted downtown at the David H. Ponitz Center, is considered one of the most prestigious business events of the year with more than 500 business and community leaders in attendance. Geraghty, who received early acceptance to the University of Notre Dame, will be honored with a $1,000 college scholarship during the 7 p.m. presentation. BBB anounces winners >

UNITED WAY OF THE GREATER DAYTON AREA
Geraghty along with fellow classmates Bobby Krupa ‘14, Kathryn Marshall ‘13, and sisters Maya ‘13 and Mariah ‘13 Manson were among 14 area high schoolers nominated and chosen to receive the Outstanding Student Award from the Dayton United Way.

Winners, selected by the organization’s Youth Changing the World Youth Council, were honored April 19 at the Global Youth Service Day Kick-Off Celebration hosted at the YWCA Dayton on West Thrid Street. Each student received a laptop computer on stage during the ceremony and had the opportunity to meet Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell (pictured above). View a photo album on Facebook >

THE LASERTOMA CLUB OF DAYTON
Senior Mikaela Hadaway was one of 29 high school students from Montgomery and Preble Counties recognized by the LaSertoma Club of Dayton for her leadership and service to the community. The Kettering resident was honored March 6 during the organization’s 53rd Annual Youth Service Awards Banquet at the Presidential Banquet Center. Hadaway has completed almost 200 volunteer hours above religion service requirement during her four years at CJ. She also participated in piloting the Senior Capstone Project this year.

Dayton LaSertoma is part of LaSertoma International, which has been focused on on meeting youth and community needs, providing person-to-person assistance, and awarding scholarships for more than 80 years. Our city’s local chapter annually holds the organizatoin’s largest service awards program.

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Eagles' Rower Earns Gold Wings

Chaminade Julienne rower Lydia Schmitt earned her gold wings May 2, signing a National Letter of Intent to join the Golden Eagles crew team at the University of Charleston.

Schmitt intends to study nursing at the private, NCAA Division II college in Charleston, W. Va. She will compete in the newly-created Mountain East Conference for the 2013-14 school year as part of the university’s transition out of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

The CJ senior first started competing on the water with the Dayton Boat Club (DBC) in 7th grade. During her junior season last year, she was named the team’s most improved rower and was part of the Eagles’ lightweight four boat that placed sixth in the 2012 USRowing Youth Nationals competition.

CJ men’s and women’s crew athletes compete as members of the DBC, under the direction of coaches Mike and Trish Miles. The program has produced at least one college signee from Chaminade Julienne every year since 2006. Earlier this fall, fellow senior Gretchen Bruggeman signed with Notre Dame.

The Eagles next take to the water May 18-19 at the Midwest Junior Championships on Harha Lake, located in East Fork State Park near Cincinnati.

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