December 2017

Two Groups Represent CJ at Financial Investing Competition

For a third year in a row, Chaminade Julienne was represented at the University of Dayton’s Davis Center portfolio high school competition. The competition challenged students from four area high schools to invest in stocks and come away with the biggest profit. Students in CJ’s financial investing class split into small groups, and two of those groups did well enough to advance to the final round at UD.

The two finalist teams were “Stratton Oakmont” consisting of Micah Marshall ‘18, Riley Mason ‘18, and Will Slaybaugh ‘18 and “Sales R Us” consisting of Cheyenne Coyle ‘18, Madeline Denman ‘18, and Ben Thomas ‘18.

“What first got me interested into this class was my dad, he had majored in this and accounting,” reflected Thomas. “Also, I've always been interested ever since I watched the movie Wolf of Wall Street and how Jordan Belfort made so much money — I wished that I could do the same sometime. I knew a lot about the stock market because of my dad also watching the NASDAQ on TV and trying to explain what to invest in and what not to.”

“I was interested in financial investing so that I could know how to invest in and prepare for my future,” shared Marshall. “I knew about it as a whole, but I didn't trust my own knowledge to yet invest in the stock market before.”

Members from both teams shared which stocks helped make them successful.

“Some of our stock choices where the basics in our everyday lives like Dunkin Donuts and Ulta Beauty, but we also chose some stocks that we had no idea about,” Thomas said. “Our biggest winner was USA Trucking and our biggest loser was Frontier Communications.”

“Some of our biggest successes were PayPal and Health Insurance Innovations and our biggest loss was Akcea Therapeutics,” Marshall added.

At UD, a combination of the top 10 groups’ portfolio performance and presentation scores determined the overall winner. “Sales R Us” placed sixth overall and “Stratton Oakmont” placed seventh overall.

“My favorite part of this project was working on a challenging project with my friends and learning how to invest safely,” Marshall reflected. “I think I will use this in the future in the stock market, but I will not go into financing.”

Thomas added, “I have not really thought about taking this further, but this is my favorite class and I am very interested in trying to actually invest in stocks with real money in the future.”

Posted December 14, 2017


Cellist Chosen for College Musical Festival

A freshman was recently selected to be a part of the Ohio University Honor Choir & Orchestra. Lily Davis '21 plays many instruments, including violin, trumpet, piano and ukulele, but she was chosen to play her cello at the Honor Choir & Orchestra Festival.

"I found out about the festival through my cello teacher, Dr. Linda Katz," David said. "I had to audition for Professor Steven Huang, Director of Orchestral Activities at OU, via Skype. They provided excerpts from the songs we were going to be playing and I played those for the audition. I found out soon after that I was selected."

Orchestra members worked with Professor Huang and Dr. Bradley Naylor, Director of Choral Activities at OU, for less than two days before performing at the festival. 

"While we were there, we spent most of the time rehearsing and practicing with master teachers," Davis shared. "We also had some free time to explore the campus and we got to eat in the student dining hall."

Additionally, Davis and other students participated in master classes and performances with the OU faculty. 

Davis added, "My favorite part was the concert on Saturday because we got to see all of our hard work put together. It was fun to be a part of an orchestra with other high school students from other areas of Ohio."

The festival included the musical performances of Allegro non molto from The Four Seasons: Winter (Vivaldi), Carnival of Animals (Saint-Saëns) and Night on Bald Mountain (Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov ed.). Davis said she enjoyed this experience and hopes to participate in it again next year.

Posted December 6, 2017

2017 Writing Awards Winners Announced

For more than 30 years, students have submitted short story, essay, flash fiction and poetry pieces to the school's annual writing contest. The competition, started by retired teacher Jim Brooks, was taken over this year by English teacher Katlyn DeLong '98.

"I participated in the contest when I was a student, but I can't remember if I won," reflected DeLong. "I talked about it with my siblings and my little brother remembers winning."

This year, more than 430 entries were submitted. While freshmen and sophomores in honors English classes were required to submit a piece, the contest was open to all students. DeLong recruited readers, including many outside the walls of CJ, to help judge the pieces.

"We read the entries blind," shared DeLong. "Students completed an entry form with their name on it but their name was not on their work anywhere else. 

"When it came out that three of the four overall winners were freshmen, it was shocking," DeLong continued. "We made a few changes from last year by combining all grade levels. We thought the seniors would sweep the categories but the opposite happened."

Winners from this year's contest were:

Short Story

  • First Place: Carolyn Marshall '21 "Secure"
  • Second Place: John Lander '20, "Another Day at the Office"
  • Third Place: Erin McGraw '20 "Chocolate""
  • Honorable Mention: Selena Aungst '18 "An Incendiary Quest"
  • Honorable Mention: Nikki Gabriel '18 "This Must be What Death Feels Like"
  • Honorable Mention: Sarah Hartley '18 "Paradise"

Flash Fiction

  • First Place: Grace Delaney '21 "The Strange Room"
  • Second Place: Haley Kraft '19 "It's Okay"
  • Third Place: Olivia Boch '18 "A New Start"
  • Honorable Mention: Veronica Stephens '19 "My Beloved Sun"
  • Honorable Mention: Jacob Fisher '18 "Penalties"
  • Honorable Mention: Timothy Lehner '20 "The Cottage in the Crater"


  • First Place: Aidan Kelly '21 "Sunshine Smile"
  • Second Place: Kate Schinaman '21 "The Sun Still Shines"
  • Third Place: Natalie Feucht '18 "Grandma Betty"
  • Honorable Mention: Pasquale Cristiano '21 "The King and the Pawn"
  • Honorable Mention: Allie Bardine '21 "A Crazy Florida Relative"
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Peltier '18 "This I Believe--The Way of Life"


  • First Place: Madeline Hofstetter '20 "What They Did, What They Continue to Do" and "Mother vs. Mother Nature"
  • Second Place: Elizabeth Blackshire '20 "Summertime" and "Wintertime"
  • Third Place: Andrew Buchanan '18 "My Honest Poem" and "God"
  • Honorable Mention: Bethany Wilson  '20 "Ode to the Sun"
  • Honorable Mention: James Blackshire '19 "Sonnet 13" and "Blackboard" and "Lock and Key"
  • Honorable Mention: Ellie Reeves '20 "Spectator" and "Tepid Dreamer's (Undeserved) Recognition"

Congratulations to all participants!

Posted December 11, 2017



Category winners (L-R): Poetry, Essay, Flash Fiction and Short Story. Students not pictured in the large group photo: Grace Delaney, John Lander and Ellie Reeves.

Peltier Signs to Play Baseball at Ball State

From a young age, Ryan Peltier ‘18 knew he wanted to be a baseball player. Now, after starting for the Eagles for four years, he will continue his baseball career at Ball State University.

“It’s a dream come true,” Peltier shared. “I always thought about playing college baseball. I’m happy to do this.”

“He’s been striving for this his whole life,” CJ head baseball coach Mike Barhorst ‘85 added. “He has a heart of a champion. He plays hard and he always works to get better.”

Peltier, a shortstop and pitcher, signed his letter of intent to play for the Cardinals on Friday, December 1.

“This is a good opportunity for me,” Peltier said. “The Ball State coaches saw me play and gave me a great offer.”

Peltier was a key member of the Eagles’ baseball team during their run in the state tournament last school year, which ended with the Eagles being the state runner-up.

“He was one of our leaders last year and we look forward to him being a leader again this year,” Barhorst noted. “He helped the young guys along and hopefully we can make another run at the tournament.”

Along with being an asset on the baseball team, Peltier served as the football team’s quarterback.

“He could have played college football, for sure, but he told me three years ago that this was the route he was going,” reflected head football coach Marcus Colvin. “He has always had a love first for baseball and I’m just glad we were able to get him when we did — I’m so proud of him. I’m happy he has the opportunity to go to college and do something he loves to do.”

Peltier said he’s currently undecided about his field of study at Ball State.

Posted December 4, 2017


STEMM Idol: Megan Kelleher '03

An Eagle graduate came back to the nest to share how she has been able to combine her love of a foreign language with her career as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

Megan Kelleher ‘03 is a Canadian Sales Manager for BarSplice Products.

“I call customers in Canada, I make sales visits up there, I present presentations to structural engineering firms and I sell the product,” Kelleher shared.

Along with having to demonstrate technical expertise, marketing talent and sales skills, Kelleher is fluent in French, a language she enjoyed learning at CJ.

“I loved taking French and that’s what inspired me to use my language skills in my business career,” Kelleher reflected. “I’m thankful for that.”

Prior to her presentation, Kelleher said she hoped students would learn that things may not always go as you expect, and that’s OK.

“I wanted to share real life advice and not to be afraid to fail,” Kelleher said. “I’ve heard a lot of ‘nos’ but it’s true that if you keep persevering you will get there and meet your goals.”

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

Posted December 5, 2017


Fashion Club Hosts Free Tie Rental

With the CJ Christmas Dance approaching, members of the school's Fashion Club are hosting a free tie rental for male students.

"The idea came about because the Fashion Club president and vice president were kicking around ideas for things we could do at school that could help kids out," club advisor Dan Eiser said.

Eiser shared that since the male students most only wear ties a few times a year, and fashionable ties can be expensive, this alleviates a potential burden.

The Fashion Club members helped put out the call-to-action to get ties, and Eiser asked the school's faculty and staff for contributions too. In all, nearly 100 ties of all varieties and colors were collected.

"I was pretty happy with how it all came together," Eiser shared.

He added, "We used to do something similar with dresses, but we haven't done it in a few years. That may come back around Prom season, so we'll wait and see."

Male students interested in borrowing a tie for the Christmas Dance can visit Room 302 after school on Monday, December 4 or Tuesday, December 5 and sign one out. Ties are asked to be returned the week of December 13. Details about the Christmas Dance can be found here.

Posted December 1, 2017