April 2010

Quiz Bowl Places 4th

CJ's varsity quiz bowl team competed against Ohio's best on Saturday, April 24 at the State Regionals. The team placed 4th out of 17 teams, falling to the two teams who will advance to State Finals on May 1--Walnut Hills and Sycamore schools. This is the fifth year that CJ's team has competed in State Regionals out of its six-year history. "This is the furthest that we've ever been in the Regional, we've just never made it to the final round," said moderator, Jim Sparrow.

"It was a great season, and we did place higher this year than other other Catholic high school in our region."

The 2009-10 season ended with all three teams finishing without a loss in their league: Varsity 11-0; 1st Reserve 6-0; and 2nd Reserve 4-0, with Varsity capturing its fourth straight GCAL Championship on February 23, 2010. The team won the Regional qualifier March 13 at the Cincinnati State Open Tournament where they were pitted against league rivals as well as public schools.

"We knew we were going to see some pretty good Cincinnati schools," said Sparrow. "They were pretty close matches. We beat Lakota West by one point to go finals."

State Regionals are set up for 16 teams to run against each other in elimination rounds. CJ's team qualified for State by winning the winter tournament, though the team would have been eligible as GCAL champions.

Sparrow said that his personal goal as moderator and goal for the team this year was one in the same, "I'd like to win the State Championship." And every Tuesday and Thursday morning before school started, the team convened to sharpen their playing skills and test their knowledge on bits of information cross-curriculum and cross-culture.

When CJ does claim the State Championship trophy as its own, Sparrow joked that he would reevaluate his position as moderator of the team. "After all," he said,  "Jim Brown and Rocky Marciano quit when they were on top."

However, it doesn't seem like retirement from quiz bowl is in Sparrow's near future. With or without the big win this year, he already has his eye on promising championship talent from this year's sophomore class.

CJ Members Join the Deaconate

Through the Liturgy of Ordination of Deacons on Saturday, April 24, CJ gained the blessed benefit of having two ordained clergy on staff. After years of study and completion of the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program as well as three years in Deaconate Formation.

Brian Campos, development database coordinator, and Jim Walworth, director of development, will be ordained as permanent deacons by Archbishop Dennis Schnurr through prayers and laying of hands. During the ceremony celebrated at Immaculate Conception in Dayton, 33 men were ordained as permanent deacons and three as transitional deacons in the process of becoming priests next year.

Before beginning his five years of preparation to become a member of the deaconate, Campos was discerning a call to the priesthood when he met Corrina, who would later become his wife. Even in marriage, there was no doubt in Campos's mind that he would become a permanent deacon--honoring God's call in his life to serve the Church in a much deeper way. "I never looked at becoming a deacon as a step down. It was just a different way to serve God and the Church," he said.

"The call to ordination is something that has been with me throughout my adult life. There were times when I tried to step away from it, but God's calling always brings you back."

An eight-year member of Ascension Church, Campos plans to continue enriching his prayer life through the Liturgy of the Hours, and serve parishioners through officiating at sacraments celebrated outside of Mass. He looks forward to working with sick and the homebound, bringing them the Eucharist and praying the Liturgy of the Word with them. He also looks forward to assisting with Masses as deacon at CJ and is open to other possibilities as they arise, including the possibility of teaching religion in the archdiocese.

"I'm young and I think there is going to be a lot of room and time for my ministry to unfold. I'm trying to remain open to what God wants me to do. That could mean ending up in Guatemala in 10 years. There's just no way of telling."

Jim Walworth's call to ministry began 25 years ago when his pastor at St. Paul in Englewood, Ohio and asked him to consider becoming a deacon. "I said, 'no,' but it planted a seed that kept coming back to me.

"I kept pushing the thought aside until six-and-a half years ago, when a friend of mine from NCR passed away suddenly."

Walworth said that losing his friend caused him to think about life and how people tend to take time on Earth for granted. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in 2003, he approached Fr. Dan Meyer, pastor of Holy Angels Church about becoming a member of the deaconate.

During his first three years earning a Masters in Pastoral Ministry at the University of Dayton, Walworth said that he struggled with the idea of whether or not his calling was a real one. By the time he had earned his degree in July 2007, his heart and mind had settled on an answer.

"It was a real call, and I had to follow it," he said. Walworth then began the deaconate formation program at the Athenaeum in September 2007 and for three years has spent every other weekend, plus some, at the institution preparing for ordination.

Through the years, Walworth said that he has begun a devotion to Mary, receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis, and a "deepening awe for the Word of God and the Eucharist. These are things that I carry within me."

Upon ordination, Walworth looks forward to serving the Church in various ways including assisting with Mass and officiating at baptisms, weddings and funerals. "Through this ministry, God is placing me at important moments in peoples' lives."

He also believes that becoming a deacon is an important part of why he accepted the position of director of development at Chaminade Julienne in August 2008. In seeking a new position, he wanted to become a member of a Catholic institution that could benefit by his professional background and by the Catholic formation education he was receiving.

"It's such a blessing to be part of CJ—a faith-filled community," he said. "Through my deaconate ministry, I am able to assist outside of my responsibilities as the school's director of development."

For the past year and a half, Walworth has helped with faculty and staff Masses, and chaperoned a summer mission trip last year. He intends to do both this coming year in addition to his newer duties of coordinating the efforts of the Mission Effectiveness Advisory Council.

"The permanent deacon is regarded as an essential part of the Church in the ministry of the altar, the Word and charity. With Brian and I, CJ will now have ordained clergy back on staff," he said, though he believes that this ministry has the potential to expand within the school. "I believe that there are a few other men on our staff who are at a place in their lives to discern God's call."

Shakespeare in the Courtyard

One mid-spring's afternoon at CJ--AP English Literature and Composition students breathed life into several of William Shakespeare's comedic acts. The courtyard was the stage for this open interpretation of the comedic work, "A Mid-Summer's Night Dream."

“It’s fun to see how the class interprets the play,” said Molly Bardine, English teacher. who has been coordinating this outdoor drama now for eight years. “Students always walk away with a greater understanding of what makes the play so humorous.”

“It was so much fun!” senior Beth VanDorpe commented. “Everyone loved performing and it helps us understand what Shakespeare was saying through different perspectives and laughter.”

Laughter and smiles filled the CJ courtyard as these students of the "Bard(ine)" added their own twists on meaning to the presentations.

“What was funny in Shakespeare’s time, is still funny today,” Bardine said. “I love having a chance to bring comedy into the curriculum. My class looks forward to it each year.”

Duo Signs with Cleveland State

Seniors Madeline Kaminski and Micaela Cronin both signed letters of intent on April 16 with Cleveland State University to play golf for the Vikings. Both are receiving full athletic grants to attend the D-1 school.

For the past three years, the duo has shared the responsibilities of being co-captains of the young CJ squad which began competing as a varsity team three years ago. Coach George Menker sited their leadership as a driving force that helped propel the team to runner’s up in the Greater Girls Cincinnati Grey Division in 2008 and top placers in 2009. The team ended the year with a 6th place finish at State in a field of 135 schools and awarded their co-captains each with MVP titles for the third year in a row.

Both girls hold school records. Cronin has a 9-hole record of 34, while Kaminski holds the 18-hole score of 76 and a 9-hole season average of 40.1. In addition to team awards, the girls finish their high school careers each with three All-Star Team nominations for both the Greater Girls Cincinnati League and West Central Ohio Girls Golf Coaches Association. Both were named 2009 Southwest District All Star 1st Team and 2009 All Ohio Academics.

The girls first met when they were in kindergarten and look forward to continuing their education and athletic tracts together in college. “We’re good friends and we love playing the sport together,” said Cronin.

“It’s worked out well for us in high school, we’ll keep it going in college,” added Kaminski.

Kaminski plans to study pre-medicine and is the daughter of Douglas and Constance of Kettering. Cronin plans to study pre-physical therapy and is the daughter of David and Joanne of Oakwood.

Eleven CJ students have signed to play sports for their respective colleges and universities next year. They are:

  • Laron Brown, Texas Southern (football)
  • Molly Bruggeman, University of Notre Dame (rowing)
  • Micaela Cronin, Cleveland State (golf)
  • Ally Flynn, Georgetown University (rowing)
  • Josh Garner, Youngstown State (football)
  • Lizzie Gleason, University of Dayton (cross country)
  • Andy Jomantas, NC State (football)
  • Madeline Kaminski, Cleveland State (golf)
  • Matt Vest, Wright State University (basketball)
  • Mileah Walker, Howard University (basketball)
  • Samarie Walker, University of Connecticut (basketball)

Concert Choir Shines

CJ's concert choir earned excellent scores at the 20th annual Archdiocesan Choral Festival held March 24. More than ten choirs with members ranging in grades two through twelve, participated. CJ's choir sang two popular selections from their previous concerts; Dona Nobis Pacem, which translates into Grant Us Peace, and Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, a gospel interpretation of Beethoven's Hymn to Joy. The student choirs were judged by two important adjudicators, and CJ's choir received ratings of excellent and superior—the highest score available.

"This was an amazing opportunity for a growing program," said Debi Schutt, the conductor of the concert choir, "We were able to show that CJ's performing arts are truly something to watch!"

by Cari Meixner '12

Student Conditioning Center Update

A month and a half into the working phase of the Student Conditioning Center, the design is now complete and the construction is well underway. The west wall of the building was demolished and reframed with structural steel as the new entrance to the complex, and the roof was replaced after adding insulation. Other construction mileposts reached are:

  • Water service for the fire suppression system and the domestic water service has been tapped at the street by the City of Dayton. The service has been extended into the building under the slab and foundation and up into the mechanical room.
  • Footings for the plaza on the west end of the building have been placed and foundation walls have been formed.
  • The masonry contractor has begun the fill-in of the pedestrian and loading dock doors, and construction of the masonry along the new entrance at the west end of the building.
  • Cabling and devices for the security system are being installed.
  • The fire suppression system has been “roughed-in”.
  • Plumbing, mechanical, and electrical system design have been completed and submitted to the City of Dayton.