March 2011

Feature Team of the Week

Leading off as CJ's first feature team of the spring, the varsity baseball team will open up GCL North play at Carroll Wednesday, March 30 and follow up with the feature game of the week Friday against Alter at Action Sports Center (directions) starting at 5 p.m.

The Eagles (1-0 overall, 0-0 GCL) got off to a hot start in 2011 on a chilly Tuesday evening March  29, putting up 25 runs in the season opener against Ponitz Career Technology Center while allowing none. This year’s squad—comprised of a good mix of sophomores, juniors and seniors—looks to improve on a disappointing 2010 season in which nine of the team’s losses were decided by three runs or less.

Q&A with the Captains

Get to know seniors Josh Marshall, OF; Adam Schmidt, P/INF; Tyler Rohrer, OF; and James Walker, P/OF (pictured left to right below) both on and away from the diamond in this Q&A session with the captains:

What is your best CJ baseball memory?

Adam:  It would probably be after our St. Mary’s game last year. We went to coach Cheslock’s house, who was coach Barhorst's coach when he played at CJ. We had just beat St. Mary’s by one run, it was a really good game, then we went back to his house and had pizza.

Josh:  My best memory is going to Elder last year and going 3-for-3.

James:  I guess mine would be sophomore year when I almost hit for the cycle against Badin. I just needed the home run.

Tyler:  Probably the inside-the-park home run I hit last year at Oakwood. Had there been a fence there, it would have been gone, but they don’t have a right field fence at Oakwood. It just kept rolling.


What games this season are you most looking forward to and why?

Josh:  Both Carroll games. I know a lot of people from Carroll, so I want to beat them pretty bad.

Adam:  I’m looking forward to both Alter games because the first game last year they beat us by ten and then in the second game they beat us in 10 innings.

James:  I’d say our game against Fenwick at Fifth Third Field (Monday, May 2 at 5 p.m.), and all our games against GCL South teams just to see how we compare against some of the best teams in Ohio.

Tyler:  The game at Badin (Wednesday, April 20 at 5 p.m.) because last year we lost by one and it was completely our own fault. I think if we are on our “A” game this year we can finally beat them. We’ve never beaten them since I’ve been in high school.


What is one team goal and one personal goal you have for this year?

Josh:  One team goal is to win the GCL North, and my personal goal is to have a batting average of .500.

Adam:  I have the same team goal, to win the GCL North, but my individual goal is to finish in the top three on the team in ERA.

James:  The team goal is to go as far as we can in the playoffs and hopefully go to state. My personal goal is to win Pitcher of the Year in the GCL North.

Tyler:  My personal goal is to lead the GCL in steals, and my team goal is probably to get 15 wins.


What are your plans after graduation in May?

Josh:  I am probably going to Ohio University and start to get ready for wrestling there. I am undecided on a major.

Adam:   I’ll be going to either OSU or Xavier and I’ll probably study business.

James:  I’m going to Wright State or Indiana Tech and studying business.

Tyler:  This summer I’d like to get a job to get some money for school and I’m going to try to walk on to Xavier’s baseball team. I’ll be studying pre-med.


Baseball is filled with superstitions. Do you have any rituals or superstitions on the field?

James:  I have to put my uniform on a certain way and I do it the same way each game.

Josh:  I try to think that superstitions are based on what people think about them. So like if you believe in the superstition then it’s going to come true for you, so I try to not even think about any superstitions. Like when people say to lift your feet over the railroad tracks, I don’t do that just because I try not to believe in them.

Adam:  I do the same routine at the plate during the game when I’m stepping in against the pitcher. I put my first foot in, look down at the coach, step in and tap the outside corner of the plate once with my bat, then get ready to hit.

Tyler:  If I have a good game and we win, I don’t wash my socks.

Track Team Takes State

A successful end to the winter indoor season hopes to be a sign of things to come this spring for the CJ boys and girls track teams.

Coach Jerry Puckett took six girls and four boys to the University of Akron Saturday, March 20, to compete in the combined Division II/III indoor track state championship hosted by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches. The boys finished an impressive tenth overall in a 62-team field while the girls brought home the hardware as state champs.

It took an entire team effort by the Eagles to finish atop a 63-team girls field and best Bishop Hartley High School (Columbus), the two-time defending champ, 39-37. Leading the way was sophomore Devanae Mitchell and junior Cierra Brown. As first reported by Dave Long in the Dayton Daily News, “Mitchell won the long jump (17 feet, ¼ inch), was third in the 60 (7.85) and fourth in the triple jump (32-8½). Brown won the triple jump (38-¼) and was third in the 60 hurdles (8.93).” Brown’s winning triple jump mark was also a state record, although her coach said she has done better in practice.

“No one had even set a personal record and we ended up winning it all,” Puckett said, describing his team’s surprise at their place on the podium. Contributing to the victory included junior Alexandria Coleman (400-meter dash), sophomore Tia Jones (shot put and weight throw), junior Natalie Prince (weight throw), and junior Camille Dickens, whose seventh place finish in the long jump helped give CJ the two points necessary to solidify a state championship.

This spring the girls look to build on their indoor success, three-peat as GGCL Grey North champions, and follow up on last season’s district title in the OHSAA state tournament with a strong core of young student-athletes. In fact both teams will be very young in 2011, combining to carry just four seniors between them, but that does not deter Puckett from expecting the most out of his squads.

“We’ve been to state four years in a row and I’ll be disappointed if we don’t take a group back with us this year.”

Grease Lightnin' Strikes CJ

Put on your dancing shoes, slick your hair back, and get ready for a weekend of singing, dancing, and overall incredible talent. The performing arts department is ready to take the stage with its production of the hit movie Grease, starring senior Robbie Hankey as Danny Zuko and freshman Jennifer Meier as Sandy Dumbrowski.

In the play, Danny and Sandy meet over the summer before their senior year and instantly fall in love. They were sure their love would end when Sandy was to return home, but she enrolled in Rydell High School much to Danny’s surprise. Sandy is deeply hurt by the fact the boy she met at school is different than her summer fling. Throughout the show, the two seem to have an on-off relationship.

Robbie Hankey was definitely surprised at getting the lead. He admits he’s not a performing arts person, but thought it would be fun to audition. “It’s my senior year and I wanted to do something that people would remember me by. I thought I would just get a background part like a Greaser, but I was really shocked when I found out I would play Danny,” he exclaimed. Besides the Students of Diversity talent show, this will be the first time he has performed on stage.

Jennifer Meier encourages everyone to come. “There is going to be a surprise guest, the music is very entertaining, and everyone is going to have a blast!” she cheerfully announced. Many can agree that this will be a memorable show that everyone will talk about for a long time, so don’t miss out because “Grease is the word.”

By: Josie Kolvek '12

This story was first published in the March 2011 issue of The Ludlow Street Journal, CJ's official student newspaper.

A 1955 Ford Thunderbird, on loan from the neighboring Packard Museum, was delivered Monday, March 21 for use in the musical. The car had to be forklifted up to a second floor door and driven into the backstage area of the auditorium.

All curtain times:

  • Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 27 at 4 p.m.


Adults: $10  |  Students: $8  |  Pre-sale students: $6

Grade school students:  $4  |  Athletic and Eagle passes: Free

Area Families Collaborate to Feed 1,000

In less than an hour, 1,000 meals were prepared for St. Vincent de Paul by the diligent hands and caring hearts of religious education students and their parents from St. Albert and Holy Angels parishes, and students from Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. Along with preparing chicken casseroles, the 85 participants had the opportunity to learn about the impact of community service from Lisa Glandon, director of development and marketing for St. Vincent de Paul.

“We are so thankful for all of you gathered here this evening,” said Glandon addressing the crowd of volunteers in CJ’s gym. “Not just for what St. Vincent de Paul and our guests will receive from your service project this evening, but from what we know that you will receive—a sense of value, a sense of love and a sense of community.”

According to Glandon, the need for community support is great, and an average of 20,000 meals a month are served between both of the shelters that St. Vincent’s operates—Gateway Shelter for Women & Families and the Gettysburg Gateway for Men.

“We are grateful to organizations like CJ that gather together in service to help us provide assistance, shelter and hope to those who turn to us,” said Glandon.

The impact of the message resonated well with a young member of St. Albert the Great Parish, Adria Wenning. “If you think about it in terms of if I were homeless, I would feel amazed that someone would do something like this for me—to donate time and money, it’s astonishing.

“I’m proud of myself, that I did something like this. My dad and I helped out tonight, and I feel really good about that.”

The fact that students and parents would be working alongside each other was one of the reasons that Julie Penno, St. Albert religious education junior high coordinator, was drawn to this event. "It was a great opportunity for families to spend time together in a meaningful way. It will be something they won't forget—feeding 1,000!”

CJ juniors Lauren Wells and Anna Roland noticed other benefits that this service-learning event afforded junior high school students.

“The 7th and 8th graders in my group were willing and wanting to take leadership positions in the project,” said Wells. “They thought that it was nice being out of the classroom and participating in some of the things that they are learning about in religion class. Tonight was a hands-on experience.”

Roland appreciated the fact that CJ hosted an event which is different than a food drive, and that people took time out of their schedules to participate and make a difference in the lives of others. “Sometime you give a canned good, but then you don’t know how it is used. Through this service project, we are contributing directly to the homeless. I know that we are feeding people tonight.

“I also liked that this project brought people from different communities together. This is what CJ is about.”

Along with making casseroles, the “Feeding 1,000; Nourishing Lives” Lenten event included community prayer and personal witness; a simple supper; and music by Nick Cardilino, whose song, “Called to Glory,” was chosen as the theme song for the 2011 National Catholic Youth Conference.

Students Succeed at Co-Curricular Competitions

Taking their talents beyond the classroom, CJ English students have been getting noticed this spring at two nationally renowned competitions; the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest and the Scholastic Writing Awards.

After winning the schoolwide competition in February, senior Lynsay Strahorn finished runner up in this year’s state Poetry Out Loud contest on Saturday, March 12. She performed three poems (How We Made a New Art by Eavan Boland, Epilogue by Robert Lowell, and The Meaning of the Shovel by Martin Espada) for the crowd at Ohio Dominican University while competing against students from 40 other Ohio high schools—the largest field in the contest’s history.

Strahorn has competed at state for three years, previously taking first and third. For her second place finish she was awarded $100, an original piece of art, poetry books, and won $200 worth of poetry books for CJ’s library.

“She exemplified the CJ spirit to the best of her ability, handled herself with total class before, during and especially after the competition, and made all of us incredibly proud of who she is and what she accomplished,” said Jim Brooks, CJ English teacher and Poetry Out Loud moderator.

After graduation, Stahorn will play soccer and study honors psychology at Cleveland State University where she will receive an athletic grant in addition to an academic scholarship to cover all tuition expenses.

Four CJ students received regional Gold Key Awards for their entries in the 2011 Scholastic Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Two freshmen, one junior and one senior were recognized for their submissions in three categories: Miranda Fryman, ’14, and Rachel Rogers, ’14, for their personal essays What Happened to Forever and The Hidden Bond; Chris Menart, ’12, for his short story titled The Passion of Christ from the Gospel of Christopher Menart; and Elizabeth Cromartie for her poems Tower of Babel, Kairos and I Come From.

“This is the most prestigious writing competition in the country,” said Brooks, who also teaches three of the award-winning students in his Creative Writing and Honors English 9 courses. He has been encouraging CJ students to enter the competition for around the last 20 years.

“Anyone who places at any level has accomplished something great. Tens of thousands of students enter each year,” he added. More than 165,000 submissions were entered this year according to the program’s Web site. From those entries, only 50,000 students were recognized regionally and just 1,300 received national awards.

Earlier this year, fellow classmates Margaret Cleary, ’11, and Rachel Ruttle, ’11, were also honored for their submissions in the painting, drawing and photography categories of the competition’s counterpart, the Scholastic Art Awards. The pair earned a combined seven regional Honorable Mention and Silver Key Awards.

Senior Elizabeth Cromartie has been selected to receive a national Silver Medal for her work submitted in the Scholastic Writing Awards. She is among only a handful of students in the school’s 160-year history to ever win a national award in the prestigious contest, which has been recognizing writers since 1923.

“I feel like I know I have talent and it is really nice that others are recognizing I have talent,” she said. "It just doesn't feel real yet."

Cromartie will receive her Silver Medal award and cash prize during the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Tuesday, May 31. After graduation she plans to study English in college, but is currently undecided on a school.

Visiting with Bro. Jack Somerville, S.M.

Bro. Jack Somerville, S.M., spoke to Mr. Jim Brooks's senior English class Thursday morning, March 10, in World Literature. Bro. Jack is in charge of maintenance at Mt. St. John.

Students had been reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian Author. Bro. Jack spent a few years in Kenya and Zambia, where the Marianists have schools and have recruited young men to the order. He spoke about the challenges of entering a new culture that operates socially in ways that are different from the way we do.

In addition to sharing stories about the culture and the friendships that he made, Bro. Jack, a fine guitarist and singer, played a song of his own creation called "A Psalm for Africa," and a native Kenyan version of "Hakuna Matata."  He ended with a slide show of the people, work life and celebrations he encountered.

By Mr. Jim Brooks, English teacher

STEMM Idol Speaker

The fruit-fly and the human brain may not seem to have much in common upon first glance, but Assistant Zoology Professor Joyce Fernandes, PhD, of Miami University made the connection for CJ students Tuesday, March 8 as the month’s STEMM Idol Speaker.

As part of the school’s celebration of Brain Awareness Week, Fernandes along with MU graduate student Matthew Siefert discussed the important role fruit-flies can play as model organisms used for studying the neurobiology of humans. The student/teacher duo has been experimenting with the small, winged insects together in the lab for nearly four years.

Among the many reasons why the fruit-fly is ideal for use in the lab, Fernandes and Siefert cited its similarities to humans; each has a brain and experiences the five senses. Additionally, both grow from baby or larva to adult, encountering a multitude of neurological changes along the way; however, a fruit-fly’s life cycle only takes about 10 days to come to fruition. During this short lifespan, the fruit-fly undergoes different stages in which behaviors are learned including crawling, walking, jumping, flying and mating.

“The brain has to be rewired to accommodate these new motor skills,” Siefert explained to students in the CIL. Likewise he said the brain also accommodates for bodily trauma and aging in much the same way, so by examining this rewiring one can develop a better understanding of certain neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease, spinal muscular atrophy, Huntington’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

“It would be impossible to study these diseases in humans,” Fernandes stated. Instead, the genes that cause such disorders can be expressed in the fruit-fly and studied in a safe, controlled and timely manner.

Five questions for an MU graduate student.

Matthew Siefert grew up in Dayton and attended Bellbrook High School. As an undergraduate at Miami University he majored in zoology and minored in neuroscience. He is currently completing his second semester of a two year graduate program at MU and plans to finish with a Masters of Zoology degree. Siefert also teaches two introductory courses at the university and is one of eight graduate students working in the zoology and neuroscience research labs in Oxford.

Why is it important to study zoology?

I think it is important in developing a basic understanding of what’s going on around you. Biological sciences answer some of the basic questions so even if you’re not particularly interested in the subject, I think taking a zoology class would help out just in general to get an understanding of biological functions.

What advice would you give a high school student interested in studying a STEMM-related field in college?

Take classes outside of those subjects to make yourself a better all-around person. It may sound like a pain, but other classes can be awesome and I think they can help you see all sides of things. Coming from a science background you might see things one way, but if you take a religion course you could learn to view something a different way.

What is one thing a high school student can do now to prepare to be successful in college?

Improve your study habits. Personally, I was not very well prepared to study in college. Think of it as learning a whole year’s worth of material in one semester in college.  And you have to read. Some professors encourage you to read at least two hours a night. I don’t think it has to be two hours, but you have to read to keep up with it or you’re not going to get the information you need to pass the exams. I think that is one thing that kids underestimate going in to college, how much they’ll actually have to study on their own.

What is the coolest thing about going to graduate school?

Having it paid for. I was lucky enough to get an assistantship so my school is paid for, and I get paid to do research and teach.

What jobs or careers are available to those with a zoology degree?

A lot of times when you tell someone you’re a zoology major they think you are going to work at a zoo, but there are a lot of venues. Zoology is good for those on the pre-med and pre-veterinary tracks or for anyone wanting to do research .After school, I hope to work for Cincinnati Children’s or do research for Procter & Gamble.

Six Receive Superior Rating at County Science Fair

Of the nine Chaminade Julienne students who participated in the Montgomery County Science Day on Saturday, March 5, six were awarded a rating of Superior and will have an opportunity to compete at the district level.

Students invited to move on to the West District Science Day include: Kaitlin Blanchard, ’14; Samantha Cudney, ’14; Annemarie Krug, ’13; Kathryn Marshall, ’13; Luke Schumann, ’14; and Erin Warfield, ’12. The competition will be held on the campus of Central State University on Saturday, March 19.

“Our nine participating students’ projects represented the alphabetical spectrum of project categories including Behavioral Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Health and Medicine,” said Meg Draeger, coordinator of CJ’s STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) program. Approximately 400 students in grades seven through 12 represented more than 20 area schools at the 2011 county science fair.

“All of our students performed well this year and I think many are on their way to having a bright, successful future in a STEMM-related college program or career field.”

In addition to earning the competition’s top rating, two CJ underclassmen were honored with special awards after receiving a perfect score of 40. Krug was recognized by the American Psychological Association for her project titled Visual Perception of People with Autistic Characteristics, and Schumann was given the Medicine and Health category’s Air Force Award for his project titled Glaucoma Drainage Tubes: Manipulation of Flow Using Valve-like Techniques.

Five of the six CJ students who competed in the West District Science Day on Saturday, March 19 earned a score of Superior and are eligible to enter in the State Science Day held at Ohio State University on Saturday, May 7. Sophomore Annemarie Krug received two special awards from the Southern Ohio Human Factors & Ergonomics Society and from WPAFB AFRL. Congrats and good luck to Kaitlin, Annemarie, Kathryn, Luke, and Erin!

Eagles Five-Peat as GCAL Champs

CJ's varsity Quiz Bowl team finished atop the Greater Cincinnati Academic League (GCAL) for the fifth consecutive year in 2011 and will compete in the Ohio Academic Competition Regional Tournament Saturday, April 30.

After winning the fall league tournament, the Eagles (10-1) completed the regular season in early February with two close victories over Moeller and Ursuline to secure a share of the GCAL championship with Fenwick, who handed CJ its only loss. This spring, the team will make its sixth appearance at the state regional tournament since the program’s inception in 2005.

Under the supervision of Jim Sparrow, moderator and CJ social studies teacher, the school fielded three teams for the 2010-11 season.  The varsity, first reserve and second reserve squads completed the season a combined 20-3 overall in the GCAL, a league consisting of 16 mostly Catholic high schools in southwest Ohio. 

“We have good students,” Sparrow said of what makes all three of CJ's teams—comprised of seven seniors, seven juniors and one sophomore—so successful.  “We have good students and we practice a lot.

“We started practicing in September meeting two mornings a week, so we’ve been practicing now for five months, and we’ll practice for two more months until the state tournament.”

The Ohio Academic Competition state tournament hosts up to 96 teams hailing from six regions. Regional winners and runners-up advance to the state championship held this year on Saturday, May 7 at Columbus State Community College. The Eagles will begin their quest for the school’s first academic state title during the last weekend in April in the double-elimination regional tournament at Cincinnati State Community College.

“We’ve finished fourth one year and third one year at regionals, but we’ve never been to the state finals,” Sparrow said. “That is our goal this year.”

In his second year on the varsity team, senior captain Giles Hinders said what he most enjoys about Quiz Bowl is having the opportunity to compete while simultaneously being able to use the knowledge he’s attained both inside and outside of the classroom—a passion he realizes may not apply to everyone. 

“It’s sort of an outlet for our nerdiness,” he jokingly relented, but his team is just like any other at CJ. The group holds try-outs in the fall, practices on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and makes sure to sit down for a meal together before the start of the season to build camaraderie and friendships.

“This is a really selfless group of guys,” Hinders added. He encourages anyone interested in joining for the 2011-12 season to contact Mr. Sparrow.


  • Two teams compete head-to-head during a match.  Matches are trivia-based competitions consisting of three rounds: a category round in which questions come from 10 categories including American Literature, Mathematics, World History, Fine Arts, Life Science, English/World Literature, U.S. Government, Physical Science, World Geography, and U.S. History; an alphabet round in which all answers begin with the same letter; and a lighting round of 20 quick questions.
  • Teams may consist of anywhere from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 8 students in grades 9-12. Four players compete at one time and coaches can make substitutions.
  • Points are awarded during each round for correct answers. The team that finishes with the most points at the conclusion of all rounds is the winner.
  • To qualify for the state tournament, a team must win its league or a tournament consisting of a minimum of eight different participating high schools.
  • The Ohio Academic Competition began the state tournament in 1985 and has since crowned 26 champions.

Alumnus Honored with Bridge Dedication

The City of Dayton dedicated the North Findlay Street Bridge in honor of former city commissioner and 1951 Chaminade High School alumnus Richard A. Zimmer Tuesday, March 1, during a morning ceremony.

Family, friends, and members of the CJ community including the Eagle Pep Band were on hand to celebrate the permanent designation of the Richard A. Zimmer Memorial Bridge, named in honor of Dayton’s longest-tenured city commissioner.

"Commissioner Zimmer served the city of Dayton and the people of this community faithfully for so many years," said Dan Meixner, president. "He cared about all of his constituents, powerful people and everyday folks alike, and we know he made this city better."

As a native Daytonian, Zimmer served the city for 21 years spanning four decades from 1978 to 2005 before passing away in April 2010 at age 77. The bridge, which crosses the Mad River, fittingly links areas of northeast and southeast Dayton where he spent most of his life.

"I bet that the brothers and the priests who taught him at Chaminade were waiting to greet him when he showed up in heaven," Meixner added.

Survived by wife Mary Ann, a 1952 graduate of Julienne high school, and their nine children, the commissioner's family members participated in the ceremony by unveiling two new signs and sharing memories of the former commissioner’s commitment to public service on what would have been his 78th birthday. In honor of the occasion, CJ’s band led the large crowd that gathered for the dedication in the “Happy Birthday” song.

Following the ceremony on Findlay Street, Chaminade alumni of 1950, 1951 and 1952 were welcomed back to Chaminade Julienne High School for an on-campus luncheon at the corner Franklin and Ludlow Streets.