June 2011

Mission Trips Make Summer Meaningful

Giving up an entire week of summer break to travel to a foreign place and serve unfamiliar people may seem like a daunting and tedious chore to some teenagers, but not for Elizabeth Rosenkranz—the CJ student has spent parts of two summers volunteering with her school and already plans to attend a third service learning trip in 2012.

Elizabeth is just one of many students at Chaminade Julienne who decide to apply for the roughly 40 volunteer spots available on three separate weeklong summer mission trips offered each year by the Office of Ministry and Service.  Those interested must receive recommendations from two references, pay for the costs associated with the trip, and meet all the school’s eligibility requirements for extracurricular activities before earning the privilege of working within communities in Cincinnati, Ohio; Solsberry, Ind.; and Punta Gorda, Belize.

“It’s just so much fun,” Rosenkranz stated matter-of-factly to describe her motivation for making a second consecutive trip to the Tau Community House located off Interstate 75 just north of the Queen City in St. Bernard.  The CJ junior spent the week of June 12-17 working with the Franciscans For the Poor alongside ten of her classmates and fellow high schoolers from Iowa and Georgia.

“You are doing volunteer work, but you become really good friends with the people you are around all day so it isn’t boring or hard,” she explained. Under the supervision of chaperones Janet Lasley, CJ art teacher, and Deacon Jim Walworth, director of development, the team from CJ worked in the community rehabbing a house, tearing down fencing, and performing yard work for neighbors in need; however, the most “eye-opening” experience, according to Rosenkranz, was helping children and adults with disabilities at Redwood.

“I’ve never really had the chance to work with the mentally handicapped until now,” Rosenkranz added. Volunteers helped those in need at the non-profit agency during two sessions in the morning and afternoon.

According to Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service, the purpose of the CJ Summer Mission Trip Program, however, is not solely to provide a helping hand. The program is designed to give students an opportunity to develop their faith by responding to both national and international issues of poverty and injustice in the real world, and the trips are meant to incite a passion in young people to continue to serve beyond high school.  In addition to the work involved, students also reflect on their experiences through prayer services and are allotted leisure time to build relationships with classmates.

Rosenkranz, who enjoyed her free time swimming with friends at a nearby pool, said she hopes to be wading in the Central American waters of Belize this time next year. She first became interested in CJ mission trips after her brother Henry Rosenkranz, ’06, traveled to Guatemala with the Eagles. The school has been offering summer service opportunities in locations throughout North America since 1998.

“It’s woven into who we are as a school with our Marianist and Sisters of Notre Dame charisms. That’s just what we are all about; serving the poor and fulfilling needs,” Kinnear explained in regards to the influence of the two orders that sponsor the school. She has been with CJ for 20 years.

Fifteen other CJ students spent the week of June 12-18 working with disadvantaged men, women and children residing in the Toledo District of Belize, just north of Guatemala, to help build a church.  The group’s endeavors included mixing and applying homemade plaster to the building’s interior and exterior walls, climbing the Mayan ruins, delivering supplies to schoolchildren and assisting at mobile medical clinics with chaperones Dr. John Downer and Dr. Steve Huffman.

“I found it very enlightening that a group of CJ students made the decision to give up a week of their summer vacation to carry out the ideas of St. Julie and Blessed Chaminade, coming together in a very difficult environment to provide service to such an impoverished community,” said Dr. Huffman, parent of CJ junior Elizabeth Huffman.

The doctors—both veterans of CJ mission trips, having each been to Belize in years past—were accompanied by faculty and staff first-time chaperones Amy O’Loughlin ‘86, science department co-chiar, and Angela Richardson Mason ’81, administrative assistant in the office of student services. Mason, who attended with son Logan Daugherty ’11, said this service learning experience is one that will stay with her for the rest of her life.

“It was the most rewarding and the most challenging experience of my life all at the same time,” she said. The trip south of the border with her son held even more special family significance for Mason, who is a descendant of Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, a 1949 Julienne graduate who was martyred in 2005 for her work assisting poor farmers in Anapu, Para, Brazil.

“I know that this trip gave me the opportunity to see what my aunt Dorothy did in her community and why she chose to continue to fight for the education of the children and rights for the poor.

“I believe we are doing something so special and we are truly fulfilling the missions of Fr. Chaminade and St. Julie.”

Participants volunteering for the third and final mission trip of the summer in Solsberry, Ind. depart for the rural town on Sunday, July 10 and will work with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter before returning on Friday, July 15.

Spending Summertime with CJ

Families, friends and kids of all ages are invited to campus this summer to experience firsthand what it is like being an Eagle at one of 13 CJ Youth Summer Camps offering a unique blend of academic and athletic activities. Whether you enjoy exploring a passion for STEMM topics and story-telling or taking a tour of the city of Dayton and sweating it out on the gym floor, CJ has it all for students entering grades K-9.

This year’s summer programming—which began June 6 and concludes with football, soccer and tennis camps in late July—kicked off with creative writing and art camp for students in grades 4-8. CJ English teacher and camp supervisor Jim Brooks said the highlight of the week-long activities was the open mic session on Friday in the library where youngsters shared their writing with family members.

“It’s great to see kids respond in writing to each of the themes,” said Brooks of the four writing prompts provided each day; colors on Monday, weather on Tuesday, heroes on Wednesday, and time on Thursday. The students wrote poetry, fiction stories and non-fiction journal entries with guidance from Molly Bardine, CJ English teacher and department chair, as well grade school teachers Colleen Bott of St. Bridget, Debbie Higgins of St. Peter, and Karen Anderson of Ascension.

“The atmosphere is relaxed, and the teachers’ encouragement and expertise really sparks the students’ interest in writing,” Brooks added.

Other campers spent the afternoons immersed in the history of Dayton’s architectural art with Janet Lasley, CJ art teacher.  Along with drawing sketches and creating three-dimensional models in the school’s art classrooms, participants also explored various community landmarks.

“I enjoyed taking students and parents on a walking tour of downtown Dayton to see some of the beautiful sites near our campus,” Lasley said. The group made stops visiting City Hall, Emmanuel Church and the former Cox Ohio Publishing building at Fourth and Ludlow Streets among other places.

Find out more about the 2011 Eagles Youth Summer Camp lineup, download the registration form, or introduce someone to the CJ community by passing along this link to CJ summer camp information, available at cjeagles.org.

CJ PLTW Program Nationally Certified

The Chaminade Julienne High School Project Lead the Way program earned national certification by Ohio affiliate directors from Sinclair Community College in the spring of 2011, becoming the only Catholic high school in the United States—and one of just four schools in Ohio—dually certified to provide both its innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) classes.

The school has offered Biomedical Sciences and Engineering courses since 2008 in partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a non-profit organization that provides STEM education curricular programs to high schools and middle schools across the U.S.  Certification affirms the high quality of CJ’s program, provides students who successfully complete the requirements with expanded opportunities to earn college credit for their high school PLTW coursework, and makes students eligible to receive other college-level recognition, including admissions preference, at PLTW affiliate universities. PLTW has more than 40 affiliate college and university partners.

“With the support of our alumni, friends and partners, we are able to offer PLTW courses, which only further strengthens CJ’s commitment to provide curriculum that allows students to use their academic talents to serve others in our world,” said Meg Draeger, coordinator of the CJ STEMM program, which is customized to also include topics in the field of medicine.

To attain national certification, a PLTW school must adhere to strict requirements including teaching the curriculum, administering exams provided, working with local business and industry professionals, and providing students with a clear pathway into post-secondary education. Chaminade Julienne will be officially recognized during a presentation at the annual PLTW Ohio conference on November 3-4 in Akron, Ohio.

“Chaminade Julienne High School should be congratulated for demonstrating its commitment to PLTW’s quality standards, but the real winners are CJ students,” said PLTW CEO Vince Bertram. “Students benefit from PLTW’s innovative, project-based curriculum that encourages creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. We look forward to many more years of working together to prepare Chaminade Julienne students to become the most innovative and productive in the world.”

According to Draeger, the CJ STEMM program is innovative in that it is founded on a rigorous inquiry-based curriculum and supported by numerous businesses and collegiate partners. Along with the school’s four full-time instructors—Brad Kassner, Amy O’Loughlin, Amanda Ooten, and Bob Young –qualified to teach six PLTW courses offered, CJ supplies students with opportunities for career exploration and community engagement outside the classroom.

“One of our most popular offerings with students is the CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series,” Draeger said. The series showcases area professionals, including alumni, who have successful careers in STEMM fields.

“We have new presenters each month who visit campus to interact with students during their homeroom period and demonstrate the diverse application of STEMM related topics in the real world,” she added.

In addition, the school also hosts the CJ STEMM Summer Gateway Academy—a one-week camp for middle school students in July. The summer camp is designed to introduce students to the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine through field trips to local employers and with hands-on activities involving robotics, 3D Computer-Aided Design software (CAD), nanotechnology and more.

“Our aim is to inspire students with an interest in these fields to seek ways to serve their community by equipping them with the talent, skill and desire to make a difference.”

In December 2010, Amy O’Loughlin was selected to become a PLTW Core Training instructor for the Level 2: Human Body Systems course.

Core Training Instructors are appointed by the national program to conduct the mandatory two-week professional development courses for fellow teachers wishing to become certified PLTW instructors. O’Loughlin will be eligible to become a Master Teacher at the completion of her apprenticeship following the 2011-2012 school year.

“The PLTW Biomedical program has only been available to schools for four years, and we’ve had it here for three years so we are really on the cutting edge,” O’Loughlin said. She has taught the Human Body Systems course each year it has been offered to CJ students.

O’Loughlin, a 1986 graduate of CJ and current co-chair of the science department, will begin her Core Instructor training this summer at Sinclair Community College, one of four PLTW sites.

“It is really important for us in the CJ community to continue to create and strengthen the relationship with Project Lead the Way, ” stated O’Loughlin, who along with fellow PLTW instructor Amanda Ooten, science department co-chair, earned her Masters of Education from the University of Dayton last winter.

Bryan Cain Collects State Track Title

Bryan Cain crossed the finish line in 37.7 seconds on Saturday, June 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, besting eight fellow Ohio state qualifiers in the Division II 300 meter hurdles event.

The CJ senior also finished third in the 110 meter hurdles finals after turning in the field’s best preliminary time on Friday during qualifying. Cain, who set two regional records in both the 110m and 300m events on the road to state, was the only representative from the Eagles men’s team to compete at Columbus.

“Bryan has done well all year and had a great year as an individual,” said coach Jerry Puckett, referencing both his third place finish in the indoor state championships and his most recent outdoor accomplishments. The four-year letter winner helped lead his team to a 2011 regional runners-up title and is the first individual to win a state title since Kelcey McKinney, ’08, tied for first in the Division I long jump event her senior year.  (Correction:  McKinney did not win an individual championship in 2008, but placed 3rd in the event).

“Division II was very tough this year, and in a lot of ways, it was stronger than Division I,” said Puckett, who was named GGCL Coach of the Year for his hand in the Lady Eagles’ stellar 2011 season. The women won the OATCCC state indoor championship, the GGCL Grey North title (pictured below) for the third consecutive season and advanced in the postseason to win district and regional titles before being represented in the state finals by Alexandria Coleman '12, Cierra Brown '12, Camille Dickens '12 Devanae Mitchell '13.

“The girls are extremely talented, they work extremely hard, and for a small group to be that successful is… you just can’t hardly put it in words because they give you so much,” he said. According to Puckett, before finishing the regular season strong with a second consecutive team victory at the Roosevelt Relays, the girls placed first or second in all but one meet the entire season.

At Ohio State University on Saturday, the Lady Eagles took eighth place in one event, seventh place in five events, and Cierra Brown finished third in the 100 meter hurdles for the team’s best finish—good for 17 total team points and eighth place overall. The first and third place finishes recorded by Cain tallied 16 total points for CJ’s men’s team, which would finish in thirteenth place overall.

“All-in-all I thought we did really well,” Puckett stated. “The future looks really good for track, both boys and girls. I’m very excited.”


  • Brown, Coleman, Dickens and Mitchell  |  7th place  |  4x200m  |  1:45.42
  • Cierra Brown  |  3rd place  |  100m hurdles  |  14.48
  • Cierra Brown  |  7th place  |  300m hurdles  |  45.00
  • Bryan Cain  |  State Champion  |  300m hurdles  |  37.70
  • Bryan Cain  |  3rd place  |  110m hurdles  |  14.35
  • Camille Dickens  |  7th place  |  100m hurdles  |  15.11
  • Camille Dickens  |  7th place  |  long jump  |  16-10.50
  • Devanae Mitchell  |  7th place  |  100m dash  |  12.66
  • Devanae Mitchell  |  8th place  |  200m dash  |  26.15
  • Devanae Mitchell  |  DNP  |  long jump