September 2011

Record-Setting Season for Women's Golf

Calling CJ women’s golf ‘successful’ might be an understatement. In its short, five-year history, the program has secured two GGCL titles, two appearances in the State tournament, and more than 80 team victories; however, winning is equally as important to Eagles golfers as welcoming all-comers.

As freshmen in 2008, Adrianne Marx and Diann Bonner joined the golf team in its infancy. Diann had been playing golf since age 5 and was already familiar with the game when enrolling at CJ in the fall. Others, like classmate Adrianne, joined with little to no experience. Today, Eagles teammates and coach George Menker continue to embrace the diverse skill set of all girls interested in playing golf.

“My first time ever picking up a club was at our first practice freshman year. I just wanted to try something different,” Marx admitted. Four years and three varsity letters later, Bonner and Marx lead the CJ team as co-captains with nine-hole averages of 43.1 and 47.8 respectively.

Together with fellow senior Erin Warfield, all three upperclassmen carry the task of teaching the game and passing the torch to four teammates—Mikaela Hadaway, ’13; Emily Poock, ’13; Kaitlyn Cartone, ’14; and Sarah Downing, ’15.

“We’re like sisters,” Bonner explained. Impressively, none of the girls have ever finished a high school season with less than 18 team wins or worse than a .700 winning percentage. On Monday, October 3, the Eagles will enter the Division II Sectional tournament at the WGC Golf Course in Xenia with the school record for regular season wins at 24-3 overall. All three losses have been to Division I opponents (Seton, Ursuline, and St. Ursula).

“We care about winning and we play to win, but our biggest concern is having fun while we’re doing it,” Marx said. Both CJ senior co-captains credited the team’s successful combination of stress-free play and strongf family spirit to the leadership of head coach George Menker.

Menker has been building a winning tradition since the program’s inception in the fall of 2006, when the maiden four-member squad could not even be considered official by the OHSAA. Since then, eight girls have received all conference honors, two have gone on to play NCAA Division I golf, and Menker himself has twice been named GGCL Grey coach of the year (2008, 2009).

“George is always there for us, he takes care of us and pushes us to do our best. He’s like a father to us,” Marx said.


Friday, August 5 - In the season-opener, the Eagles record a 173-187 victory over National Trail, shooting the fifth lowest team score in program history. Mikaela Hadaway's score of 36 is good for the second best individual score by a CJ women's golfer.
Monday, August 22 - The men's and women's golfers shoot a combined tournament-best 356 at the Diana Schwab Invitational tournament.
Tuesday, September 13 - The Eagles win the GGCL Golf Tournament and GGCL Grey Divison title. Diann Bonner's score of 82 on 18 holes is good for the tournament's second lowest score in the Grey North division.
Tuesday, September 20 - The girls tie a season-low team score by shooting a 168 at Miami Valley Golf Course (a feat also accomplished in matches on August 11, 15 and 25). Mikaela Hadaway's score of 34 ties the school record for lowest nine-hole score in CJ history.

STEMM Idol Speaker Candy Winteregg

Candy Winteregg met with students Tuesday during homeroom periods and discussed emerging technologies used for research and education in the health care arena as CJ's first STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter of the 2011-12 school year.

As a medical librarian, Candy talked about her job helping all people at Good Samaritan Hospital through assisting patients and families, physicians, nurses, nursing and medical students, athletic trainers, therapists and others. Even whole communities can benefit from the resources available in libraries at medical institutions as they are great places for advice and help in sorting through information about current suspected epidemics (e.g. MRSA, SARS, the flu), possible medical conditions and diagnoses of friends and family.

She also discussed the many opportunities available in the Library and Information Science field. There are as many types of librarians as there are high school students' hobbies – from music and sports librarians to newspaper and law librarians. According to Candy, the demand for librarians is predicted to grow 8 percent through 2018, with most positions requiring a Masters degree.  She recommended students interested in librarianship look into two reputable programs at nearby Kent State University and Indiana University.

For more information on medical libraries, check out the Medical Library Association’s Web site at or the American Library Association’s site at

Candy has been a hospital librarian for 36 years, and a member of the Good Samaritan Hospital family since 2002.  She received her B.A. from Capital University, and her Masters in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine.  She supports the physicians, employees and patients of Good Sam by providing an up-to-date medical library and computer lab, assisting with medical literature searches, and accessing online resources through the Good Samaritan Hospital Library website.

Her personal experience as a survivor of three major illnesses (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a heart attack at age 48, and breast cancer in 2006), has deepened her commitment to patient education.  She has shared her knowledge with others by serving on the boards and committees of Wright State Library Affiliates, the Ohio Health Sciences Librarians Association, the Medical Library Association, and the Regional Medical Library Association. Candy is a 2009 Samaritan Star and a past recipient of the National Library Award for professionalism.

Bio provided courtesy of Good Samaritan Hospital.

Renowned Artist Returns to CJ

nternationally renowned artist Curtis Mann visited with English and photography students at Chaminade Julienne High School on Tuesday, September 20.  The 1998 CJ graduate will return to his alma mater Friday morning to work with students in Mrs. Janet Lasley’s art classes.

Mann is famous for his technique using bleach to manipulate photographs. His artwork has been featured in New York City galleries at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; at the Luce Gallery in Torina, Italy; and most recently on the cover of the July 24 issue of the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

“Being from CJ, I understand that the school teaches students to be responsible people who care about the world, and I hope I can show kids there are different ways of doing that,” he said. Mann, a Dayton native living and working in Chicago, currently has artwork on display at an exhibition in Berlin, Germany through November 6.

“I love talking to students about art. The artwork itself creates a dialogue, and this is just another way to continue that dialogue,” Mann said.

For more about Curtis and his artwork, visit his Web site

On Tuesday, September 20, students taking ceramics with Mrs. Janet Lasley welcomed two Mexican potters into the classroom for clay demonstrations during periods 2, 3 and 4.

Classes were treated to a history lesson about the classic, cultural techniques used in Mexican pottery said Lasley. The styles shown were similar to that of the work of famous 20th century potter Maria Martinez.

Historic Eagles Tennis Season Continues

Coming off one of the most historic weeks in program history, the women’s tennis team once again takes the spotlight as the feature team of the week in their 4 p.m. road match against Oakwood Tuesday, September 20.

Less than a week earlier on September 15, CJ women's tennis celebrated the grand opening of the Eagle Tennis Center with a crowd of about 200 teammates, coaches, students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends. The impressive turn-out at the team’s inaugural home match against Beaverceek is a trend senior co-captain Allie McMahon hopes will continue at the new six-court venue.

“Having all of the support from the CJ community, our past team members, the boys tennis team, and everyone who came out Thursday was really exciting,” she said.

McMahon and fellow seniors Mary Haley, co-captain, and Ruby Fortson, newcomer, have helped steer the Eagles into second place in the GGCL Grey North. The three upperclassmen round out the varsity’s balanced attack which consists of two juniors, one sophomore and one freshman.

“We can’t all play together on the court as a team, but we are a family,” explained Haley. “We support each other, we cheer from the sideline, and if a teammate is losing a match we all feel like we are losing a match.”

The girls’ all-for-one, one-for-all mentality will be put to the test as the post-season begins during the first week of October with Sectionals at Centerville High School. But before tournament time, Haley said the Eagles are hungry to christen their new courts with a home victory this week.

“On Wednesday we play Carroll, then on Thursday we play Fairmont and both are home matches…,” Haley said, before pausing to think aloud.

“Man, it is so nice to be able to say ‘home matches!’”

Area Service Agencies Address Juniors

Every fall, CJ juniors spend part of the school day in the gymnasium meeting with representatives from local service agencies. The afternoon is meant to be a convenient, personal way for teens and adults to exchange a handshake, share a smile, and discuss service-learning opportunities within the Dayton community.

On Friday, September 16, the office of ministry and service welcomed 21 area service organizations to the annual Junior Service Fair. More than half of the organizations were making a repeat visit, while others participated for the first time.

"It was a great, informative experience for all," said Gwen Buchanan, a presenter for The Glen at St. Joseph and former CJ parent. The Glen is a Christain, faith-based community designed to assist and empower single mothers struggling with poverty. Although it was the resource center's first foray into the service fair, Buchanan said CJ students have volunteered at the campus off Wyoming Street in the past with positive results.

"We always get kids with great attitudes who are polite and dependable," she explained.

JoAnn Spangler of AIM (Adventures in Movement) for the Handicapped set up a table and display board near the entrance to the gym at her fourth consecutive Junior Service Fair. She joined organizations including the Mercy Siena Retirement Community, the Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm, and the Westminster Presbyterian Church Tutoring Program among those returning to once again offer service opportunities to CJ student-volunteers.

“The service fair was wonderful. I have personally always been pleased with my experience and with the volunteers I have gotten,” Spangler said.

According to its Web site,, AIM is a national, non-profit organization founded and located in Dayton. The organization provides enrichment activities and movement exercises for children with various disabilities at no cost to families. Spangler said she mainly asks CJ students to work AIM’s Water Program at the University of Dayton RecPlex on Saturday mornings.

“My volunteers from CJ are always excellent students who are able to work well with our special needs children,” Spangler said. About 20 volunteers are needed each morning for the half-hour, one-on-one sessions during which students work directly with the children in the pool.

“Without volunteers, we would not be able to provide the Water Program for our kids,” she said.

As a component of religion class, students are challenged to fulfill a different service-learning goal each year of high school. Juniors must provide 25 hours to a Dayton community agency. Opportunities are available with the following agencies:

  • Adventure Central AIM for the Handicapped
  • Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm
  • Catholic Social Services Maimi Valley Clubhouse
  • Dreambuilders Group Dayton Christian Center
  • Dayton Habitat for Humanity
  • Dayton International Peace Museum Dayton Mediation Center
  • 4 Paws for Ability Grandview
  • Southiew Hospitals Homefull
  • Life Essentials
  • Life Resource Center
  • Mercy Siena Retirment Community
  • St. Vincent de Paul Suicide Prevention Center
  • The Glen at St. Joseph
  • United Rehabilitation Services
  • ViaQuest Hospice of SW Dayton
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Tutoring Program

Five agencies were unable to send a representative to the Junior Service Fair, but students may find more service options at these locations:

  • American Heart Association
  • Life Enrichment Center (English as a Second Language classes)
  • Hospice of Dayton
  • Humane Society of Greater Dayton
  • YWCA of Dayton

Men's Soccer Team Making Strides

Support the men’s soccer team at the CJ feature game of the week Saturday, September 17 as the Eagles take on the Alter Knights at Fairmont High School. The junior varsity game begins at 11 a.m., with the varsity immediately following at 1 p.m.

The 2011 varsity squad (2-3 overall, 1-1 GCL), anchored by a core group of veteran players, enters its match with the Knights coming off two key victories: a 2-1 upset over Belbrook; and a road win against league opponent Roger Bacon.

Senior co-captains Nate Rose, Christian Knight, and Eddie Ruff agreed the team’s recent momentum should help reverse the trend that has been plaguing the class of 2012. In four seasons, the Eagles have yet to record a victory against Alter, dropping three consecutive games and tying once as freshmen in 2008.

“It will be a battle. That game is never an easy one for either team,” said Ruff.  CJ’s schedule is no ‘easy one’ either, with seven of the team's 16 games against Division I schools in addition to the yearly meeting with Carroll—fellow GCL North competitor and reigning Division II State Champs.

“We’ve always played a tough schedule,” said Nate Rose, a four-year varsity letter winner.

“That is just the way the GCL is, but with 15 seniors on the team, there’s a big comfort level. Most of us have been around the program for four years and I think everyone is benefitting from that,” he added.

The Eagles are led by longtime head coach Matt Money, ’81, who enters his twelfth season at the helm of the program. His philosophy of teaching young men to be the best players they can be on the field, and the best person they can be away from the field, has allowed teammates to strengthen their relationship with one another and with God.

Before taking the team bus to games, Coach Money leads CJ players in a prayer service at Emmanuel Church. Away from soccer, he encourages students to meet up for team dinners and gatherings, said co-captain Christian Knight.

“We have gone out to dinner together at Marion’s and Submarine House, and it’s a social event. At practice you can’t really become close friends, but at dinner we can all bond together,” said Knight. He feels the time spent with teammates outside of school is, in turn, producing positive outcomes on the field.

“The attitude has changed from playing not to lose, to playing for the win,” he said.

CJ STEMM Wins Award For Excellence

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School was among 48 Ohio schools selected to receive the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education acknowledging its innovative science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.

The school was recognized by the Ohio Academy of Science with a perfect rating of 10 after demonstrating its commitment to STEM education in an external review by state businesses, government agencies and universities. CJ is one of just two area high schools to receive a perfect score in 2011.

According to Dr. Lynn E. Elfner, CEO of the Ohio Academy of Science, the award attests to the value a school and its faculty members place on student-originated, inquiry-based science and technology education. Entering its fourth year, CJ’s unique STEMM program (expanded to include the field of medicine) allows students to explore and engage in hands-on activities beyond the classroom.

“Chaminade Julienne is engaged in project-based curricula, the central element of any STEM education program,” Dr. Elfner said. “Whole new worlds of opportunities open up to students when they complete research or technological design projects.”

During the 2010-11 school year, 40 students participated in the school-wide science fair, of whom 14 qualified for the County Fair, six qualified for District competition and five for the State Science Day, with three winning special awards at the fair in Columbus. Additionally, more than 50 students were members of last year’s National Science Olympiad teams, and more than 75 students helped introduce hundreds of area grade schoolers to STEMM-related topics through a number of community outreach events including CJ Discovery Days (February and April, 2011), Open House and the Gateway Academy summer camp.

“Winning the Governor’s Award is meaningful because it reflects the success that our intentional and significant effort to continually improve STEMM education is having at CJ,” Draeger said. The school’s focus on STEMM education is rooted in its partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national non-profit engineering and biomedical sciences program first established at CJ in 2008-09.

In the June 2011, CJ became the only Catholic high school in the nation—one of only 11 total—and one of four secondary schools in Ohio to be dually certified to provide PLTW courses in engineering and biomedical science. Last school year, more than 50 students were enrolled in one of six PLTW courses taught by CJ’s four certified instructors—Brad Kassner, Amy O’Loughlin, Amanda Ooten, and Bob Young.

Eagle Tennis Center Set to Open

Chaminade Julienne celebrated the opening of the Eagle Tennis Center Thursday, September 15 as the women's team hosted the school’s first-ever home tennis match on campus. A short dedication program — including a ceremonial first serve — was held right before the matches against Beavercreek began.

The six-court arena is the first new competition venue to open on campus in nearly 60 years since the gymnasium and auditorium were added in 1952. Fully-funded from a generous gift by a CJ family, this newest addition is part of the school’s long-term campus master plan of land acquisition and development. It will accompany Blue Green Field and the $1.6 million Student Conditioning Center, two training and practice facilities built in 2010.

“For three months we have been watching the process of a parking lot being turned into a first-class tennis center in downtown Dayton,” said Jim Brooks, head coach for men’s and women’s tennis.

“Not only will these courts give us a convenient place to practice and play matches, it will be a source of authentic pride for the entire CJ community as we explore ways to use and share what we have,” he said.

Located at the northwest corner of Ludlow and Franklin Streets, the Eagle Tennis Center will accommodate practice and competition for men’s and women’s tennis, physical education courses, community events and alumni activities said Dan Meixner, president.

“The tennis facility is going to bring community members together on campus to celebrate our students’ accomplishments,” he said. Additionally, students will now have the opportunity to take tennis as part of a new unit added to the Physical Education curriculum.

“The Eagles Tennis Center on South Ludlow Street is a highly visible representation of CJ’s commitment to the Dayton region and downtown, in particular,” Meixner said. Its grand opening on September 15 represents the latest campus transformation following the August demolition of The Faust building, located on Washington Street

“I’m excited that our men’s and women’s tennis teams, which have experienced tremendous success throughout the school’s history, will now be able to experience what having home field advantage truly means,” he said.

The Eagles (2-0 GGCL, 2-1 overall) were handed their first loss of the season, losing to the Beavers 3-2.

Remembering Lives Lost, 10 Years Later

On the morning of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The world was a different place then, and would change forever in just a few short hours.

The average cost of a gallon of gasoline was about $1.50 nationally, George W. Bush succeeded Bill Clinton as America’s 43rd president, and today’s high school freshmen were only four-years-old.

On Sunday September 11, 2011 – 10 years later – CJ students, led by members of the Junior Council on World Affairs (JCOWA), will remember the attacks, the heroism, and the victims.

The Junior Council on World Affairs invites all members of the CJ community to attend this memorial program.

Guest speakers will include: Captain Joseph Meyer, Dayton Fire Department; Brigadier General William Thornton, United States Air Force; and Jim Hagan of the International Peace Museum of Dayton.

The CJ concert band, concert choir and concert orchestra will perform, with Mr. Tony Ricciuto, social studies teacher and JCOWA moderator, serving as Mater of Ceremonies.

In conjunction with the Dayton Council on World Affairs, Chaminade Julienne was one of three area high schools selected to host this memorial program commemorating the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

The event will begin with a community prayer and, in addition to featuring guest speakers and CJ’s performing arts groups, the evening will include student reflections and slideshows.

The community-wide event begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11.  Following the program, students will be invited to attend homeroom presentations during the school day on Monday, September 12.

The 9/11 Memorial Program will be held in the CJ auditorium. Please enter through the courtyard.

Parents, students, families and friends are encouraged to spend the evening remembering the events of September 11, 2001 in order to pay tribute to those who lost their lives that fateful day.

Admission is free, and your support at this event is appreciated.


  • January 15, 2001 – The Internet-encyclopedia known as Wikipedia launches.
  • February 18, 2001 – Beloved NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt is killed in a crash at the Daytona 500.
  • March 23, 2001 – The Russian space station Mir plummets into the Pacific Ocean.
  • April 28, 2001 – American engineer Dennis Tito becomes the first “space tourist” after funding his own trip.
  • May 19, 2001 – The first Apple Stores open in Tysons Corner, Virginia and Glendale, California.
  • June 15, 2001 – The Los Angeles Lakers win their second of three consecutive NBA Championships, four games to one over the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • July 2001 – The third season of the popular television show Survivor is filmed in Africa.
  • August 2001 – Popular music artists Destiny’s Child and Alicia Keys each top the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks a piece.
  • September 18, 2001 – One week after the September 11 attacks, letters containing the pathogen Anthrax are mailed to multiple addresses via the U.S. Postal Service.
  • October 7, 2001 – Giants slugger Barry Bonds belts his record-breaking 73rd homerun off pitcher Dennis Springer of the Los Angeles Dodgers, eclipsing the single season mark of 70 previously held by Mark McGwire.
  • November 29, 2001 – Legendary musician and Beatles guitarist George Harrison dies of lung cancer in Hollywood, California.
  • December 2, 2001 – The Texas-based Enron Corporation files for bankruptcy.

Meet the Men's Golf Team

Even for a largely individual sport such as golf, senior Marcus Thompson understands that leadership at the high school and college level can be a key component to a successful season—especially on a young team consisting of five sophomores and two freshmen like the 2011 Eagles men’s squad.

Thompson, who has played golf each of his four years, said his transition into the captain’s role has been smooth despite essentially being the odd man out as the only member of the class of 2012 on a team of eight.

“I like being the captain, the leader, the guy that everyone can look up to,” he said. “I know my teammates are depending on me to play well and it’s my job to get behind them.”

That job, admitted the CJ senior, is made easier when playing alongside friends. Five golfers—Ben Breh, William Howard, Aaron Marshall, Luke Schumann, and Chandler Spees—return from a season ago and all teammates are getting along very well, said Thompson.

Their friendships have fostered a winning attitude on the course, where the group has come together to post good scores as the season enters September. Thus far, the team is 2-0 in matches against Miamisburg and Vandalia Butler and has played notably well in recent tournaments.

As the feature team of the week, the Eagles enter their spotlighted contest—Tuesday’s Fairmont Invitational—having finished runner-up in a field of 19 at the Northridge Classic August 12 and after taking home the combined team championship trophy alongside the women’s team at the Diana Schwab Invitational on August 22.

“We've never played in a tournament with the girls, so to win it as one whole team was pretty exciting,” Thompson said. The yearly event at the Dayton Country Club dually hosts area men’s and women’s teams, taking the top eight scores (four guys, four girls) from each school to determine a champion. CJ brought home the hardware by shooting a combined 356 (view complete results here).

“Our season is looking pretty good, I hope we can finish in the top five on Tuesday,” Thompson said. The invitational starts at 8 a.m. at NCR Country Club.