February 2012

‘Every Pint Counts’ at CJ’s Blood Drive

Members of Student Council cleverly matched donors’ contributions with pints of ice cream at the annual CJ Blood Drive, giving the event’s double entendre theme, Every Pint Counts, a rewarding twist.

In the long term, event organizer Angela Ruffolo, Student Council moderator and social studies teacher, knows the lasting impact of the annual drive’s results always proves to be much sweeter for the folks in need at the Community Blood Center. Each year, representatives from the nearby center team with CJ to provide a convenient way to give.

According to Ruffolo, this year’s drive bagged 77 pints—one of the largest hauls in recent memory—which amounts to enough blood to save up to 231 lives. The total school-wide donation took a combined effort from nearly 90 students, faculty, staff and community members who attempted to donate in CJ’s gym February 24.

“It’s special that we can do something that affects people’s lives so directly and helps people we don’t even know,” said senior Will McKelvey. A member of Spirit Committee, McKelvey volunteered to work the event and donated blood for the second consecutive year.

Other donors, like junior Courtney Phillips, felt compelled to participate for the first time despite the jitters that came with the new experience.

“My blood type is O-negative, so I can help everyone,” Phillips said, and added she would feel comfortable donating again in the future. “It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.”

Garrett Thompson, an attendant from the Community Blood Center, said he enjoys assisting at school blood drives and encouraging young people to donate. He advises patrons of all ages to “eat well, increase you water intake, and get a good night’s sleep” before giving blood.

Those still interested in giving blood can schedule a time to donate with the Community Blood Center online at its Web site, www.cbccts.org. Donors must be 17 years or older (16-year-olds may donate with parental consent) and must have a photo I.D. The center is located one block East of CJ at 349 South Main Street.

View photos and a summary of the event on the Community Blood Center’s Facebook page here >

Thanks to everyone who supported this year's drive with food, snack and beverage donations including Ashley's Pastry Shop, Big Sky Bread, Dewey's Pizza, Domino's Pizza, GO Cupcakes, Pizza Factory, and Potbelly's.


An Afternoon of Art at CJ

Enjoy "An Afternoon of Music" as the Chaminade Julienne Performing Arts Department presents its Winter Concert. Artwork will be displayed as backdrop to musical pieces performed by the concert choir, concert band, string ensemble, percussion ensemble, a cappella groups Vega and Age V and student soloists.

All are welcome to attend this free event held in the CJ auditorium!

What:  CJ Winter Concert:  An Afternoon of Art

When:  Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m.

Where:  CJ's auditorium

Who:  Presented by the CJ Performing Arts Department

How much:  Admission is FREE

STEMM Idol Speaker Shamel Rivers

CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Shamel Rivers of GE Aviation Systems shared his youthful perspective on the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine with CJ students Tuesday.

His message was three-fold:

  • Seek advice and ask questions – of teachers, parents, professionals, and peers
  • Don’t be afraid to break the status quo. Think differently and try to take on leadership roles, and
  • Take advantage of the opportunities to sample career fields early by attending sessions with guest speakers, participating in career exploration programs, and attending camps.

The 2005 college graduate discussed the benefit of having these early workforce encounters, and suggested that every student—no matter what field he or she chooses to pursue—consider involvement in a cooperative education program, also known as co-ops.

Co-ops pair college students with businesses, allowing young adults to gain professional experience while simultaneously working towards a degree. Students generally alternate working one semester and going to school one semester. These opportunities are available at most companies, including GE, and some even come with salaries for students.

Shamel’s presentation also included an introductory PowerPoint demonstration of the workings of jet aircraft engines. The demos were supplemented by reminders of the science behind flight, including Newton’s laws of motion, Bernoulli’s principle and Boyle’s law.

Finally, the February STEMM Idol Speaker gave CJ students a glimpse into the engineering design process and his responsibilities as a production support engineer at GE Aviation in Vandalia. The process, he said, begins with research and a preliminary design. Then, things like a customer-specific application and feasibility are taken into account during an analysis phase.

When ready, prototypes are built and put through rigorous certification tests to meet safety standards. If the product can be certified, it is then put into production.

Shamel Rivers works as a production support engineer for GE Aviation Systems in Vandalia, and has been with the company for four years. Today, he will present to CJ students during all homeroom periods.

Shamel provides engineering support to the manufacturing, production and quality teams at GE by performing tests, analyzing engineering systems and designing changes to improve product performance, cost, safety, quality and manufacturability.

As a production support engineer, Shamel has traveled to GE Aviation sites in the United States and abroad to implement cost reduction projects and leverage best practices. According to www.geavation.com, the company operates in more than 80 locations worldwide.

Upon graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Shamel earned Lean Six Sigma certification, and he currently serves as a Diversity Council member for GE Dayton operations. He has experience working with high school STEM students at Aiken High School in Cincinnati, where he established a National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Jr. chapter.


Top-Seeded Eagles Enter Postseason

The women’s varsity basketball squad landed the No. 1 seed in the Division II sectional tournament at Springboro High School and enters its second round match-up with Ponitz at 3 p.m. Saturday as CJ’s final winter feature team of the week. 

The Eagles, led by a quartet of four-year varsity letter winners, finished the regular season as GGCL Grey North co-champions with a stellar 18-2 record. In four seasons of CJ basketball, senior captains Simonne Gage, Schaudon Herd, Raytea Long and Emily Michael have accumulated a career winning percentage of .758 (72-23), and held four consecutive league titles.

Before competing in their final postseason together, the girls shared their thoughts on the teammates, memories and moments each holds dear:

All:  Winning on Senior Night to finish with Carroll atop the GGCL Grey North.

Simonne & Schaudon:  Beating Alter three times in one season junior year.

Raytea & Emily:  Beating the No. 1 ranked team in the nation in a tournament in Arizona freshman year.

Emily:  “Listen to my music, put on my uniform the same way and we all pray together. “

Raytea:  “Jam with my teammates.”

Simonne:  “I’ll miss my teammates, our rituals, our traditions and our family. We have the strongest team chemistry.”

Schaudon:  “I will miss being around the girls—our team is really close.”

All four will continue their athletic and academic careers in college:
Long and Herd have signed with Vanderbilt and Findlay respectively; Herd, however, will play soccer for the Oilers.

Michael has committed to play basketball at St. Bonaventure and will sign in April.

Gage also intends to play basketball at the collegiate level and is considering Akron, among other schools.

Tickets for Saturday’s game at Springboro will be on sale in the athletic office for $6 ($7 at the door) until 5 p.m. Friday.


Speaker Kyle Maynard Knows No Excuses

Traffic jams, bills, bad weather, and work are things everyone complains about, but not Kyle Maynard. A quadruple amputee since birth, he has excelled as a champion athlete, author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker, and on Tuesday shared his incredible story with students at CJ.

Kyle was born with a condition known as congenital amputation, leaving him with no arms or legs. Despite his shortcomings, the 25-year-old has accomplished feats from conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro unassisted to stepping in the cage against a Mixed Martial Arts fighter. Today, he travels the world delivering his inspirational message to a wide range of audiences.

“We are very fortunate to have Kyle spend time with our students and teachers,” said Dan Meixner, CJ president. “His life and accomplishments provide an important message for all of us about persevering in the face of adversity, not accepting limitations, and discovering how God wants each of us to serve others.

“Kyle’s story is so compelling about the power of sports and the importance of faith, family, and friends, all of which fit so well within the Catholic educational experience at CJ. I am so grateful to our friends at McGohan Brabender for bringing Kyle to Dayton and making this great learning opportunity possible for our students.”

A 2004 ESPY award winner, Kyle has appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and on the front page of USA Today. He continues to inspire others as the author of No Excuses, his 2005 New York Times Best-Selling autobiography, and as owner of the No Excuses CrossFit training facility in Georgia.

As part of its service to the Dayton region, employee benefits broker McGohan Brabender is sponsoring Maynard’s visit to Dayton, where he will speak with students at Chaminade Julienne, West Carrollton High School, Dayton Schools, Alter High School and Kettering Alternative School. “When we meet someone as special as Kyle, it is a privilege to be able to share his message with people we care about,” said Pat McGohan, chairman of McGohan Brabender.

For more about Kyle, visit his Web site www.kyle-maynard.com.

STEMM Idol Speaker Jim Woeste '86

February’s first STEMM Idol presentation featured Jim Woeste ’86, director of development at the Dayton Power and Light Company. During homeroom periods, students had the opportunity to learn more about the power of solar energy and the role it plays locally.

Jim has enjoyed working in all realms of the electric utility industry for more than 20 years, 15 of which have been spent with DP&L. He is responsible for overseeing all project development and research into renewable energy technologies. In 2010, the company constructed a 7-acre solar array in Washington Township that annually generates enough power for 150 homes.

A 1986 graduate of CJ, Jim comes from a long line of Chaminade, Julienne and CJ alumni. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in Industrial Engineering Technology and is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Power Quality Professional (CPQ) with the Association of Energy Engineers.


Quiz Bowl Wins Sixth League Title

Members of the CJ Quiz Bowl team repeated as league champs this season, winning their sixth consecutive title since 2007.

In late January, the varsity team extended its streak of consecutive Greater Catholic Academic League championships by finishing the regular season undefeated.  Senior captain Arthur Siwecki has never lost a GCAL title as a four-year competitor.

“This season went wonderfully,” Siwecki said. “We had a few difficult games, but we were able to pull through.”

The team’s toughest match came in week two, said Siwecki, when the Eagles narrowly defeated Fenwick 49-45 on November 15. The Falcons were subsequently the only team CJ lost to in the pre-season GCAL Fall Tournament less than a month prior.

During the nine-week, 11-game regular season, the varsity defeated opponents by an average of 22 points per game.

“We all work really well together and we each have our different areas of specialization, but we aren’t bound by that,” Siwecki explained. In competitions, the varisty team strategically makes use of its five players with timely substitutions. Only four students can compete at a time.

In practice, the members of the varsity, first reserve and second reserve teams mix to challenge each other while simultaneously sharpening skills and building friendships along the way. Practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday morning before school in social studies teacher Jim Sparrow’s room.

“Mr. Sparrow is a wonderful coach, he does a great job,” Siwecki said.

The varsity Quiz Bowl team will compete in a tournament March 10 to prepare for Regionals on Saturday, April 21. The state finals are held at Columbus State Community College on May 5.



Herd Signs to Play Soccer at Findlay

Just two seasons removed from her first organized soccer game ever, senior Schaudon Herd signed a National Letter of Intent February 7 to attend Findlay University and play goalkeeper for the Oilers.

Herd began playing the game after her sophomore year at CJ when friend and Eagles basketball teammate Lynsay Strahorn ’11 (currently a midfielder at Cleveland State) suggested she try out for the team. The rest, as they say, is history.

“Lynsay told me, ‘You’re quick, you’re athletic. You should just try it out,’” Herd said. “Never once had I thought about playing soccer.”

Since starting in the net as a junior, Herd said highlights during her brief high school soccer career have included being named to the second team all GGCL Grey North and second team all-area in 2011, helping her team win two penalty kick shootouts, and finishing her senior season with CJ teammates as District runners-up. Herd recorded 27 saves in the team’s 2-1 District semifinal victory, a game decided by PK’s.

“If Schaudon had played youth soccer growing up, she would be signing with a Division I program right now,” said CJ head varsity soccer coach Roy Craig at a signing ceremony in the library. Herd, who intends to study pharmacy, will be considered a preferred walk-on at Findlay her freshman year and receive a scholarship after.

“I’m just excited to see how much I’ve improved from the fall, and how much better I can be this season,” Herd said.

The Oilers compete in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


Eagle Bowlers on a Roll

Following a season spent solely practicing together after school, the members of the men’s and women’s bowling team are back on the lanes and competing once again in 2012.

The Eagles have settled back into the GCL and GGCL, finding their groove down the stretch this year. The men’s team wrapped up the regular season in second place behind only Carroll in the North division, while the women’s team finished third in the Grey North ahead of Fenwick.

Junior captain D’Angelo Thompson led the Eagles with an average just shy of 200. His single-game high of 267 pins against Badin on December 1 leaves him tied for eighth best among all GCL bowlers this season.

“My dad’s a bowler and my cousin is a professional bowler. I’m just from a bowling family,” Thompson said.

Thompson, who played basketball his freshman year, said he enjoys spending time with new friends on the bowling team including three freshman teammates whom he also mentors during the school’s morning Peer Mentoring sessions. Fellow captain Elizabeth Terzian, a junior, said the feeling is mutual for members of the women’s team.

“We are proud of what we’re doing and we are having a lot of fun,” said Terzian, a two-year bowler and member of the volleyball team.

“Bowling is a great way to make friends with other students from different schools,” she added. Terzian often strikes up a conversation with her competitor during matches, as opposing bowlers roll on the same lane.

The Sectional tournament begins Wednesday, Feb. 15 for the men’s team and Friday, Feb. 17 for the women’s team. Thompson encourages all CJ students not involved in a winter sport to try bowling next school year.

“If you want a varsity letter and you’re not that athletically gifted, it’s a fun sport to come out and play,” he said.


Men's team -- Greg Evans, Eric Handorf, Josh Haralson, Kris Heidenreich, Justin Shells, Paul Stephens, D'Angelo Thompson

Women's team -- Hannah Mayer, Rebecca Mayer, Breonna Pinson, Sharon Reynolds, Katie Sargent, Elizabeth Terzian

Members of the CJ Quiz Bowl team were also recognized by Spirit Committee during the week of February 6-10.


Stang Symposium on Human Trafficking

Senior students at Chaminade Julienne aimed to raise awareness of human trafficking through the school’s third Sister Dorothy Stang Symposium held Sunday, Feb. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the auditorium. Theresa Flores, author of The Slave Across the Street, and founder of TraffickFree and S.O.A.P (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) served as keynote speaker. This free event also inlcluded details about the impact that the Marianists and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur each have on this global issue.

At the age of 15, Flores became a victim of commercial sexual exploitation — a 15.5 billion dollar business, according to her research. While many people in the U.S. believe human trafficking is something outside of our country, she shared how she was forced into the industry and how our own children and neighbors can get caught up in this horrific criminal activity. As a survivor, Flores’ mission is to raise awareness about the issue and provide services and support to those who are still trapped.

The 2012 symposium coincided with the 7th anniversary of Sister Dorothy Stang’s death. Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur community, a Dayton native and graduate of Julienne, served most of her life in Brazil. She helped peasants in the Amazon learn the basics of farming and taught them the value of service. She was murdered on February 12, 2005, by two hit men hired by cattle ranchers.

The Stang Symposium was created to remember and honor Sister Dorothy’s efforts in fighting for social justice. “The symposiums are critical inquiries into global justice issues that plague us today,” said Molly Bardine, CJ English teacher and creator of the Stang Symposium. “By raising awareness about the current challenges we face as a society, we can live out Sister Dorothy’s discipleship, courage and love for all people.”

This year's theme focused on raising awareness about human trafficking. “The goals of this Symposium are simple: raise awareness, engage the public, and inspire others to get involved,” Bardine stated.

For more information about Theresa Flores’ outreach, visit www.traffickfree.com.