February 2014

Wrestler Returns to State for 4th Year

Congratulations to Lyle Plummer who finished as the Division III state runner-up at the 2014 OHSAA Individual State Wrestling Championships on Sunday, March 2.

The senior capped his highly successful high school wrestling career with a 43-6 senior season and a record-making fourth return to the state tournament, becoming the first wrestler in CJ history to do so. Plummer is also the reigning four-time GCL North Athlete of the Year and holds more than 150 career wins.

After earning a sectional championship and taking third place at districts, Plummer recorded two decisions and a pin to make the championship match in Columbus. The Eagles stand-out signed with Air Force Academy on February 6 to continue his athletic career in college and serve his country.

For his efforts on the mat and in the classroom, Penn Station named Plummer the Athlete of the Month for March 2014. Watch his award announcement on WDTN Channel 2 below and listen for the news on Hot 102.9 FM.

Plummer was joined at state by his teammate and first time qualifier McKinley Screetch (11-7). The junior earned a state berth as an alternate in the 120-pound weight class after placing fifth at districts.

Posted February 27, 2014


STEMM Idol Speaker Dr. Sara Paton

Students are invited to learn more about careers in medicine and the field of public health Tuesday, March 4 with guest speaker Dr. Sara Paton, Ph.D., an epidemiologist and associate professor at Wright State University.

Epidemiology is defined by Merriam Webster as “a branch of medicals science that deals with the incidence, distribution and control of disease in a population.” Dr. Paton will discuss how education, treatment, and research in this field can impact the wellness of whole groups of people -- not just individuals -- both locally and globally.

A Wright State faculty member since 2001, Dr. Paton teaches two master’s courses in the School of Medicine’s Center for Global Health. Her research encompasses areas of maternal and child health issues, chronic diseases such as cancer, special needs populations, and food safety and agriculture. According to her profile at www.med.wright.edu, she recently worked on an epidemiological breast cancer study of Madison County, Ohio.

Dr. Paton earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in animal science from Angelo State University (Texas) and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical and animal science from Texas A&M. Her work has been published in numerous medical journals and reports printed in both the United States and Colombia.

All students are invited to attend this STEMM Idol Speaker presentation during homeroom periods in the library.


Performing Arts Ensembles Play March 1

CJ Performing Arts students take part in two competitions Saturday, March 1 at Centerville High School (directions). Support Vega and the Eagles indoor percussion ensemble as they perform this weekend!

MEPA Competition
Members of the percussion ensemble will begin warm-ups at 3:30 for their 3:55 p.m. performance in the Mid East Performance Association (MEPA) competition. Admission for this event is $9 for adults ages 19 and up, $8 for students ages 7-18, $7 for anyone 62 and older, and free for children 6 and under.

MARK YOU CALENDARS: This group will play at another MEPA event on Saturday, March 22 at Miamisburg High School.

ICHSA Ohio Valley Semifinal
Pop a cappella group Vega looks to make a repeat trip to the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) after winning the Ohio Valley Semifinal competition one year ago. Ten teams from New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee will compete for the top spot beginning at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). General admission is $15 and student tickets cost $10.

INTERNATIONAL FINALS: Only the top group from each of the 10 regional semifinal competitions advances to the International Finals, which is held Friday, April 25 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York City.


Watch Vega Perform Alle, Alleluia

Watch members of Chaminade Julienne's premier pop a cappella group Vega perform "Alle, Alleluia" in their music video debut.

Performed in 2012 under the direction of Joe Whatley '04, director of choirs, this video features alumni Mackenzie Aughe '12, Jon Besecker '12 (vocal percussion), Maddie Brown '13, Cari Meixner '12, Carly Meixner '13, Trevor Meyers '12 (bass), Caitlin Pearn '13, and Andre Tomlinson '13.

Like this video on our Facebook page and learn more at www.cjeagles.org/lift.

© Ben Apolinar Music (2012, 2014). Video produced by Chaminade Julienne, directed by MagicBox Production Company and edited by Panoramic Productions.

Capstone Group Cultivates Awareness

Have you heard of National Pro-Life Chalk Day? If you’ve walked through the halls of Chaminade Julienne this month, there’s a good chance you recently learned about this event thanks to the work of one Senior Capstone group.

February 6 is considered National Pro-Life Chalk Day. Organizers encourage advocates to inform others by using sidewalk chalk to artistically share messages and facts in high-traffic areas. Wanting to pursue their moral beliefs, take action and raise awareness, seniors Keiley Ayers, Kaitlin Blanchard, Kelsey Dufresne and Kate Schultz decided to put their own twist on the activity.

“The idea to celebrate National Pro-Life Chalk Day at CJ came up as we researched pro-life events for our Senior Capstone Project. We thought about painting the windows of the front entrance because of the snow on the sidewalks and because we knew lots of people would see it there,” Schultz said.

With permission and support from school administration, the group spent about three and a half hours crafting their own “Pro-Life Paint Day” display. The girls painted rows of red hearts with brushes and dipped the sides of their hands in blue and pink paint to make hundreds of pairs of baby’s footprints. The life-like artwork was intended to drive home their message -- "3,500 hearts a day are stopped by abortion” -- which was spelled out, dead center, in large print.

“I know that students noticed because a lot of them came up and told us that they had no idea that that many lives are ended due to abortion,” Schultz said. To help explain, the group also put together a special informative presentation and asked all religion teachers who were willing to show it to their classes (download and watch the PPT presentation).

"All my students really received the message well, but there were some kids, one freshman in particular, who told me their perspective on abortion changed," said Lisa Colbert, religion teacher. She decided to show all five of her senior and freshman religion classes the Capstone presentation because she came away impressed by the group's work and wanted to give other seniors pursuing projects a good example of what could be accomplished.

"The girls presented viewpoints that my freshman students had never heard from their peers before. It got people thinking and it got people talking," she said.

The presentation and window paintings are not the only way the group has been working to cultivate the Catholic Social Teaching of life and dignity of the human person among their peers. Three of the group members attended the National March for Life with CJ in January, and the girls were also involved in the pro-life club’s Day of Silence in October. The four plan to continue their research and activism efforts up until they present at the Stang Symposium in April.

"I think the success this Senior Capstone group has had increasing awareness for pro-life issues is affirming because it shows that all of the hard work they've put in has been worthwhile," Colbert said.

One of the most encouraging parts of her Senior Capstone to this point, said Schultz, is that a group of juniors has already been in contact about picking up their pro-life project and continuing the effort next school year.

CJ Students Influencing Our World Today

A new program at Chaminade Julienne challenges seniors to apply all the lessons of their four-year Catholic educational experience by actualizing the traditions of the school’s two founding orders, the Marianists and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The Senior Capstone Project is a cross-curricular, inquiry-based research project that calls seniors to become servant leaders in our world today.

After spending junior year volunteering at a community organization for a minimum of 25 hours, students spend senior year gaining a deeper insight into global issues and, in the process, develop into compassionate social justice advocates — taking the next step by researching an issue and then influencing others to become part of the solution. Seniors work in teams to research and connect a topic to the Catholic social teachings of the Church, find professional mentors within the community, meet quarterly Capstone goals, and put their plans into action.

One of the 42 projects this year has caught the attention of Honda Motor Company with regard to providing cleaner fuel emissions and less fuel consumption.

“We are redesigning the piston of the internal combustion engine to create electricity as it moves. The redesign would change the way hybrid engines are built, harnessing more electricity while consuming less gas,” senior Kyle Shoup said. “We want to put a damper on our impact to the environment to preserve it for future generations and to use our talents to responsibly care for the earth and other humans.”

Inspired by their involvement with CJ STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine), Kyle and his teammates Thomas Carmody, Matt Dudon, Kris Heidenreich, and Zach Thomas enrolled in Project Lead the Way engineering courses and decided to address environmental concerns. The team’s focus and research has led them to work with Honda engineers and local college professors.

“It’s certainly an innovative idea,” said Steve Wendel, professor at Sinclair Community College and the group’s mentor. “If their idea can be applied to what Honda is already doing, it truly could change the world by improving efficiency.”

Mike Bulugaris, a staff engineer at the Honda Auto Plant in Marysville, Ohio, is also working with the group as a mentor. He’s put the group in touch with leaders at the automaker’s hybrid division, recommended areas of research and provided encouragement for their “out-of-the-box idea.”

"Long-term ideas that address carbon footprint (both product and factory side), multi-material body design (for lighter weight), and ideas that counter increasing labor costs (meaning keeping manufacturing jobs in the U.S.) will reshape our industry in the next 10 to 20 years. This Senior Capstone Project is focused in these key areas.

“The next generation of engineers will face these issues and a team of young minds like this just might create that next great idea. Seems like some good things are happening at CJ," Bulugaris said.

What makes the Capstone unique is its connection to the Catholic Social Teaching of the Church and CJ’s founding orders, said English teacher Molly Bardine. She took the lead on piloting the program with a dozen seniors last school year. “During their research students are required to connect their issue to the Catholic Social teachings of the Church to serve as inspiration to their project,” she said.

In part for her work to implement the project at CJ, Bardine was named a recipient of the 2013 Sr. Dorothy Stang Award. The award honors those within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati working to advance social justice by demonstrating the values of martyr Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN.

“The purpose of the Capstone is to allow students the opportunity to go beyond the traditional service experiences into actual projects designed to impact even more lives and learn how to be servant leaders truly living out their Catholic faith,” she said.

“Great learning happens when students are engaged with a subject that involves their passions,” Bardine said. Topics this year range from sanctity of life and homelessness to self-image, fair trade, environmentalism and more.

All teams will present their Capstone findings April 30 at the school’s Stang Symposium, named in honor of alumna and martyr Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, a 1949 graduate of Julienne High School – a CJ predecessor school.

“I am very impressed with the Senior Capstone Project because it is a way for students to connect faith, meaning and advocacy to affect change in issues about which they have become passionate,” said Brother Ray Fitz, S.M., Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice at the University of Dayton and CJ Trustee.

Bro. Fitz serves as honorary chairperson of LIFT— Leading in Faith Today, which was announced January 30. In addition to capital improvements, the campaign also makes possible initiatives like the Senior Capstone Project and other curricular programs, increases opportunities for teacher development and elevates the school’s comprehensive ministry and service program.

“Students at Chaminade Julienne are not just studying social justice issues, they are finding ways they can work for change in our community,” Bro. Fitz said.

The Senior Capstone Project was the subject of a feature story in the February 7, 2014 issue of FamilyOnline, a Marianist publication.

Free Winter Concert Sunday, Feb. 23

Join us for a free afternoon of music this Sunday, Feb. 23 in downtown Dayton.

Enjoy performances by Concert Band, Concert Choir, String Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Hands in Harmony, and pop a cappella groups Vega and Age V.

Following the concert, the Parents of Performing Arts Students (PoPS) will host a dessert reception for performers, crew and guests. Plan to stay late for cupcakes, coffee and punch in the cafeteria.

Event Details

CJ Winter Concert & Reception.

Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.

CJ's auditorium and cafeteria.

Concert presented by the CJ Performing Arts department. Reception hosted by the CJ PoPS.

Admission is FREE.

Come Jump and Jive in the Jungle!

Come jump and jive at this year's Father/Daughter (February 21) and Mother/Son (February 22) Dances! This year's theme is "Jungle Safari."

Both parent dances will be held at Bainbridge Hall (directions) from 8 to 11 p.m. each evening. Awards will be given for Best Dressed in addition to the crowning of our King and Queen. Tickets will only be sold at the door for $20 per pair.

Students who wish to nominate their mom or dad for King or Queen should submit essays to Ms. Angela Ruffolo, teacher and Student Council moderator, no later than Thursday, Feb. 20.


Trio Sign National Letters of Intent

Three CJ student athletes, including the first lacrosse player in school history, signed National Letters of Intent during the first week of the 2014 signing period.

A day after snow canceled classes and postponed National Signing Day ceremonies, seniors C.J. Riazzi (football) and Lyle Plummer (wrestling) each signed with the Air Force Academy on February 6. Five days later, Keiley Ayers became the first Eagle to formally commit to play college lacrosse after signing with Berry College on February 11.

The trio joined fellow senior Grace Horner, who in November 2013 signed with the crew team of Canisius College, in making their commitments official.

C.J. Riazzi
After playing only one season of organized high school football, C.J. Riazzi will join the Falcons in the NCAA's Mountain West Conference. He will receive a full athletic grant and plans to study business

The tight end had a break-out year for the Eagles, racking up 834 yards and four touchdowns on 54 catches for the season. Riazzi was named to the First Team All-GCL Coed North, honorable mention Southwest All-District, and selected to play in the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South Football Classic game.

"C.J. Riazzi is as talented a football player as anyone I've coached," said Marcus Colvin, head coach. "I am happy for C.J., I just wish he would have played for more than one year. He was a pleasure to coach and I am proud of the man he is becoming -- a man of character and integrity."

Riazzi, a two-year varsity basketball starter at CJ, is averaging 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on the hardwood for the first place Eagles.

Lyle Plummer
Lyle Plummer is one of the most decorated wrestlers in CJ history. At the time of his signing he was ranked No. 2 in the state, held 147 career wins, had qualified for the state tournament three consecutive years and had been named the GCL North Wrestler of the Year in each of those three years.

The 132-pound grappler received academic scholarships and athletic grants to cover the full cost of tuition at the Air Force Academy, where he plans to study finance or business management. Plummer, who is a member of the senior servant leadership group FLIGHT, said he looks forward to wrestling at the college level and being able to continue to be a “man of service.”

“I set a goal to wrestle for an NCAA Division I school so to have a chance to do that at a great institution like the Air Force Academy and pursue this great opportunity is exciting,” he said. “Serving your country is one of the biggest things you can do.”

Keiley Ayers
Keiley Ayers is the first person in CJ history to be signed to play college lacrosse. She will take the field in the spring of 2015 for the Lady Vikings of Berry College, an NCAA Division III school in Georgia, where she will receive the school's Presidential Scholarship to pursue a degree in animal science with a specialization in pre-veterinary medicine.

The midfielder, who first picked up a lacrosse stick as a freshman, was named honorable mention All-District and a 2013 US Lacrosse Academic All-American last season. She is one of four seniors (along with Julie Ward '14, Megan Barrett '14 and Ben Reis '14) who played on the school's inaugural teams in the spring of 2011 according to Eagles Lacrosse Club President Mary Reis ‘77. Reis founded the men’s and women’s program at CJ just four years ago.

"Keiley is the epitome of what happens when hard work and athletic talent collide,” Reis said. “That in three short years Keiley has gone from having never played lacrosse to being signed to play at the college level is nothing short of remarkable."

Women’s lacrosse at CJ is now a school sponsored interscholastic varsity sport for the spring 2014 season. The Eagles officially open the season Saturday, March 22 at Lakota East.


STEMM Idol Speaker Capt. David Simpson

Students are invited to celebrate engineering during homeroom periods with guest speaker Capt. Dave Simpson of the United States Air Force.

Capt. Simpson is an instructor and course director at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Civil Engineer School where he has taught for the last six years. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Civil engineers are in charge of planning, designing, constructing and operating facilities essential to modern life while keeping efficiency, sustainability and longevity in mind. Come learn more about the field during the 2014 National Engineers Week, also known as “E-week.”

Cities and organizations across the country will recognize E-week February 16-22 with activities and events. This year’s theme is “Let’s Make a Difference.” Organizers are encouraging young people to consider engineering and celebrate the work of engineers during the week.

“I personally know that engineering offers an exciting career for anyone who wants to make a difference in the future, whether it’s developing sustainable energy sources or finding a nutritious way to feed the world or building the infrastructure we need to support a growing population,” said Ellen Kullman, CEO of Dupont and honorary chair of E-week.

Learn more about National Engineers Week at www.discoverE.org.