February 2014

Hall of Famers Honored on Home Court

On February 8, the seven newest members of the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame were officially inducted and recognized during halftime of the home men’s varsity basketball game.

Before the game, honorees and their families enjoyed dinner and a formal awards presentation in the cafeteria. Guests then joined a sold-out crowd of students and fans in Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gymnasium to watch the Eagles defeat the visiting Alter Knights 56-52 on what was also Senior Night at CJ.

Congratulations to the members of the 2014 Hall of Fame Class:

  • Charles Schafer '61 - Basketball
  • Timothy Wabler '70 - Baseball
  • Shannon Puckett Wahrhaftig '90 - Soccer, Softball
  • Brandie Hoskins '03 - Basketball
  • Cody Midlam '03 - Wrestling
  • Nathan Peavy '03 - Basketball, Cross Country, Track
  • Christopher Vangas '03 - Football

2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Winners

Eleven students earned regional recognition for their entries in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Since 1923 the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has been one of the country’s largest and most prestigious programs for creative high school students. All regional Gold Key award-winning work is automatically entered into the national contest for judging. Results of the national competition will be announced in March.

Congratulations to all of this year’s regional art and writing winners:

Gold Key - Patrick Zopff, “Transcendent Hand”
Silver Key - Chumani Bowser, “The Great Escape”
Silver Key - Bridget Elder, “Fish On A Line”
Silver Key - Essence Garrett, “Hanging Above Elephants”
Silver Key - Katie Grismer, “Soak up the Sun”
Silver Key - Quantae Miller, “Sky”
Silver Key - Tyler Traylor, “The Cross”
Honorable Mention - Patrick Zopff, “Julienne African Statuett”

The Miami Valley Regional Exhibition is hosted at the K12 Gallery & TEJAS from February 7-28. An awards ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Students are invited to receive their awards in the company of their friends and family.

Gold Key - Laura Bullock, “Ad Mortem”
Gold Key - Miranda Fryman, “Lessons In A Car”
Silver Key - Laura Bullock, “The Secrets I Carry”
Silver Key - Laura Bullock, “Vigil”
Honorable Mention - Laura Bullock, “A Heart Demolished”
Honorable Mention - Jacob Troutwine, “The Wall Of The Workshop”
Honorable Mention - Cari Zahn, “Learning To Fly”

To learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit www.artandwriting.org/the-awards.


Mock Trial Club Competes at Districts

Members of the Mock Trial Club competed against 20 high school teams from across the county in the district competition Friday, Jan. 31. Students squared off against each other in real courtrooms at the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court just north of campus in downtown Dayton.

The club’s nine members were split into two teams -- Plaintiff and Defense -- to argue both sides of a case in a simulated trial about a fictional school district and its students’ First and Fourth Amendment rights. (Watch video below to learn more.)

Vying for six spots in the regional competition, the Eagles’ Plaintiff team went against Centerville and the Defense team was matched up with Sidney. Although neither team advanced, junior Ashley Huffman (arguing for the defense) won an award for best attorney while junior Margot Duffy and sophomore Allison Huffman tied for best witness.

“Mock Trial gives you great insight into the legal system and the way the court works. It does involve a lot of work and a time commitment, but it is really beneficial and a lot of fun,” Ashley said. The club began practicing in late fall, spending two hours on Saturday and Wednesday mornings reviewing case files, preparing speeches and crafting exam questions.

“Even if you are not interested in law, Mock Trial is a great way to improve your public speaking skills and research skills,” she said. “The club is also good for students who want to be involved with acting or drama.”

Mock Trial offers members the opportunity to perform, compete, and understand the dynamics of a normal court case in a courtroom. Students play roles of attorneys and witnesses in order to compete against another team, who will argue for a certain stance.

Ohio’s Mock Trial program is celebrating 30 years in 2014. CJ’s club was reintroduced this fall as an offering under the supervision of Mr. Tony Ricciuto, who teaches Honors World Cultures and AP European History. The club’s successful resurgence is due in part to his experience as well as the opportunity for students to work with volunteers who are also legal professionals.

Many members of the CJ community pitched in to help the team prepare. Adult volunteers included the Honorable James Brogan, a 1957 alumnus; legal advisors Chris Herman and Chris Hollon of Faruki, Ireland & Cox PLL (recommended by Jeffrey Cox, chair of the Board of Trustees and parent of CJ graduates); and Ashley and Allison’s mom, attorney Kathryn Huffman.

All students are encouraged to give Mock Trial a try next school year.