April 2014

Symposium Showcases Senior Capstone

Members of the Class of 2014 presented their final Capstone projects April 30 at the Sister Stang Symposium, named in honor of Dayton native and martyr Sr. Dorothy Stang.

"The Senior Capstone is not just a graduation requirement or something to put on a resume. It is, at its core, about building the Kingdom of God," religion teacher Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI, told the audience in her keynote address.

Following her address, parents, students, faculty and staff, and community members moved from the auditorium to one of 14 break-out sessions to hear presentations. Approximately 40 different projects covered topics from sanctity of life and homelessness to self-image, fair trade, environmentalism, poverty and more.

The Senior Capstone -- in its first full year of implementation -- is a unique cross-curricular, inquiry-based project that challenges students to be servant leaders and apply the lessons of Catholic Social Teaching. The project is supported by the school's $20 million capital campaign, known as LIFT -- Leading in Faith Today.

English teacher Molly Bardine serves as Senior Capstone Coordinator. In part for her work to implement a pilot version of the project at CJ last year, 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 Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, a 1949 graduate of Julienne High School -- a CJ predecessor school.

Dayton, Augsburg Celebrate Anniversary

Mayor Nan Whaley and city officials welcomed German exchange students from sister city Augsburg to Dayton during a morning reception in the library April 28.

Those on hand at CJ for the reception included Dayton Sister City Committee members Hunt Brown, chair; Ariel Walker, vice chair; Andrew Waldholtz, secretary; and John McCance, general member. Principal John Marshall and President Dan Meixner also addressed guests with a welcome and a thank you.

“This exchange is one example of how our students are learning to have hearts as wide as the world,” said Meixner, paraphrasing St. Julie Billiart, foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. “We feel very blessed because of the relationship we have with the Dayton Sister City Committee.”

The 2013-14 school year marks the fifth year for the student exchange, which is made possible through a partnership with the Dayton Sister City Committee and CJ's Junior Council on World Affairs (JCOWA), a subsidiary of the Dayton Council on World Affairs (DCOWA). Dayton and Augsburg are celebrating their 50th anniversary as sister cities in 2014.

Seventeen CJ families play host to high school students from Jakob Fugger Gymnasium over their 10-day stay (April 22 to May 2) in the Gem City. German students are accompanied by their teachers Mr. Wolfgang Burkhart and Ms. Sabine Keller. The exchange is organized and was started in 2009 by Mr. Tony Ricciuto, CJ social studies teacher and JCOWA moderator.

The trip itinerary includes local stops at Wright-Patterson AFB, Carillon Park, RiverScape MetroPark, SunWatch Indian Village, the Wright Cycle Company Complex, the Paul Laurence Dunbar House and Fifth Third Field for a Dayton Dragons game. The group will also tour sites in Columbus, plus students get to shadow their American counterparts at both CJ and Stivers School for the Arts

Jakob Fugger sophomore Markus Neff says he is excited to experience a new culture. "I'm looking forward to improving my English skills and seeing the American way of life."

German visitors depart from Dayton International Airport the morning of May 2 and will make a stop in New York before returning home to Augsburg.


Juniors Learn to C.O.P.E. with Poverty

The cover story of the spring 2014 issue of Vision, Chaminade Julienne’s alumni magazine, highlights a unique learning experience had by juniors through their religion classes.

On April 1, CJ hosted a Cost of Poverty Experience (C.O.P.E.) simulation in the Student Conditioning Center. The two hour role-playing activity allowed students to experience the pressures felt by real-life families living in poverty in Montgomery County.

CJ students live a month in poverty

Courtesy of www.WHIO.com >

Junior Aaron Talib and a friend played the role of a married couple. Aaron’s character was suffering from depression while his spouse had a criminal record for being previously arrested. To make matters worse, Aaron was fired from his job after the first day of work.

“It was tough,” Talib said. “We didn’t have a lot of money, only about $1,000 per month, and now I realize that isn’t very much money to live on.”

In the days immediately following the simulation, junior religion teachers Dr. Mick Mominee and Karen Emmerich set aside class time to give the students an opportunity to process the experience together.

“The first thing I thought about was my parents and how stressful it can be to have to budget every single month,” Talib said.

To make the lesson stick, teachers also assigned a budgeting activity that asked students to work with an adult to calculate the monthly cost of living for a traditional family of four and an individual. Students then compared these figures against the U.S. and international poverty lines.

Mominee said the activity helped juniors empathize with those living in poverty while showing them just how complicated the issue can be.

“I think overall, these students have a deeper understanding of the problem and why (poverty) is not something we can simply fix by saying, ‘Work harder, get a job, stay positive,’” he said.

Talib said he learned a lot because the experience challenged his beliefs. He encourages others to be open if given the opportunity to participate in a C.O.P.E. simulation.

“Keep an open mind because you want the experience to be something that impacts you.” 


Courtesy of www.abc22now.com >

C.O.P.E. Photos

By Julie Walling

Vega Returns to the NYC Stage April 25

Congratulations to Vega, the 2014 International Championships of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) finals runner-up! The Eagles placed second among the nation's top 10 groups at Peter Norton Symphony Space on Broadway in New York City on April 25.

Tuning up before their trip to New York City, members of Vega performed an a cappella version of “Wings” by artist Little Mix live on the MIX 107.7 Morning Show April 22.

The radio appearance is one of many highlights from what has been another whirlwind year for CJ’s immensely successful performing arts ensemble. Vega qualified for nationals after winning the Ohio Valley Semifinal for the second consecutive year in March. In addition, the group’s single “Circus” off their second studio album Elevation was named runner-up in the 2014 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards for best high school song on April 12. Vega is also the No. 4 ranked high school group in America according to AcaRank.com.

Vega performs under the direction of Joe Whatley ‘04, who founded the group at his alma mater four years ago. The 2013-14 ensemble features students Cassidy Aughe, Katy Harrington, Ayanna Hayes, Addi Helms, Bobby Krupa, David Marshall, Kaylee Piatt and Sean Stewart.

WMMX Mix 107.7

Vega Performs Live April 22


Final Rehearsal

CJ group sings their way to the Big Apple

All-Star Student Athlete Makes History

One all-star student athlete will do something no Eagle has accomplished in the history of CJ athletics this weekend. Good luck to senior C.J. Riazzi as he competes in two Ohio All-Star games Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27.

CJ senior set for all-star double duty

By: Marc F. Pendleton

Staff Writer, Dayton Daily News

Dayton, OH; April 21, 2014 — C.J. Riazzi is ticketed for the ultimate all-star double duty this weekend.

A two-sport standout at Chaminade Julienne High School, the 6-foot-4 senior receiver will be a member of the Divisions IV-VII South team in Saturday’s Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South Classic football games at Welcome Stadium.

C.J. Riazzi - 2014 Statistics

Football    Basketball
REC - 58
YDS - 739*
LNG - 73
TD - 4
PPG - 12.5
RPG - 5.9
APG - 1.9
SPG - 1.9
FG% - 47.3
FT% - 81.1

On Sunday, he’ll join the South Divisions III-IV team in the North-South Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association all-star games at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.

“I thought it was a great opportunity,” said Riazzi, who will play football at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo., this fall.

“I know a lot of people don’t like to be in these all-star games because they think they’re going to get hurt. When I had the opportunity to do something that no one in my school had ever done or maybe in the state – playing in both – I took that as an honor. I’m more than glad to play in both.”

The Classic has been split into two football games and has moved from Ohio Stadium in Columbus to Dayton this year. Divisions IV-VII will kick off at 11 a.m. followed by Divisions I-III at 3 p.m.

The four girls and boys North-South basketball games will start at noon on Sunday.

Riazzi was a rare transfer from Alter to CJ for his junior and senior seasons. He didn’t play football until a senior for the Eagles.
“I honestly couldn’t tell you if I could have played football at Alter,” he said. “I look at it as an unknown blessing.”

Joining him on the South team is CJ defensive back Will Peterson. CJ coach Marcus Colvin is a South assistant, as are former Carroll coach Steve Bartlett (Miami Trace) and Covington coach Dave Miller.

Area players on the South Divisions I-III team are Landon Brazile and Vayante Copeland (Thurgood Marshall), Tristan Davis and Trey McFadden (Wayne) and Terry Ramsey (Northmont). Former Thurgood head coach Earl White, now at Belmont, is a South assistant.

“It’s almost like coaching a small college team,” White said. “There’s so much talent at every position. I’m just thrilled and excited to be afforded the opportunity to be coaching with some of the best coaches in the state. Guys who’ve been doing it a long time and doing it well.”

Copeland, the D-III defensive player of the year last fall, tweaked a hamstring and won’t play. The defending D-II state 400-meter champ, he’s hoping to recover and run track. He also was the only area player to be invited to the first Border Classic all-star football game between Ohio and Michigan in June.

All the North and South football teams will have two-a-day practices at Welcome on Thursday and Friday. They’ll all stay at the Dayton Marriott across the Great Miami River on South Patterson Blvd.

This article is re-published from the April 21 issue of the Dayton Daily News with permission from Marc Pendleton.

Did You Know

Eagles All-stars

Only seven men's basketball players in the history of the program have been chosen to participate in the highly selective OHSBCA all-star game. They are:

  • Dan Gerhard, 1970
  • Al Sicard, 1989
  • Darnell Hoskins, 1993
  • Nathan Peavy, 2003
  • Derrick Brown, 2005
  • John Staley, 2012
  • C.J. Riazzi, 2014

In recent years, the football team has been represented in the OHSFCA all-star game by:

  • Frank Castellano, 1994
  • Paul Harker, 1998
  • Angelo Chattams, 2001
  • Andy Jomantas, 2010
  • Darrien Howard, 2013
  • Ja'mel Sanders, 2013

Spring Signings for the Class of 2014

A total of 12 members of the Class of 2014 have signed to continue their athletic pursuits at colleges and universities across the nation.

Soccer players Abby Stayer, Emily Stayer and Emma Hawthorn (pictured above) were the latest to ink agreements. On April 23, the Stayer sisters signed with Division III Franklin College in Indiana where Emily will study social work while Abby remains undecided. Hawthorn, a First Team all league honoree, signed with Division III Wittenberg University and will study Spanish language education.

"The question wasn't if these girls were going to sign, it was where," said head varsity coach Roy Craig.

The same could be said for fellow teammate Rachel Strahorn. Strahorn signed with NCAA Division II Ursuline College, located outside Cleveland. There, she will receive academic scholarships and athletic grants to study nursing and play soccer for the Arrows. Strahorn is a three year varsity letterwinner and has been named to the First Team all league and First Team all area for two consecutive years.

Also signing this spring were fellow seniors Elijah Kinney, lineman, and Alex Livingston, receiver. The pair agreed to continue their football careers as teammates for the Cardinals of Otterbein University, an NCAA Division III school located north of Columbus. Livingston intends to study criminal justice and Kinney intends to study political science.

Livingston, a CJ baseball three year varsity letterwinner, also plans to pitch and play outfield for the Cardinals' baseball program.


Teachers Present at National Conventions

Three Chaminade Julienne teachers were invited to share their unique classroom concepts for integrating social justice and research into the curriculum at two national education conventions this spring.

On April 23, English teacher Greg Mueller and religion teacher Dr. Mick Mominee (pictured above) will present at the 2014 National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Convention and Expo in Pittsburgh. Their presentation titled, “Implementing a Cross Curricular Social Justice Research Project in a Catholic High School,” focuses on CJ’s Integrated Social Justice Research Project (ISJRP).

The project, based in Catholic social teaching, melds service learning, research and writing assignments into one year-long process for juniors across both their English class (composition and literature) and religion class (morality and social justice). The ISJRP also moves students into thinking about their Senior Capstone Project.

And back in mid-March, English department chair and Capstone Coordinator Molly Bardine also presented at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention in Indianapolis where she joined a panel of two professors and one graduate student from the University of Dayton. The group presented, "College Readiness, Web Writing, and First-Year Composition: Opening Access in the Transition from High School to College Writing."

Bardine demonstrated how writing for the Web as part of high school composition classes can help better prepare students for both the new Common Core State Standards and success in college. Read the full description online.

The trio of CJ presenters have a combined 44 years teaching experience in secondary Catholic education.

Related Reading. . .
Want to see a glimpse of some of these teaching techniques in action? We highly recommend you check out this excellent Classroom Success Story about CJ junior religion classes by Heather Martin, strategic communications coordinator at VARtek Services, Inc. An excerpt from the story is published below:

As far as Mick Mominee is concerned, if television and film were a couple millennia older, Jesus would have used them to get his points across.

Popular media is a powerful way to make lessons stick, says the religion teacher at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School—and he uses everything from TV sitcoms and commercials to PowerPoint and YouTube to teach his students such concepts as baptism, forgiveness, and moral development.

Posted April 10, 2014


Seniors Plan Moms' Night at The Glen

One Senior Capstone group donated time and effort to provide a relaxing night for single mothers and their children.

Amanda Bertke, Erin Berberich, and Sarah Chapman collaborated with The Glen at St. Joseph to bring awareness to the issue of single mothers living in poverty.

The Glen is a Dayton organization that provides assistance to single mothers who are transitioning out of poverty. Kelli Kinnear, project mentor and director of ministry and service, said CJ has maintained a good working relationship with this organization for a number of years.

The group decided to focus on one aspect of life these women rarely have time to enjoy.

“We worked with The Glen and some of the single moms to put together a movie night for the kids,” Bertke said. “This way the moms could have some alone time to themselves, since they don't often get the chance.”

In late March, the girls provided dinner and playtime to 12 children, followed by a showing of Frozen. The group also recruited a number of underclassmen from CJ to assist with the event. Bertke said it was a successful evening for all.

“It was a really good experience for us to interact with the kids, and it felt nice to be able to give the moms some time to themselves,” she said.

In order to accomplish a successful night for the families, the group members pulled from their past service experiences and conducted research on the population of single mothers.

“For my junior service project, I worked with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, and Sarah and Erin worked with The Glen,” Bertke said. “Through these projects, we gained experience with single moms and their children, and we wanted to learn more about them. We researched statistics about single moms and any personal stories we could find.”

Kinnear said the research was good motivation for the students to reach out.

“We tried to focus on the specific needs of women who maybe don’t have the resources that other women might, and what kind of struggles they encounter,” she said. “For some of these mothers, they’re working, some of them are going back to school or getting some kind of degree, trying to get GEDs, and they have children. They just don’t get a lot of free time.”

Bertke expressed that the more she found out about a single mother’s lifestyle, the more she wanted to help.

“It amazes me how much these mothers are able to accomplish while being the only caretaker for their child or children,” she said. “One thing we thought was very powerful was that out of 32 families that The Glen assists, only one or two of them have a father figure that is regularly in their lives.”

Despite the statistics, the group remains hopeful for the families.

“I really hope to make people more aware of all the struggles that single mothers face, and of the different projects and organizations out there that can assist the mothers,” Bertke said. “We hope this capstone project will be passed on to future seniors in the hopes that they will continue to bring about that awareness.”

Spring National Honor Society Induction

Congratulations to the newest members of Chaminade Julienne's National Honor Society who were inducted during the school's spring ceremony on Monday, March 31 at Emmanuel Catholic Church. The evening began with a special Mass and concluded with dinner for students, families and their guests.

NHS Members

  • Keiley Ayers
  • Megan Barrett
  • Erin Berberich
  • Amanda Bertke
  • Kaitlin Blanchard
  • Matthew Boudinot*
  • Laura Bullock*
  • Erin Carmody*
  • John Carper
  • Kaitlyn Cartone
  • Sarah Chapman
  • Caroline Chick*
  • Alicia Cleaver*
  • Sean Colbert*
  • Rachel Craighead
  • Samantha Cudney
  • Nicholas Dalton
  • Sarah Downing*
  • Matthew Dudon
  • Margot Duffy*
  • Kelsey Dufresne
  • Ashley Erich
  • Julianne Evans*
  • Alexianna Francois*
  • Miranda Fryman
  • Margaret Geraghty
  • Catherine Grady
  • Joshua Haralson*
  • Mariah Harlow
  • Katherine Harrington*
  • Adelyn Helms*
  • Conor Hickey
  • Grace Horner
  • Ashley Huffman*
  • Sydney Johnson*
  • Margaret Keaty
  • Grace Klosterman*
  • Gary LaBianco
  • Shannon Leik
  • Olivia Levine*
  • Abigail Lisjak
  • David Marshall*
  • Christopher McCoy*
  • Linan McSherry*
  • Jennifer Meier
  • Ryan Menker
  • Daniel Meyer*
  • Emily Meyer*
  • Claire Meyers
  • Megan Murray
  • Adrienne Myton
  • Rachel Nartker
  • Douglas Neff
  • Abigail O’Loughlin*
  • Kaylee Piatt
  • Lyle Plummer
  • Nicole Redinger
  • Benjamin Reis
  • Warren Reynolds
  • Rachel Rogers
  • Isabela Rougeux
  • Grace Saunders*
  • John Scaccia
  • Elizabeth Schmitt*
  • Leighanne Schwab
  • Katherine Schultz
  • Haleigh Shaw*
  • Kyle Shoup
  • Elizabeth Sinnathamby*
  • Chandler Spees
  • Laura Springman*
  • Erin Staley*
  • Jarred Stamper*
  • Abigayle Stayer
  • Emily Stayer
  • Rachel Stayer*
  • Samuel Stidham*
  • Rachel Strahorn
  • Beth Stumpf*
  • Legacy Tanner
  • Gretchen Theil*
  • Zachary Thomas
  • Jesse Thompson
  • Victoria Thornton*
  • Fidela Tuyisange*
  • Mireille Uwase
  • Terri Vo*
  • Julia Ward
  • Thomas Weckesser
  • Faith White*
  • Annelise Wilimitis
  • Helen Wittman*
  • Daniel Wittmann*
  • Teresa Wong*
  • Cari Zahn
  • Marin Zumwald

Teacher Jim Sparrow serves as NHS moderator.

*Denotes new member for spring 2014.


Student E-cycling Event at CJ April 5

Members of the CJ STEMM Special Ops Club and a Senior Capstone group teamed up with Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV) to offer the community an environmentally friendly option for getting started on spring cleaning.

On April 5, students and volunteers staffed a GESMV donation truck at CJ from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. accepting working and non-working cell phones, computers, monitors, printers, speakers and other devices. By afternoon, nearly 14,000 pounds of unwanted electronics was collected for safe disposal.

The event was the first of its kind for CJ, but not for GESMV. The organization hosts a number of community e-cycling events throughout the year.  View 2014 schedule >

“When you donate to our organization, it helps provide jobs to help people with disabilities, and also provide services and programs for people in the community that need us,” Kim Bramlage, marketing communications coordinator at GESMV, told the Dayton Daily News.

The Special Ops Club learned more about GESMV’s recycling efforts last fall during a worksite visit to their facility. The club is offered as an extracurricular through the CJ STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) program by Meg Draeger, coordinator. All CJ students with an interest in robotics and computer science may join. Throughout the school year, club members meet once per week and participate in local team competitions, field trips and service projects.

In collaboration with the club, seniors Gary Labianco, Claire Meyers and Tom Weckesser offered to co-host the event as one aspect of their Senior Capstone project. The trio is researching and raising awareness about the fight for precious minerals that naturally occur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, many of which are incorporated into the electronic devices we use every day.