May 2014

CJ PLTW Students Engineer Solutions

Ten students presented their Engineering Design and Development (EDD) capstone projects last week as one of the final requirements of the final course offered through CJ's nationally certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering program.

The fourth-year course prepares students in areas of engineering research and design and allows them to apply what they’ve learned through previous PLTW coursework. Their task for the year was to find solutions to real-world problems while working in small teams. Classmates leveraged the Dayton region's strong STEM sectors by seeking advice from local professionals and businesses in the field.

EDD instructors Steve Wendel and Andy Helms emphasized the importance of the engineering design process and the students’ ability to coherently present their ideas to others. Wendel, an engineering professor and affiliate director of PLTW Ohio, split time between Sinclair and CJ to help teach the class this year.

Sitting in to hear presentations in the CJ STEMM Center were local professionals and members of the school's administration and STEMM Advisory Board. Many in the audience came away impressed by the students’ effort and ingenuity.

“This class is a solid base for preparing students for engineering school,” said guest Juan Carbonell, branch chief at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

“The students seem to be following a good engineering approach to problem solving, and I was very impressed with the analysis of alternatives used for all three projects.”

The first group, Team 4G, completed a project called GPS Locator and Casing. Group members Ryan Noble, Matthew Boudinot, Gary LaBianco and James Turner designed a protective case for a GPS system to be used to locate emergency personnel in case of disaster.

Ryan took charge of researching shock-, heat- and moisture-resistant materials. The group originally planned for the GPS unit to be placed in a shoe, but trial and error led them to designing a case that could be attached to a belt, the most universal and durable option for the intended consumer, Noble said.

The second group focused on an environmental issue specifically affecting the CJ community. Peter Barclay, Cannon Hill and Benjamin Osterday set out to improve recycling procedures within the building. They wanted to expand receptacles to include both paper and plastic material.

Originally, the recycling bins stationed in each classroom were designed for recycling only paper. However, in their research the students found that CJ could earn around $1,200 just by recycling plastics more efficiently. Through their efforts, they were able to design a new bin that supported recycling of both paper and plastic. The group plans to speak to school administration about introducing the bins in classrooms.

The third group's project, known as the Electric Energy Producing Piston (EEPP), was inspired by the hybrid energy vehicle. Seniors Matt Dudon, Kyle Shoup and Kris Heidenreich attempted to improve upon existing ideas by using electromagnetic energy produced by the combustion engine.

Their decision to pursue the topic (which doubled as a Capstone project for Matt and Kyle) was influenced by two learning experiences their junior year. All three gained basic engineering knowledge through the PLTW Digital Electronics course. Additionally, the students developed an interest for environmental and global warming concerns after studying morality and social justice in religion class.

Kris focused his efforts on the principles of electromagnetism. The group learned that adding magnets to the piston and lining the cylinder head with a copper coil within the combustion engine could produce energy for the hybrid vehicle. Through research, design, and consultation with professionals and mentors from OSU, WPAFB, Sinclair, Honda, and BWI Group, the seniors successfully demonstrated energy production using a piston from a week-whacker engine.

Reflecting on the conclusion of their group projects, Noble and Heidenreich both acknowledged the benefit of having gained engineering experience prior to college.

“All four years I have enjoyed myself and have continued learning new things that will assist me in the future,” Heidenreich said. “Many of these projects are similar to the situations we'll find in the engineering field and the manufacturing industry.”

Noble, a junior, added that given the wide view of engineering over four years, he will have an easier time making the right choice on what to study in college.

In addition to their individual group projects, the EDD class as a whole worked on a collaborative project as well after receiving a grant from a local inventor.

New for next year, CJ will offer a Civil Engineering and Architecture class to go along with Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering and EDD


Final Signings for the Class of 2014

Eighteen seniors, or about 13 percent of the Class of 2014, signed a National Letter of Intent this school year. Signees represent 10 of the school’s 15 competitive athletic programs.

“This is an accomplishment that speaks to the diversity of talents among the students here at Chaminade Julienne,” said Scott Pierce, athletic director.

Eagles will continue their academic and athletic careers at 14 different colleges and universities -- seven in state, seven out of state -- and compete across all three NCAA divisions. Sports include baseball (2 signees), basketball (1), crew (1), football (4), golf (1), lacrosse (2), soccer (4), softball (1), swimming (2) and wrestling (1).

Congratulations to the following student athletes who were our final signees this May:

Ja’waan Young
After four years of Eagles basketball, Ja’waan joins the Fighting Muskies at Muskingum University where he intends to study business management.

“I couldn’t imagine if Ja’waan wasn’t able put a basketball in his hands and keep getting better,” said head coach Joe Staley. “All of his outstanding basketball is still ahead of him.”

Kaitlin Kearns
Kaitlin will swim for the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern University where she intends to study molecular biology. The four-year varsity letterwinner qualified for districts in all four of those seasons. She owns school records in the 1,650 yard freestyle and the 200 meter butterfly.

“We really could put her in any event and she would do well,” said assistant coach Amy O’Loughlin. Her versatility earned the senior the nickname of “utility swimmer” during her career at CJ.

Caitlin Mathews
The Eagles ace joins the Lady Quakers pitching staff at Wilmington College where she intends to study athletic training. Caitlin is a four-year varsity letterwinner and a first-team All GGCL recipient. She owns 26 career wins and 284 career strikeouts.

“Caitlin has pitched every inning of every game for the last three years,” said head coach Dee Werbrich. In 2013, Caitlin helped Werbrich record her 100th career victory at CJ as part of a 12-win season in which she threw a no-hitter.

Corey Lugiano
Corey also joins the Fighting Quakers of Wilmington College where he intends to study either criminal justice or athletic training. Corey is a three-year varsity letterwinner at catcher and a recipient of GCL Coed second team honors. He has appeared in all 24 games for the Eagles this season and is second among his teammates in hits (24) and doubles (5).

A total of seven student athletes, including all May signees, will compete in the Division III Ohio Athletic Conference next season.


  • Grace Horner, rowing, Canisius College
  • Keiley Ayers, lacrosse, Berry College
  • Lyle Plummer, wrestling, Air Force Academy
  • C.J. Riazzi, football, Air Force Academy
  • Kaitlyn Cartone, golf, Saint Mary's College
  • Claire Meyers, swimming, Washington and Lee University
  • Rachel Strahorn, soccer, Ursuline College
  • Elijah Kinney, football, Otterbein University
  • Alex Livingston, football/baseball, Otterbein University
  • Abby Stayer, soccer, Franklin College
  • Emily Stayer, soccer, Franklin College
  • Emma Hawthorn, soccer, Wittenberg University
  • Braden Chipman, football, Marietta College
  • Julie Ward, lacrosse, Trannsylvania University

Global Art Project Promotes Peace

In late April, a package postmarked from Spain came to art teacher Mrs. Diana Barr’s desk. Inside were large puzzle pieces, each uniquely decorated by middle school students depicting their culture’s interpretation of peace.


The artwork, which now adorns the walls of Room 123, arrived in Dayton as part of an international exchange known as the Global Art Project for Peace (GAP). Barr and her students have participated biennially since 1998, exchanging art with a new group from a different part of the world every other year. GAP’s mission is to “joyously create a culture of peace through art.”

“The goal is to get the subject of peace on the table and keep the conversation going,” said Barr, art department chair. “The more you talk about it, the more you get kids thinking about how they can achieve peace.”

Projects of varying shapes, sizes and mediums are mailed out during the final week of April, “encircling the globe with this concept of peace and friendship,” Barr said. Anyone in the world can participate, either individually or as part of a group.

This spring, students in all five of Mrs. Barr’s classes created and sent prayer flags (like those pictured above) to a class of middle schoolers in Spain. Flags were dyed using an Indonesian technique known as batik. Students applied wax over white cloth to create different designs in the negative space while dyeing the fabric over and over.

Freshman Anjalee Guy said she enjoyed designing her prayer flag with the zodiac symbol for pisces while taking Mrs. Barr’s fibers and adornment course.

“It’s a fun class, I’d encourage anyone to take it,” she said. Fibers and adornment was first offered to students at CJ last year. The class introduces artists to new mediums they rarely have the chance to experience including silk painting, jewelry making and sewing.

Prior to dyeing her prayer flag, Guy sewed two cloth dolls representing victims of the Holocaust for a different art project in the class. Her work, along with artwork by six of Mrs. Barr’s art students, has been chosen for display in the Max May Memorial Exhibition at the Dayton Art Institute. The exhibition runs July 20 through September 14.


“The Holocaust project really has a heavy message, so we are glad to follow it up by wishing others messages that are full of love, peace and happiness,” Barr said.

GAP allows students to visually interpret the meaning of peace while experiencing other cultures and exploring the project’s theme: “We Are All One.” CJ has exchanged artwork with artists in places including China, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Indonesia, and Africa in past  years.

“It’s really good to think about what peace means in our life and send out messages to others, whether in our country or outside the United States, and share the unity of peace-loving people,” Barr said.

Ceramics students in art teacher Janet Lasley’s classes also exchanged GAP artwork with children in India (pictured right). The story was featured in the spring 2014 issue of Vision, CJ’s alumni magazine.

“The Global Art Project for Peace is our way of sending out goodwill into the world. That’s one of our main focuses here at CJ,” Barr said.

The art department plans to continue its tradition of participating in the project again in 2016.

Max May Memorial Exhibition at DAI

Artwork by the following students will be on display at the Dayton Art Institute through this summer:

  • Claire Armstrong '17
  • Kweisi Beaty '15
  • Essence Garret '16
  • Anjelee Guy '17
  • Matt Pyper '15
  • Emily Stayer '14
  • Maureen Zopff '16


Pros Intervene in PLTW Coursework

After a quick demonstration by guest presenter Dr. Steve Huffman (pictured below), students in Mrs. Amy O’Loughlin’s medical interventions class snapped on the rubber gloves and got to work. Using the tools of the trade, students sutured the broken ends of two balloons, as if it were a vein in need of mending, at their lab tables in the CJ STEMM Center.

This simulated operation is just one of many examples of the hands-on approach to teaching and learning that, combined with instruction from the experts, makes Project Lead the Way curriculum at CJ so innovative and engaging.

“The PLTW courses have helped confirm the idea that I want to pursue a medical career, if not become a cardiovascular surgeon,” said Jarred Stamper, a junior taking medical interventions. He appreciates having the opportunity to try the same techniques professionals working in the field use while still in high school.

Stamper is currently enrolled in his third PLTW biomedical science course. His experience with PLTW has influenced him to take the fourth-year biomedical innovations course as a senior and is steering him to study pre-med in college.

“It’s a different type of feel,” Stamper described. “PLTW classes are different from other classes I’ve taken because I get to do so much independent learning.”

All four PLTW biomedical science courses are offered as electives and taken alongside a student’s regular science and math classes. The project-activity based curriculum challenges students to think critically while involvement from medical professionals like Dr. Huffman, Dr. Jim Olson and Dr. Thomas Heck ‘70 (pictured top) helps make the lesson real.

“The path to working in medicine all starts with the basic scientific knowledge,” Dr. Heck said. “What the students are learning now is where it all starts.” The breast cancer surgeon and CJ graduate returned to his alma mater for the fourth consecutive year in February to talk with PLTW students in O’Loughlin’s classes.

“You never know which kid sitting in this classroom today might end up where I am in the future,” he said. “I feel like if I can have even a small influence on a student’s college or career choice, that’s something that means a lot to me.”

According to O'Loughlin, those PLTW students who do choose to go into a college or career field in medicine are better prepared to succeed.

“The PLTW biomedical curriculum gives our students a competitive edge in college by exposing them to many different lab experiences that they wouldn’t normally receive,” O’Loughlin said in the spring 2014 issue of Vision, CJ’s alumni magazine.

More than 30 graduates, who took at least one CJ biomed course since 2009, are now studying a related field in college.


Philanthropy Club Awards 2014 Grant

Students at CJ teamed up with a local non-profit organization this year to help give grade school children a soft place to lay their heads.

Sixteen members of the school’s Philanthropy Club will grant $1,500 to Trisha Baxter, founder of Snuggled Up, Inc. The local non-profit company provides bedding to children who do not have a comfortable place to sleep.

“I feel honored that the students and staff at Chaminade Julienne chose Snuggled Up to receive the grant,” Baxter said. The Dayton mom and grade school teacher started her organization after one of her second graders revealed that she could not stay awake in class because she did not have a bed at home.

“CJ's donation means that there will be less children sleeping on the floor and more children who have a safe place to dream.”

Funding for the grant is provided by Magnified Giving. The Cincinnati-based program partners with approximately 50 high schools in Ohio and Northern Kentucky to expose young people to philanthropic endeavors.

“Magnified Giving is a non-profit organization that gives teens funds to grant to charities they research,” said Nicole Will, guidance counselor and club moderator. “The goal is to educate, inspire and engage students in philanthropy.”

CJ is currently the only Magnified Giving affiliate in Montgomery County. Last spring, the Philanthropy Club awarded grants totaling $1,500 to Daybreak and the Dakota Center, Inc.

“I got involved last year to try something new and by the end I became really interested in philanthropy, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to be in the group again,” senior Celeste Bombick said.

Club members met regularly during homeroom to learn about philanthropy while discussing the social concerns and needs within their own communities. Students then split into small groups of two to three to identify possible grant applicants. The process included researching each organization, volunteering at each site, and presenting their findings to the whole group.

After five months of legwork, the group narrowed down grant applicants to three organizations and made their final presentations. Snuggled Up, Inc. was voted the winner by members of the club and a small group of faculty and staff members.

“I love Snuggled Up and thought it was an awesome organization that could help a lot of kids,” Bombick said. “It’s really sad to know that so many children don’t have a bed to go home to; I think that is something we all take for granted.”

Philanthropy Club members will present Mrs. Baxter with a check for $1,500 at the sixth annual Magnified Giving Student Philanthropy Awards Ceremony on May 14.

“The money will be used to buy cots, cuddly blankets, sheets. and laundry sacks to hold the items,” Baxter said. Approximately 15 children will take home their own “Snuggle Kit” thanks to the grant.


2014 Service Awards by the Numbers

Each year since 2007, the Chaminade Julienne community has uniquely taken time to recognize its own for their volunteerism at the annual Service Awards Assembly. The office of ministry and service hosted the celebration again this year on May 7.

“This morning’s celebration is an example of being centered in our mission to honor those students who hear and answer their call to be people of ‘compassion, integrity and service,’” said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service, in her opening address.

The ceremony included prayer, special video presentations, a welcome to “Little Sibs” from Ruskin Elementary and Immaculate Conception (pictured above), a blessing for summer mission trip participants, and individual and group recognition of servant leadership.

Take a look at the eighth annual CJ Service Awards by the numbers:

Number of service hours completed by the CJ community during the 2013-14 school year beyond what is required of students through religion curriculum. The total represents a contribution of $220,810 to the local, national and world economy according to the Independent Sector’s valuation of an hour of service.

Number of service hours completed by senior Jordan Stemple over her four years at CJ, a record for the Class of 2014.

Community Service Homeroom Representatives.  These sophomores, juniors and seniors are responsible for regularly communicating service news and information to their peers.

Senior Capstone projects.  Members of the Class of 2014 are the first to participate in the cross-curricular service learning program as part of graduation requirements.

Number of years the Little Sibs Program has been in place at CJ.  Twenty-six “Littles” in grades K-2 at Ruskin Elementary and Immaculate Conception were introduced on stage with their “Bigs” from CJ. The pals enjoyed a picnic lunch together in the courtyard following the assembly.

Number of years CJ has offered summer mission trips.  The students, faculty and staff attending this year’s retreats to Solsberry, Ind. and St. Louis were given a special blessing and a cross on stage.

Senior members of F.L.I.G.H.T. ‘14.  Throughout the year, students selected to participate in this non-credit service leadership class help plan and organize activities including liturgies, retreats, service projects, donation drives and more.

Recipients of the Red Cord Honor Certificate of Achievement.  These students donated blood at the CJ Blood Drive three of their four years of high school.

Leaders of CJ’s Marianist L.I.F.E. (Living in Faith Experience) group.  This faith-formation group participates in an annual summer retreat at the Bergamo Retreat Center in preparation for the school year. This year’s group organized the Hunger Banquet in November.

Levels of awards for meeting yearly service milestones.  Sixty students received the Bronze Award (25-49 volunteer hours), 37 received the Silver Award (50-99 volunteer hours), and 21 received the Gold Award (100 or more volunteer hours).

Awards of distinction.  This year’s recipient of the Sr. Ruth Ann Bange Service Award is junior Sarah Downing. Receiving the George Early Scholarship is sophomore Clare Wade.

Individuals honored with special awards.  Senior Kyle Shoup was recognized as a recipient of the Dayton LaSertoma Youth Service Award, and teacher Judi MacLeod was bestowed the first ever Faculty/Staff Founders Award. The award honors an adult member of the CJ community who best represents the spirit of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Saint Julie Billiart.

CJ is Dayton's First Fair Trade School

Chaminade Julienne officially became the first internationally recognized Fair Trade School in southwest Ohio on April 14.

Students Cari Zahn, Will Howard, Annelise Wilimitis and Isabela Rougeux earned official recognition from Fair Trade Campaigns, a grassroots movement that recognizes advocates throughout the United States, upon completing their Senior Capstone project.

"It is so important to connect students and teachers to the issue of Fair Trade," said Courtney Lang, the national organizer for Fair Trade Towns and Schools. "Having the designation as a Fair Trade School shows members of the Chaminade Julienne community that they can make a difference to change the global economy, both now and in the future.

"Through continued engagement, we'd like to use CJ as a model for other private high schools that want to become Fair Trade Schools," Lang said. CJ is just the 12th Fair Trade School in the country. To achieve the distinction, students collaborated with local business owner and activist London Coe.

"By becoming a Fair Trade School, CJ is saying that they are committed to creating leaders who want to be civically engaged," Coe said. She is the founder of Peace on Fifth, a "compassionate commerce" store that sells Fair Trade products downtown at 234 S. Dutoit Street.

“When kids and parents are looking at CJ to attend or when graduates are applying to college, they will know that beyond the legacy of building great minds, CJ is building great hearts,” she said.

The official designation means that CJ — in harmony with its mission to educate the whole person, work for justice and develop family spirit — will continue to support issues including:

  • paying workers a fair wage,
  • ending human trafficking and child labor,
  • promoting education for children,
  • protecting the environment, and
  • respecting artists and artisans by honoring their cultural diversity.

“Peace on Fifth, London Coe specifically, was amazing help in completing our project,” Zahn said.“We joined the Dayton Fair Trade steering committee which London is the head of, and we just kind of became the CJ branch. Through those meetings we were able to keep up with the Fair Trade things happening in the Dayton community.”

The City Commission declared Dayton a Fair Trade city last summer after Coe successfully led the Make Dayton a Fair Trade Town campaign. Leading up to the declaration, then CJ students Thomas Cox '13 and Elizabeth Rosenkranz '13 worked on the campaign as part of their pilot Capstone project on human trafficking.

Since 2011, the number of human trafficking victims jumped from 20.1 million to 29.8 million according to the Global Slavery Index. Due to these staggering numbers and the success of her previous projects, Coe said she believed it only made sense to reach out to CJ about making it a Fair Trade School.

So picking up where Cox and Rosenkranz left off, this year's seniors worked with Coe and Molly Bardine, capstone coordinator, toward earning the school's Fair Trade certification beginning in the fall. The process challenged students to earn three "badges" for their work.

The first badge was earned for creating a team and the second required the team to commit to Fair Trade education and events. The group accomplished this requirement in classes by screening the movie, “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” a documentary about African children who are traded as slaves for cocoa and the production of chocolate.

They also took advantage of Prom by distributing chocolate from Equal Exchange, a for-profit Fair Trade company, in each Prom favor with a note that read, “Nothing tastes better than free fair chocolate. Enjoy!” In the days before the event, the group explained Fair Trade and the significance of the Prom favors to their classmates in junior and senior religion classes.

Finally, students had to source two Fair Trade products and make them readily available at CJ. The school already offered Equal Exchange coffee in the teacher's lunch room. After consulting with Mrs. Bardine, the group discovered the Fair Trade beverage Honest Tea, which is distributed by Coca Cola, and worked with the school's cafeteria vendor, W.G. Grinders, to make the tea available for purchase in the cafeteria.

“I don’t think many people in our community were either aware or able to grasp how big what we were trying to do actually was,” Zahn said. “Once we accomplished it, and our project became more known, the feedback we have received has been phenomenal.”

By earning their third and final badge, CJ became just the second Fair Trade school in all of Ohio. It took the Capstone group just eight months to complete the project, one that would normally take years.

“Our goal with this project was to simply educate people to make them more conscience consumers, but continuing the project is key to earning the badge. What's awesome is there has already been talk about some juniors wanting to take over and do bigger and better things,” Howard said.

“As a group we're just happy to say we were able to bring the subject of Fair Trade to light at CJ. From here forward it will support itself, all we had to do was open the door," he said.

Dayton Food Trucks Cater Final Concert

Join us for good food and great music at our final concert of the 2013-14 school year. Favorite Dayton food trucks will be on hand including C'est Cheese, Go Cupcake, Harvest Mobile Cuisine and Bella Sorella Pizza Co.

The free outdoor concert begins at 7 p.m. and features performances by pop a cappella groups Vega and Age V, Concert Band, Concert Choir, String Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Hands in Harmony (sign language). Plus the Monday Night Project will be on hand to perform through the dinner hour.

Limited table seating will be available on a first come, first served basis so families are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Activities will be held in the auditorium if it rains.

Spring Signings for the Class of 2014

The latest signees from the CJ Class of 2014 include a pair of pioneers. Congratulations to seniors Julie Ward (lacrosse) and Braden Chipman (football). These student athletes join 12 of their classmates who will continue their athletic careers in college.

Julie Ward
Julie Ward signed her National Letter of Intent April 30 to play lacrosse for the Pioneers of Trannsylvania University.

Ward will receive academic grants and intends to study anthropology at the private institution in Lexington. The school’s NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse program competes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

“From day one when we were the pioneer lacrosse team at CJ, I knew this day would come,” said head coach Danielle Cash. Ward is one of four members of the CJ Class of 2014 who were part of the school’s inaugural men’s and women’s lacrosse club teams during the spring of 2011.

“Julie has a dedicated nature, she is a caring friend and a delight to be around,” Cash said.

The four-year letterwinner and team co-captain was named to the First Team All-District and a 2013 US Lacrosse Academic All-American last season. She is CJ’s second women’s lacrosse student athlete to sign since the program became an interscholastic varsity sport this school year.

Braden Chipman
Braden Chipman signed his National Letter of Intent April 24 to play football at Marietta College.

The defensive lineman started for one season under head varsity football coach Marcus Colvin after transferring to CJ from Oakwood for his senior year. He recorded 36 tackles over 10 games during the 2013 Eagles football season.

Chipman will receive academic grants and intends to study accounting at Marietta, an NCAA Division III school in southeast Ohio. The Pioneers compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference.


CJ Group Rocks the Battle For Life May 9

Waiting for Jefferson wants YOU to be at the Battle for Life this Friday, May 9.

The high school rock band made up of four CJ seniors will take the stage at the Nutter Center at 7 p.m. This pro-life rally and battle of the bands competition is hosted by Elizabeth's New Life Center.

The group from CJ will compete against three other finalist groups. Waiting for Jefferson features Chris Babal on rhythm guitar, William Howard on drums, Patrick Zopff on vocals and bass, and Vaughn Martin on lead guitar (pictured above, left to right).

Howard and Vaughn, the group's founding members, started playing together their sophomore year after a chance discovery.

“The band and the name came about one morning when Vaughn and I were waiting to catch the Jefferson Township bus to CJ and learned that we both played instruments,” Howard said.

Most recently the group opened at the CJ Talent Show in front of a crowd of their peers May 2 in the auditorium.

“We’ve played at other venues before, but never in front of an audience this large,” he said.

Support the Eagles at the Battle for Life this weekend! Tickets for the show are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. For complete details, go to