June 2015

2015 Spring Sports Recap

CJ student athletes who participated in spring sports had a lot to be proud of this year, including several athletes earning post-season honors and members of two teams qualifying for state and national competitions.

The track and field team had a record breaking season. Members of the women's team not only broke a school record, but finished as state champions in the 4x100 relay. Dejah Gilliam ’15, Jasmyne Shaw ‘15,  Danielle Lewis ’17 and Lauren Pegues ’17 placed first with a time of 48.70 seconds in the state championship.

"They just worked really hard to get to where they were and they earned every bit of it," said Coach Jerry Puckett about the girls' accomplishment.

The four women were named to the GCL First Team for the 4x100 relay. Gilliam was also named to the GCL First Team for the 100 and 200 meter dashes while Pegues was named to the GCL Second Team for the 100 meter dash. Ariel Caffee '16 was named to the GCL Second Team for the 200 and 400 meter dashes.

From the men's team, Kyle McKinney '15 qualified for the state track competition. He placed fourth overall in the long jump and sixth overall in the 300 hurdles. McKinney was also honored by the GCL, being named to the First Team for the 300 hurdles and long jump. Jack Dalton '17 was named to the GCL Second Team for the 800 meter run.

The baseball team finished their season as co-champs of the GCL North with a 14-13 overall record (7-7 in the GCL North.) Coach Mike Barhorst was named the GCL Coach of the Year. The GCL also honored Mark Barhorst '17, Will Duffy, '15, Stephen Hoendorf '16 and Garrett Wissman '17 to the GCL First Team, while Ryan Peltier '18, Matt Richard '15, Daniel Slaybaugh '17 and Shawn Steffan '16 were named to the GCL Second Team.

The softball season also resulted in players being recognized by the GCL. Noelle Grierson '15 and Lauren Rose '16 were named to the conference First Team, and Erin Colbert '17, Caroline Nevius '17 and Natalie Northern '18 were named to the conference Second Team. The softball team had a 5-12 overall record (5-10 in the GCL.)

Men's volleyball made it to the post-season finishing with a 9-12 overall record (3-9 in the GCL.) Matthew Pyper '15 was named to the GCL First Team and Tim Menker '16 was named to the GCL Second Team.

After a perfect record in their conference, the men's tennis team was crowned the GCLC Champions. Carlos Estrada-Sanchez '16, who qualified for the regional tournament, was named the Athlete of the Year in the conference, and was also named to the conference First Team for singles play. Will Huffman '16 was named to the conference Second Team for singles play while Aaron Talib '15 and Robert Smith '15 were named to the same team for doubles play.

Women's lacrosse finished the season 8-11. The US Lacrosse Southern Ohio Chapter recognized Emily Meyer '15, Terri Vo '15, Emma Eichenauer '16, Audrey Thacker '16, and Colleen Wagoner '16 as Academic All Americans. Vo was also named to the All-District Second Team while Olivia Livingston '17 was recognized with an All-District Honorable Mention. Coach Danielle Cash said 15 out of the 19 players on the team qualified as Academic All Ohio, which means they had a 3.5 accumulative GPA or higher.

CJ's club team, men's lacrosse, finished in the first round of the post-season. The other club team, crew, sent three Eagles to the US Rowing Nationals in Sarasota, Florida. Cannon Hill '15 came in fifth in his heat for the lightweight youth 2x race. Sophie Johnson '15 and Kathryn Grismer '16 also placed fifth in their heat for the youth 2 race and advanced to the final round. They placed 15th overall in the nation.

"I'm very proud of them," said Dayton Boat Club Assistant Coach Mitch Vossler. "They've worked hard to get there and the pay-off is very rewarding."

Congratulations to all of our spring sports athletes on another successful season!


CJ Takes Home 8 DayTony Awards

CJ's performing arts program was awarded eight High School DayTony awards during the annual ceremony on June 13.

The awards were in conjunction with the DayTonys, which are presented by the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame. The awards recognized high schools for their excellence in performance, design, and direction in local productions. The High School DayTonys were voted on by other students in the Dayton-area who rate the productions in both acting and technical aspects.

The CJ performing arts student and adult members who were recognized with an Award of Merit were:

  • Derek Dunavent- Properties; You Can't Take It With You
  • Joe Sattler '15- Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play as Boris Kolenkhov; You Can't Take It With You
  • Angelo Knight '18- Actor in a Leading Role in a Play as Martin Vanderhof; You Can't Take It With You         
  • Christopher McCoy '15- Actor in a Leading Role in a Play as Anthony Kirby; You Can't Take It With You      
  • Emily Thie '16- Actor in a Leading Role in a Play as Penelope Sycamore; You Can't Take It With You and Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical as Martha; The Secret Garden
  • Addi Helms '15- Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical as Mary Lennox; The Secret Garden
  • Lauren Eifert '17- Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical as Lily; The Secret Garden.

This was the second year Chaminade Julienne has participated in the DayTonys. Last year, CJ took home six awards.

"The DayTonys is a great way to celebrate our accomplishments this year, and always remember how proud we are of all of our cast and crew members," said drama teacher Caitlin Bennett. "We tackled two very challenging productions this year, and I think this recognition celebrates the excellence of these productions as a whole."

Annual Mission Trip To Belize

For the fifth year in a row, a small group of CJ upperclassmen and adult chaperones spent a week in Belize working and learning from the local community and deepening their own faith.

The journey began on June 7 with the mission in mind to build a cafeteria for Belizean students at Cotton Tree School. The principal told the group that students previously had to sit on the floor of verandahs to eat their lunch.

After arriving safely in Belize, the group noticed only three bags of their luggage made it to the airport.

"We experienced what the people in Belize experience every day, living with bare essentials and serving each other," said Ceyrah Feeney '15 and David Marshall '15.

The students said seeing the villages of Belize was a powerful sight, reminding them of how in America, there are many privileges we sometimes take for granted. They also experienced breathtaking views of the country when they visited Mayan ruins.

On Monday, the group went to Cotton Tree School to begin building the cafeteria. After spending a short amount of time at the school, the group noticed a surprising impact they made on the students just by taking their picture.

"We played with the kids and took lots of pictures," said Caroline Chick '15 and Mikayla Kleinhans '15. "It’s touching and amazing to see just how much the kids love having their pictures taken."

Megan Foley '15 and Ashley Huffman '15 agreed. "We also had the opportunity to play with children at the school during their recesses and lunch time. The kids are very friendly and love playing tag or having their picture taken."

Before going to the school on Tuesday, the CJ students saw what villagers experience to get items from the local town market.

"It is interesting to think that they have to go all the way to a small market full of huts and tents and not just to a Walmart down the street," said Evan Skrobot '16 and Claire Vaughn '16.

During the week, students also saw Dr. Steve Huffman, a CJ parent and chaperone, administer medical treatment at a local clinic. Huffman has made the trip to Belize before, and commented how this trip, "shows CJ students how to live the charismas of the Marianists and Sisters of Notre Dame."

Near the end of the week, the group said they were touched when the school's principal held an assembly to formally thank the group for their service.

"We were blessed to witness a beautiful dance performed by students, and after the ceremony the kids gave us flowers they had picked just for us," said Laura Bullock '15 and Brooke Cartone '16.

English teacher Beth Marshall, who also went on the mission trip, said, "I am touched both by the Belizean people  and by the CJ students. The Belizean students, parents, teachers, and administrators are so hard working and joyful. The CJ students have touched my heart with their enthusiasm, their impressive work ethic and their ability to roll with whatever may happen."

Elizabeth Sinnathamby '15 called the trip a "life changing journey" and expressed how difficult it was to leave the Belizean students.  "We have told them how beautiful, strong, intelligent, and deserving they are in a way that no one else had before; and despite the pain, I would never change this experience, and neither would any of the fourteen of us."

Chaperone and English teacher Dan Eiser reflected, "this country has a way of seeping into your way of life while you are here. Days grow longer and more relaxed. We forget about the hectic day to day lives that sit back for us in Dayton. In Belize, the people truly focus on short term living and spending each day with their community. I hope that as the students return they remember to focus on community living and being there for their neighbors and loved ones every day."

Eagles Qualify For Rowing Nationals

Update: On Friday, June 12, Cannon Hill came in fifth in his heat. Sophie Johnson and Kathryn Grismer placed fifth in their heat and advanced to the C Finals on Sunday. During those finals, the pair finished in the third place for 15th place overall in the competition. Congratulations to all participants!

Road to Nationals

Three Eagles represented CJ when the Dayton Boat Club traveled to Sarasota, Florida for the U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals, June 12-14.

Cannon Hill '15 qualified for the men's lightweight youth 2x race, while Sophie Johnson '15 and Kathryn Grismer '16 competed together in the women's youth 2 race. This was Hill and Grismer's first time participating in the national competition, but was the third trip to Nationals for Johnson.

"It feels good to be going to Nationals," Johnson said. "I'm glad I can represent CJ in this competition."

Grismer expressed she's excited to participate in Nationals for the first time, and has the goal to come back her senior year.

"I love being out on the water, it's so peaceful but I also enjoy the thrill of racing," Grismer said.

CJ men's and women's rowers and coxswains have a strong history with the Dayton Boat Club, with many former Eagle members choosing to continue the sport in college. Johnson, who will be attending St. Mary's College in the fall, said the school does not have a rowing team, so she knew participating in Nationals would be her last competition.

"I love rowing and knowing that it's my last race is bittersweet," Johnson conveyed. "I'm going to miss rowing; I'm going to miss the coaches."

Dayton Boat Club Assistant Coach Mitch Vossler shared a similar sentiment. "I really enjoy coaching them. It's a work hard, play hard sport and they work hard. They still have a good time and that's always fun to be around.

"I'm very proud of all of them and the work they have put in to be here. It's been hard work up to this point and to see the work they have put in pay off is very rewarding."

Hill ageed about the work the team as a whole puts in and the accomplishments they made.  "I would encourage anyone thinking about joining crew to go for it; it is a very satisfying sport."


Celebrating Barr and Colas' Service to CJ

With more than 60 years of combined service to CJ, Diana Barr and Linda Colas retired at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Barr, an art teacher, had been at CJ for 29 years and Colas, a foreign languages teacher, had been at CJ for 32 years.

“I think anytime anyone retires with this amount of experience it’s bittersweet because the journey may not end, but it changes for everybody,” expressed Principal John Marshall ‘86.

Barr was the core of the fine arts department, Marshall said. During her time, Barr encouraged students to explore beyond their own expectations of artistic ability. She also stirred up excitement about local, state, and national recognition opportunities for students’ artwork. Throughout her years, several students earned honors on those levels for their submissions.

Barr also helped guide the art department through the outbreak of digital technology.

“She walked our photography class out of the dark room, literally, into the digital world,” said Marshall. He also noted Barr’s assistance with the on boarding of the K12 gallery partnership.

Marshall added, ‘”she has really been a caretaker of creativity at CJ in her tenure.”

Linda Colas will be most remembered as selfless, Marshall said. During her last year at CJ, Colas not only taught her traditional foreign language classes, but she also assisted with the Cuvilly program. 

“She taught with the idea of always putting the student first,” affirmed Marshall.

Colas was gifted in teaching Spanish and was asked, after she started at CJ, to teach Latin. After instructing that class for several years, the Latin program has concluded with Colas’ retirement.

“It was very fitting that she walked with the foreign language department with the creation and the closeout of Latin,” Marshall said.

He continued, “Diana and Linda’s impact will stay with us even though they have left. Their footprints and fingerprints on this building will remain, similar to the many educators who came before them.”


Track & Field State Championships

Update: McKinney finished 4th in the long jump at the state tournament on Friday. He also placed 6th in the 300 hurdles.

On Saturday, the women's 4x100 relay team finished first in the state and broke a new school record with a time of 48.70. Congratulations to all of our state participants!

Road to State

For the seventh year in a row, CJ outdoor track and field participants qualified for the state championships. The competition was Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University.

“This is a fun group,” said Coach Jerry Puckett about the return to state. “These individuals have worked really hard and here we are.”

Many of the students representing CJ were not only returning to the outdoor state championship for at least the second year in a row, but many qualified to participate in the indoor track and field championship during the winter season.

“I went to state the last two years and this year, I’m excited to watch my teammates,” said Faith White ’15, who went to the state championship as an alternate. “I have seen my teammates grow and it will be fun to cheer them on.”

“It feels amazing to go to state again,” Kyle McKinney ’15 said. “I want to do better than last year so I’m looking forward to competing.”

McKinney participated in the long jump, which he finished second in the state during the indoor season, and the 300 hurdles. Dejah Gilliam ’15, Jasmyne Shaw ‘15,  Danielle Lewis ’17 and Lauren Pegues ’17 represented CJ in the 4x100 relay, the fourth year in a row the school has had participants in that race. Gilliam also competed in the 100 meter dash.

Puckett said while he’s already outlining the team’s goals for next year, he will miss the impact the outgoing seniors have made on the team.

“What I’ll miss about Kyle is that you can’t work him hard enough and how the girls have put in the hard work and dedication, which is paying off,” said Puckett. 

“I want the underclassmen to work hard and have fun, but also stay dedicated and not give up too easily,” McKinney reflected. “When you fail you can learn from your failures, and that can be motivation for them later on.”


Biology Students Present Research Topic

Cryonics, stem cells, rising rates of childhood obesity and cosmetic testing on animals were just a few of the topics biology students focused on for a Position Poster Symposium.

Honors and AP Biology students were recently given the assignment to look into issues that have varying opinions, and to explore all sides of the subject, which included the Catholic perspective. Along with the research, students created an informational poster board and gave a presentation in front of students from other science classes.

"Creating a poster was very important, but students also had to write a research paper and bibliography to get them familiar with that process," said teacher Amanda Ooten.

Many of the students in Ooten's classes were juniors who were already thinking about a topic they would explore for their Senior Capstone Project. Ooten said part of her goal with her assignment was to help students generate potential ideas for that project. Lauren Peltier '16 and Manisha Kullar '16 said their topic of the social construction of race is something they were interested in pursuing as a potential Capstone Project their senior year.

"We started learning a lot about racism in our religion class," said Peltier. "We both really like genetics, that aspect in biology, and its role in religion too."

"We do more than textbook work and memorization," Ooten said about her objective of the assignment. "This is a great way for each student to get educated on a topic and to look into their own beliefs about the subject."