August 2015

Eagle Pride Excitement Resonates During Camp

“It’s exciting.”

That was the overall tone of Eagle Pride members during a week-long rehearsal camp at CJ.

Eagle Pride consists of students who play traditional marching and percussion instruments, as well as a color guard. Some CJ students who are in Eagle Pride now also participated in the group during their 7th and/or 8th grade year, including Emily Thie ‘16.

“I have been in Eagle Pride since 8th grade,” Thie said.  “When I first started in Eagle Pride, we walked onto the field and performed. Now, we march around the field with multiple formations for each song.”

Eagle Pride’s half time show during football games will consist of current, up-beat songs; something Will Marshall ’19 said he knows will get the crowd excited.

“Our half-time show is fun for everyone, in the band and in the stands,” Marshall expressed.

“I really like when we get everyone pumped up; it’s really energetic,” agreed Kyle George ’17, who is in the guard for her second year.

Along with performing during the half-time of football games, Eagle Pride members also take part in various events including leading students through the school hallways during Walk to State recognitions. The group also performs at the University of Dayton's Band Day, the St. Vincent's 5K walk/run, and the annual CJ President's Dinner.

The CJ community can see Eagle Pride in action during Meet the Eagles on Wednesday, August 19. The event also recognizes all fall student athletes and cheerleaders.

Mock Trial Summer Seminar Held

For the second year in a row, students spent  three days learning more about legal system and saw actual court proceedings take place, during a Mock Trial Summer Seminar.

"I had participated the previous year, and found that the knowledge I gleaned from the experience helped me in the actual competition," said Jacob Troutwine '17.

The CJ Mock Trial Team is part of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education High School Mock Trial organizaiton and is moderated by Tony Ricciuto '74.  The program practices for several months before competing in a District Competition in January at the Montgomery County Courthouse. That was the location
for the summer seminar, where students had the opportunity to hear from Common Pleas Judge Mary
Katherine Huffman.

"My favorite part of the Mock Trial Seminar was learning from Judge Huffman and the attorneys, while still being able to tap in to what I learned while being a part of Mock Trial last year and understanding a lot of what they were teaching us about," reflected Marcie Meyers '17.

During the seminar, students also witnessed court proceedings and toured the Montgomery County Jail.

"It was an eye-opening experience that made me feel so much stronger for my values, morals, and faith," shared Troutwine. " It's hard to imagine being at the jail for more than an hour tour, and it makes me far more grateful for where I am- surrounded by good, moral people."

Meyers said she knows she will use what she learned at the seminar to help CJ succeed during the upcoming Mock Trial season.

"Being an attorney is a lot about tapping into peoples' emotions and getting them to see a case from their perspective. If you address important morals and are able to make the jury feel something, you have a greater chance of persuading them of your case. It is less about what you are saying than how you are actually saying it."

Mock Trial practices begin in October and November. Contact Tony Ricciuto if you would like to learn more about Mock Trial.