October 2015

A Cappella Group Has New Name

The name of a CJ a cappella group may have changed, but the enthusiasm and determination has not.

Students recently helped rename the group Age V to Phoenix.

"The new name really means a fresh start," shared Madeline Brown '13, director of Phoenix. "The CJ community is going to see new things out of the group this year. A phoenix is a symbol of life and new beginnings. The students came up with the name themselves and I think it suits them perfectly." 

"I think that changing the name was a great idea," said Phoenix member Maggie Butler '19. "I love the fact that we are creating a new identity for ourselves."

Phoenix members continue to practice and perform alongside Vega.  Five seniors who were in Vega last year graduated, but Vega member Sean Stewart '16 said that doesn't mean it's a rebuilding year.

"Vega is ready to come out swinging this year," Stewart emphasized. "We're putting in hard work and are ready to give it our all at competition."

"I love to see how much ownership and initiative the students take in the group," reflected Bryan Sharpe, director of Vega. "With each student being so invested in what we're doing, it makes my job as director really exciting and creates an environment of collaborative creativity."

Both groups are selective, with Vega having eight members and Phoenix with 15 members this year. Both groups plan to participate in competitions, including the Kettering National A Cappella Festival on November 13 and 14, 2015. More than 50 groups from six states are scheduled to perform at the festival, which will also include classes, clinics with industry professionals and showcase performances. Vega has also previously performed in the International Competition of High School A Cappella (ICHSA.) 

"My personal favorite performance with Vega has to be our performance at ICHSA Nationals my sophomore year," Stewart shared. "It was such an awesome opportunity to compete at such a high level, especially as a sophomore. It's also my favorite because that performance earned us second place in the entire nation."

"Over the past few years, Vega has been on the forefront of high school a cappella groups in the country," said Sharpe. "With consistent success in competitions and recognition with their recording projects on the national level, Vega takes pride in helping to build the reputation of CJ's strong performing arts department and represent CJ well with everything we do."

Brown added, "Phoenix is coming into its own as an excellent a cappella group and I love being a part of the process."

One song Phoenix members are currently rehearsing is "Good To Be Alive" by Andy Grammer.

"This is the first song we are doing since the Fall Concert, and after all of the positive feedback we got from the community, we sound more unified," shared Butler. "I cannot wait for everybody to hear it!

"Keep an eye out because we will be doing big things," Brown affirmed. "Phoenix has taken on new life and we are on fire!"

You can learn more about CJ's a cappella groups here.

Ludlow Street Journal Goes Digital

Students do not have to wait once a month anymore to get their copy of the school newspaper, the Ludlow Street Journal. On Tuesday, October 27, the student publication made its online debut.
“I am most excited about how students will be reading the articles and exploring the website that the Ludlow Street Journal staff put so much work into,” said Caitlin Erbacher ‘16.
“In the past, because of the limitations of print media, we were unable to present timely news,” shared teacher Mike Kelly. “By the time the paper would come out once a month, the news would be several weeks old. With us going online, we will be able to write stories and post them immediately after they happen.”
Kelly said the transition of the Ludlow Street Journal online also reflects the trend of many current newspaper organizations.
“I believe we are better preparing our students for the world of journalism by preparing an online paper, than we were before with the print paper,” Kelly reflected. “There are things we will miss about the old way, but there are some exciting possibilities open to us now. We are excited that we will be able to include video, expanded photo galleries, daily updated CJ sports scores, and current news stories.”
Matt Allaire ‘16 agreed that the multimedia features of the online newspaper are appealing.
“You can post and unlimited amount of items - videos, pictures, polls, and other things that are very interactive,” Allaire said. “Having the Ludlow Street Journal online allows people, who wouldn’t normally see the publication, to see it now.”
“We can include fun widgets like the weather forecast, polls, and sports scores,” Erbacher added. “We will also be having many fun events such as contests, so check in regularly so you can enjoy!”

STEMM Idol: Bob Miller

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and more. These social media platforms connect people from around the world and many are used on a daily basis. Students can learn how these mediums are used in STEMM careers when Bob Miller presents during the CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series on Tuesday, October 27.
Miller, a Carroll High School and Wright State University graduate, has deep ties to the CJ community.
“My father and his three brothers were all Chaminade graduates,” Miller said. “My uncle and cousin, Paul and Dan Moosbrugger, are members of the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame.”
Miller has worked with O’Neil & Associates for 30 years. O’Neil & Associates provides technical services to other companies to help create or manage their support materials for equipment operation and maintence. Miller said while he spent 27 years in the Human Resources department, his current position is the Director of Digital and Social Media.
“We recently partnered with ThinkTV to produce videos,” Miller shared. 
All students who are interested in learning more about Miller’s career are invited to hear his presentation in the library during homeroom.

CJ Serving In Join Hands Miami Valley

For two days, CJ students will be “joining hands” with others in the Dayton area, volunteering at service sites.

Join Hands Miami Valley is the area celebration of National Make a Difference Day, which is held near the end of October each year. This year's Join Hands Miami Valley is taking place October 23 and October 24.

“It shows our commitment to the community,” said Director of Ministry & Service, Kelli Kinnear. “Certainly it shows our commitment to our ministry and our faith; that we are living it out and trying to show our students that this is what it means to live out our faith.”

CJ has participated in the annual event for more than 20 years. This year, students have the option to volunteer at one of 13 service sites including St. Vincent de Paul, Marianist Environmental Education Center, and Taylorsville Metropark.

Last year, science teacher Matt Fuhs  volunteered at two sites for Join Hands Miami Valley.

“The first site was the Dakota Center, and the second site was at K12 Art Gallery,” said Fuhs. “I joined students at the Dakota Center to help run an after school program. We helped the staff put on a Halloween party for the students in the after school program. We played games and did art projects with the kids. At K12, we made a collage of broken glass to be displayed in the community.”

 Many CJ clubs and sports teams also use the time spent volunteering as a bonding experience.

“One example is the men’s basketball team, which has been doing this for years,” Kinnear shared. “To me it shows that our culture here at CJ is not just coming from the Ministry & Service department; it’s a school wide culture. This is what we do.”

“It makes me feel good when we help. It's building our team and building community at the same time,” added Jake Murray '16, a member of the men's soccer team. That team will be painting walls and doing other services for The Clubhouse at Dreambuilders this year. 

Fuhs said volunteering experiences, like Join Hands Miami Valley, are something students should continue to do often.

“The students have enjoyed the experience at every site that I have been to,” Fuhs expressed. “I have a lot of hope for our students when I see them sharing their time and talents, and enjoying it while they do it.”

Listen To CJ Students, Faculty Pray the Rosary on Radio Maria

"You are listening to Radio Maria, a Christian voice in your home. We are joining you live from Dayton, Ohio at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School."

On the fourth Monday of each month, you can hear Mary Pyper '76 say those words before students and faculty pray the Rosary during the Radio Maria program. The group broadcasts live from the St. Mary Conference room in Marianist Hall.

Pyper,  a parent of four CJ graduates, is the treasurer of Radio Maria and runs all of the organization's Dayton operations. She contacted religion teacher Tim O'Loughlin about this opportunity.

"All prayer is good, but this prayer group is special to me," said O'Loughlin.  "It’s special because we’re not only praying as individuals, but we’re also praying as a CJ family, and we’re praying with one million Radio Maria listeners worldwide.  How cool is that?"

Tommy Krug '16 participated in praying the Rosary on Radio Maria over the summer at the Bergamo Center and prayed the Rosary at CJ in August and September.

"You don't have to pray the rosary for millions of people or give public speeches, but you should live a life that reflects that you're a prayerful religious person," Krug said.

Mo Zopff '16 will be praying with the group for the first time on Monday, October 26.

"I'm mostly excited about sharing this new opportunity with other students," Zopff shared. "I think it is important that we are recognized as a Catholic high school that actually practices faith and encourages students to take part in their faith lives and be faith leaders."

O'Loughlin said this month the group will be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Rosary, and a Divine Mercy Litany.

"Much of Radio Maria programming is done by adults. This is one of the few student run programs," O'Loughlin explained. "We have some amazing kids in this building.  The CJ Community should be proud about what goes on here.  I’m blessed to be a part of it..”

Those interested in being a part of the group should notify O'Loughlin no later than the Saturday before the radio program is scheduled to air. The CJ community is also invited to listen-in at 1600 AM (Dayton-area) or online here. The group prays from 4 - 5 p.m. Eastern.

Students Participate In Day of Silent Solidarity

"Today I am being voiceless to represent the fact that aborted babies don't have a voice."

Clara Mussin-Phillips '17 joined dozens of other CJ students by participating in the national Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity on Tuesday, October 20. This was the 11th year for the national campaign. Eagles for Life moderator Karen Emmerich said this is the third year CJ students have participated in the movement.

"I am choosing to participate in the day of silence because I am pro-life, and because I respect all those lives who were taken by abortion," said Clayton Jette '17, who is a member of Eagles for Life. "Also, I feel this is my chance to respect those words that were never able to be spoken due to abortions."

Students showed they were participating in the day of silence by wearing a piece of red tape on their clothes, hands or mouth.

This was Jumarion Wills '17 second time participating in the day of silence. He wrote, "I'm wearing the red tape for all those who were silenced by abortion."

Religion teacher Mick Mominee said his students were motivated to participate in the cause. "It's a powerful message. It's neat that CJ is participating in something that's on the national level."

Jette added, "The symbol of respect our school shows by being silent for a day means a lot to me."

While Mussin-Phillips participated in the day of silence, she said she wants to continue spreading pro-life awareness beyond this day.

"My service this year will be at the Elizabeth's New Life Center, and I am going to do research about pro-life missions,"  Mussin-Phillips said.

Mominee affirmed, "It's great for our students to participate in something that is bigger than themselves."

STEMM Idol: Stephanie Birkenhauer

The engineering field is constantly growing, and the faculty and staff at the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) has recognized that for decades. On Tuesday, October 20, Stephanie Birkenhauer, a CEAS coordinator, visited CJ to talk to students about how the university is staying at the forefront of this study.

"Just as an example, environmental engineering is one of the fastest growing areas," said Birkenhauer. "The students in this field help build sustainability systems to continue booming industries."

The UC College of Engineering was founded in 1900 and the Ohio Mechanics Institute, the parent name of the College of Applied Science, was founded in 1828. The UC Board of Trustees approved the combination of both colleges, to create the College of Engineering & Applied Science in September 2009. According to the school's website, "This restructuring strengthens the focus on engineering and engineering technology and the enhancement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related programs."

Birkenhauer shared with the students, "The field of engineering is constantly being changed and growing bigger. There are endless opportunities."

In 1906, the University of Cincinnati began offering co-op programs, making it one of the first in the nation to do so. More than 100 years later, UC still offers competitive co-ops. The university was recognized by US News and World Report for its co-op programs in Ohio and around the world.

"The majority of our students have a job lined up before they graduate," Birkenhauer said. "Through the co-op they are not only getting paid to work at companies, but they are building relationships that help get them a job."

You can learn more about the UC College of Engineering & Applied Science here.


Capstone Group To Be Recognized

Three seniors took action at the beginning of the school year to help ensure healthy food would be available for those in need through current national nutritional programs.  For their effort,  Kat Dranchak '16, Amanda Draeger '16 and Michaela Linehan '16 will be recognized during the Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley 2015 Speaker Series Event: Having Faith, Ending Hunger with Rev. David Beckmann.

"The fact that this group chose this topic says a lot for high school students," said Director of Ministry & Service and capstone group mentor Kelli Kinnear. "They are aware of this issue and they feel passionately enough that they want to advocate for change."

The trio reached out to CJ faculty and staff in September, asking them to sign letters encouraging congress members to renew federal programs that supply meals to eligible children and the WIC program for pregnant and new mothers. The outreach was in correlation to Pope Francis' call to end hunger by 2025 and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's ongoing Food for All campaign.

"I think it was a good kickoff to our capstone," said Draeger. "I feel good advocating for something that we're passionate about and that we're going to look more into."

"It wasn't something that took a lot of time, but the impact is large," Linehan remarked.

The seniors said the culmination of their capstone project will be transcribing and distributing healthy meal recipes to The Foodbank. The group said they chose to focus their capstone on this topic because they each have a desire to make healthy food accessible to everyone.

"I want to study dietetics," shared Dranchak. "I hope others see how lucky we are to get healthy food and how we can help those who are less fortunate."

Draeger agreed, "I would like to study food sciences or dietetics. I've also volunteered at The Foodbank and see Dayton has a need for more accessible healthy food."

"My mom teaches Kindergarten and while teaching last summer, she gave a peach to a student who had never had one before," shared Linehan. "Many of us take this stuff for granted."

During the summer, the group began working on their capstone project by attending a presentation by an author who specializes in making meals for $5 or less.

"We talked to the author and are going to share some of the recipes that have healthy food, but don't require a large amount of ingredients," said Dranchak.

Kinnear called the group's mission life changing.

"They are going out, going to speakers, going to workshops, and advocating to Congress," Kinnear expressed. "They would not have done this if the capstone didn't exists. I think this is one of the wonderful reasons for the capstone project, because it offers these opportunities that students wouldn't of had before."

You can learn more here about the 2015 Speaker Series event where the capstone group will be honored.

(Update: 10/22: Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, met with two of the capstone group members, pictured below during the Speaker Series.)

Walk to State: Women's Golf and Tennis

Update: On Saturday, October 17, the women's golf team placed third in the DII state tournament. The team score was a 698, the fourth lowest score in CJ women's golf history. Individually, Ellie Cronin '16 placed third overall in the tournament.
On Friday, October 16, Kelly Pleiman lost 6-2; 6-1 to the defending state champion. Congratulations on a great season Kelly and the women's golf team!

Road to State  

Excitement filled the air as the women's golf team and a member of the women's tennis team participated in the traditional Walk to State on Thursday, October 15.

"I'm really excited to get the experience of state for my fourth year," shared golfer Ellie Cronin '16. "It is truly something special." 

Cronin along with Colleen Wagoner '16, Lizzi Yeazel '16, Sara Sue Bowman '17 and Aryana Sutton '18 will represent CJ in the DII women's golf state tournament at the Ohio State University on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17. This is the seventh straight year for the women's golf team to qualify for the state tournament.

"I'm excited for this competition because I think we have a really good chance of winning this year," said Wagoner.

"I think we can get the big win," echoed golfer Sarah Olszewski '16.

The women's golf team finished fourth in the 2014 state tournament. The team has placed in the top 10 every year they went to state, including winning the tournament in 2011.

Tennis player Kelly Pleiman '17 is returning to state for the second year in a row. She will play on Friday at the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Center in Cincinnati.

"I am probably most excited about playing on the courts at the ATP," Pleiman said. 

Tennis Coach Jim Brooks said Pleiman helped lead the team this season to the top ranking in the area and to the #4 ranking in the state.

"I think how everyone on the team rose to the challenges that were presented each match, as they got tougher, made the season really memorable and fun," expressed Pleiman.

For the women's golf team, the regular season ended with a 22-2 record and first place finishes in the conference, sectional and district tournaments.

"I'm really going to miss having such a great team," said Cronin. "Most teams haven't had their team go to state seven years in a row."

"God has blessed me with such a wonderful team, and I am so thankful for our coaches and our families," Yeazel shared.

This week, Yeazel signed her letter of intent to play golf at St. Mary of-the-Woods College. While the other senior golf members have not made commitments, many are also considering playing golf in college.

"I would love to, but I'm not sure yet," shared Olszewski.

Wagoner said, "I want to play for college, but we'll see."

Watch below to see the Walk to State!



Mock Trial Prepares For New Case

After winning the district competition last school year, the Mock Trial team looks to continue their success as they take on the case, State of Harmony v. Riley Green.

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education organization facilitates a district, regional, and state competition for Ohio high school mock trial teams. According to the organization's website, the 2016 Ohio Mock Trial Case Capsule "explores the Fourth Amend­ment pro­tec­tion against un­rea­son­able searches and seizures as it ap­plies to the use of force by an of­fi­cer to deter or elim­i­nate the threat of harm to the pub­lic and of­fi­cer."

CJ Mock Trial Moderator Tony Ricciuto '74 said club members are now beginning to review the case and will soon decide what role they will play in the trial.

"We will most likely have three teams," Ricciuto said. "Students will either be an attorney, a witness, a bailiff, a time keeper or videographer."

Rachel Marx '16 is participating in Mock Trial for a second year.

"I played a doctor who was a witness last year," Marx explained. "I would like to be a witness again, but I am still looking at the case to determine which character." 

Ricciuto said legal advisors, including Chris Herman, Chris Hollon and Kathryn Huffman, spend time with students leading up to the district competition.

"It's really helpful having local lawyers here as a resource," Marx said.

Mock Trial members additionally have the opportunity to improve their public speaking skills by being a part of the program.

"Speaking in public can be a huge issue for high school students and this gives them an opportunity to practice that," Ricciuto shared.

"At first, Mock Trial was something I wanted on my college application and to help me with public speaking because that is a good skill to have," Marx said. "What made we want to come back this year is the feeling you have when you get on the stand, and when you're doing the trial; when you are satisfied with doing something really well."

If you would like to learn more about Mock Trial, contact Tony Ricciuto.