October 2015

Yeazel Signs Letter of Intent

The women's golf team has had five players in the past nine years continue their athletic career after CJ. On Monday, October 12, Lizzi Yeazel '16 became the sixth women's golfer to sign-on to continue playing in college.

Yeazel signed her letter of intent to play at St. Mary of-the-Woods College, located northwest of Terre Haute, Indiana.  She is going to the school to study music therapy.

"The St. Mary of-the-Woods women's golfers have a good work ethic, and I'm excited to bring my work ethic to them," shared Yeazel. "I'm excited to bond with my team and for them to be an away-from-home family."

Yeazel credited her golf principles to CJ coach George Menker '55.

 "He has been such a wonderful coach these past four years," Yeazel said. "He constantly makes us practice and he builds up our work ethic, and that's where I believe mine came from. "

"She will be missed," Menker said about Yeazel. "She's been an excellent golfer."

The four seniors on the women's golf team have qualified for the state competition since they were freshmen, Menker shared. In 2012, they placed second, in 2013, they placed third, and in 2014, they placed fourth. The women's golf team will play in the 2015 state competition at the end of this week.

Although they will play in one more competition, Yeazel said she will miss the team prayer and bonding on the bus with her CJ teammates the most, and is thankful for the time she has had with them.

Yeazel said, "Thank you to CJ, for being such a wonderful community, and thank you to my family, parents, friends, and teachers."


Rally, Mass and Fellowship Part of #MarianistsInAction Week

#MarianistsinAction is more than a fun way to connect with others on social media. The hashtag represents the call to take time building community, and engaging in service, during the week of October 4 - 11. The final day of the week also marks the Marianist World Day of Prayer.

The CJ Marianist Life Community (MLC) is holding a rally and Mass on Saturday, October 10 in conjunction with the action.

"Saturday's rally is not only for Catholics," explained Mo Zopff '16.  "I think this rally will impact everyone at least in a small way."

Throughout the week, students have contributed spare change which will be used to buy granola bar kits for the Dayton organization, Be Free Dayton. During the rally on Saturday, students will participate in a mini-service project, putting stickers on these granola bars with important help information for sex trafficking victims.

"We're doing this project because this year's national social justice module is human trafficking," shared MLC moderator Jama Badinghaus.

The rally will also feature student presenters and music from Nick Cardilino, the associate director of campus ministry at the University of Dayton.

"We hope that Marianist LIFE events in general can be one way to invite students, who engage in a variety of ways at CJ, to have something that connects them universally," Badinghaus said.

Following the rally, students are invited to join Marianists from around the Dayton community for a Mass in the auditorium at 5 p.m presided by Father Joe Tedesco, SM. After the service, a potluck will be held in the cafeteria. Drinks will be provided and attendees are asked to bring a dish (more details here.)

"The fact that I get to attend a Mass with not only CJ students and staff, but other Marianists makes me excited," Zopff shared. "I think the dinner will be a neat experience because CJ students and staff have the opportunity to meet up with other Marianist students and adults, to share faith experience or even get to know them better."

Zopff and Badinghaus said students are welcome to attend all three parts of Saturday's event, or just some.

"This gathering is something that was planned to coincide with the idea that we are part of a bigger Marianist family," Badinghaus explained. "It's a reminder that when we come together and pray, we do that in part with Marianists around the world."

Zopff echoed that sentiment, "I encourage everyone to attend the events on Saturday and the MLC gatherings throughout the school year. Marianist LIFE has had a huge impact on my life and I'm proud to be a part of it." 

Eagles Lobby in Columbus

Pro-life students from across Ohio traveled to Columbus earlier this week to share their support of HB 294 and SB 127. The bills target the use of state funds for Planned Parenthood and stopping abortions. Several members of the CJ club Eagles for Life went to the state capitol in support of the legislation.

"Lobbying in Columbus made me feel important, "shared Genevieve Lofland '18.

A group of CJ seniors also attended the gathering as part of their Senior Capstone Project. That group's capstone focus was to research and learn more about the activities of Planned Parenthood and create greater awareness of Planned Parenthood.

While in Columbus, the entire CJ group met with State Representative Michael Henne, who represents part of Montgomery County. He is also a current CJ parent.

"This was tremendous because of his connection to the CJ community," shared teacher and Eagles for Life moderator, Karen Emmerich.

As part of the trip, students also sat in a hearing about HB 294 and SB 127.

"I was most surprised to learn that Ohio is ranked seventh in infant mortality rates," Lofland said about the hearing.

"I hope that students had a positive experience of participating in the legislative process and that the experience inspires them to continue to pay attention to the legislative process and to understand the power of their vote," expressed Emmerich.

Sam Teague '16 agreed, "It was an awesome trip where I learned more about how government works and got to lobby for something I believe very strongly in."


Discovery Days

400 local eighth grade students get to experience high school , for part of a day, during CJ's Discovery Days on Thursday, October 8 and Thursday, October 15.

"They have a lot of fun, they learn something new, meet a new friend, and get a good perspective of what high school will be like in the aspect of Catholic education," explained director of admissions, Brett Chmiel '02.

Students from Holy Angels, Immaculate Conception, St. Albert, St. Christopher, St. Helen and St. Luke came to CJ on October 8. CJ's Eagle Ambassadors met with the students and started the day by having fun in the gym. The eighth grade students were then introduced to the school's STEMM Center. They also interacted with CJ students in the performing arts and foreign languages departments.

"The eighth grade students get a full range of what a student would experience at CJ, but they get that in half a day," said Chmiel.

Eighth grade students also learned the CJ community's focus on service.

Chmiel said, "It's one of the hallmarks of our charisms. It's what the Sisters and the Marianists call us to do - to be people of service. In order to authentically show what school we are, it's important for the students to know that it's a foundational part of this school."


Performing Arts Presents Fall Concert

The performing arts department's first concert of the 2015-2016 school year will be on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. in the CJ Auditorium.
The whole family is invited to attend this free event featuring the Concert Choir, Concert Band, Eagle Pride, Hands in Harmony, String Ensemble and Pop A Cappella Choirs Age V and Vega.
All concert-goers are invited to stay for a reception following the evening's final performance. Refreshments will be provided.

CJ parents interested in learning more about the Performing Arts department are encouraged to attend our next PoPS Meeting on Thursday, November 12, 2015. in Room 103. There, you will have an opportunity to meet other parents and learn more about the group.

CJ's fall production, After Juliet, will show three times in November:

  • Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.

Club Makes Rosaries For A Cause

"We're into the little stuff. We don't hold events, we don't demonstrate on the street. We just make rosaries."

Helen Sparrow '19 wants to make an impact beyond the Dayton area. That's why she organized one of CJ's newest clubs, The Glory Beads.

"The Glory Beads are a group of students interested in honoring our Blessed Mother in a unique way: by making rosaries," said Sparrow.

During meetings, students make cord and bead rosaries for distribution to various causes, including troops stationed overseas, nursing homes, and other missions.

"The Rosary is an amazingly powerful and universal prayer, and if we can prompt people all over the globe to say it by providing them with a tool for doing so, then we'll leave the world better than we found it," Sparrow shared.

The Glory Beads meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in Room 150. There are no club dues and all materials are provided. Students interested in learning more or participating are welcome to come to any club meeting and do not need to sign-up ahead of time.

"I'm pretty psyched about getting other people into making rosaries," Sparrow said. "It's a beautiful and relatively easy handicraft that can touch so many people. Everyone wins."


Water Project Unites Religion & Science Studies

Most families in America use more than 300 gallons of water per day, per home, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The bureau also states that around 70% of that water usage occurs indoors.

For those who live in underdeveloped countries, these same statistics are not a possibility.

The religion and science departments worked together to give students a better understanding of the struggles families in underdeveloped countries go through. This project also tied in with the Pope's recent encyclical, where he wrote about the world and creation being our common home.

"Part of that call to mission is embracing and unifying with those who do not have all the resources," explained religion teacher Tim O'Loughlin.

Teachers in the religion department recently showed a video to sophomore students where families in Africa traveled four miles just to get water. The water, however, is usually not clean. After watching and discussing the video, students divided into small groups and took turns carrying a five-gallon bucket of water a quarter-mile outside of the school.

"In a small way, this unifies us with those people and give us an appreciation of what they go through on a daily basis," said O'Loughlin.

The science department focused on students making a connection between poverty and water borne illnesses.

"We want students to realize that this is a big social issue and by using things they have around their homes, they could easily construct a water filter to help with water borne illnesses," said science teacher Caty Maga.

In their science classes, students were introduced to water purification packets. Each packet contains a powder that removes microorganisms capable of causing disease and other harmful materials. The same packets are used by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in part with their Clean Water Project. During Lent, the CJ student body accepts contributions and divides the funds between the Marianists and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. In 2015, the contributions for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur went to the Clean Water Project.

"Every year students really start to make the connection between what we do with the Senior Capstones and Lenten Mission Drive, " said Maga. "They begin to see this need and respond to the need throughout their years here at CJ."

Maga recently took her students down to the Great Miami River so they could analyze the river's water particles.

"This project made me realize how precious clean water is and how difficult it is in some countries to obtain," said Elena Muir '19.

Hayleigh Whorton '18 concurred, "This project made me think about how privileged we are to have clean water when others don't. It also made me wish that we could get everyone more aware of this water problem that people around the world are going through."

O'Loughlin and Maga both agreed opportunities to focus on a similar subject through different academic departments is part of what makes CJ special.

"This is a great fit to what the science classes are doing and it's a great fit for where we are in scripture class," said O'Loughlin.

"I think the religion department does a great job when talking about poverty and it also provides a basis for open forum and discussion, when discussing poverty and how it affects our water usage," Maga said. "Religion also has the tools to discuss more of the social aspects of how poverty affects those surrounding us."