February 2016

Eagles for Life Named National Group of the Year

CJ's Eagles for Life club was recently named the 2015 National High School Group of the Year by the Students for Life of America organization.

"As a member of Eagles for Life, I feel very proud of our group's accomplishments," said Mo Zopff '16.  "I think this award really shows how much we've done in one year.  Considering there are so many other high schools that could've won this award, I think it shows a lot about our group."

Sam Teague '16 added, "I think that winning the award is awesome, and reflects on the group and the school as a whole."

CJ students, faculty and staff were told about club winning the award during the Ash Wednesday Liturgy of the Word service on February 10. 

"I think it's awesome that CJ's Eagles for Life won the award," shared Zopff. "In years past, I remember talking to other students and teachers about how amazing it would be if CJ won.  I remember almost thinking it was impossible to get this award because there are so many other pro-life groups in high schools across the U.S.  It truly was a dream come true and I think all of the members of Eagles for Life are proud of this accomplishment. "

"Only one of these awards is given to a high school each year," Teague echoed. "It means a lot that the group has won this."

Eagles for Life members are pro-life and strive to create a culture of life at CJ. Throughout the year, club members participated in and helped organize the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, began holding a Rosary for Life after school on Mondays and raised more than $850 for Elizabeth's New Life Center through a baby bottle drive. Last year, club members also participated in the 2nd Annual Pro-Life Student Lobby Day hosted by Students for Life of America and Ohio Right to Life.

"We've been affiliated with Students for Life of America for several years now," noted Emmerich. " We have used some of their resources for our events and their regional representatives have come to provide training."

Eagles for Life members also traveled to Washington, D.C. in 2015 and participated in the National March for Life.

"Attending the Students for Life conference at the March for Life has been a significant part of our trip," Emmerich continued. "Students say that the conference really helps them to understand why we march and to feel empowered defend and even advance the pro-life position

Throughout this Lenten season, Eagles for Life members will continue advocating a pro-life message by observing the 40 Days for Life.

"We have slides on the daily cafeteria announcements and are planning other events," said Emmerich.

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JCOWA Members Headed To National Competition

Members of Chaminade Julienne's JCOWA (Junior Council on World Affairs) club competed against nine other schools in the Dayton Council on World Affairs' International Quiz Bowl regional competition on Monday, February 8 at the University of Dayton. In the competition, more than 180 students split into 49 teams, with a CJ team winning it all.

"I feel sort of shocked about winning," shared Emery Monnig '18.

The members of CJ's winning team included Monnig, Jacob Ely '18, Jake Jagels '18 and Connor Trick '18.

"I am thoroughly excited about winning the competition," said Ely. "It's an awesome event with a lot of tough competition and I am proud of us as a team."

"Winning the JCOWA regional competition was a great accomplishment for our team," echoed Trick. "I was proud of how we worked together as a team to answer the challenging questions that were posed to us."

"The students on this team have a real interest in current events and this subject," said JCOWA moderator Tony Ricciuto '74. "They are also all taking AP American History this year."

Ricciuto explained that the regional competition consisted of 10 rounds with 10 questions in each round. At the end of the 10 rounds, there were two teams, CJ and Lebanon, each tied with 64 points.

"During the tie breaking round, there was five questions," Ricciuto continued. "CJ got four correct and Lebanon got three correct."

The winning team will now compete against nearly 40 other teams from around the nation in the World Affairs Councils of America's Academic Worldquest in Washington, D.C. on April 22-23.

"I feel truly blessed," said Jagels. "We are excited to be able to showcase Chaminade Julienne in this national competition!"

Ricciuto has moderated JCOWA since 2009. He has taken two other teams to the national competition, in 2010 and 2012.

"My favorite part of JCOWA is the opportunity to interact and compete with other schools in JCOWA related events," said Trick.

"JCOWA introduces me to new people, and expands my view of the world," Monnig echoed.

"My favorite part about JCOWA at CJ is the dinners," added Ely. "It's so cool to see how many cultures are distributed among the Dayton area and it's always good to try new kinds of food."

Jagels noted, "Being part of JCOWA has really opened my eyes to looking at life through a 'world view lens'! The group is great, we have quarterly dinners, fun meetings, and of course the yearly quiz bowl at UD is a blast."

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Capstone Group Collecting Jeans for Teens

A senior capstone group is working to make sure homeless youth in Dayton have the opportunity to own something many teens may take for granted - a pair of jeans.

Rachael Gilliam, TJ Mills and Elizabeth Perry  are collecting new or gently used pair of jeans throughout the month of February in correlation with a national campaign called, "Teens for Jeans."

"Teen homelessness is important to us because we are teens ourselves and it's hard to think of someone our age who is homeless," said the group. "We thought collecting jeans for teens would be a good opportunity to help our community in need."

"I had never heard about a project like this before I think it's out of the box," added the group's mentor, Marcus Colvin. "It is a national brand awareness which makes it cool as well."

According to the national campaign's website, dosomething.org, "Over a million young people experience homelessness in the U.S. every year. One item they often request? A pair of jeans."

"We are collecting jeans of any size, any color, and giving them to the teens at Daybreak," the group explained.

"The group's goal is get around 200 jeans," Colvin noted. "I'm impressed that the group is genuinely invested in this.”

Students wishing to contribute jeans to the campaign can drop off their jeans to Mr. Colvin in Room 151.

Money Takes Part in National Signing Day

"Opponents would have to beat Anna to beat CJ."

That was just one of the many things women's soccer Head Coach Roy Craig had to say about Anna Money '16 before she signed her letter of intent with The University of the Cumberlands. Money was the only senior to take part in National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 3.

"I've always wanted to be a part of this," Money shared. "To sign on National Signing Day is pretty cool."

Money was a four-year starter and goalkeeper for the Eagles. During her senior season, Money was named to the All-GCL first team, Southwest District first team, and All-Dayton South first team.

"She is a great leader and hard worker," Craig added. "She helped turn our program around and is an all-around good kid. I'm excited for her to go on to college and continue to play."

Money said she plans to study social work while at The University of the Cumberlands.

"I think I'll bring to The University of the Cumberlands my confidence and my morals," Money reflected."With college it's a little scary, but CJ taught me so well so I'm ready."

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Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

From January 31 - February 6, 2016, Catholic schools across the nation are celebrating Catholic Schools Week. This annual event honors the value of a Catholic education and is observed with activities for students, families and the community. The theme for this year's Catholic Schools Week is, "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service."

"Catholic Schools Week is a week set aside each year to celebrate what is special about our schools," said Director of Ministry & Service, Kelli Kinnear. "First and foremost is that Christ is the center of all that we do and all that we stand for.  We have wonderful families who sacrifice much to send their children to Catholic Schools.  We have dedicated faculty and staff members who are committed to serving our students and who also sacrifice a public school salary.  And finally, we have amazing students who inspire me every day in how they choose to live a life centered in faith and service.  In all, it is a great blessing to be part of a Catholic School!"

At Chaminade Julienne, the students, faculty and staff will celebrate Catholic Schools Week several ways including:

  • a special 3 o'clock prayer said on Monday, February 1. This same prayer will also be said at Alter, Carroll, and Fenwick,
  • Mass at Emmanuel Church on Wednesday, February 3 at 9:30 a.m.,
  • writing notes of thanks and support to Marianist Brothers and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur during lunch on Thursday, February 4,
  • and students and faculty having the option to wear a Catholic Schools t-shirt or sweatshirt on Friday, February 5. The shirts can be from a Catholic grade school, CJ, or a Catholic college. Jeans will be allowed.

Every day throughout the week, there will be a trivia question relating to the Marianists or the Sisters of Notre Dame read over the morning announcements. During the afternoon announcements each day, there will be a special reflection read by a student, faculty or staff member. Additionally, the CJ religion classes will be praying for fellow Marianist and Sisters of Notre Dame schools throughout the week. There will also be a collection of jeans for a Senior Capstone project, called "Jeans for Teens" during homerooms. CJ will conclude Catholic Schools Week with the annual Talent Show on Friday, February 5 where CJ students will showcase their amazing talents for the entire school.

You can learn more about the National Catholic Schools Week celebration here.

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