February 2017

Seniors Share Passion for Natural Beauty

Encouraging others to wear no makeup at least once a month and speaking to younger students about positive body image were just some of the goals of the Senior Capstone Group composed of Caroline Eifert, Erin Heiney, Olivia Livingston, Madison McCoy, and Carly O’Loughlin.

“I was inspired to do my Capstone project on body image by Capstone groups last year,” said McCoy. “I feel as if every girl deserves to love herself no matter what she looks like. I think it is a hard topic for teenage girls to understand and I wanted to be a person to help spread awareness.”

“I was inspired to do this project relating to body image because it has always been something that I have had to deal with in my own personal life as I think it is a big deal in most middle school/teenagers’ lives,” Heiney affirmed. “I have learned over the years to love myself and I really want to show younger girls that there is so much more to life than if you wear enough makeup or how your lips look or how your body looks; that they are beautiful inside and out.”

On Tuesday, February 21, the Capstone group held one of their monthly no makeup days and encouraged CJ students to sign a poster pledging their support of natural beauty. Later that day, the Capstone group spoke to 8th grade girls at St. Peter Catholic School. They also will talk with girls at Immaculate Conception School this week.

“With elementary schools, we showed them a few videos, such as the Dove Challenge, gave them a few quick facts, did a project with them, and asked them a few questions at the end of the presentation,” Livingston reflected. “The project consisted of drawing a body and writing down what they like on one side and what they dislike about themselves on the other side.”

Livingston continued, “As we went to St. Peter's, it was really cute how whenever the girls would bring up something they don't like about themselves their classmates would interrupt, compliment the girl who's talking, and tell her that she shouldn't think that way about herself. I think that everyone should be supportive of one another rather than tear each other down.”

“We hope that girls learn that everyone has things about themselves that they don't like and things that they do like, and that they're not alone in body insecurities,” Eifert added. “We hope girls learn to embrace the things that make them different and unique.”

O’Loughlin emphasized, “Above all else, I really hope that the students learn that it is normal to have doubts about your body image, but nonetheless, everyone should respect their bodies. Self-respect is so important to growth as a person and building healthy relationships.”

Posted February 28, 2017

Montague Becomes Sixth Eagle to Score 1,000+ Points

Valentine’s day 2017 will always hold a special place in Christian Montague’s ‘17 heart as that was the night he surpassed scoring more than 1,000 points in his basketball career at CJ, becoming only the sixth Eagle to achieve the accomplishment.

“I'm very proud of being the only the sixth Eagle because it's a long milestone,” Montague said. “This sure wouldn't be possible without my teammates!”  

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Staley ‘72 has coached three out of the six 1,000 point scorers, which included Staley’s son, Joe ‘10 and Darnell Hoskins ‘93.

“All three were great players and special for different reasons,” Staley noted. “The way Christian was able to come back from last year's season ending injury really speaks to his courage and hard work. Because of that, Christian's may be the best.

“What makes Christian such a good player is his athleticism and his obvious skill,” Staley continued. “He's very hard to guard because he's a very good shooter, and at the same time, very good at getting to the rim going either left or right. But the biggest thing is that he is really competitive and determined.”

Montague has racked up several awards as an Eagle including being named to the All-GCL North Team, GCL All-League First Team, District 15 All-Star Team, and All-Southwest District Team.

“I've always lead by examples,” Montague reflected. “I learned how to lead by Myo Baxter ‘15 and Alan Vest ‘15. When time gets tough, the team is going to look at you. It’s just more than basketball; they will be my brothers forever. I will always come back to see them play.”

Montague said he is still deciding on where to continue his basketball career after graduating from CJ.

“My biggest hope for Christian is that he can lead his team to a championship, while playing well enough to earn an athletic scholarship to a Division One school,” Staley said. “He's very deserving. Christian will be the measuring stick that every guard who follows him here at CJ will be measured against.”

Posted February 25, 2017

Capstone Brings Virtual Reality to Elementary Students

Our Lady of Rosary students experienced virtual reality thanks to a Senior Capstone Project. Kyle Hixenbaugh, Hugo Sigona-Gonzalez and Bradley Walker invited a class from OLR to learn more about virtual reality on Wednesday, February 15.

"The students used three different applications on VR headsets," Hixenbaugh explained. "One related to human cells, another on climate change and the carbon cycle, and the last one was about the solar system. We also had a bridge building simulation on computers for the students to try."

Walker added, "We wanted to enforce that there are great technological applications that students of all ages should have access to." 

The group said it wasn't difficult to obtain the virtual reality headsets for their project and hope more classrooms will incorporate the headsets in the future.

"We hope the students learned that there are alternative ways to learn and that technology is a viable form of education," Hixenbaugh noted.

Walker agreed, "It was great to just see that everyone had a great time."

Posted February 24, 2017


Walk to State: Men's and Women's Swimming

Update: Congratulations to Jorge Zelina who placed 8th in 100 freestyle race and Macleary Moran who placed 7th in the 200 freestyle and 5th in the 500 freestyle races in the state swimming championships!

Road to State: The largest amount of CJ swimmers in the school's history will be taking to the pool this weekend for the state championship. The teams participated in the traditional Walk to State in the halls of CJ on Tuesday, February 21.

At the state competition, swimmers from both the men's and women's teams will participate in relay races, 200 medley and 200 freestyle respectively.

"The boys are Vincent Dang, Matthew Keaty, Phillip Hawthorn, Jorge Zelina and Jeff LaBianco is the alternate," shared head coach Kate Whistler. "For the girls, Macleary Moran, Brianna Gracey, Abby Arestides and Cayley Saunders are competing and Anna Kutter is the alternate."

Moran and Zelina, who represented CJ at the state championships last year, also qualified in individual events. Moran will race in the 200 and 500 freestyle races and Zelina will race in the 100 and 200 freestyle races.

"I'm feeling better than I was last year," Zelina noted. "I'm more excited that we have a relay going this year, that's the most exciting thing."

Moran agreed, "It's great to have so many people going this year."

Prior to state, the women's team won the sectional meet and the men's team finished 4th.

"Winning Sectionals was quite an accomplishment," Whistler said. "There are four sections running simultaneous meets at different locations. At our section, located at the Washington Township Rec Center, there were 13 teams including Carroll, Tipp City, Bellbrook, and Eaton. CJ topped all of those teams and defeated Carroll, who placed second, by almost 40 points."

Whistler continued, "All of the coaching staff is extremely proud of the effort these athletes put in and out of the pool this year. Their work paid off as this is the most successful year for CJ Swimming!"

Posted February 23, 2017


Capstone Brings Together Police, Teens for Basketball Tournament

Teen boys from the Boys & Girls Club of Dayton, along with officers from the Dayton Police Department, spent an afternoon on the basketball court building up community and discussing the dangers of gun violence.

Seniors Jaime Cambron, Jacob Johns, and Jimmy Wittman brought the groups together for a basketball tournament with a purpose on Saturday, February 18 for their Senior Capstone Project.

"We all come from the city of Dayton and all have family members in law enforcement so that played a huge part in why we chose gun violence," Johns said. "We want to make the community safer."

The seniors spoke with members of the Dayton Police Department to recruit officers to attend the event. One of those officers was Jermar Rayford '10. 

Five groups consisting of the officers and teens played in the double elimination tournament. Four teams played at a time until the final game. When a team wasn't playing, the officers in that team talked to the teens about the dangers of guns in hopes to curb gun violence.

"The topic of teen gun violence is prevalent in the world today," noted the Senior Capstone Group's mentor, Kary Ellen Berger.  "The group came up with a creative way to bring teens together with the officers and created an event with a lasting impact."

At the end of the tournament, the teens and officers enjoyed pizza, drinks and desserts.

"Overall, this project changed me a lot because I got to help kids learn about the police and trust them too," Cambron reflected.

Wittman agreed, "I think the kids took away the opportunity to get to know the police officers better."

CJ In the News

Watch WKEF/WRGT's report about this Senior Capstone Project.

Posted February 22, 2017

STEMM Idol: Cara Nartker '09

As part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series, Cara Nartker ‘09 returned to CJ on February 14 to talk about her career path after earning her engineering degree.

“I knew probably freshman year that I wanted to do engineering,” Nartker noted. “I enjoy the endless possibilities of learning because it’s always changing,”

After CJ, Nartker attended the University of Dayton. She graduated in December 2013 with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Aerospace Engineering.

When thinking about aerospace engineering, Nartker said, “I was always fascinated with the fact that something so big could fly but I can’t? I also went to the Dayton Air Show every year. One year I was waved to by a pilot because he was flying so low. I still, to this day, can’t believe it happened.”

Nartker is now with CDI-Aerospace (a GE Aviation Support Equipment Contractor) as a Design Engineer and LEAP Assistant Program Manager. LEAP is the name of a new production engine GE Aviation has released.

“I hope the students find that engineering can be fun,” Nartker reflected. “If you have a tinkering thought process, engineering might be a good path for you.”

Posted February 21, 2017

Fair Trade Mission for Senior Capstone Group

On Valentine's Day, a Senior Capstone Group offered a fair trade to students - write a note thanking a Fair Trade cocoa farmer and receive a piece of chocolate produced by Fair Trade farmers.

The Senior Capstone Group of Erin Colbert, Danielle Ostendorf, Nate Reuter, and Maia Wagner had heard about Fair Trade prior to their senior year as CJ has been a Fair Trade school since 2014.

"I always knew what the concept of Fair Trade through previous Senior Capstone Projects on Fair Trade and through my dad who sells Fair Trade coffee at my Parish," said Reuter.  

Colbert noted, "For me, it was an opportunity to learn and grow as a person through exploring a new social justice issue. I knew some about Fair Trade, but not a lot. I was excited to take on this topic."

Fair Trade is defined as where there are fair prices paid to producers in developing countries. The Capstone Group noted worldwide, there are more than 1,200 Fair Trade certified producers.

The thank you notes signed by students on Valentine's Day will be sent to Fair Trade Campaigns in California to be delivered to Fair Trade farmers. The Capstone Group also hopes to continue spreading the word about Fair Trade.

"We are trying to organize a Fair Trade simulation and incorporate a new Fair Trade item in the spirit shop," Reuter shared.  

Colbert added, "We are getting Fair Trade shirts for FLIGHT and we are hoping to get a speaker."

Posted February 21, 2017

Eagle Pride Unveils New Uniforms

With a drum roll from the drum line and a loud,  "Go Eagles!" from the crowd of more than 100, Will Marshall '19 and Destiny Jacque '18 revealed the new Eagle Pride marching band and color guard uniforms on Monday, February 13.

"We wanted something contemporary and fresh that will pop," said the Director of Performing Arts, Debi Schutt. "When people see it, they will know without a doubt it is CJ."

The uniforms were made possible by benefactor Sam Rinehart '69.

"I played trumpet in the marching band," Rinehart reflected. "At the opening of Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles in August, I told Roger we needed uniforms."

Rinehart chuckled, "So he got the stadium and I got the uniforms."

The uniforms were unveiled to performing arts students, parents and supporters during the Performing Arts Winter Concert on Sunday, February 12. Rinehart was in attendance for the concert.

When asked about his reaction to the seeing the uniforms, all Rinehart could say was, "Wow!"

"The Eagle Pride guard is so very grateful for this generous gift," Kelly Muhl, guard instructor said. "These new uniforms will help guard members feel great about themselves in their performance. We are also hoping that it will encourage new interest in joining the team and being an exciting part of a new era for Eagle Pride!" 

Starting this fall, participation in Eagle Pride will qualify for use of the PE waiver. This allows students to earn the state of Ohio required PE credit while having fun with their fellow classmates interested in music and entertaining.

"Our group receives a large amount of support and everyone wants to see it continue to grow and remain an active group in the school and the community," Schutt shared. "This is the first time the group will have a formal band uniform in quite a number of years. Students will be proud to wear the uniforms and represent our group and our school."

Rinehart also challenged the students during the reveal on Monday.

"This year we have about 30 members of Eagle Pride," Rinehart said. "We have 50 uniforms for next year and I will buy uniforms for every new member up to 100."

Students who are interested in learning more or participating in Eagle Pride can sign-up here.

Posted February 16, 2017

Seniors Mentor Kids Through Sports

Four members of the Class of 2017, who have a passion for sports, are influencing younger students through their Senior Capstone Project. Michael Fugate, Mike Poteet, Evan Rhea and P’Hariz Watkins are mentoring younger boys while engaging them through athletic activities such as basketball.

“We came up with this idea from us all having the experiences we have had with sports, how those experiences were life changing for us and taught us so many lessons we needed for life,” Watkins shared.

“We hope kids get valuable life lessons they can use in everyday life,” said Poteet.

“When we meet with the kids, we watch inspirational videos and have talks with them,” Rhea noted. “We ask them how they are doing in school and how they are treating others. We do most of our mentoring through the sports by playing with them and demonstrating good sportsmanship and throwing out lessons throughout the activities. We also help them with homework if it is needed.”

The Capstone group has held two sessions so far with the intent of holding additional sessions. The group has reached out to local Catholic elementary schools to get connected with elementary-aged boys.

“We want to see that these kids have been impacted and changed through our mentoring,” Rhea reflected. “We want to see that they are taking more responsibility and doing better in school as well.”

“I hope they get out that adversity, pain, and struggle are only temporary,” Watkins emphasized. “When you keep your mind focused and determined, things will get better.”

Poteet agreed, “Every kid deserves a chance.”

Posted February 14, 2017

Dix Takes Part in National Signing Day

On Wednesday, February 1, National Signing Day, Logan Dix '17 officially committed to playing soccer at The Citadel.

"I remember last year watching other people doing it," Dix noted. "Now I feel like a part of everyone else signing all over the nation."

Dix was a four-year starter for the Eagles. Head Coach Roy Craig recognized Dix as a key player on the team.

"She always found a way to have an impact on the game from almost day one and we'll miss that for sure," said Craig.

During her time at CJ, Dix received several awards including being named to 1st team All-GCL and 1st Team All-Dayton in her junior and senior years.

Dix said she plans to study biology at The Citadel.

"I'm going to miss all the people on the team and the coaches because I made a lot of great relationships while I was here," reflected Dix.

Craig added, "She was just one of those kids who was always going to do something to make a difference for us. She'll have a great career at The Citadel."

Posted February 13, 2017