April 2017

Freeman-Parks Signs With West Virginia Wesleyan University

The Eagles football team will be losing ten seniors at the end of the school year, including Jacquel Freeman-Parks. “Shaq,” as he’s affectionately known, will continue to showcase his talent when he plays for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats beginning in the fall.

Freeman-Parks signed with the team on Thursday, March 30. He received a scholarship to play at the Division II school. He said he plans to study sports management.

“The school has better competition,” Freeman-Parks said. “The football coaches reminded me of CJ because of the way they interacted with me.”

“He’s not the biggest kid but he’s hard to tackle,” Eagles Head Football Coach Marcus Colvin noted.

Freeman-Parks was a running back and defensive back for the Eagles. He led the team in 2015 and 2016 in yards rushing and was named to the All-GCL 1st team in 2016.

“Shaq transferred after his second year at Dunbar and was a two-year starter at CJ,” Colvin reflected. “I wish we could of had him all four years because he is a very talented kid. You don’t create players like him.”

“I’m going to miss everything,” Freeman-Parks said when asked what he’ll miss most about CJ. He also offered this advice to members of the Class of 2018, “Enjoy it because it goes fast.”

Posted April 9, 2017


Hollis Retiring With 57 Years of Service to CJ

A job is no harder than you make it.

That has been Charlie Hollis' mantra for the last 57 years as he served the CJ community. At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, Hollis will retire.

Hollis graduated from Lamar County Training High School in Vernon, Alabama and then served in the Army as a paratrooper. When he was out of the Army, Hollis traveled to Chicago to work before coming to Dayton.

"My brother told me to come to Dayton to drive trucks for a manufacturing company," Hollis said. "When I got there he looked at me and said, 'I should hire you but I'm not.' I asked him why and he said it was because I wouldn't take orders from him. He didn't mean any harm, but he knew I wouldn't take it."

Hollis soon found himself working at both Chaminade and Julienne High Schools.

"I worked at the Brother's house and in the school at Julienne," Hollis noted.

Throughout his years in the CJ community, Hollis has served as the head of maintenance and kept the buildings in working order. He has also had the pleasure to work alongside his two sons at CJ, and see his daughter (Barbara '78) and six grandchildren (Aneceya '02, Arrionne '04, Karina '06, Asia '07, Kiera '07, and Lee Jr. '11) attend the school.

"It made me feel good to see my daughter and grandkids come here," Hollis reflected.

When asked what he will miss the most, Hollis said, "I'm going to miss getting up and coming up here every morning. I don't reckon I have been late any day.

"I really enjoy working here," Hollis continued. "It's something new every day. As a mechanic, I always liked to do something different. It's been a good ride."

Friends and former students shared their well wishes for Hollis on the CJ Facebook and CJ Alumni Facebook pages. Here are just some of their comments:

  • Kim Doolin Poast: Wow!!! Good luck Mr. Hollis!!!
  • Henry Richardson: Way to go Charlie! Enjoy retirement!
  • Bettye Abat Sierchs: Congratulations Charlie! I know you will be missed at CJ! Enjoy your retirement!
  • Greg Walker: Wow! That's dedication and longevity at the highest! Congrats on an outstanding career sir. I'm sure you'll be missed and no one will ever fill those shoes. I salute you Mr. Hollis. Time to brush off that fishing pole.
  • Jeff Wiedeman: Congratulations Charlie and Happy Retirement.
  • Mary Ann Wolfe: Congratulations and all the best to you.

Posted April 6, 2017

Sophomores Participate in Leadership Day

Preparing students to be future leaders. That was the main mission of Ted Wiese when he spoke to the Class of 2019 last month.

“They are the future leaders of the school,” Wiese said. “I want to teach them to be a leader so they can step up and be a leader the rest of their sophomore, and junior and senior years.”

Students spent half of their school day in Wiese’s program and the other half of their school day touring either Wright State University or the University of Dayton’s campus.

During Wiese’s program, he engaged students early on with friendly competitive games.

“I really liked the group game because we were all just having fun,” Natali Rojas-Alvarez '19 reflected.

Brendan Kadel '19 added, “My favorite activity was probably family feud. It was my favorite because it was very fun and really encouraged my team to work together.”

While having fun and interacting together in activities, students said they learned more about themselves individually too.

“I learned that you can work with anyone in any situation if you put your mind to it,” said Kadel. “If there is anything I learned about myself it is how easy it is to work and get along with people.”

Rojas-Alvarez agreed, “I learned that we all have habits and that we all have a skill to share.”

This was the second year all sophomores have attended Wiese’s program and toured college campuses.

Posted April 5, 2017

Students, Teachers Travel to Spain and France

Paris, Barcelona, Madrid. These European destinations were just some of stops for students and adults when they visited France and Spain last month.

“My favorite part of the trip was visiting so many beautiful places with new people,” reflected Claire Evans ‘17. “I was able to create new and stronger relationships with my classmates and it was so fun to be with a new group of people to explore new countries with.”

Teachers Señora Peg Regan and Madame Michelle Mize led the trip to the overseas locations. Their first stop on the tour was Paris where the group took a walking tour of the city and visited the Louvre. The following day, the group visited the Joan of Arc Museum, the Cathedrale Sainte-Croix and traveled to Lourdes. From there, the group traveled to Barcelona.

“My favorite part of the trip was probably when we went to visit the La Sagrada Familia, a very famous church in Barcelona, Spain,” said Maria Osnaya ‘19. “The church is the most beautiful church ever built by the architect, Gaudi. That church is still under construction even after 500 years! The church has been designed by many different architects.”

Other landmarks the group visited in Spain included the Gothic Quarter, Montserrat, Picasso Museum, the Casa Mila, the Madrid va Zaragoza and the La Reina Sofia El Prado art museum.

“My favorite part of our trip was the tapas dinner in Madrid,” noted Gabe Campion ‘19. “We went underground into a restaurant that was caved themed and they served us very good appetizers including quiche, sausage, french fries with a special dressing, and ham. A local college band came while we were there and played us music while we danced it late. It got very loud that night!”

Students said they were surprised to learn some cultural differences during their trip.

“I was surprised to learn how much time students have to eat their lunch,” Evans said. “In both France and Spain, students have two hours to leave school and eat their lunch and spend time in the city before returning to classes. That is such an unknown concept to me.”

Osnaya added, “The food was extremely different. Nutella was commonly used in everything. I had a crepe every other day and ate ice cream everyday in Spain.”

When thinking about the trip overall, Campion said, “I highly recommend traveling abroad. The trip was probably the best week and half of my life. The food was great, the people and sights were better, and it was just overall a great time.”

Posted April 4, 2017

Three Honored in Architect Design Contest

Three talented students were recognized for their designs in the 36th annual Art in Architecture Student Design Competition.

Bryce Howell ’17 earned the top prize in the competition, the Top Design Award. Paul Wittmann ’18 received the Merit Award, which was second place. Sara Bowman ’17 earned the Future Architect Award.

“The competition was tough, and it was fun to prepare for,” reflected Howell.

For the past three years, CJ students have participated in the Art in Architecture (AIA) Student Design Competition. The competition challenges local students to showcase a design project based on current Dayton structures. This year’s competition was named “The Stage at First Flight” and asked students to focus on designing an outdoor performance venue structure at Dave Hall Plaza in Dayton. 

“The students get an opportunity to talk/work with professionals from several disciplines including architects, artists, engineers, and designers,” said teacher Matt Fuhs. “They get to see the process of how a professional company puts together a project, and how to display that information to others.”

Students in Fuhs’ Civil Engineering and Architecture class, part of the Project Lead the Way curriculum, participated in the competition, in addition to art students and students who elected to complete the project individually.

“I tried very hard to make sure there was not a dead space when it was not being used as a concert venue,” Wittmann noted about his design. “I put in gently winding sidewalks and pathways that connected all of the corners of the park - they also make it a much more inviting and walkable space.”

“I would say that the most unique element of my design was the use of ironwork in the plans,” Howell reflected.

Fuhs added, “The quality of the work has improved because of our investment in a poster printer. It is quite an improvement to see three students get awards, and to take the top two awards.”

The competition encourages students to work with current local architects during workshops organized by AIA Dayton.

“I really liked going to meetings with real architects and hearing their opinions on my design,” Wittmann said. “They brought so many great ideas and advice to my design.”

Howell agreed, “I enjoyed design review and collaboration. It was a great experience to receive feedback and input from others.”

You can learn more about the competition and awards here.

Posted April 4, 2017