May 2017

Students Selected for Prestigious Wright Scholar Program

Five students will spend their summer working directly with professionals in the Air Force Research Laboratory as part of the Wright Scholar Research Assistant program. The select program is a paid internship that gives students the opportunity to work at the AFRL and participate in workshops, lectures and tours of STEM related jobs.

Phillip Hawthorn '17, Jasmine Hughes '18, Katie Kohnen '18, and Stephen Leik '17 are participating in the program for the first time. Austin Fuchs '17 is returning for a second year.

"I will be working in the GRILL (Gaming Research Integration for Learning Laboratory,)" Hawthorn said. "I am looking forward to learning about the project that my group will be working on throughout the summer."

Leik will also be in the GRILL.

"The section I will be in relates to what I will be studying in college," Leik noted. "This is because it has to do with engineering; I want to major in mechanical engineering which needs some knowledge in all parts of engineering."

"I am going to work in the Human Performance Wing," Kohnen shared. "I'll be working with a biochemist who has done work with drug interactions, effects on medicine at high altitudes, and genetics."

Hughes said, "I will be working in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate section this summer."

Fuchs will be returning to the Aerospace Engineering section for a second year.

"I felt I learned a lot last year and decided I wanted to learn more," Fuchs said.

CJ has been well represented in the Wright Scholar Research Assistant program in the past with eight students being selected in 2016 and seven in 2015.

"I am most looking forward to gaining experience and becoming more comfortable with the technology used in genetic research," Kohnen reflected. "Having a formal internship will allow me to see inside the careers within the Human Performance Wing."

Hughes added, "I am looking forward to applying what I have learned in my chemistry and Project Lead the Way engineering classes to the research I will be doing this summer."

"I am looking most forward to learning more about engineering through the Wright Scholar Research Assistant program this summer," Leik shared. "I am glad to have the opportunity to be in this program."

You can learn more about the Wright Scholar Research Assistant program here.

Posted May 10, 2017


2017 Picnic With the PoPS to Be Held Indoors

Mother Nature won't rain on the spirit of performing arts students when Picnic With the PoPS takes the stage in the Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym on Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m.

"This is a fun experience for the whole family," director of performing arts Debi Schutt shared.

The concert, which was originally planned to be held outside, will now take place in the school gym. Guests are invited to bring food to the concert. No food will be available for purchase. The CJ spirit store will also be open.

An awards ceremony, recognizing performing arts students, is open to everyone and begins at 6 p.m.

Schutt added, "We have fun songs that will get everyone excited for the summer. We hope to see everyone there!"

Posted May 10, 2017

Announcement of John Q. Sherman Field at Roger Glass Stadium

Roger Glass '60 never anticipated the rolling effect his namesake stadium would have.

“All I knew is the kids needed a stadium and that was my focus,” Glass said. “I never had any idea it would have this effect on the community or that it would start snowballing the way it has.”

The stadium was just the beginning as Chaminade Julienne dedicated the John Q. Sherman Field at Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles on Saturday, May 6.

John Q. Sherman II '72, the grandson of John Q. Sherman, and the Sherman-Standard Register Foundation committed $500,000 over 10 years as a tribute to the family patriarch and innovative founder of Standard Register.

“My grandfather was a great and kind community leader,” Sherman said. “I want him to be remembered for his charitable spirit.” 

This charitable spirit was evident when Sherman joined with other community leaders to rebuild Dayton after the 1913 flood and, soon after, lead the effort to fund the building of Good Samaritan Hospital.  By the mid-1920’s, Sherman and a group of local leaders recognized that health care services were key to the growth and revitalization of the city.  Sherman was one of those who approached the Sisters of Charity about their interest in operating a hospital on Dayton’s northwest side and agreed to raise $1 million dollars to build the facility on Salem Avenue. Beyond his support of Good Samaritan, Sherman was also instrumental in recruiting new industries to the Dayton area from across the country.

CJ continues to thrive with the same spirit of innovation and revitalization that is reflected in the history of John Q. Sherman’s contributions to the Dayton community. 

“This partnership helps tell the story of John Q. Sherman and inspire a new generation of Daytonian innovators and philanthropists,” said Dan Meixner '84, Chaminade Julienne’s president. “It also highlights how exciting it is when great institutions in the community work together and how collaboration among leaders and institutions can make good things happen.”

The Sherman family’s connection to Chaminade Julienne goes back several generations. A total of 18 family members are graduates of CJ or one of its predecessor schools going back the class of 1937 at Chaminade and the class of 1938 at Julienne.

While the gift is a celebration of tradition, the future is also one of excitement at Chaminade Julienne as the school continues to grow and innovate.  In recent years, more and more families have decided that CJ is the best choice for their family and, this fall, teachers and staff members will welcome the largest freshman class in 10 years.

“In a way, the past few years have been a renewal for CJ and for this part of Downtown Dayton,” Glass said. “The time was right.”

Posted May 6, 2017


Students Awarded in Lydia and Max May Memorial Contests

Art and writing students were recently recognized in the annual Max and Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contest. This year’s theme was, “The World Watched in Silence.”

While millions of Jews, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, political prisoners and others died in concentration camps, the world outside the Third Reich said little, and did less, to defend the victims,” the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center, which hosted the competitions, noted on their website. “A few heroic individuals acted, but most governments and organizations did not.”

Winners of the contests from CJ included:

  • Kelly Carmody ‘20, Third Place, Division II, Poetry
  • Natalie Davis ‘18, First Place, Division II, Art
  • Kelsey Dickey ‘20, Third Place, Group B, Division II, Writing
  • Madeline Hoffstetter ‘20, Honorable Mention, Division II, Art
  • Haley Kraft ‘19, Third Place, Division II, Art
  • Erin McGraw ‘20, Second Place, Division II, Writing
  • Aubrey Trimbach ‘20, First Place, Division II, Poetry
  • Hillary Vaughn ‘20, Honorable Mention, Division II, Poetry

Winners reflected on their pieces submitted in the contest:

Carmody: “I think my poem doesn't just reflect what happened in the holocaust, but it also reflects other genocides that have or are occurring. My original thought process was that you might be able to hear someone, but you aren't necessarily listening to them, which is relevant to this topic."

Davis: “My piece was called Eyes of Pogrom. I based my painting after the Night of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass. I drew a burning Synagogue to represent what happened this night. There is a girl in front of it watching. I used some symbolism in my piece. For example, the girl’s dress was made completely out of eyes to represent the world watching. I also put quotes in the flames from the book Night by Elie Wiesel. The stained glass of the church is from broken pieces of glass.”

Dickey: “My inspiration was just a girl my age (15) and how quick life can change by just one person. How in one moment life is so happy and joyous and then can turn into darkness so quickly. I thought this was such a great opportunity to participate in and I really enjoyed the outcome, and very thankful.”

McGraw: “When I was in the seventh grade, I went to a presentation about a survivor with my mother. Her name was Francine and I've always wanted to write about her story, but I've never had the chance. I saw this contest as an opportunity to tell Francine's story from a different point of view. My submission, although not my complete idea or story, is very personal and special to me. I've never spent more time on any paper or project than on this one because I really cared about the topic. I have always been intrigued when it comes to learning about the personal stories from the Holocaust, and in this story, I had hoped to portray that from a different perspective.”

Trimbach: “I used the examples of bullying and terrorism as my topic, which are currently major problems. I want people to realize that this poem is for everyone, because we have all been bystanders at some point in our lives.”

Vaughn: “I focused my piece around the helpless victims and how the world did nothing to stop it, until it was too late, and too many lives have been lost. This experience made me think about how lucky I am that I have a family, a place to live, and good school, and freedom. People, in my opinion, often take life for granted. Thinking and talking about the Holocaust made me sincerely sad for all the victims, and made me pray that this never happens again.”

The students were recognized in a ceremony where Holocaust survivors spoke.

“The experience itself was moving because of the ceremony held,” Carmody said. “The stories of survivors and the impact it made on their lives was hard to hear because you can read about stories, but to hear survivors tell their stories in person showed their emotions.”

McGraw agreed, “The ceremony that I attended was one of the most powerful experiences I've ever had. I felt the emotions of each person there and, even though I'm not Jewish, I could feel the intensity of the prayers.”

“The award ceremony was truly amazing,” Trimbach added. “Two Holocaust survivors spoke and it really brought to my attention that what happened to the Jewish people is not just some facts or numbers in a book. Each number is a person who had a life, a family, and a story.”

Davis reflected, “I always like attending this ceremony. I think it's a wonderful way to show remembrance and respect to the lives that were lost. It's always so moving to hear from the Holocaust survivors.”

Posted May 5,  2017


Students Honored at the 2017 Service Awards

For the 11th year, the CJ Ministry & Service office recognized students for serving in the Dayton community and beyond at the Service Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 3.

"Pope Francis has said, 'The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.'", Director of Ministry & Service, Kelli Kinnear, told the students. "It is not easy to be counter-cultural in our world today; it is not easy to be counter-cultural as a teenager in our world today.  But so many of you are doing this through your selfless service and your giving hearts - putting love and service before success, power and popularity." 

Each student completes a certain amount of service hours, which varies based upon their grade level, as part of their religion requirement. Nearly 120 students, however, volunteered their time above and beyond their required religion requirement. Students who completed 25-49 additional hours were awarded the bronze service award, students who completed 50-99 additional hours were awarded the silver service award, and students who completed 100 or more additional hours were awarded the gold service award.

"Our whole school community has given a total of 9,400 hours of service to the broader community over and above any required service," Kinnear noted. "According to the Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer hour is $24.14. This means the students' service has contributed $226,916 to our local, national and international communities."

Andrew Holmes '17 was recognized as the student who accumulated the most additional service hours in his class, with 570 hours throughout his four years.

Other students who were recognized during the awards ceremony were FLIGHT members, leaders of the Marianist LIFE Community, community service homeroom reps, Red Cord Honor Certificate of Achievement students, and students in the Little Sibs program, who were joined on stage by their "littles." 

The Service Award Ceremony was special this year, as six members of the CJ community will retire at the end of this school year with 228 years of service total. Jim Brooks, Cindy Budde, Ellen Downer, Charlie Hollis, Charlene Wheeler,  and John Zaidain each received a platinum award for their years of service.

Students were also announced as special award recipients during the awards ceremony. The LaSertoma Youth Service award, given to a student for being a leader in service, was given to Dani Ostendorf '17.

The Sister Ruth Ann Service Award, given to a junior who exhibits the commitment and spirit of Sister Ruth Ann Bange, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, was given to Katie Kohnen.   The George Early scholarship, given to a sophomore who has distinguished him or herself as a servant leader, was given to Joseph Allaire. Jim Brooks was presented with the faculty/staff Founders Award.

At the end of the ceremony, students who will embark on a mission trip this summer were blessed by the CJ community. Students will be representing CJ in Solsberry, Indiana, Taos, New Mexico and Belize, Central America this summer.

Posted May 4, 2017

Tech-Free Assignment Challenges Students

The idea of going without technology for an entire day was unfathomable to juniors in Dr. Mick Mominee's religion class. However, students were challenged to do just that as part of an assignment connected with Pope Francis' encyclical.

"We tied the unit to Laudato Si, where Pope Francis challenges the world to be stewards of the environment and to consider how technology helps us connect to one another and how it may isolate us," Mominee explained. "The previous unit was about developing power with others and growing in solidarity with others, God and our selves. We tied these themes together and asked students to evaluate their technology usage in light, how it connected them to each other and God, and how it may disconnect them from themselves, God and each other.

"The overall goal is critical reflection on usage and a movement to more love-centered actions helping to promote social justice," Mominee continued.

Mominee worked with Marianist PULSE volunteer Dominic Sanfilippo on the unit. Together, they challenged juniors to be without their cell phones, computers, and other communicative technology for one day. 

"Prior to this assignment, I was really dreading going without my phone for 24 hours, and I thought that it would be a struggle," Jillian Baker '18 reflected.

Aryana Sutton '18 agreed, "Before I completed the assignment, I thought that it was going to be very challenging and that I would often find myself bored with nothing to do."

The students learned though, going tech-free wasn't as challenging as they first thought.

"During my day, I had lifeguard classes, so that took up most of the time," Olivia Boch '18 noted. "Then I did homework that didn't involve my Chromebook. I also got to catch up on the book I had been reading."

Sutton said, "During my tech-free day, I actually did a lot of things like going to the gym with my mom, going to the driving range with my dad, and going out to lunch and hanging out with some friends."

"During the day, I went canoeing with my family, and then played some board games at night, to help pass the time," Baker said. "I feel like it was really nice to get in touch with nature, and spend time with my family and friends without the distraction of my phone, and I really enjoyed doing this project."

Mominee added, "I think the students learned that when they look up, they see, experience, and grow in unexpected ways. It was not as bad as they expected and I think they will be more reflective users."

After completing the assignment, students were asked to create an advertisement promoting the messages of the unit, post it, and share feedback with their classmates.

"I drew one picture of a girl sitting on a bench and experiencing all of the beautiful miracles that were happening all around her, and another picture of a girl sitting on her phone, missing all of the wonderful things happening around her," Baker said. "In the technology free picture, all of the color is in the world around her, because that is what she is paying attention to. In the technology use picture, the background is black and white, and only her phone is in color because that is what she is focusing on. I think that this reflects on my experience, because during my technology refrain, I realized how much we actually miss out on when we spend so much time looking down at our phones."

Sutton, who worked with Baker on the artwork, said, "This project was portraying how much of life you can actually miss when you spend so much time on technology and how you should put it down once in a while to take in the beauty of life and the loving people around you." 

Boch added, "I wrote a poem about some of the lessons covered during the unit. I decided to focus on how people today are really addicted to their phones/technology, and how it can cause them to miss something important around them. It emphasizes that technology can be like a drug; but many people don't see it like that. While substance abuse is a serious problem, there are also issues with being over-connected to the world through phones. It can change relationships, even affect how you interact with other people."

"I believe their final assessment project helps them to actively work for change in their communities," Mominee reflected. "Much like in the capstone project, we are asking them to take what they learned and do something with it, to make change in their world. The goal is to use the student's experiences as the starting point, taking them to the concepts, and then hoping that they embrace these concepts to grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually."

Posted May 4, 2017

Eagles Named Scholastic Art & Writing Winners

For more than nine decades, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has been honoring teenagers with exceptional artistic and writing talents through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This year, Chaminade Julienne had several students recognized for their artwork or writing:

  • Claire Armstrong - Silver Key (painting), Honorable Mention (mixed media)
  • Selena Aungst - Silver Key (poetry)
  • Lydia Bice - Honorable Mention (critical essay)
  • Olivia Boch - Honorable Mention (short story)
  • Elizabeth Blackshire - Gold Key (comic art), Silver Key (short story), Silver Key (poetry), Honorable Mention (poetry), Honorable Mention (short story)
  • Rachel Boll - Silver Key (painting), two Honorable Mentions (painting), Honorable Mention (science fiction/fantasy)
  • Zachary Braun - Honorable Mention (poetry)
  • Ian Carmody - Honorable Mention (short story)
  • Adam Cyphers - Honorable Mention (writing - humor)
  • Natalie Davis - Honorable Mention (personal essay/memoir)
  • Caroline Delaney - Silver Key (personal essay)
  • Jacob Ely - Honorable Mention (short story)
  • Lizzy Ernst - Honorable Mention (short story)
  • Samantha Evans - Silver Key (poetry)
  • Parker Ferdelman - Silver Key (ceramics)
  • Natalie Feucht - Honorable Mention (short story)
  • Nikki Gabriel - Honorable Mention (short story)
  • Aaron Gerhard - Honorable Mention (ceramics)
  • Anjalee Guy - Honorable Mention (ceramics)
  • Madeline Hofstetter - Honorable Mention (poetry)
  • Jasmine Hughes - Honorable Mention (science fiction/fantasy)
  • Grace Jackson - Honorable Mention (flash fiction)
  • Alex Mayer - Honorable Mention (short story)
  • Emery Monnig - Silver Key (poetry)
  • Brianna Moore - Silver Key (ceramics)
  • Alexis Nelson - Honorable Mention (personal essay/memoir)
  • Katherine Kohnen - Silver Key (poetry), Honorable Mention (poetry)
  • Joseph Rains - Honorable Mention (poetry)
  • Ellie Reeves - Honorable Mention (poetry)
  • Josie Schlangen - Silver Key (poetry)
  • Megan Schultz - Honorable Mention (short story)
  • Hanna Schwager - Honorable Mention (poetry), Honorable Mention (short story)
  • Holly Siefert - Honorable Mention (poetry)
  • Emsley Spees - Honorable Mention (short story)
  • Tim Sprowl - Honorable Mention (poetry)
  • Anastasia Stowers - Honorable Mention (drawing)
  • Treavor Sweat - Honorable Mention (drawing)
  • David Teague - Honorable Mention (personal essay/memoir)
  • Mia Tillar - Silver Key (drawing)
  • Alasdair Turnbull - Honorable Mention (short story)
  • Maleah Wells - Honorable Mention (poetry)
  • Paul Wittmann  - Silver Key (writing - humor) 

CJ Art Teacher Kaye Carlile shared, “The students’ artwork was part of a region-wide exhibit held at K12 TEJAS Gallery where Michael D. Rodiger, director and CEO of the Dayton Art Institute, was the guest speaker at the awards ceremony.”

“The ceremony was a great experience with awesome speakers,” Moore added.

When reflecting on her pieces, Boll shared, “They're unique because the emotions are raw.” 

Tillar said, “I am very thankful for being chosen as a winner since this was my first year joining it. I hope to enter more stylized pieces in the future.”

Blackshire agreed, “I am ecstatic over my award, as this is the first year I've received a Gold Award in Scholastic Art. While I didn't win anything at the national level, I'm still proud to receive exposure and to experience what it's like to be recognized as a Gold Key winner. I can't wait to see what more I can accomplish in my next three years at CJ!”

"I'd like to create more and continue this journey of art," Stowers noted. "I have never been through things like this before so it really joyed me to hear about the awards. This is my first of many to come."

More information about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards can be found here.

Pictures above include several key winners and art students recognized for their work - congratulations!

Posted May 3, 2017


New Women's Basketball Head Coach Announced

Randy Duff, with more than 15 years of coaching women's basketball, is now bringing his talents to Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. Duff was named CJ's women's basketball head coach on May 2.

"CJ is in the best league in southwest Ohio," Duff said. "I love the young talent and the program."

Duff was most recently with The Miami Valley School where he received several accolades including seven Metro Buckeye Conference Coach of the Year awards, nine District 15 Coaches Association Coach of the Year awards, two Associated Press All Southwest Ohio Coach of the Year awards, and two Dayton Daily News Coach of the Year Awards.

Duff has strong connections to the CJ community as his father's uncle, who Randy is named after, was a defensive coordinator for the football team under Fuzzy Faust in the 1950's. Additionally, Duff graduated from a local Catholic high school.

"Being raised in Catholic education holds a special place for me," Duff said. "The priorities and message is the same and I'm excited to get started as an Eagle."

"We are very excited for Randy to be a part of the CJ community," Brian Reinhart, Director of Athletics said. "His experience, background, talent and passion for high school athletics will complement and enhance our program tied into school mission. We believe he will bring out the best in our students both on and off the court and we are looking forward to working with him to achieve everyone's greatest potential."

Posted May 2, 2017