February 2018

Eagles Send Largest Team to Swimming State Tournament

The Eagles are hoping to make a splash in Canton when they take to the water during the state swimming competition on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. CJ is sending its largest team ever to the competition, with 10 swimmers and an alternate qualifying for the tournament.

“We have four freshmen, a sophomore, junior and four seniors going,” shared head coach Kate Whistler. “I am so proud of this team, we have the best group of kids!”

Those representing CJ during the state competition and their state rankings prior to the tournament include:

Men's Team:

  • 200 Medley Relay – Mason Wilkson, Matthew Keaty, Jeff Labianco, Jorge Zelina (16th seed)
  • 200 Free – Jorge Zelina (10th seed)
  • 100 Free – Jorge Zelina (5th seed)
  • 400 Free Relay – Sebastian Gongora, Logan Brown, Matthew Keaty, Jorge Zelina (18th seed)

Women's Team:

  • 200 Medley Relay – Mackenzie Reid, Brianna Gracey, Lily Davis, Macleary Moran (15th seed)
  • 200 Free – Macleary Moran (3rd seed)
  • 500 Free – Macleary Moran (2nd seed)
  • 100 Back – Mackenzie Reid (16th seed)

Natalie Davis, who is an alternate in the girls’ relay race, is attending her first state competition.

“I am a four-year varsity swimmer and this feels great,” Davis said. “I’m really excited to go!”

Keaty, who is returning to state for a second year, shared the same excitement. In addition to going to state, the relay teams he is a part of set a new school swimming records this year.

“I hope we can get to the finals in both of the relays and we’re hoping to smash more records,” Keaty emphasized.

In total, six school swimming records were broken this year, including Moran breaking two of her own records from last season.

“We didn’t think we could surpass last year, and we have,” Whistler noted.

Good luck Eagles!

Posted February 21, 2018


Capstone Holds School Supply Drive for El Puente

During Catholic Schools Week, a Senior Capstone group used the opportunity to encourage the CJ community to contribute school supplies for a local education center.

Selena Aungst, Olivia Boch, Natalie Davis and Patresa Linehan were inspired to collect items such as pencils, pens, binders, folders, notebooks, bookbags and more for the students at El Puente, a learning center for Latino students and families. Two members of the group completed service hours during their junior year at El Puente. Group members noted that students at El Puente needed books, but because another Senior Capstone group completed that project earlier this year, the seniors decided to hold a school supply drive instead.

“We have not counted all of our supplies yet, but so far we have collected over one hundred items,” Aungst said.

The group shared that they plan to stay connected with the students at El Puente throughout the rest of the school year through volunteering at the center.

Aungst reflected, “We had a lot of fun and are excited to work with the students at El Puente, and we have grown stronger as friends through our service.”

Posted February 20, 2018

STEMM Idol: Nadja Turek ‘96

A push in the direction of engineering by a CJ teacher helped lead Nadja Turek ‘96 to a career in civil engineering. She shared how she is making an impact in the infrastructure and sustainable design industries when she spoke to students as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series earlier this month.

“Brother Bob Wiethorn was in charge of the Math, Engineering and Science Club, which I was a member of,” Turek shared. “He told me one day, ‘You know Nadja, have you thought about engineering?’ I had never thought about it. He suggested that I look into a women in engineering camp at the University of Dayton, which still exists. I spent a week there over the summer and learned about different engineering disciplines; that helped me decide on civil engineering.”

After CJ, Turek, an Air Force veteran, received her Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, and later Master’s degrees from Regis University and the Air Force Institute of Technology, in environmental engineering and science. She now works as an environmental engineer at Woolpert where she serves as the research and development facilitator.

“I implement new solutions and capabilities such as resilient design and planning, airborne thermal imagery for energy auditing, scan to BIM technologies, and leveraging GIS for facility owners,” Turek explained.

During her presentation to current CJ students, Turek emphasized, “It just took one person to stop me and say, have you thought about engineering, and that helped me discover my career. I am eternally grateful.”

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at mdraeger@cjeagles.org.

Posted February 14, 2018


Brandon Meyer Named New Director of Admissions

After a three month search and consideration of scores of candidates, Chaminade Julienne has concluded its search for a new director of admission by naming Brandon Meyer to the position.

“Brandon exhibits the combination of humility, competitiveness, creativity, and focus we hoped to find,” said Dan Meixner ‘84, CJ’s president. “He is faith-filled, goal-oriented, data-driven, open, and friendly — and we believe that he is an outstanding person to introduce prospective students and their families to the CJ community.”

A native of Defiance, Ohio, Meyer graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 and earned his masters degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University in 2013.

Meyer shared that while he was mostly recently in Illinois, it was always his family’s goal to return to the area,

“Returning to Dayton means coming back home for our family,”  Meyer said.

Meyer’s wife, LeeAnn, was recently hired as the director of Marianist programming for the University of Dayton, and while visiting Dayton, Meyer was made aware of the job at CJ.

“The Holy Spirit works in great ways,” Meyer smiled.

Meyer served five years as the admissions representative and regional director of admissions for Monmouth College in central Illinois.  As regional director, he was responsible for recruiting students from the greater Chicago area.

In addition to his passion for admissions, Meyer has a love for music. He participated in the music ministry program at UD and is still active musically, both vocally and as a pianist.

Meyer and his wife have two sons, ages 3 and 1. The couple is also active as Lay Marianists.

“Our first community supported us during our undergraduate years at UD and my wife has remained connected with the Marianists and the lay Marianist network,” Meyer shared. “Her involvement helped her discover the new position at UD. We also attended the Marianist Lay Assembly that was held at UD last July.”

Meyer will begin at CJ on March 5.

Posted February 12, 2018

Students Create Posters for Animal Overpopulation Awareness

Seniors passionate about providing cats and dogs a safe home, rather than on the streets or in an overcrowded shelter, brought their message to 4th grade students at St. Charles School in Kettering as part of their Senior Capstone Project.

“We wanted to spread the word about the importance and benefits of spaying and neutering cats and dogs to counteract the issue of animal overpopulation,” Jasmine Hughes said. “Also, I wanted to focus on animal overpopulation is because I think that all animals deserve to have a loving and safe home, not be homeless on the streets or in crowded animal shelters.”

Hughes along with fellow Capstone group members Chloe Crabb, Nicole Fuchs, and Macleary Moran partnered with SICSA to help share the message.

“We hope by spreading knowledge, we enlightened others as to how much of a problem dog and cat overpopulation really is and some simple ways people can fight against this injustice,” Fuchs shared.

The group came up with a fun way to get the younger students involved with their cause.

“We knew that we wanted to work with younger students for our event, but we needed an exciting activity to have the student complete to truly engage in our presentation,” Hughes explained. “With some guidance, we came up with the poster contest idea so that the students could personally connect with our project focus on animals.”

Fuchs agreed, “The poster contest developed after a lot of brainstorming and bouncing ideas off of each other. We wanted something unique for our Capstone project and we all agree our poster contest is just that, unique.”

The younger students were asked to draw a picture of their favorite animal. The Capstone group members judged the posters and chose the top five. Each winner received a gift card to an ice cream store and the top three posters were displayed at SICSA.

“We hope that the students learned about the exponential effect of dog and cat overpopulation with the worksheet that we completed with them,” Hughes reflected. “Also from our presentation and pamphlets, we hope that the students learned about the issue of animal overpopulation and the importance of spaying and neutering animals.”

Fuchs added, “I hope the 4th graders were enlightened after our presentation and, hopefully, learned something new. We encouraged the kids to take home a pamphlet to share with their families which included the same information from our presentation. Also, the pamphlet has information about spaying/neutering a dog or cat at SICSA, (which was taken straight from SICSA's website,) in case a family of a 4th grader has an animal at home that their parents wish to have spayed/neutered for a cheaper price than going straight to a vet.”

Posted February 8, 2018

John Hopkins Engineering Opportunity for Students

Students have the opportunity to learn more about STEM careers and get hands-on experiences with engineers at John Hopkins University through the Engineering Innovation program sponsored at Clark State Community College.

“It is something I certainly would have done to see if STEM was the right career choice for me,” Kanesha Hall, manager of STEM programming at Clark State said. “In a world where education can cost so much, this is an opportunity to take advantage and see what field of engineering or what career in STEM students may be interested in.”

Hall spoke with students about the Engineering Innovation program as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series earlier this year. Students currently in grades 10-12 are encouraged to apply for the program if they meet the following qualifications:

  • Grades of As and Bs in math and science classes
  • Successfully completed Algebra II
  • Successfully completed a lab science course (physics, chemistry and/or biology)
  • Successfully completed a course where the trigonometric functions are taught.  To meet the trigonometry prerequisite students, must be able to use the trigonometric functions and be comfortable applying the laws of sines and cosines to non-right angle triangles.

“If chosen, students will spend part of their summer taking courses and travel to John Hopkins University in Baltimore,” Hall said.

The course runs from June 18 through July 20. In addition to the putting the Engineering Innovation program on their resume, students will earn 240 internship hours.

Learn more about the program, and application details, here.

Posted February 5, 2018


Students Make Blankets During Capstone Project

If someone is cold, they can usually grab a blanket to help warm up. For many people, even those in the Dayton-area, that’s not possible. That was one motivation behind the Senior Capstone group of Lydia Bice, Rylie Meyer, Josie Schlangen and Annie Weckesser to organize a blanket making project.

“I initially became interested in child poverty when learning about the issue in school and then through doing service,” Weckesser said. “Going to school in Dayton and also doing service within the community has made me realize that child poverty is not only a global issue but it has even affected the city where I live. That really opened my eyes to the issue first hand and has made me want to make a change.”

“I became interested in child poverty because for my ISJRP (Integrated Social Justice Research Project),” Meyer reflected. “I completed my service at El Puente with disadvantaged children from immigrant backgrounds. I wrote my paper on my experiences, and the statistics about how child poverty is truly an epidemic around our country stuck with me.”

Group members helped get materials for their project thanks to generous contributions.

“We sponsored an out of uniform day at St. Albert (where Rylie and I went to grade school), reached out to the Dayton Catholic Women's Club, and I started a GoFundMe for our friends and family to donate to the cause,” Schlangen said. “We also put messages in the parish bulletins at St. Albert and St. Peter to raise money and awareness.”

After getting their materials, the Capstone group sponsored an afternoon service project for other CJ students to join the group members in making blankets. Along with making blankets, students were encouraged to write a personal note with each blanket.

“The students were so eager to help, and went above and beyond our expectations of them,” Meyer shared. “It felt so amazing to actually be a part of a project that I know in the end it is going to benefit someone else.”

“Their excitement to be able to make blankets for kids like them that are in poverty right here in Dayton was very rewarding,” Weckesser added.

“This capstone group has been so organized and on top of things from the very beginning,” the Capstone group’s mentor, Angela Ruffolo, noted. “They took this idea and expanded it even further to include some of our local Catholic parishes/grade schools to take part in donations and in helping to put the blankets together.  I am continually impressed at the hard work and dedication these young ladies have towards this project of helping children living in poverty.  It is quite obvious that they are truly caring people who are passionate about helping others.”

Group members said more than 40 blankets were made during the CJ activity. The seniors went back to St. Albert and St. Peter to make more blankets with those students, for a total of around 80 blankets.

“Overall, this capstone experience has given my friends and me a role of leadership in how we can affect our community, and has made me yet again so proud to be a student at Chaminade Julienne,” Meyer reflected.

The group plans to deliver all the blankets to St. Vincent de Paul on Valentine’s Day.

Posted February 5, 2018

Class of 2017 Athletic HOF Members to be Inducted

On Friday, February 2, the newest members of the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame will be introduced during the men’s varsity basketball game. The six inductees are:

Marty Duffy, ’07 
Basketball and Soccer

Marty Duffy was a member of the state championship basketball team in 2005 and earned first team GGCL honors during her senior soccer and basketball seasons. She now spends her time helping high school athletes – as well as weekend warriors – as a physical therapist.

Brandon Harrison, ’05
Football and Track

Brandon Harrison was a member of the Eagles state championship football team and to this day, still holds the school 100-meter record in track. He went on to play professional football and is now an officer and SWAT team member with the Kettering Police Department.

Patrick Maloney, ’49

Patrick Maloney capped his senior season by winning the City Championship and being named to the All City First Team. Maloney not only excelled on the football field as the offensive lineman, he also earned varsity letters in basketball.

Christie Pleiman Wootton ‘07

A two-time state qualifier and state runner-up, Christie (Pleiman) Wootton holds the record for the most wins in school history (80) at first singles – a position she played all four years. The First Team All-State player went on to have a successful collegiate career at Xavier University.

Curtiss Rasnic Jr., ‘07
Baseball and Bowling

Curtiss Rasnic won an individual state bowling title, helped CJ secure three consecutive GCL bowling championships and was a three-time conference Bowler of the Year. In baseball, the four-year letter winner was the CJ Pitcher of the Year (‘04) and a First Team All-GCL player (‘07).

Tony Ricciuto ‘74

Tony Ricciuto has served as a coach for a variety of Eagle sports including men’s basketball, tennis, golf and soccer. His coaching career spans closed to four decades, including four state tournament runs with the men’s basketball team.

The official induction for all honorees will be on Saturday, February 3.

Posted February 1, 2018