May 2018

Jazz Ensemble to Perform at Hannah's Restaurant

Students interested in expanding their musical genres will take the stage as the newly formed CJ Jazz Ensemble. The group, led by Eagle Pride and band director Luke Grieshop, will perform on Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m. at Hannah’s restaurant.

“I was thinking about having the jazz concert in the auditorium, but realize a place like Hannah’s makes it a live scene and that’s what jazz is about,” Grieshop said.

Nearly two dozen students came to Grieshop interested in forming the ensemble earlier this year. Along with vocalists, the group includes instrumentalists who play saxophone, drums, keyboard, and bass, to name a few.

“On a whim,” as Grieshop put it, he visited Hannah’s restaurant and started talking to the owner, Luke Feerer.

“It’s been hard to reach out to the younger talent, that’s why an event like this is great,” Feerer noted.

Hannah’s frequently hosts themed nights, including a Blues night where students can play along with seasoned musicians.

“I think it’s great if you can bridge the gap between the older players and the newer players,” Feerer shared. “It’s awesome to watch them interact and see them play with each other.”

When it comes to the CJ Jazz ensemble, Grieshop said to expect a mix of music.

“We’ll have some funk, some Latin, and some swing. There will be songs people recognize for sure, and there will also be songs that are really energetic and exciting.”

Event Details:

  • CJ Jazz Ensemble at Hannah’s Restaurant (121 N. Ludlow Street, Dayton)
  • Saturday, May 26, 2 p.m.
  • Free
  • Food and drink available for purchase

Posted May 24, 2018

Top Students Chosen for Wright Scholar Research Program

Two students will spend their summer in the prestigious Wright Scholar Research Assistant program. What makes these two Eagles unique compared to years past is that the two students were the Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian. Katie Kohnen ‘18 and Jasmine Hughes ‘18, respectively, are also participating in the Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program for a second year.

“Throughout the program last year, I learned an incredible amount about new genomics technologies, procedures, and tests along with the basics of several fields of engineering,” said Kohnen. “I was interested in applying for the Wright Scholar program again in order to expand my knowledge about genetics and operate laboratory equipment. I know that the Wright Scholar program is an extraordinary experience and opportunity to prepare me for my future.”

Hughes agreed, “Last summer, I learned so much information about the characterization process of materials, specifically polymers and polyimides. I gained a lot of skills that I would never have learned without being in the program, and some of those skills are how to use characterization and other processing equipment. Also, I look forward to working again this summer on new projects and learning how to use different machines.”
Last summer, Kohnen worked in the Human Performance Wing and Hughes worked in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate section. Both seniors will be focusing in the same subjects this summer, with a focus ahead to their college studies.
“I plan on majoring in biology and psychology on a pre-medicine track with a possible minor in Spanish,” Kohnen shared. “My experience as a Wright Scholar has taught me what research is like and has prepared me to perform more sophisticated research on a collegiate level. Although Wright Scholars have traditionally focused on solely STEM/engineering professions (mostly mathematics, physics, and computer science fields). It has recently expanded to include more participants who are interested in medicine.”

“In college, I am majoring in engineering and currently planning on going into chemical engineering specifically,” Hughes noted. “My experience with the Wright Scholar Program last summer actually played a part in my choosing to pursue chemical engineering in college because most of my mentors and colleagues were chemical engineers.”

In 2017, five students represented CJ in the Wright Scholar Research Assistant program. Eight students were selected in 2016 and seven were chosen in 2015.

When asked about the opportunities they have experienced through the Wright Scholar Research Assistant program, Kohnen said, “I encourage everyone who is interested in a STEMM-related field to apply to this program in the future, as it truly introduces you to a variety of professions, topics, and people!”

Hughes added, “This opportunity is a fantastic experience, and I would recommend it to any junior and senior student who is interested in the STEMM field. The opportunity to be in the program is an once in a lifetime experience, and it will definitely help me in college and beyond.”

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

Posted May 23, 2018

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Celebrating the Class of 2018

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School will graduate 158 students from the Class of 2018 on Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the University of Dayton’s RecPlex.

150 students will attend 40​ different colleges or universities in the fall. Additionally, three members of the class will serve in the United State military, either as an enlisted service person, a cadet in one of the service academies or military college, or a participant in the Reserve Officers Training Corps at their college or university. 101​ ​members, or 64% of the class, was awarded more than $15 million dollars total in scholarships for their studies.

Katherine Kohnen, (St. Albert the Great, University of Dayton) was named the top of her class and Jasmine Hughes (Bishop Leibold, Purdue University) was second. Three students were named commended students by the National Merit Scholarship Program - Emery Monnig, Eric Peters  and Paul Wittmann.

Three seniors were also recognized by the CJ faculty and staff with annual awards that best exemplify the three pillars of the school's mission:

  • for her commitment to faith, dedication to learning, and demonstration of school and family spirit, Cecilia Meadors received the Founder's Award;
  • Jasmine Hughes received the Michael D. Trainor Award, named in honor of Chaminade Julienne's principal from 1999-2004, which is given to a student who has regularly demonstrated intellectual curiosity;
  • and for best exemplifying the Chaminade Julienne spirit, Zachary Scott received the Gerard "Fuzzy" Faust Award, named in honor of the legendary CJ teacher and coach who served from 1933-1980.

Additional accomplishments from the Class of 2018 included:

  • More than 7,400 hours of community service during the Class of 2018's four years at Chaminade Julienne, including Abigail Tracy who contributed 600 hours in her four years;
  • Jasmine Hughes and Emery Monnig receiving the OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Award;
  • Micah Marshall and Blake Wogoman receiving OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award;
  • Thomas McGraw receiving the OHSAA Courageous Student Award;
  • Elijah Cochran and Kiara DiLoreto receiving the OHSAA State Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award;
  • 32 four-year varsity letter winners;
  • 59 seniors who were members of the National Honor Society;
  • 37 seniors who were Presidential Academic Award recipients;
  • 6 seniors who were Presidential Achievement Award recipients;
  • 24 seniors who remained on the honor roll for 15 consecutive quarters;
  • 6 seniors who were awarded the Seal of Biliteracy national award for completing advanced programs of World Language Study;
  • 8 seniors who completed four years of the Project Lead the Way Engineering program;
  • 6 seniors who completed four years of the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program; and,
  • 44 seniors who were awarded passing with distinction for their Senior Capstone Project.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Posted May 18, 2018

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Eagles Take Part in Dayton Sister Cities Youth Exchange

A Dayton Sister Cities Youth Exchange tradition continued when students from Jakob-Fugger Gymnasium in Augsburg, Germany visited Dayton and stayed with CJ students for 10 days. The exchange program has gone on for more than a dozen years, with the German students coming to Dayton in even years and CJ students traveling to Germany in odd years.

“I think having someone in your house is always different and it’s always good to have new faces around,” teacher Tony Ricciuto ‘74, who is also a member of the Dayton Sister City Committee, said.

On Wednesday, May 16, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley came to CJ for a reception and to meet the exchange students.

“I’m excited to see partnerships in the region and share how important downtown is to the overall Dayton community,” Whaley said.

She also shared how Dayton’s government structure is different compared to other cities.

“It’s important that the students understand that the government is involved in all of this,” Ricciuto noted. “They’re trying to encourage the students to travel back and forth and appreciate each other’s cultures.”

Hosting a German student wasn’t new for Greta Spees’ ‘20 family, as her brothers and sister have hosted German students in the past. However, this was the first time Greta was the host student.

“Before, I wasn’t able to build a relationship with the exchange students because they were with my brothers or sister,” Spees said. “Now that I have the chance to be a friend with someone from another country and it’s a good experience.”

“It’s interesting learning about a new culture and experiencing the life of other teenagers because even though we’re in the same grade, we have different lives,” reflected sophomore Dominik Bühler, who is staying with the Spees family. 

During their visit, the exchange students traveled across Ohio including visits to the National Underground Freedom Center, Ohio State Capitol, and the Fort Ancient Archaeological Park. They also visited Dayton favorites including the Dayton Art Institute, Wright Cycle Company, Carillon Park, the National Museum of the United States Air Force and went to a Dayton Dragons game. The exchange students also shadowed the CJ students for a full school day.

“I think the shadowing part was most interesting part because we got to learn something about the school system,” sophomore Fritz Lemke said.  “It was a great school day and I wish we could shadow again.”

Lemke’s host student, Daniel Nauseef ‘21, said he looks forward to traveling to Augsburg and plans to stay with Lemke.

“It’s been a lot of fun having him here, he’s like another brother in a way,” Nauseef noted.

Lemke agreed, “That's how I felt.”

Before returning to Augsburg, the exchange students will visit New York City.

Posted May 16, 2018

Three Seniors Sign to Play Sports in College

Senior Eagles on the tennis, volleyball and football teams will continue their athletic careers in college. Morgan Summons, Lydia Metallinos and Rocky Stark recently committed to Spring Arbor University, Sinclair Community College and Muskingum University respectively.

MORGAN SUMMONS
Summons, a four-year tennis player for the Eagles, said she always had a desire to continue playing tennis in college. 

“I’ve always loved watching and playing tennis and I just wanted to step up my game,” Summons said.

“She’s a hard hitter, she has a strong serve especially because she’s a lefty,” head coach Jim Brooks noted. “She’s a very kind person and a great teammate to everyone around her.”

Summons received several post-season honors as an Eagle including All-GCL Second Team (2017), All-Area First Team (2017), and All-Area Second Team (2016).

Summons plans to study business administration in college.

LYDIA METALLINOS
Metallinos, who was on the Eagles varsity volleyball team for three years, said she didn’t know immediately that she would be playing volleyball in college. 

“I’ve always loved volleyball,” Metallinos said. “I didn’t know I wanted to play at the next level until I stopped playing. It was my life since I was 10 years old. I reached out to the Sinclair coach and he gave me an opportunity.”

“She’s extremely competitive,” head coach Gretchen Wolfe noted. “She was a great leader on and off the court. I think she’s going to do great and I’m glad she’s playing.”

Metallinos was selected to the All-GCL Second Team this past fall. She plans to attend the University of Dayton after Sinclair, with a focus on education and the hopes of coaching volleyball after Sinclair.

ROCKY STARK
Stark said there were two main factors in choosing to play football at Muskingum University.

“They’re getting new stuff like equipment and upgrades to the field,” Stark said. “There are also a lot of people from Dayton going there.”

“Rocky is a heck of a player,” head coach Marcus Colvin shared. “I’m very happy for him. Anytime anyone wants to continue doing this crazy game for another four years, it means that they really fell in love with the game.”

Stark’s career with the Eagles isn’t over yet, as he was selected to represent CJ in the Miami Valley All Star Football Game on Friday, June 8. His post-season honors include being selected to the All-GCL First Team (2017) and All-GCL Second Team (2016.)

Stark plans to study sports management and sports coaching in college.

Posted May 15, 2018

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Familiar Faces Named New Head Coaches

An assistant coach for the Eagles wrestling team will be leading the group this winter. Joel Sanchez was recently announced as the new wrestling head coach.

“I’m looking forward to continued success,” said Sanchez. “I’m looking forward to the athletes who are coming back and giving them all the opportunity in the world to reach their full potential.”

Sanchez, a California native, wrestled in high school and junior college before he was offered a scholarship to wrestle at Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri. Sanchez and his wife moved to Dayton 13 years ago and he had the opportunity to coach her youngest brother in wrestling at Centerville High School.

After moving to downtown Dayton, Sanchez took a chance last year to see if the Eagles wrestling program was in need of an assistant coach. He was hired on with a focus on training, technique, and strength and conditioning.

The Eagles had one of their best wrestling seasons in history this winter. In dual competition, the team finished the regular season 3 – 1, and finished as regional runner-up in the OSHAA Team Dual Tournament. In regular tournament competitions, the team won four invitationals and tournaments, were runner-up at the sectional tournament and runner-up at the district tournament.

“I love Dayton and the resurgence of the downtown area which CJ is a huge part of,” Sanchez shared. “I feel at home even though I’ve only been here a short time.”

ADDITIONAL CONGRATULATIONS! 

Todd Shuttleworth, the current women’s golf and softball head coach, will take on an additional role as the men’s golf coach.

“I'm very excited and looking forward to coaching both the Men's and Women's golf programs,” Shuttleworth said. “I've enjoyed being a part of the CJ community and I am excited to continue the success of both programs.”

Under Shuttleworth, last fall the women’s team returned to the state tournament for the ninth year in a row.

Posted May 15, 2018

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Seniors to Play Lacrosse, Soccer in College

Two seniors will continue their athletic and academic careers as Zach Braun and Madie Denman committed to playing soccer and lacrosse respectively in college on Friday, April 27.

Braun will be attending Bluffton University and intends to study physics. 

“I chose it because they gave me the opportunity to play soccer at the collegiate level and at a faith based school,” Braun said. “I like the campus a lot and it turned out to be a no brainer at the end.”

Braun added, “I loved playing soccer at CJ and after 13 years of playing the sport, I thought I might as well continue it if given the opportunity.”

Madie Denman will be attending Transylvania University and intends to study ecology and evolutionary biology.

“I wanted to play lacrosse in college and Transylvania was my top choice for it,” Denman said. “They also have the degrees I’m interested in.”

Several CJ alumni play lacrosse at Transylvania, including Julia Ward ‘14 and Olivia Livingston ‘17.

“One of my good friends plays lacrosse at Transylvania so that makes it even better,” Denman noted.

In addition to playing for the Eagles, Denman played for Velocity lacrosse the past several summers.

“She has an energy and enthusiasm for lacrosse,” CJ women’s lacrosse head coach Danielle Cash said. “Madie is a leader on the field and off. She is one of our senior captains and is doing a great job at it. I have no doubt Made is going to do great things at Transy.”

Posted May 10, 2018

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CJ Community Honored During Annual Service Awards

A traditional start to the end of the school year was held on Wednesday, May 2 as the CJ community gathered for the annual Service Awards. In addition to recognizing students for their service throughout the school year, students involved in service-oriented organizations were also honored.

At the award ceremony, students involved in F.L.I.G.H.T. (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today) and L.I.F.E. (Living In Faith Experience) were first recognized. Then, a special award from by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was presented.

“For the Spirit of Sr. Dorothy Stang Award, the recipients must be nominated by someone from their community,” began Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry & Service. “The group being honored does not know they were even nominated.”

The eight members of the Senior Capstone group, Got Veggies? - Andrew Buchanan, Cole Breeding, Evan Eichenauer, Samantha Evans, Sarah Hartley, Katie Kohnen, Clayton Mathile, and Nicole VanVoorhis - were honored with the special award. Throughout the school year, Got Veggies? gleaned more than 16,000 pounds of fresh produce that was then given to Catholic Social Services’ food pantry.

Following the special award, another special moment happened on stage as the “Big Sibs,” current CJ juniors and seniors, and “Little Sibs,” students from St. Benedict and Immaculate Conception elementary schools, were introduced to the audience.

The event also included the presentation of the bronze, silver, and gold service awards. Each category (bronze being 25-49 hours, silver being 50-99 hours and gold being 100 or more hours) represented service that was done above and beyond each student’s religion requirement. In total, 50 students received bronze awards, 34 received silver awards, and 16 received gold awards.

Abigail Tracy ‘18 was recognized as the senior who completed the most service hours out of her class during her four years at CJ with 600 hours of service. In total, nearly 8,200 service hours were completed by CJ students above and beyond their required service this school year.

“According to the Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer hour is $24.69,” Kinnear noted. “This means the CJ community’s service has contributed $201,809 to local, national and international communities!”

Several others in the CJ community were recognized during the service awards including:

  • Carissa Myers ‘18, Dayton LaSertoma Youth Service Award
  • Alexandra Murray ‘19, Sister Ruth Ann Service Award
  • Lyndsey Carter ‘20, George Early Scholarship
  • John Gutendorf ‘00, Faculty/Staff Founders Award

The award ceremony concluded with students and chaperones attending summer mission trips being blessed by the CJ community.

Posted May 8, 2018

Moran Signs to Swim at Georgia Tech

A CJ record holder will be making waves in college as Macleary Moran ‘18 committed to swim at the Georgia Institute of Technology on Friday, April 27.

“They have a great engineering program,” Moran noted. “My major was very important to me. They also have a great swimming program.”

Moran, who qualified for the state swimming tournament all four years at CJ, will be studying material science and engineering in college.

“She leads by example,” CJ swimming head coach Kate Whistler noted. “She’s a hard worker, she has her head in it. Academically, she’s one of the top in her class; so on top of her swimming excellence, you can’t ask for a more well-rounded athlete. Plus, she’s a very nice person.”

The CJ swimming records Moran currently holds are in the 200 and 400 medley relay, 100, 200 and 500 freestyle, and 200 backstroke. Postseason accolades for Moran included being named to the All-GCL first team in the 200 and 500 freestyle from 2015-2018. Moran was also named to the All-GCL first team for the 200 and 400 freestyle relays (2015) and All-GCL second team for the 200 medley relay (2018.)

“She’s the epitome of a CJ student, and I will miss her,” Whistler concluded.

Posted May 7, 2018

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Economics Class Project Benefits Local Organizations

A recent project in the economics class made a big impact not only on the CJ community, but local organizations.

Teacher Angela Ruffolo challenged her students to create an event that would benefit area nonprofits. The groups the students chose included 4 Paws for Ability and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. One group's profits went towards the school's Lenten Mission Drive, with proceeds benefiting organizations from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Marianists.

“Everyone loves animals and if you can help animals by watching a popular film then that’s even better,” said Zach Braun ‘18. His group hosted a showing of The Princess Bride after school last month. Students who attended the showing had the opportunity to purchase snacks. 

Another group held a bake sale that ended in sweet success for the team.

“We sold out of almost all our food,” group member David Teague ‘18 said.

Additional group member Sally Shepard ‘18 noted, “We were surprised how many people bought the food - it was unexpected.”

The third group hosted a 3-v-3 basketball tournament, something member Lydia Metallinos ‘18 said she was eager to help organize.

“We didn’t have a 3-v-3 tournament last year, but we did our freshman and sophomore year,” Metallinos said. “I never knew it was for economics class and when we found out it was option, we knew we wanted to do it.”

As part of the 3-v-3 tournament, students, faculty and alumni who wanted to participate or watch the tournament financially contributed to the cause. Fans who watched the tournament also had the opportunity to purchase snacks during the event.

In total, the students who organized the 3-v-3 tournament had the largest profit of more than $200.

“It was good to raise awareness for the class and also raise money for the Humane Society,” Tim Sprowl ‘18, a member of the 3-v-3 tournament group, noted.

A different group member, Jeff LaBianco ‘18, agreed, “Economics is a good class and maybe there will be more awareness because people will want to do fun projects like this.”

Ruffolo noted, "All the students worked hard to get their projects to be successful. It also taught them about teamwork, communication, and setting goals. They also learned about adaptation and change because nothing ever goes exactly as planned! And, they also learned that an idea that looks great on paper may not be as successful when it is actually implemented!"

Nearly $500 total was contributed to nonprofits after all projects were completed.

Posted May 7, 2018

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