February 2019

Junior Named Miami Valley Crime Stoppers "Student of the Year"

Skills in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community recently earned Marquis Henry ‘20 the Student of the Year award by Miami Valley Crime Stoppers.

“I felt extremely honored,” said Henry.

The award was given as part of the Miami Valley Crime Stopper’s annual award luncheon. Along with Henry’s award, the Law Enforcement Office of the Year award and Citizen of the Year award were handed out.

Henry was nominated by Monnie Bush, the President and CEO of The Victory Project, INC. — a Dayton-based faith organization that offers support and empowerment to young men in the area. Henry and his twin brother, Marquel ‘20, began attending the Victory Project two years ago.

“We do lots of different things,” Marquis explained. “My favorite, though, are our Mission Trips. We have been to Guatemala, and Mississippi to volunteer and help build schools.”

In part of his nomination, Bush said, “At the Victory Project, Marquis jumped right into our programming and set a high standard for our students. When it comes to working at our micro-business, no task is below Marquis. He typically volunteers for the most difficult jobs.

“His influence on other students cannot be overstated. Many young men who join VP do so because they have few 'healthy' role models. They come from difficult homes, in dangerous neighborhoods and a failing public school system. Marquis embodies the ethos, 'Your circumstance should not dictate your future.'”

Bush nominated both Marquis and Marquel for the award.

“Marquis and Marquel Henry are a credit to any organization they are associated with. When it comes to servant-leadership, they lead by example.”

Both Henry brothers are members of the Eagle football team and wrestling team.

Posted February 5, 2019

Students Recognized for Scholastic Art Awards

13 art students recently received high honors from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, one of the country’s most prestigious recognition programs for creative teens.

Calvin Hatcher ‘20 and Mia Tillar ‘20 were awarded Silver Keys for their ceramics and digital art, respectively.

“I feel very surprised and honored to be a scholastic art winner,” Hatcher said. “From this experience, I can see great things come even when you do not expect them.”

The 11 additional winners received honorable mentions for their work in drawing, ceramics, painting, and mixed media.

“I feel honored — I'm lucky to represent CJ and have my piece selected,” Katie Coyle ‘19 shared.

Alex Yunger ‘21 agreed, “I feel honored to be a scholastic winner. I am really not the ‘artistic’ type so I was really happy/shocked when I was notified.”

The students credited their teachers, Eric Hall and Jordan Wilson, for their success. Both teachers work with students as part of the school’s partnership with K12 & TEJAS Gallery.

“It feels great being named a scholastic art winner,” Jazmyn Potts ‘20 said. “It was something that I didn’t think was possible. But, with the help of my photography teacher (Ms. Wilson) I can now take amazing pictures.”

“Mr. Hall has been a huge help and inspired me in my art,” noted Elizabeth Murray ‘20.

“I am so blessed to be able to be apart of the K12 AP Art Program in partnership with CJ,” Haley Kraft ‘19 shared. “There are so many opportunities that are available to me because of it. I have access to many types of quality art supplies and so much more. Without being apart of this class, I certainly would not be able to do what I do now.”

Students recognized in the Scholastic Art Awards were:
Silver Key Winners:

  • Calvin Hatcher ‘20: Intro to Ceramics, Vase
  • Mia Tillar ‘20: Art 3, Digital Art

Honorable Mentions:

  • Jason Baldwin ‘21: Art 1, Drawing and Illustration
  • Katie Coyle ‘19: Intro to Ceramics, Sculpture
  • Christina Fortener ‘19: Intro to Ceramics, Vase
  • Staci Green ‘20: Intro to Ceramics, Vase
  • Sophie Haws ‘20: Intro to Ceramics, Vase
  • Madeline Hofstetter ‘20: Art 2, Painting
  • Madeline Hofstetter: Art 3, Mixed Media
  • Hayley Kraft ‘19: AP, Painting
  • Reagan Meyer ‘21: Intro to Ceramics, Vase
  • Elizabeth Murray ‘20: Intro to Ceramics, Vase
  • Jazmyn Potts ‘20: Photography, Portrait
  • Alex Yunger ‘21: Intro to Ceramics, Jug

Students not pictured above: Christina Fortener, Calvin Hatcher, Elizabeth Murray, and Jazmyn Potts.

 Coyle's vase


 Fortener's vase


 Greene's vase


Hatcher's vase


Meyer's vase


Murray's vase


Yunger's vase

Posted February 6, 2019

Capstone Collects Dresses for Operation Prom Dress

It’s a night that is a momentous event for many high school students - prom. For one Senior Capstone group, their mission is to make sure area girls will get to enjoy the big dance, without worrying about the cost of a dress.

Members of the Capstone group — consisting of Bea Hawthorn, Brooke House, Avery Meyer and Helen Sparrow — began thinking about this effort in their junior year.

“Last year Avery wrote a Common App essay about social norms and expectations for dances,” House explained. “Mrs. Marshall, our Capstone mentor, came to Avery and me and said this would be an interesting topic for Capstone.”

Sparrow found the organization Operation Prom Dress and suggested the group work to assist their efforts.

“We are collecting homecoming, bridesmaids, and other dresses to donate to Operation Prom Dress,” Meyer said. “They help girls in the Dayton-area who may not be able to afford dresses of their own.”

“The organization is out of Epiphany Lutheran Church,” Sparrow added. “They collect dresses year round. In March, they host a spa day for the girls.”

During the Operation Prom Dress event, girls not only select a prom dress, but have their hair and make-up done by professionals who donate their time and services.

“It’s really exciting because we are helping high school girls like us,” Hawthorn said. “A dress is not a basic necessity like a food drive, but it is something girls enjoy, and it’s nice to know we are helping.”

Contributions for the Capstone’s dress drive continue through Friday, February 8. Dresses can be dropped off before and after school in Room 110.

Posted February 4, 2019