November 2019

What's Next for the Class of 2024

Monday, December 2 is the application deadline for prospective freshmen interested in attending Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School for the 2020-2021 school year.

It’s free to apply to CJ. Applications can be completed here.

Additionally, members of the Class of 2024 are encouraged to apply for scholarships only available to incoming freshmen. $200,000 is available! These scholarships focus on talents in Language Arts, Ministry & Service, Performing Arts and STEMM. Scholarship applications are to be submitted with a teacher recommendation form. Scholarship information for the Class of 2024 can be found here.

All incoming freshman families who submit a FACTS form by November 30, 2019 will learn in early January how much tuition assistance they will receive upon the acceptance of their child to CJ. Students receiving an Ohio EdChoice Scholarship and who have applied to FACTS by the December 2, 2019 deadline will receive tuition assistance information as soon as Ohio EdChoice awards their scholarships later in the year. Learn more about tuition assistance and FACTS here.

Students who have not done so already are invited to attend a Shadow Experience Day with current students. Information about Shadow Experience Days can be found here.

If you have questions about the application process, contact Jeanne Spitzig, administrative assistant in the office of admissions, at 937-461-3740 x249 or

Posted November 27, 2019

CJ Announces Greg Mueller as Principal

After completing a thorough search process, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is pleased to announce Greg Mueller, who was named acting principal earlier this fall, has accepted the role of principal at CJ. 

“I am humbled and honored to accept the position of principal at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School,” said Mueller. “The rich tradition and living charisms of the Marianists and Sisters inspire me to continue the mission of Catholic education at the corner of Franklin and Ludlow streets.”

“During his thirteen years at CJ, Greg has demonstrated a deep commitment to our mission, an appreciation for our unique Catholic character in the traditions of the Sisters and the Marianists, and a spirit of collaboration with teachers, students, parents, staff, and fellow administrators,” said Dan Meixner ‘84, president. “He is clearly ready for this leadership opportunity. Because of the strength of the education leadership team and the support of the teachers and staff for Greg, I have great confidence that he will be successful and can make wonderful contributions in this new role.”

Mueller, who earned his bachelor’s in education from the University of Dayton and master’s in education leadership from the University of Dayton, began his time at CJ serving as an English teacher. As leadership opportunities presented themselves, Mueller took on additional roles including coaching and later as assistant principal. When former principal John Marshall ‘86 announced he accepted the position of CJ’s director of development after the retirement of Jim Walworth, both Marshall and Mueller worked together for a seamless and successful transition.

“I’ve developed so many lasting friendships in the classroom, on the field, and within the walls of CJ,” Mueller said. “I truly believe the beautiful, diverse people of CJ - both alumni and current students and parents, volunteers, and benefactors - are what sets us apart and makes such a strong culture. I look forward to working with a talented, professional team of educators to lead our students and the CJ community into a future where Eagles will truly take flight!”

Mueller and his wife, Shannon, are parents of Phillip (7), Lillian (5), and Penelope (1). They are supporters of Catholic education who send their two oldest children to Holy Angels school. The Mueller family are active members of Holy Angels Parish.

Posted November 26, 2019

2019 Fall Sports Recap

The Eagles had a successful fall sports season that included post-season tournament competitions, accolades, and the building of team spirit. Coaches shared their season highlights below:

Men’s Cross Country
The men’s cross country team was under new leadership this season with new co-head coaches Lonnie Adkins and Paul Beyerle. The team picked up speed throughout the season and earned honors along the way. The team placed 1st in the Fairmont Invitational (Blue Division,) 3rd in the GCL Conference meet, 7th in the District meet and 10th in the Southwest Ohio Regional meet.
Top performances throughout the season included Sean Gideon ‘20 setting a new school record for the Cedarville course (16:52), Trey Myers ‘20 running 16:55 at the GCL meet, and Gideon and Ian Cormier ‘20 individually qualifying for the Regional meet.

Post-Season Honors
Second Team All-GCL
Sean Gideon
Trey Myers

Honorable Mention All-GCL
Ian Cormier
Luke Mitchell

Team MVP
Sean Gideon

Coach's Award
CJ Greek
Eric Meyer

Team Newcomer Award
Luke Mitchell

Women’s Cross Country
“Our younger runners stepped up this season especially when varsity runners were out because of injuries,” said head coach Dan Eiser. “The girls had strong performances at the District championships. In that meet they defeated a team that was one place ahead of us the week before at the GCL meet. 
“I am most proud of the community the girls built together this season. They had a lot of fun, worked so hard and really should be proud of what we accomplished.”

Post-Season Honors
Second Team All-GCL
Amber Peaslee

Third Team All-GCL
Natalie Rossy
Claire Weaver

Record: 8-3
The Eagles earned high honors throughout the season including earning their first GCL title since 2001.

“Highlights also included defeating co-GCL champion, Badin, 17-3 in week 7, hosting the first ever on campus football playoff game at Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles, and finishing the regular season ranked 8th in the state final AP poll,” said head coach Marcus Colvin. “This was as good of a senior class that I have coached. They were a committed group of young men who over the past four years, helped build this program into excellence.
“This was our third consecutive season with a playoff birth,” Colvin continued. “I am also most proud that this team brought a GCL championship back to CJ.. We also earned the #1 seed in a very tough region in Division. There was a lot to be proud of with this team.”

Post-Season Honors
GCL Co-Offensive Player of the Year
Quincy Johnson

GCL Co-Coach of the Year
Marcus Colvin

First Team All-GCL
Noah Burneka
Marquel Henry
Jack Huffman
Quincy Johnson
Artie Kramer
Ryan Minor
Kenyon Owens
Jason Ward
De'Verell Williams

Second Team All-GCL
Josiah Bowman
Logan Curtis
David Frederick, Jr.
Conor Hartley
Marquis Henry
Jake Hieatt
Cooper Mullins
Jake Staub

Honorable Mention All-GCL
John Banks
Matt Willis

First Team All-Southwest Ohio District
Marquel Henry
Ryan Minor
Kenyon Owens
De’Verell Williams
Jason Ward

Second Team All-Southwest Ohio District
Noah Burneka
Quincy Johnson

Men’s & Women’s Golf
Both the men’s and women’s golf teams had successful seasons on the green. The women’s team qualified for the district tournament for the 11th year in a row. The men’s team finished 5th overall in the GCL. Grace Strickland ‘22 was the women’s team MVP and TJ Lehner ‘20 was the men’s team MVP.

Post-Season Honors - Men’s
Honorable Mention All-GCL
Dominic Cicero

Post-Season Honors - Women’s
Second Team All-GCL
Grace Strickland

Honorable Mention All-GCL
Adeline Campbell
Agnes Guiselin

Men’s Soccer
Record 4-13
“We had a young team this season, and as their coach I was proud of my team all year long,” said head coach Christian Alexander. “They know I am hard on them and I have high exceptions. When we had tough losses and things weren’t going our way, the boys never gave up and always worked harder each day to achieve their goals. I was proud of our response to adversity and growth in maturity in 2019.”
Another highlight from the season was the Eagles defeating the 2018 DIII state final runner-up, Dayton Christian, 3-0 at Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles.
“Our group is resilient and constantly growing in maturity and we look forward to an awesome 2020 season,” Alexander said. “We will have more experience under our belt and even more desire to accomplish new goals. We are proud of what we accomplished this year, but we expect more with each passing season.”

Post-Season Honors
First Team All-GCL
Ben Campion
Dillon Witman

Second Team All-GCL
Noah Boehringer
Jake Staub

Honorable Mention All-GCL
Logan Downey

Women’s Soccer 
Record 6-9-3
Under the new leadership of head coach Dave Burrows, the women’s soccer team had a fun and memorable season.
“The team played with passion and at a fast pace,” said Burrows. “We played seven Division I teams this season and are looking forward to next season.”

Post-Season Honors
First Team All-GCL
Peyton Burrows
Erin McGraw

Second Team All-GCL
Jadyn Haywood
Greta Spees

Honorable Mention All-GCL
Julia DiLoreto

First Team All-Miami Valley
Erin McGraw

First Team All-Miami Valley South
Jadyn Haywood
Erin McGraw

Second Team All-Miami Valley South
Peyton Burrows

Third Team All-Miami Valley South
Meyah Haywood
Greta Spees

Women’s Tennis
The Eagles tennis team took back the GCL title this season by going undefeated in the league and was ranked third in the area among Division II schools. The team was 12-6 in dual matches including wins against Alter, Beavercreek, and Tipp City. The team won the Schroeder Invitational Tournament, won the CJ Doubles Tournament and finished a close second in the CJ Invitational. In tournament play, the doubles team of Caroline Hinshaw ‘23 and Patty Estrada-Sanchez ‘21 advanced to the second round of the district tournament.

Post-Season Honors
GCL Player of the Year
Caroline Hinshaw

GCL Coach of the Year
Jim Brooks

First Team All-GCL
Patty Estrada-Sanchez (singles)
Caroline Hinshaw (singles)
Lanie Sorg and Morgan Dean (doubles)

Second Team All-GCL
Staci Greene (singles)

Honorable Mention All-GCL
Hillary Vaughn and Mallory McGraw (doubles)

Women’s Volleyball 
Record 8-16
“Our record does not reflect the growth and strength of the team and program,” said head coach Gretchen Wolfe. “Playing a very tough GCL schedule, we had some very close 5-set nail biter matches against top teams in the state. We had big wins over Carroll twice, Oakwood, Tecumseh, and Valleyview. I am proud of the way this team fought every match and every game, and the growth they made this season.”

Post-Season Honors
First Team All-GCL
Zoe Mason

Second Team All-GCL
Sami Zajac

Honorable Mention All-GCL
Alexis Reid

Second Team All-District
Zoe Mason

Honorable Mention All-District
Sami Zajac
Maddy Richardson

District Senior Academic All Star
Sarah Arnett
Caroline Chaulk

Posted November 25, 2019

Students Named Hope, Strength & Healing Award Honorees

Each year, the third Thursday of November is recognized as National Children’s Grief Awareness Day. For Cameron Jackson ‘20 (Pathway School of Discovery, Huber Heights) and Emily Molina ‘20 (St. Peter School, Huber Heights), helping others who are grieving is one way they are making a difference. For their passion, both students recently received the Hope, Strength & Healing Award from Companions on a Journey.

Companions on a Journey is an organization that helps students as they go through a trying time, whether that be the death of a loved one or another traumatic experience.

“It’s helped me deal with my grief in a good way rather than make a bad decision or get mad at people,” said Molina. “I’ve learned to grieve in a healthy way.”

Jackson and Molina both joined Companions on a Journey through the program’s outreach at CJ. The program is offered at more than 30 schools in the greater Miami Valley and provides support for more than 600 students at no cost. The program is also offered in a variety of capacities for adults.

For Jackson and Molina, they realized they could help other students by volunteering and being a Teen Ambassador with Companions on a Journey.

“I knew I wanted to volunteer but I wanted to serve somewhere I cared about, so I chose Companions on a Journey,” Jackson shared. “I went to a lot of grief outings and helped out. I wanted people to know that if they were going through anything this group was great because someone will always listen and be there for those suffering.”

In addition to being Teen Ambassadors, Jackson and Molina created a video for Companions on a Journey as part of a grant opportunity. The pair were named Hope, Strength & Healing Award Honorees at the Companions on a Journey gala on November 9.

Additionally, as part of their Senior Capstone project, Jackson and Molina are working together with two other students to bring awareness about grief and mental illness to the CJ community.

Learn more about Companions on a Journey here.

Posted November 21, 2019


Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 2019

“The survey says, you CAN make a difference!”

CJ's annual Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week will take place from Monday, November 18 through Monday, November 25. The theme for this year's annual event is not just about fun and games — it is about the effort to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness not only in the Dayton area, but around the world, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The school community will be divided into four “game show” groups: Family Feud, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and The Price is Right. The faculty and staff are representing Hollywood Squares.

As in years past, throughout the week, the CJ community is encouraged to contribute items with the themes of Money Monday, Toiletry Tuesday, Warm Feet Wednesday, Together We Can Thursday, Feed the Hungry Friday, and Miscellaneous Monday. Monetary contributions will be given to Catholic Relief Services. Item contributions will be given to St. Vincent DePaul, Food for the Journey and The Food Bank.

Posted November 13, 2019

Todd Barhorst '10 Named Eagles Baseball Head Coach

Continuing a winning tradition. That’s one of the top priorities for Todd Barhorst ‘10 as he takes over the Eagles baseball team.

Barhorst was named the new head coach for Eagles baseball on Friday, November 15. Barhorst, who has been an assistant coach with the team since the 2012 season, replaces his father, Mike Barhorst ‘85.

"I am confident in Todd leading the back-to-back state champion Eagles baseball team,” said Jeremy Greenleaf, Athletic Director. “The transition will be seamless for the players and with Todd at the helm, they will continue to strive to be one of the elite teams in Ohio."

“This has been a goal of mine since joining the team as an assistant coach,” Barhorst said about being named the head coach. “My love for CJ baseball started when my dad would take me to the field when he was coaching and it’s never stopped. I want CJ baseball to remain synonymous with baseball greatness in Ohio.”

Barhorst played for the Eagles all four years of his high school career, being named a team captain both his junior and senior year.

The Eagles baseball team has been recognized as a top team in the state the last few years including winning both the 2018 and 2019 Division II state titles.

Barhorst said a reason for that success — the players’ dedication and the team’s preparation.

“I’ve had my fingerprints on this program for years,” Barhorst noted. “One of my biggest roles as an assistant was leading the team throughout the winter. I have a speed program I put together to work on bat speed work and work for our pitchers.

“Going into the 2020 season, I have a lot of confidence in our senior class,” Barhorst continued. “There is only so much I can control, but all I ask is that when the players talk about me, they tell others that I’m a coach who cared and did everything possible to make them the best person and player off and on the field.”

Posted November 18, 2019

CJ Performing Arts Presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream

The students are abuzz with excitement for CJ performing art’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare running this weekend, November 15, 16 and 17.

According to Emma Timmons ‘21, a cast member, “The whole play has three different plots going on. One is about four people in a love crisis, one is about how the fairy queen and king are causing global warming, and one is about a group of illiterate workers who want to put on a play. It's a lot of fun!”

Chloe Proffitt ‘21 is a main cast member. “It’s just really, really fun to watch,” she remarks.

“My experience has been really good so far,” says Mia Brown ‘21, who plays Hermia. “We have all worked really hard at our parts and I think it’s just been a good experience all around.”

The students and staff at CJ have worked arduously to produce this play.

Chloe Proffitt ‘21 adds, "I spent a lot of time personally on my character and a lot of other people have, too — and that really makes the play, it."

When asked about how she plays her character, Brown responded that she has to account for the fact that she and the other characters are not one-sided: “She goes from happy to confused to really angry to attacking someone, so it’s just about finding that route to take with Hermia.”

The cast has also taken new approaches to assessing Shakespeare’s language.

“The main goal of this production is to make Shakespeare’s words accessible,” asserts Director Mark Phillips. “A lot of times people are put off by his words because they’re hard to understand. So this is a great opportunity to go see Shakespeare and understand it.”

Phillips goes on to convey that each cast member spent time analyzing the lines of Shakespeare and understanding what he means with each word. They identified which poetic statements are the most necessary for the coherency of the plot and how to best portray these lines on stage before anything else.

When asked to describe the play, various students and staff gave responses:

“Glamorous,” says Proffitt.

According to Phillips, CJ’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream summed up in one word is, “accessible.”

In two, “magical and fun.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes the CJ stage Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10 and student tickets are $5. All tickets may be purchased at the door.

Written in collaboration with Cyrus Good ‘21.

Posted November 14, 2019

#becauseofCJ: Reflection from Bradley '17

Young alumni are continuing to share how they are succeeding after high school in our #becauseofCJ series. Through your gift to the Annual Fund, you make this happen. When you do, more Eagles can soar! Read Bradley’s story below, and consider making your gift today.

Dear CJ Community,

Thinking back on my time at CJ as a football player and student, I know there were many things that have shaped me into the person who I have become today. Although football was something I could always rely on to have friends to talk to and something to strive to get better at, I never quite realized the most valuable thing that CJ was able to provide me. CJ gave me the opportunity to truly become great. What I mean by this is that CJ provided me the tools to be able to unlock my own ability and to pursue whatever I wanted to pursue.

This all began during my third year at CJ when I realized that there was more for me beyond going to high school and trying to complete it. I always felt that based on my performance in my classes that I would most likely just be an average student who ended up being average in life. I was put into the college prep classes and received average grades. With that being said, average at CJ compared to surrounding schools is exceptional due to the nature of CJ academics and qualities. However, I always felt like I was following a path of just being average. I wasn’t on the path of honor or AP classes — I was just your everyday average CJ student.

Mrs. Lemon, a chemistry teacher at CJ, was the person who ignited my journey and gave me the opportunity to expand my self-worth. Mrs. Lemon had faith in me and who I was as a person. She was the teacher who allowed me to sign into an AP chemistry class, the most notoriously hardest class in all of CJ during my time. She didn’t just allow me and sign into the class, she encouraged many students of her lower level chemistry courses to take the class. She as a person and a teacher actively engaged average students to believe that they could take on such a task. She gave me the mental prowess to accept that I could do whatever I wanted, as long as I worked for it. She was always there to help and encourage her students — from the subpar student to the valedictorian and every one in between.

This idea is a common theme you can find at CJ. A theme of resiliency and greatness. A theme that the teachers care and want the best for all of the students at CJ, no matter their intelligence level. Yes, there will always be smart students and average students, but CJ provides the opportunity for everyone to find what they’re best at and gives all students a chance to discover their own greatness. When you give a gift to CJ you are not just giving a student resources to finish high school; you are helping a student, like myself, realize that they can move on to do anything that is within their imagination. You will find people going on to doing great things, who previously may not have been able to, and are now able to because of CJ.

Because of CJ, I was able to realize my potential, and went from being a 2.5 GPA high school student to being a 3.8 GPA chemistry major college student well on my way to become great and the dream of becoming a surgeon one day.

Thank you to the CJ community, and to Mrs, Lemon,
God Bless and Go Eagles!
Bradley Walker ‘17

Posted November 4, 2019