Art and English Students Heading to State

This weekend, visual arts and English students take part in two state competitions Saturday, March 8. Good luck and go Eagles!

Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest
For a third consecutive year, Rachel Strahorn will represent CJ in the state Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest. The event, sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), takes place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Ohio Dominican University's Matesich Theatre (directions).

Rachel (pictured above) placed fourth at state one year ago and looks to follow in the footsteps of CJ’s two past state champions. Her sister, 2011 alumna Lynsay Strahorn, won state as a junior and 2008 graduate Rachel Chandler -- Ohio’s first female champion -- took the state title as a senior.

The Eagles senior will perform "Insomnia," by Gabriel Rossetti, "Adam's Curse," by William Butler Yeats, and "The Blackstone Rangers," by Gwendolyn Brooks this Saturday against students from 49 Ohio high schools.

The state winner will receive $300 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship April 28-30. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for its library, according to the OAC Web site.

For more information about the state contest, visit Information about the national program is available at

UPDATE: Congratulations to Rachel who finished fourth in the 2014 statewide competition.

Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition
Five works by four CJ visual art students will be judged for inclusion in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition.

Congratulations to our regional winners who placed in the following categories:

Sarah Chapman, senior (two pieces: painting and commercial art)
Bridget Elder, junior (jewelry/enameling)
Maria Emery, junior (fibers/wearable art)
Jesse Thompson, senior (painting)
These students’ pieces are among approximately 2,500 works selected for state judging. Although judging is closed to the public, the 300 winning pieces will be on display at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower from March 31 through April 11 between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. Winners are eligible to receive scholarships and awards.

The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition is in its 44th year according to its Web site, Approximately 12,000 entries are submitted for judging by students at public and private schools across 15 regions throughout the state.