CJ Students Excel In State Competitions

Great memory and great speed.

Those are the talents Emily Meyer, '15, and members of the Indoor Track Team displayed on Saturday, as they participated in two different state competitions.

Meyer, who won the CJ Poetry Out Loud competition earlier this year, had three poems prepared for the state competition. 

Meyer won CJ's competition when she recited "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" by Richard Hugo and "The Gaffe" by C.K. Williams. The Poetry Out Loud State Championship will be held in Columbus.

According to Justin Nigro with the Ohio Arts Council, Meyer "did a wonderful job and represented Chaminade Julienne High School well!" She did not advance to the national competition.

The Walk to State for the indoor track participants was just a warm-up before Saturday's state finals. Kyle McKinney, '15, Jasmyne Shaw, '15, Dejah Gilliam, '15, Ariel Caffee, '16, and Lauren Pegues, '17 competed in Akron in the OATCCC Indoor State Championship.

Shaw, Gilliam, Caffee, and Pegues participated in the 4 x 200 relay, while Gilliam and Caffee also participated in individual competitions.

"It's exciting because it's our last year running and we've been running since freshman year," said Shaw.

McKinney, who was ranked #1 in the state for Triple Jump,  also participated in individual events.

"It's another opportunity to continue to excel at my track career, I'm excited," said McKinney.

In the competition, McKinney won 2nd place for Triple Jump. The girls 4 x 200 relay placed 4th and Gilliam placed 4th in the 60 meter dash.

Congratulations to all of our participants!