Congrats and God Bless: Class of 2012

Chaminade Julienne held its commencement ceremony Monday, May 21 at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated Thursday, May 17 at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. Graduating first in her class is Caroline Scheid followed by Salutatorian Audrey Drewing; both will attend the University of Notre Dame this fall.

In addition to the top students, the CJ faculty and staff of recognize three seniors who best exemplify the three elements of the school’s mission — commitment to faith, dedication to learning, and demonstration of school and family spirit. Caroline Scheid received the Founder’s Award for demonstrating on a daily basis the spirit of St. Julie Billiart and Blessed William Chaminade. Samuel Mullins received the Michael D. Trainor Award, named in honor of CJ’s principal from 1999 to 2004, which is given to a student who has regularly demonstrated intellectual curiosity. For best exemplifying the CJ spirit, Jay Bryant was awarded the Gerard “Fuzzy” Faust Award, named for CJ’s legendary coach and teacher from 1933 to 1980.


  • $12.1 million in awarded in scholarships as of May 16, 2012 to the class of 159 students
  • More than 12,641 service hours were contributed during their four years at CJ with 44 students volunteering over 100 hours each
  • 3 graduates were recognized for their accomplishments in the National Merit Scholarship; they are Mitchell Jones, Christopher Menart, and Samuel Mullins
  • 20 athletes signed or committed to play sports for a college or university
  • 23 served as Kairos retreat leaders
  • 60 graduates are members of the National Honor Society
  • 33 graduates are Presidential Academic Award Recipients
  • 41 graduates are Ohio Award of Merit Recipients
  • 7 graduates are Presidential Achievement Award Recipients

This year's graduates will be attending 54 colleges and universities, with a majority of the graduates attending colleges and universities in Ohio including the University of Dayton, Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College and Wright State University. Graduates will also be attending post-secondary institutions across the nation including Marquette University, Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, and Yale University.

CJ is pleased to welcome Sarah Budd ’03 who will present this year’s Commencement Address. Sarah is a third grade teacher at Padua Academy in Indianapolis, serving primarily a primarily poor population. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s College and was one of the first winners of CJ’s Sister Damienne Scholarship. The recent accomplishment of Padua Academy’s IREAD 3 program and her involvement was featured May 15 in her community’s local media.