Students' April Accomplishments

From creative writing, to cross country, to the classic sport of fencing, CJ students are achieving success across a variety of different activities this spring.  Here are just a few things the Eagles have been involved with:

Senior Maggie Ryan was awarded second place for her entry in the Robert Fox Award for Young Writers competition co-sponsored by the Ohioana Library Association

The competition has been recognizing Ohio writers in grades 9-12 with three awards in the prose and poetry categories since 2007, accepting a maximum of just three submissions per school.  Ryan submitted her short story titled Prismatic Attraction in January after taking Mr. Jim Brooks’s Creative Writing class.

“We always enter lots of things for contests, so when I put it in I wasn’t expeting much,” she said. “When Mr. Brooks told me I won I was so happy because writing is something I want to do next year in college.”

For her second place finish, Ryan will receive a $150 cash prize and has been invited to attend an awards ceremony during the Ohioana Book Festival on Saturday, May 7 in Columbus. She will attend DePaul University in the fall to study English.

Edmund Gehres, CJ junior, placed second in the U19 men’s foil tournament at the Ohio High School Championship on Saturday, April 9 at the Steelwood Fencing Center on the campus of Ohio State University.

Gehres, currently the school’s only fencer, was the lone representative from the city of Dayton in the competition’s 25-person field. He fences with the American Fencing Academy of Dayton and has been involved with the sport since he was 10-years-old.

“I’m probably going to compete, or at least fence, for the rest of my life because I enjoy it.”

Senior Rachel Collins signed a National Letter of Intent Thursday, April 14 to run cross country at Ohio Dominican University.

Collins will receive an athletic grant in addition to an academic scholarship to cover nearly all tuition costs at ODU. She intends to double major in both accounting and entrepreneurship while running for the Panthers of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“Rachel is one of those athletes that only comes around once every so often,” said Greg Mueller, CJ women’s cross country coach. “She’s talented athletically, she’s talented academically, but she’s just such a positive person. We wish her the best of luck.”

In her senior season as captain of the Eagles cross country team, Collins qualified for the Division II regional tournament and has twice been named to the GGCL Grey North Second Team All-Conference. In addition, she is a member of the track team, National Honor Society and was named the 2011 recipient of the school’s Sister Damienne Scholarship, which awards one senior a $10,000 college grant, renewed annually for four years.

“I saw a lot of similarities between all the aspects of CJ that I’ve grown up with over these past four years and the things that Ohio Dominican offers its students,” Collins said on her choice of schools.

Posted April 19, 2011