Top Achievers Honored

The Honor Awards Ceremony held May 12, recognized individual members of the senior class for their excellence in various achievements. As a class, this year's seniors earned over $11.2 million in scholarships; 97% will advance to postsecondary learning; and three members will join the armed forces. These 209 seniors have much to be proud of, and we celebrate and salute their collective and individual successes.

School Awards

  • Each year, the faculty and staff of Chaminade Julienne 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.
  • The Founder’s Award is given to a student who, each day, demonstrates the spirit of St. Julie Billiart and Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. This year's recipient: Christina Chabali.
  • The Michael D. Trainor Award, named in honor of CJ’s principal from 1999 to 2004, is given to a student who has regularly demonstrated intellectual curiosity.  This year's recipient: Rebecca Anthony.
  • The Gerard “Fuzzy” Faust Award, named for CJ’s legendary coach and teacher from 1933 to 1980, is given to a student who best exemplifies the special Chaminade Julienne Eagle spirit. This year's recipient: Megan Plummer.
  • In 1994, the Brother John Habjan Award was instituted to recognize academic excellence in honore of the commitment to great teaching demonstrated by Brother John, who served as teacher and Director of Academics from 1980 -1994.  This award is given to the student earning the highest academic ranking in his or her class. This year's recipient is Michael Edward Manovich, who attended Holy Angels Elementary School and will be attending the University of Pittsburgh.
  • This year, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati initiated an award program to honor individuals throughout the Archdiocese whose commitment to others honors the life and work of Sister Dorothy Stang, '49. Sister Dorothy was called to serve the people of Brazil in 1966, and murdered in 2005 for standing up for the poor and disenfranchised and the land she loved.
  • The Sister Dorothy Stang Award was awarded to just 10 people throughout the Archdiocese who exemplify the values of Sister Dorothy through their commitment to social justice, service, and teaching. The very first of these awards to be presented was to a member of the CJ class of 2010, Cora Harrison.  Cora was nominated for her involvement at CJ, including the National Honor Society, Student Council, Pro-life Club, Environmental Club, Junior Council on World Affairs, and a summer mission trip.  She also was instrumental in the creation of the Sister Dorothy Stang room at CJ. Over two years, Cora and a team of students and teachers painted murals of the life and ministry of Sister Dorothy on the walls of a large classroom space.  Today, that space, now a community meeting room, beautifully tells the story and dream of Sr. Dorothy. Other seniors involved in the creation of the Sister Dorothy Stang murals are: Nola Lee, Boris Mugisha, Romeo Kwihangana, Sarah Shanks, and Cedric Ntwali.

Special Recognitions

  • Eight graduates were recognized for their accomplishments in the National Merit Scholarship and the National Achievement Scholarship Programs. Commended: Lauren Clark, Michelle Martinek, Matthew Menker and Sarah Shanks
  • National Merit Finalists: Becky Anthony, Brianna Leddy, Michael Manovich, and Janine Steffan. Scholarship Recipient: Michael Manovich
  • Perfect Attendance: Caroline Meadors and Joe Scupski
  • For 15 consecutive quarters, the following students were named to the school's honor roll: Rebecca Anthony, David Baumgartner, Molly Bruggeman, Laken Ethun, Taryn Finley, Elizabeth Gleason, Madeline Kaminski, Romeo Kwihangana, Brianna Leddy, Erica Lunderman, Michael Manovich, Matthew Menker, Emma Meyer, Steffanie Minnifield, Casey Munn, Mary Nguyen, Brooke Place, Sarah Shanks, Janine Steffan, Elizabeth VanDorpe, and Sara Yoder.
  • The Ann Will Scholarship was established by the University of Dayton in honor of Ann Will--a dedicated teacher, counselor and adminstrator to Chaminade Julienne. It is awarded to two seniors who will attend UD. This year's recpieints are Michael Noonan and Rachel Wade.
  • Each year, juniors and seniors are selected for induction to CJ's chapter of the National Honor Society. Membership is based on the criteria f scholarship, leadership, service and character. Sixty-seven seniors are members of NHS: Rebecca Anthony, David Baumbartner, Katelyn bills, Jonathan Bonner, Rachael Bridgman, Colleen Brooks, Molly Bruggeman, Mollie Buerschen, Abigail Busse, Christina Chabali, Lauren Clark, Micaela Cronin, Brendan Dillon, Nicole Disbrow, Nicole Dresden, Erin Duffy, Taylor Dufresne, Laken Ethun, David Fan, Taryn Finley, Alexandra Flinn, Thomas Geglein, Elizabeth Gleason, Mari Hailu, Mallory Hall, Hannah Hampel, Cora Harrison, Jacqueline Herzer, Mason Hickey, Rachel Jancauskas, Madeline Kaminski, Timothy Koob, Romeo Kwihangana, Meghan Lefeld, Erica Lunderman, Danesa Marshall, Michelle Martinek, William McCormick, Mathew Menker, Emma Meyer, Nicholas Michel, Steffanie Minnifield, Anthony Moody, Casey Munn, Brooke Place, Christopher Poelking, Lauren Porter, Kiersten Sargent, Ariel Scaccia, Rebbeca Scheid, Sarah Shanks, Kayla Shelley, reonna Simmons, Joseph Staley, Janine Steffan, Anna Stoddard, Benjamin Trick, Elizabeth Van Dorpe, Michael Varcarcel, David Veintimillia, Christian Volk, Rachel Wade, Josselyn Wilimitis, Erin Wilson, Sara Yoder and Dominque Younger.
  • Each year, the National Association of Secondary School Principals recognizes high school student leaders. CJ's Principal’s Leadership Award goes this year to Mollie Buerschen.

Special Ohio Athletic Awards

  • The OHSAA presents an award to a male and female senior student who have attained academic excellence while participating in interscholastic sports. CJ's award winners this year are: Molly Bruggeman and Matthew Menker.
  • The Association also honors a senior male and female who have been outstanding in their efforts to promote sportsmanship in their school and community. The award is named for Archie Griffin, who has been active in promoting sportsmanship, ethics and integrity for many years. This year's recipients: David Cordonnier and Samantha Raiff.
  • The OHSAA has established an annual State sportsmanship, ethics and integrity award. This certificate is presented to an individual in the CJ community who is a positive role model for others, reflects high ethics and integrity in dealing with students, who demonstrates positive values and has contributed to the well being of our Chaminade Julienne community. The honoree for 2010 is Ann Meyers.
  • The 2010 OHSAA Courageous Student Award is awarded to Michael Varcacel, for his demonstration of extraordinary courage, leadership, and integrity.
  • The Harold E. Meyer Award for sportsmanship, ethics and integrity is sponsored by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.  The OHSAA committee has selected schools for the 16th year.  The award is presented to schools that take significant steps in their schools and communities to not only emphasize sportsmanship to students, coaches, parents and fans, but also to emphasize the values of ethical behavior and integrity.  The winners are required to complete an eight part program in their schools and communities showing that they are promoting the specified values. Chaminade Julienne is always proud to receive this honor.

Ohio Academic Honors: In 2009, the members of the women’s and men’s varsity soccer teams earned all Ohio Academic Honors. This award signifies that these team members earned a team average 3.0GPA for the 2009 season. These teams and their players have demonstrated the ability to combine athletics and academics. Accepting for the women’s program and head coach Mary Raiff will be senior Rebecca Scheid. Accepting for the men’s program and coach Matt Money, will be senior, Matt Menker.

Eleven Seniors Sign With Colleges to Continue Athletic Careers: These students have signed to play sports for their respective colleges and universities next year. They are:

  • Laron Brown, Texas Southern (football)
  • Molly Bruggeman, University of Notre Dame (rowing)
  • Micaela Cronin, Cleveland State (golf)
  • Ally Flynn, Georgetown University (rowing)
  • Josh Garner, Youngstown State (football)
  • Lizzie Gleason, University of Dayton (cross country)
  • Andy Jomantas, NC State (football)
  • Madeline Kaminski, Cleveland State (golf)
  • Matt Vest, Wright State University (basketball)
  • Mileah Walker, Howard University (basketball)
  • Samarie Walker, University of Connecticut (basketball)

Samarie Walker was named to the McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Team and was named Gatorade Player of the Year.