Eagle Excellence 2017-2018 Archive

Two Seniors Honored With Special Scholarships

Congratulations to Marvin Mbah and Paul Wittmann for each recently receiving special scholarships.

Mbah was one of seven students to receive a four-year grant of $1000.00 per year from the Archbishop Karl J. Alter Scholarship Grant program. The grant was established, "to promote African American Catholic leadership among high school seniors who sought to pursue higher education," Learn more about the grant here.

Wittmann was one of two recipients of the Day Air Credit Union 2018 Academic Scholarship.

“It is important that Day Air Credit Union recognizes the students who are high achievers not only in the classroom, but in the community as well,” said William Burke, President and CEO in a release. “Paul and Emma (the other recipient) stood out among their peers as future leaders of our communities and we look forward to helping them reach their financial and educational goals.”

Learn more about the award here.


Students Recognized at Violence Prevention Project Awards

Several students were recognized at the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office Violence Prevention Project award ceremony on Wednesday, May 2. Four students received special recognition in the high school category: 

  • Peyton Burrows '20 - 1st place in writing
  • Maria Weizman '20 - 2nd place in writing
  • Libby Blackshire '20 - 1st place in art 
  • Sophie Haws '20 - 3rd place in art

Pictures from the ceremony can be found here. The students won a variety of prizes, including gift cards and Kings Island passes. Congratulations to all!

Two Seniors Named SAME Scholarship Recipients 

Congratulations to Jasmine Hughes '18 and Emery Monnig '18 who were recently named recipients of scholarships from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). Nadja Turek, '96, who is the local SAME Education Committee Chair, said the students, "came out at the very top of our rankings this year." The pair will be honored at a luncheon in June.

Women's Lacrosse Team Finding Success This Spring

"After a rough start this season losing our first three matches, the Eagles are turning things around," shared women's lacrosse head coach Danielle Cash. 

"We beat Fenwick for the first time in the history of having a team on Thursday, April 12 with a score of 10-4," Cash continued. "Our lead scorers were Rachel Stefan '19 and Anneliese Fisher '19 with three goals each. Greta Spees '20 led the team in turnovers and obtaining the draw which kept our team in the offense. Goalie Rhiannon Beall '18 blocked 8 of the 12 shots taken at her. Our JV also brought home a win with a score of 8-3. Their lead scorer was Kailey Gilbert '20 with three goals.

On Monday, April 16, we defeated the Miami Valley School with an ending score of 19-2. The Eagles really thrived in the cold. They shut out MVS the first half with a score of 11-0. This game was beautiful to watch! The girls really worked together. The team was running their plays and 11 assists were earned this game. Furthermore, they obtained 24 ground balls, made multiple turnovers and interceptions, plus they won 3/4 of the draws. Our lead scorer was Brooke House '19 with seven goals, however Rachel Stefan scored three goals of her own and is attributed with six of the 11 assists. Rhiannon Beall blocked 4 of the 6 shots taken at her. JV also played well against the Beavercreek JV and won with a score of 8-4. Their lead scorers were Rebecca Weinel '21 and Greta Spees with two goals each. Goalie Kate Schinaman '21 blocked 6 of 10 shots taken at her.

"The streak continued on Wednesday, April 18 as varsity defeated Fairmont in the rain 21-4. The game was delayed a half an hour causing the Eagles to have to warm up again giving us a slow start. We ended the first half at 10-4. Most of the JV got to have a moment on the field this game as well enabling a sister to sister play from Avery and Raegan Meyer in the second half. The Eagles were able to keep the momentum going because of winning the draw thanks to our centers Anna Duggan, Anneliese Fisher, and Greta Spees. Avery Meyer was on fire with three interceptions. Our lead scorers were Brooke House with five goals and Rachel Stefan, Anna Duggan, and Greta Spees with four goals each. Rhiannon Beall blocked 9 of 13 shots taken at her this game."

Two Seniors Honored with "You Can Count on Me" Scholarship.

Congratulations to Katie Kohnen '18 and Cecilia Meadors '18 who were two out of 10 recipients of the "You Can Count on Me" scholarship by McAfee Heating & Air Conditioning. Watch the surprise announcement here.

Track & Field Team Off to a Speedy Start

The men's and women's track and field teams are off to a speedy start in the 2018 season. Highlights from the Jack Lintz Invite at Northmont on Saturday, March 31 included: 

  • The women's team placing third overall;
  • Julia DiLoreta winning the long jump;
  • Jazmyn Potts winning the 100 hurdles and placing second in the 300m;
  • Jada Grant winning the 400m;
  • The women's 4x200 and 4x400 placing first and the women's 4x800 placing second;
  • The men's 4x200 and 4x400 placing first;
  • Preston Grant winning the 400m; and,
  • Jance Peters placing second in the 400m. 

Congratulations to all!

Eagles Named Winners in Local Writing Contest 

Congratulations to the following students who were named winners in the recent Dayton Metro Library Teen Writing Contest:

  • Nikki Gabriel '18, 3rd place in General Fiction
  • Nicole Fuchs '18, 2nd place in Flash Fiction
  • Alex Meixner '21, 2nd place in General Fiction
  • Grace Delaney '21, 2nd place in Fan Fiction
  • Jessica Brunner '21, 2nd place in Flash Fiction

Special Day Named in Honor of CJ Teacher 

Teacher Don MacLeod received a life time achievement award on March 10 during the 25th anniversary celebration of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Appreciation Club at the University of Dayton. MacLeod is the alumni advisor to the group. Additionally, members of the club surprised MacLeod with a proclamation from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, naming March 10, 2018 as Don MacLeod III Day.

Senior Receives LaSertoma Youth Service Award

Carissa Myers '18 was named the CJ recipient of the LaSertoma Youth Service Awards.  
The Dayton LaSertoma Club provides one award per local school to recognize a senior who has provided outstanding volunteer service to the Miami Valley.

Tennis Coach Elected Into Ohio Hall of Fame

On Sunday, February 25, Head men's and women's tennis coach Jim Brooks was elected to the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  

"It was, 'an honor I dreamed not of' to quote Shakespeare," Brooks said. "It was quite humbling, to say the least. I was accompanied by Reg (far left) and Mike (far right) Pleiman, Bob Helmers (long time assistant coach), and my wife Peg Regan '73. This upcoming boys season will be my 40th at CJ (21 with boys, 19 with girls). All of it has been a privilege and a source of joy and pride."

Congratulations, Coach Brooks!

CJ Gives Back with Unity in the Community Campaign 

During the CJ vs. Carroll men's basketball game on Sunday, February 11, members from the Community Blood Center and Universal 1 Credit Union joined students from both schools to present a $1,000 award to Bridgid's Path. The award was in thanks to the CBC and Universal 1's Unity in the Community campaign.

CJ and Carroll both became part of the campaign last school year, when each school held their annual blood drives. The schools were asked to designate their favorite charity as part of the campaign and Bridgid's Path was chosen.

Bridgid's Path helps infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure.

Performing Arts Students Receive High Marks at OMEA Event

Dozens of students in CJ performing arts participated in the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event at Stebbins High School on Saturday, Feb. 3. Most students received a superior or excellent rating: 

I (Superior Rating)

  • Elizabeth Kaibas - vocal solo
  • Kathryn Schinaman - vocal solo
  • Kaitlin Stewart - vocal solo
  • Jacob Ely - vocal solo
  • Sarah Benson - vocal solo
  • Taylor Mims - vocal solo
  • Chloe Proffitt - vocal solo
  • Nicholas Amstutz - vocal solo
  • Ashley Gerhard - vocal solo
  • Anna Mussin Phillips - flute solo
  • Natalie Mussin Phillips - snare drum solo
  • Saxophone Quartet - William  Marshall, Kat Bishop, Nick Simpson, Logan Brodnick
  • Lily Davis - cello solo
  • Elizabeth Blackshire - trumpet solo

II (Excellent Rating)

  • CJ Mixed Vocal Ensemble - Jordyn Varise, Danielle Walusis, Mac Weatherspoon, Brennan Harlow, Brian Niebrugge, Shamari DeVance-Dyer, Nikki Gabriel. Hkawn Myat Labya. Tony Sabbagh, Logan Widmor
  • Grace Jackson - vocal solo
  • Anthony Sabbagh - vocal solo
  • Grace Delaney -vocal solo
  • Selena Aungst - vocal solo
  • Maria Osnaya - vocal solo
  • Brennan Harlow - vocal solo
  • Lily Davis - trumpet solo

Eagles Named Scholastic Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students for being named Scholastic Writing Award Winners: 

  • Josie Forstoff
  • McKenzie Reid
  • Anna Kutter
  • Bea Hawthorn
  • Libby Blackshire
  • Matt Reuter
  • Maria Scaccia
  • Katie Kohen
  • Claire Leingang
  • James Blackshire
  • Not pictured: Helen Sparrow

Learn more about the Scholastic Awards here.

CJ Indoor Tracks Debuts in 2018

The indoor track team made their debut at the Bowling Green meet on Saturday, Jan. 20.

"Our 4x200 relays did great — the girls were 1st in 1:50.9 (Potts-Julia Dilareto-Grant-Heywood)," shared head coach Jerry Puckett. The boys were 2nd in 1:34.4 (Stevenson-Hatcher-Peters-Grant). Meyah Haywood made finals in the 60 meter dash. Jazmyne Potts placed 3rd in the 60 hurdles. Marcus Gilespie was 2nd in 60 hurdles and was 3rd in the high jump. 

Congratulations to all participants!

Swimming Teams Break Records

Five CJ swimming records were broken at the Coaches Classic Invitational from January 13-14. 

  • Jorge Zelina: 100 Backstroke (0:54.74)
  • Jorge Zelina: 200 Backstroke (2:04.11)
  • Logan Brown: 400 Individual Medley (4:42.97)
  • Lily Davis: 200 Butterfly (2:27.94)
  • Mackenzie Reid, Brianna Gracey, Lily Davis, Macleary Moran: 400 Medley Relay (4:24.79)

Additionally, two swimmers advanced to finals each night of the competition. 

  • Macleary Moran – placed 3rd in 200 free, 9th in 500 free, 8th in 100 free
  • Jorge Zelina – placed 9th in 50 free and 12th in 100 back, 11th in 100 free.

2,500 swimmers participated in this meet, making this Invitational one of the largest in the country.

Band Ensembles Support the Salvation Army

In December, CJ’s Brass Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet played Christmas music at the Kroger in Austin Landing. The groups received donations for the Salvation Army while they performed. Each ensemble played for an hour each. 

“The students were a little cold, but their hearts were warm,” CJ band director Luke Grieshop said.


Two Freshmen to be Honored for Writing Contest

Mikayla Jette '21 will be recognized with an Award of Distinction in the Dottie Yeck Good Life Awards. Her essay, Service to Students, came in 5th place out of 675 entries from 25 schools across the Dayton area. Antonio Rodriguez '21 received an honorable mention. Both students will be honored at the Dottie Yeck Good Life Award celebration on Thursday, November 30. Congratulations!

CJ's Heisman Winner Announced

Congratulations to Jasmine Hughes '18 on being selected as CJ's representative for the Wendy's High School Heisman award. Hughes is a member of the Eagles soccer and swimming teams, and plays club soccer in the spring. Learn more about the High School Heisman competition here.

Alumna To Receive Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award

Dr. Emily Laubacher Heckman '97 will receive an award from the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton at their annual Dayton Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Awards ceremony on October 10. Heckman is a Senior Electronics Research Engineer at the WPAFB AFRL and was a CJ STEMM Idol speaker in 2016.

Girls' Golf Team Named GCL Champs

Congratulations to the women's golf team for being named GCL Champions on Monday, Sept. 18. Players Aryana Sutton and Blake Wogoman were named to the 1st team All-League and Coach Todd Shuttleworth was named Coach of the Year.

Additionally, the men's golf team placed fourth overall in the recent GCL golf tournament held at Walden Ponds Golf Club. Congratulations to Patrick Boudinot, Andrew Detmer, TJ Lehner, Joe Rains and Will Slaybaugh!

Senior Named DDN Athlete of the Week

Women's cross country member Madie Denman '18 was named the Dayton Daily News' Athlete of the Week on Thursday, Sept. 14. More about her recognition can be found here.

Graduate Rower Makes US Rowing World Championship Roster

Congratulations to Molly Bruggeman '10 who was selected to the US Rowing World Championship Roster. Bruggeman was chosen for the women's four. More about her selection can be found here.

Alumnus Named Fulbright Scholar

Will Huffman '16, who now attends the University of Notre Dame, was named a Fulbright Scholar earlier this year. Over the summer, Huffman attended the Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute on Technology, Innovation and Creativity program. During the three week program, Huffman learned more about Scotland's culture, history, and how innovators in that country are taking on technological advances. More about the program can be found here.

Women's & Men's Golf Teams Have Strong Starts

The men's varsity golf team (Liam Beach '19, Patrick Boudinot '18, Andrew Detmer '19, TJ Lehner '20, Joe Rains '18, and Will Slaybaugh '18) for winning the Ridge Classic at Kittyhawk golf course on Friday, August 11. Detmer, Boudinot, and Lehner all finished individually in the top 10 with scores of 78, 82 and 84 respectfully.  

Additionally, the women's golf team won the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational on Thursday, August 10. Blake Wogoman '18 was the overall medalist.  Congratulations to both teams!

Student Rowers Place First in Michigan Race

The Dayton Boat Club’s Women’s High School Eight placed first among six teams from Illinois, Ohio and Michigan at the Michigan Club Invitational regatta. CJ rowers included Kyla Boehringer '19, Brianna Gracey '18, Elena Muir '19, Aubrey Trimbach '20, Ella Waldspurger '20 and coxswain Aidah Shuttleworth '21. Some of those members also participated in the Mixed High School Eight and Women’s High School Four races placing second and third respectively.

Men's Golf Places Fourth in GCL Tournament 

The varsity men's golf team competed in the first GCL Tournament of the season at Hamilton Elks Golf Club. The team finished in fourth place. Congratulations!

Graduate Named a Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year

Grace Kauth '13 was recently nominated as the NCAA Woman of the Year. According to the Horizon League website, "Kauth, a four-year starter for the Vikings, is one of 58 Division I conference nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, which encompasses the four pillars of Academics, Athletics, Service and Leadership." More information about the nomination can be found here.

Eagles Perform in Vandalia Youth Theatre Production

Several current students and graduates were seen in the Vandalia Youth Theatre's production of Damn Yankees July 14-16. An interview featuring a current and former student in the production can be seen here.

Graduate Selected for Google Summer Project

Matt Piekenbrock '10 was chosen by Google for their Summer of Code project. You can learn more about Piekenbrock's accomplishment and the program here.

Eagle Wins Patriot Freedom Festival Art Contest 

Congratulations to Sarah Arnett '20 for winning the 13th annual Patriot Freedom Festival Art Contest. She was recognized during the opening ceremony of the festival on the grounds of the V.A. Arnett also won a cash prize.