June 2012

Track Team Returns Trophy to CJ

For the fourth consecutive year, the Girls' Greater Cincinnati League track trophy will make its home in one of the glass cases lining the hallways of Chaminade Julienne High School. This summer, some Eagles among the class of 2012 (who have been partly responsible for returning the prize to CJ each year since 2009) had the pleasure of marking its base once again with a new placard bearing the name of their alma mater.

DID YOU KNOW
Sizing up the Streak: The women’s track program is the first at CJ to win four outright league titles in consecutive years since the men’s basketball team accomplished the feat by finishing atop the then six-team GCL North division every season from 2002 to 2006.

The Golden Years: In the team’s championship span from 2009 to 2012, the program:

  • accounted for more than 50 percent of the student-athletes named first team all conference
  • accounted for just less than 50 percent of the student-ahtletes named second team all conference
  • produced two Athlete of the Year awardees in classmates Alexandria Coleman ‘12 (co-runner, 2009) and Cierra Brown ‘12 (runner, 2012), and
  • never had a coach fail to win Coach of the Year honors (Trey Coleman from 2009 to 2010 and Jerry Puckett from 2011 to 2012).

Taking it to the Tourney: The Eagles carried their regular season success into the pre- and post-seasons in each championship year (view team records), placing:

  • first overall in the Division II district meet three times (2010, 2011, 2012), and finishing fourth in the 2009 Division I district meet.
  • first overall in the 2012 Division II regional meet and finishing as runners-up in 2010 and 2011
  • third overall in the 2012 Division II state meet (with individual winner Cierra Brown earning two titles in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles), and eighth in 2011, and
  • first overall in consecutive OATCCC indoor track state titles in 2011 and 2012.
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Eagles Team Up with Friday Friends Again

Chaminade Julienne men’s and women’s soccer players once again teamed up with Therapy Connections, LLC this summer to host a special kids’ camp for children with disabilities.

On June 8, the Eagles welcomed their “Friday Friends” to the Student Conditioning Center and Blue Green Field for fun lessons in the fundamentals of the game. Players then shared a picnic dinner with campers to cap the evening.

“Friday Friends club is designed to provide opportunities for successful social interactions among peers and teen helpers,” according to the Beavercreek pediatric therapy center’s website, www.therapyconnections.net.

Therapy Connections provides programming and education for children of various ages and diagnosis. “Friday Friends” participants at CJ were accompanied by about 50 student-athletes and led in instruction for the second straight year by Matt Money and Roy Craig, head men’s and women’s varsity soccer coaches.

“We try to instill our school’s Catholic mission in players and teach them the value of giving back to the community,” Money said. “So it was our pleasure to have the opportunity to teach kids the game of soccer and have some fun by hosting another ‘Friday Friends’ night again this year.”

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CJ Rings in 1st Annual Reunion Weekend

Chaminade Julienne welcomed hundreds of alumni back to campus Friday and Saturday, June 15-16 for the first-annual Reunion Weekend celebration. Classes celebrating milestones this year ended in ‘2’ or ‘7’.

“We are extremely excited to set aside this special weekend to welcome hundreds of graduates from Chaminade, Julienne, St. Joseph and CJ. Our grads return home to Dayton and their downtown alma mater at the corner of Franklin and Ludlow Streets,” said Caitlin Cronin Bennett, alumni relations coordinator.

More than 400 graduates and friends attended the Taste of CJ Friday evening under the tent on Blue Green Field. The Taste featured food and beverage from restaurants owned and operated by graduates including The Amber Rose, Marion’s Piazza, Company 7 BBQ, Jimmie’s Ladder 11, and Four Columns Catering.

“With so many exciting new developments and campus amenities added in just the last three years alone, it is a thrill to have the opportunity to share and celebrate the past, present and future accomplishments of our school as a whole,” Bennett said.

Activities picked up again Saturday morning with alumni tennis matches at the new Eagle Tennis Center, a "Golden Eagles" Luncheon for those celebrating 50 years or more (including one 1933 alum), family fun games in the Student Conditioning Center and a concluding Mass. Reunion Weekend finally wrapped up in traditional fashion Saturday night when milestone classes celebrated individually at area bars and restaurants.

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Spirit of Sr. Stang Shines Through at CJ

For the third consecutive school year, a member of the Chaminade Julienne community was recognized by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for living out the legacy of one of its own.

Guidance counselor Susan Eichenauer was named one of 10 recipients of the 2012 Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang Award. The award is given to Catholic faculty members, parish lay ministers, and graduating high school seniors who work to advance social justice by demonstrating the values of Sr. Stang, SNDdeN, a 1949 graduate of Julienne High School.

Pam Long, regional director of the Catholic Social Action office, presented the award to Eichenauer on stage at the CJ Honors Assembly on May 16, 2012 (pictured). Past winners have included last year’s recipient Mick Mominee, CJ religion teacher, and Cora Harrison ’10, who was part of the inaugural group of recipients in 2010.

“Susan has participated in two summer mission trips to Belize and in this time has truly embraced an effort to improve the lives of the native people there and, perhaps more importantly, to educate people in the United States of the needs that exist in that country,” wrote Jama Badinghaus, fellow CJ guidance counselor, in her nomination letter.

In addition to chaperoning CJ summer mission trips, Eichenauer – a 12-year staff member – has been extremely active in encouraging students to seek out social justice in her role as moderator of the school’s Key Club.

“Key Club continues to raise money to help support education initiatives in Belize and to provide needed supplies when groups return,” Badinghaus wrote.

During the 2011-12 school year, Eichenauer embodied the spirit of Sr. Stang in her commitment to raise awareness about human trafficking, the topic of the Senior Justice Project and focus of the 2012 Sr. Stang Symposium. (To learn more about these efforts, search “human trafficking” at cjeagles.org).

“Whether on a global or an individual level, Susan embraces every person with a sense of dignity and respect,” outlined Badinghaus. “She understands the interconnectedness of all human beings, and she continually provides an example of how to love as Jesus loved in word and deed.”

Cierra Brown Bolts for Two State Titles

Senior Cierra Brown hurdled her way to some new gold hardware at the Division II state track championship meet June 2, taking home two individual titles from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University.

After breaking district and regional records in the 100 meter high hurdles and 300 meter hurdles events, the Purdue University signee put it all together to finish first in both state finals Saturday. Eagles teammate Camille Dickens — a soon-to-be Buckeye — followed her up at the finish line, crossing three tenths of a second behind Brown in the 100 meter race. She also placed second in the long jump.

“Cierra just hits the track and she is focused,” said head coach Jerry Puckett. “She is an excellent example of commitment and hard work.

“Camille has improved so much from a season ago and had a great, great year,” Puckett said.

The Big Ten bound duo (pictured above) comprised half the backbone of this season's super successful CJ women’s track team along with fellow senior Allie Coleman and junior Devanae Mitchell. The foursome, which finished eighth at the 2011 state championship, helped lead the Eagles to a second-consecutive OATCCC indoor state title and a fourth-straight GGCL championship, in addition to 2012 district and regional titles.

“We started at the end of last year preparing for this state championship and the girls worked hard, especially in the weight room,” Puckett said. The Eagles finished third overall with 43 team points.

Mitchell, one of 22 underclassmen returning next season, finished fourth in the long jump and seventh in the 100 meter dash.

Brown is the school’s second consecutive hurdler to win an individual Division II state title. Bryan Cain '11 won the men’s 300 meter hurdles event last season as a senior.

RESULTS:

  • Cierra Brown  |  State Champion  |  100m hurdles  |  14.50
  • Cierra Brown  |  State Champion  |  300m hurdles  |  43.58
  • Camille Dickens  |  2nd place  |  100m hurdles  |  14.86
  • Camille Dickens  |  2nd place  |  long jump  |  17-06.25
  • Devanae Mitchell  |  4th place  |  long jump  |  17-02.00
  • Devanae Mitchell  |  7th place  |  100m dash  |  12.66

For a complete listing of 2012 Ohio state track tournament results, visit OHSAA.org.

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