November 2017

CJ Named Dayton Business Journal's Business of the Year

UPDATE: During the Dayton Business Journal's Business of the Year celebration, CJ was named the not-for-profit Business of the Year and was honored as the overall Business of the Year based upon the highest vote total from the event’s judges. Pictures from the celebration can be seen below including Jake Jagels '18 accepting the school's not-for-profit Business of the Year award.

  • Read Dayton Business Journal's article about the Business of the Year celebration here.
  • Watch Dan Meixner '84 share a special message to the CJ community on the school's Alumni Facebook page.
  • Read the acceptance speech for the not-for-profit Business of the Year award given by Jake Jagels.

Congratulations, Eagles!

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School was selected as a finalist for the Dayton Business Journal's Business of the Year in the not-for-profit category. On Thursday, November 16, the publication will announce the winners of all categories for Business of the Year.

"Recognition as a finalist for this award is a tribute to our current teachers, staff and coaches and their predecessors who established a strong foundation of outstanding Catholic education throughout our history. It is also a tribute to the thousands of alumni who came to understanding during their time in high school our call to serve others,” said Dan Meixner '84, CJ President.  “We celebrate with our community benefactors and partners who also share in the honor.”

"All of us - employees and the scores of volunteers who assist us - are proud to be stewards of the legacy established more than 160 years ago by the first Sisters and Marianists who sought to serve the young people of the region. We are humbled by the recognition, and proud to be honored with other great community servants."

Highlights of the school's nomination included a focus on CJ's contribution in the revitalization of downtown Dayton, alumni who have dedicated their talents to local organizations, and current students making an impact through volunteering and service projects.

"Our selection demonstrates that people in our region understand the value of our commitment to serving the community through our investment in our campus, the way our students give of themselves and their time to social service agencies throughout the region. Our students and generations of alumni highlight the outstanding Catholic educational experience we have provided to young people who are now leaders and mentors in local and national businesses, hospitals, schools and universities, in their churches and neighborhoods," Meixner added.

"We feel like winners every time parents entrust their son or daughter to us, every time a foundation or individual benefactor chooses CJ as one of their philanthropic priorities, and whenever one of our sports teams, choirs, academic teams, or senior capstone groups perform at their very best.  External recognition is exciting; daily affirmations like these things, though, propel our mission and fuel our ambitions."

Business of the Year winners will also be published in the Dayton Business Journal's newspaper on Friday, November 17.

Posted November 15, 2017


CJ Performing Arts Presents: Tartuffe

Guests will laugh their way back to the 17th century when CJ Performing Arts presents: Tartuffe, November 17-19.

The play focuses on a hypocrite, Tartuffe, who, with his sly ways, tries to convince a family out of their riches. As CJ cast and crew members shared during a Facebook Live preview, it’s the family who ends up learning more about themselves in the end.

Stephanie Chan ‘19, who led the Facebook Live preview, plays a police officer in the production.

“I was in the fall play, The Odd Couple, last year and it was so much fun, so I wanted to be in the fall play again,” Chan said. “At first, I didn’t know what Tartuffe was about, but I’m glad I now know because it’s a great play.”

This is also the second CJ fall play performance for Sam Brown ‘18.

“This play is really funny and high schoolers will get the comedy too,” Brown shared. “The action in the play makes it so funny. It’s really great and I’m excited for it.”

Director Caitlin Bennett explained that the play is a farce and that audiences of all ages will be able to relate to the production.

“There is a lot of physical comedy in a farce which is fun to see,” Bennett said. “The costumes are also amazing - from the wigs and the panniers - the whole look of it is really nice.

“I think it’s also important for people to see how a comedy that was written 350 years ago is still relevant today,” Bennett continued. “A lot of the social and political commentary is still relevant today.”

Both Chan and Brown agreed, “It’s really funny and a great show.”

Tartuffe Showtime and Ticket Information:

Show times:

  • Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.

Posted November 15, 2017

#BethechangeCJ During Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Before counting their own blessings on Thanksgiving, students will help those in need by participating in the annual Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, November 13-20.

"Over the years, I have participated in Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week; however, I never realized how much of an impact those donations truly make on the lives of the people who benefit from them," said Kiara DiLoreto '18. "Knowing that the CJ community goes out of its way to help the greater community in such a direct way means so much to me, because it allows for everyone to get involved and play a role in helping others. I am proud to be a part of the CJ community because I feel as though we as a school are truly making a difference, which inspires others to do the same."

The Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week theme this year is SOUPer Challenge and connects to the school's overall theme this year, #bethechangeCJ. First period classes are divided into four groups, each represented by one superhero.

This year's Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is unique because food items contributed will be constructed into a structure designed by DiLoreto and Megan Schultz ‘18 as part of an assignment they did in the Civil Engineering and Architecture class.

"When I heard that we would be designing a canstruction model, I was beyond excited," DiLoreto shared. "What better way to get students excited to donate, and what more creative way to display the goods that will later be donated? I feel honored to be helping with this special design, and can't wait to see the difference CJ has made in a unique and new way."

Items suggested to be brought throughout Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week include:

  • Monday (11/13) and Tuesday (11/14): non-perishable food items (black cans: black olives, beans, etc.; red cans: Campbell’s soup, tomatoes, etc.; short red cans: tuna; orange cans: carrots, peaches, etc.; yellow cans: corn, peaches, etc.)
  • Wednesday (11/15): monetary contributions
  • Thursday (11/16): students may choose to fast and help pack lunches for the hungry during lunch
  • Friday (11/17): small warm weather clothing items, such as new socks, gently used/new hats and mittens, scarves, etc.
  • Monday (11/20) toiletries and miscellaneous (bring toiletry items: soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. or any of the above to help the hungry and homeless).

"By participating in Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, I feel as though I am contributing not only to the community but to the school itself," DiLoreto reflected. "I hope to be a good role model to all of the students- if they see me participating with a positive attitude, I hope that the message will carry across. Getting others excited to give to those in need is something I can't wait to do during the upcoming week, because I feel that this is just one way that we, as Christians, are being called to spread the Kingdom of God. "

Posted November 10, 2017

Take the 2017 HSPT at CJ

Eighth grade students are invited to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) at CJ on Saturday, November 18. 

Testing begins at 8:30 a.m. and students are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes early.

"The students will be in CJ classrooms and the proctors will be CJ faculty and staff," said Brett Chmiel '02, Director of Admissions. "Students will be with some of their current classmates who are taking the test as well as students from a variety of other schools in the region."

A free informational breakfast, hosted by CJ administrators, will be offered for parents who would like to stay at the school during the test. There will be information about the final steps of applying to CJ as well as details regarding tuition assistance.

Walk-ins are welcome to take the test. $30 cash only will be accepted.

Class of 2022 Scholarships - $200,000 Available!

Scholarships focused in Language Arts, Ministry & Service, Performing Arts, and STEMM are available for the Class of 2022. Learn more about each scholarship and the application process here.

PARENTS - want to learn more about CJ? 

Parents wanting to learn more about CJ are encouraged to attend a Parent Reception. Sessions will be held in Springboro on Wednesday, November 15, and in Beavercreek on Sunday, November 19. Registration and details can be found here.

Posted November 9, 2017

Eagles Make Waves with the Dayton Boat Club

Eagle athletes can be seen on the field, on the court, and even on the water as several students are members of the Dayton Boat Club. Their fall season wrapped up with the Head of the Hooch event in Chattanooga, Tennessee November 4-5.

"It is the second largest regatta in the United States," said Dayton Boat Club Junior Program manager Liz Muir.  "There are two types of boats (shells) for the two types of rowing – sweep rowing and sculling. In sweep rowing (indicated by the “+”), each rower has one oar about 12.5 feet long. In sculling (indicated by the “x”), a rower uses two oars each about 9.5 feet long."

Nine rowers from CJ participated in the Head of the Hooch regatta.

"Our rowers rose to challenge and carried their boats about a mile to get to and from the launch site," Muir noted.

Highlights from the event included:

  • Paul Wittmann '18 being a part of the 8th place team in the Men's Youth 4+ race;
  • Grace Blust '19 being a part of the 10th place team in the Women's Youth 4+ race;
  • Kyla Boehringer '19 and Aidah Shuttleworth '21 being a part of the 10th place team in the Women's Youth Lightweight 4+; and,
  • Blust, Brianna Gracey '18, Elena Muir '19 and Lainey Groll '21 being a part of the 11th place team in the Women's Open 8+

Last month, 11 Eagles participated in the Speakmon Regatta.

"The competitors rowed a 5,000-meter (3.1 miles) course," Muir said.

Highlights from that event included:

  • Blust being a part of the 1st place team in the Women’s Varsity High School 4+ race;
  • Boehringer, Muir and Groll being a part of the 6th place team in the Women’s Varsity High School 4+ race;
  • Kelly Carmody '20 and Shuttleworth being a part of the 17th place team in the Women’s Varsity High School 4+ race;
  • Blust and Gracey being a part of the 1st place team in the Women’s Varsity High School 8+ 1 race;
  • Brody Taylor '20 and Wittmann being a part of the 3rd place team in the Men’s Varsity High School 4+ race; and,
  • Sunshine Rivington '21 being a part of the 8th place Women’s Novice High School 8+ race.

Learn more about the Dayton Boat Club's spring season and the team on their website.

Pictured above: CJ rowers who participated in the Head of the Hooch regatta: Grace Blust, Elena Muir, Kyla Boehringer, Paul Wittmann, Aidah Shuttleworth, Brianna Gracey, Kelly Carmody, Lainey Groll, and Brody Taylor.

Posted November 9, 2017

Students Invited to Courageous CJ

"Students are there because they love God and neighbor, but they leave loving God and neighbor even more than when they arrived."

That's how religion teacher Tim O'Loughlin described the outcome of Courageous CJ events, which were developed last school year.

"Courageous CJ is a spinoff of Encounter Dayton," O'Loughlin explained. "The Archdiocese of Cincinnati hosts a citywide Eucharistic Adoration event for teens called Encounter.  Encounter Cincinnati has been a successful youth event for several years, so the Archdiocese decided to bring Encounter to Dayton last year.  Many CJ students attended the first Encounter Dayton last year and were so moved that they asked if we could do a similar event in the CJ chapel during non-Encounter months.  That was the birth of Courageous CJ.

"Encounter includes social time before and after, and it includes a formal talk given before Eucharistic Adoration," O'Loughlin continued. "Courageous began with the same format as Encounter, but as it evolved over time, we distilled it down to put more of an emphasis on the Eucharist.  We do a brief welcome and then we move right into praise, worship, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Like Encounter, we have live music leading us in praise and worship. This is such a powerful ingredient, as it helps some students to encounter the Lord more deeply.

"I'm not aware of other high schools hosting their own praise, worship and adoration event for their students. It creates a unique bond between the students who attend and it really takes the notion of CJ Community to the next level. Spending time with Jesus and fellow CJ students at the same time is pretty special."

O'Loughlin added that all CJ students are invited to attend Courageous CJ.

"Every CJ student is a child of God and that is our audience; no other qualification is needed.  If you are a CJ student and looking to take the next step in your faith journey, please join us.  St. Teresa of Calcutta said, 'Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth.'"

When reflecting on students asking for an event like this to be created for the CJ student body, O'Loughlin said, "I am impressed and inspired. Chaminade Julienne is an educational community of faith.  Adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament not only strengthens the individual person, but it also strengthens our entire community.  It's powerful. St. John Paul II said, 'The love of God and neighbor, the greatest commandment, is expressed in, and the fruit of, Eucharistic worship.'  This is so true about our Courageous events."

The next Courageous CJ event will be held on Saturday, November 11 from 7-9 p.m. in the school chapel.

Posted November 7, 2017

2017 Open House: Sunday, Nov. 5

Learn why so many call CJ home during the school's annual Open House, Sunday, November 5 from 2-4 p.m.

"Families will come to know that CJ is a community centered on living out our mission to create lifelong learners and people of compassion, integrity and faith," shared Brett Chmiel '02, Director of Admissions.

Chmiel added that while students come to CJ from different faith traditions, socio-economic backgrounds and more than 70 different schools, and while the school continues to grow larger in student population, the goal to have each child perform and serve to his or her best ability never falters.

During the Open House, families will experience:

  • GUIDED TOURS — see school, campus, athletic complexes and renovated auditorium
  • ACADEMICS — meet with faculty members
  • ATHLETICS — talk to coaches & athletes
  • PERFORMING ARTS — interact with performers
  • TUITION ASSISTANCE — session at 3:30 p.m.

Not Able to Attend the Open House?

  • Parents: attend a CJ parent reception.
  • 8th grade students: attend a Shadow Day, learn more about Class of 2022 scholarships, and register for the High School Placement test.

Posted November 2, 2017