Local leaders are visiting Chaminade Julienne through the month of January as part of a new Government Speaker Series.
As the last bell of the day rang on Monday, December 19, dozens of students swarmed the CJ library for a chance to interact with dogs from 4 Paws for Ability. Three dogs from the organization were at the school to help relieve stress from exams.
"My biggest regret is that I'm not 23 and can do it all over again."
After 43 years of service, John Zaidain '68 taught his last class at Chaminade Julienne on Thursday, December 15.
"It was special to come back and it was special to be here the first year of the merger," Zaidain shared.
Four students in the Financial Investing class qualified for the University of Dayton's Davis Center portfolio high school competition, and looked to repeat as champions at the final presentation on December 8.
For the fall semester, students from area high schools were asked to learn how the stock market worked, outperform one other using their stock selection, and make a profit. The CJ group of Jacob Johns '17, Darian Jones '17, Logan Koch '17 and Mike Poteet '17 was ranked first overall in the Dayton-area before the final presentation.
Rather than write a paper or do a presentation in their classroom, junior and senior AP U.S. Government students personified the 2016 presidential candidates for a mock debate in front of hundreds of students.
"I do the presidential primary debates in the spring of an election year and then I do the presidential debates right before the presidential election," shared teacher Angela Ruffolo. "I can only do these debates every four years. In the off years, our students do either debates in class or mock debates when we go to the State House in the late spring."
Students in the Class of 2017 looking to get a jump-start on their college application process are encouraged to attend one of two CJ College Boot Camp sessions. The first session will be Wednesday, July 13 from 9 a.m. - noon and the second session will be Wednesday, July 27 from 5-8 p.m.
Parents are welcome to attend these sessions but are not required. Representatives from the University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College will be at the sessions to answer questions about the college application process.
"An amazing experience."
That was just one reaction after 19 students and four adults spent June 13-20 visiting Italy as part of a learning experience trip.
For a fifth consecutive year, Chaminade Julienne was named one of "America's Most Challenging Schools" by the Washington Post. The listing, released earlier this month, ranked schools based upon the number of AP tests given divided by the number of graduates. This year, CJ's rank rose by two to 34 in the state of Ohio as well as put it in the top 6% of schools nationally.
The numbers are something Principal John Marshall '86 said only tells part of the school's story.
The 150 graduates of the Chaminade Julienne Class of 2016 will graduate on Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. Nearly 97% of the Class of 2016 will be continuing their education and 103 students received $12,678,922 in scholarships for their studies.
Students in the Mixed Media and Print Making art class and the Introduction to Engineering Design STEMM class worked together to design a stock car model to be created on a 3D printer.
"I talked to Dan Badger, the director of the Packard Museum, about the idea of making 3D cars after the students provided drawings," art teacher Marysa Marderosian explained. "CJ principal John Marshall later suggested asking the Introduction to Engineering Design students to 3D print the models."