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Celebrating Milestones in Catholic Education

Several CJ faculty and staff members were recognized for their career service and achievements Tuesday, May 1 at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Miami Valley Catholic Schools Teacher Recognition Banquet.

The annual banquet recognizes educators for their dedication to Catholic schools, the Catholic Church, and those students and families who choose Catholic education. Dr. Jim Rigg, superintendent of schools, welcomed honorees while Rev. Joseph R. Binzer, auxiliary bishop of Cincinnati, read the invocation.

CJ Artists, Writers Remember Holocaust

Ten CJ visual art and writing students were acknowledged for their award-winning entries in the Max May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contest at the Dayton Area Yom Hashoah Observance Thursday, April 19 at the Beth Abraham Synagogue.

CJ students were among winners selected from various Miami Valley high schools and middle schools who entered the contest across two divisions for grades 5-8 (Div. I) and 9-12 (Div. II). Those recognized for their work at the annual observance included:

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A Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar

CJ English and performing arts students were audibly transported back to the Post Civil War Era Wednesday morning as they experienced the work of 19th century poet Paul Laurence Dunbar through music, song and the spoken word.

A special presentation of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”: A Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar, featuring poet Dr. Herbert W. Martin, soprano Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, and collaborative pianist John Benjamin, was performed for select classes April 18 in the auditorium.

Augsburg Exchange Students Visit Dayton

Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell welcomed German exchange students to the Gem City April 16 during a morning reception at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School as part of an annual youth exchange program sponsored by the Dayton Sister Cities Committee.

Nineteen high school students hailing from Germany’s Jakob-Fugger Gymansium gathered with their hosts from CJ in the library to share breakfast and exchange gifts before spending the day shadowing their American counterparts in the classroom.

Meixner Wins National Silver Medal

Senior Catherine Meixner has been selected to receive a national Silver Medal for her poetry submissions in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Meixner is the school’s second consecutive national medalist and one of only 95 national winners from Ohio in 2012. The contest, open to students in grades 7-12, recognizes the top 1,400 students across the country in 28 categories of art and writing.

CJ Crowns Poetry Out Loud Champ

On February 23, the CJ English department conducted the fifth annual Poetry Out Loud school-wide competition. Sophomore Rachel Strahorn was declared the winner when it was all over, based on her recitation of “Flies Buzzing” by Mark Turcotte and “What Work Is” by Philip Levine.

In all, 22 classroom champions participated in the event that night, and approximately 420 students participated in the classroom competitions that preceded it. In four previous appearances, CJ school champions won the state competition twice and finished second and third on other occasions.

Ugandan Shares Lesson on Social Justice

For 26 years, children in central Africa have been subjected to senseless violence, murder, rape and slavery—and the injustice has gone on almost entirely unnoticed. On Tuesday, CJ students’ eyes, ears and hearts were opened to the atrocities in a lesson on social justice.

The lesson was presented partly in the flesh by Richard, a 29-year-old survivor of the terror and violence that has wreaked havoc on his village in northern Uganda for almost as long as he has been alive.

Quiz Bowl Wins Sixth League Title

Members of the CJ Quiz Bowl team repeated as league champs this season, winning their sixth consecutive title since 2007.

In late January, the varsity team extended its streak of consecutive Greater Catholic Academic League championships by finishing the regular season undefeated.  Senior captain Arthur Siwecki has never lost a GCAL title as a four-year competitor.

“This season went wonderfully,” Siwecki said. “We had a few difficult games, but we were able to pull through.”

Through the Eyes of a New Teacher

From the first time I entered Chaminade Julienne High School, I knew it was a special place. On my first visit, I had an opportunity to meet with students who are recipients of the Marianist Scholarship. We had lunch together with other vowed Marianist religious in the school library. I learned about their extracurricular activities, their favorite classes and why they enjoy being a Chaminade Julienne Eagle. They spoke with maturity, good humor, honesty, and respect for the school. I have to admit, I was impressed.

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