It’s a joy to hear from young alumni as they share how their high school education put them on a positive path after they left the halls of CJ. Through your gifts to the Annual Fund, you make this happen.
Read Josie’s story and make your gift to this year’s Annual Fund before Sunday, June 30. When you do, more Eagles can soar!
Dear CJ community,
Dedication, determination and commitment — this year’s Chaminade Julienne Distinguished Alumni honorees share many of those traits. While their life journeys varied greatly, the origins of their callings are firmly rooted in the solid education and strong faith formation of Chaminade Julienne.
Carlos Estrada-Sanchez has continued his winning ways on the courts.
The 2016 Chaminade Julienne graduate – who posted a school record for career wins at first singles for boys – defended his open singles title at the 123rd Annual Montgomery County Tennis Tournament. Estrada-Sanchez battled to a 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 win over Fairmont’s Murad Nawaz in a marathon championship match that lasted close to three hours.
The Chaminade Julienne 2017 Distinguished Alumni honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 27. This year’s recipients are Dr. Richard Christensen ‘73, Fred Kroger ‘41, Dr. Barrett Robinson ‘95 and Sr. Gretchen Trautman, FMI, ‘65.
The annual spring Phonathon gets underway on March 26 through April 12 and will utilize 100 volunteers - students, faculty, staff, graduates and parents - to make calls to the thousands of supporters who remember Chaminade Julienne each year through a gift to the Annual Fund.
Nearly 70 alumni from the Classes of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 came back to CJ on Monday, December 19 for the Last 5 Luncheon.
"I thought it was our best ever," shared Alumni Relations Coordinator Ann Szabo '72. "It was a beautiful thing to look out and see the students, faculty and staff talking."
Szabo noted for several alumni, this was their first chance at seeing the latest campus improvements.
"Many had been gone for several years and they were amazed at the building and renovations," said Szabo. "They were so happy be home."
Most students do not return to school during the summertime, but several alumni have taken time out of their busy schedules to stop by many CJ Eagle Summer Camps to share their talents with younger students. Most recently, alumni returned to CJ during the STEMM: Computer Science & Technology camp.
"I thrive on being able to bring local professionals from the community into the classroom especially when they're CJ graduates," shared CJ STEMM Coordinator Meg Draeger. "I'm amazed by the scope and variety of careers our alumni choose."
18 alumnae from the Julienne Class of 1946 gathered at CJ exactly 70 years after their graduation.
"We are always looking for a reason to celebrate," shared Dottie Vandyke Frysinger '46.
Six individuals will be awarded for their Professional Achievement, Christian Service or as Honorary Alumni during the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Since 1997, the Distinguished Alumni Awards has recognized graduates from Chaminade Julienne and its four predecessor schools, Notre Dame Academy, Chaminade, Julienne and St. Joseph Commercial. This year’s honorees are: