In January, CJ students and students from the Dayton Regional STEM School began working on an art project with high school refugee students connected with the Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley's Refugee Resettlement program. The art projects will now be on display during the art exhibition: HOME at the Dayton International Peace Museum.
Students who went above and beyond the expectation of service during the 2015-2016 school year were recognized during the 10th annual Service Awards on Wednesday, May 4.
"CJ is unique in having an assembly to just honor service," said Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry & Service. "Every school has academic and athletic ceremonies, but it's also important for us to award students who are doing amazing things in the community."
The Dayton Dragons weren't the only winners at the ballpark on Sunday, April 17. The Senior Capstone group of Matt Allaire, Will Huffman, Connor Jordan, Tommy Krug and Matt Weckesser helped more than 40 kids feel like winners after the group took the children to Fifth Third Field.
More than 80% of the world’s forests have been destroyed and only 10% of original forests in the United States still remains. Those facts, discovered by the Senior Capstone Group of John Craighead, Morgan Rogers, Tim Menker and Thomas Wilimitis, ignited the students' goal to spread awareness about deforestation.
"We saw trees being cut down and I'm distantly related to Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN '49, so that made sense why I felt like something needed to be done," said Menker.
More than 10 members of CJ's founding orders, the Society of Mary and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, visited the school on Thursday, April 14 for a luncheon that was more than just fellowship.
The Class of 2016 will present their findings from their Senior Capstone Projects during the Sister Stang Symposium on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. View the program for the Stang Symposium here.
Students in middle school may find it hard to define, "Who am I?" Seniors Kenya Compton Harris, Orfa Hernandez, Lionel Nsilulu and Dominic Petry made it their goal to help students answer that question and learn about respecting themselves and others as part of their Senior Capstone Project.
"The overall goal of our capstone was to teach young teens to love themselves for who they are," Hernandez explained.
Several capstone groups have focused on identifying the signs of child abuse. But for their Senior Capstone Project, Essence Garrett, Taylor Stokes, KaMaria Turner and Rayelle Wells worked on ways to help break the cycle of child abuse.
"A lot of people already know what child abuse is and know the signs," Wells shared. "We want to break the cycle because those who have been abused are twice as more likely to become abusers. So our goal is to advocate, prevent and get involved to make a difference."
Youth Advocates Against Gun Violence will hold a march and rally on Saturday, April 9 all in the name of peace. The event was organized by Lindsay Dwire ‘16, Asha Talib ‘16 and Colleen Wagoner '16 as part of their Senior Capstone Project.
"We wanted the community to get involved and help raise more awareness about gun violence," said Dwire.
Wagoner added, "We want everyone to be a part of the action."
Beauty is more than skin deep. That's why on Tuesday, March 22, several female students, faculty and staff took a pledge not to wear make-up that day. The idea came from a Senior Capstone Group consisting of Taylor Burrows, Rosie McDonald, Niesha Montgomery, Allison Potter and Madelyn Skinner.
"We all have experienced self-image problems, which normally results in the use of make-up," Skinner said. "With this day, we wanted to make girls feel more comfortable without makeup!"