October 2011

Eagles Try for Eight Straight in Week 10

CJ varsity football will battle Alter on Friday, Ocotber 28 for area bragging rights and an outright GCL North title beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Trotwood Madison Sports-Plex.

Support the Eagles by purchasing your pre-sale tickets in the athletic office before the game ($6 for adults, $4 for students), and join us during halftime as we celebrate the Division II state championship women’s golf team.

GCL North Marquee Match-up – CJ (7-2 overall, 6-0 GCL) has an opportunity to maintain momentum and spoil Alter’s undefeated season with an eighth consecutive win in Week 10. No GCL football team has recorded a longer win streak than either of the two Dayton schools this season. During their respective streaks, the Eagles have outgunned opponents by an average of 25 points per game; the Knights have outscored all-comers by an average of three touchdowns a game.

Football Firsts – A victory Friday will give first-year head coach Marcus Colvin and the Eagles football program its first taste of a GCL championship in more than a decade, and would cement CJ’s place in the first round of the Division IV playoffs.

Ranking the Rivalry – Both teams are ranked in the top 10 of the latest Associated Press state high school football poll. The Eagles earned the No. 10 spot in Division IV for the first time on Tuesday, October 25. Alter comes in as the No. 2 team in Division III. The week 10 computer rankings (used to determine playoff eligibility) have Alter at No. 6 in Region 12 (D-III) and CJ at No. 3 in Region 16 (D-IV). The top eight teams in each region receive playoff bids.

Senior Captains’ Keys to Success

Marco Gresham (SS):  “For us, the keys are going to be having a powerful offensive line, a powerful running game and a hard-nosed defense to stop their offense. Staying composed will be important.”

Darian Reynolds (WR, CB):  “Execution is key. If we can execute our game plan both defensively and offensively, we’ll be set up in a position to win the game. We also need to stay level headed and keep playing until the final whistle blows. We can’t get too caught up in the hype.”

Sam Spees (QB, K, P):  “I think the big key is staying together as a team. If we can execute on both sides of the ball, and if we win the kicking game, I think that will give us the best chance at winning.”

A ‘Goodwill’ Game – Goodwill Industries International and WHIO-TV have teamed up to recognize the much-anticipated match-up as the Drive to Victory game of the week! Both Alter and CJ have agreed to a friendly competition accepting donations for the Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley store. The school that collects the most weight will be announced the winner on WHIO’s Touchdown 7 and may receive up to $900 in scholarships.

Drop off your donations at CJ to the trailer located in the Washington Street parking lot. Donations will be accepted Monday through Thursday, October 24-27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday, October 28 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Be sure to show your support for the ladies rooting on the boys in blue and green, CJ's football cheerleading squad! The team wil be recognized this week as the feature team, along with football, by the Spirit Committee!

CJ Joins Community-Wide Service Effort

Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service, has worked at CJ for two decades and cannot recall a year when Eagles students did not give up part of a fall weekend to volunteer with classmates during the Join Hands Miami Valley community service project.

On Friday and Saturday, October 21-22, more than 140 CJ students along with 15 members of the faculty and staff did just that, contributing about 35 hours of service to 10 nonprofit organizations at 14 area locations.

According to its Web site, the United Way of Greater Dayton organizes Join Hands Miami Valley (JHMV) each year in celebration of national Make a Difference Day—traditionally held on the fourth Saturday in October. CJ students, in addition to volunteers from Sinclair Community College, Spring Valley Academy, Wright State University, and the Kettering-based GE Money, were challenged to “live united” by assisting their neighbors over the weekend.

“Chaminade Julienne continues to take part in this endeavor because it provides the perfect way for our students to give back to Dayton and to join with other community organizations in service. Join Hands Miami Valley allows CJ students to live out the school’s mission statement and become people of compassion, integrity and service,” Kinnear said.

“Our students come from 59 different academic institutions and represent all parts of Dayton—north, south, east and west. This community-based service project often opens their eyes to the needs that exist just down the street or across town from them.”

Eagle volunteers partnered with area organizations including Catholic Social Services, Clubhouse/Dreambuilders, Cox Arboretum, Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, Life Essentials, Patterson Homestead, Possum Creek Metropark and Wegerzyn Gardens among others.

“The agencies that we serve benefit from our students’ work, but the students themselves always come away having had a great time serving together and meeting new friends who they may not have met at school before,” Kinnear said.

Spending a Saturday evening making Halloween-themed arts and crafts with children at Patterson Homestead is one of the many Join Hands Miami Valley activities senior Breonna Pinson has taken part in during her four years at CJ.

Pinson said she has continued to volunteer at a JHMV site each fall since freshman year because she has always had a great experience. This year, she decided to serve as a team leader, supervising a group of freshmen students at the historic museum on Brown Street, in order to pass the feeling forward.

“Service builds character,” Pinson explained.

“It makes me feel good to help people who can’t help themselves, and it shows you how fortunate you are to have the things that are provided for you,” she said.

Members of four CJ clubs and groups teamed up to complete projects at four separate locations, accounting for nearly half of all student participation over the weeked. They included:

12 members of FLIGHT, who helped prepare annual flower bulb and literature mailings for Catholic Social Services after school Friday.

15 members of Student Council, who worked in the prairie Saturday afternoon at the Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC).

18 members of JCOWA, who helped host visitors during Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm’s Enchanted Forest program Saturday evening.

25 members of the men’s basketball team, who spent Saturday morning working outdoors at the Dayton Christian Center.

Women's Soccer Makes Sectional Finals

The women’s soccer team has advanced to the Division II Sectional finals and will face fellow GGCL opponent Carroll on Monday, October 24.

Following a bye, the Eagles (2-13) secured a spot in round three of the playoffs Thursday night with a 2-1 win over the Central Buckeye Conference champs of Tippecanoe High School. The victory marks the fourth consecutive tournament-opening win for members of the Class of 2012.

Despite disappointing regular season results, CJ's 10 seniors have experienced much better success, and seem to put it all together, during postseason play.  Led this year by team captains Camille Dickens, Schaudon Herd and Jordan Yaney, the girls own a combined six tournament wins—including 2 overtime thrillers—since their freshman season in 2008.

“We’ve had a tough season, but it all starts over now,” said Herd, senior goalkeeper. The team’s fresh postseason start is aided this year by divisional realignment that appropriately bumped the Eagles down to Division II. Competing with schools of similar size, coupled with the April hiring of first-year Eagles head coach Roy Craig, has helped brighten the girls’ outlook. 

“This season has been a transition year, but things are looking up for the future of the program,” Dickens said. Highlights during the 2011 campaign include two shut-out wins over GGCL Central teams, a 0-0 tie against Division I Northmont, and close games with Alter and Caroll.

The Eagles will try to avenge a 2-1 September loss to the Patriots in a playoff rematch Monday.

The varsity women’s soccer players have adopted a new team motto this year and it is evident—literally. Along with longtime traditions of praying together before games and partnering with a buddy on the JV team, one pre-game ritual now includes applying magic marker “tattoos” of the acronym P.F.E.O.

P.F.E.O, short for Playing For Each Other explained Jordan Yaney, has come to symbolize the Eagles new slogan for success, and teammates are carrying it with them everywhere on hands and arms. Yaney said the inked artwork is a fun, unique way for teammates to show support for one another.

The men's soccer team will take on Monroe this Saturday, October 22 in the second round of the Division II tournament at 7 p.m. at Fairmont High School. Tickets are also $6 and will be available only at the gate.

Trusting Others, Trusting God

During the second week in October, all members of the sophomore class spent one day on retreat at the Mount St. John property in Beavercreek, home of the Bergamo Center.

Sophomores were split up into three groups and attended the retreat with classmates from their religion classes. The underclassmen were led by 27 seniors who met and planned for the retreat one month prior. The theme for all three one-day sessions was trusting others and trusting God. Students enjoyed participating in trust building activities, such as a trust walk, ice breakers, and sharing with others in their sodalities and small groups. 

Additonally, students heard reflections from their senior leaders on trust and learned more about our founding orders’ philosophies and visions. Each day, sophomores were able to visit with Chaminade alumnus Bro. Don Neff, S.M., who shared his thoughts on CJ traditions and the Marianist family. The retreat ended with a prayer service in the grotto (pictured above), where students shared their own reflections on the day and received pins encouraging each to grow in their trust of God.

Students seemed to gain a lot from the experience said Erin Bole, assistant director in the office of ministry and service. Bole, who organized and attended the retreat, said the feedback she received from sophomores, as well as senior leaders, in their anonymous retreat evaluations was overwhelmingly positive.

“Ever since the retreat, I feel a lot closer to people I normally don’t talk to and I feel less shy, even though I’m new at CJ,” noted one sophomore retreatant.

“I loved the retreat and will never forget my experience!” said another sophomore.

One senior leader reflected, “I enjoyed leading and changing sophomores’ faith journeys!”

Eagle Golfers Land State Championship

For the third consecutive year, Chaminade Julienne students, faculty and staff crowded the halls to send the women’s golfers off to Columbus. Eagle Pep Band members led the team on the traditional “Walk to State,” triumphantly playing the fight song; however, it was the noise made by the girls’ own play Saturday, October 15 in the Division II tournament that would earn the school its first-ever women’s golf state championship.

The Eagles entered day two of the tournament at Ohio State University’s Gray Course with a ten stroke lead and lots of confidence. CJ finished the regular season with a program-best 24-3 overall record to go along with league, sectional and district titles. That afternoon, the girls capped their quest for a State title by shooting a 710, three strokes better than second place finisher Poland Seminary, to end the 2011 season with a perfect record against non-Division I schools.

There on the 18th green, Scott Pierce, athletic director, gathered with the girls and counted strokes as the Eagles players completed their final individual rounds. When junior Mikaela Hadaway sank her last putt to finish with a two-day total score of 165, Pierce said the CJ hopeful were fairly certain they had secured the championship.

“The girls competed really well individually, but the unity and team spirit they displayed in such an individual sport was fantastic,” he said. “The way the girls support and push one another, in addition to the tremendous support they receive from their family members and the community, has really contributed to the team’s success.”

With the win the team, led by coach George Menker, notched its third top ten finish in the State tournament since 2007—the first year of official competition for a CJ women’s golf team. In that span, the girls have accumulated an overall team record of 97-42, winning nearly 70 percent of all matches.

“To establish the program and to get the team to this level of success speaks first and foremost to the quality of the coach. The one common thread has been George Menker,” Pierce said. Under the tutelage of Menker, eight Eagles golfers have received all conference honors and two have gone on to play NCAA Division I golf since he initiated the program five years ago.

“This is probably the best total team that we’ve ever had,” said Menker. He credits this season’s success to the players’ dedication and hard work during the spring and summer months. Between family vacations, summer jobs, mission trips, and extracurricular activities, CJ women’s golfers worked on their game together in the Student Conditioning Center and at Miami Valley Golf Course to put themselves in a position to win a State title this fall said Menker.

“There are 330 high schools in Ohio with a women’s golf program. We were only one of 12 teams to qualify for State and we ended up being the No. 1 school at the two-day tournament, so that was a great accomplishment,” explained Menker.

“Winning the championship was a great end to the season and it is something that these girls will carry with them for the rest of their lives,” he said.

The 2011 women's golfers became the first Eagles golf team to win a state title since 1933, when the men of Chaminade High School were crowned city and state champs. The most recent golf state championship (an individual title) was won in 2008 by  Sam Jandel '09, while CJ's most recent state team title came during the 2004-2005 women's basketball season.


First Team
Diann Bonner, '12
Mikaela Hadaway, '13 - PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Honorable Mention
Adrianne Marx, '12
Emily Poock, '13
Kaitlyn Cartone, '14

Coach of the Year
George Menker, '55

Autumn Overtures: An Evening of Music

Don't miss your chance to watch the first-ever performance by Age V, CJ's newest vocal addition to the performing arts line-up, as the group debuts alongside it's pop a cappella predecessor Vega at this year's fall concert. Autumn Overtures: An Evening of Music begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium on Tuesday, October 18.

The whole family is invited to attend this this free event where, in addition to both a cappella groups, you will hear music from the CJ string ensemble (also debuting), the Eagle pep band, concert band and concert choir along with a performance by elementary band students. Come early and stay late to attend one or both receptions hosted by the Parents of Performing Arts Students (PoPS) in the cafeteria:

Preceding the concert at 6 p.m., parents of elementary band students are invited to hear from PoPS members, ask questions about the Performing Arts department and enjoy a slideshow while learning about opportunities available to CJ students.

All concert-goers are invited to stick around and mingle at a reception following the evening's final performance. Refreshments will be provided.

CJ parents interested in becoming more involved with the Performing Arts department are encouraged to attend our next PoPS Meeting on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. in the band room. There, you will have an opportunity to meet other parents and learn more about the group.

The fall play -- CJ's production of The Seussificaiton of Romeo and Juliet, an adaption of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet told in the style of beloved author Dr. Seuss -- will show four times in November:

  • Friday, Nov. 18 -- 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 19 -- 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 20 -- 2 p.m.

Tickets are  $8 for adults, $6 for students and $4 for K-8th graders. We hope to see you there!

STEMM Idol Speaker Joy Haley

CJ welcomed Joy Haley, Research Chemist at Wright Patterson Air Force Base -- Air Force Research Laboratory Materials Directorate, as a featured STEMM Idol for National Chemistry Week on Tuesday, October 18.  Joy discussed her inspirations for becoming a chemist, including the introduction she received to the subject at a very young after reading a book about famous scientist Marie Curie.  She also mentioned how later in life she learned about Dr. Louis Leakey, an anthropologist, whose work eventually sparked her interest in forensics.

Haley secured a job as a physical chemist after earning her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in chemistry. At WPAFB she works in areas of photochemistry – the chemistry of light – and exlpores its application to chemical dyes. Using common "glow sticks" as an example, the chemist explained the related phenomena regarding the process by which phosphorescence and fluorescence act to make the sticks glow.

As the National Chemistry Week chair of the Dayton section of the American Chemical Society, Haley said she appreciates opportunities to perform outreach activities with K-12 students. In past years, she has served as a science fair mentor, and added that she always enjoys raising awareness amongst youth of the many career opportunities for scientists in the fields of forensics, genetics, biochemistry, teaching, research, science writing, science policy, and patent law.

Dr. Joy Haley has been a research chemist for 15 years, and has worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson AFB since 2000. She currently serves as the materials and manufacturing directorate. Joy received her B.S. in chemistry from Frostburg State University, and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In the laboratory, she tests and researches the affect light has on molecules.

On Tuesday, October 18, Dr. Haley will join CJ students during all homeroom periods in the CIL as the STEMM Idol Speaker, leading the school’s celebration of National Chemistry Week. She is the National Chemistry Week Coordinator for the Dayton Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). According to the society’s Web site acs.org, National Chemistry Week (October 16-22) is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. This year's theme is, "Chemistry -- Our Health, Our Future!"

Cross Country Laces Up for League Meets

Meet the senior captains of the men’s and women’s cross country teams – Sam Mullins, Mary Kate Carrigg, and Rebecca Reis – before the Eagles lace up for the GCL and GGCL league meets at Rapid Run Park in Cincinnati on Saturday, October 15. 

How did you get started running competitively? Would you recommend it to others?

Rebecca: I started in high school because I wanted to play a sport but I didn’t have the coordination to play any other sports. I would definitely recommend cross country because I think it teaches you to push yourself beyond what you think you’re capable of and that can be applied everywhere.

Mary Kate: I was looking for a fall sport freshman year and my sister suggested cross country, so I said, “What the heck,” and I’ve ran on varsity all four years. I’d recommend trying the sport. It is a lot of fun because you work individually and with a team. It is all about getting everyone to do well.

Sam: I decided I wanted to run track as a grade school student at St. Albert and my coach recommended I go out for CJ cross country. I definitely recommend running, it is a great way to get to know classmates before you start high school.

What is one of the most rewarding things and most challenging things about being an Eagles cross country runner?

R: I think the most rewarding thing is to watch your times drop because you can literally see yourself improving. The most challenging part is getting out there and making yourself run everyday no matter what.

MK: The most rewarding thing is being able to finish a race or a tough practice. The challenging part is giving your full effort all the time.

S: I think the most rewarding thing about cross country is being able to constantly make yourself better, but making yourself better is also the most challenging part.

Do you have any advice or is there a secret to long distance running?

R: Not really, just keep working at it. When all runners first start they struggle to run even short distances, but you get better as the season goes on.

MK: Always keep a positive mindset that you can do it. If you let negative thoughts in, you will start slowing down.

S: You really just have to be able to push yourself and accept pain. When you fight through the pain, good things happen.

Do you prefer to run with music? If so, what are the best three songs on your iPod for running?

R: As a team we don’t run with music so that we can communicate better with each other. Before a race though, I like to warm up to the music they play at meets, so I guess it changes every week!

MK: Not really.

S: No, not really. I sort of like to think when I run.

Do you have a favorite course and/or a favorite running spot in the Dayton-area?

R: My favorite course is Rapid Run, and I like to run the “Schantz Loop.”

MK: I like to run at Hills and Dales in Kettering. My favorite race is the Alliance Invitational at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

S: My favorite course is Rapid Run Park in Cincinnati. In Dayton, I like running the “Schantz Loop”

Russian Educators Experience CJ STEMM

Eight educators from elite Russian academies met with Chaminade Julienne teachers Monday, October 10 to explore the school’s innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program, including its nationally certified Project Lead the Way biomedical sciences and pre-engineering curricula, advanced placement science and mathematics courses, the CJ science fair and National Science Olympiad.

CJ was one of just two area secondary schools chosen to host a visit during the group’s short stay in Dayton from October 9-12. The school was selected by Wright State University after being awarded a $35,000 Dayton STEM Hub grant in 2010 said Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator.

“It is a testament to our evident role as a provider of a unique STEM education to Miami Valley students that Wright State University chose CJ for a visit by this group,” Draeger added. The conference was made possible as part of the university’s International Visitor Program, an initiative endorsed by the U.S. Department of State.

According to WSU, International Visitors are current or emerging leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, business and other key fields from different countries around the world. While in the U.S., they attend professional appointments with their American counterparts, learn about the U.S. system of government at all levels, visit American schools and experience American culture and social life.

During their time on campus guests spoke, with the assistance of two Russian interpreters, to CJ math, science and PLTW teachers Nancy Dever, Brad Kassner and Amy O’Loughlin before touring the school’s laboratories and classrooms.

“It was quite an experience dialoging with non-English speaking colleagues from across the world through interpreters,” Draeger commented. Those involved in face-to-face discussions, which lasted a little more than an hour, exchanged business cards and email addresses in hopes of keeping the lines of communication open.

“At the heart of it all is the truth that we are engaged in a common pursuit—educating youth to succeed in a global environment in which having knowledge of, and competency in, STEM subjects will be necessary,” she said.

Chaminade Julienne serves students from 59 different academic institutions, ranging from cities across the greater Dayton area. On Monday, CJ broadened its educational scope to include foreign educators from Russia.

“We have always felt that our school has been a hub for STEM education in Ohio, particularly in the Dayton region, so to have the opportunity to expand our horizons on an international level was extremely exciting,” said John Marshall, principal.

The purpose of the mid-afternoon session was to introduce Russian educators to innovative STEM curriculum in the United States, but according to Marshall, participants from both countries learned a lot about the similar challenges each faces in teaching a diverse student population.

“Our guests were impressed and encouraged to find out that the CJ STEMM program aligns with our school’s mission to provide a holistic, inclusive education for all those we serve,” he said.

With the introduction of Project Lead the Way courses during the 2008-2009 school year, CJ students have become increasingly engaged with STEM-related opportunities on campus:

Currently, more than 100 students are enrolled in PLTW curricula—60 percent in a biomedical sciences course and 40 percent in a pre-engineering course.

A breakdown of those students shows that 56 percent are male, 44 percent are female. Furthermore, 64 percent are Caucasian while 36 percent are non-Caucasian.

During the 2010-2011 school year, 40 students competed in the school-wide science fair and more than 50 students participated in National Science Olympiad competitions.

CJ’s graduation requirements expanded for members of the Class of 2014 and beyond, who now must take four years of mathematics. In addition to offering math courses at the college preparatory, honors and advanced placement levels, CJ also offers an honors algebra course for eighth grade students from area elementary schools.

Service, STEMM Ideas Intersect in Belize

leven 7th and 8th grade students from Bishop Leibold, Holy Angels, Our Lady of Rosary, and St. Chris gathered at CJ on Saturday, October 8 to participate in a CJ STEMM program led by Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, along with Anna Roland ’12, CJ Key Club member and Belize mission trip alumni.

The day began with a presentation and slide show about the 2011 CJ Belize Mission Trip, given by Anna Roland and Samantha Weckesser, seniors who went on the trip.  Students learned a bit about the culture and living conditions in Punta Gorda, and all the CJ students did to interact with the children and families there.  The lack of direct access to clean water particularly struck Anna Roland when she was in Belize, and she imparted to the participating students the privilege we have of abundant, constantly accessible clean water in our own lives.

After learning how much water is contained on the earth, in various forms, it was pointed out how little of it – approximately 3% - is ready for immediate human consumption and use.  An Envision aquifer model, owned by the City of Dayton Department of Water, was borrowed and demonstrated to the students, and the snack for the day included tap water to support the department’s “Take Back the Tap” campaign.

The students experienced water hauling by carrying a bucket filled with 2.5 gallons of dirty water, simulating a milder version of a chore women and children do in developing countries each day.  They then proceeded to calculate and estimate their personal and household daily water use, and discuss ideas for water conservation, such as low flow shower heads, low flow toilets, and turning off the water when brushing teeth.

In teams, the students designed and constructed water filters with common household materials, and took a look at a filter CJ Project Lead the Way engineering students designed.  The day concluded by students putting their creative talents to work in making posters depicting water issues.

The students spent the morning becoming more aware of the many issues and stakeholders involved in the seemingly simple global challenge of “providing access to clean water for all”.  They reflected on what some consider a “right to water”, and the prevalence of the sale and consumption of bottled water.