March 2012

CJ Recovers Julienne Stained Glass

Chaminade Julienne has preserved some of the history of one of its predecessor schools by recovering the stained glass windows that once adorned the interior of the building at 325 Homewood Avenue, formerly the home of Julienne High School.

The leadership team of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur joined alumnae from Julienne and members of the CJ alumni office Saturday, March 24 in blessing the first of the school’s new stained glass windows, installed for display on the first floor outside the Welcome Center.

The “new” window, which has been around for decades, was first installed in the Sisters’ chapel at Julienne circa 1927. Administrators at CJ acquired the stained glass window, and a dozen similar windows, this January from Dayton Public Schools, which purchased the property in the historic Five Oaks neighborhood from Dayton Christian Schools in 2006.

“The windows are a part of our history, and we have been working with officials from DPS since they last used the building in 2007 to recover them and bring them to our campus,” said Dan Meixner, president.

Julienne High School for girls operated from 1927 to 1973 before relocating to and merging with the all-boys Chaminade High School at the corner of Franklin and Ludlow Streets—CJ’s current location. In 1974, girls from the recently closed St. Joseph Commercial High School in downtown Dayton were welcomed at CJ as well.

“We hope to install more of the windows from Julienne in our building over the next few years as renovations to individual spaces occur,” Meixner said.

The window, which depicts the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus, will be moved during the summer of 2012 to its final home at the administrative offices of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Cincinnati. CJ is jointly owned and sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Society of Mary.

“Julienne and Chaminade Julienne are important to the Sisters, and they wanted a reminder of how their Catholic educational mission has been, and continues to be, lived out in Dayton,” Meixner said.

Beginning in 1886, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur first operated Notre Dame Academy on the site of the current Chaminade Julienne campus. Later, as enrollment grew in the 1920’s, the order constructed a new building on Homewood Avenue that would become Julienne High School.

According to Meixner, restoration of the stained glass window slated for permanent display at CJ is expected to take six to eight weeks.

Back-to-Back for Eagles Indoor Track

For the second consecutive season, the Eagles women’s track team took home the Division II/III indoor track state championship at the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) meet March 17.

The CJ quintet of Cierra Brown ‘12, Alexandria Coleman ‘12, Camille Dickens ’12, Tia Jones ’13, and Devanae Mitchell ’13 combined to run away from the field with 64 points—18 better than the second place team. The girls followed up strong individual performances with the fastest foursome in the 800 meter relay to finish in first place amongst the 68-team field.

Highlights from the day at the University of Akron included:

the team of Brown, Coleman, Dickens and Mitchell turning in the fastest relay time at 1:45.22.

Brown setting the Ohio indoor state record in the triple jump with a mark of 39’-08.50”, breaking the previous record—her own from 2011—by more than one foot. The Purdue University signee also won the 60 meter hurdles event

and Mitchell repeating her first place long jump finish from a year ago with a mark of 17’-04.50”.

On the men’s side, the Eagles only competitor, Antwan Persons ’13, finished first in the long jump event with a mark of 22’-02” and earned 10 points.

“Winning an indoor track championship is tremendous in the sense that our team has got a jump on conditioning and technique for the spring,” said men's and women's head coach Jerry Puckett. That head start last season helped propel the Eagles to a GGCL title, a district championship, a second place regional finish and a state appearance—not to mention an individual men’s Division II 300 meter hurdles state champion.

“I expect our teams to go into the outdoor season and not miss a beat,” Puckett said.

In their first meet of the season March 24, the Eagles finished third (girls, 102 points) and tenth (boys, 27 points) at the Northmont Invitational. Event winners from CJ included girls Brown (100m hurdles, 300m hurdles); Dickens (triple jump); Jones (shot put); Mitchell (200m, long jump); and Persons in the boys long jump event.

Women’s indoor track is the first athletic program in CJ history to win back-to-back state championships.

2011-2012 marks the third time two Eagles teams have won state championships in the same school year (2012 women’s indoor track and 2011 women’s golf). During the 2002-2003 school year, CJ's football and women's basketball teams won state titles, and Chaminade High School won basketball and baseball titles in 1970.


CJ Students Visit Marianist School in Spain

Chaminade Julienne students toured the Spanish countryside and visited with friends at a Marianist sister school in Madrid during a nine day springtime excursion through Spain.

As part of the school’s annual journey overseas March 8-16, about 25 CJ Spanish students spent three mornings in Spain’s capital city with pen pals at Colegio Santa Ana y San Rafael, a fellow Marianist institution. Activities included introductory icebreakers (presented in Spanish), a walk through the city’s famous Buen Retiro Park, games and dancing, and fun with the school’s mascot, affectionately known as ‘Father Chami.’

“We were all struck by the similarities of the two schools, especially in the area of family spirit, which is one of our Marianist charisms,” said Peg Regan, Spanish teacher and foreign languages department chair. Regan and chaperones Brad Kassner, science teacher, and Cindy Budde, administrative assistant, also accompanied students to Zaragoza to visit La Basilica de Santa María where Fr. Chaminade was inspired to start the Society of Mary.

Other highlights from the trip included taking a group bike ride along the beach in Barcelona, hiking on the island of Montserrat, and attending a La Liga futbol match between Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano at Estadi Cornella-El Prat in Catalonia. On the group’s final night, their Spanish pen pals treated CJ students to a farewell dinner.

“Saying goodbye was very hard, but several pen pals are making plans to visit Dayton this summer,” Regan said.


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.

“The Scholastic Writing Awards is the largest and most prestigious program in the country for high schools,” said Jim Brooks, English teacher.

The senior, along with freshman Laura Bullock, qualified for national recognition by earning a regional Gold Key Award for her poems Shards, Focus, Seth and Jumping Cars. Meixner has been invited to receive her Silver Medal and cash prize during the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Friday, June 1.

“Poetry is one of the most popular categories for entries, so I was really surprised and excited to find out that I had won,” Meixner said. She thanked Brooks, her creative writing teacher, for his encouragement and inspiration.

Meixner joins recent alumna Elizabeth Cromartie, ’11—last year's silver medal recipient—and only a handful of other CJ students in its 160-year history to ever win a national award in the highly regarded contest, which has been recognizing writers since 1923.

Approximately the top 4 percent of students who enter win Siler Key awards.

Cari Meixner, senior (poetry and short story)

Cierra Stevenson, freshman (short story)

Approximately the top 2 percent of students who enter win Gold Key awards.

Laura Bullock, freshman (short story)

Cari Meixner, senior (poetry)

Visit for more information about the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.


Broadway Play Hits CJ's Stage

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, written by esteemed playwright Andrew Lloyd Weber, is making its way to the CJ auditorium. The CJ Performing Arts department is stepping into some pretty big shoes, as they take on the famous musical that, in film version, starred Donny Osmond.

The musical is taken from the Bible story about Joseph and his 11 brothers. However, this does not mean it will be a boring religious story. The action-packed saga tells the tale of Joseph as he goes through the Bible stories and his vengeful brothers attempt to kill him. It also has quite a bit of humor thrown in. “I’m excited for the opportunities this will give people, and the chances they will have to showcase their talents,” said junior Maddie Brown.

The CJ production stars senior Cari Meixner, juniors Maddie Brown and Caitlin Pearn, and sophomore Kaylee Piatt as narrators and senior Jon Besecker plays Joseph, while fellow senior Trevor Meyers plays the Pharaoh. All six of these headliners are veterans in the Performing Arts department, but Debi Schutt, department chair, does not want to deter newcomers. “One of the reasons we chose this musical was so that we could use it as a recruiting tool,” she said. The large number of male parts made this play particularly appealing to the department.

One quirk of the production is that it will feature 40 students from area elementary schools in a kid’s choir. Also, as opposed to the usual flat set up, the stage has a triangular addition that juts out into the first four rows of the auditorium, creating, according to Meixner, a “surround theatre sort of feeling.”

Another special quirk to this year’s spring musical is that the audience will have more chances to see it. As opposed to the usual four shows over one weekend, the cast will instead put on five shows over the course of two weekends, including a show with freshman understudy David Marshall.

By: Will McKelvey, ‘12

This story was first published in the March 2012 issue of The Ludlow Street Journal, CJ's official student newspaper.

Vega Shines at A Cappella Competition

Members of Chaminade Julienne’s pop a cappella group Vega performed at the second annual Voices in Harmony Festival, taking home the award for best choreography by a group.

The two-day regional pop a cappella event, hosted at Lexington Catholic High School in Kentucky, featured two competitions as well as workshop sessions and clinics for high school and college musicians, plus two concerts for those in attendance.

“This was Vega’s first competition and they plan to compete more in the coming years,” said Joe Whatley, director of choirs. He added the group looks forward to stepping out onto the regional, national and world’s stage next year at the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA).

CJ's eight-member pop a cappella group, in only its second year in existence, received top honors among 13 other Ohio and Kentucky high schools in one of two group categories at the competition, held March 9-10. The festival was headlined by the national touring troupe The House of Jacks and solo performer Mister Tim.

“As anyone who has been around the CJ community knows, our students are top notch and they can succeed at anything they put their minds to,” Whatley said. “The students in Vega exemplify what it means to be a CJ student by their hard work, pursuit of excellence and desire to be great.”

Formed as a septet in the fall of 2010, Vega expanded this school year by adding four new vocalists. Returners include Mackenzie Aughe (alto), Cari Meixner (soprano), Carly Meixner (alto), and Trevor Meyers (bass). The newcomers are Jon Besecker (vocal percussionist), Maddie Brown (soprano), Caitlin Pearn (alto), and Andre Tomlinson (tenor). Daniel Jackson serves as the group’s substitute vocal percussionist.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the growing genre, the performing arts department added a new pop a cappella group, Age V, for the 2011-12 school year. According to Whatley, about 20 CJ students sing as part of the group, which took its name (pronounced 'age five') by spelling “Vega” backwards.

Together, Vega and Age V have performed on the CJ stage three times at school concerts 'An Afternoon of Art' (February 2012); 'Sounds of the Season' (December 2011); and 'Autumn Overtures' (October 2011). Whatley said members of Vega have also enjoyed the opportunity to perform at various CJ admissions events, the school's President’s Dinner, Kettering Fairmont's Pop A Cappella Festival and with Tiffin University’s Higher Ground, for whom Kayla Hayes ’11—an original member of Vega—now sings (watch the performance below).

Don’t miss your next chance to see both Eagle pop a cappella groups live on Thursday, May 3 at the Pops Concert starting at 6 p.m.

Female Athletes Break for Breakfast

Math teacher Ann Meyers ’76 understands that, even in the down period between seasons, it has never been easy for student-athletes to make time for a break.

Just like the roughly 150 two-and three-sport athletes competing on Eagles teams today, most of Meyers' free time in high school—and through college—was consumed playing softball, volleyball and basketball; the latter two as a Flyer at the University of Dayton.

So in the late 1990’s, the former Eagles head volleyball coach, and a 1986 CJ Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, decided it worthwhile to reserve one morning each season for girls on all teams to take a collective time-out and gather for breakfast.

“I was finding as a coach with my team that between practice, school work and school events, we weren’t able to see what was happening in the other seasonal athletic programs,” Meyers said. “The breakfast is a way for us to take 45 minutes out of our busy schedules to stop, celebrate and give the girls a chance to connect.”

For more than 10 years now the athletic office has set aside one weekday every fall, winter and spring to host a 7 a.m. meal in the cafeteria before school for female student-athletes in season. The optional, early-morning meeting not only gives the girls time to chat with new friends, but also includes a guest speaker and a generous spread of breakfast goodies (provided this school year thanks to CJ parents Meg Begley and AnnMarie McCormick).

Speakers are asked to share how involvement with athletics positively affected their life choices. According to Meyers, hearing from women with similar experiences “allows athletes of all different backgrounds a chance to find common ground with each other and with the speaker presenting that morning.”

The September breakfast featured first-year CJ science teacher Maura Lemon, who earned Atlantic 10 all-academic honors twice while running four years with the University of Dayton track and cross country teams. In January, CJ welcomed former Ohio State University swimmer Missy Kuck (pictured) to address students. She now competes and blogs about her experiences as a professional tri-athlete.

“Find a way to maintain athletics throughout your life because it will pay off in so many more ways than just winning,” Kuck told the girls during their meal. Her message resonated with MacKenzie Aughe, a senior. Aughe stays busy by swimming for CJ, singing in the school’s pop a cappella group Vega, and participating in Irish dancing among other activities.

“I’ve competed in two triathlons and after meeting Missy, I felt inspired to keep going,” said Aughe, a future Buckeye planning to attend OSU in the fall. She competed in the Chicago Triathlon and the Great Ohioan Triathlon held in Delaware—ironically Kuck’s hometown—and recommends the grueling workout to others wanting to keep in shape.

“It helps you stay fit and healthy, but you also feel like you’ve accomplished something in the end,” she said.

Spring student-athletes looking for the motivation to stick with sports this summer are encouraged to attend the final female athlete breakfast Friday, April 27 at 7 a.m.


Two Attend Children's Hospital Symposium

Seniors Brian Beall and Josh Conner were selected by AP Biology teacher Amanda Ooten to attend the 20th annual Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s High School Science Symposium on Thursday, March 8. Students were accompanied by Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at the day-long event hosted at the hospital’s Albert B. Sabin Education Center.

“The purpose of the event is to enable outstanding high school juniors and seniors with an interest in health care and medicine to interact with and learn from professionals working to improve the outcomes for children today,” Draeger said.

She joined Brian and Josh as they toured the facilities and attended informational sessions on medical school and medical career paths. Career presentations covered topics including education requirements, job descriptions, and career opportunities in nursing; occupational and physical therapy; respiratory therapy and radiology technology; and psychology and genetic counseling.

“A small group tour took us to three Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics labs and included viewing DNA through very sophisticated microscopes, learning about DNA analysis processes, and extracting DNA,” Draeger said.

“In the Dentistry Clinic—very critical to a children’s hospital—we learned about common birth defects such as cleft lip and palette, and various treatments. We also tried our hands at filling a cavity using real dental instruments and filling material!”

The highlight of the day, said Draeger, was working with Dr. Donald Gilbert, a pediatric neurologist. He led the group in brain demonstrations and lectured about voluntary movement disorders, such as Tourette’s Syndrome.

“All in all, it was a great experience. We hope to be invited again next year and take two new CJ students,” Draeger said.


Scott Pierce Named Next Eagles AD

Chaminade Julienne has hired Scott Pierce as the school’s athletic director effective March 7. He served as the school’s interim director since July 27.

“Scott is a great fit for us. Since leading the responsibilities of the athletic office last summer, he has demonstrated a tremendous passion and desire to move CJ athletics to the next level,” said John Marshall, principal. “His knowledge of the school, our mission and our community, along with his desire to serve the greater community, will continue to benefit coaches, teams and players in a great way.

“It’s been evident that he’s made serving CJ student-athletes a priority,” Marshall said.

Prior to serving as interim athletic director, Pierce served 10 years at CJ as a teacher and a member of the football program, coaching freshman through varsity teams. During his time in the athletic office, Pierce helped foster players and coaches to multiple league titles, and district, regional and state appearances, including the Eagles 2011 Division II girl’s golf state championship.

“We’ve gained a lot of momentum with how successful our teams and student-athletes have been this school year,” Pierce said. “My goal is to build on that, continue to help grow opportunities for the Eagle program, and be a positive presence for the community, players and coaches.

“I look forward to serving student-athletes and coaches and supporting our strong Eagle tradition. When others watch our student-athletes play, they’ll get to know a little more about what we accomplish at CJ.”


Contest Recognizes Area's Young Writers

Local 7th and 8th grade students were recognized for their award-winning submissions in Chaminade Julienne’s area-wide Catholic Schools Writing Contest during an after-school ceremony on Thursday, March 1.

More than 250 entrants submitted pieces across four categories: fictional short story, fictional short-short story, non-fiction essay and poetry. From that initial pool of students, 47 received awards in each category (1st - 3rd place, plus Honorable Mention recognition).

Winners represented 11 English teachers from classes at nine area grade schools including Ascension, Bishop Leibold, Immaculate Conception, Mother Brunner, St. Albert, St. Brigid, St. Chris, St. Luke and St. Peter.

The CJ English department annually hosts writing contests for students of all ages and next up is the 5th-6th Grade All-Area Writing Contest. The deadline to submit entries is Wednesday, April 4.