April 2012

Catch the Eagles at Fifth Third Field

Support the feature team of the week, varsity baseball, this Friday, April 27 as they battle GCL North rival Fenwick in the first of two regular season games the Eagles will play at beautiful Fifth Third Field, the home of the Dayton Dragons. Admission is free.

Take the whole family out to the ballpark for evenings of CJ baseball beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, and again Monday, April 30 for Senior NIght starting at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available for all your peanut and Cracker Jack needs, so come out and root, root, root for the home team in the blue and green!

Catcher Thomas WIttmann, one of nine varsity seniors, said he looks forward to "playing on the big stage" at what is considered to be one of the best regarded Class A minor league baseball stadiums in America.

The high school games played at Fifth Third Field are part of a series showcasing teams from southwestern Ohio, which has been hosted by the Cincinnati Reds' affiliate each of the last seven years. The Eagles (6-12, 4-8 GCL), one of 20 participating teams in 2012, will take the field against the Falcons (9-10, 5-7 GCL) Friday followed by a 7:30 p.m. game featuring high schools Vandalia-Butler and Northmont.

"Our team is a lot better than our record shows," Wittmann said. "We've got a lot of talent, and I think we can make a great run finishing up our remaining GCL schedule and into the playoffs."

The team has seven regular season contests remaining before the start of the Division II tournament. The games at Fifth Third Field will round out league play for the Eagles, as CJ faces Carroll on Monday.

Parking will be available on the streets surrounding the stadium, located at 220 North Patterson Boulevard. For more detailed information regarding directions and parking, visit the Dayton Dragon’s Web site.


Spring Signings for Two Eagle Seniors

This April, a pair of Chaminade Julienne seniors added an extra exclamation point to what has already been a successful Eagles athletic season as the 2011-12 school year nears a close.

With a little less than one month left until graduation, Maggie Switzer and Emily Michael became the ninth and tenth members of the class of 2012 to sign a National Letter of Intent with NCAA affiliated colleges and universities. The girls join eight fellow student-athletes who also will continue their athletic and academic careers playing sports including basketball, football, soccer, and track and field at eight different schools during the upcoming 2012-13 school year.

Maggie Switzer signed her National Letter of Intent Friday, April 20 with the women’s rowing team of Mercyhurst University (formerly known as Mercyhurst College). She will receive partial academic scholarships in addition to athletic grants to join the NCAA Division II Lakers women’s rowing program, and intends to study social work.

Switzer, who is completing her fourth season with the Eagles club crew team this spring, has served as a team co-captain during her junior and senior seasons, and qualified to represent CJ at the 2011 US Rowing Youth National Championships last season.

“I’m really excited to keep rowing in college. The sport is awesome and Mercyhurst’s program has had an amazing record,” Switzer said. The Lakers made consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II National Championships from 2002 to 2005 and again from 2008 to 2011, winning two titles (2004 and 2010) in those spans according to hurstathletics.com.

“I’ve looked up to rowers who have earned scholarships and continued to be successful in college, and now I have a chance to do the same,” Switzer said.

Since 2005, the CJ crew program has produced more than a dozen scholarship and non-scholarship NCAA women’s athletes who have previously and currently compete for universities and colleges across the nation including Notre Dame, Georgetown, Duquesne, Nova Southeastern, Williams College, St. Joseph’s University, and the University of Dayton.

Switzer becomes the second Eagles rower to sign with Mercyhurst since 2007 graduate Bethany Brun, who earned All-American honors and won an NCAA Division II National Championship during her time on scholarship at the university, located on the coast of Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.

Chaminade Julienne men’s and women’s crew team student-athletes compete as members of the Dayton Boat Club under the direction of coaches Mike and Trish Miles.

After verbally committing to play basketball at St. Bonaventure University in February, senior Emily Michael made it official Tuesday, April 24 during a signing ceremony after school.

The sought-after three-point specialist will receive a full athletic grant to play guard for the Bonnies, the reigning 2012 Atlantic-10 Conference champions. MIchael intends to study management services at the Franciscan university in western New York.

“I really wanted to attend another Catholic school,” said Michael on choosing St. Bonaventure. She said the combination of the university’s strong, faith-filled academic reputation along with its quality women’s basketball program equally factored in to her decision.

Michael joins five fellow high school seniors who signed to play basketball for the NCAA Division I program, which enters the 2012-13 season coming off its first Sweet-16 appearance in school history under head coach Jim Crowley.

“Emily is a great addition to a class we are already very excited about," Crowley said in a release issued on the school’s Web site, gobonnies.com. "She is a good shooter, has a very solid basketball IQ and knows how to help her team find victories."

Throughout her span as a four-year varsity starter for the Eagles, Michael helped CJ amass a 75-24 record and four consecutive GGCL Grey North titles in those seasons. As a senior, she was named to the first team All-GGCL, the District 15 All-Star team, and set a school record for most 3-point field goals made in a single women’s varsity basketball game, sinking eight against Ponitz in the team’s second round tournament victory.

“I want to thank my family and my coaches for helping me get to where I am today and for supporting me along the way,” Michael said.


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:


  • Jesse Thompson '14, Best in Show
  • Jacoby Cobble '15, 1st Place
  • Patrick Zopff '14, 2nd Place
  • Maggie Mochty '14, 3rd Place
  • Chumani Bowser '15, Honorable Mention


  • Bridget McCormick '12, 1st Place, poetry
  • P.J. Stephens '12, 2nd Place, poetry
  • Breonna Pinson '12, 2nd Place, prose
  • Sharon Reynolds '12, 3rd Place, poetry
  • Daniel Barhorst '12, Honorable Mention, prose

The theme of this year’s contest was “Reflections of the Holocaust: Your thoughts on Bullying, Prejudice and Hatred”. The program featured displays of the award-winning artwork in addition to an address by guest speaker Henry Guggenheimer, a Holocaust survivor, and a performance by the University of Dayton World Music Choir.

Bridget McCormick, who took first place in the high school poetry competition, described the experience as “powerful”. She said having studied the Holocaust in her European Authors class helped put the gravity of the evening into perspective.

“I’ve read stories from survivors, but it was cool to hear it in person and feel the emotion,” McCormick said.

According to a March article published in The Dayton Jewish Observer, Guggenheimer escaped Nazi Germany in 1940 as a 12-year-old boy, traveling east with his widowed mother through Europe to Japan before finally arriving in San Francisco. He currently works in Dayton, guiding tours through the Holocaust exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.


STEMM Idol Speaker Richard Scudder

Students were invited to the CIL Tuesday, April 24 to learn more about the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles and systems, and their growing presence in the Dayton area, during this month’s STEMM Idol presentation.

Guest speaker and CJ parent Richard Scudder, director of the Center for Unmanned Aerial Systems Exploitation at the University of Dayton Research Institute, discussed the importance of the industry and its relevance locally. As the center’s inaugural director, Scudder leads the effort to prepare unmanned aerial vehicles for use both commercially and militarily.

Learn more about Richard Scudder by visiting his page at www.udri.udayton.edu.


Unmanned aircraft have advantages over their manned counterparts. UAVs do can do the "dull, dirty, and dangerous missions" that traditionally operated aircraft cannot. Life support, fire suppression and emergency egress systems are not necessary.

Unmanned aerial systems aren't just used by the military! Commercial uses include public safety and emergency management, law enforcement, agriculture and fisheries, forestry, photojournalism, atmospheric sensing, communications relay, search and rescue, disaster relief, civil engineering, and mapping and surveying.

Propulsion systems for UAVs may be designed to use gas, heavy fuel (jet fuel or diesel), turbo electric power, hybrid power, or solar electric.

Once in the air, an onboard system (generally small enough to fit in a person's hand) receives the vehicle's cues. UAVs are outfitted with a variety of tools to complete specific tasks. These tools include different types of cameras for documentation purposes as well as sensors for various chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear and explosive applications.

Requirements, and a specific need or application, drives the design of an unmanned aerial system. A change to one element of the system, such as replacing one camera with a larger one, causes all elements of the design to change (i.e. size, weight, propulsion, data links, etc.).

Did you know...

Depending on the intended use and place of operation, UAVs can be made out of everything from cutting edge materials to wood.

Unmanned aircraft rarely need a runway for launching; some small and micro-aircraft are simply thrown like a javelin to launch.

Ground control stations can be as small and simple as a video game controller, depending on the complexity of the system.

Developers have begun exploring the possibility of installing "noses" on UAVs in order to sense odors!

Due to the wide and varied application of UAS, many career opportunities exist in the industry including:

  • systems engineers • computer and electrical engineers
  • aircraft designers • sensor designers
  • propulsion experts and chemists • material scientists
  • aircraft operators • aircraft maintenance technicians
  • imagery analysts • sales and marketing professionals
  • insurance professionals • air traffic controllers

Students who attended the session were challenged to assemble a UAS nicknamed the “miracle in a bag,” also known as an AeroVironment Raven system. Two minutes were about all it took to assemble the aircraft and control system.


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.

The performance—which has appeared at venues including the University of Dayton, Bowling Green State University, and Grace Methodist Church—celebrates the work of the 1870’s Dayton native who is widely considered the country’s first nationally acclaimed African American poet. The January-to-July tour wraps up this summer at the National Convention for the National Association of Negro Musicians in Dallas, Texas.

A poet, author and former longtime University of Dayton English professor and Poet-in-Residence, Dr. Martin (pictured) recited an assortment of 12 Dunbar poems for CJ students, including popular dialect poems  “Accountability” and “An Ante-Bellum Sermon”, as well as more traditional works such as “The Poet and His Song” and “He Had His Dream”.

Dr. Daniel-Cox, who holds degrees from Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan, performed poems set to music composed by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, H.Leslie Adams, Carrie Jacobs-Bond, and Betty Jackson King, and played live by pianist John Benjamin. Dr. Daniel-Cox and Benjamin both currently serve as Artists-in-Residence at the University of Dayton.

“[Dunbar’s] work often addressed the difficulties encountered by African-Americans and their efforts to achieve equality in America,” according to his biography at www.dunbarsite.org.  Before his death at age 33, Dunbar “produced 12 books of poetry, four books of short stories, a play and five novels.”

On CJ's stage, between recitations of “Discovered” and “A Negro Love Song”, Dr. Martin told students that at their core, Dunbar’s poems “leap over” today’s socially constructed barriers of ethnicity, sex, faith, religion, and the like.

Dr. Martin's captivating portrayals and continued study of Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) have contributed to earning him four honorary degrees.


Softball Committed to Community Service

Cheer on the varsity softball team Friday, April 20 at 5 p.m. as they try to secure their third win of the season in the middle of a six-game homestand at Gateway Field (directions). The CJ Spirit Committee has selected to shine the spotlight on the girls this week, rallying support for the Eagles before their featured home game against league opponent McNicholas.

Perhaps even more deserving of praise than being the featured team of the week, however, is the players’ commitment to community service. The time the Eagles put in away from the field of play is what is setting the softball program apart, all the while bringing student-athletes together.

One week into the 2012 season, the girls decided to spend their first off-day—a Saturday—volunteering to help volunteers. On March 31, CJ teammates assisted the Moraine Fire Division in a mock tornado disaster, a drill designed to train members of the city’s new Citizen Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.).

“The C.E.R.T. members are citizens of the City of Moraine who are trained to assist emergency personnel in case of a disaster,” said head coach Dee Bowling. “The girls played ‘victims’ with specific injuries to give the C.E.R.T. graduates a realistic sense of what might happen in case of one of these disasters in the area.”

Bowling, who works as a secretary for the Moraine Fire Department when not coaching the Eagles, said Moraine Fire Chief Tony Trick formally expressed his gratitude for the girls’ participation and enthusiasm in a letter to the school. It wasn’t the first time the softball girls from CJ supplied a hand where help was needed.

Senior Sharon Reynolds said coach Bowling has made it a priority to set time aside, both in-season and during the off-season, to allow teammates an opportunity to give back throughout each of the four years she has been on the team.

“It’s like a bonding experience off the field,” said Reynolds, describing the many softball service projects she has been involved with while at CJ. Most recently, the team volunteered to serve children breakfast at the Moraine Pancakes with Prancer event in December 2011.

“I think it's good to give back to the community. They support us by coming to our games, so this is how we support them,” said Nikki Northern, a three-year varsity starter. The lesson is one of many the junior has taken to heart as a member of the softball team.

“Coach Bowling teaches us things we can use both on the field and in life,” Northern said.


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.

Leitzell, who grew up attending schools in England, spoke from experience as he urged students from both countries to take advantage of their international encounter.

“Some of the relationships you’re going to develop here will last for a lifetime,” Leitzell told the teenagers. The mayor was joined at the 9 a.m. reception by city officials Matt Joseph, commissioner, and Kelly Geers, director of government programs for the Dayton Development Coalition and an active member of the Dayton Sister Cities Committee.

“The world has become increasingly smaller,” said Geers, “but there’s no replacement for that face-to-face interaction, sharing a meal together, and making those connections.”

As part of the group’s 10-day visit to Ohio, which concludes April 20, German students and Dayton families are spending time together visiting local landmarks and schools. Hosts also shared America’s pastime with guests, attending the Dayton Dragons game on April 11 at Fifth Third Field.  Before their departure, German students will share one last meal with CJ students at a backyard farewell cookout.

This year’s activities were coordinated in part by Dayton Sister Cities Committee member and CJ social studies teacher Tony Ricciuto, who served as MC at Monday’s reception. He worked with Jakob-Fugger faculty members Sabine Keller and Wolfgang Burkhart (pictured above) to organize the exchange.

“I can’t thank Dayton Sister Cities enough for making this incredible cultural enrichment experience available to members of the Chaminade Julienne community,” Ricciuto said. He has been involved with the Augsburg-Dayton exchange each of the last four years.

“We are blessed to be able to provide this unique educational opportunity connecting students on a global level. The goal of this exchange program aligns well with the teachings of the Marianists and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur that we try to instill.

“I am thrilled to welcome back a new group from Jakob-Fugger this April, and equally as excited to make our return exchange trip back to Augsburg again in 2013,” Ricciuto said.

According to www.daytonsistercities.org, youth exchanges between students and families from each sister city has been taking place for 35 years. Augsburg and Dayton will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their relationship in 2014. The two first became sister cities in 1964.


A Spring Homecoming for CJ Men's Tennis

Men’s tennis, the first feature team of the spring sports season, extended its winning streak to a fourth straight match Wednesday, April 4 with a 5-0 home victory over league opponent McNicholas High School. As the team nears the midway point of the regular season, we are serving up the top four points you will want to follow throughout the Eagles’ 2012 campaign.

CJ men's tennis entered the year coming off two of the most successful seasons in recent memory, sending players to state in consecutive seasons and winning the school’s first ever outright GCL North championship in 2010. And, after its first five matches, the senior-laden varsity squad has not disappointed, recording a 5-1 overall record.

The Eagles only loss—a stinging 3-2 defeat in the first-ever spring match at the new Eagles Tennis Center—came at the hands of Carroll. CJ can improve its divisional record and jockey for favorable seeds in the GCL North tournament when the team takes on Alter at home Monday, April 16—its first game back after Easter break (April 6-13).

“No matter how well you do during the season, it always gets tougher for the GCL tournament and anything can happen,” said Andrew Bole, a senior co-captain and 2010 state representative. The league tournament is Wednesday, May 2.

“It’s just great to not have to travel very far for games or practices,” Bole said of the team’s new home, the Eagles Tennis Center, which officially opened during the women’s tennis season on September 15, 2011.

“The courts are right across the street for anyone who wants to come watch tennis, and that makes it a lot easier for other people to get to see our matches,” Bole said. Fellow senior co-captain John Manovich agreed the new location at Franklin and Ludlow Streets is convenient, and added the facility's attractive features have significantly helped draw the interest of other students. Ten freshmen joined a program that also returned six seniors in 2012.

“Experience is our biggest asset,” said Manovich, third singles player. He is accompanied by varsity teammates Bole, first singles player, and senior Sean Miller, second singles player. The upperclassman duo of John Chick and Tony Vo combine as the Eagles' first doubles team, while senior Daniel Striebich pairs with freshman Anthony Genovesi to round out the line-up as the second doubles team.

“There’s a lot of talent amongst the freshmen,” Manovich said. “They have the potential to be a very successful class by the time they are juniors and seniors.”

In early 2012, head men’s and women’s tennis coach Jim Brooks received the Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award from members of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association (OTCA). Since 1998, Brooks has accumulated a combined record of 351-177 (138-110 men’s, 213-67 women’s). In that span, CJ tennis teams have competed in the state tournament four times, won GCL and GGCL titles seven times, and produced six singles and eight doubles team state qualifiers.

“This award is certainly a surprise to me, and I am tremendously honored to receive it,” Brooks said in late February. “Special thanks to the OTCA, a really fine organization that serves the sport and its athletes in a profound and generous way.”

He also thanked friend and mentor Bob Helmers as well as various local tennis coaches for sharing their guidance and wisdom along the way. Helmers, a former professional tennis player, serves the team as an assistant coach.

“Having both coach Brooks and coach Helmers, with so much tennis experience between them, really helps guide us through the season,” Manovich said.


Sister, M.D. Shares Her Life's Journey

Sister Mary Diana Dreger, a Dominican nun and practicing physician, spoke with all CJ freshmen and sophomores as well as a select group of science students during three presentations in the library Friday morning.

In addition to living a vowed religious life with the Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Sr. Mary Diana also works a primary care provider for serving poor and underprivileged adults in her local Tennessee community; she teaches at Vanderbilt University—where she graduated from medical school in 2004—as an assistant clinical professor of medicine; and she moonlights as a guest lecturer at hospitals and schools across the country.

Her presentation at CJ on March 30 opened with a prayer and a pair of questions:

“How many of you have ever met a Sister?” Sr. Mary Diana asked, to which a room full of students responded in the affirmative.

“How many of you have ever met a Sister who is also a doctor?” she continued. The silence produced by her second inquiry highlighted feelings many likely share about the conflicting nature of science and religion. But according to Sr. Mary Diana, her unique juxtaposition enhances her ability to live out her faith each day.

The path along the way to becoming a nun, and later a doctor, in Music City was unconventional for Sr. Mary Diana. As a child, she dreamed of being a doctor, but her career began as a high school teacher in her native state of New York. After teaching biology and chemistry for seven years in the public school system, Sr. Mary Diana had a chance encounter with the members of order she now considers family.

“After meeting the Sisters, I realized that’s what God was calling me to be,” Sr. Mary Diana said. The dream of being a doctor was fulfilled just weeks after she took her final vows when her Mother Superior informed her she would be headed to medical school.

“My jaw dropped,” Sr. Mary Diana said, recalling the joy of seeing her life come full circle. Her message to CJ students encouraged the teens to try to put faith and trust in the hands of God as she did.

“For every single one of you, God wants your happiness more than you even want it. Ask the Lord to show you that happiness and ask him to show you how to go out and achieve it,” she said.

Sr. Mary Diana Dreger’s visit to Dayton concluded Friday evening as she hosted a free lecture at Wright State University titled “The Practice of Virtue in the Practice of Medicine.”

For more about Sister Mary Diana Dreger, visit www.mc.vanderbilt.edu >