October 2012

Art Students Meet Bing Davis at Studio

Ceramics students received a lesson from local art legend Willis "Bing" Davis during visits to his West Third Street studio this October.

The field trips gave students a “behind-the-scenes look” at the life and work of one of Dayton’s most acclaimed professional artists said Will Bonner, a senior taking first period ceramics with Mrs. Janet Lasley. Davis is renowned for his interpretation of African culture through paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and pottery.

“It was interesting to see his thinking and how he got inspired on certain types of pieces,” Bonner said. The senior plans to enter college as an engineering major, but is considering adding a minor in an art-related field, and said hearing Bing’s story was personally inspiring.

Originally from South Carolina, Davis grew up in Dayton and graduated from Wilbur Wright High School where he was a standout athlete. He attended Depauw University where he starred in basketball and track (eventually being elected to the school's athletic hall of fame), but never gave up on his passion for art. Davis pursued multiple bachelor and graduate degrees in the field after college, and has enjoyed a long and celebrated career as an artist, curator, teacher and professor.

“In 1976, as a high school art teacher, I stopped teaching art and began teaching people,” Davis is quoted as saying on his Web site, www.bingdavis.com. He has served as an educator in Dayton Public Schools as well as at Depauw, Miami University (Oxford) and Central State University.

“It doesn’t matter whether students intend to major in art or not. I see the classroom as an opportunity not only to develop artistic talents, but to enhance students’ sense of self-worth and to learn how to see themselves,” said Davis, according to the site.

During the group's field trips, Bing spoke about his work and showed students techniques. Conversely, Mrs. Lasley challenged students to draw and reflect on three studio pieces in their sketchbooks.

CJ Art, Writing On Display November 2

On Friday, Nov. 2, work by CJ art and creative writing students along with roughly 400 other area youth was displayed as part of a community exhibit and parade in recognition of the Mexican tradition known as el Día de los Muertos, or “The Day of the Dead.”

Dayton’s first-annual Day of the Dead Community Ofrenda (or “altar”) was spearheaded by Cityfolk’s Culture Builds Community program and meant as a celebration of the city’s diverse population. The evening began with a family-friendly parade east down Fifth Street through the Oregon District, finishing at the Missing Peace Art Space gallery at 234 S. Dutoit St.

The parade included, life-sized skeleton puppets, a rolling musical sculpture, parade lanterns, innovative musical instruments, costumes, written work and paintings. Afterward, the party continued at the gallery with a Reception Performance and a showcase of student artwork. The "community altar" will continue to be on display inside Missing Peace Art Space through November.

In Mexico, el Día de los Muertos welcomes the souls of loved ones, who return each year on November 1 and 2 (All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day) to enjoy a few hours of the pleasures they once knew in life.

Participants included CJ students in class with Mr. Jim Brooks, English teacher, and Mrs. Diana Barr, art teacher, as well as youth from the Hispanic Catholic Teen Group at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, East End Community Services, Stivers School for the Arts and St. Albert’s School.


CJ Joins in Doubling JHMV Efforts

More than 155 students and 17 members of the faculty and staff pitched in during this year's area-wide community service project known as Join Hands Miami Valley (JHMV), a local celebration of National Make a Difference Day.

Members of the CJ community again joined with hundreds of volunteers from Dayton-area schools and corporations October 26-27 to do their part on one of the nation’s largest days of volunteerism. JHMV is one of five community-wide volunteer service days organized by United Way of the Greater Dayton Area's Volunteer Connection.

The event, in its 22nd year, featured nearly 40 local community service projects hosted by 30 local nonprofit agencies – twice as many projects as last year. The United Way expected a total of approximately 600 volunteer participants, up from 377 last year.

Along with CJ, this year’s volunteer base comes from places including Central State University, Sinclair Community College, Spring Valley Academy, University of Dayton, and Wright State University, as well as the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area’s Youth Council and employees from GE Capital.

Volunteer Connection connects more than 3,500 people and companies with volunteer opportunities including participation in initiatives that mobilize all ages, ethnicities, and genders. Learn more at www.VolunteerDayton.org.

Locations the Eagles Volunteered


  • Catholic Social Services
  • Elizabeth's New Life Center
  • Life Resource Center -- Staffed by the CJ Lifeguards club
  • Marianist Environmental Education Center -- Staffed by F.L.I.G.H.T.
  • 10 Wilmington Place
  • The Food Bank
  • United Rehabilitation Services


  • Boonshoft Museum (two groups)
  • Carillon Park
  • Englewood Metropark (two groups) -- Staffed by CJ Student Council
  • Germantown Metropark (two groups)
  • Patterson Homestead
  • Shiloh Conservation -- Staffed by CJ men's basketball
  • YWCA


“If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself if it does not have works, is dead.”

~ James 2: 15-17

Doubles Teammates Advance to State

Flanked by their junior varsity and varsity teammates, CJ's sectional and district champion doubles team received a warm send-off to state on Thursday, Oct. 18, before taking third place at the state Division II tournament at Ohio State University.

Playing as one of the No. 1 seeds, senior Brooke Sandridge and freshman Natalie Allen got off to a terrific start on the first day of competition Friday, Oct. 19. The Eagles swiftly defeated their first round opponents from Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral-Latin School 6-1, 6-2.

Competition was moved indoors for the girls' second round match, where CJ played powerhouse Lexington High School. After winning the first set 6-4 and dropping the second set 1-6, Sandridge and Allen battled back from being down 5-1 in the third set to reach the day-two semi-finals with a 7-5 victory.

On Saturday, the Eagles lost a hard-fought semi-final match 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to the eventual state runners-up from Gates Mills Hawken School near Cleveland. However, Sandridge and Allen would cement their place in program history by playing some of their best tournament tennis in the consolation game to take third place against a team from Chesapeake High School.

According to coach Jim Brooks, a representative from the CJ women's tennis team has made it to state in 11 of the past 14 years. This season also marked the second consecutive appearance for Sandridge, who qualified for the state doubles tourney one season ago with partner Mary Haley '12.

Great job Eagles!


CJ STEMM Idol Speakers Oct. 22-23

Students will get a double dose of the popular CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22-23, as two professionals present about the future opportunities in the science and engineering fields.

On Monday, CJ welcomes Kayla Ritter from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS). Students in all grades are invited to explore the program’s college, career and co-op opportunities during homeroom periods in room 237.

Then Tuesday, share in the celebration of “Mole Day” and National Chemistry Week with Chris Tabor (pictured right), a research materials chemist with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base AFRL. Tabor, who holds his doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology, will demonstrate the plastic solar cells and flat antennas that he works with on a daily basis for the Air Force.

Learn more about these exciting fields and be sure to mark your calendar. The next CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presentation is Monday, Oct. 29, and features the University of Dayton Professor Beth Hart!


Celebrating 10-year Title Anniversary

Chaminade Julienne recognized the 10-year anniversary of the first football state championship in city and school history during the final home game of the season at Northridge High School Stadium.

Members of the 2002 Division II state title team were honored during a ceremony at hafltime of CJ's 23-10 defeat of Carroll October 19, and gathered again on campus for a reunion luncheon Saturday afternoon.

“Whenever school history is made in any area it is important to be recognized, but that championship really seemed to bolster the spirit of the entire community,” said Scott Pierce, athletic director. Pierce served as a CJ math teacher and assistant freshman football coach during the 2002-03 school year.

“You could feel the support and encouragement of so many people in this area rooting the team on to its ultimate goal,” Pierce said. On November 29, 2002, CJ defeated Macedonia Nordonia High School (13-2) 41-26 at Massillon Paul Brown Stadium.

The game would go down in the record books as the first football state title, in any division, won by a team from the city of Dayton since the implementation of a playoff system in 1972. It was also the highest scoring Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division II state final ever at the time.

“What made the team so special was how united those young men were in their sacrifice for one another.  A number of players played out of their natural positions or gave up opportunities to touch the football. To a man, each player felt more excitement over a teammate's individual success than his own, and that led to the pinnacle of team success,” Pierce said.

The Eagles (14-1), led by head coach Jim Place, never trailed in the contest. Sophomore tailback and current Tennessee Titan Javon Ringer ‘05 shined, setting Ohio Division II state finals records for most rushing yards (251), most touchdowns (4), and most points scored (24) – records that stood unbroken for nine years.

Place, in 15 seasons as head football coach and athletic director at CJ from 1991-2005, amassed 110 wins and eight playoff appearances. He was inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June 2012 with a career record of 223-161-3, and is currently the head football coach at Withrow High School in Cincinnati.

“I am excited for our current and future football Eagles to see what their lives could hold. Players from the 2002 team went on to become accountants, engineers, stock brokers on Wall Street, teachers, coaches, and the list goes on and on. Those men have established successful lives and futures for themselves all over the country.

“If you asked each one of these alumni about what influenced his decisions after life at CJ, I believe they would all say that the experiences of the 2002 season helped to shape them,” Pierce said.


Walk to State with Women's Golfers

The defending Division II state champs made the traditional "Walk to State" through the halls of CJ Thursday morning, led by the Eagle Pep Band and cheered on by classmates, faculty and staff. The team finished the season as the 2012 state runners-up on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The women’s golf team finished the regular season with a sparkling 22-2 record, including a 15-1 mark in the GGCL that included victories over schools such as Seton, Mount Notre Dame, and for the first time in school history, St. Ursula Academy. This season, the team repeated as GGCL Grey Division champions, Xenia Sectional tournament champions and Division II Southwest District tournament champions.

During the two-day state tournament October 12-13, the Eagles followed up their 2011 state championship with a second place finish after shooting a combined 695 in Columbus. The team's day two score of 342 ties a 2009 school record for lowest 18-hole total in program history.

The team was led by seniors Mikaela Hadaway (165) and Emily Poock (183), junior Kaitlyn Cartone (179), sophomore Sarah Downing (174), and freshman Ellie Cronin (185), along with freshmen Lili Kaminski, Sarah Olszewski, Colleen Wagoner and Lizzi Yeazel. Head coach George Menker '55 was named the GGCL Grey North and Southwest Ohio District Coach of the Year.

Southwest Ohio District ALL STARS

  • Mikaela Hadaway '13 (39.6 avg.)
  • Kaitlyn Cartone '14 (43.8)
  • Ellie Cronin '16 (44.2)
  • Sarah Downing '15 (44.9)
  • Emily Poock '13 (47.5)


  • Mikaela Hadaway (1st team)
  • Kaitlyn Cartone (1st team)
  • Ellie Cronin (1st team)
  • Emily Poock (2nd team)
  • Sarah Downing (2nd team)



CJ's Fall Play Opens October 18

CJ's drama department is trying something new with this year's fall play. Instead of doing a light hearted comedy like The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet or The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, they chose a play with a more serious tone. The play A Piece of My Heart is the first drama the CJ has put on since The Crucible in 2008.

This play tells the story of five women (played by Madeline Brown’13, Jennifer Meier’14, Catherine Grady’15, Laura Bullock’15, and Tabitha Jordan-Nickles’16) and their experiences as nurses during the Vietnam War. The story of these women begins before their departure for Vietnam, follows the five women through their tours of duty, and then shows how the women attempt to find where they belong once they return home. This play will be heartfelt, emotional, and an educational experience for those who do not know very much about this period in time. Kate McFadden 14', who has been in five CJ productions says, "I think the CJ community will like that this is a more serious show, which no one has seen before on the stage during their time at CJ. It's such a beautiful show. "

Being in a CJ production is a huge commitment. The cast and crew spend lots of their time learning their lines and practicing their parts on stage. Jenny Meier’14, a four year theatre veteran says, “You basically have to put your life in a whole new order and each person in the cast has to take a little part of their daily life to put into the show to make it as amazing as the people themselves.”

Let’s support our drama department and admire the hard work put in by our peers and go see the play!

By: Emma Mills '13

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

A Piece of My Heart is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Because of wartime themes and reflections, the play is not recommended for young children.

  • Thursday, Oct. 18 -- 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 20 -- 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 21 -- 2 p.m.

On sale in the performing arts office beginning Monday, Oct.15.

  • Adult $8
  • Student $5

Fall National Honor Society Inductees

Members of Chaminade Julienne’s National Honor Society inducted six new members into its chapter during a morning Mass ceremony in the CJ chapel Thursday, Oct. 11.

Those newly inducted this fall for the 2012-13 school year include seniors Brian Anderson, Amanda Burneka, Thomas Cox, Kiera Fletcher, Cin’Quan Haney and Patrick Steffan. Students applied for admission in September, and join 39 fellow members.

In April, a new group of qualifying juniors and seniors will be recognized at the annual spring NHS induction ceremony and dinner, scheduled for Monday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Emmanuel Church. Social studies teacher Jim Sparrow serves as the group’s moderator.

Four fellow senior members of the National Honor Society have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), one of the nation’s most prestigious providers of academic college scholarships.

Samuel Wittman was named a Semifinalist in the 58th National Merit Scholarship Program. Sam is one of approximately 16,000 students in the country to earn this distinction, and he will continue to compete for the more than 8,000 scholarships – worth more than $32 million – being offered by the NMSC. Winners are expected to be announced in April.

Austin Piatt and Emily Shira are two of about 34,000 U.S. high school students who were recognized as Commended Students by the NMSC for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students represent the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million who entered the National Merit Scholarship Program competition.

Finally, Isaiah Ingram was named to the list of Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, which was initiated by the NMSC in 1964 specifically to honor academically promising Black American high school students. Isaiah is one of about 3,100 to have made the list after scoring in the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 who entered the competition.

The route of entry to both 2013 NMSC competitions was the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which was administered last October.

Chaminade Julienne provides the PSAT for underclassmen in grades 9-11 at no charge.


Reflecting on the 2012 SNDdeN Conference

Have you ever wondered what faculty and staff are up to during the late-start period between 8 and 9:37 a.m. on block Wednesdays?

Unlike students who may choose to catch up on sleep, teachers and other employees at CJ schedule different gatherings for the hour and a half before school starts. Their morning “Block Wednesday” calendar includes time for things like technology training, strategic planning meetings and bi-monthly Faith Sharing sessions.

The first Faith Sharing session of the school year, held the morning of September 26, centered on the teachings of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur—one of the school’s two founding orders. Faculty and staff gathered together in Sodality groups in the library where they shared breakfast and heard reflections from Molly Bardine, English teacher; Susan Eichenauer, guidance counselor; and Dan Meixner, president, who each attended the 2012 SND Education Conference.

The conference – held July 12-15 at Emmanuel College in Boston – encouraged educators from SNDdeN schools all over the world, including the U.S., Great Britain, Japan, South America and Africa, to recognize and implement the leadership styles of St. Julie Billiart, the founder of the religious order.

“Notre Dame educators are charged with the task of giving students not only the skills and mind, but the heart to live out their faith. We must teach kids to look at the world through eyes of faith and to recognize their role as agents for change,” said Bardine, who attended the national conference for a second time in 2012.

Several keynote addresses were given by a number of Sisters and university professors, who stressed St. Julie’s technique of infusing lessons with joy, hope, strength, faith, and courage, in the context of Catholic social teaching and social justice.

“I hope students can come to know St. Julie through me and develop a deeper understanding of the Notre Dame charisms by the work we are doing here in the classroom,” Bardine said.

Four more faculty and staff Faith Sharing sessions are scheduled for block Wednesday mornings throughout November, January, March and May of the 2012-13 school year.

Many chose to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness at the first Wednesday morning Faith Sharing session of the school year, held during Spirit Week September 24-28. As part of the week's daily themes, all faculty and staff members were encouraged to wear "Clothing for a Cause" on September 26.

Find a recap of the conference online at www.emmanuel.edu >

CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Joseph Kelly

October has been declared National Energy Awareness Month, and in recognition of the local, national and global issues surrounding the topic, CJ’s STEMM Idol Speaker Series welcomes guest presenter Joseph Kelly on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Kelly, a young electrical engineer with the Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), recently graduated from Kettering University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the field of engineering management. At DP&L, his responsibilities include maintaining reliable service, accommodating for growth and working successfully with a team.

“I am just one person with one specific duty that helps the team’s collective mission,” Kelly said. “I would like to convey a message [to students] that incites curiosity and excitement about a field that I am intrigued by.”

Energy concerns have become a hot button issue in recent years with rising gasoline and oil prices, and a heightened national emphasis on sustainability, dependence and the impact to the environment.

“Power and energy is not the most glamorous field to work in, but it poses some of the biggest challenges this world will see in the coming decades.

“I just hope I can, perhaps, influence students to give power engineering a chance and open their eyes to a great opportunity,” Kelly said.

The CJ STEMM Idol Speaker is not the only one working to bring awareness to the forefront. According to www.whitehouse.gov, “the Obama Administration is kicking off a month of clean energy events and activities,” as part of, “a national effort to underscore how central energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being.”

Did You Know
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the modern day light-emitting diode, better known by its abbreviation, LED, which was perfected by Dr. Nick Holonyak, Jr., in 1962.