Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School will hold its Commencement ceremony Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated Thursday, May 30 at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. Graduating first in her class is Annemarie Krug (St. Christopher, Ohio State University) followed by Salutatorian Emily Shira (St. Christopher, University of Notre Dame).
In addition to the top students, the faculty and staff of Chaminade Julienne annually recognize three seniors who best exemplify the three elements of the school’s mission — commitment to faith, dedication to learning, and demonstration of school and family spirit. Kathryn Marshall received the Founder’s Award for demonstrating on a daily basis the spirit of St. Julie Billiart and Blessed William Chaminade. Austin Piatt received the Michael D. Trainor Award, named in honor of CJ’s principal from 1999 to 2004, which is given to a student who has regularly demonstrated intellectual curiosity. For best exemplifying the Chaminade Julienne spirit, Clare Geraghty was awarded the Gerard “Fuzzy” Faust Award, named for CJ’s legendary coach and teacher from 1933 to 1980.
ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2013 INCLUDE:
$9.1 million awarded in scholarships as of May 24 to the class of 128 students
Over 11,300 service hours were contributed during their four years at CJ with 30 students volunteering over 100 hours, including classmates Maya Manson and Cole Retzloff who each contributed over 800 hours in four years.
3 graduates were recognized for their accomplishments in the National Merit Scholarship Program; they are Austin Piatt, Emily Shira, and finalist Sam Wittman.
2 graduates were recognized for their performance on the National Latin Exam; Emily Shira received cum laude honors, and Sam Wittman received summa cum laude honors and a Gold Medal for his perfect score.
10 student athletes signed to play sports for a college or university
2 graduates received the OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarship award; they are Matthaus Ayers and Gretchen Bruggeman
2 graduates received the OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award; they are Tommy Redinger and Emily Shira
2 graduates received the NFHS National Award of Excellence certificate; they are Grace Kauth and Austin Piatt.
1 graduate received the OHSAA Courageous Student Award; he is Brandon Payne.
21 graduates served as Kairos retreat leaders
46 graduates are members of the National Honor Society
24 graduates are Presidential Academic Award Recipients
8 graduates are Presidential Achievement Award Recipients
This year's graduates will be attending 44 colleges and universities, with a majority of the graduates attending colleges and universities in Ohio including the University of Dayton, Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College and Wright State University. Graduates will also be attending post-secondary institutions across the nation including the University of Kansas, University of Pittsburgh, University of Notre Dame, and Saint Mary’s College.
Chaminade Julienne is pleased to announce teacher Laura Eloe, in her 29th year at CJ, will present this year’s Commencement Address. Laura and her husband Paul, a professor of mathematics at the University of Dayton, are residents of Xenia and their two children Nate ’06 and Katie ’09 are graduates of CJ. In addition to teaching math and religion courses CJ, Laura has also taught math at UD and Utah State University.
FOUR-YEAR VARSITY LETTERWINNERS
Twenty-three student athletes graduating in the class of 2013 earned varsity letters in a particular sport during all four years at CJ.