March 2014

Ministry & Service Broadens Horizons

Opportunities offered through the office of ministry and service have been taking students places this semester to learn about vocations and live out their faith in solidarity with the less fortunate.

FLIGHT Service Project

Fifteen seniors from CJ’s non-credit service leadership class FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today) spent a day serving others at the House of Bread. The non-profit community kitchen located on Orth Avenue is open for lunch seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Students worked from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. setting up the dining area, preparing dishes and serving a five-course meal for about 150 people said senior Alyssa Young. She learned that the House of Bread prepares and serves about 200 fresh lunches each day in addition to providing about 100 bag lunches for after school programs at various places throughout Dayton.

“You could tell how grateful guests were to be served a good meal,” she said. FLIGHT members were invited to enjoy a meal as well and concluded their service learning trip by helping with clean-up.

“I love FLIGHT, we are like a little family,” Young said. “I’ve always said that I’m proud to be a member.”

Marianist Retreat at St. Meinrad
Junior Nick Nevius and senior Patrick Zopff explored Marianist brotherhood at an overnight discernment retreat in late February hosted at the St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana.

Among the retreat activities, Nevius said his favorite part was attending Mass and a special prayer service with Benedectine monks from the monastery. “One of the Benedictine charisms is to treat every guest like Christ, and I felt that hospitality,” he said.

Joining CJ students on retreat were Marianist brothers, aspirants and students from fellow Marianist high schools Purcell Marian (Cincinnati), Chaminade College Preparatory (St. Louis), St. Mary’s (St. Louis), and St. John Vianney (St. Louis). The Marianists sponsor 18 high schools and three universities across the United States.

Urban Plunge Retreat
A small group of 10 students (pictured top) spent one weekend living in solidarity with people experiencing poverty and homelessness during Urban Plunge Retreat. The retreat was hosted by St. Vincent de Paul’s Ozanam Center for Service Learning in Cincinnati.

When the group arrived Friday morning, retreatants immediately jumped in to help visitors shop for food and personal care items at the organization’s food pantry from 10 a.m. to noon. Students primarily worked with and met community members living in areas of the city’s poverty-stricken West End and Over The Rhine neighborhoods.

Activities included a poverty simulation, tours of shelters, home visits with members of St. Vincent de Paul, and the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Food Challenge. Junior Jacob Marshall said the challenge, which tasked students with shopping for and preparing a family meal on a budget of just $5.96, opened his eyes to issues people living on assistance face every day.

“I realized how hard it is to live off food stamps,” he said. “The challenge showed me that people living in poverty can be unhealthy because they don’t have access or the means to buy fresh foods.”

Marshall added that his views on homelessness were changed by the urban plunge experience and said he has been inspired to get involved locally with the St. Vincent de Paul Dayton District Council.

Cartone, Meyers Join Class of 2014 Signees

Two more Eagles signed to follow their athletic pursuits while embarking on the next stage in their academic careers. This year’s group of student-athlete signees are as diverse as they are talented.

On March 6, Kaitlyn Cartone and Claire Meyers became the latest seniors to make formal college commitments. Cartone will play golf for the Belles of Saint Mary’s College (Indiana) and Meyers will swim for the Generals of Washington and Lee University (Virginia). Both are NCAA Division III schools.

So far this school year six Eagles from six different athletic programs have signed National Letters of Intent -- two from fall sports (football, golf), two from winter sports (swimming, wrestling), and two from spring sports (crew, lacrosse).

Kaitlyn Cartone
Cartone is the last golfer left from the 2011 state championship team to have played in the Eagles’ title winning match. Since then, the four-year letterwinner has also helped the team to a state runner-up finish in 2012 and a third place finish at this year’s Division II tournament.

“Kaitlyn had a great season and she’ll be tough to replace,” said head coach George Menker. As the team’s only senior, Kaitlyn carried a 43.4 average this season for the GCL Co-ed champs. She is a three-time first team All-Conference honoree, a two-time first team Southwest Ohio District honoree, and was named to the 2013 Academic All-Ohio team.

The resident of Vandalia will receive academic scholarships and intends to study biology at Saint Mary’s this fall. “I’m so thankful to the CJ community for their support. I feel very blessed,” she said.

Claire Meyers
Meyers left her mark on the CJ swimming program by taking five school records (two individual, three relay) as a four-year varsity letterwinner, but the program itself arguably made an even bigger impression on the Eagles’ team MVP.

“I’m really going to miss CJ swimming. It is really like having a second family,” said Meyers, a four-time recipient of first team All-Conference honors.

The matriarch of the CJ swim team, head coach Kate Corrado-Whistler, said Meyers’ leadership and talent will be equally missed. “Us coaches depend on her for so many things and she always comes through.”

The Tipp City resident will receive athletic grants and intends to study business at Washington and Lee University.


Seniors Work to Stop Cyberbullying

One Senior Capstone group has made it their mission to address cyberbullying, a dangerous online phenomena that often goes unseen outside of school classrooms and hallways.

On March 6, Bridget Wolff, Susie Sipos and Mimi Uwase will visit Holy Angels School to inform 7th and 8th grade students about what cyberbullying is, who is affected by it, and how to stop it. The group chose this topic because of its recent frequency in the news, and this age group because they knew this was the age that many kids start going online and interacting with others, Wolff said.

“We have read a lot of sad stories about how more kids are getting bullied and becoming depressed,” she said. “Children were committing suicide due to bullying, so we thought that we should take on the issue and try to end it.”

Their presentation at Holy Angels School will consist of a PowerPoint presentation, interactive scenarios, and two videos about the dangers of cyberbullying.

“We want the kids to learn that words hurt more than people think that they do,” Sipos said. “And bullying doesn’t only happen at school, it can happen when you go home too so you really can’t escape from it.”

The audience will also receive a stick at the beginning of the presentation, but at the end they will put all the sticks together as a symbol of strength to encourage support among their classmates.

“We will hand them sticks at the very beginning and they’ll be wondering what it’s for,” Sipos said. “At the end we will explain that one stick, or one person can break alone, but when you put all the sticks together, or you have everyone standing up for each other, it’s much harder to break them.”

She explained that the symbolism of the sticks would further demonstrate the power of standing up for each other, especially if someone is being bullied online.

“We want the world to become a better place, and it can't be when people are picking on each other,” Wolff added. “We want to spread positivity.”

Nancy Dever, math teacher and mentor for this Senior Capstone project, said she predicts that the project will be beneficial for both the group and the audience.

“I want the students to feel comfortable presenting, but also feel like they’re doing something good," she said. “I hope it inspires the children to be interested in the subject and actively participating in the presentation, but to make sure they’re learning something too.”

Sipos reflected on how her involvement in this project has changed her perspective on social media and how she will interact with others online in the future.

“It definitely has taught me to be more careful with what I say, what I’m doing, and how I’m watching out for others,” she said.

Art and English Students Heading to State

This weekend, visual arts and English students take part in two state competitions Saturday, March 8. Good luck and go Eagles!

Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest
For a third consecutive year, Rachel Strahorn will represent CJ in the state Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest. The event, sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), takes place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Ohio Dominican University's Matesich Theatre (directions).

Rachel (pictured above) placed fourth at state one year ago and looks to follow in the footsteps of CJ’s two past state champions. Her sister, 2011 alumna Lynsay Strahorn, won state as a junior and 2008 graduate Rachel Chandler -- Ohio’s first female champion -- took the state title as a senior.

The Eagles senior will perform "Insomnia," by Gabriel Rossetti, "Adam's Curse," by William Butler Yeats, and "The Blackstone Rangers," by Gwendolyn Brooks this Saturday against students from 49 Ohio high schools.

The state winner will receive $300 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship April 28-30. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for its library, according to the OAC Web site.

For more information about the state contest, visit Information about the national program is available at

UPDATE: Congratulations to Rachel who finished fourth in the 2014 statewide competition.

Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition
Five works by four CJ visual art students will be judged for inclusion in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition.

Congratulations to our regional winners who placed in the following categories:

Sarah Chapman, senior (two pieces: painting and commercial art)
Bridget Elder, junior (jewelry/enameling)
Maria Emery, junior (fibers/wearable art)
Jesse Thompson, senior (painting)
These students’ pieces are among approximately 2,500 works selected for state judging. Although judging is closed to the public, the 300 winning pieces will be on display at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower from March 31 through April 11 between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. Winners are eligible to receive scholarships and awards.

The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition is in its 44th year according to its Web site, Approximately 12,000 entries are submitted for judging by students at public and private schools across 15 regions throughout the state.


Vega Repeats as ICHSA Regional Champs

Meet the two-time International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) Ohio Valley Semifinal champions: Chaminade Julienne’s own Vega.

The eight students that make up the 2013-14 a cappella ensemble followed in the footsteps of last year’s septet by winning our area's regional competition over schools from New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee. Vega features newcomers Katy Harrington, Ayanna Hayes, Kaylee Piatt and Sean Stewart along with returning members Cassidy Aughe, Addi Helms, Daniel Jackson and David Marshall.

Performances of rock band Bastille's “Pompeii," solo artist Rihanna's “What Now," and folk duo The Civil Wars' “Barton Hollow” earned Vega a 39-point win over the second place finisher Saturday, March 1. Junior Daniel Jackson once again received the award for Outstanding Vocal Percussion and the group was awarded Outstanding Choreography honors for the second consecutive year.

The win qualifies the Eagles to return to New York City April 25 and compete in the national finals against a handful of the best high school a cappella groups from around the country.

Earlier this school year, Vega was invited to perform with an elite group of pop a cappella groups at the Kettering National A Cappella Festival hosted by Fairmont High School. CJ also hosted its own pop a cappella concert for the first time this January. The show featured the school’s own groups, Vega and Age V, as well as college groups from the University of Dayton and the University of Kentucky.

Vega has released two albums since being founded during the 2010-11 school year by Joe Whatley ‘04, director of choirs. Albums include the 2012 release “Momentum,” and the group’s newest album, “Elevation,” on sale now.