March 2015

2014-2015 Winter Sports Recap

The weather may have been cold outside but the student athletes at CJ were heating up the court, the pool, the mats and the lanes during the 2014-2015 winter season.

Both the men's and women's bowling teams had successful seasons. For the boys, Cole Mason, '16, was named to the GCL-Coed Second Team. Mason also qualified for districts where he bowled a 553 series with games of 180, 183 and 190. The men's team finished the season 4-10 in the conference and 5-16 overall.

For the women, Katie Sargent, '15, was named the GCL-Coed Player of the Year. Her game average was 190.5 this season. Sargent was also named to the GCL-Coed First Team while Rebecca Mayer, '15 was named to the Second Team and Anastasia McNeily, '15, had an honorable mention. The women's team finished the season 5-5 in the conference and 8-8 overall.

There were several standouts for the wrestling team this season.  McKinley Screetch, '15 and Thomas McGraw, '18, were each named to the GCL First team for the 132 pound and 113 pound weight class, respectively.  Micah Marshall, '18, was named to the GCL Second Team for the 120 pound weight class. The team as a whole succeeded in the GCL, with most players ranked in first, second, or third place in their weight class at the end of the season.

The swimming and diving team had four women qualify for the state championships this season. Erin Staley '15, Macleary Moran '18, Gerogia Albino '15 and Abby Arestides '17 competed in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Moran also competed in the individual 200 and 500 freestyles and Staley competed in the individual 500 freestyle.  The four swimmers were also named to the First Team in the GCL, for the 200 and 400 freestyle relays while Moran was named to the First Team for the 200 and 500 individual freestyles. Staley was named to the GCL Second Team for the 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle.

"I'm beyond happy. If I had to end my swimming career right now this is a great way to go. I wouldn't have it any other way and it's just really nice to be a part of this team," Staley said
about the successful season.

They men were also successful this season with Vincent Dang '17, Christopher McCoy '15, Matthew Richard '15 and John Hawthorn '15 being named to the GCL Second Team for the 200 Medley Relay. Dang was also nominated to the GCL Second Team for the 100 Backstroke.

The indoor track and field team also sent players to the state championships. The team competed in six meets to qualify players for state. Kyle McKinney '15 placed second in the state for the triple jump. Jasmyne Shaw, '15, Dejah Gilliam, '15, Ariel Caffee, '16, and Lauren Pegues, '17 competed in the 4x200 placing fourth in the state. Gilliam also placed fourth in the state in the 60 meter dash. McKinney and Olivia Brown '16 also competed in a national competition at the University of Kentucky, where McKinney placed third in the triple jump.

The women's basketball team made it to the postseason again after ending the season 4-6 in the GCL North Conference. Overall, the team went 11-12 after losing in the first round of postseason play to Bellbrook. Haleigh Shaw, '15, was named to the GCL First Team, while ReAnna Dudley, '15 and Ta'Jah Parker, '15, were named to the GCL Second Team.

The men's basketball team had their best season in years, advancing to the state semi-finals on March 26. The team won the GCL North Conference with a 9-1 record. Overall, the team went 22-7 this season.

The team was not only named the GCL North champs, but also the Division 3 District and Regional Champions. Alan Vest, '15, was named the Player of the Year and Coach Joe Staley was named the Coach of the Year for the GCL North.  Other honors this season included:

                All-GCL North Team
                                - Alan Vest (1st Team)
                                - Myo Baxter-Bell, '15 (1st Team)
                                - Christian Montague, '17 (1st Team)
                                - Zach Burneka, '15 (2nd Team)
                                - Jacob Harrison, '16 (2nd Team)

                District 15 All Star Team
                                - Alan Vest (1st Team, Player Of the Year)
                                - Myo Baxter-Bell (1st Team)
                                -Christian Montague (1st Team, Underclassmen Team)

                All Southwest District
                                -Alan Vest (1st Team)
                                -Myo Baxter-Bell (2nd Team)
                                - Christian Montague (Honorable Mention)

                All Ohio
                                -Alan Vest (2nd Team)
                                - Myo Baxter-Bell (Honorable Mention)

Alan and Myo were also nominated to play in the North/South game.

When asked about this season, Coach Staley said, "I'm very proud of the way our team competed this season.  They were a true team in every sense of the word.  They were extremely unselfish and really cared about each other.  Our senior class is a very special group, and their leadership was outstanding."

Congratulations to all of our teams for a successful winter season!


Project Focuses On Defining Masculinity

What does it mean to be a man? This is a question that men everywhere are constantly confronted with, particularly during the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood.

In an attempt to answer this question, three CJ seniors are using their Senior Capstone project to help seventh grade boys gain a better understanding of masculinity.

Seniors Alex Juniewicz-Fogle, Danny Meyer and Sam Stidham created a presentation exploring the representation of masculinity in the media and the effects it has on middle school aged males. The young men presented their project to a group of seventh grade boys at St. Christopher’s Middle School in March.

“We had a PowerPoint with videos and facts,” said Juniewicz-Fogle. “And we talked to them about personal experiences that we’ve had with understanding masculinity.”

The seniors were inspired to create their project when they saw a Ted Talk video about masculinity in their junior year religion class.

The seniors believe that there are a lot of prevalent messages in the media today that can encourage negative cultural norms.

“Being a man isn’t about having a lot of women, money and power,” said Juniewicz-Fogle. “Watching the Ted Talk video made us realize that’s really not how manhood is, so we decided to show the boys a clip of the video during our presentation.”

“We really wanted them to learn to look at manhood in a good way instead of a negative way and to grow up and be good people rather than following negative cultural norms. They should respect women and not try to get a lot of money and power. It was cool to see it have an impact on them like it did on me.”

“They’re just now sort of learning what masculinity is now,” added Stidham. “That’s why they were our target age group”.

As part of their presentation the seniors showed the seventh graders a diagram of a man and asked them to label it with words they thought represented masculinity. “At first they all used words like ‘big’, ‘strong’, ‘tall’, and ‘athletic’,” said Meyer. “But after we talked to them we asked them to re-label the diagram and they used words like ‘reverent’, ‘respectful’, ‘courteous’, and ‘well-mannered’.”

“I really liked seeing the kids change and have a completely different view on it,” said Stidhan.

“We focused on the Marianist characteristics we’ve learned throughout our years here,” added Juniewicz-Fogle. “We told them about the Marianist Catholic teachings that you can use to apply to masculinity.”

“The more we researched about it the more we found people around the country talking about it,” Juniewicz-Fogle continued. “It’s a serious issue that’s not really talked about a lot and we wanted to do something about it because it really hits home for all of us”.

STEMM Speaker Idol Series

March is National Save Your Vision Month. To close out the STEMM Speaker Series for the month, Catherine McDaniel, '00, spoke with students on Tuesday, March 31.

McDaniel is an associate professor of Clinical Optometry & Chief of Binocular Vision and Pediatric (BVP) Clinic at The Ohio State University, College of Optometry. McDaniel has been with OSU for three years but has been working in the optometry field for seven years.

After graduating from CJ in 2000, McDaniel attended Wright State University for her Bachelor of Science degree. She then attended OSU for her OD, MS degree. While at OSU, McDaniel works in the BVP Clinic teaching 4th year students how to perform exams on children and patients with binocular vision disorders. Additionally, McDaniel teaches a course in pediatric optometry to 3rd year optometry students. McDaniel is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and member of the American Optometric Association.

"I feel really strongly about science and math education, it opens a lot of different doors for you," said McDaniel about her motivation to talk with students on Tuesday.

According to the American Optometric Association, 55% of adults use computers, smart phones, tablets or other handheld electronics more than five hours a day, while children ages 10-18 spend three or more hours a day on the same devices. Researchers believe spending this amount of time on these devices is putting a strain on our eyes and users are not taking breaks as needed. The Association recommends visual breaks are needed every 20 minutes by users looking at something that is at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

To help protect eyes, McDaniel suggested, "don't forget to rest your eyes. Using smart devices aren't going to hurt your eyes, but you can get a lot more fatigued because you're doing a lot more close work."

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at


Men's Basketball Advances To State

Update: The Eagles end their season as State Semi-Finalists after a close run with LCC: 55-50. Thank you TEAM for an exciting season.

Road to State

This is the Eagle's first appearance in Columbus and run at the State title since 2004.The team, which ended the regular season 16-6, has been on an eight-game winning streak since February 13. The last team the Eagles lost to was Lima Central Catholic, which happens to be the team the Eagles will face on Thursday, March 26.

"We know them pretty well, that gives us a lot of confidence," said Charlie Szabo, assistant coach, in regards to facing the familiar opponent.

Students cheered on the team as they participated in a Walk To State around the school, right before the team board busses heading to Columbus.

"All the hard work is going to pay off. There's nothing we can do now but go out there and play our best," said team captain Alex Juniewicz-Fogle '15.

Coach Szabo echoed that sentiment. "They worked really hard to do this; they've earned their chance."

The game will tip-off at 8:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus.

Go Eagles!


Students Attend Mass, Visit Sites in Spain

CJ Spanish class students experienced a trip they'll never forget as they spent more than a week in Spain recently.

The students saw sites in several cities including Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid and Toledo. While in Barcelona, students participated in Mass in the crypt of La Sagrada Familia (the Church of the Holy Family.)

"The Mass at La Sagrada Familia was awesome because the priest was so wonderful and inclusive," said Sra. Peg Regan. "Taylor Burrows did a reading and Kate Quinttus and Ellie Cronin did petitions. Afterwards,  the priest had us come up to the front and gave us a special blessing."

While in Madrid, the group visited with fellow Marianist students from Colegio Santa Ana y San Rafael.The weather was not ideal during the visit, but Sra. Regan said that did not stop students from playing soccer with their Spanish pen pals.

The next stop for students was Zaragoza, where the group saw the statue of Our Lady of Pilar. It was that statue where Father Chaminade was inspired to start the Society of Mary.

Students also went to the former Spanish capital of Toledo. Students were told how Muslims, Jews and Christians used to peacefully coexist in this city and all three cultures can be identified in Toledo's St. Mary's Synagogue.

Sra. Regan said the trip overall was a great success and she is already looking forward to bringing students back to Spain next year.


Students Serve in Cincinnati

They could have been hanging out with friends or staying at home going to sleep in their own beds. But instead, 11 students recently chose to immerse themselves with the homeless and help those in need.

This year's annual Urban Plunge retreat focused on serving the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Cincinnati. Students stayed at the facility, helped and prepared meals, and got a better understanding of urban poverty.

Teacher Alan Rozanski, who experienced the Urban Plunge for the first time with CJ said, "this experience has motivated the students to right the wrongs in our society, and listen to Mary when she says to us, 'do whatever He tells you.'"

During the weekend mission, students visited the Mary Magdalen House, which is run by a Marianist Ministry. Brother Giancarlo spoke with the group about the importance of treating those down on their luck with the same dignity as a person who is not in need. The Mary Magdalen House has private showers, toiletries, and laundry services available for the guests. It's the basic necessities that most of us don't think twice about that can sometimes be the most impactful on the Mary Magdalen House guests.

"The students responded with such generous and open hearts," said Urban Plunge adviser Molly Bardine.

During the retreat, CJ students participated in a number of different activities in order to better understand the realities of those experiencing poverty and homelessness.  The Catholic Social Teaching principle of Solidarity was a major theme of the retreat.

Clare Wade, '16 said "it was a very eye opening experience in which I now have a better understanding of how much of an impact I can make through all my little actions."

STEMM Idol Speaker Dr. Jim Olson

Young minds had the opportunity to learn more about neuroscience when Dr. Jim Olson returned for a fourth year in the STEMM Idol Speaker Series. The professor and researcher could add "a magician's doubter" to his list of titles as he explained how our eyes and our mind works to defy illusions.

While presenting, Dr. Olson showed students to not believe everything they saw at first glance. He gave several examples where students first saw different images than their classmates. Dr. Olson went on to show students how the brain works and can sometimes trick what our eyes are seeing.

"We perceive things in a way we can't out think them... some illusions you've seen before. These you can't because they're built into the way our brain is wired," Olson explained.

Dr. Olson graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Engineering Physics. While there, he expanded his interest from physics to biology and spent some time working in a laboratory in the Chemistry Department before moving on to the University of California at Berkeley to complete his doctorate in Biophysics. In his research at UC Berkeley, Dr. Olson studied the interaction of laser light with nerve cells in culture and performed some experiments using the billion electron volt heavy ion particle accelerator at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. He also taught physics in small group sessions and laboratories.

He then moved on to the nearby Stanford University School of Medicine for more research training in Neurochemistry and additional experience teaching in the medical cardiovascular course. Dr. Olson also developed and taught physics courses in the respiratory therapy program at a local community college.

Next, he took a faculty position at Tulane University in New Orleans where he began teaching medical neuroscience and continued his research on a variety of conditions that affect the brain. Finally, Dr. Olson moved to join the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University in 1986 to head up their research laboratory.

Dr. Olson's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Emergency Medicine Foundation, among others. He also participates in medical and graduate neuroscience courses and helps direct medical research projects for residents in the department's resident training program. In addition to science and science education, Dr. Olson enjoys taking pictures and printing black and white photography (from film), playing guitar, and flying.

In 2010, Dr. Olson was presented the Science Educator Award by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). The annual award "recognizes an outstanding neuroscientist who has made significant contributions in promoting public education and awareness about the field," and includes a $5,000 prize. According to a 2010 SfN press release, Dr. Olson worked to promote the inclusion of neuroscience topics into Science Olympiad competitions and into the curriculum for more than 5,000 middle schools and high schools across the U.S.

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at


Historical Marker Announcement

"She lived what she believed."

And Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN lived a life loving all God's people and helping others. Which is why the CJ community is pleased to have the approval of a State of Ohio Historical Marker in her honor.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Sr. Dorothy's martyrdom. On February 12, 2005, Sr. Dorothy was shot six times in Brazil. She had been there for several years working for the future of the Amazon rainforest, fighting for farmers' rights and the poor.

On Thursday, family, friends and the community came to CJ to watch a special screening of "The Student, The Nun and The Amazon." A good friend of Sr. Dorothy's, Sr. Joan Krimm, SNDdeN, spoke on WDTN before the event.

"She didn't just talk, but she acted. She (taught) us a lesson of love. She loved God and all of God's creations," Sr. Krimm said in the interview.

Sr. Krimm also spoke at Thursday's event. It was during this time that the announcement about the marker was made. Chloe Johnson and Anjali Phadke, both freshmen at the Dayton STEM School in Kettering organized and made the push to have the marker approved.

"Because of her, there are so many school in Brazil and because of her death there is awareness around the world," said Phadke. There are nearly 40 schools in Brazil which were dedicated in Sr. Dorothy's honor.

"Together, we think of her as an inspiration," said Johnson.

Details about where and when the marker would be erected are still in discussion. 



WKEF's coverage of the community event.

WDTN talks to Sr. Joan before the community event.



Sr. Dorothy, Her Dream/Our Hands 2005-2015

PDF resource — Activity guide and schedule of national activities

Expanded Story of Sister Dorothy
online resource — SNDdeN Ohio Province

The Public Is Invited

The Chaminade Julienne Community invites the public to “meet” Sr. Dorothy Stang SNDdeN through a screening of “The Student, The Nun & The Amazon” Thursday, Mar. 19 in the CJ Auditorium.


Filmed shortly before her death, this documentary bears witness to Sr. Dorothy’s love of people, passion for her work, and her vision and hope for the future of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Sr. Dorothy’s close friend, Sr. Joan Krimm, SNDdeN, will give a reflection following the showing of the film. Learn how Sr. Dorothy’s life continues to inspire work for justice. Resources will be available, and all are invited to stay for a reception.

For more information, visit or email Molly Bardine at


Sr. Dorothy, Her Dream/Our Hands 2005-2015
PDF resource — Activity guide and schedule of national activities

Expanded Story of Sister Dorothy
online resource — SNDdeN Ohio Province

Making A Difference For Students

For many high school students it’s hard to imagine how different life is in another country, let alone how difficult life is for young adults in some countries. This year, two groups of CJ students have made it their mission to raise awareness about the issues facing teenagers in impoverished areas of Africa.

Two separate groups of seniors at CJ are working on similar Senior Capstone projects that aim to make a difference in the lives of African teenagers in Kenya and Uganda.

One group, including seniors Matt Boudinot, Matt Pyper, Adam Pendergrass, Matt Richard and Danny Wittman, has placed their focus on a small, Marianist Catholic school named Our Lady of Nazareth in Nairobi, Kenya. Their mission is to gain knowledge about the Kenyan educational system, communicate with members of the school, and send school supplies, particularly books, to the students.

The seniors first heard about Our Lady of Nazareth from Father Jeje Callistus who is currently a student at the University of Dayton. Fr. Callistus, who has served as a teacher at the Kenyan school, has been a very useful source of information for the students throughout their project.

The young men have a main goal of acquiring school supplies to send to the Our Lady of Nazareth. “The most important thing to get is books, any kind of books, they’re very hard to come by for them,” said Adam Pendergrass. “We’re also getting them Holy Angels jerseys because they really like playing football (soccer).”

“We’re partnering with Holy Angels Elementary School for this drive; they’re helping us get supplies,” added Matt Boudinot. The students are also working closely with Holy Angels and other local Marianist organizations in the Dayton community to raise awareness for Our Lady of Nazareth.

“I think it’s great that they’re raising awareness with the young students at Holy Angels,” said Molly Bardine, Capstone Coordinator. “Who knows what spark of motivation they’ll start there?”

The seniors are all very excited to be a part of a project that is action oriented. “Hearing about how hard life is for students there has motivated us to actually send supplies,” said Pendergrass. “Raising awareness is great but we really wanted to get in there and help, we really feel like we’re actually taking action to help them.”

“A lot of projects are awareness oriented,” agreed Boudinot. “I really wanted to DO something, it has helped me really immerse myself in the project, and it’s made me realize how blessed I am.”

Unified for Uganda — Awareness for the Cause

Another group of seniors, including Grace Saunders and Emily Meyer, have focused their efforts on raising awareness about poverty and education in Uganda. The seniors were inspired by their involvement in the organization Unified for Uganda, also known as U for U. 

To complete their Capstone project, they organized a Global Symposium on February 22. The symposium invited all CJ students to learn about the level of poverty in Uganda and the ways education can help improve the situation.

Grace Saunders has been a member of Unified for Uganda for two years as part of her involvement with the Key Club at CJ. “We raised $1,100 for U for U but no one at CJ really seemed to know what we were raising money for,” said Saunders. “The lack of knowledge inspired us to use our Capstone project to raise awareness for U for U.”

The Global Symposium drew a big crowd. Many students attended, including two Cincinnati high school students who traveled to Uganda last year. “We were so happy they could come to the event,” said Saunders. “They talked about being with the children there and how it changed their lives”Cincinnati students join Saunders and Meyer at the Global Symposium

The symposium began with a prayer and a video from U for U and then split up into various educational breakout sessions. “I ran a session comparing Ugandan student’s lives to US student’s lives and Emily ran a session with facts, trivia and statistics about poverty,” said Saunders.

Clare Wade, a student who attended the symposium said it was an eye opening experience. “Some of the other girls and I are thinking of taking it to the next level next year for our Senior Capstone project,” she said. “It inspired me and my parents to sponsor a Ugandan girl for Lent. We’re sending her the first letter soon.”

“The really exciting thing about their project is that it will serve as a model for future projects,” said Bardine. "Any Capstone group in the future that wants to take on a symposium project will have a great model.”

Bardine emphasized the importance of educating future generations of students. “This project embraces the idea of educating students and inspiring them to act,” she said. “It’s really the core of Marianist tradition.”

Ultimately, the symposium was a great success. “At least 10 kids came up to me and tell me that they had fun or that I educated them,” said Saunders. “Multiple people have taken application forms for a leadership summit through U for U.”

The effort both groups of CJ seniors are making to positively affect the lives of African teenagers is truly heartwarming. “In general the most rewarding thing is seeing the smile on the Ugandan kid’s faces and getting a letter back, and realizing that I’m making a difference,” said Saunders. “The world seems ten times smaller now than it did before I become involved with U for U.”