March 2015

Culinary Experience Creates New Bonds

Creative concoctions were constructed beyond the expectations of moderator Susan Eichenauer, who with the Key Club, hosted the first "Cake Boss Competition."

"The idea was basically to provide a unique and different after school activity for students to get them connected with a different group of kids," Eichenauer said.

The idea for the competition came from watching a popular television show Eichenauer said. When she suggested the idea to Key Club members, they quickly cooked up how CJ could do their own version. Twenty students signed up for the cake decorating event but enthusiasm about the competition spead throughout the school, as more students tried to participate in the competition after sign-ups were over.

While most students said they were excited about eating the cake at the end, most knew another reason why after-school activities like this are important. According to Laura Springman 15, events like this "give us a way to get to know the people, and grow bonds."


Brian Duffy, '74, Returns as STEMM Idol

Brian Duffy has spent three decades making workforces safe and environmentally friendly.

How he's been able to adapt to new technological advances and still keep his employer, Crown Equipment Corporation, compliant with safety standards was the focus of his presentation during the latest CJ STEMM Speaker Series.

Duffy is a 1974 graduate of CJ. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Environmental Planning from Arizona State University.

Duffy has been in the Environmental Health & Safety field for 30 years, 26 of those years spent at his current employer, Crown Equipment Corporation. He is responsible for all global environmental health and safety compliances, and sustainability and injury prevention for his company's Lift Trucks.

According to the Crown Equipment Corporation website, "Safety is an integral part of Crown's engineering and manufacturing processes and it shows in our product design, technology advances, and training programs, all helping create a culture of safety." Duffy is a key player in making this philosophy happen.

Crown has received many Environmental and Safety awards because of Duffy's dedication to his profession. He has also been asked to speak at several Environmental Health & Safety conferences and has written for many publications regarding Environmental Health & Safety issues.

Duffy said being a part of the first graduating class of CJ helped prepare him for where he is today.

"I had a very strong background in the sciences. I had some great teachers who were willing to spend the time and help me along."

Duffy is still very much a part of the CJ culture. He has volunteered for the Fish Fry, been asked to be a presenter during the Hall of Fame Awards, and has been an Environmental Advisor to facilities projects.

While reflecting on the STEMM program, Duffy said he was excited to see the advancements at CJ.

"Just a great education and the STEMM program is an extension of that. It's really great to see not only the curriculum of STEMM but also the infrastructure improvements which are great."

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


CJ Students Excel In State Competitions

Great memory and great speed.

Those are the talents Emily Meyer, '15, and members of the Indoor Track Team displayed on Saturday, as they participated in two different state competitions.

Meyer, who won the CJ Poetry Out Loud competition earlier this year, had three poems prepared for the state competition. 

Meyer won CJ's competition when she recited "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" by Richard Hugo and "The Gaffe" by C.K. Williams. The Poetry Out Loud State Championship will be held in Columbus.

According to Justin Nigro with the Ohio Arts Council, Meyer "did a wonderful job and represented Chaminade Julienne High School well!" She did not advance to the national competition.

The Walk to State for the indoor track participants was just a warm-up before Saturday's state finals. Kyle McKinney, '15, Jasmyne Shaw, '15, Dejah Gilliam, '15, Ariel Caffee, '16, and Lauren Pegues, '17 competed in Akron in the OATCCC Indoor State Championship.

Shaw, Gilliam, Caffee, and Pegues participated in the 4 x 200 relay, while Gilliam and Caffee also participated in individual competitions.

"It's exciting because it's our last year running and we've been running since freshman year," said Shaw.

McKinney, who was ranked #1 in the state for Triple Jump,  also participated in individual events.

"It's another opportunity to continue to excel at my track career, I'm excited," said McKinney.

In the competition, McKinney won 2nd place for Triple Jump. The girls 4 x 200 relay placed 4th and Gilliam placed 4th in the 60 meter dash.

Congratulations to all of our participants!


JBN: Student of the Week

When you walk into CJ at 8:05 Monday morning, you hear the Student of the Week being announced throughout the entire building. This “JBN Student of the Week” program takes time to show appreciation for small or large acts of kindness reflected by a student in the building.

“The JBN student of the week is a student nominated by a teacher or staff member who lives out the philosophy of ‘just being nice’ every day,” senior student council class officer and JBN Student of the Week committee member Megan Foley ’15 said. “These students are typically ones who live out Christ's message of love, and have the ability to incorporate it into the random acts of kindness he or she does daily.”

Members of the JBN committee see the JBN Student of the Weeks as a way to initiate a ripple effect within the student body.

“I hope that the JBN Student of the Week program inspires students to be nicer, and I hope that the kids who already do so much for our school can feel happy and know that their kindness is appreciated,” JBN Student of the Week committee member Caroline Chick said. “At CJ there are so many JBN students that it will be hard to recognize all of them over the course of the year, but we try to make sure that we do appreciate those students who are genuinely nice and give them their moment.”

JBN stands for “Just Be Nice,” a campaign FLIGHT enacted last year. During the opening faculty and staff retreat of the 2013-2014 school year, members read two articles, including In My Mind’s Eye by Walter Wangerin, Jr. and Just Be Nice by George Wood, a former principal. Both articles stressed the significance little acts of kindness have on others.

In his article, Wood wrote, “There is not a lot (at my advanced age) that I remember about my own time as a student, but what I do remember are the acts of kindness by teachers... I know I learned a lot  of academic stuff too, but what stuck with me were the kindesses shown when, more often than not, I did nothing to deserve them.”

The message of students picking up on small acts of kindness inspired faculty and staff, who then decided to bring the concept to student body. FLIGHT embraced the message and made it a goal to implement JBN in the 2013-2014 school year.

Activities included an inspirational talk by Mr. Colvin, hanging motivational signs in bathrooms and on lockers, signing pledge cards to JBN, and challenging students through the morning announcements to JBN.

“It started catching on,” Kelli Kinnear, head of Ministry and Service, said. “Teachers would hear students in the classroom say JBN, there were visual and verbal reminders everywhere. It became a theme on retreats and other activities throughout the school year.”

During summer Student Council leadership training before the 2014-2015, Student Council decided to build on the JBN campaign through the Student of the Week program.

Students are selected by secret faculty and staff nominations, and thus far students from all grade levels have been nominated. Each week, the announcement contains a short bio of the student and a post is sent to faculty and student sites. The student’s picture is put up on the Student Council board and they also receive a certificate.

Students who have been named student of the week include:

- Noah Walusis ’17 : “Noah goes out of his way to help others feel included, feel part of a group, and feel at ease.  Whether it is on Sophomore Retreat, in the lunch room, or in the classroom, Noah encourages and supports others who may be struggling.”

- Dallas Danneker ’15: “Dallas always has a smile on his face, and he always is willing to lend a helping hand to other students and to faculty. He has taken several shadows under his wings to be a good example for them.”

- Reed Allen ’18: “He is someone who walks into a room and treats you like you are his best friend. He makes a point of saying HI to people as he walks to class or stops in an office or in the clinic.  He is kind, polite and just a pleasure to be around.”

- Catherine Grady ‘15: “She radiates joy whenever she is in the room.  she walks down the hall, she is friendly and outgoing to all.  In class, she is willing and happy to work with anyone, not just her friends. She is an all-around nice person with a truly kind and generous heart!”

- Antonio Mobley ‘16: “He is kind, respectful to adults, and friendly to all.  He has great manners.  He stops in to visit people in the Guidance Office and  makes everyone feel welcomed and appreciated.”

- Rachel Coughlin ’17: “She spreads joy and happiness wherever she goes, and she has a very positive outlook on life.  She is a hard working student who is dedicated in her studies and is extremely talented in her writing skills.” 

- Erin Staley ‘15: “She acts like a cheerleader to get others pumped up & motivated.  She volunteers in the Guidance Office as an aide, and she goes out of her way to do that extra thing to make others happy.”

- Joshua Hughes '17: "He's quiet and unassuming among students but at the same time very friendly and welcoming with everyone. He's also working as a peer tutor - tutoring students who need help especially in science."  

- Michaela Linehan '16: "She is unfailingly cheerful, as nice as she can be to everyone around her, always says the right thing, helps her classmates constantly, and tutors others in the ELC.  She has a big heart and a kind spirit."

- Carlos Estrada-Sanchez '16: "When faced with hardships or difficulties, he never gives up on trying and on doing his best.  And, he goes out of his way to help others and work with others when he sees them struggling."

- Kyle McKinney, '15: "He truly shows compassion and concern for all those around him.  He always is willing to lend a helping hand to others, he is welcoming to all, and he extends friendship to everyone.  Whether it is the hallway, the classroom, the lunch room, or outside of school, you can count on Kyle for a smile and a kind word."

- Tucker Helms, '17: "Tucker is truly a very nice young man, who stands up for his friends, even when it is not an easy thing to do.  He always says hi and greets people with respect and dignity, no matter what issues they may be having.  He is kind and friendly to all."

“We want to recognize students who really do nice kind acts without expecting applause or for their resume,” Student Council moderator Angela Ruffolo said. “I think everyone always appreciates when people say ‘thanks’ or say ‘hey...your kindness and nice acts do not go unnoticed!’  Really, JBN Student of the Week is just a way to show appreciation for people's kindness… to encourage the JBN philosophy throughout our building all the time.”


STEMM Idol Speaker Dr. Keith Watson

There are many opportunities in March to attend the CJ STEMM Idol Speaker series.

Whether you’ve attended all the 2014-15 homeroom sessions or if this is your first one, do not miss out on these unique opportunities to take an inside look at future college and career paths from professionals living them out.

On Tuesday, Mar. 3, all students were invited as Dr. Keith Watson visited from the Premier Health Specialists office in Yellow Springs. The veteran board certified OB/GYN has practiced medicine locally for almost 35 years, but don’t consider this doc “old school.”

Dr. Watson serves his patients by implementing innovative, minimally invasive techniques. He was one of the first Dayton physicians in the field to perform robotic assisted surgeries using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System and now helps train his colleagues in robotic procedures.

A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina at Charleston, Dr. Watson completed his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. He currently leads a staff of five.

While talking with students, Dr. Watson spoke about his mission trips overseas helping others in the health care field. "To me it's not a job, it's a profession," Dr. Watson said.

He also shared his passion for providing minimally invasive surgeries, which he is able to do with the  da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Students were able to see the robot in action as a video showed how the machine can peel the skin off a grape.

Dr. Watson's dedication for the robotic program was felt by the students who were eager to learn more about the system after his presentation was completed.

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