January 2016

STEMM Idol: Joe DeLong

Students had the opportunity to hear from a professional engineer during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series presentation on Tuesday, February 2.

Joe DeLong is a structural engineer at Shell + Meyer Associates Structural Engineers in Kettering. He has worked there since graduating from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree.

"In high school, I enjoyed math and science classes," said DeLong. "When looking at what college majors were available, I gravitated towards engineering and went to UD."

DeLong noted that after "learning the ropes" of building structural design as an engineering intern, he passed the structural Principles and Practice of Engineering Exams to become a licensed Professional Engineer and designated as a Model Law Structural Engineer.

"Everyday is a new and different adventure," DeLong told the students.

Some of the projects DeLong has provided structural analysis, design and development of construction documents on include Kettering Memorial Hospital Schuster Heart Hospital, University of Dayton/GE EPISCenter, Wright State University Neuroscience Engineering Collaborative, University of Dayton Immaculate Conception Chapel renovation, and the Dayton Metro Library Main Library renovation and addition.

"I don't know that I really had an opportunity to learn about engineering in high school so it's great that there is a STEMM program at CJ," DeLong shared. "Your career is a majority of  where you spend your lifetime so it's good to enjoy it and feel like it's rewarding. I'm thankful that I have that in my career."

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 mdraeger@cjeagles.org.


Capstone Teaches About 5-2-1-0 Plan

5-2-1-0 more than a math problem. It's the name of a campaign to help stop childhood obesity and the focus behind a Senior Capstone Project.

Seniors Carlos Estrada-Sanchez, Anna Miller, Colin Monroe and Natalie Murray said, "Moving into college we understand that it will be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We wanted to get into the habit now so that we can avoid that dreaded freshman 15. Research on 5-2-1-0 really helped teach us about our upcoming lifestyle choices."

5-2-1-0 stands for five fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of screen time, one hour of more of physical activity and zero sugary drinks each day. The group chose Becky Gonter-Dray, RD CSP LD, as their mentor for this project.

"I work with Natalie Murray’s mother at Dayton Children’s," Gonter-Day explained. "We also both attend St Christopher Catholic Church and School. When Natalie expressed an interest in nutrition I agreed to assist."

On Wednesday, January 27, the group met with students at St. Christopher School to explain the importance of 5-2-1-0.

"The group decided to work with St Christopher School since Natalie attended this grade school," shared Gonter-Day. "Sharing the CJ and Catholic values with younger students reinforces how lucky these students are to be receiving a Catholic education!"

"We all felt like we made a positive impact to the students," the capstone group added. "They were engaged and excited to learn about the 5-2-1-0 plan."

The group plans to return to St. Christopher School in a few weeks to see if the students have noticed any differences since adopting a 5-2-1-0 plan.

"We hope the students understand that it's not about what you look like, it's how you feel," the group emphasized. "We also hope they see that this is a realistic plan."

Posted January 29, 2016

Vega, Phoenix, and Alumni to Perform in A Capella Concert

No instruments will be needed when members of Phoenix and Vega perform at the CJ "A Cappella Concert" on Sunday, January 31 at 2 p.m. in the CJ auditorium.

"The great thing about A Cappella groups is that each one is very different in how they perform and the songs they select," said Vega director, Bryan Sharpe. "Each group represented on Sunday will be performing in a style that is unique to them. The audience can expect to hear and see very different takes on a really wide variety of music."

"I remember being little and coming to open houses and seeing Vega perform, and I've known that I've wanted to be in this group for a long time," noted first-year Vega member, Alexis Jackson '17.

Phoenix's Director, Madeline Brown '13, shared that the group will be performing some of their favorite songs as well as some new ones.

"Phoenix will be performing all the songs we have been working on thus far," explained Brown. "We're really excited to bring new energy to the songs."

The concert will also feature several CJ alumni who are now involved in their own A Cappella groups in college.

"I am most excited to see Vega alumni perform college level A Cappella," said Jackson. "I'm sure they're going great things and there is a lot I can learn from them."

"I am really looking forward to this show's collaborative nature," added Sharpe. "There are two college groups that contain CJ alumni who will be performing which is going to create great energy and excitement for the performers and audience members. There is a lot that each group can learn from and it's always exciting to see what kind of creativity each group will bring."

Director of Performing Arts, Debi Schutt, noted, "I think it will be neat to bring alumni who were in CJ's first A Cappella groups back because they were passionate about the programs at CJ. In a lot of cases, these students were at the forefront of starting their own A Cappella groups at their college."

"I am excited to get the students exposed to college groups and what they can expect if they want to continue A Cappella in the future," Brown affirmed.

After the concert, Vega's third studio album, "Enamored" will be available for purchase. Those who are interested in purchasing the CD but are unable to attend the concert can email Sharpe, Brown, Schutt or Drama and Choir Teacher Caitlin Bennett.

"In addition to celebrating the awesome work of past years' groups in making this CD, this concert is also serving as a great performance experience as we are preparing our competition sets for International Championship of High School A Cappella quarterfinals at Centerville High School next month," Sharpe shared. You can learn more about that competition here.

Finalists Take the Stage for Poetry Out Loud

Update: Congratulations to Thomas Ellison who was the winner of CJ's 2016 Poetry Out Loud Competition. Ellison is also the first male to win the comeptition.

12 students will participate in the final round of CJ's Poetry Out Loud competition on Thursday, January 28.

"Poetry Out Loud is a great celebration of poetry and captures the performance aspect of this genre which is sometimes inaccessible to our students," shared English Department Chair Molly Bardine. "The evening showcases a talent many of our students do not have the opportunity to share with others- their interpretation of a poem and the reading of the poem based on this interpretation."

The finalists for CJ's competition are Rachel Boll '19, Caroline Delaney '18, Thomas Ellison '16, Daniel Feldman '16, Tabitha Jordan-Nickels '16, Will Marshall '19, JaiShawn Norman '19, Bella Peters '17, Noah Mussin Phillips '17, Emily Thie '16, Jacob Troutwine '17, and Peyton Wade '19.

"CJ is always encouraging our students to take risks and the competition, beginning in the classroom and ending in this final school wide contest, is one specific way students are challenged to tap into a newly found creative gift they may discover through Poetry Out Loud," Bardine noted.

The finalists were asked which poems they would be reciting and their thoughts about the event. Here is what some of them said:

Delaney: "I am performing Monet Refuses The Operation by Lisel Mueller and Kindness by Yusef Komunyakaa. I am most excited about being able to perform two poems that really speak to me. I am also looking forward to seeing everyone else's performances. Poetry is all around us, and Poetry Out Loud allows students to interpret poetry in their own way. It is very freeing."

Ellison: "I am performing The Delta by Bruce Bond and Translations from the English by George Starbuck. What makes Poetry Out Loud exciting is that not only are you getting a chance to admire different types of literature but you are also getting a history lesson as well. You get to put yourself in the shoes of another person and it challenges your comprehension of how you act and express a poem. I enjoy stepping out of the norm and becoming another person as I recite."

Feldman: "I will be reciting Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Yvor Winters and The Cities Inside Us by Alberto Rios.  I am excited for the competition, it is always fun to hear one's schoolmates share the pieces they have prepared over the course of weeks.  Poetry Out Loud is a fun chance to see and hear some great art from sources of talent throughout CJ."

Peters: "My first poem is Over the Roofs by Sara Teasdale and my second poem is The Death of Allegory by Bill Collins. I think why I love Poetry Out Loud is I have never been good with auditions. I have never gotten more than a minor character and have never had more than two speaking lines in a play. Poetry Out Loud gives me the opportunity to act and be onstage and is a break from the science I generally excel at."

Thie: "I am reciting The Legend by Garrett Hongo and A Country Boy In Winter by Sarah Orne Jewett.  I chose The Legend because I think it has a powerful and touching meaning. I chose A Country Boy in Winter because I find that is a light and uplifting portrayal of the joys of childhood and looking forward to adulthood. I am most excited to bring these poems alive for the audience."

Troutwine: "I am reciting The Origin of Order by Pattiann Rogers and Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I am very excited to be participating in the finals for Poetry Out Loud. I've put in quite a bit of work to make my poems expressive, and with no errors in wording. I strive to try to understand and emulate the author's original syntax and meaning, while still adding my own personal style. I hope that the audience can feel the emotion of the poem through my speech."

Wade: "I am reading the poems Late Summer by Jennifer Grotts and I chose the poem because I love how summer has a certain feel and era to it, just like that poem explains. I am also reading Ways of Talking by Ha Jin. I chose this poem because I am aware of the feeling of grief and I think that the poem gives an insight to the feelings of the people who are overwhelmed with grief. I am most excited about performing. I really like to be on stage and reciting a dramatic poem only makes it better."



CJ Celebrates Language Week

Salut! Hallo! ¡Hola!

Chaminade Julienne is recognizing all foreign languages and American Sign Language as part of the annual Language Week, which began on Monday, January 25.

"Language Week allows CJ as a community to truly embrace our diversity and the unique abilities of our students: both for those who speak a foreign language, as well as those who are currently learning a new language," shared German Teacher and Language Club Moderator Katie Harding.

"We want the students to see other uses for language besides what they study in class," added Spanish Teacher and Language Department Chair Peg Regan '73. "We want to raise awareness throughout the school so students who aren't in language classes can be aware of what we do."

During the week, students hear festive music from different countries before their first class of the day. The morning prayers are also read in a foreign language. 

On Tuesday, students in Harding's class made a traditional German breakfast snack, grießbrei (semolina porridge). 

"This year we are basing Language Week more on the culture," said Nate Reuter '17. "My dad is fluent in German and my sister took four years of German when she went to CJ. I am in German 3 now and my brother is taking German 1."

Lizzie Ruetschle '17, who is also in German 3, added, "Learning German is historical for me. My family is from Germany and I went to Germany last summer."

Throughout the week, students can be seen wearing buttons with phrases from a different language.

"I love the buttons because everyone is trying to figure out what the message is on each one," noted Regan.

Other activities planned for the week include a scavenger hunt, trivia, a chopsticks competition,  the delivery of thank you cards and Spanish and French-inspired treats to the CJ faculty and staff.

Harding said, "I am most looking forward to distributing thank you cards that our foreign language students have made to faculty and staff in the building. Our students have taken some time to really think of nice things to say and thank their teachers and the staff here. I can see clearly that they are truly thankful for the education they receive here, and feel blessed to be a part of our community."


STEMM Idol: Kelly Sodders, BSN, RN, NE-BC

"I'm a nurse. It's an art and science."

Kelly Sodders, BSN, RN, NE-BC shared with students exactly what she meant by those words when she presented during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series on Tuesday, January 26.

"With healthcare now-a-days, we are trying to get students to understand that healthcare is just as much about an art, and it's that communication and that relationship building," Sodders explained. "Without those skills, you won't be successful at the nursing tasks."

Sodders is the Magnet Program Manager for Good Samaritan Hospital and Upper Valley Medical Center. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Wright State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in nursing administration.

"I work towards nursing excellence," Sodders said. "I am constantly looking at outcomes and patient satisfaction."

Sodders shared that her passion for nursing started when she was young, after her mother spent nearly a year in the hospital.

"That experience really changed my scope and focus," expressed Sodders. "You want to make sure the art piece of what we do really connects with the patient and the family."

Sodders has been a nurse for 12 years and has worked during that time for Premier Health (the parent company of Good Samaritan Hospital and Upper Valley Medical Center).  She is also the Chair of the Premier Health Nursing Recognition Committee, Magnet Champions, Grievance Committee, and Patient Experience Coaches meetings. 

Some of Sodders accomplishments include leading and coordinating a three-day Magnet site visit at Good Samaritan Hospital and co-facilitating a joint commission regulatory survey. On a day-to-day basis, Sodders manages the Good Samaritan Hospital Patient Experience Department and is responsible for the design and implementation of processes and procedures involving the Professional Practice Model and Magnet status.

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 mdraeger@cjeagles.org.


2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

A class reunion of sorts took place when seven CJ alumni were inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame on January 23, 2016. Six of the honorees are members of the Class of 2005.

"The 2015 CJ Hall of Fame Induction Class is headlined by arguably the most accomplished athletic class in school history," said Mike Lehner, Associate Director of Development. "The six athletes being recognized this year are all in their first year of eligibility for consideration and went on to compete at the Division 1 level in college for their respective sport. Simply put, no collection of individual athletes in school history accomplished more while at CJ and after than the Class of 2005."

The inductees were recognized during halftime of the 7:30 p.m. home men's varsity basketball game against Roger Bacon on Friday, January 22.

Patrick Mansfield '05
One of the most decorated swimmers in school history, Mansfield swam on varsity all four years of his high school career and remains the school record holder in both the 100 and 200 meter freestyle.  He was a two-time state qualifier (2003, 2004) in both the 100 and 200 and finished in the top six in both events at the 2004 State Finals.  He won the sectional championship in the 200 free his senior season and was third at the district meet. Mansfield continued his swimming career by earning an athletic scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh.

Maria Getty '05
In a program full of historically great players, the 2005 class stands above them all when it comes to women's basketball at CJ.  Getty's accomplishments include being named to the 1st team all-state twice while leading her teams to two state championships (2003 & 2005), a runner-up finish (2004) and a combined 99-7 record during her four years.  In 2005, she was named Ms. Ohio Basketball  by the Associated Press, and was the recipient of the Rae Burick Award.  Getty continued her playing career at Villanova University on an athletic scholarship where she was a four year starter and named to the Big East all-academic team all four years.

Aisha Jefferson '05
Jefferson was one of the most dominant post players in the country during her four year career at CJ.  She earned countless national accolades and was named as Ms. Ohio Basketball by the Ohio State Basketball Coaches Association for 2005 (no other team in state history has had two different players be recognized as the state player of the year on the same team).  Along with the team accomplishments already listed (see Getty), USA Today ranked CJ #1 in the country twice during their careers and named Jefferson one of its recipients of the National Player of the Week in 2005.  In 2004, Jefferson was a participant in the USA Women's Youth Development Team, and after graduation she went on to play at Michigan State University.   She was a three time captain at MSU and finished her career 11th and 13th on the all-time MSU scoring and rebounding lists.

Derrick Brown '05
Brown is the only player in school history to go on to play in the NBA.  He was a three year varsity starter who helped lead the Eagles to the State final four in 2005.  He was named Player of the Year in the GCL and earned all state honors in both 2004 and 2005.  After graduating from CJ, Brown received a full athletic scholarship to Xavier University and led the Musketeers to wins in the NCAA tournament in each of his three seasons. Following  graduation, Brown was selected 40th overall in the NBA draft and played in the NBA for three seasons.

Javon Ringer '05
Football and Track
Ringer was named 1st team all state in football three times and set the record for most rushing yards and touchdowns in a state championship game (251 yards and 4 touchdowns) while leading the Eagles to their only state championship in school history as a sophomore.  Ringer also excelled on the track, where he clocked a 10.6 100 meter dash.  Following graduation, he accepted an athletic scholarship to play football at Michigan State University and finished his career at MSU as its all-time leader in total yards. After graduating from MSU he was selected in the 5th round by the Tennessee Titans and spent four years in the NFL.

Jaimel Johnson '05
As a three year varsity goaltender for the Eagles women's soccer program, Johnson set school records for fewest goals allowed in school history.  She was named to the Dayton All-Area team all three years, and her final season she was selected as the Division 1 player of the year, along with first team all-state. She continued her playing career in college after receiving an athletic scholarship to the University of Tennessee.  While in Knoxville, Johnson earned All-American nods and was named a finalist for soccer's highest award, the Hermann Trophy, in 2007.

George Menker '55
In 2007, George Menker took on the task of starting the girl's golf program at CJ.  The girls have an all time record of 204-48 in nine years, and have finished an astounding  131 - 9 over the past five seasons.   They have finished in the top four in the state championship each of the past five seasons, including winning it all in 2011.  Menker has had six girls go on to receive athletic scholarships at the collegiate level and he has won five straight GCL, Sectional and District Championships.

Click the picture to view larger photos of the halftime Athletic Hall of Fame presentation. Photos courtesy Matt Allaire '16


Students Travel To Washington, D.C. for March for Life

More than 30 students, parents and faculty left on Wednesday, January 20 to participate in the 43rd National March for Life in Washington, D.C.

"It was important for me to take this trip because I wanted to show what I believe through my actions," shared Mo Zopff '16. "I believe by taking these steps to go on this trip, I may be motivating others to do the same."

"I think it's important to show our legislators how many people are pro-life," echoed Sam Teague '16. 

Teacher Karen Emmerich organized this year's trip and has done so for several years.

"There is a spot when we get next to the Capitol building where I stop and look behind me at all the people because it is so astounding that there are so many people participating in a shared purpose," reminisced Emmerich.

On Thursday, the group visited the United States Holocaust Memorial and heard from presenters at the Susan B. Anthony List.

As snowfall began heading towards Washington, D.C. and learning federal offices and subway transportation would shut down on Friday, it was decided for the safety of the group to begin traveling home on Friday prior to the March.

"It was a bummer that we didn't get to march," shared Sarah Mason '16. "But, I really enjoyed going to the Susan B. Anthony List to listen to presentations and just spending time in D.C. with my fellow classmates and getting to know them more."

On Friday morning, the group attended the Youth Rally & Mass for Life at the Verizon Center before departing for Dayton. They made it safely home on Friday night.

Pictures courtesy Mo Zopff '16 and Tom Zopff

Performing Arts Students Participating in OMEA Competition

More than 20 performing arts students will be playing their instruments or singing for a judge in the Ohio Music Education Association's adjudicated event at Stebbins High School on Saturday, January 23.

"It's giving everyone new opportunities and it's something exciting for everyone to do," shared vocalist Ashley Gerhard '18.

16 solo vocalists, four solo instrumentalists and two instrument ensembles will represent CJ at the event.  Seniors , Jazmin Harris, Tabitha Jordan-Nickels, and Asha Talib will be performing a flute trio.

"I have been friends with Jazmin and Tabitha since freshman year and we haven't done something like this before," reflected Talib. "For it to be our senior year and to prepare and play a piece of music with my friends is one of the greatest experiences ever."

All students will perform in front of a judge who specializes in the student's vocal or instrumental field.

"It makes me a little nervous because they'll be watching for things that someone who doesn't play flute wouldn't necessarily see," said Harris. "The judge will probably give us some corrective criticism afterwards."

"I think anytime you can perform for a different set of ears or a different educator, it's great because you can get their thoughts," added Debi Schutt, Director of Performing Arts.

Drama and choir teacher, Caitlin Bennett, agreed, "I am excited for the students to have the experience of being adjudicated and getting feedback.  We keep saying when an individual improves, the group improves. This helps them focus on different things and getting feedback on things they hadn't thought about before."

Harris, Jordan-Nickels, and Talib shared that after they graduate, they hope to continue playing flute in college. All three are interested in attending the University of Cincinnati and playing in the school's concert or pep bands.

"I have put seven years into this instrument and to quit a hobby is something hard to do, especially when I love playing with my friends," Harris said.

Good luck to all students participating in the OMEA competition!

Students Perform the National Anthem Before Home Basketball Games

This year, the men's and women's Eagle basketball games not only have great athletes on the court, but student singers are getting a moment to shine while performing the National Anthem.

Previously, an instrumental recording of the "Star Spangled Banner" played before each game.

"A student asked me if they could sing for a basketball game," drama and choir teacher Caitlin Bennett explained. "I spoke with Acting Athletic Director, Jason Unger, and he agreed that this was a good opportunity."

CJ a cappella groups, Vega and Phoenix, have performed the Star Spangled Banner as ensembles and individual members from those groups have also performed separately. Additionally, several students who are not affiliated with a performing arts group have showcased their talents by singing the National Anthem.

"I have always liked to sing," shared Maddy Schwab '16, who performed the "Star Spangled Banner" before the women's basketball game on Wednesday, January 13. "This was another opportunity to share my gifts and talents with the CJ community. Also, I always get excited about opportunities like this because it helps me grow as a performer."

Bennett added, "We wanted to give students another performance opportunity, especially for the soloists. A lot of the singers aren't in the musical or may not participate in the talent show, so this is a great opportunity."

Unger agreed, "It's amazing anytime you can combine groups from different areas, especially athletics and performing arts. It is also great for our students, parents and fans to see our students performing."

Auditions to sing the National Anthem were held before the basketball season began. Bennett noted that this student opportunity is something she would like to continue for years to come.