May 2016

CJ Educators Celebrate Milestones

Earlier this month, CJ faculty and staff celebrating milestone years in education were honored at the annual Miami Valley Teacher Recognition Banquet. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which holds the event, recognized educators from the greater Dayton region.

Celebrating milestones during the 2015-2016 school year were:

  • Michael Hoendorf '03, Assistant Director of Ministry and Service - 5 years 
  • Maura Lemon, Science Teacher - 5 years       
  • Jordie Orr '05, Math Teacher - 5 years
  • Greg Mueller, Administrator - 10 years     
  • Amy O'Loughlin '86, Science Department Co-Chair and Teacher - 10 years   
  • Jason Unger, Acting Athletic Director - 10 years (not pictured)
  • Stacy Brinley '97, Spanish Teacher - 15 years (not pictured)       
  • Lori Dozer, Life Skills Teacher - 15 years              
  • Kathleen Zehenny, Administrative Assistant - 15 years 
  • Steve Fuchs, Assistant Principal - 20 years       
  • Lisa Colbert, Religion Teacher - 35 years (not pictured)     
  • Ann Meyers '76, Math Teacher - 35 years  

Those celebrating milestones were also recognized at the annual CJ end-of-the-year faculty and staff luncheon. During that same luncheon, the three past winners of the school's Faculty/Staff Founder's Award were given a framed picture commemorating their honor. Winners of the Faculty/Staff Founder's award are Judi MacLeod '88, Director of Cuvilly (2014), Angela Ruffolo, Social Studies Teacher (2015) and Bob Young, Facilities Manager (2016).

Posted May 27, 2016

CJ Named a "Most-Challenging" School for the Fifth Year

For a fifth consecutive year, Chaminade Julienne was named one of "America's Most Challenging Schools" by the Washington Post. The listing, released earlier this month, ranked schools based upon the number of AP tests given divided by the number of graduates. This year, CJ's rank rose by two to 34 in the state of Ohio as well as put it in the top 6% of schools nationally.

The numbers are something Principal John Marshall '86 said only tells part of the school's story.

"Even though we increased the number of AP tests taken this year from 252 to 279, we also had an increase in our graduating senior class from 138 to 163 which changes the final index score," Marshall explained. “I am always happy when we are increasing our number of graduating seniors, which speaks to our retention, and an increasing number of tests being taken."

"Another piece we should look at is the percentage of students who scored a 3 or above on the AP tests," Marshall continued. "That number remained the same over the past year. We increased the pool of students challenging themselves with AP courses and we increased the number of tests by almost 10%, and the percent receiving a score of 3 or above on their test stayed the same. This indicates that our students are being challenged and being taught the skills they need to be successful."

Brett Chmiel '02, Director of Admissions, agreed about the importance of challenging students.

"What we are most proud of is not the number of tests we offer — it is the ability in which we, as one of the most diverse schools in the country (according to Niche) can take students from all socioeconomic levels, cultures and academic backgrounds, and make them just as successful, if not more successful, than students who come from more homogeneous school districts," said Chmiel.

CJ offered 10 AP courses this school year to sophomore, junior and senior students. Thirty percent of the entire school population challenged themselves by taking AP courses, Marshall said.

"We know what we do and accomplish at our core," shared Marshall. "We follow in the footsteps of Blessed Chaminade and St. Julie and it’s a fairly simple mission in forming young adults through Catholic education. Excellence inspires excellence, and that’s been synonymous with our name for generations.

Chmiel added, "Proven data, like what is used in these types of rankings, helps us improve our curriculum with the ultimate goal of empowering students with the tools they need to be life-long learners and contributing members of society..

You can learn more about how the rankings were compiled here and see CJ's complete ranking here.

CJ In The News

Read the Dayton Business Journal's article about the "Most Challenging Schools" in the Dayton-area here.

Posted May 25, 2016


Ward Signs to Play Lacrosse at Transylvania University

Despite graduating the night before, Kate Ward '16 came back to CJ on Tuesday, May 24 to sign her letter of intent to play lacrosse at Transylvania University.

"I really liked the campus when I went to visit," Ward explained. "When I stayed the night, I got to meet with the team and the coaches. Their sense of community was similar to CJ."

Ward, who lettered all four years in lacrosse, also earned Academic All-Ohio honors in 2014 and 2015 (2016 honors will be released later this summer) and was named a Scholar Athlete at the recent CJ Honor Awards.

"Kate's strong work ethic was not restricted only to her academic studies, but also to lacrosse," said Women's Head Lacrosse Coach Danielle Cash. "She has been, and continues to be, one of my most dedicated and aggressive players."

Ward said she is still undecided about what she will study at Transylvania University, but she is looking forward to playing on the same team again as her sister, Julie '14, who signed to play lacrosse at Transylvania University in April 2014.

"It will be exciting to play with her there," Ward shared.

Coach Cash added, "We will miss you Kate, but we know you will succeed in all that you do at Transy, both on and off the field."

Posted May 24, 2016


Class of 2016 Celebrates Commencement

The 150 graduates of the Chaminade Julienne Class of 2016 will graduate on Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. Nearly 97% of the Class of 2016 will be continuing their education and 103 students received $12,678,922 in scholarships for their studies. The seniors will attend 53 different colleges and universities in the fall including the University of Dayton, Miami University, Florida State, Louisiana State University, and Saint Mary's College to name a few. 

Three seniors have also committed to serving our country through the military: Adam Oppy (Ohio National Guard), Andrew Roderer (Army) and Caitlin Erbacher (attending the New Mexico Military Institute, then the Merchant Marine Academy before becoming an officer in the Navy).

Will Huffman (St. Christopher, University of Notre Dame) was named the top of his class. Additionally, Huffman was named a National Merit Finalist and Scholarship Winner. Allison Huffman, Thomas Krug, and Cameron Woodard were named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Taylor Burrows (St. Christopher, University of Notre Dame) and Allison Huffman (St. Christopher, University of Notre Dame) were named this year's salutatorians.

Three seniors were also recognized by the CJ faculty/staff with annual awards that best exemplify the three pillars of the school's mission: 

  • for her commitment to faith, dedication to learning, and demonstration of school and family spirit, Mo Zopff received the Founder's Award;
  • Jillian Hammerly received the Michael D. Trainor Award, named in honor of Chaminade Julienne's principal from 1999-2004, which is given to a student who has regularly demonstrated intellectual curiosity;
  • and for best exemplifying the Chaminade Julienne spirit, Stephen Hoendorf received the Gerard "Fuzzy" Faust Award, named in honor of the legendary CJ teacher and coach who served from 1933-1980.

Additional accomplishments from the Class of 2016 include:

  • 10,903.25 hours of community service during the Class of 2016's four years at Chaminade Julienne, including Suzie Phillips who contributed 630 hours in her four years; 
  • Allison and Will Huffman receiving the OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Award; 
  • Lauren Peltier and Matt Weckesser receiving OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award;
  • Taylor Burrows receiving the OHSAA Courageous Student Award;
  • Michael Carper and Caitlin Erbacher receiving the OHSAA State Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award;
  • 29 four-year varsity letter winners;
  • 65 seniors who were members of the National Honor Society;
  • 39 seniors who were Presidential Academic Award recipients;
  • 6 seniors who were Presidential Achievement Award recipients;
  • and, 22 seniors who remained on the honor roll for 15 consecutive quarters.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Posted May 20, 2016



2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Six individuals will be awarded for their Professional Achievement, Christian Service or as Honorary Alumni during the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Since 1997, the Distinguished Alumni Awards has recognized graduates from Chaminade Julienne and its four predecessor schools, Notre Dame Academy, Chaminade, Julienne and St. Joseph Commercial. This year’s honorees are:

Donald (Don) Boeke ’58, Professional Achievement: Don, the owner of The Egyptian Custom Body and Paint on East 3rd Street in Dayton for more than five decades, has gained national recognition for his talent.

“I’ve been a custom car guy my entire life,” Don said. “It was likely instilled in me at birth.”

In 2011, he was recognized by his peers in the auto art trade in Detroit as a Motor City Auto Art MAVEN, a Lifetime Achievement Award for automotive art design. Other accolades include being inducted into the  “Mack Brush” Pinstripers Hall of Fame and being named a “Dayton Original.”

Bro. Donald (Don) Geiger ’51, Professional Achievement: Bro. Don decided during his junior year at Chaminade to join the Society of Mary. He also had a passion for the sciences and spent nearly five decades teaching plant biology courses to undergraduates and graduates at the University of Dayton.  

Bro. Don has earned several honors including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society,) the 2011 Partner of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Greater Dayton Conservation Fund, and the University of Dayton's Outstanding Faculty and Distinguished Alumni Award.  Additionally, for his work to turn excavated land into a prairie at Mount St. John/Bergamo, the prairie was named “Brother Don Geiger Prairie.”

Gerald (Jerry) Sharkey ’61, Professional Achievement: In addition to a decorated teaching career in Catholic Schools, Jerry left a mark on the aviation history in Dayton. His passion for the Wright Brothers, Dayton’s history and conservation was the driving force behind the creation of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. 

Jerry also served as the president of the Aviation Trail. While Jerry passed away in 2014, his legacy lives on through the guests who visit the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park.

Deacon David Klingshirn ’56, Christian Service: David was ordained a permanent deacon in 2004 and served as the resident deacon at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati for more than a decade. Although a pharmacist by profession, David also founded the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 1995 and was recognized with the Distinguished Service to Ohio Citation in the Field of Music and the Distinguished Leadership Award by the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce in 2000.

“We should all do God’s work and I saw it as recognizing the talents that God gave people,” Klingshirn said.

Tom and Barb MacLeod, Honorary Alumni: Although Tom and Barb MacLeod were not Eagles, their involvement with the school has continued well past their children’s, Emily ’92, Thomas ’93, and Sally ’92, graduation from CJ.

Tom served on the school’s Board of Trustees and finance committee for nine years and Barb worked with longtime coach and former athletic director Jim Place for several years. It’s through her work at the school that Barb developed a lasting relationship with Sister Damien Grismer, SNDdeN.

Since 2000, with the MacLeod's support, CJ began to award a scholarship in Sister Damien’s name to graduates of CJ.  They continue to maintain their deep connection to CJ today and a few times a year, Barb will bring Sr. Damien back to CJ to engage with students.

The 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be held on Sunday, May 22 at Chaminade Julienne.

Posted May 21, 2016


3D Car Project Combines Art, STEMM Classes

Students in the Mixed Media and Print Making art class and the Introduction to Engineering Design STEMM class worked together to design a stock car model to be created on a 3D printer.

"I talked to Dan Badger, the director of the Packard Museum, about the idea of making 3D cars after the students provided drawings," art teacher Marysa Marderosian explained.  "CJ principal John Marshall later suggested asking the Introduction to Engineering Design students to 3D print the models."

"I told the students they had to reverse engineer the cars' front frame and design a body that would fit with an existing assembly," STEMM teacher Eric Grimm reflected. "The design teams each got a drawing from the art class and then incorporated design elements from that drawing to create their model."

Once the IED student designs were complete, Grimm, Marderosian and Badger picked the top five designs that best reflected the original drawings and would be compatible for 3D printing.

Art student Jamsheed Morquecho '16 drew a vehicle nicknamed "The Taco Truck" that was turned into a 3D design by Nick Amstutz '19 and Tyler Nguyen '17.

"I like tacos and was trying to imagine what a taco truck would look like," Morquecho said about his drawing.

"We added a taco on top of the truck and that is what I'm looking most forward to 3D printing," shared Amstutz. "We also implemented a serving door on the side."

Nguyen added, "It will be cool to see it printed out."

Taylor Bridgett '16, who drew a convertible with stars and polka dots on it, was excited to see her drawing chosen to be printed in 3D.

"I was surprised because looking at all the cars in my class, I didn't think mine was the most unique design," Bridgett noted.

Aaron Meixner '19 and Spencer Mullins '17 said they chose Bridgett's drawing because it did have a one-of-a-kind look compared to the other artwork.

"We were looking for a sports car and Taylor's was the sportiest of them all," Mullins said.

"It was a little difficult to get the convertible portion to match because it wasn't a perfect perspective and other elements on the car might be difficult to bring into a 3D model unless you want parts sticking out of the side," Meixner added.

Bridgett noted, "I thought their interpretation was good. I would not have known how to design it." 

Grimm and Marderosian agreed assignments like this provide an uncommon opportunity for their students.

"It was nice to have my students working on a design that was generated by their peers," shared Grimm. "It would be difficult for me to come up with 20 different car designs, but the art class did an outstanding job of coming up with a really great variety of models."

"3D printing has come a long way in a short amount of time and if the students can get involved with it now, it will give them more experience for the future," emphasized Marderosian. "Technology is always evolving and this was an unbelievable opportunity for the students to work with 3D printers."

The top drawings and designs chosen to be 3D printed were:

  • Jamsheed Morquecho (art), Nick Amstutz and Tyler Nguyen (IED)
  • Christian Montague (art), Drake Dahlinghaus and Brianna Moore (IED)
  • Taylor Bridgett (art), Aaron Meixner and Spencer Mullins (IED)
  • Courtney Ayres-McClinton (art), Dawson Hensley and Patrick Cahill (IED)
  • Jose Osnaya (art) Chris Buchanan and Julian Thomasson (IED)

Posted May 17, 2016


Students Honored in Holocaust Art and Writing Contests

"From Hate to Hope: The impact of the Holocaust Today."

That was this year's prompt given to students participating in the annual Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Writing contest and Max May Memorial Holocaust Art contest. Five CJ students received awards in the art contest and six students received awards in the writing contest. The winners were:

  • Chloe Crabb '18, Honorable Mention, Division II Art
  • Natalie Davis '18, Best in Show, Division II Art
  • Rylie Meyer '18, Honorable Mention, Division II Art
  • Carolyn Moore '18, First Place, Division II Art
  • Trevor Sweat '19, Third Place, Division II Art
  • Matt Allaire '16, Third Place, Division II Writing 
  • Tim Menker '16, Second Place, Division II Prose/Poetry
  • Davida Okyere-Fosu '16, Third Place, Division II Prose/Poetry
  • Elizabeth Perry '16, Honorable Mention, Division II Writing
  • Morgan Rogers '16, First Place, Division II Writing
  • Thomas Wilimitis '16, Second Place, Division II Writing

"I had my Art 2, 3 and Honors 4 students participate in this contest and I'm proud of all of them," said art teacher Kaye Carlile.

"As always, I am proud of the students' work and their accomplishments," agreed English teacher Jim Brooks. "They never know what they can do until they try, and sure enough, we had another banner year in this annual contest.  The Holocaust ended 71 years ago, but our students made this horrible event relevant for today and connected it to other terrible events in our century."

On Sunday, May 1, students attended an awards ceremony to be recognized for their accomplishments.

"The awards ceremony itself was unique because it was not just our awards, but a whole service dedicated to the remembrance of the lives lost in the Holocaust and the hope for the future," explained Menker. "There were songs sung and Holocaust survivors spoke. The awards themselves were only a small part of the ceremony."

"The Art and Writing Awards were part of the Yom HaShoah Observance, a day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust," added Davis. "They passed out rocks for us to hold and told the story of how it is Jewish tradition to leave rocks on the graves of loved ones who have passed.  The thought is that flowers will die but rocks will not.

"There were two survivors who spoke," Davis continued. "My favorite was Sam Heider.  He sang a song in Yiddish that he wrote while in the concentration camp. Even though I could not understand the words, I could feel his emotion."  

Carlile noted that while her students created artwork for the Max May Memorial Holocaust Art contest, she also encouraged them to write explanations of their art pieces.

"Each writing astonished me with their attention to the topic and their art - and their writing abilities," Carlile said. "CJ has a great English Department."

"I got to speak to one of the judges and he said that there wasn't a dry eye after reading my explanation that went with my art," reflected Davis.  "I also felt very honored because the Best in Show award is not given out every year and I was very proud of the award I was given."

Menker said he was also grateful to receive recognition.

"I was honored," Menker shared. "I had liked my poem and I was very satisfied with how I had written it so being honored for it was just a bonus.

"I wrote a first person poem and put myself into the shoes of Jewish boy in the time during the Holocaust," Menker continued. "I took the view point that I was losing everyone around me whom I loved, including myself. I was passionate about this because the thought that even if a person survived the Holocaust, they would have almost nobody around them that they had known."

"The Jewish community in Dayton has a strong tradition of educating students on this topic and time period," added Brooks. "When students attend this powerful ceremony and receive their awards, they are addressed by Holocaust survivors who continue to make their lives a witness to 'We will never forget' and 'We will fight against all forms of prejudice and hatred.'"

Posted May 13, 2016


Jakob-Fugger and CJ Student Exchange Program Continues

20 students from Jakob-Fugger-Gymnasium in Augsburg, Germany are spending a week with CJ students as part of an ongoing exchange program between the two schools. The exchange began decades ago as Augsburg and Dayton have been Sister Cities since 1964.

"The relationship with the City of Augsburg and Dayton is the longest and one of the strongest ones we have," said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley during a reception for the students on Tuesday, May 10.

Tony Ricciuto '74 and Jakob-Fugger teacher Wolfgang Burkhart have been working with each other and the Dayton Sister City Committee for several years to grow and enhance the exchange program. Several students who have previously been a part of the exchange have capitalized on their experiences. 

"There were three students of mine who visited Dayton in 2014," Burkhart shared. "The next year they graduated and came back to Dayton for a visit." 

"We had two students who received scholarships and studied in Germany," Ricciuto added. "Last school year, Grace Klosterman '15, spent her senior year of high school studying in Germany."

As part of the exchange, Jakob-Fugger students stay with CJ students and get an understanding of not only the Dayton-area but what a typical school day is like at CJ. The same goes for CJ students when they visit Augsburg.

"Jakob-Fugger is on a modified year-round schedule so they are on a break right now," Ricciuto explained. "When CJ goes there, Jakob-Fugger is in session. I think it's important to the students to see what each other's school looks like, not just the city."

Students from Jakob-Fugger are staying with CJ students during their visit, and when CJ students have visited previously, they have stayed with Jakob-Fugger students. Several Augsburg and Dayton students have been able to experience both sides of the exchange.

"I went to Augsburg last summer and now being a host, you get to see the other side of the story," Chloe Crabb '18 said.

Cameron Abshire '17, who also visited Augsburg last summer, said, "My sister hosted previously and I thought it would be fun. I also look forward to meeting new people."

For Emsley Spees '18, taking part in the Jakob-Fugger exchange has also been a family tradition.

"I've always wanted to go to Germany because my brothers have gone," Spees shared. "I'm hoping to go to Augsburg next summer and I thought it would be good to know more about the city now by hosting.

"My brothers hosted previously too," continued Spees. "I remember making different handshakes with the Augsburg students and just having a lot of fun. It seemed like a great way to make new friends and since they're from another country, I can learn a lot of new things."

Jakob-Fugger junior Chiara Niedermair had never traveled to Dayton prior to the exchange.

"It's really great and different from Germany," Niedermair noted. "I really like it. I wanted to discover something new and improve my English."

Burkhart's wife, Ulrike, was also visiting Dayton for the first time.

"I was a headmaster in Germany and you can tell it's a very relaxed atmosphere at CJ," Ulrike reflected. "You come into the school and you can feel how it is."

"While distance and language may separate us, what we're discovering through the Jakob-Fugger students visiting Chaminade Julienne and Chaminade Julienne students visiting Jakob-Fugger is that a common interest in relationships and a common interest in learning is bringing us together over time," noted President Dan Meixner '84 during Tuesday's reception.

During their time in Dayton, Jakob-Fugger students also visited the Wright Bicycle Shop, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum, Woodland Cemetery, Carillon Park, and planned to take a trip to Columbus to visit the Ohio Statehouse. 

Posted May 12, 2016


CJ Performing Arts Presents: Picnic With the PoPS

Great music and great food can be had by all during the annual Picnic With the PoPS concert on Thursday, May 12. The concert will take place in the CJ gym. 

"Picnic With the PoPS  gives the students an opportunity to perform in a casual atmosphere perfect for all ages," said Debi Schutt, Director of Performing Arts.

W.G. Grinders will have boxed dinners for sale in the cafeteria from 5:00-7:00 p.m. CJ groups Monday Night Project and the Busted Box Improv Troupe will perform during the dinner hour beginning at 6:15 p.m. Beginning at 7 p.m., ensembles including concert band and choir, the string ensemble, Hands in Harmony, Phoenix and Vega will perform. Guests will hear classic hits and mash-ups of favorite songs.

Guests can bring their own food and their chairs to this event. There will be tables and chairs set up on the gym floor.

Peace on Fifth, a Fair Trade company, will also be at the concert with items available for purchase.

Updated May 12, 2016

Students Selected for Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program

Eight students will spend their summer at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as part of the Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program. Half of the students, Allison Huffman '16, Will Huffman '16, Alex Jennison '16 and Ian Simon '16 are returning to the program for their second year.  Abby Arestides '17, Duncan Burke '17, Austin Fuchs '17 and Tommy Krug '16 will be participating in the program for the first time.

"My oldest sister, Sarah '09, was accepted to participate in the Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program after her senior year at CJ," Krug said. "She was very excited about what she got to do over that summer and she is still working with people she connected with that summer. She would come home every day talking about what she learned and what new friends she made on a given day, and I knew that I wanted to follow in her footsteps."

"I am really excited for the opportunity and looking forward for the summer and the experience." reflected Arestides.

Each student will work with a mentor in a specific area of the AFRL. Students this year will be working in the 711th Human Performance Wing, Aerospace Systems Directorate, and GRILL at TecEdge.

"I am working in the same area as last summer," Simon shared. "I had a great time last year and I wouldn't want to work anywhere else in the program."

Allison Huffman agreed, "I am also working in the same area as last year. I'm looking forward to my mentor again and being able to make more progress on our project."

Will Huffman, who will be working in the 711th Human Performance Wing again added, "I am very grateful to be given this opportunity again for this summer. I will be working with sensors in clothing and testing a flight helmet, so it is not exactly what I want to do in college but it is a chance to continue doing research, which I like."

The Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program, which began in 2002, is available to a limited number of high school juniors and seniors each summer. Students go through an application process and only a few applicants are selected for the internship. The program is paid as students work for 40 hours each week. Most students who participate in the program also have a desire to have a career in the STEM fields.

"The Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program is centered on STEM and I have always been interested in math and science," Fuchs explained. "Once I heard about the Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program, I knew it was an excellent opportunity not only to make money, but more importantly gain experience in career fields I want to go into."

Jennison added, "This experience will be very helpful for preparing for college. I will get hands on experience in the workplace, working in a team based setting, while working in the area that I will be studying in college."

Along with working in their specific area, students will attend weekly workshops, lectures featuring distinguished scientists and engineers, and take tours which in the past have included a visit to the Ohio State University's electrical engineering departments, the Air Force Museum and other AFRL locations.

In 2015, seven students from CJ were selected for the Wright Scholar Research Program. The high number of CJ students being accepted into this program year after year is something Burke said reflects the quality of education at the school.

"I think it really shows that CJ is on top of STEM in the area," Burke noted. "It says a lot about how good the academics are here and the importance of STEM at CJ."

You can learn more about the prestigious program here.

Posted May 9, 2016