February 2017

Capstone Warms Hearts, Souls with Blankets

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, more than 70 blankets will be delivered to kids and adults at St. Vincent de Paul thanks to a student-led effort by a Senior Capstone group.

Seniors Lauren Cartone, Marcie Meyers, Kelly Pleiman and Megan Stefan organized a blanket-making project after school on Wednesday, February 1.

“There are a lot of kids who come into the homeless shelter during this time of year, and we want them to have a warm blanket during the cold weather,” Meyers said. “Also we thought they would like getting a gift on Valentine's Day. We have also thrown around the idea of visiting a school or volunteering at St. Vincent at some point during the year so that we can have one-on-one interactions with the kids themselves.”

In 2016, a Senior Capstone group implemented a similar project, which the 2017 seniors said inspired them for their project this year.

“We wanted the blankets to go to a local area compared to the Cincinnati area last year,” Cartone noted.

Stefan agreed, “We chose to send our blankets to St. Vincent de Paul because we came across an article that showcased a drastic increase in children staying at the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter for Women and Children, which is right here in our backyard.  We wanted to make a change in our local community, and therefore we chose to provide for these kids who may not necessarily have a warm blanket this winter.”

“The blankets are three different sizes - small for babies, medium for the older kids and a larger size for the adults who are at the shelter,” added the group’s mentor, Emily Saunders.

Support for the group’s project was provided by the Dayton Catholic Women’s Club and Holy Angels School.

Saunders continued, “The hope is for a group to take over this project next year and have more one-on-one interaction with those in need in our community and how CJ students can impact students at other schools in Dayton.”

Posted February 11, 2017

Opera About Sr. Dorothy Stang '49 Comes to Dayton

One day before the 12th anniversary of her martyrdom, Sr. Dorothy Stang ‘49, SNDdeN, will be honored and remembered through the national touring opera, Angel of the Amazon.

“I was doing my doctoral work at the conservatory in Cincinnati,” shared opera composer Evan Mack. “I was also the music minister at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Madisonville, OH, when Sr. Kathleen Harmon told of Sr. Dorothy’s story…how the day before her murder, gunmen arrived. Instead of running or fighting, she blessed them and fed them. She showed them the government maps of the area. They left. The next day, when they returned, Sr. Dorothy pulled out her Bible and said, ‘This is my only weapon.’ She started reading the beatitudes and they killed her. I heard this and said, ‘This is an opera.’ I ran home, started doing research, and connected with the Ohio Province of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. They gave me access to her letters from 1969 until the week she was killed.

“The fact is, Sr. Dorothy dedicated her life to the poor and gave her life for the poor,” Mack continued. “So what do we do with that fact? How to we help continue her mission in Brazil or even in our own neighborhood or community? My hope is that witnessing her story through music will connect the audience to her story and inspire people to act.

“The last aria of the opera is ‘Will They Listen?’ After you’ve witnessed her incredible story, how will you hear the cries of the poor?”

Mack’s opera will be performed on Saturday, February 11 at 1 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the University of Dayton campus. Mezzo Soprano, Tascha Anderson, will sing the role of Sr. Dorothy. Baritone, Jose Rubio, will reprise his role as Luiz from the original New York City production. The opera will also feature the UD Chorale directed by Dr. Robert Jones. While admittance to the opera is free, a $10 ticket contribution is suggested.

In April, the opera will be performed in Nashville. Mack says he hopes to perform the opera in two cities every year with multiple performances in each city.

“We often think that grand people with grand plans are the solution to our problems,” reflected Mack. “When actually, if you have conviction and dedication like Sr. Dorothy, you are the difference maker, you are the one who can solve any problem.”

Posted February 8, 2017

Class of 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame

On Friday, February 10, five alumni will become the newest members of the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame. The Class of 2016 inductees will be honored at the varsity's men's basketball game at CJ beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The newest Hall of Fame members are:

  • Justyn Baldwin ‘99: Justyn earned honors on the football field as well as in track and field. In football, he was a member of the First Team All-Southwest Ohio, First Team All-Area and Miami Valley All Star team in 1998. He was a district and regional champion in shot put in 1999 as well as a state qualifier, earning First Team All-Area honors. Justyn now lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and is a marketing manager for Showtime Travel.
  • Lindsey Goldsberry Sweeney ’05: Lindsey was a member of both the women's soccer and women's basketball teams, helping  lead the Eagles' basketball team to two state championships . The Eagles compiled a 99-7 record in her four years of varsity play. During her time at CJ, Lindsey held the school records for steals, assists and charges taken in a single season as well as career. Lindsey and her husband live in Marietta, Ohio with their 2-year-old daughter and are expecting their second child in April.
  • Ryan Patrick ’04: Ryan was a member of both the 2002 State Championship football team and an Eagles regional champion basketball team. He earned First Team All-GCL honors in football in 2002 and 2003 as well as Second Team All-State honors in 2003. He was also First Team All-GCL in basketball. Ryan now lives in Washington, D.C. where he is working as a financial manager at the Pentagon.
  • Stephanie Ross ’05: Stephanie, a four-year varsity volleyball player, helped lead the Eagles to three district championships and a 79-23 record. She was named to the All-State Academic First Team in 2003 and 2004. Stephanie earned First Team All-Area honors in 2003 and 2004, and was the district Player of the Year and named to the Second Team All-State in 2004. Stephanie is now an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Virginia's women's volleyball team.
  • Sarah Treadway Valentine ’03: Sarah earned several volleyball honors including being named an All-District player three times and to the First Team All Area two times.  The three-time team MVP was also named to the Second Team All-State and was a four-time All-State All-Academic player.  In the pool, Sarah qualified to state in 2003 and, upon graduation, held the school record in 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly.  Sarah is currently an emergency room physician with the Kettering Health Network.

All are invited to cheer on the Eagles and congratulate the newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame at the men's basketball game on Friday.

Posted February 9, 2017


STEMM Idol: Jennifer Ward

“I want students to understand what internships and co-ops can do and the importance of learning about the job before graduation,” the most recent STEMM Idol Speaker, Jennifer Ward of Norwood Medical, shared prior to her presentation on Tuesday, January 31. Ward is an industrial engineer with the Dayton company.

“I look at the processing of product, root cause analysis, I facilitate projects, and I look at the work makeup,” Ward said were some of her responsibilities.

Ward, along with Norwood Medical systems administrator Christy Tarzinski, showed students some of the equipment the company makes components for every day. She also noted how advancements in technology have changed the way products are made and used.

“We now do a lot of 3D printing of tumbling operations,” Ward said. “The advancement has been pretty considerable along with the advancement in medicine. We’re going from open heart surgeries to endoscopic,  laparoscopic or even minimally invasive surgeries.”

Ward also emphasized how internships and co-ops helped guide her to the career she wanted to be in.

“I didn’t know the type of things industrial engineers could do,” Ward reflected. “I started in mechanical engineering and then switched.”

She added, “Dayton has a lot to offer engineers.”

STEMM Summer Opportunities

Students looking to continue STEMM education over the summer can find opportunities listed in the CJ STEMM section of the CJ website.

Posted February 6, 2017


Pro-Life Tradition Marches On in Washington, D.C.

With a blessing from members of the Chaminade Julienne and Carroll High School communities during a Mass in the CJ Chapel, students, faculty and staff from each school embarked to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life on Thursday, January 26.

“I have always wanted to go on the March for Life trip but never had the opportunity,” said Nate Reuter ‘17. “Fortunately, I got to go last year, however we didn't get to march due to the inclement weather so this year was the first time that I actually marched.”

The day of the march itself, on Friday, January 27, began with a prayer and Youth Rally and Mass sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C at the Armory.

“(CJ parents) Ohio State Representative Steve, Kathleen and Jack Huffman ‘20 joined us at Mass,” religion teacher and Eagles for Life moderator Karen Emmerich explained. “We took the Metro to L'Enfant Plaza for lunch and then walked to the National Mall to join the March. We joined the groups that were marching with Ohio Right to Life.”

“My favorite part of this trip was marching with hundreds of thousands of people who are pro-life like me,” shared Lydia Metallinos ‘18.

“Seeing so many people marching, and seeing the inspiring environment that it created, gave me hope for the future,” added Katie Zopff ‘19. Zopff, along with her brother, Michael '17, sister Mo '16 and father, Tom, all attended the March for Life.

"I went to the March with 50 others from Marian University," Mo explained. "It was really great to continue my participation in the March for Life after graduating from CJ, where I was introduced to the March through Eagles for Life."

“After the March, we found Representative Warren Davidson on the steps of the Capitol Building and spoke with him for a bit,” Emmerich continued. “Then we went to a reception sponsored by Senator Rob Portman.  The senator spoke at length with our group.”

The following day, the group attended the Students for Life of America East Coast Conference where they heard several presentations.

“The students were particularly impressed with Josh Brahm from the Equal Rights Institute,” noted Emmerich. “After the conference, we went to the new Planned Parenthood facility in Washington, D.C. and prayed a rosary there.”

“There were so many parts of the trip that I loved, but my favorite would have to be when our group stopped at a Planned Parenthood in D.C. to pray outside of it for an end to abortion,” said Katie. “It was a very powerful time.”

Reuter agreed, “Praying in front of the Planned Parenthood in D.C. had a very big impact to me. I was so surprised as to how big it is. Some people driving by would lay on their horns out of anger or frustration at us but we kept on praying for the respect to all life. Actually seeing one of the institutions that carry out abortions and praying in front of it for those who can't speak for themselves was so heartbreaking but reassuring.” 

When reflecting on the trip, Metallinos added, “If anyone is considering going on this trip they should seriously try to go. It is so rewarding and humbling to march for all of the innocent babies out there.”

Pictures from the March for Life can be found here.

Posted February 6, 2017