October 2017

Students #BuildtheChangeCJ Through Canstruction Competition

#BetheChangeCJ is spreading across the CJ campus, as Project Lead the Way students looked to be the change with a Canstruction SOUPer Design Challenge.

Students in the Civil Engineering and Architecture class met with architect Dan Mayer for a class competition, titled “BuildtheChangeCJ.” The students, working in pairs, were challenged to create a structure with at least 85% of the materials canned or boxed food items. The food will be collected as part of contributions made during CJ’s annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW).

“Canstruction is a program of many local chapters of the American Institute of Architects around the country, and one I’ve wanted to bring to CJ ever since we’ve offered the Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) classes,” CJ STEMM Coordinator Meg Draeger said. “It serves as a great opportunity to integrate STEMM and Ministry & Service, during CJ’s annual Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, and showcase one example of how engineering design and the supporting math, science, and technology help to build community and enhance quality of life for everyone. The CEA class SOUPer structure will aesthetically enhance the cafeteria where it will be built, and reflect the CJ community’s mission to feed the hungry during HHAW.” 

The winning design, created by Kiara DiLoreto ‘18 and Megan Schultz ‘18, will be refined and is scheduled to be constructed on November 16.

On October 24, Mayer officially kicked off the challenge in the CEA class, and spoke to additional students interested in architecture as part of CJ’s STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

“The practice of architecture gives you the opportunity to impact your community every day,” Mayer said. “The project you work on or design will shape the physical interaction people have, and can positively impact the pride of that community.

Mayer is an associate with Triad Architects out of Columbus.

“Architecture is a field where you can see something in your mind and translate that to something that is real and that you can experience,” Mayer shared. “You can share the creative project with your family, friends, and neighbors.”

Mayer has ties to the CJ community, as his mother graduated from Julienne High School in 1962. He also shared with students the possibilities they can have if they pursue an architectural degree.

“Receiving a degree in architecture not only prepares you to go on and practice in the profession of architecture, but allows you the opportunity to pursue multiple fields such as marketing, art, teaching, graphic design, engineering, and construction.”

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.

Posted October 31, 2017

CJ and UD — Making Beautiful Music Together

For the past quarter, students from the University of Dayton’s University Orchestra have been working and practicing with CJ musicians from the concert band, percussion ensemble and string ensemble. Their efforts will culminate in a combined performance this Sunday: “A Concert Celebration.” All are invited to attend.


Presented by the University of Dayton and Chaminade Julienne
Dr. Patrick Reynolds, Conductor, University of Dayton
Debi Schutt, Conductor, Chaminade Julienne
Luke Grieshop, Assistant Conductor, Chaminade Julienne

FREE EVENT  |  Sunday, OCT. 29 | 3-5 pm
Dayton Masonic Center | 525 W Riverview Ave

Students from UD's program have worked individually with students from various sections on technique and playing to elevate their overall performance. Full band rehearsal this past week brought smiles to their directors' eyes.

"This is a first time that we've performed this type of concert," said Debi Schutt, director of performing arts. "Last spring, Dr. Reynolds reached out to me about a possible collaboration/partnership for this fall semester. Through some initial planning, we decided on a full semester partnership with UD."

This weekend's concert will showcase the effort of the collaboration, as the nearly 100 combined instrumentalists will perform classical pieces written by J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, William Hofeldt, and Kenji Bunch, along with others.

"The concert will be a fantastic experience for students," she said. "They have the opportunity to play more challenging repertoire alongside college musicians in a larger ensemble which helps them grow as musicians. It shows them what the next level of ensemble experience can be for them after high school. It also gives them an idea of how much we can still grow as our own high school group."

In addition to the concert band experience, John Muhl '20 had the opportunity to play with the UD tuba section for band day during a Flyer football game a few weeks ago. He is now working with one of the same students for the concert.

"I love working with UD! Working with another tuba is also pretty great! Having a second allows for the split parts to really come out. While he's going for the lower notes, I'm playing the higher ones. It also helps to keep the sound going at all times since one of us can breath while the other is playing. He is also extremely nice and has given me a couple pointers on my tone and overall sound.

"The added numbers and more diverse set of instruments for the concert give the pieces an amazing sound that might not have been achieved otherwise."

Musicians performing on Sunday are also planning an additional performance on Tuesday, December 5.

Pictured right: Luke Grieshop, Patrick Reynolds, Debi Schutt



Hundreds to Participate in Make A Difference Day

An annual CJ tradition continues October 27 and 28, 2017 as nearly 200 members of the CJ community participate in Make a Difference Day.

"I am always so impressed to see so many of our students, faculty and staff giving their time to volunteer during Make A Difference Day, especially because it means they are giving up part of their day off,” Director of Ministry & Service Kelli Kinnear said.

Seniors Lydia Bice and Cecilia Meadors will be participating in their fourth Make a Difference Day with CJ, and each will be leading a student group for the second year.

“I’ll be leading Student Council members at The Glen,” Bice shared.

“I’ll be leading the women’s volleyball team at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton,” Meadors said. “As long as the weather cooperates, we’ll be doing some landscaping.”
Kinnear noted, “This year we have a record number of clubs and teams joining in the effort, including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, and others.” 

Both Bice and Meadors agreed that while they know they could be spending the day off school doing other things, they are excited to give back to the Dayton area.

“I think it’s a really good community building event that we have because it’s all over Dayton, not just at CJ,” Bice reflected.

Meadors agreed, “I think it’s important as well. So many organizations make a difference in our lives, so if we can work together to make a difference in someone else’s life in our local community, why wouldn’t we go?”

Kinnear added, “I think it is truly a testament to what we are all about at CJ, ‘preparing young men and women to become....people of compassion, integrity and service.’"

CJ’s Make a Difference Day participation is in conjunction with the national Make a Difference Day movement. Additional information about the national event can be found here.

Posted October 20, 2017

Three Students Commended for PSAT Scores

Three members of the Class of the 2018 were given Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship program for their high scores on the Preliminary SAT.

Emery Monnig, Eric Peters  and Paul Wittmann were each recognized for their outstanding test scores.

"I feel like it certainly says something about CJ that we were so well prepared," said Wittmann.

He noted that the University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati and the Ohio State University are among his top choices to attend after CJ, with a focus on mechanical engineering.

"I have no idea which college I want to go to yet, but I really hope to study some type of engineering," Monnig reflected.

Peters noted, "I hope to attend Vanderbilt University with a major in business and a minor in psychology."

All three seniors are involved in extra curriculars at CJ. Monnig is a member of the soccer and swimming teams, along with JCOWA and Eagle Ambassadors. Peters is on the varsity baseball team. Wittmann is also an Eagle Ambassador, a member of the rowing team, ski club and Busted Box Improv Troupe.

When reflecting on their time at CJ, both Monnig and Wittmann shared that Project Lead the Way courses have been some of their favorite classes.

"My favorite class at CJ has been AP Psychology, which I am currently enrolled in," Peters said. "I thoroughly enjoy the workings of the human mind and the explanations for tendencies and behaviors that I and everyone around me experience every minute of every day."

Since 2013, CJ has had 14 National Merit Scholars. Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship program here.

Posted October 18, 2017

STEMM Idol: Jenna Decker

Students interested in the medical field have countless areas of study to choose from including family medicine, physical therapy, nutrition and more. On Tuesday, October 17, STEMM Idol Speaker Jenna Decker, a student at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine, shared with Eagles her path to getting into the medical field.

Decker, a Catholic, was the former president of the Catholic Medical Association at Wright State University. She attended Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron prior to attending the Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree. Upon graduating from OSU in 2015, Decker said she applied to several medical schools and was excited about choosing Wright State.

“It has a community feel and it’s unique,” Decker shared. “I wanted to stay in Ohio and Wright State is community based, so we don’t just have one hospital, we rotate with seven or more.

“Wright State is really focused on community service and leadership in the community, which is important to me,” Decker continued. “I feel that was one of the factors, along with it being smaller and the sense of family, that made me happy with Wright State.”

During her presentation, Decker emphasized to the students that it was OK to not know the exact career path they may be interested in, as she continues to decide her area of interest.

“I still have a year left to decide on a field,” Decker said. “I think I’ll end up in neurology, but I still have a lot of clerkships left this year.”

Decker also enforced with students the need to build a strong college resume not only focused on test scores. She shared how while in high school, she was involved in several extra-curriculars including sports and clubs, and how she carried her interest in those activities into college.

Additionally, Decker reflected on how her faith will help guide where she goes in the future.

“It’s very unique to see the Catholic perspective of medicine,” Decker said. “Your faith makes you think how you want to practice because they don’t teach you that in med school.”

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.

Posted October 17, 2017


Women's Golf Returns to State Tournament

Update: The team finished ninth overall in the state. Congratulations on a great season, Eagles!

First look: For a record ninth year in a row, the Eagles women's golf team is returning to Columbus for the state tournament.

"I could not be more proud of our team," said Coach Todd Shuttleworth. "There was a lot of pressure on them to return to state, and they handled it all very well."

Karah Jackson '18, Lia-Sophie Keller '20, Aryana Sutton '18, Brooklyn Thompson '18 and Blake Wogoman '18 participated in the school's traditional Walk to State on Thursday, October 12 ahead of leaving for the tournament.

"It feels amazing and I'm mostly excited this year because it's my senior year," said Sutton. "I'm excited to be back and playing with some of my best friends. We are going to play our best and see what happens."

"It's bittersweet because it's my senior year, but to play alongside these ladies is very enjoyable," reflected Thompson.

Keller, who is playing in the state tournament for the first time said, "This is really exciting and I love playing with all these girls. I'm excited and nervous."

Even before their first stroke of the season, the team knew the importance of making a return to state in the fall.

"It was important to all five of us, and I think that was the drive that kept all of us all going," said Jackson.

"I think it's amazing that we've been here nine years in a row and as a senior, it's really cool because many people don't get the opportunity to say that," Wogoman shared.

Shuttleworth noted that the highlight of the Eagles' season was last week when they won the district title.

"The team and I welcome the challenge of the upcoming tournament and we hope to make a good showing," he added.

Jackson and Thompson said they hope to continue playing golf in college, while Sutton and Wogoman are undecided.

Good luck, Eagles!

Posted October 12, 2017

Capstone Group Holding Bookshelf and Book Drive

A Senior Capstone group is looking to make a difference in the lives of younger students by organizing a book and bookshelf drive.

The Capstone group of Cheyenne Collins, Luis Estrada, Karah Jackson, Carissa Myers and Alexis Peters are holding the drive from October 16 - 26. Items collected will be given to the El Puente Learning Center in Dayton.

"I was there for my junior year of service," Myers shared. "I fell in love with the kids and I saw that their books were falling apart. They also didn't have many books they could read at their level, or book shelves to put the books on."

Peters agreed, "I like working with kids and education is important. Also, since my mom is Hispanic, I have a deep connection to this topic."

"I'm passionate about education and everyone having equal education," Collins added. "I hope to travel the world and help children in need when I'm older."

The seniors are asking for extra bookshelves and books to be brought to CJ. Parents are also encouraged to contribute books during Parent/Teacher conference night on October 26. The seniors noted that while all books will be accepted, there is a particular need for picture books. Books in Spanish will be accepted too.

"I think this is an ambitious project," shared the group's mentor, Peg Regan '73. "This idea grew out of them tutoring at El Puente and I like how they are giving back."

If an abundance of books are contributed, some of the books will be given to St. Benedict the Moor school, which is connected to CJ's Little Sibs program. The group also plans to hold a reading activity and a reading night at St. Benedict the Moor later this year.

Posted October 11, 2017

STEMM Idol Speaker: Brian Bensman '92

Made in the U.S.A., Made in China or Made in Taiwan. Wherever a product is created, it is most likely involved in a supply chain. That's part of what Brian Bensman '92 oversees, as he explained to students during the first STEMM Idol Speaker Series program of the school year on Tuesday, October 10. Bensman is the Senior Director of Transportation, Fleet, and Regulatory Compliance for the Cintas Corporation. He explained that he makes sure as products move along a supply chain, that all procedures are within proper code.

Bensman also told students that he did not know which career path he would be going in after leaving CJ.

"What CJ really gave me was the experience to be a leader and understand all people from all world views," Bensman said. "It also gave me the leadership and interpersonal skills that laid down the foundation for any career I would have chosen."

After CJ, Bensman attended Miami University where he got a degree in political science. After being with a small manufacturing company for a few years, he was hired on at Cintas where he has been for 18 years.

When considering CJ's role in providing STEMM classes and awareness to students, Bensman said, "It's great to see the interest level and really educate students in all those options that are out there, those avenues and personal and industry and nature of the careers."

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.

Junior Selected to Give TEDxDayton Talk

The Chaminade Julienne community will be represented at the 5th annual TEDxDayton event.

Brennan Harlow '19 spoke at a TEDxYouth event in March of this year. He was the only student chosen to speak at the TEDxDayton event on Friday, October 20.

Harlow will be elaborating on the talk he gave at the TEDxYouth event about drug abuse. 

"I am telling my story about my family and my experience with heroin abuse in my family," Harlow said ahead of the TEDxYouth event. "One of the major points I make in my speech is that when you abuse drugs it’s not just you that you're affecting. You affect everyone around you, think of it as a ripple effect."

"We hope that Brennan's talk will bring light to a different side of drug abuse and awareness, a side that could hopefully prevent more tragedy," shared Rachel Graves with TEDxDayton.

Harlow added, "I really hope that by sharing my story that it can help teens that have gone through these situations that we are not alone. This whole process has been a healing process for me and my family and I hope that people can listen to this and really realized that when you do drugs you're not just affecting yourself, but everyone around you."

The list of all speakers and ticket information can be found here.

Posted October 5, 2017

Students Take Action In New Club

A newly formed club is bringing the CJ community even closer through fun activities and awareness events.

The Students in Actions (SIA) club was founded this year with Assistant Principal Greg Mueller serving as moderator. He shared that members of the group were selected after recommendations by CJ faculty and staff members.

The group, consisting of juniors and seniors, have met twice so far. The first event on the group’s agenda was bringing back the All School Picnic. This event will be held on Friday, October 6 at Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles (weather permitting) during lunch periods. Students will have the opportunity to purchase meals from Grinders. The cost will be $5 for grilled cheese or a hot dog and $6 for a cheeseburger or hamburger. Both meals come with a drink and dessert. SIA also plans to have games and music for the picnic.

Other events SIA members are considering for this school year include attending the Red Ribbon Youth Summit in Cincinnati, organizing different ways to show and bring awareness during Red Ribbon Week, and recognizing Cultural Awareness Month in February. The group is also looking into organizing intramural sports.

Posted October 4, 2017