December 2017

CJ - A New Place to Call Home

Why was CJ the place to be in 2017?

A current senior and freshman share their thoughts about their new CJ home.

CJ is a new experience for everyone who walks through its doors for the first time. For many students, the journey starts with expectations and excitement for the years  ahead. Freshmen like Chi Ejinaka are experiencing the new challenge of high school life.

“Going into it, I knew I’d have a lot of homework each night and that my classes would be more challenging than what I was used to. It did surprise me how my time was easily taken up by homework and clubs, while still trying to have a social life.

“It’s like one of those things you expect, but when it finally happens, it’s more than you thought it would be. I think I’ve gotten really good at budgeting my time and am cautious of how many clubs I join. I do try to be involved because it really helps with making friends and having fun 

experiences. It’s exciting to discover for yourself how nice people are here — and, I have some really chill, understanding teachers. There are also a lot of nice upper-classmen who have befriended me and tell me what to expect later on. It’s really cool to feel like I have older siblings here because it makes me feel like I have my own second mini family.”

 Other students come to CJ as upper-classmen, many ready for a change — even if only for a year. Senior Zach Scott says that he worked hard to convince his parents of his desire to transfer.

“I had to press hard to get here, and my parents weren’t too sure of it. Now that I am here, I feel so comfortable and blessed to be able to complete my academics at such an amazing school, and find opportunities for me to contribute.

“Already, I feel I have experienced growth in myself, in my academics — learning in subjects not available at my former school — and growth in my faith. It’s the best decision I have made, and I’m grateful to my parents for allowing me to make the switch.”

Story as published in the Fall 2017 issue of Vision.

Posted December 29, 2017

Capstone Group Organizes Stress Relief Session with Dogs

Prior to students taking their winter exams, they had to the opportunity to relieve stress through the help of some furry friends.

The Senior Capstone group of Jillian Baker, Lydia Metallinos, Aryana Sutton and Josie Weitz worked with 4 Paws for Ability to bring service dogs to CJ on Friday, December 15. The seniors came up with this idea after honing in on their Capstone topic focused on mental health.

“I feel that mental health disorders, especially stress and anxiety, are extremely prevalent among high schoolers, but rarely talked about,” Baker said. “I wanted to help bring up this discussion, to let people know that having any of these issues is completely okay, and that there are ways to cope and people who are there to help you.”

On top of bringing the service dogs to CJ, the group had also worked throughout the school year so far with counselor Amy Theodor to deliver homeroom presentations to all students about mental health.

“I hope students realize that they always have someone willing to talk to them and that it is okay to have a mental health illness,” Weitz shared. “I want them to be able to know there are things that truly lessen the symptoms of anxiety or depression, such as seeing the puppies or breathing techniques to calm yourself down.”

Later on in the school year, the group plans to make bulletin boards near the guidance office about mental health awareness.

When reflecting on their project so far, Baker said, “I have learned that so many different people can be affected by stress and anxiety throughout their daily life. I also learned that there are many ways that you can combat these diseases, such as eating healthier, exercising, breathing methods, and coloring.”

Weitz agreed, “I've realized that there are a lot of things that can cause stress and anxiety but the best thing you can do is be prepared for it. Staying away from procrastination and getting things done early is a quick and easy fix to lesson stressors.”

Posted December 27, 2017

Seniors Spread Christmas Cheer as part of Capstone

Seniors looking to make a difference for kids and their parents this Christmas served as personal shopping helpers at the Life Enrichment Center earlier this month. The experience was part of Cheyenne Coyle, Shannon Murray, Cayley Saunders and Kierstin Saunders' Senior Capstone project.

"The surrounding Dayton area is what really interested me — I see child poverty in Dayton and wanted to learn more about it," Kierstin said. 

"I did my Integrated Social Justice Research Project on child poverty," Cayley added. "That inspired me to want to learn more about this topic and be able to help the families who are less fortunate. I wanted to give back to those who are living in poverty and I knew this would give me that opportunity."

The group said they learned about the opportunity to volunteer at the Life Enrichment Center through their group mentor, Katlyn Delong, and Senior Capstone Coordinator, Molly Bardine.

During their time at the Life Enrichment Center, the Capstone members shopped with parents, guiding them to items they may want or need, and getting to know the families they were serving.

"This made me feel great because I was able to help parents pick out gifts for their kids," Cayley said. "It made me feel great because I was helping give these children the best Christmas they could ask for."

For a small fee, parents had the chance to pick up items such as clothes, diapers, and small gifts for their children. Volunteers then wrapped the presents for the parents.

"Just by doing this one service site, we helped so many kids in poverty experience a Christmas they wouldn't normally have," Kierstin noted. "Also, it was so nice to personally help out and do the work, it means so much more."

You can learn more about the Life Enrichment Center and their services here.

Posted December 20, 2017


Niche Ranks CJ as a Best Private School

For the 2017-2018 school year, Chaminade Julienne was again recognized by as a Best School in the nation.

“The 2018 Best Private High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users,” according to

For the 2017-2018 school year, CJ was ranked as the following:

  • #8 most diverse private high school in Ohio
  • #16 best Catholic high school in Ohio
  • #32 best private high school in Ohio
  • #92 best high school for STEM in Ohio

“In general, the rankings give us a voice and opinion on multiple areas that impact student life and we will identify the areas of focus as part of our always improving process at CJ,” said Principal John Marshall ‘86.

“Niche is an interesting process by which schools across the country are rated based on self selected survey results,” added Director of Admissions, Brett Chmiel ‘02. “There are many different ways to measure outcomes of success for Chaminade Julienne. This is one indicator of success based on 167 reviews. I don't think this tells us a lot about the overall opinion of CJ. Rather it tells us that we have an engaged community of alumni, constituents and benefactors who actively seek out ways of promoting the educational experience we offer.”

Marshall agreed, “I think it is an affirmation of what we have come to understand as key elements to the CJ experience with a sense of a diverse community that is warm and welcoming.”

“We believe our former students who answered the survey felt prepared, not just because we challenged them academically,” Chmiel continued. “Rather we challenged them to understand and live in the world through the lens of the Marianists and the Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur. They call each and every one of us to embrace the gift of community, diversity, adaptation and the goodness of God. Our students leave CJ prepared because they walk into the world with an understanding of the role they play in becoming the people that Christ is calling them to be.”

Read more on Chaminade Julienne’s complete profile on here.

Posted December 15, 2017


Two Groups Represent CJ at Financial Investing Competition

For a third year in a row, Chaminade Julienne was represented at the University of Dayton’s Davis Center portfolio high school competition. The competition challenged students from four area high schools to invest in stocks and come away with the biggest profit. Students in CJ’s financial investing class split into small groups, and two of those groups did well enough to advance to the final round at UD.

The two finalist teams were “Stratton Oakmont” consisting of Micah Marshall ‘18, Riley Mason ‘18, and Will Slaybaugh ‘18 and “Sales R Us” consisting of Cheyenne Coyle ‘18, Madeline Denman ‘18, and Ben Thomas ‘18.

“What first got me interested into this class was my dad, he had majored in this and accounting,” reflected Thomas. "I knew a lot about the stock market because of my dad watching the NASDAQ on TV and trying to explain what to invest in and what not to.”

“I was interested in financial investing so that I could know how to invest in and prepare for my future,” shared Marshall. “I knew about it as a whole, but I didn't trust my own knowledge to yet invest in the stock market before.”

Members from both teams shared which stocks helped make them successful.

“Some of our stock choices where the basics in our everyday lives like Dunkin Donuts and Ulta Beauty, but we also chose some stocks that we had no idea about,” Thomas said. “Our biggest winner was USA Trucking and our biggest loser was Frontier Communications.”

“Some of our biggest successes were PayPal and Health Insurance Innovations and our biggest loss was Akcea Therapeutics,” Marshall added.

At UD, a combination of the top 10 groups’ portfolio performance and presentation scores determined the overall winner. “Sales R Us” placed sixth overall and “Stratton Oakmont” placed seventh overall.

“My favorite part of this project was working on a challenging project with my friends and learning how to invest safely,” Marshall reflected. “I think I will use this in the future in the stock market, but I will not go into financing.”

Thomas added, “I have not really thought about taking this further, but this is my favorite class and I am very interested in trying to actually invest in stocks with real money in the future.”

Posted December 14, 2017


Cellist Chosen for College Musical Festival

A freshman was recently selected to be a part of the Ohio University Honor Choir & Orchestra. Lily Davis '21 plays many instruments, including violin, trumpet, piano and ukulele, but she was chosen to play her cello at the Honor Choir & Orchestra Festival.

"I found out about the festival through my cello teacher, Dr. Linda Katz," David said. "I had to audition for Professor Steven Huang, Director of Orchestral Activities at OU, via Skype. They provided excerpts from the songs we were going to be playing and I played those for the audition. I found out soon after that I was selected."

Orchestra members worked with Professor Huang and Dr. Bradley Naylor, Director of Choral Activities at OU, for less than two days before performing at the festival. 

"While we were there, we spent most of the time rehearsing and practicing with master teachers," Davis shared. "We also had some free time to explore the campus and we got to eat in the student dining hall."

Additionally, Davis and other students participated in master classes and performances with the OU faculty. 

Davis added, "My favorite part was the concert on Saturday because we got to see all of our hard work put together. It was fun to be a part of an orchestra with other high school students from other areas of Ohio."

The festival included the musical performances of Allegro non molto from The Four Seasons: Winter (Vivaldi), Carnival of Animals (Saint-Saëns) and Night on Bald Mountain (Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov ed.). Davis said she enjoyed this experience and hopes to participate in it again next year.

Posted December 6, 2017

2017 Writing Awards Winners Announced

For more than 30 years, students have submitted short story, essay, flash fiction and poetry pieces to the school's annual writing contest. The competition, started by retired teacher Jim Brooks, was taken over this year by English teacher Katlyn DeLong '98.

"I participated in the contest when I was a student, but I can't remember if I won," reflected DeLong. "I talked about it with my siblings and my little brother remembers winning."

This year, more than 430 entries were submitted. While freshmen and sophomores in honors English classes were required to submit a piece, the contest was open to all students. DeLong recruited readers, including many outside the walls of CJ, to help judge the pieces.

"We read the entries blind," shared DeLong. "Students completed an entry form with their name on it but their name was not on their work anywhere else. 

"When it came out that three of the four overall winners were freshmen, it was shocking," DeLong continued. "We made a few changes from last year by combining all grade levels. We thought the seniors would sweep the categories but the opposite happened."

Winners from this year's contest were:

Short Story

  • First Place: Carolyn Marshall '21 "Secure"
  • Second Place: John Lander '20, "Another Day at the Office"
  • Third Place: Erin McGraw '20 "Chocolate""
  • Honorable Mention: Selena Aungst '18 "An Incendiary Quest"
  • Honorable Mention: Nikki Gabriel '18 "This Must be What Death Feels Like"
  • Honorable Mention: Sarah Hartley '18 "Paradise"

Flash Fiction

  • First Place: Grace Delaney '21 "The Strange Room"
  • Second Place: Haley Kraft '19 "It's Okay"
  • Third Place: Olivia Boch '18 "A New Start"
  • Honorable Mention: Veronica Stephens '19 "My Beloved Sun"
  • Honorable Mention: Jacob Fisher '18 "Penalties"
  • Honorable Mention: Timothy Lehner '20 "The Cottage in the Crater"


  • First Place: Aidan Kelly '21 "Sunshine Smile"
  • Second Place: Kate Schinaman '21 "The Sun Still Shines"
  • Third Place: Natalie Feucht '18 "Grandma Betty"
  • Honorable Mention: Pasquale Cristiano '21 "The King and the Pawn"
  • Honorable Mention: Allie Bardine '21 "A Crazy Florida Relative"
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Peltier '18 "This I Believe--The Way of Life"


  • First Place: Madeline Hofstetter '20 "What They Did, What They Continue to Do" and "Mother vs. Mother Nature"
  • Second Place: Elizabeth Blackshire '20 "Summertime" and "Wintertime"
  • Third Place: Andrew Buchanan '18 "My Honest Poem" and "God"
  • Honorable Mention: Bethany Wilson  '20 "Ode to the Sun"
  • Honorable Mention: James Blackshire '19 "Sonnet 13" and "Blackboard" and "Lock and Key"
  • Honorable Mention: Ellie Reeves '20 "Spectator" and "Tepid Dreamer's (Undeserved) Recognition"

Congratulations to all participants!

Attention students in grades 5-8 

The CJ youth writing contest will be held in Spring 2018. Stay informed about participation information, once it's released, through the CJ Facebook page.

Posted December 11, 2017



Category winners (L-R): Poetry, Essay, Flash Fiction and Short Story. Students not pictured in the large group photo: Grace Delaney, John Lander and Ellie Reeves.

Peltier Signs to Play Baseball at Ball State

From a young age, Ryan Peltier ‘18 knew he wanted to be a baseball player. Now, after starting for the Eagles for four years, he will continue his baseball career at Ball State University.

“It’s a dream come true,” Peltier shared. “I always thought about playing college baseball. I’m happy to do this.”

“He’s been striving for this his whole life,” CJ head baseball coach Mike Barhorst ‘85 added. “He has a heart of a champion. He plays hard and he always works to get better.”

Peltier, a shortstop and pitcher, signed his letter of intent to play for the Cardinals on Friday, December 1.

“This is a good opportunity for me,” Peltier said. “The Ball State coaches saw me play and gave me a great offer.”

Peltier was a key member of the Eagles’ baseball team during their run in the state tournament last school year, which ended with the Eagles being the state runner-up.

“He was one of our leaders last year and we look forward to him being a leader again this year,” Barhorst noted. “He helped the young guys along and hopefully we can make another run at the tournament.”

Along with being an asset on the baseball team, Peltier served as the football team’s quarterback.

“He could have played college football, for sure, but he told me three years ago that this was the route he was going,” reflected head football coach Marcus Colvin. “He has always had a love first for baseball and I’m just glad we were able to get him when we did — I’m so proud of him. I’m happy he has the opportunity to go to college and do something he loves to do.”

Peltier said he’s currently undecided about his field of study at Ball State.

Posted December 4, 2017


STEMM Idol: Megan Kelleher '03

An Eagle graduate came back to the nest to share how she has been able to combine her love of a foreign language with her career as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

Megan Kelleher ‘03 is a Canadian Sales Manager for BarSplice Products.

“I call customers in Canada, I make sales visits up there, I present presentations to structural engineering firms and I sell the product,” Kelleher shared.

Along with having to demonstrate technical expertise, marketing talent and sales skills, Kelleher is fluent in French, a language she enjoyed learning at CJ.

“I loved taking French and that’s what inspired me to use my language skills in my business career,” Kelleher reflected. “I’m thankful for that.”

Prior to her presentation, Kelleher said she hoped students would learn that things may not always go as you expect, and that’s OK.

“I wanted to share real life advice and not to be afraid to fail,” Kelleher said. “I’ve heard a lot of ‘nos’ but it’s true that if you keep persevering you will get there and meet your goals.”

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

Posted December 5, 2017


Fashion Club Hosts Free Tie Rental

With the CJ Christmas Dance approaching, members of the school's Fashion Club are hosting a free tie rental for male students.

"The idea came about because the Fashion Club president and vice president were kicking around ideas for things we could do at school that could help kids out," club advisor Dan Eiser said.

Eiser shared that since the male students most only wear ties a few times a year, and fashionable ties can be expensive, this alleviates a potential burden.

The Fashion Club members helped put out the call-to-action to get ties, and Eiser asked the school's faculty and staff for contributions too. In all, nearly 100 ties of all varieties and colors were collected.

"I was pretty happy with how it all came together," Eiser shared.

He added, "We used to do something similar with dresses, but we haven't done it in a few years. That may come back around Prom season, so we'll wait and see."

Male students interested in borrowing a tie for the Christmas Dance can visit Room 302 after school on Monday, December 4 or Tuesday, December 5 and sign one out. Ties are asked to be returned the week of December 13. Details about the Christmas Dance can be found here.

Posted December 1, 2017