April 2018

Capstone Shares Reflections on Refugee Crisis

Four seniors shared their passion for helping refugees not only as part of their Senior Capstone Project, but during Wright State University’s Symphony for Peace last month.

Ian Carmody, Micah Marshall, Emery Monnig and Zach Scott became interested in the Syrian refugee crisis for various reasons.

“I became involved in the Capstone project through a Capstone Group the previous year, who focused on refugees in the Dayton community,” said Monnig.

Scott said, “I became interested in my refugee Capstone Project because I am a transfer and I had to make a drastic change that was very tough  - so I wanted to help those who are forced to go through drastic change to make a better life for themselves.”

For their Capstone project, the four seniors conducted a letter writing campaign and then presented at Wright State’s Symposium.

“Wright State was hosting a Syrian Refugee Symposium and we were invited to give a presentation on the letters we collected and sent to the refugees from St. Albert the Great and Mr. Ricciuto's freshman classes,” Marshall reflected.

Carmody added, “We actually were very lucky to become involved with the Symphony for Peace. Dr. Shelley Jagow of Wright State emailed our Capstone coordinator, Mrs. Bardine, and asked if any students had an interest in being part of the presentation. Mrs. Bardine forwarded the information to us and the rest just worked out perfectly.”

The Capstone group presented at the Wright State event last month. 

“It felt awesome to be a part of the event at Wright State,” Carmody reflected. “Initially, it was really intimidating since we are just a few high school seniors and the other people presenting were doctors, actual refugees, concert musicians, or had traveled to countries where the refugee crisis is prevalent. I felt really lucky to be included with such a great group of people and I learned so much from them.”

Monnig added, “It was an honor to be part of the Wright State Symphony for Peace. We learned a lot and definitely realized how much more we could do to help the refugee crisis as well as the gravity of the matter.”

“It was an honor to present with these other honorable people who were doing so much to help make a change in the refugee crisis,” Marshall concluded. “This Capstone Project gave us a platform to build off of in order to help the world on any issue we have the opportunity to in the future.”

Posted April 17, 2018

Acting & Directing Class Presents: Miracle on South Division Street

Four students have spent this school year so far preparing for one night on the stage. The students in the Advanced Acting & Directing class will present the full-length play Miracle On South Division Street by Tom Dudzick on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the CJ Auditorium. Admission is free.

Mallory Castonguay ‘19, Katie Coyle ‘19, Ashley Gerhard ‘18 and Angelo Moore-Knight ‘18 are not only acting in the production, but also had key roles in directing and choosing the play.

“The acting class encourages a personal, hands-on experience with acting that has only improved my skill and helped me grow in so many different ways,” Coyle said.

“I was interested in taking Advanced Acting & Directing because I had already been in seven productions at that point at CJ, and had directed two One Acts, so I wanted to see what all I could improve on,” reflected Gerhard.

Moore-Knight agreed, “I was interested because it's unlike any other class that CJ has ever had.”

“The show is really fun,” choir and drama teacher Caitlin Bennett said. “Part of the reason for doing this class is to give the opportunity for students who enjoy performing but may not have time after school to be in a full production, plus, being able to do plays we otherwise wouldn’t because of cast size - this gives us an opportunity to do something smaller.”

Miracle on South Division Street is about a woman, Clara, and her three adult children, whose claim to fame is a 20-foot shrine to the Blessed Mother commemorating a night in 1942 when she appeared to Clara's father in his barbershop. Now, one of the children plans to reveal the real story behind the shrine, and the family’s faith is shaken. The results are heartfelt and hilarious.

“This show in particular is fun because it has a lot of Catholic humor - not intentionally or cheezy,” Bennett added.

Gerhard portrays Clara while Castonguay, Coyle and Moore-Knight portray the three adult children.

“I play the role of Beverly, and I find similarities in the role she has as the oldest sibling,” Castonguay noted. “She is very passionate about the activities she does and I feel connected to her.”

Coyle said, “My character is named Ruth. We're both middle children and have a passion for creative hobbies such as cookies, writing, and theater.”

“My character is Jimmy and I connect with him because Jimmy is the youngest and so am I,” Moore-Knight shared.

“I have found a great deal of difficulty trying to connect with my character, Clara, being that she is 45 years older than me; however, I do see a lot of my grandmother in her,” Gerhard said. “She is very modest and very set in her ways, but she does what she does because she loves her family and wants the absolute best for them. Clara has a big loving heart and really wants the best for everyone around her. She reminds me most of what my grandma was like because Clara’s number one priority in life is her family, and that's exactly the same way my grandma was.”

Gerhard noted she became more connected to her character by becoming involved in a national organization.

“When first starting this role, I actually decided to become an official adult member of the Polish National Alliance and decided to attend several meetings while I was there,” Gerhard said.. “I wanted to get to know more people like my character, and my character’s family, and also make it more of a present part of my life.”

The group said they became closer throughout the school year because of the amount of time they spent on this production.

“This production has taken up most of my year and I am proud of the way it is coming out,” Castonguay said. “The show offers a lot of humor that all people will appreciate and a heartwarming story.”

Coyle agreed, “Spending a year doing the same show would probably sound boring to most people, but it has only helped me fall in love with the story and brought Angelo, Ashley, Mallory, and I closer together to create a wonderful finish to the year.”

Posted April 12, 2018

CJ Program Featured in "Alive" Magazine

The spring edition of the Marianist publication, Alive magazine, featured an article about CJ's Cuvilly program.

In part, the article reads:

"Today, Cuvilly is widely hailed as one of the most comprehensive Catholic high school special education programs in Southwest Ohio. Currently, 108 kids out of a student body of 680, receive special support services. That's one in every seven students. 

"What's more, the program now occupies a location in the center of the school, and Cuvilly students are main-streated into academics, extracrrucular porgrams, retreats - 'all of our school functions, as much as possible,' says John Marshall, principal. 'The students in the Cuvilly program fit seamlessly into the fabric of our school.'"

The article showcased students and teachers from CJ, activities and accomplishments of students, and how Cuvilly is one of the many programs at CJ that makes the school special.

Read the full article from Alive magazine here.

Posted April 11, 2018

Author Stephen Smith Talks to Students, Parents

Last fall, CJ administrators invited Stephen Smith, author of Social Media: Your Child’s Digital Tattoo, to talk to students as part of the school’s annual speaker series. He will speak to students during an all-school assembly on Tuesday, Apr. 10.

Stephen's presentation will cover four main topics:

  • The Distracted Society
  • Inappropriate Content - Legal consequences and societal issues
  • Privacy and the Internet
  • Mental Health - statistics and scenarios

"I hope the students understand the consequences of their actions, good, bad, or indifferent," Smith said. "That's ultimately what we all leave behind when we use social media - a digital tattoo that can help us in our future life or hinder."

More information about Stephen can be found on his website. He updates a blog on his website and also has an active Twitter account with new and noteworthy information. His book can be purchased here.

On Tuesday, Apr. 10 at 6:30 p.m., Stephen spoke to parents about social media. He addressed inappropriate behavior online and how students can help control negative trends.

"I talk about the perspective of a parent because it's their responsibility to manage and monitor particuarly what their younger children are doing," Smith said. "I give them ways to manage and monitor by telling them some of the things their kids are doing and I expose to them the digital world that their kids are in."

Updated April 10, 2018, Oringially Posted April 9, 2018

Sophomore Earns National Recognition for Artwork

“I’m really passionate about human rights so putting that into art is something I never had the opportunity to do before.”

Madeline Hofstetter ‘20 not only embraced the opportunity to express her feelings through a recent art project, but was rewarded by the Scholastic Art & Writing awards with a gold key at the regional level and silver medal at the national level.

“Judges looked at more than 600 mixed media art pieces in grades 8-12,” explained art teacher Chanda Hunt. “After receiving a gold key, the artwork was submitted against thousands from across the county and she received the silver medal. It was amazing - I have goosebumps just thinking about it because it’s so great!”

Hofstetter’s artwork was inspired by social artist Kara Walker.

“I picked the exploitation of femininity now-a-days and how that’s connected to the exploitation of mother nature and in the environment,” Hofstetter explained.

She shared that while she had entered Scholastic competitions before, she was surprised about the recognition of her recent piece.

“I guess it didn’t really hit me how big it was until my mom told me that winning a medal at the national level meant you were in the top 1%,” Hofstetter reflected.

Hunt added, “For me, this was my first year to have a student go onto national and get a silver medal. That’s something I’m processing and experiencing.”

Hofstetter is now working on documenting and showcasing her art so she can receive her medal and certificate in the mail.

Posted April 4, 2018

2017-2018 Winter Sports Season in Review

On the court, in the pool, on the mat, on the track or in the bowling alley - the winter sports season was again successful for the Eagles. Learn more about each team’s season highlights:

Men’s Basketball
Record 11-15
“Our record doesn’t begin to tell the story of our season,” emphasized head coach Joe Staley ‘72.
The team, which was picked to finish last in the GCL North, finished second and made a tournament run including winning sectionals and finishing in the district finals.
During the course of the season, the Eagles defeated league champion Bishop Fenwick and Alter three times, including in the sectional finals.
“Although we are losing a group of great senior leaders, we will return several talented players next year,” added Staley.

Post-Season Honors
All-GCL First Team
Milton Gage

All-GCL Second Team
Jack Nauseef
Dominc Wilcox

Women’s Basketball
Record 10-14
Both the JV and Varsity teams placed second in the GCL North. Highlights from the season included beating Alter, at Alter, for the first time in eight years, new head coach Randy Duff shared. 

Post-Season Honors
GCL Athlete of the Year
Dallas Jones

All-GCL First Team
Dallas Jones
Annie Weckesser

All-GCL Second Team
Eve Monaghan

Jones was also chosen to represent CJ during the District 15 All-Star Game.

Men’s and Women’s Bowling
13 young men and women represented CJ during the bowling season. While the team didn’t win many matches, all members had a fun season!

Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving
“This was the best season in CJ’s history of swimming - I’m so proud of this team!” shared head coach Kate Whistler. Highlights from the season included the women’s team winning the GCL and sectional competitions. Several school records were broken throughout the season including both the men and women’s 200 medley relay, men’s 400 freestyle relay, women’s 400 medley relay, men’s and women’s 100 backstroke, and the women’s 500 freestyle. The Eagles also sent 10 members to the state competition, the largest squad to be sent to state in CJ’s history.

Post-Season Honors
GCL Coach of the Year
Kate Whistler

All-GCL First Team
Macleary Moran (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle)
McKenzie Reid (100 backstroke)
Jorge Zelina (100 freestyle)

All-GCL Second Team
McKenzie Reid (100 butterfly)
Mason Wilkson, Matthew Keaty, Jeff LaBianco, Jorge Zelina (200 medley relay)
Jorge Zelina (200 freestyle)
Mason Wilkson (100 backstroke)
Logan Brown, Sebastian Gongora, Matthew Keaty, Jorge Zelina (400 freestyle relay)
McKenzie Reid, Brianna Gracey, Lily Davis, Macleary Moran (200 medley relay) 

Indoor Track & Field
The indoor track & field team had a successful season including sending 16 students to the state competition. Highlights from that meet included Preston Grant finishing 7th in the 200, the women's 4x200 relay finishing 2nd, and Julia DiLoreto finishing 4th in the long jump.  During their debut meet of the season, the women’s 4x200 placed 1st and the men’s 4x200 placed second.
Head coach Jerry Puckett shared that he was proud of the indoor season, and was looking forward to what was ahead for the outdoor season, as the indoor season is usually a good predictor of the outdoor season.

“The 2017 – 2018 season will go down as one of the most successful seasons in CJ Wrestling history,” head coach Larry Dryden said. “In dual competition, the team finished the regular season 3 – 1, and then proved themselves in dual competition by finishing as Regional Runner-up in the OSHAA Team Dual Tournament. In regular tournament competition the team rolled all season long, placing 6th in the GMVWA Holiday Tournament, 1st at the Bellbrook Invitational, 1st at the Catholic Invitational Tournament, 1st at the Eaton Invitational, and 1st at the GCL Tournament. In post-season competition, the Eagles were runner-up at the Sectional (13 teams) and District Tournament (51 teams).

“Nine wrestlers qualified from the sectional to district competition, including Chris Rau, Lance Roberts, Isaiah Wortham, Thomas McGraw, Nick Machuca, Micah Marshall, David Frederick, Hunter Johns and Elijah Cochran. Omar Brown qualified as a district alternate. Four wrestlers qualified for the State Tournament: Isaiah Wortham (placed 8th), Micah Marshall (placed 5th), David Frederick and Hunter Johns (placed 4th).  Thomas McGraw qualified as a alternate to state. The team placed 15th at State out of the 105 that competed.

“Individual accomplishments were amazing this season, including Wortham who had 34 wins, McGraw who had 32 wins, Machuca who had 32 wins, Marshall who had 41 wins, Johns who had 42 wins and Frederick who had 33 wins. Johns led the team in pins with 27.

“Marshall finished his career at CJ with 139 wins and two state appearances and McGraw with 126 wins and a four-time district qualifier.”

Post-Season Honors
GCL Coach of the Year
Larry Dryden

All-GCL First Team
Dylan Johns
Chris Rau

Nick Machuca
Micah Marshall
David Frederick
Hunter Johns
Elijah Cochran

All-GCL Second Team
Lance Roberts

Posted April 2, 2018