May 2018

Economics Class Project Benefits Local Organizations

A recent project in the economics class made a big impact not only on the CJ community, but local organizations.

Teacher Angela Ruffolo challenged her students to create an event that would benefit area nonprofits. The groups the students chose included 4 Paws for Ability and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. One group's profits went towards the school's Lenten Mission Drive, with proceeds benefiting organizations from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Marianists.

“Everyone loves animals and if you can help animals by watching a popular film then that’s even better,” said Zach Braun ‘18. His group hosted a showing of The Princess Bride after school last month. Students who attended the showing had the opportunity to purchase snacks. 

Another group held a bake sale that ended in sweet success for the team.

“We sold out of almost all our food,” group member David Teague ‘18 said.

Additional group member Sally Shepard ‘18 noted, “We were surprised how many people bought the food - it was unexpected.”

The third group hosted a 3-v-3 basketball tournament, something member Lydia Metallinos ‘18 said she was eager to help organize.

“We didn’t have a 3-v-3 tournament last year, but we did our freshman and sophomore year,” Metallinos said. “I never knew it was for economics class and when we found out it was option, we knew we wanted to do it.”

As part of the 3-v-3 tournament, students, faculty and alumni who wanted to participate or watch the tournament financially contributed to the cause. Fans who watched the tournament also had the opportunity to purchase snacks during the event.

In total, the students who organized the 3-v-3 tournament had the largest profit of more than $200.

“It was good to raise awareness for the class and also raise money for the Humane Society,” Tim Sprowl ‘18, a member of the 3-v-3 tournament group, noted.

A different group member, Jeff LaBianco ‘18, agreed, “Economics is a good class and maybe there will be more awareness because people will want to do fun projects like this.”

Ruffolo noted, "All the students worked hard to get their projects to be successful. It also taught them about teamwork, communication, and setting goals. They also learned about adaptation and change because nothing ever goes exactly as planned! And, they also learned that an idea that looks great on paper may not be as successful when it is actually implemented!"

Nearly $500 total was contributed to nonprofits after all projects were completed.

Posted May 7, 2018


Jeremy Greenleaf Named New Athletic Director

Jeremy Greenleaf, CJ’s current assistant athletic director, will take on a new role as the director of athletics at the beginning of June.

“I have had a great opportunity to work with Jeremy over the last year,” said John Marshall ‘86, principal. “I’ve seen key qualities in Jeremy that have enhanced our current programming and will serve our students at the next level both in athletic participation, their faith life, and their general impact to the CJ community.”

Greenleaf, who was born in Spain, came to reside in Beavercreek in 1990. He graduated from Beavercreek High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. He then attended Morehead State University were he played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management.

In addition to his role as the assistant athletic director, Greenleaf has five years football coaching experience. He was a coach at Urbana University for two years, a coach at Fairborn High School for one year, and has been a coach with the Eagles’ football team for two years.

“Over the last two years it’s been a pleasure to see and be a part of our athletic programs and see the student athletes and facilities grow to be among the very best in the area,” Greenleaf said.

“I feel athletics has an integral role in the CJ mission of educating the whole person. I look forward to continuing to build upon the traditions of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Marianists.”

In addition to his new position at CJ, Greenleaf also recently married his wife, Marissa. The couple resides in Beavercreek.

Posted May 3, 2018


Marshall Signs to Wrestle at The Ohio State University

“It’s a dream come true.”

That’s how Micah Marshall ‘18 described his commitment to wrestle with the Ohio State University on Tuesday, April 24.

“I decided that OSU would be the best place for me to grow as a whole person,” Marshall said. “The wrestling team impressed me in that it was looking into the science of the sport, leading to smarter training and overall better performance.”

Science is something Marshall is passionate about, as he plans to study neuroscience in college.

“I felt I could receive top-ranked academics in the elite field of neuroscience, along with having the community around me, including my brother and a best friend who are attending, to help me in my studies,” Marshall reflected.

Marshall and the Eagles had one of their best wrestling seasons in history this past winter. In dual competition, the team finished the regular season 3 – 1, and finished as regional runner-up in the OSHAA Team Dual Tournament. In regular tournament competitions, the team won four invitationals and tournaments, were runner-up at the sectional tournament and runner-up at the district tournament.

Individually, Marshall had a phenomenal career at CJ with 139 wins and two state appearances. He placed 5th overall at the 2018 state tournament.

“Micah created goals and kept setting them higher and higher,” head coach Larry Dryden shared. “Once he reached his goals, he would have his next set of goals and then blow them out of the water. He was always reaching above everybody’s expectations.”

Awards Marshall earned throughout his wrestling career at CJ included being named to the All-GCL First Team (2016, 2017 and 2018) and receiving the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award at school tournaments and invitationals.

“Being voted outstanding wrestler by other coaches at tournaments is a big statement,” Dryden noted. “Micah has made us proud both on and off the mat.”

Posted May 1, 2018