November 2018

2018 Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Social media has connected people all around the world like never before. Students of today have also never not known a world without social media, and many would say it’s a very important part of their lives. That’s one of the reasons behind CJ’s 2018 Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week campaign, “Social media CAN make a difference.”

“As the FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today) students brainstorm ideas for themes for Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, they try to choose themes that would get their peers excited and motivate them to get involved,” explained Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry & Service. “They felt that teens could relate to social media because it is something many of them use on a regular basis. They also liked the idea of bringing awareness to the fact that social media can and should be used in a positive way, and this might encourage students to use it this way and to #ShowTheLoveCJ!”

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is being held Monday, November 12 - Monday, November 19. First period classes throughout the school are divided into four groups with social media influenced names: Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat. The faculty and staff are representing Facebook.

As in years past, throughout the week, the CJ community is encouraged to contribute items throughout the week with the themes of Money Monday, Toiletry Tuesday, Warm Weather Wednesday, Fast Day Thursday, Food Friday, and Miscellaneous Monday. Monetary contributions will be given to Catholic Relief Services. Item contributions will be given to St. Vincent DePaul and The Food Bank.

Join students with a prayer suggested for this week:

Oh, God, when I have food,
Help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work, help me
To remember the jobless;
When I have a warm home,
Help me to remember the homeless;
When I am without pain,
Help me to remember those who suffer;
And remembering, help me
To destroy my complacency
And bestir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough to help, by word and deed,
Those who cry out
For what we take for granted. Amen.

Posted November 13, 2018

CJ Performing Arts Presents: "A Murder is Announced"

Students within the CJ performing arts community are buzzing with excitement for the showing of their mysterious play, A Murder is Announced, which takes the stage November 16-18. The play is about a murder that hasn’t taken place yet, but invitations to it as a “party” have been sent. When the murder truly happens, it’s up to the guests to figure out the murderer!

Chiamaka Ejinaka ‘21 is a production assistant of the play.

“It looks exciting! I know the actors have been working hard to pull it together, and there are some really show stealing moments in the show that I know the audience will love. I'm pretty excited for everyone to see all the hard work that's been happening behind the scenes leading up to opening night.”

Chloe Proffitt ‘21 is one of the main characters in the production.

“I've been in performing arts for both years of my high school career so far and loved every second of it. I've been in everything from marching band to a cappella to the theatre. I have especially loved being in this year's fall play because it's such a fun and thrilling story — you can't help but get wrapped up in it.”

During the production’s intermission, there will be an “intermystery,” a puzzling enigma haunting the halls.

Show times are November 16 and 17 at 7 p.m., and November 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

Written in collaboration with Kerry Kadel ‘21

Posted November 12, 2018

Class of 2023 Scholarship Opportunities

Eighth grade students who enjoy language arts, ministry & service, performing arts, and STEMM are encouraged to showcase their passion for those areas as part of the CJ Class of 2023 scholarship opportunities.

“CJ provides $200,000 in scholarships for incoming freshmen focused on four areas that are important in our school - and we believe, important in the development of young people - language arts, ministry & service, performing arts, and science technology engineering math and medicine (STEMM),” said Brandon Meyer, director of admissions. “Eighth grade students who are passionate about attending CJ and excel in any of these distinctive areas are encouraged to apply.

“We do not assess scholarship awards based on the High School Placement Test. Academic Excellence comes in many forms; we are looking for students who share a passion for learning and making a difference in the world around them,” Meyer continued. “The variation of scholarship areas is intended to identify a diverse group of talented students that reflect the life and energy of the CJ community.”

To apply, students must fill out a scholarship application form. Finalists will be selected for an interview or to perform in front of a panel. To also qualify for a scholarship, prospective students must complete a shadow day and submit a school application form before December 1.

Students must also take the High School Placement Test, which they can do at CJ on Saturday, November 17. There will be a breakfast for parents that morning as well. Learn more and register here. Parents are also encouraged to attend a CJ parent reception, being held all over the Miami Valley. Additional details about the receptions can be found here.

Posted November 6, 2018

2018 Fall Sports Recap

The 2018 fall sports season was exciting on the field, on the court, and on the green. Coaches shared their season highlights below:

Men’s Cross Country
“The men's cross country team had a very special, exciting and successful season,” said head coach Ken Spitzig. “The season began with a school record of 30 athletes who participated. Our overall combined varsity season record against Division 1, 2 and 3 competition was 113-74. Both our varsity and reserve teams finished 4th at GCL.

“At the Southwest District meet our varsity team placed 7th overall out of 27 schools represented in Division 2. Our finish qualified the team to the Troy Regional. By advancing to the Troy Regional we were one of the top 13 teams in our region and one of the top 64 teams in the state vying for a trip to the State Meet. Our team also became only the 15th men's cross country team in school history to advance this far in tournament competition.

“This was just an outstanding effort by our team and coaching staff,” Spitzig continued. “I am very appreciative of all the hard work and effort of all our 30 kids this season. The success and the experience our kids enjoyed this season will carry them into next year for another run at being one of the best in our region and state.

Post-Season Honors
Second Team All-GCL
Trey Myers


Women’s Cross Country
“The women’s cross country team was the GCL runner-up, their best finish at the league meet in four years,” said head coach Dan Eiser. “We also ran well at the district championship meet advancing the varsity team to the regional championships for the first time in six years. 

“The women’s cross country team had a tremendous season,” Eiser continued. “Despite some injuries concerns early on, the team recovered and really came on at the end of the season. We lost to GCL rivals Carroll, Alter and Fenwick for most of the season, but by week six, were comfortably in position to compete for our first GCL coed title. While we fell just short at the league meet, we placed second with a lot of personal bests that day in both the varsity and JV races. These good races continued at the district meet. We were projected to finish anywhere from 7th-11th place depending on who raced well and came in, had a strong day, and finished 7th qualifying the team back to the regional championships. I was a rookie teacher the last time they qualified! The girls performed well at regionals beating teams that had beaten them the week prior and finished 9th in the region. Next year we will return all five scorers from our varsity team, four of the top nine returners in the GCL and look to be the first CJ women's team to ever qualify as a team to the state championships. This year's team took us to regionals where we hadn't been in some time and left us ready for another step next year.”

Post-Season Honors
First Team All-GCL
Claire Weaver

Second Team All-GCL
Madison Meixner
Amber Peaslee


Record 7-4
“It was a tale of two seasons as after week five we had to shuffle the roster due to OHSAA transfer rules,” head coach Marcus Colvin said. “I was proud of our boys and their adjustment to this. We had a successful season and continue to build a tradition of success as we move forward. 2019 will be another fun run by the Eagles.”

Highlights for the season included the team defeating Greenville under the Thursday Night Lights, being named the WDTN Operation Football Team of the Week after the Eagles’ 5-0 start, and qualifying for the OHSAA Division 3 playoffs, which only eight out of 32 teams were able to do so.

“Another season highlight was quarterback Ryan Minor being surprised by his dad after the Greenville game, which was also on the Today Show,” Colvin said. You can watch that TV highlight here.

Post-Season Honors
GCL Co-Defensive Player of the Year
Shane Cokes

First Team All-GCL
Shane Cokes
Colin Downing
David Frederick
Dominic Wilcox

Second Team All-GCL
Noah Burneka
Quincy Johnson
Brendan Kadel
Artie Kramer
Ryan Minor
Jason Ward
De’Verell Williams
Matt Willis


Men’s & Women’s Golf 
Head coach Todd Shuttleworth led his second season of women’s golf and first season of men’s golf for the Eagles this season.

“The men’s team finished 6th in the league and the women’s team finished 5th,” Shuttleworth shared. “Andrew Bidwell and Andrew Detmer individually qualified for districts, while the team of Grace Strickland,  Lia-Sophie Keller, Agnes Guiselin, Adeline Campbell and Reiley Meserve qualified for districts.”

Men’s Golf Post-Season Honors
Second Team All-GCL & Team Co-MVPs
Andrew Bidwell
Andrew Detmer

Women’s Golf Post-Season Honors
Team MVP
Grace Strickland


Men’s Soccer 
Record 9-10

The team was led by new head coach Christian Alexander this season. The men’s team defeated Milton Union and Oakwood in the post-season and qualified for the district semi-finals.


Women’s Soccer
Record: 6-6-6
“The 2018 women’s soccer team took a giant step towards one of its strategic goals to compete for GCL league championships,” shared head coach Roy Craig. “The team had big wins versus Butler and Oakwood but the best result was a 1-0 win on the road at McNicholas.  The team also posted five shut-outs. The women’s soccer team continues to play a very strong schedule as evidenced by games versus four state ranked teams: Beavercreek (D I); Alter and Badin (D II); and Anna (D III).  

“In addition to the program having great athletes the players are excellent students (team GPA 3.8 weighted), most of the players are leaders at CJ in academics, service and faith positions,” Craig continued. “All the girls in the program, as a group, took part in three service projects during the season.”

Post-Season Honors
First Team All-GCL
Katie Baird
Beatrice Hawthorn

Second Team All-GCL
Jaydyn Haywood
Erin McGraw

First Team Dayton South
Beatrice Hawthorn

Second Team Dayton South
Jaydyn Haywood

Third Team Dayton South
Katie Baird
Megan Kramermardis


Women’s Tennis
Record 11-8
“The best win for the team was defeating Tipp City 3-2,” said head coach Jim Brooks. “We also won the eight-team Schroeder Invitational and finished second in the GCL. Lanie Sorg and Carly Fugett finished 4th at the sectional tournament in doubles and advanced to the district tournament. We have a young team with a bright future.”

Post-Season Honors
First Team All-GCL & Second Team All-Area
Patty Estrada-Sanchez (singles)
Lanie Sorg/Carly Fugett (doubles)


Women’s Volleyball 
Record: 9-15
“The women's volleyball team finished third overall in the GCL North and had a tough loss in the district semi-final of their post-season tournament,” said head coach Gretchen Wolfe. “The team had big wins this season including against Oakwood, Badin, and Carroll at home.”

Post-Season Honors:
First Team All-GCL
Emma Schaefer

Second Team All-GCL
Zoe Mason
Ayanna Williams

First Team All-District 15
Emma Schaefer

Second Team All-District 15
Ayanna Williams

Honorable Mention All-District 15
McKenzie Reid
Sami Zajac

District 15 Scholar-Athlete
Lindsey Fuchs
Emma Schaefer