December 2018

Financial Investing Students Present at UD

The unknown outcome of managing money on the stock market can vary day-to-day. For select students at the University of Dayton’s Davis Center for Portfolio Management, they have the added pressure of managing $30 million of the university’s endowment invested in equity markets. These same students also guide area high school students, including Chaminade Julienne Eagles, for an eight week high school portfolio competition. On Friday, December 7, two groups from CJ traveled to UD to present their portfolios to the college students and financial experts.

The group of Shane Cokes ‘19, Martez Cuff ‘19, Ghiman McKinney ‘19 and Rion Williams ‘19, named, “The Bag Getters” placed 5th out of 34 competing area high school teams from Centerville, CJ, Oakwood and Ponitz. The group of Nicholas Amstutz ‘19 (not pictured), Philip Chagoyan ‘20 and Robert Culpepper ‘21, named, “The Bull Market Bankers” placed 11th.

“I took the financial investing class because I wanted to try something new my senior year,” McKinney said. “I wanted to challenge myself and see if financing would be something I’d be interested in down the road. I’m glad I did.”

“I wanted to learn more about financial investing and how the stock market worked,” shared Chagoyan.

Because of where they placed in the overall competition, the two CJ groups qualified for a presentation round at the Davis Center. During their presentation, the top groups shared what they learned throughout the eight-week competition and what changes they would have made if any.

“This fall was a rough time to jump in and start investing,” shared CJ financial investing teacher Don MacLeod. “But sometimes, that is the catalyst to educate that there are consequences for when things don't go according to plan. 

“31 out of 34 groups ended in the red in this year’s competition,” MacLeod continued. “While this competition is set up as a game, some of the students did learn that making money in the market takes work.”

Posted December 13, 2018


CJ Performing Arts Presents: Sounds of the Season

The entire family can get into the Christmas spirit when CJ Performing Arts Presents: Sounds of the Season, a Christmas Concert, on Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m. The performance will take place in the newly renovated CJ auditorium.

Ensembles performing at the concert will include concert band, concert choir, liturgical choir, string ensemble, Hands in Harmony, a cappella groups Phoenix and Vega, and the Busted Box Improv Troupe. Performances will feature both sacred and secular music.

Performing arts students showcased selections from the concert during a preview for the CJ community. Video from that performance can be found on the CJ Facebook page.

Posted December 12, 2018

STEMM Idol: Fred Lickert

For decades, Fred Lickert has seen the worst of the worst in regards to traffic accidents. That was part of his role as a traffic reconstructionist for the City of Dayton Police Department, and his current role as an accident reconstructionist with Law-Science Technologies, Inc.

On Tuesday, December 4, Lickert talked to students about the importance of STEMM in his career as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

“Part of my presentation focused on the importance of seat belts, as kids are beginning to learn to drive, I shared how Newton’s laws of motion play into a bad crash,” Lickert shared.

Lickert also told students how he uses the Pythagorean theorem in determining speeds in car crashes.

“My life is one big math word problem,” Lickert emphasized. “That’s all I do - solve story problems!”

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 11, 2018

Connecting Young Students to the Benefits of Music

“Hello friends!”

It was 7:30 a.m. on a grey Tuesday morning in November. A little fifth grade girl’s voice split the quiet, which, just a moment before, had pervaded the second floor of Our Lady of the Rosary School. She rushed into the classroom, heralding in a bustle of motion and excitement. Behind her, three fifth grade boys tumbled their way in, finding front row seats for themselves. It was time for band class!

Before long, they were joined by 20 other energetic, chattering students. Luke Grieshop, who teaches music at both Chaminade Julienne and twice a week at OLR, stood before them and hushed the room. Now in his second year of helping to run and develop the music program at OLR, he explained that after weeks of waiting, the students would now be assigned the instruments they would learn to play.

Joining in him were four CJ senior students, Will Marshall, Logan Brodnick, Nick Amstutz, and Connor Kocur, who had arrived earlier in the morning to assist the aspiring musicians in making sure that their instrument was ready to play, or identifying it for repair. The seniors’ mutual passion for music art and their choice of capstone project led them to see how they could assist Greishop in his efforts at OLR.

“The inspiration for this project came from all of the support I’ve received in my personal musical endeavors,” says Marshall. All four CJ students spoke in appreciation and admiration of the music teachers they have had, reminiscing fondly and gratefully on the mentorship they received. Marshall also spoke of his family, and the musical opportunities they shared when he was younger. “My family would attend performances together at the Schuster Center, and I loved them. When I grew up and realized not everyone got that opportunity, I started wondering what I could do about it.”

These CJ seniors are adamant that young students have the chance to experience music and all the benefits working with music offers. They spoke of the intellectual benefits they have researched and experienced personally regarding music; benefits which they hope to bring to the students at Our Lady of the Rosary.

“It helps with different sorts of skills outside of music, such as memorization and work ethic,” said Marshall. “Even more, the corpus callosum is the part of the brain that links the right and left hemispheres of your brain. It is shown that in musicians, that connection is strengthened, likely due to them playing music, an activity that requires both sides of the brain to work together,” Marshall explained.

According to Amstutz, who practices vocal percussion and singing, music can even have a positive effect on the development of a person’s social and emotional intelligence. “The ability to connect with the audience, and influence them by showing an emotion through your voice and your movement on stage, is something that you can’t necessarily do anywhere else. Music just opens you up to expression,” he said.

There’s just one problem. There aren’t enough instruments at Our Lady of the Rosary. At the present, one instrument is shared between two or even three students. This means that students are not able to take an instrument home with them to practice, severely cutting back on the amount of time they have to learn how to play. Students are also limited in choice, so a particular instrument they wish to learn may not exist in the inventory. And in most cases, families are not able to afford an instrument for their child.

As access to instruments is limited, so are the materials that the school is able to provide for the music program. Music, which requires high quality instruments and expert teaching, can be an expensive art to learn and enjoy. With all of its benefits, music class at OLR might be the only chance at music for these students, and now their chances are being improved.

This is the issue CJ seniors are hoping to tackle through their capstone project. They have been going to OLR before their own school day even starts to accompany and assist Grieshop in teaching and providing direct service through instruction and mentorship. They have also been gathering donated instruments with the goal of providing each OLR student with their very own instrument. In the near future, they hope to organize a field trip for the OLR students to attend a CJ concert, or even a concert at the Schuster. “Organizing a professional musical experience for the kids may be a bit difficult logistically,” admitted Marshall, “but I believe that we can do it.”

“It is a great blessing to get to see younger kids experience the joy of music,” said Kocur. Although these gentlemen admit they have encountered challenges along the way, they are driven by the relationships they are forming and the benefits they see in the lives of the OLR students. They know it is time and energy well spent — and that the “lessons” of music will play on for a lifetime.

Posted December 6, 2018

Students in Language Classes Hold Bake Sale Benefit

Students taking foreign language classes came together to make Christmas brighter for two families in Dayton.

The students in Señora Regan, Señora Brinley, Señorita Harbaugh and Madame Mize’s classes brought in hundreds of bake goods for students, faculty and staff to purchase on Wednesday, December 5. This has been an annual tradition for the language department for several years.

“As a language department, we are trying to get connected to those who speak the languages in our community,” Harbaugh said.

Contributions from the bake sale are being used to purchase clothing, winter items, and toys for two families identified by the Dayton Catholic Hispanic Ministry and St. Mary Church.

“I like helping the community and families who really need it,” shared Madalyn Richardson ‘21, who is in Harbaugh’s Spanish 2 class.

“It really is amazing,” Harbaugh added. “This is a great thing for our community to support these families, whether that’s communicating through their language, spending time with them or supporting them in this way.”

Posted December 5, 2018