February 2019

Swimmers Qualify for State Tournament

It will be familiar waters for most CJ swimmers as they participate in the state swimming tournament February 21 and 22. Logan Brown ‘21, Sebastian Gongora ‘20, Andrew Kutter ‘21, McKenzie Reid ‘21, Mason Wilkson ‘21 and Jorge Zelina ‘19 qualified for the competition in Canton. For Zelina, this is the fourth year in a row the swimmer qualified for the state tournament. This is the first state swimming tournament for Kutter.

The swimmers will participate in the following events:

  • 100 yard backstroke (Wilkson, Zelina)
  • 200 yard freestyle (Zelina)
  • 500 yard freestyle (Brown)
  • 200 yard and 400 yard freestyle relay (men’s team)
  • 100 yard butterfly (Reid)
  • 100 yard backstroke (Reid)

Zelina finished 10th in the state last year in the 200 freestyle, while Reid placed 16th in the state in the 100 backstroke.

Good luck to all competitors!

Posted February 20, 2019


Finalists to Take the Stage for CJ Poetry Out Loud

Second Update: On Monday, February 11, Agnes Guiselin '20 was named a regional champion for Ohio's Poetry Out Loud competition. She will now compete at the state competition on Friday, March 8 at the King Arts Complex in Columbus. Congratulations!

Update: Congratulations to Agnes Guiselin '20, who will represent CJ on Monday, February 11 in the regional competition! Chloe Proffitt ‘21 was named the winner of the CJ competition, but unfortunately was not able to compete in the future competitions. Guiselin was named the runner-up, and will compete for CJ in the future contests.

Congratulations to all participants!

First report: 15 students will take to the CJ stage in hopes of being named the school’s Poetry Out Loud finalist on Monday, January 28.

“CJ has had great success with our Poetry Out Loud finalists winning local and state competitions, and qualifying for the National Poetry Out Loud Contest,” said English teacher Mike Kelly ‘87. “In the past eleven years, we have had four school winners win the Ohio state competition and go to Washington, D.C. to compete in the finals — including Caroline Delaney '18, who went last year. Each of the four has represented Ohio well.  

“I believe the caliber of the fifteen finalists this year is as strong as we have ever had. In this group, I believe we will find a champion who will have a great shot at winning the Ohio competition and joining the other four as Ohio representatives.”

The finalists were asked to share which poems they would be reciting for the school finals and what they were most looking forward to with the competition.

Mia Brown ‘21
“I will be reciting Respiration by Jamaal May and I Know, I Remember, but How Can I Help You by Hayden Carruth. I actually did not choose Respiration for myself. A friend showed it to me before the competition and I fell in love with it. After that I decided to do it. As for the second poem, it was easily the most beautiful poem I had ever read. It was an easy decision to choose it. I am greatly honored to be named a finalist. I worked very hard on it and I am so glad that it payed off. The Poetry Out Loud experience connects me with so many amazing people from different grades. It encourages me to see how I can relate to other people's art and experiences.”

Grace Delaney ‘21
“I will be reciting The Cross of Snow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and I felt a Funeral, in my Brain by Emily Dickinson. I chose these poems because they are full of emotion that I could portray and they had some factor that I could stress and show. I could tell a story with poems. This is the first time I am a finalist, and I am very happy, and proud of myself. I try to stray from doing things that people can use to compare me to my sister, the state champion, and this didn't separate me from her, but I am still proud of myself for it.”

Agnes Guiselin ‘20
“I will be reciting Song in a Minor Key and The Legend. When it came to picking my poems I search for something that catches the eye, something with a story. I finally ended up choosing these two because of their potential and because of the emotion I can emit while reciting them. This is the first time that I am a finalist and I am ecstatic to see where this experience will bring me and what it will bring me, whether a winner or not.”

Kerry Kadel ‘21
“I am reciting E.E. Cummings' I Carry Your Heart With Me and Claude McKay's After the Winter. I chose them because they're both about love and loving someone or something. This is my first time being a finalist and I'm very nervous but excited! I love poetry in general and love writing it! I have a couple poetry books back at my house that I like to reread!”

Anna Kutter ‘19
“As of now, I plan on reciting Where the Wild Things Go by D. Gilson and A Certain Kind of Eden by Kay Ryan, but it's fully possible that I will change my mind. I chose these poems because I feel like they tell stories and read more like monologues, which is my favorite kind of poetry. This is my fourth year doing Poetry Out Loud and my third year as a finalist. The ability to recite poetry like this is an interesting skill that's not quite like any other performative technique."

Erin McGraw ‘20
“For the final round, I will be reciting Memory as a Hearing Aid by Tony Hoagland and A Song in the Front Yard by Gwendolyn Brooks. I chose these poems because I feel as if they tell a story and, in my opinion, when they are read aloud, there is a new body top them. They are better understood out loud which is why Poetry Out Loud is so cool. The Poetry Out Loud experience is definitely one that I would recommend. It was for sure outside of my comfort zone, but I am so happy that I pushed myself into it because it really showed me a new connection to poetry that made me love it even more!”

Madison Meixner ‘20
“I will be reciting The Gift by Li-Young Lee and Monstrance Man by Ricardo Pau-Llosa.  I chose these poems because I find the story they tell beautiful and the imagery is tactile. It feels very flattering to be back on stage. I like knowing that I am able to share these poems that I have really come to enjoy.”

Chloe Proffitt ‘21
“I will be reciting Bleeding Heart by Carmen Giménez Smith and Nude Descending a Staircase. I chose the first poem because I've matured into a more controlled and astute person but I still feel an enormous amount of empathy. I chose the second poem because of the easier rhythm which is good for a second poem and it's message of unabashed self love for the female body. I'm a sophomore and this is my second time as a Poetry Out Loud finalist. It feels absolutely wonderful to be back up on stage, I love performing. I've missed the pure emotions of reciting a piece of poetry.”

Matthew Willis ‘20
“I will be reciting the poems The Affliction of Richard by Robert Bridges and The Obligation to be Happy by Linda Pastan. I chose these poems because I really was attracted to the messages they both convey. I feel that I am more than capable of articulating these ideas to an audience with my voice and presence. This is my first time being a finalists for Poetry Out Loud and I am very excited about the opportunity. It feels good to work on something hard and be able to execute it. Since I play sports preparation is very key and continuing to practice my poems have instilled that mentality in me. Performing in front of an audience is something athletes have to get used to and Poetry Out Loud has been helpful to me in that regard.”

Good luck to all finalists!

Finalists pictured L-R: Maria Scaccia ‘19, Kelly Carmody ‘20, Grace Jackson ‘19, Peyton Burrows ‘20, Erin McGraw ‘20, Matthew Willis ‘20, Agnes Guiselin ‘20, Libby Blackshire ‘20, Mia Brown ‘21, Kerry Kadel ‘21, Grace Delaney ‘21, Anna Kutter ‘19. Not pictured: Sarah Benson ‘20, Madison Meixner ‘20, and Chloe Proffitt ‘21.

Posted January 24, 2019; Updated February 4, 2019; Updated February 12, 2019

CJ Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated in February nationwide. In honor of this month, students from the Students in Action group created opportunities for the CJ community to celebrate and become more educated about black history.

The celebrations began on Monday, February 11. For the school’s morning music, students heard songs songs related to Black History Month. The themes for the month included Motown, 90s/00s R&B, early Hip Hop, Gospel. After announcements each day, a quote from a historical black figure was read over the speaker.

During homerooms on February 11, Tom Roberts ‘70, the President of the Ohio Conference NAACP spoke to students. He shared career highlights, what the NAACP does, and also suggested students read three pieces of writing from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — “I Have a Dream,” "The World House," and the "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

Four juniors — Kelsey Dickey ‘20, Ryann Rippey ‘20, Mauri Clark ‘20, and Chidera Tagbo ‘20 — worked together to create a door decoration outside the school’s guidance offices. The group hopes students will take pictures with the artwork and use the hashtag, #cjbhm to show unity.

Also taking place during the month - the school’s front windows painted with quotes from black historical figures and a tasting event after school to celebrate black-owned businesses and restaurants.

Posted February 11, 2019

Class of 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Honorees

There were hard-fought tournament wins and well-earned league awards, varsity letters and school records, but it was the lessons these athletes learned on the playing field – not the accolades – that lasted long after they left Chaminade Julienne.

From state qualifiers, to collegiate scholarship recipients, to a man who spent decades promoting youth sports, this year’s Chaminade Julienne Hall of Fame class is varied and diverse, but they all know what it means to be an Eagle.

Mike Camacho ‘91, basketball
The three-year letterman played point guard on the state runner-up Eagles squad. Mike Camacho tallied 400 career points and held the single-game steal record with eight. He still vividly remembers the excitement of playing in the packed gym and the amazing community support, but it was the teammates he shared the floor with who he remembers most fondly.

“The relationships with my teammates is what I will always remember the most from my high school days,” he said.

“And the education that I received at CJ was invaluable. Staff members – teachers, coaches, administrators – were a huge part of my development as a productive, conscientious person.” 

Emily Kauth ‘08, volleyball/swimming
Two sports and six varsity letters, Emily Kauth excelled on the volleyball court and in the pool. She helped lead the Eagles to a 20-3 record and a hard-fought GGCL championship title before losing in the volleyball district finals. Emily – who was also named an Academic All-District athlete – joins a few of her family members in the CJ Hall of Fame.

“I had a pretty unique situation in that I went to school with several cousins and siblings,” she said. “That, in and of itself, was memorable, but having four cousins playing on the same volleyball court wearing CJ colors together was something that I will always look back on and smile.” 

Moving on to Bowling Green State University meant carrying many valuable lessons —many learned during her time at CJ. 

“Appreciating uniqueness and understanding the positive impact that diversity brings to a team was emphasized at CJ through group projects and athletics alike,” she said. “Being able to bring that attitude to the workplace is a skill, and I value the emphasis and awareness that CJ helped to foster on that note.”

Zack Kauth ‘08, football/basketball/track
The three-sport athlete earned first-team, all-league honors in football, basketball and track. Zack was recognized as the All League Receiver of the Year in football and was also a member of the state runner-up team in the 800-meter relay. He went on earn an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“CJ instilled in me the importance of hard work and, in the Air Force Academy, that was something I needed,” he said. “That work ethic and that grind were critical.”

Zack is quick to share the credit for his Hall of Fame induction with his teammates.

“It’s a tremendous honor but I played team sports and I was fortunate to play on good teams and have good people around me,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here without them.”

Erin Mullins ‘07, swimming
The two-time state qualifier was a four-year varsity swimmer. Upon graduation, Erin Mullins held several school records and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Cincinnati.

Now a coach herself, at the University of South Carolina, Erin feels fortunate to join the CJ Hall of Fame ranks.

“I was very humbled and honored and definitely surprised,” she said. “Swimming wasn’t a big deal but, at CJ, they always made me feel pretty special.”

Learning how to work hard and budget her time were critical takeaways from her high school career – especially as she was often up at 4 a.m. for swim practice. She credits many of the lessons she learned over the years for making her the coach she is today.

“I am 100 percent a combination of all of those who influenced me over the years.”

Dwight Smith ‘00, track/football
The two-time state track qualifier earned seven varsity letters – four in track and three in football. When he graduated, he held the school record in the 100-meter event. But it wasn’t top finishes that were the fondest high school memory for Dwight Smith.

“I was very fortunate to have Sr. Damien for religion class and been placed at the Boys & Girls Club and Mulligan Stew for community service. To see those kids’ faces when they saw someone there who looked like them was so great,” he said. “You realize how small we are and how big we can be.”

He is both humbled and a bit overwhelmed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“From day one, I knew about CJ’s long-standing tradition and once you leave, you carry that tradition with you – it’s amazing. I’m blessed and thankful.”

Chuck Szabo ‘72, special award
It wasn’t wins or state records that brought Chuck Szabo to the Hall of Fame ranks – it was a lifetime of service. The special inductee ran the Eagle Youth Football program for more than two decades – collaborating with administrators, garnering resources and providing for the future of Eagles football.

“My main goal was to run a program that would be fun for both parents and players and to have the players continue on to CJ,” he said. “So, to be honored by CJ for what I accomplished is something I never imagined.”

Chuck worked tirelessly to provide the best possible experience for the young players. The work was hard but the rewards were invaluable, “watching the players grow from the 3rd grade through the 8th grade then going onto CJ to continue to evolve into fine students, football players and young men.”

Dorian Vauls ‘08, golf
The GCL Golfer of the Year finished third as an individual on an Eagles squad that placed second as a team. The four-year varsity golfer went on to Tennessee State University on a scholarship and with him, some valuable life lessons.

“CJ taught the importance of valuing the individual and trying your best to understand people even if they are different,” he said. “At CJ, the greatest asset to our success was the diverse environment we were able to be a part of for four years, and the strong foundation of faith – letting God guide your path. The examples of excellence that came before me had a great impact on my growth and future.”

To Dorian Vauls, entering the Hall of Fame is truly a blessing.

“It feels good to be an Eagle!”

This year’s inductees are recognized on February 8, 2019 during halftime of the CJ vs. Fenwick men’s basketball game, and honored during the Induction Ceremony held the next day. Suggestions for the Class of 2019 are being accepted through August 2019, and can be submitted online here.

Each year, the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame seeks to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to the athletic tradition at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School as athletes, coaches or volunteers. Established in 1980, the Hall of Fame connects current students to the school’s proud athletic history; stories of sacrifices, struggles and perseverance leading to outstanding records of success; and greater appreciation for the rich heritage of the school.

Posted February 8, 2019


Gage Scores 1,000th Point for the Eagles

It’s a feat only six other Eagle basketball players have accomplished - scoring 1,000 or more points during their high school career.

On Tuesday, February 5, Milton Gage ‘19 became the seventh player in the school’s history to do just that. 

“Milton is one of the very best players to come out of CJ,” reflected head coach Joe Staley ‘72. “He's always been a competitor, and every time he takes the court he has tremendous energy and drive.  He brings it every day.

“He's very athletic and has been blessed with really good quickness. Moeller had a great player, a West Virginia bound scholarship player try to guard him, and even he couldn't keep Milton out of the paint."

Gage, a four-year varsity player, was named to the All-GCL 1st team in 2018.

"Milton has also been a great leader for us, both vocally and by example” Staley added. “It's no coincidence that with Milton taking the lead, that we've had a really good season. He's had a lot of help, but Milton has been the driving force.

"Finally, Milton has been an outstanding representative of our program in the CJ community. He's a member of FLIGHT and a great student. With Milton you get the whole package."

Congratulations, Milton!

Posted February 7, 2019


Capstone Collects Shoes for Students in Malawi

Grabbing a pair of shoes before walking out the door to school, work, or anywhere is something many may take for granted. The opportunity to have a good pair of shoes, though, was the motivation behind Maggie Butler and Megan Kramermardis’ Senior Capstone project.

“We are doing a shoe drive so that we can send shoes to the Marianist Missions in Malawi,” Kramermardis explained.

“We both had an interest in the social justice issue of poverty,” Butler added. “After completing research, we found that shoes are one of the hardest things to obtain in Malawi because it affects more than just life — it affects education and self worth.”

The pair is collecting all sizes of new and gently used shoes in containers outside the Welcome Center through Friday, February 8. Additionally, at the school’s most recent sochop, admission was waived if students brought in a pair of shoes for this cause.

All shoes collected will benefit the students at the Saint Mary’s Karonga Girls Secondary School in Malawi and their families.

“The boarding school helps girls around the age of 12 get out of the circle of poverty,” Kramermardis shared. “It’s nice knowing that a pair of shoes could help these girls accomplish that.”

“The school has uniforms which families have to pay for, and sometimes shoes are the last thing that comes to mind,” Butler reflected. “The fact that we can give them shoes to go with their school uniform so they can stay in school is exciting.”

The Capstone group plans to use help from the community to ship the boxes to Malawi.

Posted February 6, 2019

Junior Named Miami Valley Crime Stoppers "Student of the Year"

Skills in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community recently earned Marquis Henry ‘20 the Student of the Year award by Miami Valley Crime Stoppers.

“I felt extremely honored,” said Henry.

The award was given as part of the Miami Valley Crime Stopper’s annual award luncheon. Along with Henry’s award, the Law Enforcement Office of the Year award and Citizen of the Year award were handed out.

Henry was nominated by Monnie Bush, the President and CEO of The Victory Project, INC. — a Dayton-based faith organization that offers support and empowerment to young men in the area. Henry and his twin brother, Marquel ‘20, began attending the Victory Project two years ago.

“We do lots of different things,” Marquis explained. “My favorite, though, are our Mission Trips. We have been to Guatemala, and Mississippi to volunteer and help build schools.”

In part of his nomination, Bush said, “At the Victory Project, Marquis jumped right into our programming and set a high standard for our students. When it comes to working at our micro-business, no task is below Marquis. He typically volunteers for the most difficult jobs.

“His influence on other students cannot be overstated. Many young men who join VP do so because they have few 'healthy' role models. They come from difficult homes, in dangerous neighborhoods and a failing public school system. Marquis embodies the ethos, 'Your circumstance should not dictate your future.'”

Bush nominated both Marquis and Marquel for the award.

“Marquis and Marquel Henry are a credit to any organization they are associated with. When it comes to servant-leadership, they lead by example.”

Both Henry brothers are members of the Eagle football team and wrestling team.

Posted February 5, 2019

Students Recognized for Scholastic Art Awards

13 art students recently received high honors from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, one of the country’s most prestigious recognition programs for creative teens.

Calvin Hatcher ‘20 and Mia Tillar ‘20 were awarded Silver Keys for their ceramics and digital art, respectively.

“I feel very surprised and honored to be a scholastic art winner,” Hatcher said. “From this experience, I can see great things come even when you do not expect them.”

The 11 additional winners received honorable mentions for their work in drawing, ceramics, painting, and mixed media.

“I feel honored — I'm lucky to represent CJ and have my piece selected,” Katie Coyle ‘19 shared.

Alex Yunger ‘21 agreed, “I feel honored to be a scholastic winner. I am really not the ‘artistic’ type so I was really happy/shocked when I was notified.”

The students credited their teachers, Eric Hall and Jordan Wilson, for their success. Both teachers work with students as part of the school’s partnership with K12 & TEJAS Gallery.

“It feels great being named a scholastic art winner,” Jazmyn Potts ‘20 said. “It was something that I didn’t think was possible. But, with the help of my photography teacher (Ms. Wilson) I can now take amazing pictures.”

“Mr. Hall has been a huge help and inspired me in my art,” noted Elizabeth Murray ‘20.

“I am so blessed to be able to be apart of the K12 AP Art Program in partnership with CJ,” Haley Kraft ‘19 shared. “There are so many opportunities that are available to me because of it. I have access to many types of quality art supplies and so much more. Without being apart of this class, I certainly would not be able to do what I do now.”

Students recognized in the Scholastic Art Awards were:
Silver Key Winners:

  • Calvin Hatcher ‘20: Intro to Ceramics, Vase
  • Mia Tillar ‘20: Art 3, Digital Art

Honorable Mentions:

  • Jason Baldwin ‘21: Art 1, Drawing and Illustration
  • Katie Coyle ‘19: Intro to Ceramics, Sculpture
  • Christina Fortener ‘19: Intro to Ceramics, Vase
  • Staci Green ‘20: Intro to Ceramics, Vase
  • Sophie Haws ‘20: Intro to Ceramics, Vase
  • Madeline Hofstetter ‘20: Art 2, Painting
  • Madeline Hofstetter: Art 3, Mixed Media
  • Hayley Kraft ‘19: AP, Painting
  • Reagan Meyer ‘21: Intro to Ceramics, Vase
  • Elizabeth Murray ‘20: Intro to Ceramics, Vase
  • Jazmyn Potts ‘20: Photography, Portrait
  • Alex Yunger ‘21: Intro to Ceramics, Jug

Students not pictured above: Christina Fortener, Calvin Hatcher, Elizabeth Murray, and Jazmyn Potts.

 Coyle's vase


 Fortener's vase


 Greene's vase


Hatcher's vase


Meyer's vase


Murray's vase


Yunger's vase

Posted February 6, 2019

Capstone Collects Dresses for Operation Prom Dress

It’s a night that is a momentous event for many high school students - prom. For one Senior Capstone group, their mission is to make sure area girls will get to enjoy the big dance, without worrying about the cost of a dress.

Members of the Capstone group — consisting of Bea Hawthorn, Brooke House, Avery Meyer and Helen Sparrow — began thinking about this effort in their junior year.

“Last year Avery wrote a Common App essay about social norms and expectations for dances,” House explained. “Mrs. Marshall, our Capstone mentor, came to Avery and me and said this would be an interesting topic for Capstone.”

Sparrow found the organization Operation Prom Dress and suggested the group work to assist their efforts.

“We are collecting homecoming, bridesmaids, and other dresses to donate to Operation Prom Dress,” Meyer said. “They help girls in the Dayton-area who may not be able to afford dresses of their own.”

“The organization is out of Epiphany Lutheran Church,” Sparrow added. “They collect dresses year round. In March, they host a spa day for the girls.”

During the Operation Prom Dress event, girls not only select a prom dress, but have their hair and make-up done by professionals who donate their time and services.

“It’s really exciting because we are helping high school girls like us,” Hawthorn said. “A dress is not a basic necessity like a food drive, but it is something girls enjoy, and it’s nice to know we are helping.”

Contributions for the Capstone’s dress drive continue through Friday, February 8. Dresses can be dropped off before and after school in Room 110.

Posted February 4, 2019