February 2019

Vega Takes the Stage at TedXYouth Dayton

Vega is celebrating recent successes as the a cappella group qualified for the Great Lakes region semi-finals of the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) competition and was asked to perform at TedXYouth Dayton on Friday, March 1.

“The group has overcome a lot of challenges this year, but the students’ hard work has definitely paid off,” shared Vega director Maddie Brown Severance ‘13. As an alumna of Vega, she knows from first hand experience the time and dedication it takes to be a member of the a cappella group.

Current Vega members are Chloe Proffitt ‘21, Sarah Benson ‘20, Kaitlin Stewart ‘20, Grace Jackson ‘19, Madison Meixner ‘20, Kat Bishop ‘20, Omar Brown ‘19, Brennan Harlow ‘19, Ben Kneblik  ‘20 and Nick Amstutz ‘19.

When reflecting on Vega’s performance at the ICHSA quarter-finals, Harlow said, “We put an incredible amount of time and energy into our set that focuses on the central theme of hiding your true self behind a mask. Through our music and choreography, we explore the hardness and the pain that the world creates in us but the euphoria of rising above that and showing your true self to the world. One judge described our set as, ‘bone-chilling’ and something that, ‘stopped me in my tracks.’"

“Vega’s competition set is truly a cohesive piece of art that the students have put their hearts and souls into,” added Severance.

The ICHSA semi-final competition will take place on Saturday, March 23 at Reynoldsburg High School. Vega will compete against nine other groups from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kansas, and Missouri.

‘We can't wait to continue to work on this set, and we are ready for the challenge of competing in one of the hardest regions in the country,” Harlow said.

Prior to the semi-final competition, Vega will showcase their talents at the TedXYouth Dayton event.

“Vega applied to be one of the performing groups at TEDxYouth via video submission,” Severance explained. There are three groups performing along with 11 speakers at the event. Harlow had previously been a speaker at a TedXYouth event.

Posted February 28, 2019

Indoor Track Sends Largest Group to State

Update: The Eagles' results from the Indoor State Track and Field Championship were:

  • Men's 4x200 relay: 2nd place
  • Men's 4x400 relay: 4th place
  • Calvin Hatcher — 60 meter dash: 7th place, 200 meter dash: 2nd place
  • Dan Eason made the finals in the triple jump
  • Women's 4x200 relay: 3rd place
  • Women's 4x400 relay: 6th place
  • Jazmyn Potts — 200 meter dash: 9th place, 60 meter high hurdles: 3rd place
  • Julia DiLoreto — 400 meter dash: 9th place

The men's team was 4th overall in the standings and the women's team was 14th overall. Congratulations!

First Report: 17 students hope to run their fastest and jump their highest and longest at the Indoor State Track and Field Championship at the Spire Institute in Geneva on Saturday, March 2.

“I’m excited,” said Jayda Grant ‘19. “I’m excited to have gotten my times down and our relays are really good.”

“This is the first time I’m running all four of my events at state so I’m really excited about that,” shared Jance Peters ‘19. “I’m looking forward to running against the great competition there. Some of my friends from other schools will be there so I’m also excited about that.”

The students who qualified for state are:

  • Calvin Hatcher ‘20 (60 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 4x200 relay and 4x400 relay)
  • Jance Peters ‘19 (200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 4x200 relay and 4x400 relay)
  • Cory Henry ‘19 (400 meter dash, 4x200 relay and 4x400)
  • Matt Willis ‘20 (4x200 relay and 4x400 relay)
  • Dan Eason ‘20 (triple jump)
  • Matt Eifert ‘21 (triple jump, 4x200 relay and 4x400 relay)
  • Jazmyn Potts ‘20 (60 meter high hurdles, 200 meter dash, 4x200 relay and 4x400 relay)
  • Julia DiLoreto ‘20 (400 meter dash, long jump, 4x200 relay and 4x400 relay)
  • Meyah Haywood ‘20 (60 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 4x200 relay)
  • Jayda Grant ‘19 (200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 4x200 relay and 4x400 relay)
  • Imani Worthem ‘20 (60 meter dash)
  • Zoe Shrewsbury ‘19 (high jump)
  • Carolyn Marshall ‘21 (4x800 relay and 4x400 relay)
  • Amber Peaslee ‘22 (4x800 relay)
  • Claire Weaver ‘21 (4x800 relay)
  • Eva Wissman ‘22 (4x800 relay)
  • Madison Meixner ‘20 (4x800 relay) *not pictured

Head coach Jerry Puckett said both the men’s and women’s 4x200 relays are ranked first in the state, both the men’s and women’s 4x400 relays are ranked in the top four in the state, and Potts is ranked fourth in the state in high hurdles.

Good luck to all competitors!

Posted February 28, 2019; Updated March 6, 2019


Students Recognized for Scholastic Writing Awards

Eight students were recognized with high honors for their excellence in writing.

Caroline Chaulk ‘20, Madeline Hofstetter ‘20, Ben Kneblik ‘20, Carolyn Marshall ‘21, John Muhl ‘20, Ellie Reeves ‘20, Ryann Rippey ‘20 and Ella Waldspurger were all honored by the Scholastic Writing Awards. Chaulk and Hofstetter received Silver Keys in the poetry category and Reeves received an honorable mention. Marshall and Waldspurger received Silver Keys in the short story category. Kneblik, Muhl, and Rippey received honorable mentions in the flash fiction, science fiction/fantasy, and critical essay categories respectively. Silver keys are awarded to the top 7-10% of all entries and honorable mention is awarded to the top 10-15% of all entries.

“So many of our students are very fine writers,” shared English teacher Beth Marshall. “Recognition by the National Scholastic Arts and Writing contest is fantastic affirmation of what we, as their teachers, already know. I hope the success of these students inspires more of our CJ students to submit work (and win!) next year!”

Some of the students shared their winning pieces:

Chaulk: “The Tale of the Mighty Caspian

“The motivation behind my piece was the Anglo-Saxon Literature section in my English class this year,” Chaulk noted. “I was inspired by the epic poem 'Beowulf.' My class was asked to write an epic poem about a topic and I decided to write something similar to 'Beowulf.'"

Hofstetter: “To Be Loved by Michelangelo/ My Archangel”

Kneblik: “Only Climb

“I wrote about anxiety and depression and pressure from parents that can be really hard on people,” Kneblik shared. “Sometimes you have your own goals that inspire you but do not align with other's plans for you.”

Marshall: "Secure"

Muhl: “Fallen Kings”

Reeves: “Old Soul Meets New World”

Rippey: “The Detrimental Power of Unrequited Love in Medieval Literature

Waldspurger: “Questions, Not Answers, and the Colors”

Congratulations to all students!

Posted February 27, 2019


Swimmers Qualify for State Tournament

Update: Congratulations to the Eagles swimming state qualifiers! Zelina placed 8th in the state in the 200 yard freestyle and 12th in the 100 yard backstroke, the men's 200 and 400 yard freestyle relay (Zelina, Gongora, Wilkson, Brown) placed 13th and 14th in the state respectively, Reid placed 11th in the state in the 100 yard backstroke. Great job, Eagles!

First Report: 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, Updated February 25, 2019


Capstone Group Aids and Educates About 4 Paws for Ability

Paper towels, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes. These items are not part of a senior capstone group’s grocery list, but rather, the items they are collecting to be given to 4 Paws for Ability, an organization that provides service dogs world-wide to children with disabilities and veterans with specific needs.

“We picked 4 Paws because of how it combined our topics with our junior year ISJRP (integrated social justice research project)s,” Lindsey Fuchs ‘19 said. “I did mine on animals.”

“My ISJRP was on special needs children,” Kelsey Rutlin ‘19 shared.

Esther Labya ‘19 shared, “My ISJRP focused on mental disabilities.”

With the mission of 4 Paws for Ability focusing on all three of those areas, the trio decided to help the organization as their senior capstone project.

The group is first collecting paper towels, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes during the weeks of February 18 and 25.

“These were items on 4 Paws’ wish list that we thought would be the easiest for students to bring in,” Rutlin said.

The following week, the group will talk to 4th grade students at St. Benedict the Moor school about the difference between a service dog and mental companion animal, and what to do if students would see a service dog.

“Service dogs and mental support dogs are not the same,” Labya explained. “Service dogs are trained to do tasks. Mental support dogs are more of a companion, and they don’t even have to be a dog, they can be another animal. Service dogs also shouldn’t be pet without permission because it might distract them for their task.”

The younger students will also have the opportunity to create a poster about their favorite animal.

When reflecting on their senior capstone project, Fuchs said, “It makes me happy because we all had different ISJRPs and we could come together to support 4 Paws.”

Both Rutlin and Labya agreed, “It’s awesome and feels really good, especially since we all had different topics from last year.”

Posted February 21, 2019

Mock Trial Team Advances to Regional Competition

Countless hours of preparation paid off as the mock trial team recently participated in the regional competition. This was the first time in two years the team qualified for the regional contest.

“Seeing the students grow in confidence and knowledge of both the law in general and this specific case has been incredibly rewarding,” said team moderator Beth Marshall.

The team met before school and during days off to prepare for their competitions. In January, the group competed at the district level at the Montgomery County Courthouse. The team defeated Centerville and Alter to advance to the regional competition.

At the district level, four team members received individual awards:

  • Best Attorney - Ellie Reeves '20
  • Best Attorney - Kate Schinaman '21
  • Best Witness - Jack Huffman '20
  • Best Witness - Kelsey Roach '21

During the regional competition, Roach won best witness in the first trial, and in the second trial, Anneliese Fisher ‘19 won best witness while Schinaman won best attorney.

“The students' performances at the competitions were so impressive,” Marshall shared. “Our team is pretty young and we are looking forward to next year!”

Posted February 21, 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