March 2019

Past and Present A Cappella Members Perform at CJ

Performing without accompaniment, Eagles past and present have been taking to the big stage to showcase their talents.

Members of the school’s a cappella group, Vega, recently took part in the International Competition of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) semi-finals. The group qualified for this competition after placing second in the ICHSA quarterfinals. At the semi-final competition, Vega placed fourth and received an award for best choreography. Vega member Chloe Proffitt ‘21 also received an award for best soloist.

On Saturday, March 30, four alumni, who were members of Vega while at CJ, will compete in the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella midwest semi-finals in St. Louis. Sam Brown ‘18 will perform with Ten40 A Cappella (Bowling Green State University), Jacob Ely '18 will perform with The Ohio State of Mind (The Ohio State University) and Angelo Knight '18 and Christian Hemsath '17 will perform with Remedy (University of Dayton). The first place winner of this competition will advance to the national competition in New York City.

Join Us!
On Sunday, March 31, all are invited to attend an a cappella concert featuring CJ’s two a cappella groups, Vega and Phoenix, along with The Ohio State University’s a cappella group, Majors and minors. Three alumni are members of OSU’s group — Mackenzie Aughe '12, Cassidy Aughe '15, and Jacob Marshall '15. The performance begins at 3 p.m. and will take place in the CJ auditorium.

Posted March 28, 2019

Greg Lewis Named New Director of Finance and Accounting

After a dedicated search, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is pleased to announce Greg Lewis as the school’s new director of finance and accounting.

“His experience as a finance and accounting leader and extensive background in all aspects of business will be an excellent asset to the CJ community,” Dan Mexiner ‘84, president, shared. "As director of finance and accounting, Greg will serve as a member of the school leadership team and have responsibility for financial reporting and compliance, tuition management, payroll and employee benefits, insurance, and budgeting."

“Working at Chaminade Julienne fulfills a key personal goal that I have in this point of my career — to be part of education again,” Lewis said. “I am excited for the opportunity to supply my experience and initiatives to the goals set forth by Chaminade Julienne.”

Lewis noted that his own education, which included earning his undergraduate degree from Mount St. Joseph University, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity, was transformative in his life.

“I am very appreciative of that opportunity and I have a desire to give back and help others access the kind of education that I enjoyed,” Lewis said. “I have clarity in my heart about the amazing possibilities that education and community provides to our youth. My own story is a testament to those possibilities as education, the people in my life, and God’s grace have given me a path only dreamed of as a young man.”

Lewis and his wife are proud parents and soon-to-be grandparents. Lewis will join the CJ community on Monday, April 15.

Posted March 27, 2019



2018-2019 Winter Sports Recap

The winter sports season was full of great wins, some tough losses, and tearful goodbyes to coaches. Learn more about each sports’ season highlights below:

Men’s Basketball
Record 19-5
The men’s basketball team earned several accolades this season, including winning the GCL North, being named #1 in the AP DII state ranking poll for two weeks in a row, and finishing #7 in the final AP DII state ranking poll.

“This year's team was perhaps the best team I've coached at CJ at winning close games, and at overcoming big deficits to come back and win,” said head coach Joe Staley '72.

On February 5, Milton Gage ‘19 earned elite status as he became only the seventh Eagle to score 1,000 points.

This season also marked the last for Staley, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Post-Season Honors
GCL Player of the Year
Milton Gage

GCL Coach of the Year
Joe Staley

First Team All-GCL
Milton Gage
Jack Nauseef

Second Team All-GCL
Brandon Gibson
Dominic Wilcox

First Team AP All-Southwest Ohio & First Team All-District 15
Milton Gage

Coach of the Year AP All-Southwest Ohio, Coach of the Year All-District 15, Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year
Joe Staley

Women’s Basketball
Record 9-14
The women’s varsity team finished third in the GCL North. The JV team finished their season 19-2. Along with other awards listed below, Diana Ekezie, Staci Greene, Eve Monaghan, Jordyn Varise and Alyssa Whatley were named Scholar Athletes by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. During the season, head coach Randy Duff also celebrated his 250th career coaching win.

Post-Season Honors
First Team All-GCL
Jordyn Varise

Second Team All-GCL
Staci Greene
Courtney Redd

Team MVP and All-Southwest District
Jordyn Varise

Record 2-12 in the GCL
The young bowling team made great strides from the previous year, head coach Joe Burless noted. The team placed third in the GCL North Tournament and 23 out of 31 in the State DII Sectional tournament. Tian Turner individually placed third in the sectional tournament and qualified for the divisional tournament.

“This season we had both a varsity and JV men’s team,” said Burless. “We hope to be able to continue that for next season and perhaps be able to add both a varsity and JV women’s team.”

Post-Season Honors
First Team All-GCL
Tian Turner (only freshman in the league to be named to the First Team).

Team Award - Best Spirited
Jaden Baez
Kris Nartker

Men's and Women's Swimming
Multiple school records were broken during the winter swim season. The team also had several members compete at the state level. That competition resulted in Jorge Zelina placing 8th in the 200 yard freestyle and 12th in the 100 yard backstroke, the men's 200 and 400 yard freestyle relay (Zelina, Sebastian Gongora, Mason Wilkson, Logan Brown) placing 13th and 14th in the state respectively, and McKenzie Reid placing 11th in the state in the 100 yard backstroke.

At the end of the season, both head coaches, Kate Corrado-Whistler and Paul Biermann, shared they would be stepping down from their coaching duties. 

"Both coaches have been integral in the Eagles swim programs for several years, guiding individuals and relays to breaking multiple school records and state appearances," shared Director of Athletics, Jeremy Greenleaf. 

Post-Season Honors
First Team All-GCL
Jorge Zelina (100 yard freestyle)
Sebastian Gongora, Mason Wilkson, Logan Brown, and Jorge Zelina (200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay)

Second Team All-GCL
Jorge Zelina (200 yard freestyle)
Logan Brown (200 yard I.M.)
Sebastian Gongora (50 yard freestyle)
Logan Brown (500 yard freestyle)
Mason Wilkson (100 yard backstroke)
McKenzie Reid (100 yard backstroke)

GCL Women’s Coach of the Year
Kate Whistler

Indoor Track
“This was the first year in my 11 years that we had to cancel a meet due to weather,” laughed head coach Jerry Puckett. “During the first meet, many of our kids qualified for state, and it just got better from there.

“Our two biggest highlights of the season were at state,” Puckett continued. “Calvin Hatcher ran a 22.17 in the 200 finishing 2nd. That’s a blink of an eye from a 21 which is big time. Then during the women’s 4x200 relay, another competitor fell into Jazmyn Potts knocking her down and scraping her up. Somehow, she managed to get the baton to Jayda Grant who had to jump over the other girl. We went from 2nd to 5th in the race, but Jayda ran a big leg and got us closer. Julia DiLoreto ran the next leg and got us closer, then Meyah Haywood almost caught the leader and our relay finished in 2nd place. Every coach wants their athletes to compete and leave it all on the track - that’s what this group did.

“Right after that relay, Jazmyn brushed off her scrapes and ran the 60 meter high hurdles placing 3rd. All of this makes for an exciting spring season.”

Both the wrestling team and individuals earned top honors throughout their season. Highlights for the team included being team GCL, Sectional and District Runner-Ups. GCL individual champions were Adam Elder, Isaiah Wortham, Roman Jones, Nicholas Machuca, David Frederick, and Hunter Johns. Frederick and Johns were sectional champions and qualified for state alongside Wortham and Machuca. At state, Wortham placed 4th and Johns placed 3rd in their respective weight classes.

Post-Season Honors
GCL Wrestler of the Year
Hunter Johns

GCL Coach of the Year
Joel Sanchez

First Team All-GCL
Adam Elder
Isaiah Wortham
Roman Jones
Nicholas Machuca
David Frederick
Hunter Johns

Second Team All-GCL
Lance Roberts

First Team All-Area
David Frederick
Hunter Johns

Second Team All-Area
Isaiah Wortham
Nicholas Machuca

All-Area Division II Coach of the Year
Joel Sanchez

Posted March 27, 2019


2019 Sr. Stang Symposium

The Class of 2019 will present their findings from their Senior Capstone Projects during the Sister Stang Symposium on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The Sister Stang Symposium is named in honor of Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN ‘49 whose work among the farmers in Brazil served to raise awareness of human dignity and justice for the poor and of sustaining the balance of the rainforest. On February 12, 2005, she was murdered in Anapu, Para, Brazil.

This is the sixth full year of implementation for the Senior Capstone Project. Throughout their four years at CJ, students have been researching, volunteering and connecting to a social justice movement that speaks to them. During their senior year, students have gone into schools, businesses, government offices, and other organizations, learning about and teaching others how organized efforts can make differences in the community.

The Sister Stang Symposium will begin with a short presentation in the CJ Auditorium. The evening will begin with an opening prayer and a keynote address given by Laura Roesch, the Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley. Guests can then choose to attend three breakout sessions to learn more about the various projects.

You can learn more about CJ's Senior Capstone Projects and read about some of the projects implemented throughout the 2018-2019 school year here.

Posted March 25, 2019

Dave Burrows Named New Women's Soccer Head Coach

We welcome Dave Burrows as the new head coach for the CJ women’s soccer program. Burrows, who has nearly 30 years of soccer coaching experience, most recently served as the assistant JV coach for the Eagles women’s soccer team.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to be a part of a great team,” said Burrows. “CJ has a strong tradition of faith, education, and athletics — we want to continue making that our focus.”

“This is an exciting time for our women's soccer program under the leadership of a highly qualified coach,” shared Jeremy Greenleaf, Director of Athletics. “Dave has a deep understanding of the game and our student athletes will benefit from his experience and perspective. As a parent of a current Eagle and a graduate, it is great to see Dave in this new role in the CJ community."

Burrows, a graduate of Wilmington College, is the Vice President of Business Services with Goodwill Easter Seals and volunteers with St. Christopher parish and the Alzheimer’s Association. He also serves as the announcer at several Eagle athletic events including home football and men's basketball games.

Posted March 21, 2019


UD New Horizons Band and CJ Band to Perform Free Concert

The University of Dayton’s New Horizons Music program and the Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School Performing Arts department are presenting a concert on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the CJ auditorium. Admission is free to this event.

The concert will feature the two programs’ concert bands and the University of Dayton’s New Horizons’ Rising Stars Beginning Band. Music education students from the University of Dayton will also participate as conductors and performers. Thus, the concert body will range from ages 14-80’s.

“This exemplifies that music is for a lifetime, as well as a community and school partnership,” said Linda A. Hartley, Ph.D., Music Director for the University of Dayton New Horizons Music Program.

Guests are invited to a small reception in the CJ cafeteria following the concert.

Posted March 18, 2019

The Big Hoopla, CJ Announce the STEM Teacher of the Year

The Big Hoopla Local Organizing Committee, in conjunction with Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, announced the second annual winner of the Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year Award on Monday, March 4, naming Beth Allaire as the recipient. She is a STEM teacher at Bishop Leibold Elementary School in Miami Township.

Allaire was selected for her enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math in the classroom and the Dayton community.  The selection committee for the Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year award agreed that Allaire not only met, but exceeded the criteria they were looking for in a recipient of the award. She was officially presented with her award during the opening ceremonies of the Hoopla STEM Challenge at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School on Sunday, March 17.

As STEM Teacher of the Year, Allaire received a $1,000 grant from the Local Organizing Committee and CJ to be used to improve STEM learning in the classroom, an official Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year  trophy, 50 upper arena tickets for the First Four® March Madness® Tournament games and four Hoopla Central VIP Passes.

Posted March 17, 2019

Join Us for the Feast of St. Joseph Mass

All are welcome to CJ for the Feast of St. Joseph Mass being held in the CJ Chapel on Tuesday, March 19 at 8:15 a.m.

“The feast of St. Joseph is important because he is the husband of Mary and the ‘foster father’ of Jesus,” shared Fr. Bob Jones, SM. “That is to say, God chose Joseph to raise his Son here on earth. In this role, we see Joseph as one who trusts in God's plan even when things don't go as we plan them. Mary's pregnancy is unexpected; Jesus is born in a stable; the Holy Family must flee into exile in Egypt; etc. Through it all, Joseph listens to the call of God and responds generously, humbly and obediently. 

“Traditionally, Joseph is called the ‘custos’ - Latin for ‘protector.’ He is the protector of Mary and Jesus, but also of the whole Church. We can look to Joseph as a powerful intercessor when we are going through difficulty and need protection. We can look to Joseph as a model of how we are to protect those who are vulnerable or in need of our help.” 

Parking for the Mass will be available in the Emmanuel Church lot. Due to construction on Washington Street, guests are asked to allow additional time for parking (map). Following the Mass, there will be a continental breakfast served in the school’s community space.

Questions can be directed to Marcus Colvin at, or (937) 461-3740 x402.

Can't join us in person? Watch on Facebook Live from the Chaminade Julienne Alumni page for the Mass.

A few fun facts about St. Joseph:

  • St. Joseph is one of the Patrons of the Society of Mary (Marianists).
  • While his first name is William, Blessed Chaminade's second name was Joseph and this is the name he preferred (in deference to St. Joseph and his care for Mary).
  • Many Superior Generals (international head of the Society of Mary) have added Joseph to their name as a nod to both St. Joseph and Blessed Chaminade.

Posted March 13, 2019

Group Goes to Cincinnati for Urban Plunge

Spending a weekend in Cincinnati opened the eyes of students who participated in CJ’s annual Urban Plunge excursion. The weekend focuses on homelessness and those in poverty.

“Throughout the retreat, we heard multiple stories from elders who work with people experiencing poverty,” said Maya Reynolds ‘21. “A recurring message that they wanted to get across was that my generation can be the generation of change. I found myself wondering, how can we take on such a big responsibility? After much contemplation, the conversations we had during reflection answered that question for me. If we first work to improve ourselves to reflect the person of Jesus, big changes will spiral from there. The retreat allowed me to gain this new perspective, while being immersed in the spirit of Over the Rhine. It is truly a weekend I will never forget.”

Others who attended the experience shared memorable moments from the weekend.

“The most memorable part of my experience were the home visits,” said Lia-Sophie Keller ‘20. “We visited people who had nothing. No food, no furniture and most times not even a family. They had so little but still had so much passion. You could really see that they wanted to turn their life around. It made me realize that I am so lucky and inspired me to, like them, keep hope.”

Hillary Vaughn ‘20 agreed, “The most memorable part of Urban Plunge was visiting the homes of people in poverty and being able to talk about and understand their situation. The people we met on the home visits remained so positive, even though they were in unfortunate situations.”

During the experience, students also learned more about what poverty is and how they can make a difference.

“I learned that there are many different forms of poverty,” said Lyndsey Carter ‘20. “There is emotional, physical, mental, social, and many other forms of poverty.”

““One of my biggest realizations was that education is the first step to fighting the social justice issues in our world,” shared Elizabeth Murray ‘20, who attended a similar experience, called Rooted in the Vine, over the summer. “People can not fight against something they do not know is happening. I got to watch as my peers learned and experienced things that I had previously learned and began to share my passion for putting an end to injustices. They are now passionate about making changes in their own ways after learning about some of the issues faced by others. Think about the changes we could make if everyone was getting educated.”

Those who attended the weekend retreat said it was an experience that will last with them for a lifetime.

“Urban Plunge was an amazing experience to open my eyes to the complexity of the problem for those experiencing poverty,” said Anneliese Fisher ‘19. “We must not just serve, but serve with compassion and love.” 

Chaperone Elaine Bonner shared, “The Urban Plunge retreat further opened my eyes to the plight of those experiencing poverty with practical steps all of us can take to make a difference.  Brother Dr. Bob Donovan shared with our group that, ‘If you want to get closer to God, listen to the stories of people in poverty.’  As the medical director for the Center for Respite care, Brother Bob story really touched my heart.”

“Being called by God down to this trip has been one of the best things I've done, in a long time,” reflected Mia Andrews-Pope ‘21. “Going out into the community of down in the West Side of Cincinnati, opened my eyes even more to see poverty, and what else other people are going through.”

Posted March 13, 2019

Wrestlers Return to the State Competition

Update: Congratulations to the men's wrestling team! Hunter Johns placed third in the state and Isaiah Wortham placed fourth.

First report: The four wrestlers representing CJ at the state tournament only have one goal in mind. Winning.

David Frederick ‘21, Hunter Johns ‘19, Nick Machuca ‘20 and Isaiah Wortham ‘20 were cheered on by classmates as they participated in a Walk to State on Thursday, March 7. The wrestlers were flanked by other members of the team and first-year head coach Joel Sanchez.

“This has been my favorite season ever,” Sanchez said. “I’ve been coaching for 10 years and this has been my favorite season. The group of guys have been the best group I’ve ever coached. They work hard, they are smart, they do everything I ask of them. And the four going to state — they are here because they go above and beyond what is required.”

“We lost a lot of good seniors last year,” Johns noted. “We want to live up to their legacy and finish at the top.”

It’s a return to the state competition for Frederick, Johns and Wortham. This is Machuca’s first year qualifying for the tournament.

The Eagles had a successful 2018-2019 season including team and individual wins. Several wrestlers received accolades, including Johns being named the GCL wrestler of the year and Sanchez being named the GCL coach of the year. Last weekend, the Eagles finished in second place at the district tournament.

Good luck wrestlers, and as Sanchez said, “¡Vamos águilas!” Go Eagles!

Posted March 7, 2019; Updated March 11, 2019