May 2019

Track and Field Team Returns to State Competition

Update: Congratulations to the women’s 4x100 relay team for winning the state title! Other race results included:

  • women's 4x200 - 2nd place
  • 300 hurdles - 2nd place (Jazmyn Potts)
  • men's 4x100 - 3rd place
  • 200 dash - 2nd place (Calvin Hatcher)
  • 100 dash - 5th place (Calvin Hatcher)
  • seated shot put - 5th placed (Jesse Kahmann).

Great job, Eagles!

First Report: Students on the Eagles track and field team know when they can have fun.

“That’s Giggles 1 and Giggles 2, and over there is Giggles 3,” said head coach Jerry Puckett pointing at a few of his runners.

But on the track, the team’s only focus is outrunning the competition.

“That’s what makes this year’s team different,” Puckett said. “They have fun, but are all business on the track.”

12 students will be representing CJ at the state track and field competition starting Friday, May 31.

The women’s team is coming off a first place finish at the district competition and second place finish at the regional competition. The team will be running the following races:

  • 100 meter high hurdles and 300 low hurdles (Jazmyn Potts ‘20)
  • 100 meter dash (Jadyn Haywood ‘22 and Imani Wortham ‘20)
  • 4x100 and 4x200 relays (Potts, J. Haywood, Julia DiLoreto ‘20 and Meyah Haywood ‘20)

The men’s team placed sixth at the regional competition. The team will be running the following races:

  • 100 and 200 meter dashes (Calvin Hatcher ‘20)
  • 4x100 relay (Jason Ward ‘21, Jance Peters ‘19, Kenyon Owens ‘22 and Hatcher)
  • Seated shot put (Jesse Kahmann '20)

“I’m super proud of our team,” shared Potts. Especially the relays - there is a bond and relays are all about trust.”

Peters agreed, “Trust is the most important thing because of the exchange. That’s the most important part of the race and can make or break it.”

“When it comes to these teams, you have to have talent,” Puckett noted. “But you also have to have the work ethic to go with it, and they have it.”

Good luck, Eagles!

(not pictured - Kelsey Dickey '20)

First Posted May 30, 2019; Updated June 3, 2019


Joe Staley Retiring After More Than 30 Years of Service

For more than 30 years, Joe Staley ‘72 has been a fixture in the classroom and on the basketball court at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. Early in 2019, it was announced Staley would be retiring from both teaching and coaching at the end of the school year.

During his first year of coaching the Eagles, Staley taught at a different high school. Both schools played against each other that season. 

“So, I coached against the kids I taught,” Staley explained. “We won that game as the final game of the regular season.”

During his time at CJ, Staley saw his five children, Sarah ‘02, Megan ‘04, Emily ‘07, Joe ‘10 and John ‘12, attend and graduate from his alma mater. Along with teaching, Staley served as a mentor for a number of students.

On the court, Staley holds the title as the winningest coach in school history with a record of 449-343. He guided the Eagles to more than 10 GCL championships, numerous regional championships, nine district championships, and multiple trips to the state’s final four, including a state runner-up finish in 1991 and Division II final four in 2015. Staley was also named the GCL Coach of the Year eight times.

Staley was inducted into the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 as a special inductee for his service to coaching. He coached 14 players who signed with DI schools and dozens of others who have played or are currently playing in DII and DIII schools.

“As a coach the thing you remember the most are all the players you were lucky enough to work with,” Staley said  “I really enjoy when past players come back for games or come by practice. Coaching my two sons was a big highlight, along with the Final Four teams, but I've got a lot of good memories of every team.”

Staley concluded, “CJ has been a very important part of my life. I'm grateful to have taught and coached here and I've always been proud to be a member of the CJ faculty.”

Friends and former students shared their well wishes for Staley on the CJ Alumni Facebook page. Here are just some of their comments:

  • Ron Boggs: Congratulations Mr. Staley!! You had a huge impact on what has become my lifelong love of history. You’re an incredible educator and man. Thank you for what you did to enrich myself and the CJ community.
  • Lenise Sanford Knight: Congratulations!!! A career well done!!!! God Bless!
  • Cooper Marie: Congratulations Mr. Staley!! You have influenced so many young minds over the years; thank you for your love of your craft in both teaching and coaching. Enjoy your next chapter!
  • Stuart Mason: Congratulations to a fellow Eagle! Well deserved retirement.
  • Mallory Smith: Congratulations Mr. Staley!! What a legacy you’ve left behind. I hope you enjoy every moment of retirement!

Posted May 28, 2019

United in the Love of the Good God

On Friday, May 24, the CJ community came together to pray for peace and justice. This was in correlation with the City of Dayton’s “United Against Hate” campaign.

“I think it’s important that CJ is doing whatever they can to counteract hatred,” said Ella Waldspurger ‘20.

Prior to the first class of the day, dozens came together for a special Mass in the CJ chapel. The chapel was also where students had the option to come during their homeroom period to pray, reflect, and share messages of hope on posters provided by the City.

At the end of the school day, students, faculty and staff joined hands out in the hallways to unite in a special prayer for peace.

In-Depth Information:

  • Watch the homily by Fr. Satish Joseph, pastor of St. Helen and Immaculate Conception parishes, that was chosen for the morning Mass. 
  • Read below the special prayer for unity and peace that was read in the morning as part of the school’s daily announcements.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.
Today, we join with all people of good will in the Dayton area as we offer prayers for peace and for an end to racism and prejudice.  United together in the love of our Good God, let us pray in words inspired by St. Francis of Assisi.
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is hurt, let us bring healing;
where there is prejudice and intolerance,
let us offer dignity and respect;
where there is disagreement,
let us be agents of reconciliation;
where there is despair, let us speak hope;
where there is fear, let us kindle courage;
and where there is darkness,
let us offer the light of your mercy that enlightens the whole world.
O Divine Master, grant that we may not so much seek
to be loved as to love.
Help us to love all people as our brothers and sisters,
and to see within them your image.
Bless our community with peace, and hold us in the palm of your hands.
And may the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit
be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.

Posted May 24, 2019

Celebrating the Class of 2019

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School graduated 145 students from the Class of 2019 on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the University of Dayton’s RecPlex.

Members of the Class of 2019 will attend 41​ different colleges or universities in the fall. Additionally, four members of the class will serve in the United State military, either as an enlisted service person, a cadet in one of the service academies or military college, or a participant in the Reserve Officers Training Corps at their college or university. 78​ ​members, or 55% of the class, was awarded more than $14 million dollars total in scholarships for their studies.

Josie Forsthoff, (Mother Brunner, University of Dayton) was named the top of her class and James Blackshire (St. Luke, The Ohio State University) was second. Three students were named commended students by the National Merit Scholarship Program - James Blackshire, Gabe Campion (St. Albert the Great, The Ohio State University) and Josh Kinnear (Bishop Leibold, University of Dayton). One member was named a finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Program - Avery Meyer (St. Albert the Great, University of Kentucky).

Three seniors were also recognized by the CJ faculty and staff with annual awards that best exemplify the three pillars of the school's mission:

  • for her commitment to faith, dedication to learning, and demonstration of school and family spirit, Katie Zopff (St. Luke, Bellarmine University) received the Founder's Award;
  • Grace Jackson (St. Peter, University of Dayton) received the Michael D. Trainor Award, named in honor of Chaminade Julienne's principal from 1999-2004, which is given to a student who has regularly demonstrated intellectual curiosity;
  • and for best exemplifying the Chaminade Julienne spirit, Logan Jennings (Meadowdale Elementary, University of Mt. Union) received the Gerard "Fuzzy" Faust Award, named in honor of the legendary CJ teacher and coach who served from 1933-1980.

Additional accomplishments from the Class of 2019 included:

  • More than 7,500 hours of community service during the Class of 2019's four years at Chaminade Julienne, including Katie Zopff who contributed 430 hours in her four years;
  • Hunter Johns (Holy Angels, United States Naval Academy) and Avery Meyer receiving the OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Award;
  • Martez Cuff (Mother Brunner, Tennessee State University) and Diana Ekezie (Mother Brunner, University of Cincinnati) receiving OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award;
  • Kate Nevius (Eastmont Elementary) receiving the OHSAA Courageous Student Award;
  • Colin Downing (Mother Brunner, University of Cincinnati) and Emma Schaefer (Holy Angels, University of Dayton) receiving the OHSAA State Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award;
  • 24 four-year varsity letter winners;
  • 55 seniors who were members of the National Honor Society;
  • 35 seniors who were Presidential Academic Award recipients;
  • 7 seniors who were Presidential Achievement Award recipients;
  • 21 seniors who remained on the honor roll for 15 consecutive quarters;
  • 14 seniors who were awarded the Seal of Biliteracy national award for completing advanced programs of World Language Study;
  • 4 seniors who completed four years of the Project Lead the Way Engineering program;
  • 3 seniors who completed four years of the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program; and,
  • 46 seniors who were awarded passing with distinction for their Senior Capstone Project.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Posted May 20, 2019

Eagles Baseball Head Coach to Retire

After 20 seasons, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School head baseball coach Mike Barhorst is retiring.

“There have been no regrets,” said Barhorst. “I’ve had wonderful team parents over the years and have made many friends. I even met my current wife, Lisa, because of CJ baseball. I will always be a CJ Eagle!”

Barhorst, a 1985 graduate of the school, currently has a 144-113 overall coaching record.

“The early years were a struggle,” Barhorst laughed.

Most recently, though, Barhorst and the Eagles won the 2018 Division II state tournament. The 2019 team has a record of 20-2 this year and is ranked first in the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association as they head into tournament play.

During his tenure as head coach, the Eagles won numerous GCL North, sectional and regional titles. In 2017, the Eagles made it to the final four of the state tournament.

“We hadn’t been there in 42 years and there was a lot of attention paid to us that season,” Barhorst said. “The fact that my son, Mark, was a senior on that team and my oldest son was a coach with me made it even more special.”

Barhorst shared that some of his favorite memories of coaching for the Eagles included being able to coach his sons - Todd ‘10, Daniel ‘12 and Mark ‘17.

“That is one of the main reasons I’ve done it for so long,” Barhorst explained.

Barhorst concluded, “My words of wisdom for the future players and program is to remember our formula for success — pitching and defense wins championships.”

Posted May 14, 2019


#becauseofCJ: Reflection from Josie '18

It’s a joy to hear from young alumni as they share how their high school education put them on a positive path after they left the halls of CJ. Through your gifts to the Annual Fund, you make this happen.

Read Josie’s story and make your gift to this year’s Annual Fund before Sunday, June 30. When you do, more Eagles can soar!

Dear CJ community,

You have given me so many reasons to smile! As I complete my freshman year at Xavier University, I can tell you that I’m a better person because I got to be a CJ Eagle for four years!  Because of your past gifts to the CJ Annual Fund, you’ve set me on a path of success. Thank you! Here’s a few ways you’ve impacted my life:

  • You prepared me for college. Your support gave me great teachers like Mr. Brooks, Ms. Ketch, Mrs. Marshall, and Mrs. Bardine who prepared me as a writer. I am constantly surprised by the number of people in my college courses who don’t know how to write a paper in the proper format. Because of my excellent high school education, I’ve helped many students with their papers! Just a couple weeks ago, I was sitting in my biology class and I could recall the exact moment I learned the same thing freshman year of high school. This is just a start―there are dozens more examples of how your support prepared me for college.
  • You gave me a premier education. The College Credit Plus at CJ gave me twelve college credit hours. Because of Señora Regan and Mrs. Bardine, I’m ahead of the curve in my Spanish and English classes from most first year students at Xavier. Now I have room in my schedule to add multiple minors, endorsements, or start my Master’s early!
  • You formed my spiritual life…BIG TIME. Retreats gave me time for self- discovery as a participant and a leader. CJ opened my eyes to global and local issues while inspiring me to do something. You’d be proud to know that the Marianists and Sisters are still role models for all of us today. My new passion is helping freshmen adjust to college life. I think the transition can be tough for some and I want to use my experiences to give other gals a head start on what college might be like.
  • You’ve continued a family tradition. The Catholic family spirit really drew my own family to this school. Our CJ roots trace back to 1939 as my grandparents, dad, uncle and aunts were all a part of this community. Because of my positive experiences at CJ, both of my brothers will be CJ alumni, too! I see CJ working its magic in my brother, Jake, who is a junior and my youngest brother, Jimmy, is extremely excited to be a freshman next fall. 

Your help is needed today to continue this CJ experience. With a gift to the Annual Fund, you prepare nearly 700 students for success after high school!  Your gift equals success as CJ is rated as the top school in the Dayton area for college sophomore persistence― students who are enrolled in the same college and program for a second year. For some students, this means a two-year associate’s degree, the military or trade school.

For me, it means that you are fulfilling my dream to become a teacher. Even more, you have united me in mission with so many mentors, CJ teachers and staff who have demonstrated how to bring out the best in students. I look forward to bringing that same compassion to lead young people one day. This dream started at CJ.

Thank you for making such an impact on my life and believing in me. My story wouldn’t be the same without you!

With gratitude, a joyful heart and Eagle pride,

Josie Schlangen, CJ Class of 2018

Posted May 14, 2019


Capstone Creates "Toys for God's Kids"

A small toy car is making a big difference for students in Africa, and a large life-lesson for those in the Dayton-area.

Alex Camp ‘19 and Katie Zopff ‘19 focused their Senior Capstone Project on the mission behind Toys for God’s Kids — an organization that sends handmade toy cars to children all over the world.

“I really wanted to do this project because I had done tutoring for my junior service and saw how important a strong environment and resources are for a child's education and development,” said Zopff.  “When I heard about Toys for God's Kids, I was eager to work with them because of their devotion to making people smile all over the world. Their work supports human dignity in a way that many people can forget about.”

“We connected with Our Lady of the Nazareth, a Marianist school in Kenya, and heard more about their story and how the children there can benefit from something so small,” added Camp. “We learned that not having toys can lead to high-stress levels in teachers because they have to break up fights over toys which means that their focus isn't on the children's education. We also learned that since many of the kids don't have things of their own to explore and learn about, some kids venture away from the school to the road to look at the vehicles there which leads to a lot of accidents and injuries. Owning a toy also gives the kids a sense of pride and gives them something to take care of for themselves and that they can call their own.”

As part of their project, the seniors went to St. Albert the Great elementary school to teach the children there about the importance of the toys and helped the students make toys.

“We had stations for the kids,” explained Camp. “One was building the cars, one was inspecting the cars, one was writing letters to the kids in Africa, and one was putting a CJ stamp on the cars or on the letters.”  

“To see our work come together and impact the students at St. Albert by helping them relate to children across the world made me feel very blessed to have the opportunity to be doing a capstone project,” Zopff shared.

Posted May 9, 2019

CJ Performing Arts Presents: Picnic With the PoPS

The annual Picnic With the PoPS concert will be held at the CJ auditorium (due to weather).

This great evening of musical adventure and fun is open to the community and perfect for all ages:

  • 6:30 p.m. — Jazz Band performs
  • 7 p.m. — Concert begins

Guests will hear classic hits and mash-ups of favorite songs performed by the concert band and choirs, the string ensemble, Hands in Harmony, and acapella groups, Phoenix and Vega.

The CJ Spirit Shop will be open before and after the concert.

This free concert is presented by the CJ Performing Arts Department.

Posted May 6, 2019; Updated May 8, 2019

CJ Performing Arts Presents: A Night of One Acts

Eight performances ranging from comedy, to drama, and everything in between, will be showcased on the CJ stage on Saturday, May 4.

CJ Performing Arts Presents: A Night of One Acts, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. This is the fifth year for the showcase, which continues to grow both with the number of performances and opportunities for students.

“There have been more people interested each year so it’s cool to see people branch out and try different things —  One Acts is a great opportunity to do that,” said Kat Bishop ‘20. Bishop was a stage manager her freshman and sophomore years and is acting this year.

Mallory Castonguay ‘19 acted her first two years participating in One Acts and chose to direct the last two.

“Directing is the best — I love it,” Castonguay shared. “This event is special because it’s the one night of the year where you can watch a lot of different characters on the stage. It’s also a great way to support the students because the acts are student produced, acted, and managed.”

Titles of some of the one acts includes, Small World, The Tell-Tale Heart (based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe), Home for the Chalidays, and Regina Flector Wins the Science Fair.

Posted May 2, 2019

Eagles Recognized at Annual Service Awards

Hundreds of students crossed the stage in the CJ auditorium on Wednesday, May 1 to be honored for their current and future service to the Dayton community and beyond.

The annual Service Awards recognized groups of students including F.L.I.G.H.T. (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today), L.I.F.E. (Living In Faith Experience), and Big Sibs/Little Sibs.

Additionally, for a second year in a row, a Senior Capstone group was honored with the Spirit of Sr. Dorothy Stang Award from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Seniors Grace Jackson, Maria Scaccia, Courtney Schaefer and Kelsey Wolf were the organizers behind CJ’s Green Week in March and the writers of a proposal to obtain new trash and recycling bins for the school.

Students who volunteered above their required service hours were also recognized at the ceremony. The students who earned this honor were recognized as bronze (25-49 hours) silver (50-99 hours) or gold (100 or more hours) recipients. In all, 56 students received bronze awards, 30 received silver awards, and 25 received gold awards.

Katie Zopff ‘19 was recognized as the senior who completed the most service hours out of her class during her four years at CJ with 430 hours of service. In total, more than 8,560 service hours were completed by CJ students above and beyond their required service this school year.

“According to the Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer hour is $25.43,” Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry & Service noted. “This means the CJ community’s service has contributed $217,706 to local, national and international communities!”

Several others in the CJ community were recognized during the service awards including:

  • Elena Muir ‘19, Dayton LaSertoma Youth Service Award
  • Erin McGraw ‘20, Sister Ruth Ann Service Award
  • McKenzie Reid ‘21, George Early Scholarship
  • Emily Saunders, Faculty/Staff Founders Award

The award ceremony concluded with students and chaperones attending summer mission trips being blessed by the CJ community.

Posted May 1, 2019