June 2019

2019 CJ Eagles Summer Camps

The 2019 CJ Eagles Summer Camps begin in June with athletic, academic and performing arts camps in and outside the halls of CJ. Summer camp offerings can be found in the community section of the CJ website. Camp registrations can be completed online or in person at the CJ Welcome Center. 

Posted April 20, 2019

#becauseofCJ: Reflection from Antonio '16

Young alumni are sharing how they are succeeding after high school in our #becauseofCJ series. Through your gift to the Annual Fund, you make this happen. Read Antonio’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,

If you had told me that one day I’d be a SOCHE Intern, working with the awesome leaders and media professionals from Montgomery County Development Services, I would have said you were crazy.  As I sit back and reflect on my journey, I’m humbled and reminded that, “In God, all things are possible.” 

As I reflect on my student experience at CJ, I can humbly say my experience was life enhancing. As a graduate of the class of 2016, I remember walking across that stage hopeful and committed to becoming my best self. My four years at CJ were filled with success and with challenges. When I would stumble, the amazing faculty was always there holding me accountable, but encouraging me to be the best person I could be. I would quickly learn that in life when you stumble, try to fall forward.

When you’re a freshman in high school, you’re not quite sure what your best self looks like. I wanted to be me, but I also wanted to fit in.  CJ provided a nurturing and diverse environment that allowed me to discover how to fit in, while maintaining my diverse perspective. CJ encouraged me to be a “joiner” by offering a variety of activities to suit my interests.  As an aspiring communications professional, I quickly joined the Newsletter Committee. I also pursued another passion – basketball.  Of all the activities I was involved with, my toughest character lessons came from my four years on the basketball team. I learned about teamwork, perseverance and that being a team player was important to the overall success of the team. Sure, there were times that I wanted to quit, but I knew my parents had taught me and my sister that we didn’t have quitter DNA.

Once I realized that high school was not a dress rehearsal, but my real-life unfolding before me, I began to dig in. My counselor cared about my success and assured me there was life after basketball. Together we developed a study plan that required me to focus on small wins. As my grades began to soar, so did my confidence. CJ faculty challenged me to focus on enjoying the student experience. To do this required personal sacrifices. Sure, I could have stayed up all night playing video games and be in a fog the next day, but the test scores wouldn’t lie if you didn’t balance that with good study habits. CJ reinforced good values, personal discipline and a good work ethic — the same message that teens don’t always accept when it comes from their parents. CJ partnered with my parents, providing them with consistent feedback and assuring them that if I would trust their methodologies I would become a successful student. On graduation day, when I received the President’s Award, I understood that hard work has its rewards.

As I matured, I began to develop a strong sense of who I was becoming, recognizing life is a continuous journey and not a hard stop. I began to understand that being a “joiner” still required discernment. I wanted to be around people who loved God and who wanted to experience campus life to the fullest. 

On a college campus, your worldview can be challenged by those who have misguided faith as well as by zealots who use God to spew hate and division. A college campus is no place to try to find yourself. You need to have a strong sense of who you are and what you believe before you arrive. CJ taught me to be an advocate of my faith but to also show grace to those who don’t share your beliefs. Being bold would become essential as my belief systems would be regularly challenged.

I can remember the day I told my parents that I had volunteered to be the worship leader for my dorm. They were proud and it eased their minds to know that I was figuring things out about my life, making friends and seeking diverse experiences beyond basketball. I would soon join other interest groups and learn to effectively communicate with people who were very different than me. Soon, I would meet amazing friends, who would become part of an ongoing pact to graduate on time. This brotherhood was very similar to what I experienced at CJ  — common goals and great friends, focused on crossing the finish line together.

As I prepare to enter my senior year at Bowling Green State University I feel grateful and have so much optimism. I appreciate everything that CJ did for me and what they continue to do for others just like me. My life is in my hands now as I march into the future with promise and hope.

Thank you CJ community for everything — you won’t regret your investment!

Antonio Mobley, Class of 2016

Posted June 25, 2019

Honoring Faculty and Staff for Years of Service

CJ faculty and staff celebrating milestone years in education were honored at the annual Miami Valley Teacher Recognition Banquet this spring. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which holds the event, recognized educators from the greater Dayton region.

Celebrating milestones during the 2018-2019 school year were:

  • Dr. Tim Dillon - 35 years
  • Angela Ruffolo - 25 years
  • Claire Davis - 20 years
  • Judi MacLeod ‘88 - 20 years
  • Dr. Mick Mominee - 20 years
  • Marcus Colvin - 15 years
  • Dan Meixner ‘84 - 15 years
  • Jim Sparrow - 15 years
  • Tina Wagoner - 10 years
  • Amanda Ooten - 10 years
  • Don MacLeod - 5 years

Those celebrating milestones were also recognized at the annual CJ end-of-the-year faculty and staff luncheon.

Posted June 24, 2019

Celebrating CJ Reunion Weekend 2019

The eighth annual CJ Reunion Weekend is Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 23. Alumni from classes ending in '4 and '9 will be celebrating milestone years.

Reunion Weekend activities for all include the Taste of CJ (online registration closes Thursday, June 20 at 3 p.m.; registration available at the door for $40), the Golden Eagles Luncheon (Class of 1969 or before) and Alumni Mass at Queen of Apostles Church at Mount St. John. Milestone class activities also include the Eagles golf outing and milestone class parties.

Parking for the Taste of CJ can be found on THIS MAP. There is no parking available in the A & B lot, handicapped parking is available in C lot. The Community Blood Center parking lot (across from South Ludlow Street) is also available for parking.

More details about each CJ Reunion activity can be found in the alumni section of this website. Events will be held rain or shine.

Posted June 18, 2019

Students Volunteer in Taos, New Mexico

13 students traveled across the country to volunteer in Taos, New Mexico as part of an annual service trip. The students spent part of their service at Red Willow Farm.

“It was not only a farm, but also a place for the young people of the Pueblo to learn new skills and give back to their own community,” said Morgan Downer ‘20 and Anneliese Fisher ‘19. “We learned about the complicated heating, irrigation, and solar systems that are used to power the farm.”

Students helped by gardening and planting. They also put a new bottom layer inside one of the Farm’s green houses.

The group also volunteered at an elementary school and painted the walls in the school’s computer lab.

“It was really nice seeing all the work we had finished,” shared Maria Emmerich ‘21, Zoe Mason ‘20 and Elizabeth Murray ‘20.

When not at the farm, the students learned more about Native American culture and spent time with the people of Taos.

“One evening, we drove down the road to a neighborhood of earthships,” said Allie Bardine ‘21, Kennedy Byrd ‘21 and Alex Yunger ‘21. “Earthships are houses that are made from recycled materials. They were pretty sweet! They are super sustainable and the community is 95% off the grid meaning they make little to no footprint in terms of electricity and gas, etc..”

“We learned about the history of the Taos community, their traditions and got to witness them dance before we got to join in,” Downer and Fisher reflected “It was so fun to perform (including playing the drums!) with the Natives there.”

Joe Discher ‘19 and Sully Dean ‘20 added, “We got to ask any questions we wanted about how the Native American tribes/history/tradition/government/religion/etc works. The structures at the Pueblo are all over 800 years old. It's pretty crazy how much history and tradition is still alive and well in the Pueblo today.”

When reflecting on their trip overall, Emma Schaefer ‘19, Greta Spees ‘20 and Rachel Stefan ‘19 said, “The week was so amazing. We are excited to share all we have learned about the Native American culture.”

Posted June 18, 2019

CJ Honoring State Winners with Celebration of Champions

In honor of the Eagles baseball team and women’s track 4x100 relay both winning state titles, a Celebration of Champions will be held in the CJ auditorium on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend this community event. 

The baseball team won the Division II state baseball championship on Sunday, June 9. This was the second state championship in two years for Eagles baseball, making them the ninth team in OHSAA baseball history to win back-to-back state championships. The team defeated Gates Mills Gilmour Academy 4-2 in the state championship game.

The women’s 4x100 relay, comprised of Imani Wortham ‘20, Jadyn Haywood ‘22, Jazmyn Potts ‘20 and Meyah Haywood ‘20, placed first in the state during the Division II track and field championships on Saturday, June 1. The relay ran the 4x100 in 47.89 seconds beating a school record.

The CJ Spirit Shop will be open prior to and after this event for guests to purchase state championship t-shirts as well as select Spirit Shop items.

Posted June 12, 2019


Ohio Lt. Governor Visits CJ to Learn About City Connects

On Friday, May 17, 2019, state officials including Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, Charlotte McGuire of the State Board of Education, District 3, State Senator Peggy Lehner, and State Representative Niraj Antani visited Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School to learn more about the school’s City Connects program. The program, which serves all students at CJ to provide them the most enhanced and engaged high school experience, has been at the school since the 2010-2011 school year. This is when Chaminade Julienne worked with Boston College in piloting the program for high schools, developed from the elementary school model.

“City Connects works at CJ because we have such a tremendous assets within the community,” said CJ principal John Marshall ‘86.  “It helps us organize through resources and prioritize what we focus on. There are so many people who want to help us, help students, and it helps us focus and align the right resources at the right time.”

The state officials wanted to learn more about City Connects as it correlates with proposed wraparound services in the Ohio state budget. The $550 million proposal for wraparound services is being debated in the state senate.

During their visit, state officials met with current CJ faculty and staff including the school’s student support coordinators. Our Lady of the Rosary Principal Jacki Loffer ‘87 and Josh Richardt, the Early Childhood-Elementary Coordinator from Catholic Central in Springfield were also in attendance to speak about the implementation of City Connects at their schools.

“City Connects is one of the great equalizers of students coming to us with many needs and giving teachers the opportunity to teach their passion and allow a system, in this situation, a coordinator, manage the social/emotional barriers of learning,” added Marshall. “It eliminates the barriers where possible, mitigates the potential conflicts, which become frustrations for both students, parents and teachers, and allows for a smoother road for everyone to travel.”

Learn more about CJ's City Connects program here.

Additional Coverage:

  • Learn more from the Dayton Business Journal.
  • Watch Lt. Gov. Husted and Superintendent DeMaria speak about the visit on Facebook.
  • Watch WDTN's report
  • Read coverage from the Dayton Daily News

Posted May 17, 2019

CJ Performing Arts Earns 19 Awards at MVHSTA

CJ performing arts students received 19 awards at the inaugural Miami Valley High School Theatre Awards Showcase on Tuesday, June 11.

“We are so lucky to be in a city like Dayton that embraces and celebrates high school theatre in this amazing way!,” said CJ choir and drama teacher Caitlin Bennett.

The CJ Performing Arts students were recognized in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Production of a Play: A Murder is Announced
  • Outstanding Production of a Musical: Cinderella
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Sarah Benson and Chloe Proffitt
  • Merit Supporting Actress in a Musical: Katie Coyle and Natalie Mussin Phillips
  • Outstanding Student Director: Stephanie Chan
  • Outstanding Student Costume Design: Chloe Brzozowski
  • Merit Lead Actor in a Play: Omar Brown
  • Outstanding Sound Design: Brennan Harlow
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: Chloe Proffitt
  • Merit Supporting Actress in a Play: Sarah Benson and Mia Brown
  • Merit Supporting Actor in a Play: John Muhl
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Katie Coyle and Anna Kutter
  • Merit Supporting Actor in A Musical: Brennan Harlow
  • Merit Leading Actress in a Musical: Megan Kramermardis
  • Merit Ensemble in a Musical: Cinderella

Select CJ students were also chosen to perform in the opening and closing numbers of the Showcase and part of the cast of Cinderella performed "A Lovely Night."

Congratulations to all awardees!

Posted June 12, 2019

Eagles Baseball Returns to State for Third Year in a Row

Update: Congratulations - the Eagles are back-to-back champions! The team defeated Gilmour Academy 4-2 on Sunday, June 9. 

Details about a school celebration will be released in the coming days.

Update: The Eagles defeated Van Wert 7-1 on Saturday, June 8 in the state semi-final. They will face Gates Mills Gilmour Academy at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. Additional game information is at the bottom of this story.

First Report: It’s a hat trick for the Eagles baseball team.

“I’m actually in awe by what these guys have accomplished the last few years,” said head coach Mike Barhorst ‘85.

The Eagles are returning to the state baseball championship for a third year in a row. The team lost in the state semi-finals in 2017 and returned in 2018 to claim the state title.

Now, coming in with a 25-2 record, the Eagles are looking to retain the top spot.

“Making it to state seemed like a pipe dream the first half of my coaching career, and these past six seasons we have been in the hunt four times,” said Barhorst. “Getting to state is so difficult — it takes a lot of talent and sometimes luck. Getting there a second time and winning it was even more difficult. But to defend a state title day after day is so challenging. Every game we played we knew the other team wanted to defeat the defending champs. We faced every team’s best pitcher day in and day out. There was never a day off for our guys and they responded with one of the greatest regular seasons in school history.”

With a current record of 25-2, Barhorst believes that the 2019 team has one of the best overall winning percentages at CJ (1970 record: 28-6, 1975 record: 37-9). 

Focusing on what makes the 2019 team special, Barhorst said, “I think we may be a little better offensively overall, but for the most part we have maintained our brand of baseball. We strive on our pitching and take pride in our defensive ability. Every player is important — from the starters to the bench players. We have a very unselfish group of kids that know the goal is about team success. I think they’ve tried to follow the winning formula from past teams, and found it works.”

While Barhorst is retiring at the end of this season, he knows there is more work to be done this week.

“I want everyone in the CJ community to know how special theses guys are. Making it to state three straight seasons is nearly impossible, but they’ve accomplished it. This is the smartest and most unselfish group of players I’ve ever been around. They define the TEAM first concept. They aren’t afraid of any challenge and they thrive under adversity. There is no quit in these guys. Like years in the past, it starts with the team captains and team leaders.

“Whatever happens this weekend I’ll always be proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Barhorst continued. “They’ve brought a ton of pride back to the CJ community.”

OHSAA Division II Baseball State Final Game

  • When: Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m.
  • Where: Canal Park, 300 S Main St, Akron, 44308
  • Listen Live Online: Here
  • Additional Details: Here

Posted June 5, 2019; Updated: June 9, 2019


Rowers Qualify for National Competition

Update: Congratulations to the Dayton Boat Club! The Youth Women's 8 placed 18th in the nation!

First Report: “We’re all in the same boat,” Riley Ferdelman ‘21 laughed.

Quite literally, though, Ferdelman will be alongside three other Eagles — Grace Blust ‘19, Aubrey Trimbach ‘20 and Maria Weizman ‘20 — as they compete at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida beginning June 6.

“We’re proud, it’s almost doesn’t seem real,” Trimbach said.

The students are all members of the Dayton Boat Club and qualified for the Youth Women’s 8. The group shared this is the first time a Women’s 8 from the Dayton Boat Club has qualified for nationals.

“This is a difficult sport, so going through it together definitely brings us closer,” Weizman noted.

For most of the Eagles, this is a return trip to the national competition, but the first time rowing in Florida. Along with the Women’s 8, the Dayton Boat Club qualified a group for the Youth Men’s quad.

Good luck to all competitors!

(Not pictured: Grace Blust)

Posted June 5, 2019