November 2019

Todd Barhorst '10 Named Eagles Baseball Head Coach

Continuing a winning tradition. That’s one of the top priorities for Todd Barhorst ‘10 as he takes over the Eagles baseball team.

Barhorst was named the new head coach for Eagles baseball on Friday, November 15. Barhorst, who has been an assistant coach with the team since the 2012 season, replaces his father, Mike Barhorst ‘85.

"I am confident in Todd leading the back-to-back state champion Eagles baseball team,” said Jeremy Greenleaf, Athletic Director. “The transition will be seamless for the players and with Todd at the helm, they will continue to strive to be one of the elite teams in Ohio."

“This has been a goal of mine since joining the team as an assistant coach,” Barhorst said about being named the head coach. “My love for CJ baseball started when my dad would take me to the field when he was coaching and it’s never stopped. I want CJ baseball to remain synonymous with baseball greatness in Ohio”

Barhorst played for the Eagles all four years of his high school career, being named a team captain both his junior and senior year.

Since joining the team as an assistant coach in 2012, the Eagles baseball team has been recognized as a top team in the state - including winning both the 2018 and 2019 Division II state titles.

Barhorst said a reason for that success — the players’ dedication and the team’s preparation.

“I’ve had my fingerprints on this program for years,” Barhorst noted. “One of my biggest roles as an assistant was leading the team throughout the winter. I have a speed program I put together to work on bat speed work and work for our pitchers.

“Going into the 2020 season, I have a lot of confidence in our senior class,” Barhorst continued. “There is only so much I can control, but all I ask is that when the players talk about me, they tell others that I’m a coach who cared and did everything possible to make them the best person and player off and on the field.”

Posted November 18, 2019

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 2019

“The survey says, you CAN make a difference!”

CJ's annual Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week will take place from Monday, November 18 through Monday, November 25. The theme for this year's annual event is not just about fun and games — it is about the effort to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness not only in the Dayton area, but around the world, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The school community will be divided into four “game show” groups: Family Feud, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and The Price is Right. The faculty and staff are representing Hollywood Squares.

As in years past, throughout the week, the CJ community is encouraged to contribute items with the themes of Money Monday, Toiletry Tuesday, Warm Feet Wednesday, Together We Can Thursday, Feed the Hungry Friday, and Miscellaneous Monday. Monetary contributions will be given to Catholic Relief Services. Item contributions will be given to St. Vincent DePaul, Food for the Journey and The Food Bank.

Posted November 13, 2019

Take the High School Placement Test at CJ

Eighth grade students are invited to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) at CJ on Saturday, November 23. Testing begins at 8:30 a.m. and students are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes early.


"The students will be in CJ classrooms and the proctors will be CJ faculty and staff," said Brandon Meyer, Director of Admissions. "Students will be with some of their current classmates who are taking the test as well as students from a variety of other schools in the region."

Walk-ins are welcome to take the test. $30 cash only will be accepted.

Class of 2024 Scholarships - $200,000 Available!

Scholarships focused in Language Arts, Ministry & Service, Performing Arts, and STEMM are available for the Class of 2024. Learn more about each scholarship and the application process here.

PARENTS - want to learn more about CJ? 

Parents wanting to learn more about CJ are encouraged to attend a Parent Reception. Sessions will be held in Miami Township on Sunday, November 10; Tipp City on Monday, November 10; and in Englewood on Sunday, November 17. Registration and details can be found here.

Posted November 7, 2019

CJ Performing Arts Presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream

The students are abuzz with excitement for CJ performing art’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare running this weekend, November 15, 16 and 17.

According to Emma Timmons ‘21, a cast member, “The whole play has three different plots going on. One is about four people in a love crisis, one is about how the fairy queen and king are causing global warming, and one is about a group of illiterate workers who want to put on a play. It's a lot of fun!”

Chloe Proffitt ‘21 is a main cast member. “It’s just really, really fun to watch,” she remarks.

“My experience has been really good so far,” says Mia Brown ‘21, who plays Hermia. “We have all worked really hard at our parts and I think it’s just been a good experience all around.”

The students and staff at CJ have worked arduously to produce this play.

Chloe Proffitt ‘21 adds, "I spent a lot of time personally on my character and a lot of other people have, too — and that really makes the play, it."

When asked about how she plays her character, Brown responded that she has to account for the fact that she and the other characters are not one-sided: “She goes from happy to confused to really angry to attacking someone, so it’s just about finding that route to take with Hermia.”

The cast has also taken new approaches to assessing Shakespeare’s language.

“The main goal of this production is to make Shakespeare’s words accessible,” asserts Director Mark Phillips. “A lot of times people are put off by his words because they’re hard to understand. So this is a great opportunity to go see Shakespeare and understand it.”

Phillips goes on to convey that each cast member spent time analyzing the lines of Shakespeare and understanding what he means with each word. They identified which poetic statements are the most necessary for the coherency of the plot and how to best portray these lines on stage before anything else.

When asked to describe the play, various students and staff gave responses:

“Glamorous,” says Proffitt.

According to Phillips, CJ’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream summed up in one word is, “accessible.”

In two, “magical and fun.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes the CJ stage Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10 and student tickets are $5. All tickets may be purchased at the door.

Written in collaboration with Cyrus Good ‘21.

Posted November 14, 2019

#becauseofCJ: Reflection from Bradley '17

Young alumni are continuing to share how they are succeeding after high school in our #becauseofCJ series. Through your gift to the Annual Fund, you make this happen. When you do, more Eagles can soar! Read Bradley’s story below, and consider making your gift today.

Dear CJ Community,

Thinking back on my time at CJ as a football player and student, I know there were many things that have shaped me into the person who I have become today. Although football was something I could always rely on to have friends to talk to and something to strive to get better at, I never quite realized the most valuable thing that CJ was able to provide me. CJ gave me the opportunity to truly become great. What I mean by this is that CJ provided me the tools to be able to unlock my own ability and to pursue whatever I wanted to pursue.

This all began during my third year at CJ when I realized that there was more for me beyond going to high school and trying to complete it. I always felt that based on my performance in my classes that I would most likely just be an average student who ended up being average in life. I was put into the college prep classes and received average grades. With that being said, average at CJ compared to surrounding schools is exceptional due to the nature of CJ academics and qualities. However, I always felt like I was following a path of just being average. I wasn’t on the path of honor or AP classes — I was just your everyday average CJ student.

Mrs. Lemon, a chemistry teacher at CJ, was the person who ignited my journey and gave me the opportunity to expand my self-worth. Mrs. Lemon had faith in me and who I was as a person. She was the teacher who allowed me to sign into an AP chemistry class, the most notoriously hardest class in all of CJ during my time. She didn’t just allow me and sign into the class, she encouraged many students of her lower level chemistry courses to take the class. She as a person and a teacher actively engaged average students to believe that they could take on such a task. She gave me the mental prowess to accept that I could do whatever I wanted, as long as I worked for it. She was always there to help and encourage her students — from the subpar student to the valedictorian and every one in between.

This idea is a common theme you can find at CJ. A theme of resiliency and greatness. A theme that the teachers care and want the best for all of the students at CJ, no matter their intelligence level. Yes, there will always be smart students and average students, but CJ provides the opportunity for everyone to find what they’re best at and gives all students a chance to discover their own greatness. When you give a gift to CJ you are not just giving a student resources to finish high school; you are helping a student, like myself, realize that they can move on to do anything that is within their imagination. You will find people going on to doing great things, who previously may not have been able to, and are now able to because of CJ.

Because of CJ, I was able to realize my potential, and went from being a 2.5 GPA high school student to being a 3.8 GPA chemistry major college student well on my way to become great and the dream of becoming a surgeon one day.

Thank you to the CJ community, and to Mrs, Lemon,
God Bless and Go Eagles!
Bradley Walker ‘17

Posted November 4, 2019