February 2020

Seniors Share the Importance of Voting

“It’s one of the largest responsibilities we have as citizens.”

That was the motivation behind the Senior Capstone project by Havana Glover, Marquel Henry, Marquis Henry, and Peter Wade. The group encouraged their classmates who were old enough to register to vote for the upcoming election cycle.

The group contacted local political leaders and invited Dayton City Commissioner Jeffrey Mims to talk about the voting registration process and the importance of voting. During a recent homeroom meeting, Commissioner Mims spoke to juniors and seniors and the Capstone group helped their classmates who were able and interested in registering to vote.

“If people want their issues addressed, they have to vote,” Glover reflected. “If they do not vote, they cannot complain because they didn't do their part.”

Glover added, “I hope that students understand the importance of voting and how to vote responsibly.”

Posted February 27, 2020

Students Attend Path to Health Professions Day

Students took charge of their futures by spending a day off school at the Path to Health Professions Day hosted by Wright State University earlier this month.

Sophomores Adam Noble, Gavin Porras, and Grace Strickland all said they chose to attend this opportunity because they are interested in potential careers in the medical field.

“The day was broken into multiple sessions,” Porras explained. “During each session we listened to a presentation about various topics.”

“I chose activities like sports medicine, medical laboratory sciences and pharmacology,” Noble said. “It was really cool, especially the medical laboratory sciences.”

Strickland agreed, “The medical laboratory sciences was my favorite too. I wanted to attend this day to explore more about the medical field and see what options were out there.”

“The woman who was speaking seemed really excited about the topic,” Noble continued. “She taught about bacteria streaking and things that happen in a lab.”

Porras added, “It was interesting to learn about what goes on behind the scenes and what you don’t always see.”

All three said they would advocate this opportunity to any other student wishing to learn more about medical careers.

“I would definitely recommend it especially for others not sure what they would want to do,” Strickland shared. “There were so many different topics so it definitely was a good day.”

Posted February 25, 2020

Swimmers Continue State Qualifying Tradition

Update: Congratulations to the Eagles state swimming qualifiers! The results included the men's 200 medley relay placing 15th overall and Reid placing 3rd in the 100 yard butterfly and 7th in the 100 yard backstroke.


First Report: Swimming in Canton is nothing new for McKenzie Reid '21 and Mason Wilkson '21, but that doesn’t mean their third trip to the state swimming championship is any less exciting.

“It’s rewarding to see how it all plays out in the end,” said Reid, who won the district competition in the 100 butterfly and was 2nd place in the 100 backstroke.

She and Wilkson will individually compete in the state championship in those two races. Wilkson, along with Logan Brown '21, Matt LaBianco '22 and Andrew Kutter '21 will also compete in the 200 medley, with Logan Downey '21 as an alternate.

“It’s always fun to go to state,” Wilkson shared.

This season has brought changes in and out of the pool after longtime swim head coach Kate Corrado Whistler ‘90 passed away in July 2019. Assistant coach Ellen Brown was joined by new swim head coach Kevin Buskirk.

“He really worked with people to help them grow,” Reid reflected. “It’s been nice having the coaches work together and help the team improve.”

Wilkson agreed, “Coach Buskirk has been a positive influence for everyone on the team and he continued to have a positive spirit even when we had rough swims.”

The state semi-finals will take place on February 20 with the finals being held the next day. Good luck to all swimmers at state!

Posted February 20, 2020

#becauseofCJ: Reflection from Amari '17

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. When you do, more Eagles can soar! Read Amari's story below, and consider making your gift today.

Dear CJ Community,

Reflecting back on my time at CJ, it would be nearly impossible to deny the role that this high school has played in making me the woman I am today. I’ve always been a great student, however, I haven’t always been one to step outside of my shell and take risks that could draw attention to me. Chaminade Julienne helped to change that in tremendous ways.

I entered the halls of CJ in the fall of 2013. I was one of three students coming in from my elementary school. I had been at the same school from grades K-8 so you can only imagine just how alone I believed I would be. I came into this new place as a shy, timid, young girl who had no idea what to expect from my peers and teachers.

I soon learned just how much of a family CJ was. Not only were my peers a group of young adults who showed such an enormous amount of willingness to love and be compassionate to each person they encountered, but the teachers who I was blessed with believed in me more than I believed in my own self at that point in my life. Mr. Eiser, specifically, saw beyond the shell I resorted to and always made sure to push me to my greatest abilities. It was in his classroom that I was beginning to find my own voice and express my thoughts. Teachers like Mr. Eiser, Mrs. Marshall, Mrs. Bardine, Mr. Ricciuto, and so many others provided me with support, listening ears, and genuine care throughout my four years there. They allowed me to find my passions in this world and gave me so many tools in order to thrive within each section.

The wonderful faculty and staff at CJ is one that is not comparable to any other place. Because of CJ, I have an extended family I can always depend on. Recently, I found myself having a slight health issue that was completely sudden and unexpected. At that moment of recovery, the CJ community was there to check in on me, send “Get Well Soon” packages, and showed they cared. This foundation of love and family that CJ has built is one that will last forever and has influenced so many of my decisions including my college and career decisions. Chaminade Julienne has provided me with so much support that I have decided to do the same for future generations and become an educator as well.

CJ has instilled in me a drive to be a leader in this world. If it wasn’t for this school I’m not sure if I would’ve had the courage to push myself into new positions rather than let opportunities pass me by. As a current junior Political Science and English joint major at the illustrious Fisk University, I reside as the VP and Elected President of Go! Poetry, Fisk Political Review Editor, SGA Junior Class Senator, and am continuously adding in more and more ways to contribute to my university and, ultimately, the community at large. These are things that 2013 Amari could’ve only imagined herself doing. Chaminade Julienne isn’t just a high school with phenomenal academics. It is a place that is dedicated to a holistic learning approach. It is a place that will give you lessons to refer back to for life.

CJ gave me the courage to go out and shine the light that I contain. For that, I am eternally grateful.

Amari Smith, Class of 2017

Posted February 17, 2020

Performing Arts on the Stage and in the Community

The new year has brought sweet sounds to the Performing Arts Department.

Last month, Libby Blackshire ‘20 and Nick Simpson ‘20 were selected to participate in the NKU Tri-State Honor Band Symposium. Additionally, Anna Mussin Phillips ‘21 participated in the Ohio State University High School Honor Band Weekend in addition to being selected to participate in the OMEA All State Band performance in Cincinnati.

Earlier this month, 45 band and choir students performed in the annual OMEA adjudicated competition with most performances receiving ratings of I or II (the two highest ratings).

During the rest of February, the Performing Arts Department and students have a lot to look forward to including:

  • The Concert Choir performing the National Anthem at the University of Dayton women’s basketball game on February 15.
  • Vega preparing for their performance at the ICHSA Quarterfinal Competition on Saturday, February 15.
  • Phoenix competing at the ICHSA Quarterfinal Competition on Friday, February 21.
  • Blackshire performing the weekend of February 20-22 after being selected for the Wright State University High School Honor Band.
  • The Advanced Acting and Directing class performing a play for elementary students from Holy Angels and Our Lady of the Rosary on Thursday, February 27. The play was written and created by the high school students and focused on how it’s important to just be yourself.

And in March, the department will present Little Women, taking the stage March 6 and 7.

Posted February 13, 2020

Remembering Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN '49 15 Years Later

Fifteen years ago on February 12th, Dayton native Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN '49 was martyred for her work in Brazil. She was, and remains, a powerful example of how one person can cause positive change in a world full of trials and tribulations.

Earlier this month, students watched a special presentation featuring Samuel Clements from the film, "The Student, the Nun & the Amazon" and engaged with him to learn more about his time with Sr. Dorothy in the rainforest.

“I remember her joy, warmth, positivity, courage, and playfulness,” Clements reflecting on his interactions with Sr. Dorothy. “She had a real softness — yet knowing with that softness came incredible strength. She brought people together to do the good work.”

During his presentation, Clements shared how Sr. Dorothy's advocacy for the rights of the poor and environment helped shape his current career helping create a sustainable and climate-smart society. Clements is currently a Senior Sustainability Advisor and offers solutions to companies to increase their transition to low-carbon tools.

Clements said when he originally asked a friend to accompany him to film his time in Brazil, Clements didn’t know the eventual long-lasting impact the film would have on others.

“Knowing that this video has been used so much in education is wonderful — it’s heartwarming,” Clements shared. “The film conveys Sr. Dorothy’s spirit and message. I’ve seen it resonate with students as I was a student myself in the film.”

Leading up to the anniversary of her martyrdom, the CJ Ministry & Service office created a novena that was said as the special 3 o’clock prayer at the end of each school day. The novena can be found here.

Pictured above: Samuel Clements with siblings of Sr. Dorothy Stang prior to his presentation at CJ on February 4.

Posted February 11, 2020

Class of 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Honorees

From the pool to the tennis court and the track to the football field, this year’s Hall of Fame recipients excelled. They tallied 54 varsity letters, posted school records, earned league honors and made state appearances.

This year’s class of hall of fame honorees recently shared what this honor means to them and the impact that CJ had on their life long after they left campus.

Jerry Scheper ‘61 (tennis) was a three-time state qualifier in doubles and a four-year varsity player. In addition to his success in the high school ranks, Jerry is the only Eagles player to qualify for USTA Nationals.

“It’s a special honor and it certainly reinforces the fact that all the effort you put in, really does pay off. It’s a reward for giving it all you’ve got every day.”

Scheper added, “When I was a kid, we lived right next to a park and I woke up looking out my bedroom window and seeing tennis courts. I probably played almost every morning, all summer. I played in my first tournament when I was 6 and my dad was there every time he could get away from work — he was very supportive.

Andy Daley ‘95 (cross country/track) was a four-time varsity letter winner and earned first team all-league honors three times. Daley was also named the GCL cross country Runner of the Year.

“This is an honor,” Daley said. “I hadn’t previously looked at the other runners in the Hall of Fame until I got the call myself. It is truly an honor to be among them.”

Daley also shared how his time running in college prepared him for a new athletic accomplishment.

“I didn’t run in college, but I did start competing in bike races which require the same type of work ethic and endurance. I even won my division at the U.S. National Criterium Championships.”

Megan Slayback Wajda ‘08 (swimming/volleyball) was a two-time all-league honoree and helped the Eagles earn volleyball Southwest District runner-up honors three times. She also earned seven varsity letters – four in volleyball and three in swimming.

“This honor is my opportunity to thank all those who had an impact on my athletic career, and who supported me in ways I did not recognize until now,” Wajda said. ”It is a way to thank my parents, family, and friends – all those who drove me to every game and practice and sat through countless hours of watching me play. I am proud that my hard work in athletics is being recognized, but I am also proud that their sacrifice for me is also being recognized.”

Wajda also shared the life lesson she took away from her time as an Eagle athlete.

“It may seem cliché, but one lesson I learned during my time playing volleyball at CJ was that no goal is accomplished alone,” Wajda reflected. “In the team setting, it is not individual athletes who win, but rather it’s the combined efforts of all. Translated to life outside of CJ, I have tried to be appreciative of the ‘team’ that has helped me in college, work and beyond.”

Katie Pleiman Grabosky ‘09 (tennis) was a four-time state qualifier and two-time state finalist. She compiled a 103-9 career record along with earning multiple league and area honors.

“I am honored to be included in this year’s Hall of Fame Class,” Grabosky said. “CJ has a long-standing tradition of graduating not only great athletes, but also great people. I am humbled to be part of this group.”

Grabosky said since graduation, she is eager to share with others that she is an Eagle.

“Living in Cincinnati now, most people from here ask what school you went to, and they are referring to high school. I tell them with pride I went to CJ, a school bound with people from different backgrounds and communities forming one.”

Kurt Hess ‘09 (basketball/football) excelled on the football field and the basketball court, earning seven varsity letters, numerous all-league and all-area honors and was named the 2008 Player of the Year in football. He broke the school records for touchdowns thrown, passing yards, passing attempts and completions.

“This honor is a true blessing and testament to the preparation, dedication, and hard work from not only myself, but my loving supportive family, as well as a tribute to the leadership and excellence of my coaches and teammates at CJ,” Hess said.

Hess also shared the athletic accomplishment that was most meaningful to him while at CJ.

“Winning the District title and GCL North in basketball in 2008. Also, being recognized among all the great players that went on to have successful collegiate and professional careers from the GCL in football.”

Sam Jandel ‘09 (golf) was an individual state champion who also helped the Eagles golf team finish as state runner-up. The GCL Player of the Year was a three-time state qualifier, placing first, fourth and fifth.

“This honor means a lot to me for a few reasons,” Jandel said. “One, I understand how many great athletes have walked through the halls of CJ and it’s very cool to be among the few to be recognized. Two, it’s a great honor for me because, since high school, I have moved to Arizona and it's very cool to be recognized in front of my family and friends for my accomplishments.”

Jandel also shared how being a leader on the links has helped him since his graduation.

“Ever since freshman year, I was looked up to as one of the better players on the team,” Jandel reflected. “It was a great life lesson to teach others and help guide our team to, I'd imagine, the best four-year streak our school has had.”

Taylor Beyerle Mackell ‘09 (track/cross country/swimming) earned ten varsity letters in her three sports. She also received all-league honors in track and cross country, qualified for state and was a member of three record-breaking CJ relay teams.

“It’s difficult to put into words how incredible this honor is to me,” Mackell said. “I absolutely loved being a student at CJ and was always so proud to be able to represent my school through my athletic career. For me, this honor is a celebration with my family, coaches, and teammates who were there to support me each day as I strived to do my best as a student athlete.”

Mackell recalled how her father, current CJ co-head men’s cross country coach, Paul Beyerle, gave her a great life lesson that she still takes to heart today.

“He always equated running with life,” Mackell shared. “He taught me that you get out of it what you put into it, but sometimes you can put forth your best effort and you still don't get the results you want. This lesson gave me great perspective while persevering through running challenges and races that ended with unhappy results, but it also gave me a greater understanding that life will not always go as planned, no matter how hard you try.”

Lisa Treadway Marino ‘09 (swimming/volleyball) was a two-time volleyball Player of the Year, nominated as an ESPN High School Top Player to Watch and was runner-up for the Rae Burick Award. She also broke the school record in the 400-yard individual medley.

“This is certainly a dream come true,” Marino said. “I grew up dreaming about playing sports at CJ, watching not only my siblings play, but watching the football and girls basketball teams win state championships. I couldn't wait to be a part of CJ's long tradition of strong athletics.”

Marino said the foundation she developed at CJ still makes an impact on her today.

“I give all the credit to CJ for instilling the values of becoming a contributing member of society, service-oriented, and a lifelong learner,” Marino shared. “Those values still resonate with me as I've completed my doctoral degree in physical therapy, started my own physical therapy practice, and strive to give my time and talents to my parish community. And, now, I'm fortunate to share that foundation with my own children. The importance of teamwork, humility, and especially prayer are still fundamental in my life today.”

Michael Raiff ‘09 (baseball/football) was named a GCL player of the year. His successes in baseball included a season batting average of .500 and in football, scoring seven touchdowns and tallying 570 yards in a single season for the Eagles.

“This honor means a great deal to me,” Raiff said. “To have so many family members and friends be members of the Hall of Fame and for me to be part of the next wave of members is truly something special.”

Raiff said being one of the newest members in the Hall of Fame is like a dream come true. 

“In a lot of ways this is the highest athletic honor that I ever dreamed about as a kid,” Raiff shared. “I remember going to induction ceremonies with my parents and family when I was little and it always seemed like such a big deal to me. I guess, from then on, it always has been. I'd be lying if I said I haven't been planning my speech since grade school.”

Posted February 4, 2020

Capstone Coordinates CJ Green Week

“CJ Eagles will forever protect the Green and Blue.”

That was the theme created by the Senior Capstone Group of Jordan Cammon, Joe Castellano, Madeline Hofstetter, Chase Howell and Libby Kohls for CJ’s second annual Green Week.

“We are carrying on the wonderful legacy of Green Week which was created by a Capstone last year to increase recycling at CJ,” said Hofstetter. “We are making efforts to expand their fantastic work and make CJ a greener institution through recycling, education, faith, and awareness of the personal relationship every person has to the earth.”

“I've always cared about the environment so I thought what they were doing was really admirable so I wanted to continue it,” added Kohls.

Howell shared, “I personally was interested in Green Week because I love nature. I'm always busy doing something and it's when I'm outside doing something that I find true peace.”

Earlier in the school year, the Capstone group was responsible for securing a $6,000 grant from the Montgomery County Solid Waste District to purchase additional recycling bins for the school. They also spoke to the school’s board of trustees about this initiative.

During Green Week, the Capstone group planned a theme for each day:

  • Meatless Monday (the group worked with the school cafeteria to serve no meat for lunch and had informational flyers about meat consumption).
  • T-shirt Tuesday (the group encouraged students to recycle unwanted CJ spirit shirts to be given to underclassmen.
  • Why Wednesday (the group gave an informative presentation on the environment after school)
  • Thoughtful Thursday (the group encouraged teachers to show a short video about incorporating faith with an environmental initiative).
  • Finale Friday (the CJ community is encouraged to wear green).

The group also received and placed the new recycling bins throughout the rest of the school building.

“The idea behind this continuation of Green Week is to bring awareness of the impact people and institutions like CJ can have on the environment,” Hofstetter shared. “We hope to promote the idea that a green institution involves recycling, education, faith, and a greener mindset in the CJ community.

“All our work has been rooted in Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudito Si, or ‘Care for Our Common Home,’” Hofstetter continued. “In it, he states it is our responsibility as Catholics to protect and respect God's Creation. We hope we have filled the school with Pope Francis' message during Green Week.”

“We would like people to know that recycling helps and creating that habit of recycling is good for everyone,” Howell added.

Kohls agreed, “I would like everyone to just be more conscious of how their everyday decisions affect the environment and take pains to give back and take care of something that gives us so much.”

Posted February 6, 2020

STEMM Idol Speaker Series: Dayton Region Manufacturers' Assoc.

On Friday, January 31, as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series, representatives with the Dayton Region Manufacturers' Association presented on manufacturing - which was an eye-opener for the student attendees. The event encouraged students to learn more about the manufacturing industry and to gain new perceptions of manufacturing career opportunities.

“We want them to know that they have lots of options,” said Program Coordinator Dayton Region Manufacturers' Association Kayla Manuel. “There's a lot of career options. We found that most students, high school and middle school, aren't even aware of manufacturing — they don't really have any perception of it. So we want them to know this is a good career option for them either after college or if they want to go straight into the workforce.”

The students were taught about salaries, different levels of manufacturing jobs, and various education requirements. The students asked questions about the industry and their own prospective opportunities.

“For entry level manufacturing it would be machine operator,” explained Manuel. “We also have assembly, fabrication. For entry level, [with] training or certifications you can go into welding, programming and up from there. There are career opportunities for every education level, either from right out of high school all the way to advanced degrees.”

Manuel had assistance in portraying what it’s like to have a job in manufacturing. 

There were visuals to display the essence of manufacturing, including tri-fold boards, information graphics, and a miniature remote-controlled robot arm revolving and plucking various objects off the desk.

Jim Bowman, the President, CEO and Owner of Noble Tool LLC, and Heather Parrish, the HR Assistant at Techmetals Inc., spoke interactively about various career opportunities.

“They're both great at talking to students,” Manuel commented. “They both have really good stories on how they got into manufacturing and love sharing the passion of the industry.”

“Every position is important in a manufacturing facility,” Manuel explained. “We’re seeing a lot of companies that want to get those [young] people in and then ... train them, move them up in the company and make more space for more young people to fill in, so you have your workforce pipeline constantly moving.”

Written in collaboration with Cyrus Good ‘21

Posted February 6, 2020