The 2013 Trek to State

Six different groups or individuals will make appearances in state tournaments and competitions, across both athletic and academic realms, during this half of the school year. Continue reading to learn where our Eagles may soar to next!

Results updated March 21, 2013


Who: Men's and women's indoor track team

What: OATCCC Indoor D-II/D-III State Championships

When: March 16

Where: Akron University

Fun Fact: It's a three-peat for the Eagles! The CJ women's indoor track teams earned back-to-back Division II/III OATCCC state titles in 2011 and 2012, and repeated again as champions at the 2013 meet. Devanae Mitchell led the way, contributing 28 of the girls 31 total points and outpacing the entire field by herself (second place Liberty-Benton High School earned 24.33 points). The Toledo-bound senior finished first in the triple jump (35-10), first in the long jump (17-10.5) and second in the 60-meter dash (7.93). The Eagles 4x800 relay team of Kathryn Marshall '13, Emily Shira '13, Beth Stumpf '15 and Helen Wittman '15 placed sixth (10:07.24), and senior Tia Jones placed 15th in the shot put (31-7). It is the first time in school history a CJ athletic team has won state titles in three consecutive seasons.

Congratulations is also in order for sophomore Kyle McKinney who won the individual indoor championship in the long jump (43-1.25).

Who: Annemarie Krug '13

What: 65th Annual Ohio State Science Day

When: Saturday, May 11; 8 a.m.

Where: French Fieldhouse and St. John Arena at OSU

Fun Fact: Annemarie is a three-time State Science Day qualifier. For her 2013 project, titled "The Effect of Sound on the Memory of Autistic People," she received 39 out of 40 possible points at the district science fair March 16. The senior also earned a special award worth $100 from the Southern Ohio Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Society for Information Display.

Who: Lyle Plummer '14

What: OHSAA Division II Individual State Wrestling Tournament.

When: Feb. 18 thru March 2.

Where: Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center (OSU).

Fun Fact: Lyle became the first wrestler in CJ history to reach the state tournament in three consecutive seasons. He finished 11th in the 120 lbs. weight class this season, and earned his 100th career vicotry during the regular season.

Who: Varsity women's basketball team

What: OHSAA Division II State Semifinals

When: March 14

Where: Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center (OSU).

Fun Fact:  The CJ girls made program history, finishing the season as the seventh Eagles team to appear in the state tournament. The program has won three championships (1999, 2003, and 2005) and finished second three times (1998, 2001, 2004). The Eagles entered this year's final four as the only unranked team after upsetting league rival Carroll in an overtime regional finals victory.


Who: Rachel Strahorn '14

What: Ohio Poetry Out Loud contest, sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council as part of a national recitation competition.

When: March 16

Where: Matesich Theatre in Erskine Hall, Ohio Dominican University

Fun Fact: The competition uses a pyramid structure in which contestants compete at the classroom level before becoming eligible to move on to the school-wide, state and national contests. Rachel, who also competed at state in 2012, finished as one of five runners up this year. Since 2008, two different school-wide winners have gone on to win state and represent CJ at nationals in Washington, D.C. (Rachel Chandler '08 and Lynsay Strahorn '11).


Who: Patrick Zopff '14

What: Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition

When: The exhibition opens after a noon awards ceremony on Sunday, April 14 and runs weekdays (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) through May 16.

Where: James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus.

Fun Fact: Patrick's two entries, one painting and one drawing,  were selected by regional judges for inclusion in the state-wide competition on March 9. His pencil line drawing titled "Henry Kissinger" was one of 300 pieces chosen from roughly 12,000 at state for display in the exhibition. In its 43rd year, the exhibition is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of talented high school students in the state of Ohio according to its Web site, The junior has also been recognized locally for his work at the Max May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.