Assembly Recognizes Servant Leaders

Chaminade Julienne celebrated the value of volunteering at the school’s seventh annual Service Awards assembly May 8.

For the second consecutive school year, members of the CJ community donated in excess of 10,000 volunteer hours over and above what is required through religion curriculum. The total represents a contribution just shy of a quarter of a million dollars in today’s economy.

“Our whole school community has given a total of 10,546 hours of service to our broader community,” announced Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service. “According to the Independent Sector, the value of an hour of volunteering is $22.14. In other words, your service has contributed $233,488 to our local, national and international communities.”

Measured in dollars and cents, the value of students’ efforts is impressive. But more worthy of recognition, said Kinnear, is the example being set by students to voluntarily lead as people of compassion, integrity and faith, especially in a society that too often focuses on “the negativity, the hatred and the violence” that can dominate our worldview.

“I see many of you, our CJ students, choosing to live lives of service and faith. Whether you realize it or not, you are living out our school’s mission,” Kinnear told those in attendance. “We are here today to honor your choice to turn the negativity around.”

Special guest Linda Corey Simpson, a specialist from Hospice of Dayton, joined in the celebration by personally recognizing seven students who combined to give 258 hours of service to the Wilmington Avenue end-of-life care center in 2012.

“[Our organization] couldn’t survive without the dedication and determination of our volunteers,” Simpson said. The contribution by CJ students represented 32 percent of all volunteers hours recorded at Hospice last year, she said.

Among other guests were 25 youngsters from Ruskin Elementary and Immaculate Conception, who participated in the Little Sibs Program with CJ juniors and seniors this school year. Every Thursday, the “big siblings” from CJ visited their “littles” for the afternoon.

“The positive relationships that are formed are often life-changing – for both the Littles and their Big Sibs,” said Marilyn McCrate, assistant director of ministry and service. The program is in its 17th year at CJ.

Individuals recognized for their servant leadership included:

  • Seniors Danielle Gerhard-Scott, Nikki Northern and Taylor Zidaroff who received the Red Cord Honor Certificate of Achievement from the Community Blood Center for donating blood at least three times during their high school careers at the annual CJ Blood Drive.
  • Seniors Cole Retzloff and Maya Manson who each accumulated a school record of more than 800 volunteer hours during their four years at CJ.
  • Senior Mikaela Hadaway, a recipient of the 2013 Dayton LaSertoma Youth Service Award. More details >
  • Junior Kaitlin Blanchard, recipient of the Sr. Ruth Ann Bange Service Award. This award annually goes to the junior who exhibits the commitment and spirit of Sr. Ruth Ann, a Sister of Notre Dame who served on the faculty at CJ for 26 years.
  • Sophomore LiNan McSherry, recipient of the George Early Scholarship. This award annually goes to the sophomore who has distinguished himself or herself as a servant leader. The scholarship is named in honor of Geroge Early, who devoted 50 years of his life to the students, teachers, parents, and alumni of Chaminade and CJ as a teacher.
  • Thirty-nine students who received the CJ Bronze Award for completing 25 to 49 volunteer hours in the past year.
  • Fifty-five students who received the CJ Silver Service Award for completing 50 to 99 volunteer hours in the past year.
  • Twenty-six students who recieved the CJ Gold Service Award for completing 100 or more volunteer hours in the past year.
  • And all 13 participants who took part in the Senior Capstone Project, a cross-curricular pilot between the English and religion departments.