#becauseofCJ: Reflection from Anthony '15

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 Anthony’s story below, and consider making your gift today.

Dear CJ Community,

The faith, compassion, and education that I received during my time with you all will continue to carry me through every trial and tribulation I face. After high school, I continued my education with confidence, and filled out every application with certainty, because of the preparation I received at CJ and the resources allocated to students through the CJ Annual Fund.

I look back at my high school academic journey and feel thankful for the teachers who took the time to challenge and mentor me. The teachers who encouraged me to be myself and welcomed me into their classroom with a smile and positive attitude each day. Mr. Colvin, Mr. Grim, Ms. Hanley, Mrs. Bardine and Mr. Mominee were all integral parts of my academic success. Mr. Marshall served as more than a principal, exemplified by his involvement with students and making sure they had whatever they needed to succeed. Mrs. Saunders, Mrs. Badinghaus, and all of the guidance and academic office went beyond the classroom to help students in incomparable ways.

At the age of 22, I find myself looking back to conversations I had with my teachers and guidance counselor. A lot of those life lessons still help me navigate through my experiences today. As a 15-year-old sophomore, I used to wish to be older. I couldn’t wait to “grow up” and go to college. Now that I’ve received my bachelor’s degree from Ball State, I am thankful that I was able to spend my young adult years learning and maturing at Chaminade Julienne. The only thing that I would have done differently would have been to take a little more time to enjoy each moment.

Another very important aspect of my time at CJ is the way in which my faith was strengthened. I learned more about God and His love during my time in high school than I had in all the years prior. Religion and spirituality were broken down into classes and coursework that was understandable, encouraging, and interesting. God’s love was present through the faculty and staff, and CJ was truly a gem for students like me. Regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, the CJ community treated all students with the same compassion and interest. Growing up, I was always told that you meet your best friends in college, and while I met a few, I am certain that the friends I made at Chaminade Julienne will continue to be around for years to come.

The investments that donors make to the CJ community change lives. It’s rare that teachers and faculty are able to grasp everything that students are up against when they walk out those school doors every day, but CJ understands. They are creating the next generation of leaders and believers, and I am forever blessed to be a part of this legacy.

Thank you for setting me up for success, and for helping me learn that through God, I can do all things!

With love and warm regards,

Anthony Walton, Class of 2015

Posted August 27, 2019