Six students in the Class of 2019 signed their letter of intent to continue playing the sport they love or protecting our country as part of the CJ Signing Day.
Shane Cokes, Logan Jennings, Hunter Johns, Brendan Kadel, Abby Rau, and Nick Wissman all made their commitments on Tuesday, April 2.
Read more about what’s next for each student:
Shane Cokes (football, Dartmouth College)
“I feel like the world class education Dartmouth will provide me is something I couldn't pass up. Football wise, it felt like great fit and was like home. I want to bring my hard work ethic and resilience to my future adventures. I feel like those two qualities will help me greatly in the future.
“CJ has taught me a lot in my four years here. It has taught me how to interact with many different people, how to handle uncomfortable situations, how to always strive to be great at what I do, and to always believe in myself.”
Logan Jennings (soccer, University of Mount Union)
“I chose Mount Union because they came to watch me at a college showcase and they noticed my talent on the field. They remained in contact with me for over a year and that commitment really drew me to that school. I hope to bring the sense of community that I have felt over these past four years with me. The passion that I felt here at CJ is really unmatched.
“I would like the thank the CJ community for pushing us to make it to this point in our career. It really means a lot to all of us to have such a supportive community with us through this process.”
Hunter Johns (wrestling, United States Naval Academy)
“I chose the Naval Academy for a few reasons. The first being the opportunity to go to the Academy on a full scholarship without having to worry about students loans and debts. The second reason is that I'll get the chance to serve in the military upon graduation, which is something my brothers are doing now and something that runs in the family. Finally, I really love the campus and the wrestling program and room. It just seems like a perfect fit for me.
“I hope to bring my intelligence from CJ with me to the Academy. But on a more serious note, I hope to bring my sense of belonging and community with me. CJ has felt like such a home and a place where I belong these past for years and I hope that the Naval Academy has that sense of community and belonging.
“CJ has been an incredible home these last 4 years. CJ has helped me grow into the person I am today. The teachers and students are one of a kind who wishes nothing but the best for me. I am truly so very grateful for the opportunity to spend my high school career at the best school in the world. I will always be an Eagle!”
CJ wrestling head coach, Joel Sanchez, added, “I am excited for Hunter and his family. Moments like these are what makes coaching great. It was a tremendous honor to coach a young man like Hunter. He demonstrated incredible leadership this season as the captain of the wrestling team. He is a well-rounded young man and I have no doubt Hunter will have success at the next level.”
Brendan Kadel (ROTC, University of Dayton)
“I chose the University of Dayton ROTC because many of my family members have attended the University of Dayton, including my grandpa who also did UD ROTC. From CJ I have learned to work well with people which is a skill I hope to carry with me throughout my future careers.
“I was very fortunate to attend Chaminade Julienne. Throughout my time here I have learned many lessons that I will carry with me the for the rest of my life.”
Abby Rau (lacrosse, Transylvania University)
“I chose Transylvania University because it was a similar embracing atmosphere as CJ but in a larger community. The lacrosse team, coaches and students have been very welcoming and genuinely excited for me to become a pioneer. I hope to bring a positive attitude, a strong sense of leadership and be a motivated student-athlete in my time at Transylvania University.
"CJ has taught me to be the best student, person of faith and athlete I can truly be. I am grateful that CJ has set me up for a successful future."
CJ women’s lacrosse head coach, Danielle Cash, added, “Abby has always been determined and driven. She’s also been tough — tough, on herself and especially her opponents. I have been proud to be Abby’s lacrosse coach.”
Nick Wissman (baseball, University of Dayton)
“UD is a really good academic school, has a great baseball coaching staff and team, and is close to home. I hope to continue to develop as a person as I move on from CJ. These past four years I have grown as a better person because of the schooling system I have been a part of.
“My four years at CJ have been the best of my life. I have been able to create new relationships, play with my brother for a couple years as well as making a state run with him, and win a state championship with a group of guys I consider to be family. It will be hard to move on from such a great place but knowing I spent my time here enjoying it makes it a little easier.”
CJ baseball head coach, Mike Barhorst ‘85, added, “It made me so happy knowing Nick was going to have the opportunity to compete at the next level, especially at the Division I level. Nick has worked very hard and earned everything he’s accomplished. He’s been an invaluable asset to our program since he arrived. I’m very excited to see him perform at the next level.”
Posted April 4, 2019