Symposium Showcases Senior Capstone

Members of the Class of 2014 presented their final Capstone projects April 30 at the Sister Stang Symposium, named in honor of Dayton native and martyr Sr. Dorothy Stang.

"The Senior Capstone is not just a graduation requirement or something to put on a resume. It is, at its core, about building the Kingdom of God," religion teacher Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI, told the audience in her keynote address.

Following her address, parents, students, faculty and staff, and community members moved from the auditorium to one of 14 break-out sessions to hear presentations. Approximately 40 different projects covered topics from sanctity of life and homelessness to self-image, fair trade, environmentalism, poverty and more.

The Senior Capstone -- in its first full year of implementation -- is a unique cross-curricular, inquiry-based project that challenges students to be servant leaders and apply the lessons of Catholic Social Teaching. The project is supported by the school's $20 million capital campaign, known as LIFT -- Leading in Faith Today.

English teacher Molly Bardine serves as Senior Capstone Coordinator. In part for her work to implement a pilot version of the project at CJ last year, Bardine was named a recipient of the 2013 Sr. Dorothy Stang Award. The award honors those within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati working to advance social justice by demonstrating the values of Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, a 1949 graduate of Julienne High School -- a CJ predecessor school.