Eagle Excellence

CJ Gives Back with Unity in the Community Campaign 

During the CJ vs. Carroll men's basketball game on Sunday, February 11, members from the Community Blood Center and Universal 1 Credit Union joined students from both schools to present a $1,000 award to Bridgid's Path. The award was in thanks to the CBC and Universal 1's Unity in the Community campaign.

CJ and Carroll both became part of the campaign last school year, when each school held their annual blood drives. The schools were asked to designate their favorite charity as part of the campaign and Bridgid's Path was chosen.

Bridgid's Path helps infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure.

Performing Arts Students Receive High Marks at OMEA Event

Dozens of students in CJ performing arts participated in the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event at Stebbins High School on Saturday, Feb. 3. Most students received a superior or excellent rating: 

I (Superior Rating)

  • Elizabeth Kaibas - vocal solo
  • Kathryn Schinaman - vocal solo
  • Kaitlin Stewart - vocal solo
  • Jacob Ely - vocal solo
  • Sarah Benson - vocal solo
  • Taylor Mims - vocal solo
  • Chloe Proffitt - vocal solo
  • Nicholas Amstutz - vocal solo
  • Ashley Gerhard - vocal solo
  • Anna Mussin Phillips - flute solo
  • Natalie Mussin Phillips - snare drum solo
  • Saxophone Quartet - William  Marshall, Kat Bishop, Nick Simpson, Logan Brodnick
  • Lily Davis - cello solo
  • Elizabeth Blackshire - trumpet solo

II (Excellent Rating)

  • CJ Mixed Vocal Ensemble - Jordyn Varise, Danielle Walusis, Mac Weatherspoon, Brennan Harlow, Brian Niebrugge, Shamari DeVance-Dyer, Nikki Gabriel. Hkawn Myat Labya. Tony Sabbagh, Logan Widmor
  • Grace Jackson - vocal solo
  • Anthony Sabbagh - vocal solo
  • Grace Delaney -vocal solo
  • Selena Aungst - vocal solo
  • Maria Osnaya - vocal solo
  • Brennan Harlow - vocal solo
  • Lily Davis - trumpet solo

Eagles Named Scholastic Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students for being named Scholastic Writing Award Winners: 

  • Josie Forstoff
  • McKenzie Reid
  • Anna Kutter
  • Bea Hawthorn
  • Libby Blackshire
  • Matt Reuter
  • Maria Scaccia
  • Katie Kohen
  • Claire Leingang
  • James Blackshire
  • Not pictured: Helen Sparrow

Learn more about the Scholastic Awards here.

CJ Indoor Tracks Debuts in 2018

The indoor track team made their debut at the Bowling Green meet on Saturday, Jan. 20.

"Our 4x200 relays did great — the girls were 1st in 1:50.9 (Potts-Julia Dilareto-Grant-Heywood)," shared head coach Jerry Puckett. The boys were 2nd in 1:34.4 (Stevenson-Hatcher-Peters-Grant). Meyah Haywood made finals in the 60 meter dash. Jazmyne Potts placed 3rd in the 60 hurdles. Marcus Gilespie was 2nd in 60 hurdles and was 3rd in the high jump. 

Congratulations to all participants!

Swimming Teams Break Records

Five CJ swimming records were broken at the Coaches Classic Invitational from January 13-14. 

  • Jorge Zelina: 100 Backstroke (0:54.74)
  • Jorge Zelina: 200 Backstroke (2:04.11)
  • Logan Brown: 400 Individual Medley (4:42.97)
  • Lily Davis: 200 Butterfly (2:27.94)
  • Mackenzie Reid, Brianna Gracey, Lily Davis, Macleary Moran: 400 Medley Relay (4:24.79)

Additionally, two swimmers advanced to finals each night of the competition. 

  • Macleary Moran – placed 3rd in 200 free, 9th in 500 free, 8th in 100 free
  • Jorge Zelina – placed 9th in 50 free and 12th in 100 back, 11th in 100 free.

2,500 swimmers participated in this meet, making this Invitational one of the largest in the country.

Band Ensembles Support the Salvation Army

In December, CJ’s Brass Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet played Christmas music at the Kroger in Austin Landing. The groups received donations for the Salvation Army while they performed. Each ensemble played for an hour each. 

“The students were a little cold, but their hearts were warm,” CJ band director Luke Grieshop said.


Two Freshmen to be Honored for Writing Contest

Mikayla Jette '21 will be recognized with an Award of Distinction in the Dottie Yeck Good Life Awards. Her essay, Service to Students, came in 5th place out of 675 entries from 25 schools across the Dayton area. Antonio Rodriguez '21 received an honorable mention. Both students will be honored at the Dottie Yeck Good Life Award celebration on Thursday, November 30. Congratulations!

CJ's Heisman Winner Announced

Congratulations to Jasmine Hughes '18 on being selected as CJ's representative for the Wendy's High School Heisman award. Hughes is a member of the Eagles soccer and swimming teams, and plays club soccer in the spring. Learn more about the High School Heisman competition here.

Alumna To Receive Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award

Dr. Emily Laubacher Heckman '97 will receive an award from the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton at their annual Dayton Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Awards ceremony on October 10. Heckman is a Senior Electronics Research Engineer at the WPAFB AFRL and was a CJ STEMM Idol speaker in 2016.

Girls' Golf Team Named GCL Champs

Congratulations to the women's golf team for being named GCL Champions on Monday, Sept. 18. Players Aryana Sutton and Blake Wogoman were named to the 1st team All-League and Coach Todd Shuttleworth was named Coach of the Year.

Additionally, the men's golf team placed fourth overall in the recent GCL golf tournament held at Walden Ponds Golf Club. Congratulations to Patrick Boudinot, Andrew Detmer, TJ Lehner, Joe Rains and Will Slaybaugh!

Senior Named DDN Athlete of the Week

Women's cross country member Madie Denman '18 was named the Dayton Daily News' Athlete of the Week on Thursday, Sept. 14. More about her recognition can be found here.

Graduate Rower Makes US Rowing World Championship Roster

Congratulations to Molly Bruggeman '10 who was selected to the US Rowing World Championship Roster. Bruggeman was chosen for the women's four. More about her selection can be found here.

Alumnus Named Fulbright Scholar

Will Huffman '16, who now attends the University of Notre Dame, was named a Fulbright Scholar earlier this year. Over the summer, Huffman attended the Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute on Technology, Innovation and Creativity program. During the three week program, Huffman learned more about Scotland's culture, history, and how innovators in that country are taking on technological advances. More about the program can be found here.

Women's & Men's Golf Teams Have Strong Starts

The men's varsity golf team (Liam Beach '19, Patrick Boudinot '18, Andrew Detmer '19, TJ Lehner '20, Joe Rains '18, and Will Slaybaugh '18) for winning the Ridge Classic at Kittyhawk golf course on Friday, August 11. Detmer, Boudinot, and Lehner all finished individually in the top 10 with scores of 78, 82 and 84 respectfully.  

Additionally, the women's golf team won the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational on Thursday, August 10. Blake Wogoman '18 was the overall medalist.  Congratulations to both teams!

Student Rowers Place First in Michigan Race

The Dayton Boat Club’s Women’s High School Eight placed first among six teams from Illinois, Ohio and Michigan at the Michigan Club Invitational regatta. CJ rowers included Kyla Boehringer '19, Brianna Gracey '18, Elena Muir '19, Aubrey Trimbach '20, Ella Waldspurger '20 and coxswain Aidah Shuttleworth '21. Some of those members also participated in the Mixed High School Eight and Women’s High School Four races placing second and third respectively.

Men's Golf Places Fourth in GCL Tournament 

The varsity men's golf team competed in the first GCL Tournament of the season at Hamilton Elks Golf Club. The team finished in fourth place. Congratulations!

Graduate Named a Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year

Grace Kauth '13 was recently nominated as the NCAA Woman of the Year. According to the Horizon League website, "Kauth, a four-year starter for the Vikings, is one of 58 Division I conference nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, which encompasses the four pillars of Academics, Athletics, Service and Leadership." More information about the nomination can be found here.

Eagles Perform in Vandalia Youth Theatre Production

Several current students and graduates were seen in the Vandalia Youth Theatre's production of Damn Yankees July 14-16. An interview featuring a current and former student in the production can be seen here.

Graduate Selected for Google Summer Project

Matt Piekenbrock '10 was chosen by Google for their Summer of Code project. You can learn more about Piekenbrock's accomplishment and the program here.

Eagle Wins Patriot Freedom Festival Art Contest 

Congratulations to Sarah Arnett '20 for winning the 13th annual Patriot Freedom Festival Art Contest. She was recognized during the opening ceremony of the festival on the grounds of the V.A. Arnett also won a cash prize.