Eagle Excellence 2015-2016 Archive

Alumni Make Waves in NCAA Rowing Competitions

Members of the Dayton Boat Club and CJ alumni recently coached or participated in NCAA Championships:

  • Annie Haley '09 coached Wesleyan University (CT) to a third place finish at the NCAA Championships (DIII); 
  • Maggie Switzer '12 finished seventh at the same NCAA Championships in the DII competition; and, 
  • Margaret Geraghty '15 was a member of the 24th-ranked Louisville rowing team.

CJ Named Safe Sports School

Chaminade Julienne was recently named a recipient of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Safe Sport School Award.  CJ was one of 40 Premier Health partnership schools to receive this honor.

Alumni Named Recipients of Cardinal Bernardin Community Service Award

Jerry Woeste '83 and CJ President Dan Meixner '84 were recently named recipients of the 2016 Cardinal Bernardin Community Service Award. They join eight others this year being recognized for their time and service to their churches. All recipients will be honored at a banquet on Sunday, June 12 with Bro. Ray Fitz serving as the keynote speaker.

Sophomore, Junior Attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp

Last month, Caroline Delaney '18 and Katelyn Parker '17 were selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp at Camp Kern. Delaney and Parker were two of seven students chosen from local high schools to serve as delegates from District 6670 at the camp.

Juniors Named National Merit High Scorers

Seven juniors were recently named high scorers on the PSAT through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Congratulations to: 

  • Christian Hemseth
  • Noah Meyer
  • Marcie Meyers
  • Noah Mussin Phillips
  • Elizabeth Ruetschle
  • Cole Wagner
  • Michael Zopff

The students will receive recognition the fall of 2016.

Students to be Recognized at 2016 Violence Prevention Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the Montgomery County Violence Prevention Project. They will be honored at a ceremony in May and at that time, will find out where they placed in the individual categories:

  • Selena Aungst
  • Olivia Boch
  • Ian Carmody
  • Adam Cyphers
  • Elizabeth Ernst
  • Samantha Evans
  • Katherine Kohnen
  • Andi Miller
  • Brianna Moore
  • Macleary Moran
  • Holly Siefert
  • Timothy Sprowl

Freshman Named Paul Laurence Dunbar Winner

Maria Scaccia '19 won the Paul Laurence Dunbar Poetry Contest, high school division, sponsored by SInclair Community College.  She received a cash prize as her award. Congratulations!

Two JCOWA Teams Place in Top 10 at Geo Quiz Bowl

Out of 36 teams, two from CJ placed in the top 10 at the JCOWA Geo Quiz Bowl on Monday, April 19.  
The team of Anneliese Fisher and Gabrielle Cambron placed 8th overall and the team of Jacob Troutwine, Kayte Jackson and Caroline Weiler tied for 10th place.
Congratulations to all who participated!

German Teacher to Work on Summer Study Abroad

Katie Harding will be in Germany for three weeks this summer after being selected to help with a student study abroad program. Ms. Harding applied for the opportunity through the American Association of Teachers of German and was chosen from several candidates for the opportunity. While the trip she will be on will not include any CJ students, she hopes to bring this opportunity to CJ students in the summer of 2017.

Eagles Win Two Races at Tipp Invitational

On Saturday, April 2, the Eagles didn't let high winds stop them from soaring at the Tipp Invitational Meet.
"It was probably the worst weather conditions I've coached in," said Head Coach Jerry Puckett. "It was very cold with high winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour. Despite this, we still competed very well."
Highlights from the meet included:

  • Micaela Colbert, Danielle Lewis, Camille Stevens and Lauren Pegues winning the 4x1 (52.03)
  • Ariel Caffee, Camille Stevens, Danielle Lewis and Lauren Pegues winning the 4x2 (1:50.02)
  • Pegues placing third in the 100
  • Caffee placing second in the 400 and third in the 200
  • Lewis placing fourth in the high jump
  • Maura Peck placing fifth in the 3200 and sixth in the 1600
  • The men's 4x8 placing third
  • Derson Pratt placing fifth in the shot put

Judi MacLeod Named Teacher of the Month

Judi MacLeod (known as Mrs. J by her students) was named the River Valley Credit Union Teacher of the Month. Living Dayton came to Mrs. J's class to share the good news. You can watch the surprise announcement here

Sophomore Finishes 2nd In Drug-Free Coalition Contest

Natalie Davis '18 was the runner-up in the Montgomery County Drug-Free Coalition Poetry/Poster Contest. At a recent awards ceremony, she received a certificate and cash prize.
Congratulations, Natalie!

CJ Recognized As CBC Red Cord Honor School 

The Community Blood Center recently recognized CJ as a CBC Red Cord Honor School for 2015-2016. The award was accepted by members of Student Council, which was the sponsor group for the blood drive on Friday, February 26. 
Photo Courtesy: Community Blood Center

Mock Trial Member Named "Outstanding Witness" In Regionals

The CJ Mock Trial "Green" team  participated in the Regional competition on Friday, February 19. The teams did really well but did not advance to the state competition. Spencer Mullins '17 was named an "Outstanding Witness" in the regional competition. 
"Overall, anytime you get into a Regional Competition the teams are well prepared," said Mock Trial Moderator Tony Ricciuto '74.  "We faced teams from Springfield to Cincinnati.  This is the second year that a CJ team has advanced to the Regionals.  They are beginning to understand the work and commitment it takes to advance.  Several teams we faced do Mock Trial as part of their government class, an option we do not have, but our students  do a tremendous job of giving up their personal time.  We are very thankful for the Legal advisors, Chris Herman, Chris Hollon and Kathryn Huffman."

Dayton Dynamo Players Have Ties to CJ

The Dayton Dynamo has named three players so far to their 2016 roster, and two of those players have ties to CJ.
The first player named to the team, Christian Myton, is a 2009 graduate of CJ. After graduation, Myton played soccer at the University of Cincinnati.
CJ men's soccer head coach Alex VanderSluijs was the third player named to the Dayton Dynamo roster.
The Dayton Dynamo will call Roger Glass Stadium, Home of the Eagles, their home beginning in their 2017 season.

Senior Featured in News Report

Davida Okyere-Fosu '16 was recently featured in a news report about the Dayton Foundation's ScholarshipCONNECT program. You can watch the report here

Indoor Track Team Heats Up At Cedarville Meet

Coach Jerry Puckett said both men and women indoor track members had "season best" times and finishes at the Cedarville Meet on Saturday, February 6.
On the men's team, Christian Wortham placed 3rd in the triple jump.
On the women's team, Olivia Brown won the shot put with a new personal record of 36'7". She also placed 2nd in the weight throw breaking her own school record with a throw of 39'10". Ariel Caffe placed 5th in the 400 meter dash, Lauren Pegues placed 4th in the 55 meter dash, and Danni Lewis placed 6th in the 55. Additionally, the girls 4x200 relay team placed 3rd with a time of 1:53.
"As a team they have gotten better every week," Puckett added.

Mock Trial Team Advances to Regionals

Congratulations to the Mock Trial "Green" Team for advancing to the regional competition! CJ sent four teams to the district competition on Friday, January 29 and both sides of the Green team (prosecution and defense) won their respective court cases. The Green team consisted of Andrew Holmes, Michaela Linehan, Marcie Meyers, Spencer Mullins, Mikayla Nash, LaStacia Patterson, Bella Peters and Lizzie Ruetschle. The regional competition will take place on Friday, February 19.

Several students also won awards during the district competition including Best Attorneys (Andrew Holmes, Will Huffman, Jake Jagels and LaStacia Patterson) and Best Witnesses (Kat Dranchack and Lizzie Ruetschle).

Alumnus Featured on College Website

Austin Piatt '13 was chosen as the "feature story" on the website for his college, Washington and Lee University. You can read the article here.

Alumni Receive Athletic Recognition

John Staley '12 and Grace Kauth '13 recently received athletic shot-outs for their collegiate accomplishments.
Staley was highlighted in a Dayton Daily News article for starting every game this season for the University of Findlay, averaging 10.5 points and 4.9 rebounds a game. According to the article, Staley has made 67 of 91 field-goal attempts (73.6%). You can read more of the article here
Kauth was named a Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Season for the fall. Along with being a key member of the women's volleyball team, Kauth is a four-time Cleveland State Dean’s List Honoree and two-time Cleveland State Athletic Academic Honoree with a GPA of 3.88. You can read more about Kauth's accomplishments here.

Indoor Track & Field Members Place in First Meet

More than 50 teams from around Ohio, including CJ, participated in Ohio Northern University's indoor track meet on Saturday, January 9. This was the first meet of the Eagles' indoor track season.
Highlights from the meet included:

  • Christian Wortham earned 1st place in the triple jump - 38' 11 1/2" and 2nd place in the long jump - 19'10"
  • Olivia Brown earned 7th place in the shot  - 33' 2" and 4th place in the weight throw - 35' 11"
  • The women's 4x200 relay was 5th overall with a time of 1:58.01 (Dannie Lewis, Camille Stevenson, Alexis Robinson, and Lauren Pegues.)

Coach Puckett added that this meet was the first-ever for many Eagles and they all did well. Congratulations!

Finalists Chosen for 2016 Poetry Out Loud Competition

On Thursday, January 7, 36 students competed in the CJ Poetry Out Loud competition. 12 finalists were chosen to recite two poems during final round on Thursday, January 28, at 7 p.m. in the CJ auditorium. The finalists are:

  • Rachel Boll 
  • Caroline Delaney
  • Thomas Ellison
  • Daniel Feldman
  • Tabitha Jordan-Nickles
  • Will Marshall
  • JaiShawn Norman
  • Bella Peters
  • Noah Mussin Phillips
  • Emily Thie
  • Jacob Troutwine
  • Peyton Wade

Congratulations to our finalists!

2 Softball Players Selected For Queen of Diamonds Showcase

Caroline Nevius '17 and Natalie Northern '18 were selected to play in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North at Kent State University on January 9 and 10, 2016. The event attracts athletes from more than 20 states and two Canadian Provinces. Students apply to attend this event and players are selected based upon several qualifications including ability, academics, and referrals. Nevius plays short stop and Northern is a pitcher for the CJ varsity team. Congratulations!

2015-2016 CJ Writing Contest Results

Congratulations to the following students for their placement in the 2015-2016 CJ Writing Contest: 

Flash Fiction, Freshmen/Sophomores

1. Sarah Hartley
2. Helen Sparrow
3. Grace Jackson
HM: Paul Wittman

Short Story, Freshmen/Sophomores

1. Olivia Boch
2. Nikki Gabriel
3. Katie Kohnen
HM: Maddie Strickland
HM: Regan Monigan
HM: Maria Scaccia

Short Story, Juniors/Seniors

1. Jacob Troutwine
2. Hannah Schwager
3. Connor Jordan
HM: Taylor Burrows

Essay, Freshmen/Sophomores

1. Rachel Boll
2. Avery Meyer
3. Anna Kutter/Gabe Campion
HM: Brooke House
HM: Matthew Reuter

Essay, Juniors/Seniors

1. Alex Jennison
2. Cole Mason
3. Austin Fuchs
HM: Taylor Bridget
HM: Matt Weckesser

Poetry, Freshmen/Sophomores

1. Selena Aungst
2. Lizzy Ernst
3. Maddie Strickland
HM: Rachel Boll
HM: Jeff LaBianco
HM: Isabella Lauber

Poetry, Juniors/Seniors

1. Claire Vaughn
2. Maria Rains
3. Jack Laden/Katie Grismer
HM: Daniel Feldman
HM: Tabitha Jordan-Nichols
HM: Dominic Petry
HM: Hannah Schwager
HM: Amari Smith
HM: Gabby Turner

Alumni Basketball Game Featured on Local News

The men's basketball alumni versus varsity game has been a long standing tradition. On Saturday, December 26, the tradition continued and James Rider with FOX45/ABC22 news captured the fun. You can watch the story here

Teachers Invited to Attend University of Notre Dame Seminar

CJ teachers Lisa Colbert, Matthew Fuhs, and Caty Maga were invited to attend the Science and Religion Seminar at the University of Notre Dame in the summer of 2016. The seminar is held at the university's Institute of Church Life. 

Alumnus Interviewed on CNN

John Scaccia '14, who is a student at NYU Abu Dhabi, was part of a panel featured on CNN recently. The panel was asked their opinions on the Republican Presidential Debate held on Tuesday, December 15. You can watch the interview here. Scaccia's first question is asked at the 2:50 mark in the video.

Junior Selected to Play Lacrosse with American International Sports Teams

Olivia Livingston '17 was invited to play lacrosse with the American International Sports Teams (AIST) USA Select U19 Lacrosse Team. During the summer of 2016, Livingston will travel throughout the United Kingdom competing in lacrosse games. You can learn more about the organization here

Busted Box Groups Place 1st, 4th in Competition

Congratulations to the Busted Box Improv troupe! On Friday, November 20, the group split into two teams for the 2015 Improv Competition at Alter High School. Of the eight teams competing, CJ took home first and fourth place.

Mission Improvable (1st) 
Adam Cyphers
Caroline Delaney
Caitlin Erbacher
Brennan Harlow
Chris Slaton
Karsten Von Fahnestock

My Mom Thinks We're Funny (4th)
Tabitha Jordan-Nichols
NyJia Lott
Jacob Troutwine
Colleen Wagoner
Paul Wittmann

Freshman Qualifies For Regional Irish Dance Championship

Peyton Wade '19 will be competing in the Irish Dance Teachers Association of Mid-America regional championship, called Oireachtas, in Minneapolis over Thanksgiving break. Wade has been involved in Irish dancing for 10 years.

"At the competition, we have to perform a graceful dance called the slip jig in a shoe that is a lot like a ballet slipper," Wade said. "This dance has a lot of jumps. I also have to dance a dance called the treble jig. This dance is in a shoe like a tap shoe except it has a fiberglass tip. Then if you make it into the top half, you have to perform a dance in the same fiberglass shoes, called your set. My set dance is called Vanishing Lake."

At this competition, Wade could qualify for the World Championships in Scotland. Good luck!

Eagles Place In Poetry Contest

Four Eagles earned honors in the 2015 Dayton Metro Library Poetry Contest. 

Maddie Strickland '19 was awarded first place for her poem, "Joy." Jack Laden '16 placed second with his poem, "Whirld Wicked." Katie Coyle '19 and Makayla Nash '17 were awarded honorable mentions for their poems "Media vs. Women" and "How I Came to B," respectively.


Alumna Honored With "I Contribute Award"

Kaorin Marshall '12, who now attends Ohio University, was recently honored with the "I Contribute Award" for bringing awareness to the college campus about human trafficking. The award was sponsored by The Ohio Department of Public Safety. You can read more about Marshall's accomplishment here.

Seniors Named H.S. Heisman School Winners

Allison Huffman '16 and Will Huffman '16 were selected as the school winners of Wendy's High School Heisman award. They will each receive a Wendy's High School Heisman letterman patch in early 2016. Additionally, Will and Allison will learn on Monday, Nov. 2 if they have been selected as State Finalists. Congratulations!

Women's Volleyball, and Men's and Women's Soccer Advance In Tournament Play

Congratulations to the members of women's volleyball, men's soccer and women's soccer as each team advanced in tournament play this past week.
Women's volleyball defeated Meadowdale on Saturday, Oct. 17. They face Graham on Thursday, Oct. 22.
Women's soccer defeated Eaton on Monday, Oct. 20. They face Alter on Thursday, Oct. 22
Men's soccer defeated Valley View on Tuesday, Oct. 21. They face Tippecanoe on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Great job, Eagles!

Junior Creates Chrome Application 

Marc Guieslin '17 has created a computer screen shader available for Google Chrome users. To date, there have been more than 6,000 downloads and the application has a 4.5 star rating. 
Guieslin said the application helps reduce eye-strain and matches the screen shade to your timezone. You can download the free application here.

Freshman Selected as "One Word" Winner

Omar Brown '19 was selected as a winner of a contest through the Engineering Education Service Center. Students from around the nation were asked to send in one word to describe a robot and a winner was chosen at random. Brown chose the word, "alive." He won the book Robot Makers: An Essential Guide to Choosing a Career in Robotics by Celeste Baine.

Women's Tennis Succeeding in Sectionals, Looking Ahead to Districts and State

Six women's tennis players qualified for the semi-finals and will compete for district seeding on Saturday, October 3.

  • Singles: Kelly Pleiman '17 and Olivia Boch '18
  • Doubles: Brianna Douglas '17/Alexis Robinson '17 and Amanda Draeger '16/Kat Dranchak '16

Coach Jim Brooks said, "As a whole team, we are still alive in the state team tournament.  We are in the quarterfinals and will play Indian Hill on Monday, October 5 at 4 p.m. for the right to go to Columbus and play in the semi-finals."
If the weather is unfavorable on Monday, the match will be played on Tuesday, October 6.
Good luck, Eagles!

Post-Regular Season Honors For Women's Golf

The GCLC announced the following All-Conference awards in women's golf:

  • Athlete of the Year: Ellie Cronin '16
  • First Team: Ellie Cronin '16, Aryana Sutton '18, Colleen Wagoner '16, Lizzi Yeazel '16
  • Second Team: Sara Sue Bowman '17

The women's team was also named the GCLC women's golf champions. Congratulations, Eagles! 

Fall Play Featuring Student Composer's Music 

The music of Christian Hemsath '17 will be featured during the fall play, After Juliet. Hemsath's music will be performed during the transition of scenes.
Hemsath said, "I have been writing music since I was 5, but really started to compose music when I turned 12. I wanted a chance to bring my music to the world. I am most excited about hearing it performed and am eager to hear people's response to it."

Senior Named National Merit Semi-Finalist

Will Huffman '16 was one of 16,000 students in the nation to be named a National Merit Semi-Finalist. According to the National Merit website, "these academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring."

Congratulations, Will!

CJ Alumna Scores Winning Goal at Wittenberg's Home Opener

Congratulations to Emma Hawthorn '14 for leading the Wittenberg Tigers to a 1-0 victory over the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Panthers on Friday, Sept. 4. The goal came in overtime at 98:03. 

Hawthorn signed with the Tigers in April of 2014. Wittenberg is 2-1 so far this season.

Eagle Women's Golf Remains Perfect

The women's golf team is now 18-0 after a win against Troy on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Ellie Cronin '16, Colleen Wagoner '16, and Sara Bowman '17 were the top finishers for the Eagles.

Women's Tennis Team Wins at Pickerington Invitational 

Congratulations to the women's tennis team who on Saturday won at the Pickerington Invitational Doubles Tournament against strong state-wide competition.  Kelly Pleiman '17 and Brianna Douglas '17 took first in Flight A, Amanda Draeger '16 and Alexis Robinson '17 took fifth in Flight B, Olivia Boch '18 and Lydia Bice '18 took first in Flight C, and Kat Dranchak '16 and Olivia Hoff '17 took second in Flight D.

Great job, Eagles!

Eagles Football Preview

The Eagles Football team takes the field on Thursday, August 27 for the first official game of the season. WDTN and WHIO featured the Eagles ahead of the first matchup against Troy (click the call letters to view the story.) Go Eagles!

Wright Scholars Reflect on Summer Internship

During the summer, seven CJ students participated in the Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program, an elite internship that allows students to work hand-in-hand with current scientists and engineers in the Air Force Research Laboratory.

"I loved being a Wright Scholar," Allison Huffman '16 reflected. "Our project was to be able to make a cell that glows when two specific chemicals are present using riboswitches. I learned a lot in the lab and it has made me want to major in biomedical engineering."

"My experience as a Wright Scholar introduced me to interesting career fields that I will consider studying in the future," agreed William Huffman '16. "I learned a lot from professionals in different scientific fields."

Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM Coordinator, will have more information about the 2016 Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program and the application process later this school year.

Women's Golf Senior Makes the Record Books

Ellie Cronin '16 had a school record score on Monday, Aug. 10 during the GCL CoEd League golf tournament. Cronin shot a 72, even par, and the Eagles took first place in the tournament. The women's golf team is 9-0 so far this season.


Principal Marshall Invited to Notre Dame Administrators: Networking for Mission Meeting

Principal John Marshall '86 was invited to share his experiences from CJ at the Notre Dame Administrators: Networking for Mission Meeting in Ipswich, Massachusetts the first week of August. A select group of Notre Dame administrators was asked to attend this meeting. At the conference, Marshall will learn, network, and share ideas with other Notre Dame school administrators. You can learn more about where the meeting is taking place here.

Alumna Takes Home Gold in Pan Am Games

Molly Bruggeman '10 won the gold medal in the women's coxless pairs event at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Bruggeman and her partner won with a time of 7:20:98, which was 12 seconds ahead of second place Chile.

Congratulations, Molly!