November 2016

CJ Receives High Marks by Niche

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School was once again recognized by Niche.com as a 2017 Best School, with the school ranking in the top 5 in the state for diversity in a private high school and in the top 15 for the best Catholic high schools in Ohio.

"I'm excited to see these rankings because it brings a holistic view of the school," said Principal John Marshall '86. "This is not just a ranking on academics and achievement scores, although it's important because it shows growth, but rather it speaks to the experience that the students have at a school including athletics, activities, and clubs."

According to the Niche website, the organization analyzes "dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college and neighborhood in the U.S."

"There are a lot of ways to measure outcomes for success," shared Director of Admissions Brett Chmiel '02. "One interesting methodology Niche uses is going directly to graduates and polling their experiences. What we found out is that we consistently get high remarks by the students."

Niche ranked CJ in the following categories in the state of Ohio:

  • #34 out of 121 in Best Private High Schools
  • #15 out of 70 in Best Catholic High Schools
  • #42 out of 121 in Private High School College Readiness
  • #3 out of 96 in Most Diverse Private High Schools
  • #46 out of 164 in Largest Private High Schools

When only focusing on the Dayton-area, CJ was ranked in the top five in the Best Private High Schools, Private High School College Readiness, Most Diverse Private High Schools and Largest Private High Schools categories.

"Every year Niche changes their methodology slightly and even creates different breakout categories," Chmiel noted. "No matter what their process is by which they define success, we continue to be consistent with high marks. It's a continued affirmation of the success of the school."

Marshall added, "If you look into the comments, overall, they are authentic, they are positive. The kids are speaking honestly and overall it's fun to be a part of an organization that is spoken positively about."

You can see CJ's complete listing on Niche.com here.

Posted November 29, 2016

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Students Share Gratitude at Scholarship Breakfast

"CJ has been a really influential part of my life and I've had a lot of opportunities that if I hadn't gone to CJ, I wouldn't of had otherwise."

Sarah Hartley '18 was one of the dozens of students who shared that sentiment with benefactors during the annual scholarship breakfast on November 18.

"I've had a lot of faith development and gotten to go on mission trips and retreats," Hartley reflected.  "With the academics and athletics too, it's really helped shaped me into the person I am."

Hartley was the recipient of the Finke Scholarship which was established five years ago in honor of graduates Herbert Finke '34 and Rhetta Galt Finke '35. The Finkes had six children who all attended Catholic schools.

"A Catholic education was so important to them," Peg Finke Hemmerle '64 noted. "When mom passed away, the six of us decided that, in honor of them, to establish a scholarship in their names."

Ron Finke '72 added, "CJ students do such great things. It's money well invested and it gives you a sense that our future is in pretty good shape."

The breakfast featured select donors and student recipients to meet in person.

"The students who attended the breakfast were just the tip of the iceberg of those who receive a scholarship," alumni relations coordinator Ann Szabo '72 said. "The students needed to understand that there is a person behind their scholarship. The breakfast was an idea, so they could both see each other."

Logan Brodnick '19 and Rachel Boll '19 were two of the several recipients of a Sr. Damien scholarship. They said they hadn't had the opportunity to meet the MacLeod family, benefactors of the scholarship through the Cardinal Foundation, prior to the breakfast.

"It's very cool," Boll reflected. "I actually didn't know what scholarship I had so when I came to the breakfast it was a surprise.

"I'm very grateful to have this scholarship," Boll continued. "I probably couldn't go to this school if I didn't have it."

Brodnick agreed, "I'm also very thankful that I'm one of the few students who got the Sr. Damien scholarship."

Sr. Damien Grismer, SNDdeN, was also in attendance at the breakfast.

"It makes me proud because this is my heart; this school is my heart," Sr. Damien said.

"She had such an impact on our children when we moved here," Barb MacLeod said in regards to why the scholarship is in Sr. Damien's name. "She just gives unconditional love and acceptance. It feels wonderful to give students the opportunity to come to this amazing high school." 

Posted November 28, 2016

Pleiman Signs to Play Tennis at UD

While a CJ tennis legacy comes to close, a new one will begin when Kelly Pleiman '17 continues playing tennis at the University of Dayton. She received a partial athletic scholarship and partial academic scholarship to the school.

Pleiman is the youngest of three sisters who all had successful tennis careers at CJ.

"It started in 2003 when her oldest sister, Christie '07, came here, took over the number one position as a freshman and played that role for four straight years," head coach Jim Brooks explained. "Her younger sister, Katie '09, was a very strong number one player her junior and senior year. Kelly was the number two player her freshman year, took over the number one position as a sophomore and has been in that position ever since."

Pleiman noted, "It's been cool to follow in my sisters' footsteps, but also make my own path."

For the third straight year, Pleiman returned to the state tournament. This season she was also named the GCL Player of the Year, All-Area Player of the Year, and named to the 1st Team All-Area and 1st Team All-State.

"This year as a senior, Kelly had the most wins of anyone in the program which is amazing at that number one position because we play a very tough schedule," Brooks added. "She faced the toughest competition day in and day out and she won all of her full matches up until the very last day of the state tournament."

Pleiman said she was excited that UD offers a wide range of studies as she is still determining what her major will be. She has an interest in both engineering and business.

"I'm going to miss the support and my friends at CJ," Pleiman said. "It's been fun and I'm excited to continue playing tennis in college."

"I'm going to miss her competitive spirit, her mental toughness and her team leadership," Brooks reflected.  "She's a very bright person and she uses that intelligence to play smart tennis. She's coachable, teachable, and she'll try what coaches suggest to be successful." 

Posted November 22, 2016

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STEMM Idol: Emily Heckman '97

“Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.”  - Mother Teresa

That message was what Emily Laubacher Heckman '97, Senior Electronics Research Engineer at Wright Patt Air Force Base's Air Force Research Laboratory conveyed to students when she spoke to them as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series on November 15.

"I wanted to stress work-life balance," Heckman explained. "I have three young kids but I still feel like I have a meaningful career.

"You can make your life what you want of it," Heckman continued. "There are twists and turns so if you're not on the right path, you have to jump ship and correct it yourself, no one is going to do that for you."

After CJ, Heckman received a BS in Physics and Math from the University of Dayton. She earned her MS in Physics from the University of Michigan in 2002 and a PhD in Electro-Optics from the University of Dayton in 2006. She explained that while she had other opportunities after graduating from CJ, she eventually chose to stay in Dayton because of her now husband, Alex '97.

"It's called the two-body problem where you try and find jobs for two people," Heckman explained. "There are not many opportunities for his line of work (history, specifically Dayton history) and I didn't want to be a part from him."

Heckman also stressed to students that while she is in the science field now, she did not have a strong passion for science in high school.

"I feel like in high school this wasn't on my radar screen," Heckman said. "I didn't participate in science fairs, I didn't take any honor science classes and I ended up in one of the hardest scientific fields - physics - and I have excelled."

Heckman specially leads a program for the Air Force in printed electronics. The lab which she oversees has more than $2 million worth of equipment in it.

"Printed electronics didn't exist when I was in school," Heckman shared. "I'm considered an expert in my field and I didn't take any classes in printed electronics.  

Heckman continued, "As scientists, we have to completely relearn our field constantly because of technology. It's evolving rapidly and the Air Force is trying to capture that."

Posted November 21, 2016

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Dia de los Muertos Altar Placed in the Chapel

Throughout the month of November, an addition was seen in the CJ Chapel. An altar, decorated with flowers, skulls, and pictures was in place in honor of Dia de los Muertos.

“That literally translates into the Day of the Dead,” explained school chaplain Fr. Bob Jones, SM. “On November 1 we celebrated All Saints Day. November 2 is the day in the church calendar where we specifically remember those who have died, especially our loved ones. We usually remember those who died over the last year although it can be anyone.”

Yasmin Espino ‘17 contributed to the altar with remembrances of her great uncle.

“My grandpa wasn't really involved in my father's life, so my great uncle, Tio Pablo, was like his father,” Espino shared. “He was a very special person to me, and we were really close. I wanted to honor him, so I brought in his favorite candy, which are the sweets in the basket.”

Jones added, “Traditionally, altars are placed in a family’s home. Families will decorate the altar with yellow and orange flowers, like marigolds, have pictures of their loved ones and ofrenda - offerings of food that the loved one liked. There are also painted skulls on the altar, which in sense is mocking death. In our Christian faith, we believe that death doesn’t have the answer - there is something else that awaits us.”

With the help of the Spanish classes, Jones said select students gathered materials and created the altar in the school chapel.

“When we talk about inter-departmental, sometimes we think of that as English and Social Studies, Math and Science, maybe English and Language,” Jones said. “One thing I’m trying to do is work inter-departmentally with Ministry & Service and curricular departments.”

Jones continued, “For example, Libby Harbaugh brought her Spanish students down to the altar. Anytime we bring students to the chapel can’t be a bad thing.”

“I hope students reflect on their family and how important of an aspect that family is in our lives,” Espino added. “I also hope that they remember their past loved ones and that they are reminded that their loved ones are in a better place with God.”

The school’s Book of Remembrance, where names of those who have died has been recorded over the years, was also placed next to the altar.

“In the Catholic tradition, we believe that we can help those who have died with our prayers and we also believe that they can intercede for us,” Jones shared. “I think any memory of the dead is a good thing. With the bright colors on the altar, it’s a reminder that we have a hope for eternity. We do have a hope that we will see God face to face whenever He calls us home.”

Posted November 19, 2016

Special Improvement District Holds Annual Meeting at CJ

On November 15, Dayton city leaders and members of the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Special Improvement District came to Chaminade Julienne for the group’s annual meeting.

“The annual SID meeting has been held at various banquet facilities around downtown,” Dan Meixner ‘84, CJ president and former SID board chair, said. “Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, attended last year’s grand opening of the renovated Building One at CJ and commented about how beautiful the cafeteria turned out. I offered to host the annual meeting, if the staff of DDP thought it would work. In September, they came over and decided that it would be good for downtown property owners to see the progress underway at the only private school in Dayton.” 

100 RSVPs were made for the annual meeting. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, performing arts students showcased their talent. The strings ensemble greeted guests as they arrived, the concert choir performed and guests saw part of a scene from the school’s fall play, The Odd Couple. 

“We want the community to better understand that Chaminade Julienne is a community asset - our students are making a difference for people in the region through service, our events bring economic activity to downtown, and our employees and benefactors are investing in improving downtown,” Meixner shared. “Holding events like the SID annual meeting at CJ reminds people of our long history as a community leader.”

Meixner added, “Personally, it was a nice way to conclude four years as chair of the board of the Special Improvement District. I have been blessed by the relationships formed while leading the board and believe CJ has benefited from the volunteer time spent. Being able to ‘show-off’ our facilities and students proved to be a proud moment for me.”

Posted November 19, 2016

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CJ Performing Arts Presents: The Odd Couple

Lots of laughs will be heard from the CJ auditorium when CJ Performing Arts presents Neil Simon's The Odd Couple in two versions, November 18 through November 20.

"On the surface, it just looks like a comedy, but there is a lot there," said drama and choir teacher Caitlin Bennett. "It really takes a look at our personalities, and how we interact with one another, and also what holds us back about who we are. The actors have had a good time exploring those aspects of their characters."

CJ's production will be shown in two versions - a male and female version. Katie Coyle '19 plays Florence Unger in the female version.

"She is really neat and her roommate is really not," Coyle noted. "I go around cleaning everything all the time driving everyone crazy. It's hard for me to relate because I'm the messiest person ever, but it's fun playing the character."

"I'm basically the peacemaker in the group," said Jaishawn Norman '19, of his character, Murray, in the male version. "Whenever the other characters start arguing, I'm basically the guy who brings everything to order. It also helps that I'm a cop."

"The casts have been rehearsing simultaneously, so they haven't really had the time to see each other's entire show," Bennett reflected. "This weekend will be fun for them to see how the other cast has interpreted their script.

"The scripts are not completely identical, and one of the most interesting things has been how Neil Simon changed things here and there when changing the gender of the main characters," Bennett continued. "There are many parts of the script that wouldn't have worked if he had simply just changed the genders and kept the script the same. It has also been fun to have a smaller cast. We usually have larger casts so that more students can be involved. This time we have two casts of 8, instead of one cast of 15-20."

The play is set in the 70's, which has also been an interesting experience for the cast.

"I think people should come see the play because it's funny and it also gives the audience a sense of relationships from the 70's that they will also be able to relate to in present day," Norman said.

Coyle agreed, "It is cool to step back in time but the fashion is definitely different than it is today. I have to wear these interesting costumes - you have to come to the play to see it!"

Bennett added, "Both shows are really funny, so I encourage people to come and see both!"

Showtimes:

  • Friday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. -- Female Version
  • Saturday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m. -- Female Version
  • Saturday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. -- Male Version
  • Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m -- Male Version

Tickets:

  • Adults: $8
  • Students $5
  • Saturday Student "Double Feature Special" - students can see the Saturday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows for $8. 

Posted November 17, 2016

2016 Fall Sports Season In Review

The 2016 fall sports season was one to remember with CJ's teams making it to the post-season, individual players and teams winning awards, and the grand opening of Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles.

Football
Record: 6-4
The Eagles had a solid football season, tripling their wins from just one year before (2-8 in 2015). Leading the way was Darian Jones with 11 touchdowns. Quarterback Ryan Peltier threw for over 1,000 yards and running back Jacquel Freeman-Parks led the Eagles with just under 900 yards rushing. Defensively, CJ was led by junior linebackers Isaiah Haywood, Rocky Stark and Mike Poteet. The defense improved to be the third best in the GCL.

"This was a great improvement from the year before when the defense ranked 8th overall," head coach Marcus Colvin noted.

During the course of the season, the Eagles won 5 games in a row by an average of 22 points per game. The Eagles also finished the year winning 4 of 5 games at Roger Glass Stadium.

"With 50 players returning next year, the 2017 CJ Eagle Football Team looks very promising," Colvin added. 

Post-Season Awards
1st Team All-GCL
Darian Jones
Ryan Peltier
Jacquel Freeman-Parks
Mike Poteet
Isaiah Haywood

2nd Team ALL-GCL
Rocky Stark
Ricky Jones
Ian Scott
Mike Fugate

GCL Offensive Player of the year
Darian Jones

Women's Soccer
Record 8-8-2
The women's soccer team had their first game of the season at Roger Glass Stadium with win versus Butler, 5-2. The team also had big wins at home against Bellbrook and Oakwood twice, once during the season and once in the tournament. The Eagles made it to the second-round of tournament play.

Post-Season Awards
1st Team All-GCL
Logan Dix
Maddie McCoy

2nd team All-GCL
Kayte Jackson
Lauren Pegues

1st Team All-Dayton South
Maddie McCoy

2nd Team All-Dayton South
Logan Dix

3rd Team All-Dayton South
Lauren Pegues

Honorable Mention All-Dayton South
Caroline Eifert

Men's Soccer 
Record 11-7-1
Building off of the 2015 season, the Men's Soccer team ended their 2016 season losing in the District Semi-finals. The team was captained by Nick Barnes, Ian Saunders, and Cole Wagner.

The 2016 season was the first winning season for the team since 2007 and the most wins in a season since 2001. 11 wins is also the third most wins in a season since 1987. The team had notable wins over Bellbrook, McNicholas, Fenwick, Oakwood, and Miamisburg. 

"One of the biggest reasons for the men's soccer teams success was defense," said head coach Alex VanderSluijs.

Alongside the 11 win season, the men's soccer team achieved the lowest goal against average since 1999 and second lowest since 1987.

Post-Season Awards
2nd team All-State
Nick Barnes

1st Team All-GCL
Nick Barnes
Yusef Muqtadir

2nd Team All-GCL
Mark Barhorst
Cole Wagner

1st Team All-Miami Valley
Nick Barnes

1st Team All-Miami Valley South
Nick Barnes

2nd Team All-Miami Valley South
Yusef Nuqtadir

3rd Team All-Miami Valley South
Mark Barhorst
Grant Stumpf
Cole Wagner

Women's Tennis
Record 15-5
The women's tennis team had another good season with a record of 15-5 against one of the toughest schedules in the state of Ohio. The team won the Coaches Cup Tournament and finished second in the CJ Doubles Tournament and CJ Invitational. Six players, singles of Kelly Pleiman and Brianna Douglas, and doubles of Alexis Robinson/Oliva Boch and Lydia Bice/Morgan Summons, advanced from the sectional tournament to the district tournament. There, all six players made it to the quarterfinals. Pleiman won in the sectional and district tournament and qualified for the state tournament where she finished fourth overall.

Post-Season Awards
Team Awards
GCL Champions (4th year in a row)
Dayton Area Division II Team of the Year

GCL Coach of the Year
Jim Brooks

GCL Player of the Year
Kelly Pleiman

All-Area Player of the Year
Kelly Pleiman

1st Team All-Area
Brianna Douglas
Kelly Pleiman
Alexis Robinson/Oliva Boch

2nd Team All-Area
Morgan Summons/Olivia Hoff

3rd Team All-Area
Lydia Bice

1st Team All-State
Kelly Pleiman

1st Team All-GCL
Brianna Douglas
Kelly Pleiman
Alexis Robinson/Olivia Boch

2nd Team All-GCL
Lydia Bice

Men's Cross Country 
Record: 105-53
The men's cross country team had a successful season that included a third place win at the Brookville Invitational. The team also placed third in the GCL Championships.

Post-Season Awards
2nd Team All-GCL
Jack Dalton
Duncan Burke

Women's Cross Country
The women's cross country team finished third overall in the GCL this season and also placed third at the GCL championships where many runners ran either season or lifetime personal records head coach Maura Lemon said.

"Finishing in top three at GCL's was one of our main goals this season and I was so proud of how well the girls raced there," Lemon continued.

Maura Peck finished fifth overall in the GCL meet and Peyton Wade finished 12th overall. Peck advanced to the regional tournament for the Eagles after finishing in the top 28 at districts.

"Maura competed well at Regionals despite record-breaking heat," said Lemon.  "She finished on her feet and topped off a great season with a solid final race."

Post-Season Awards
1st Team All-GCL
Maura Peck

2nd Team All-GCL
Peyton Wade

Men's Golf 
Record: 11-6
The men's golf team had a successful season which included a win in a quad match against Alter, Carroll and Fenwick. The team placed second out of 16 in the Ridge Classic and Jack Wick earned a spot on the all-tournament team. The Eagles placed fourth overall in the GCL and tied for fourth place in the state sectional tournament against a very strong field. Wick and Andrew Detmer finished in fourth place as individuals, head coach Ben Davies said.

Post-Season Awards
2nd Team All-GCL
Aaron Gerhard

Team Award
Most Valuable Player
Aaron Gerhard
Jack Wick

Women's Golf
Record: 16-11
For the eighth year in a row, the women's golf team qualified for the state tournament in Columbus. This came after the team had third place finishes in the sectional and district tournaments. The team placed sixth overall at state. In the GCL, the team placed third in the first tournament and second in the second tournament. 

Post-Season Awards
1st Team All-GCL
Aryana Sutton
Blake Wogoman

Academic All-Ohio
Sara Sue Bowman

1st Team SW Ohio H.S. Girl's Golf Coaches Association All Star Team, Division II
Aryana Sutton
Blake Wogoman 

Honorable Mention SW Ohio H.S. Girl's Golf Coaches Association All Star Team, Division II
Sara Sue Bowman

Team Awards
Most Valuable Player
Blake Wogoman

Coaches Award
Aryana Sutton
Sara Sue Bowman

Women's Volleyball 
Record: 5-18
The Eagles volleyball team had big wins against Oakwood and a home win against Division 1 Wayne this season. The team made it to the first round of sectionals in the post-season. The Eagles also placed fifth out of 29 schools at the SW District Tournament and advanced to the Troy Regional where they placed ninth out of 12 teams.

Post-Season Awards
Honorable Mention Division II
Emma Schaefer
Megan Stefan

Senior Academic All-Star Division II
Dani Lewis
Megan Stefan

Posted November 15, 2016

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Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: Nov. 14-21

For more than 25 years, the CJ community has spent the week before Thanksgiving thinking of others by participating in the national Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

"The timing is nice because it is right before Thanksgiving and we can be thankful for our blessings," Director of Ministry & Service Kelli Kinnear said. "It can inspire us to give more."

The school's theme for this year's Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week is #bemercyCJ.

"That is from a homily where Fr. Bob challenged all of the students to live a life of mercy in how we treat one another," Kinnear explained. "He challenged the kids that anytime they saw something or heard something that was merciful to use that hashtag."

Beginning Monday, November 14, the students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute items that will be distributed to St. Vincent de Paul, The Food Bank, and Catholic Relief Services. These organizations will take the contributions to combat hunger and homelessness in the Dayton area and internationally.

During Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, each day has a theme corresponding with the suggested contributions for the day:

  • Money Monday (Nov. 14) 
  • Toiletry Tuesday (Nov. 15)
  • Warm Wednesday (Nov. 16)
  • Fasting Thursday (Nov. 17)
  • Food Friday (Nov. 18)
  • Miscellaneous Monday (Nov. 21)

After school on November 14, students are invited to attend MLC Monday where a poverty simulation will be held. On Thursday, students who wish to participate can fast during lunch and prepare meals for St. Vincent de Paul.

"We hope students' awareness is raised a little bit about the hungry and the homeless, whether that's in our community, our nation or our world," Kinnear reflected. "We hope during the week students think about those who have less than what we do and that we're called as people of faith to serve and give back to people with compassion.  I hope our students hear the message to be merciful, regardless of a person's circumstances - it's not for us to judge." 

Posted November 11, 2016

Mock Debate Serves as Interactive Learning Tool

Rather than write a paper or do a presentation in their classroom, junior and senior AP U.S. Government students personified the 2016 presidential candidates for a mock debate in front of hundreds of students.

"I do the presidential primary debates in the spring of an election year and then I do the presidential debates right before the presidential election," shared teacher Angela Ruffolo. "I can only do these debates every four years.  In the off years, our students do either debates in class or mock debates when we go to the State House in the late spring."

Prior to the debate, the AP students researched the candidates on how they presented themselves in interviews and where they stood on the issues.

"While preparing for the debate, I learned a great deal about how our nation chooses candidates and how voting, the electoral college, and campaigning all tie together," reflected Sam Ruff '17.

Caroline Delaney '18 added , "Researching for the debate really showed me a lot about how our nation is run. I learned that, when people vote for president, they are not actually directly voting for their candidate, rather a representative who will, in turn, vote for the candidate. I also learned just how many topics that different candidates are forced to learn about, know about, and form an opinion on. It is amazing just how much they are expected to know and be able to talk about at the drop of the hat."

During the debate, the students worked in teams, with each candidate being represented by two or three students, alongside a few of their classmates who acted as researchers for the candidate. Other classmates served as the moderators for the debate.

"It was nice because I enjoy public speaking and presentations compared to writing a paper," Jake Jagels '18 said. "I feel you get to learn more by being the candidate and from that, you can see how the candidates feel about the issues and learn the electoral process a lot better."

Noah Mussin Phillips '17 agreed, "This assignment was, for me at least, a lot more fun than doing a research paper. I got to dress snazzy and talk on stage instead of doing lots of studying." 

Teachers from other classes brought their students to listen to the debates in the CJ auditorium. Afterwards, students were asked to cast a vote not on who they would vote for in real life necessarily, but rather who they felt won the mock debate based upon how the student candidates presented themselves and their arguments.

"I think the debates really bring the research to life," Ruffolo emphasized. "Students enjoy the interaction of a debate, and they like to see how their classmates handle things as compared to what they all watched on TV for the real presidential and vice presidential debates."

Students who participated in the debate said they felt they made an impact from their presentations.

"It's very clear that my classmates and I learned a lot about the platform of current presidential candidates," Ruff reflected. "It is very crucial for students to get involved in forming their opinions and getting involved in government. Perhaps some older students will now have a more informed decision when it comes to voting on November 8th."

"Hopefully, the debate motivated everyone to get informed on the candidates and vote if they can," Mussin Phillips added.

Delaney noted, "I hope that everyone will be able to get themselves involved in politics, or at least learn about what goes in to politics. Politics is sometimes a very drab and boring subject, but it is very important for all people. You must be able to understand how policies are made and enforced, and how the political system works. You have to know these things because you are involved in them every day, and they affect you every day. Politics is an important aspect of life that everyone needs to be educated about." 

Posted November 8, 2016

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