School News Archive
Posted: Thursday May 23 2013
Middle School Music Teacher Advances to the Quarterfinals for the Music Educator Award
Kathy Rohrs, Chaminade’s middle school music teacher, has advanced to the quarterfinals for the first–ever Music Educator Award. A total of 217 music teachers from 195 cities across 45 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten – college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will have its inaugural presentation at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustee Award, Technical GRAMMY® Award during GRAMMY Week 2014.
As announced on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® by President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio host/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest, and six-time GRAMMY® winner Justin Timberlake, the award was open to current United States music teachers, and anyone could nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans and administrators. Teachers were also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers were notified and invited to fill out an application.
One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists each year, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also will receive matching grants. The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation's Education Champions Converse, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Mills Box Tops for Education, and Journeys. The semifinalists will be announced in August. For more information please visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.
Posted: Thursday May 9 2013
Welcome to the Chaminade Center for Excellence
The Chaminade Center for Excellence (CCE) is Chaminade College Preparatory’s answer for parents who seek year-round enrichment opportunities for their children. Through relevant, engaging and dynamic learning experiences, CCE students will expand their knowledge and creative expression.
Learning activities kickoff this summer, at both our Chatsworth and West Hills campuses, for students who will be in 1st through 12th grade during the 2013-2014 school year. Students looking to improve their reading and writing skills, experiment with their science and performing arts talents, or sharpen their athletic fundamentals will all find a place at Chaminade this summer. In addition, students can take advantage of special summer experiences such as the Costa Rica Sea Turtle Preservation Field Experience, Mock Trial Camp, History Through Art at The Getty Villa, and a Los Angeles Audubon Ecology field trip.
Offerings at the High School campus in West Hills focus on our phenomenal visual and performing arts programs and our championship athletic teams. Each week, students can choose from sports camps and summer intensives in musical theater, dance, film, stagecraft, and music.
Programs on the Middle School campus center around the innovative and student-centered Great Books Academy. The Great Books Summer Academy offers two sessions on the Chatsworth campus: Session 1 is from June 10 to June 26, 2013 and Session 2 is from July 1 to July 19, 2013. All students will have a Great Books class as the anchor to their schedules and have an opportunity to choose three electives classes from science experiments to drawing and painting. This is an enrichment program designed for students in a college preparatory environment. It is rigorous, engaging and student-centered. Both Chaminade students and guests are welcome to enroll. Please see our entire course offering, and check back for what’s coming in the fall and winter at www.chamiande.org.
Posted: Thursday May 2 2013
Chaminade Freshman Wins State Fencing Championship
Chaminade’s fencing team had a great showing at the California State High School Fencing Championships, finishing 2nd overall. Freshman Jacob Lind ‘16 had an amazing day, finishing 8-0 in foil and becoming the California High School Foil Champion! Jacob also fenced in the saber event and finished 2nd, almost becoming a two-weapon state champion. The last Chaminade freshman to win the State Championships was Coach Derek Snyder in 1998. Other notable results came from team co-captain, Matt Carter ‘14, who finished 3rd in men's epee and 5th in men's foil. Gabby Najm ’14 finished 3rd and Jessica Fint ’16 finished 5th in women's foil, and Parker Williams ’16 finished 7th in foil. Congratulations Chaminade fencers and coaches for a great season.
Posted: Friday April 26 2013
Principal for a Day
By Justin B. Vines
Being the principal of the day was not only exciting, but it was very interesting as well. As principal of the day you get to see what real principals actually do, like go to meetings, watch classes, look for uniform violations, and more. I learned a lot of things that I probably would have never understood, like how to use the P.A. (public address) system. I even met with Mr. Adams, the president; we signed a contract together and had a soda. It was truly amazing. Most of my friends asked why I choose principal for a day as my prize over the $200 Visa card. I said that I wanted the experience of being the principal and the opportunity to interact with the front office and Mr. Valentine himself. Not only that but all of my teachers, friends, and almost the entire rest of the school called me Mr. Vines. It was a privilege and a memorable time for me, and I hope to win it again next year.
Posted: Wednesday April 24 2013
Middle School Debate Takes 2nd at National Championship
The Chaminade Middle School Team Debate Team proved once again why they are one of the best during the Middle School Public Debate Program National Competition at Claremont McKenna College. The competition brought together 80 teams and 240 of the top debaters from around the country. After five rounds, 8th graders Brooklyn Gigliotti ’17, Spencer Levitt ’17, and Kevin Kubo ’17 earned a spot in the prestigious final round public debate against a team from Hunter College in New York. Debating in front of an audience of more than 200 spectators, the teams argued on the topic “The President should have the authority to execute American Citizens without judicial oversight.” In one of the closest final debates ever, Chaminade finished 2nd. Levitt and Kubo also earned top speaker awards. This is the highest finish at the National Championship for a Chaminade team, after placing 3rd in both 2010 and 2011.
The Debate Team will have the chance to defend their league title at the Golden State Debate League Championship on May 4.
Posted: Monday April 22 2013
The 2008 Middle School Robotics Team Honored with Hall of Fame Induction
Chaminade's Middle School Robotics Team 83 was honored this weekend with an induction into the REC Foundation's Vex Robotics Hall of Fame. The hall recognized Team 83 for being the first World Championship Middle School Excellence Award winner in 2008. The Excellence Award is the highest honor in Vex Robotics competition and is awarded to teams who perform at the highest level both on and off the field.Four of the original members of that World Championship team are now seniors on the High School team: Morgan Montalvo, Nathan Smeltzer, Steven Paqueo and Freddie Burnett. They attended their fifth consecutive World Championship this year and were joined by the next generation of Middle School engineers Christina Najm ’17, Noah Hosaka ’18, Christian Gideon ’19 and Cooper Baker ’17.
Posted: Tuesday April 16 2013
C-Notes Perform at Carnegie Hall
Taking the stage at Carnegie Hall is a dream for many, and for Chaminade’s C-Notes, it is a dream come true. On Sunday, April 14, the Middle School choir walked out onto the Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall and 64 students sang their hearts out for a full auditorium.
As the feature choir, the C-Notes opened the National Children’s Choir and National Youth Choir performances. They sang beautiful renditions of Exsultate Justi in Domino, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Vois sur ton chemin, and Old Joe Clark. In addition, they performed with the National Children’s Choir, which was comprised of students from schools in Brazil and Georgia, as well as California.
The Carnegie Hall performance was the culmination of an exciting five-day trip for the C-Notes and their chaperones. They caught Newsies on Broadway, attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, visited the Empire State Building, and enjoyed 5th Avenue sights and food.
Posted: Thursday April 11 2013
Middle School Music Teacher Receives the Creative Arts Teacher Award
Kathy Rohrs, Chaminade’s middle school music teacher, will receive the Creative Arts Teacher Award at the 13th Annual Unforgettable Educator Recognition Dinner, on Thursday, April 18 at the Odyssey restaurant in Granada Hills. Presented by the Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce and Facey Medical Group, the dinner celebrates and honors local teachers and school administrators whose dedication and active role in the community inspire and motivate their students to grow, learn, excel and give back.
The chamber reached out and asked the community to nominate the individuals they strongly believe deserve to be recognized. The Creative Arts Teacher award is one of several awards that will be presented, in addition to, the Unforgettable Educator Award, Principal of the Year Award, Science and Technology Teacher Award, and PTA President of the Year Award.
A vocalist, guitarist, harpist, conductor, composer and teacher, Mrs. Rohrs has been teaching and performing in Southern California for over 30 years. Mrs. Rohrs currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in classical guitar and a K-12 Secondary Music Credential in Music Education from California State University, Northridge. In 2001, Kathy joined the Chaminade family where she serves as the music director and choral director of the Chaminade C-Notes. Under her instruction, the Chaminade C-Notes have had the honor to travel Washington D.C. to perform at the America Sings! festival, and to New York performing as the solo feature choir for the National Children’s Festival at Carnegie Hall.
Posted: Wednesday March 20 2013
Eagle Engineering Robotics Team 1138 Stages Astounding Comeback for FRC Regional Tournament Win
Chaminade’s Eagle Engineering Robotics Team 1138 brought home a big win from the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) San Diego Regional Tournament, showing incredible grit and determination by battling back from last place to land a spot in the tournament finals and becoming part of the winning three-team alliance. This was Chaminade’s first FRC Regional Tournament victory since 2006.
The team began in good form on Thursday with a smooth day of inspection, practice and programming. However, once qualifying rounds began, they faced an uncommon string of technical and design malfunctions, strong opposing alliances and a large dose of bad luck to find themselves in 59th place after the first seven of 10 qualifying matches. “We knew that the ranking did not truly reflect our robot’s performance on the field, or the capabilities of our drive team and pit crew, but it’s tough for any team to stay hopeful after such a rough first day,” said the team’s head coach, Tommy Smeltzer. “They did it though. They kept at it and found a way to win.”
After a lively team dinner, Friday night, 1138’s student leaders met to discuss their options. Knowing that the top ranked teams would be choosing two alliance partners to compete with them in the finals and that the prodigious scorers would need a strong defensive partner to get them past other high-scoring teams, they decided to adopt a new strategy in their final three qualifiers to demonstrate the robot’s strong defensive capabilities. The plan worked, and 1138 was chosen by the top-seeded alliance comprised of two previous world champions, teams 987 from Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas and Team 254 from Bellarmine College Preparatory in the San Francisco Bay area. This powerhouse alliance, with Team 1138 shutting down the offensive stars of the opposing alliances, was able to sweep each round of the finals and take home the tournament championship. Each of the teams now progress to the FRC National Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 24-27.
Posted: Monday March 18 2013
Middle School Debate Team Takes 1st Place at Polytechnic Invitational
Congratulations to the Middle School Debate Team who took 1st place at the Polytechnic Invitational this past Saturday. As one of the largest middle school debate tournaments in the country, the competition featured over 100 teams and more than 300 debaters. Eighth graders Charlotte Powers, Kristina Marter, and Christine Gotthardt won the championship with Chaminade taking top school overall. The team of Lexie Afradi, Spencer Levitt, and Jack Cheney also finished undefeated, placing 7th, and Chaminade won five of the Top Speaker awards. For the fifth year in a row, the team has qualified for the National Championship and will compete at Claremont-McKenna College on April 20.
Posted: Friday March 15 2013
Chaminade Heads to China
Chaminade goes on the road this week and is headed for China! High School Principal Bro. Tom Fahy and Vice President for Advancement Rob Webb are off to the world’s most populous country to begin a new endeavor for the School through an international program.
For nine days, Bro. Tom and Mr. Webb will travel from Shanghai to Chengdu to Fuzhou, meeting thousands of Chinese students and their families at admissions fairs. Equipped with videos, pictures, and a whole lot of Chaminade swag, these two will put forth the best Chaminade has to offer – and in August, students, faculty and staff can expect to welcome Chinese exchange students to the School. The students will live with Chaminade host families throughout the school year and be fully immersed in American culture. More information about hosting an exchange student will be made available in the coming months. The goal is for these exchange students to finish their high school education at Chaminade and join the proud ranks of Eagle alumni.
Since Bro. Tom and Mr. Webb will be on the ground in China for just seven days, their days are packed with recruiting efforts. They will send pictures and quick messages to share, which will be posted on Chaminade’s official Facebook page and Twitter account.
Posted: Tuesday March 13 2013
Three Shows Left for "Into the Woods"
Don’t miss your chance to see the Chaminade Player’s performance of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods. There are just three shows left – Friday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Into the Woods is a fractured fairy tale, based on James Lapine’s book, with music and lyrics by Sondheim. The story blends plots from several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, and ties them together through a baker and his wife, who are cursed with childlessness by their neighbor, a witch. The baker and his wife embark on a quest to find special objects – Cinderella’s slipper, pure as gold; Little Red Ridinghood’s cape, red as blood; Rapunzel’s hair, yellow as corn; and Jack’s cow, white as milk.
Everyone’s wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. It takes a few lives before the survivors realize that they have to act altogether in order to succeed. Thus, what begins as a lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.
You do not want to miss what is being called a “Broadway caliber” performance! Be sure to get your tickets before it’s too late. As audience members say, Into the Woods on the Tutor Center stage is “A fantastic evening of professional theater, unmatched by any high school, anywhere!” Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased at the box office.
Posted: Thursday March 7 2013
Three Tripleheadder Wins, Three Teams Advance
Chaminade hosted a tripleheader for State playoffs on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, and with three wins, all three Varsity teams advanced to the next round. Games will be played on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9
FRIDAY, MARCH 8
Girls’ Soccer State Final vs. Cathedral Catholic
Warren High School
8141 Depalma Street
Downey, CA 90241
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students/children
Live TV coverage on Time Warner Cable Sports channel 700
SATURDAY, MARCH 9
Girls’ Baksetball 2nd Round SoCal State Playoff Game vs. Santa Barbara High School
Chaminade College Preparatory, West Hills
Uribe Sports Center
Doubleheader tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students/children
Boys’ Basketball 2nd Round SoCal State Playoff Game vs. Damien High School
Chaminade College Preparatory, West Hills
Uribe Sports Center
Doubleheader tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students/children
Posted: Sunday, March 3 2013
Girls Soccer: Chaminade defeats Aliso Niguel 3-1 to win Southern Section Div. I championship
By Erik Boal, Staff Writer
Posted: March 3, 2013, Daily News, Los Angeles
The team that wouldn't go away, no matter how many obstacles it faced or how much adversity it was forced to overcome, finally pushed every other program in the Southern Section Div. I girls soccer playoffs aside and stood alone in the center of the Corona High field as champions Friday night.
Maddie Romeo produced the first strike less than 75 seconds into the match, Abbi Williams delivered a clutch header just before halftime and Brittney McKinney provided the finishing touch, lifting Chaminade to its first division title since 2000 and the fifth in program history with a 3-1 victory over defending-champion Aliso Niguel (13-4-6).
The Eagles (20-3-5) ascended from a third-place finish in the Mission League to join rival Flintridge Sacred Heart -- the 2011 champion -- as the only local programs to capture Div. I girls soccer titles.
"It was just a refuse-to-lose attitude," said Chaminade coach Mike Evans, who also guided the Eagles to four consecutive championships -- two each in Divs. III and IV -- from 1997-2000.
"We don't break easily. We have a senior back line and a lot of the stuff they were throwing forward, we were not going to give up. We weren't going to be intimidated."
Chaminade atoned for a 1-0 second-round setback last season to Aliso Niguel, which went on to capture not only the section title, but the Southern California Div. I regional championship, securing honors as the nation's top-ranked team by ESPN/Rise Magazine.
The Eagles wasted no time asserting themselves in the rematch, with Romeo burying a 15-yard shot in the upper left corner before Aliso Niguel's defense had a chance to get settled.
After a Chaminade foul in the box resulted in Danica Koos' penalty kick tying the score in the 26 th minute, Williams shifted the momentum in the Eagles' favor with six seconds remaining in the first half, redirecting Brittany Solis' throw-in with a header inside the left post for her fourth postseason goal and the second in as many matches.
"That totally lifted our spirits," Williams said. "Everyone was so fired up and it gave us so much hope that we could win. We just told each other not to give up and play with a lot of heart, give it everything you've got and finish strong, and in the end we won. This is the best feeling in the whole wide world. It's just incredible to say that we're champions."
Nina Coleman, Amanda Shadler, Kelly Hunter and Williams held strong in front of goalkeeper Chinaar Desai throughout the second half, with the absence of Sarah Roberts -- attending an ODP tournament -- and an ankle injury suffered by Dominique Bond-Flaza limiting Aliso Niguel's attack.
McKinney punctuated the victory in the 73rd minute when she took advantage of a poor Wolverines' clearance by gathering a long pass from Coleman and capitalizing on a breakaway opportunity with a 12-yard shot inside the right post for an insurance goal.
"We wanted it so badly for our seniors, especially because some of them lost their parents and we wanted to make them happy," McKinney said. "We wanted to win it for our school and make them proud by finishing it off. We play the game we love and we do it for the people on our team. We just want to keep playing together in the (regionals)because we're a family and we don't want it to end."
Posted: Thursday, February 28 2013
Girls Basketball: Chaminade spins multiple records, wins first title
By Erik Boal, Staff Writer
Posted: February 27, 2013, Daily News, Los Angeles
Robyn Brown said it was like time was frozen, the arena was silent and she was living in the moment Wednesday.
The Chaminade senior wasn't attempting a last-second shot or needing to make a clutch free throw. Instead, she was dribbling out the clock near mid-court in a championship game that had long since been decided.
The top-seeded Eagles didn't have to rely on any late heroics, not after scoring 17 of the first 18 points, limiting St. Joseph of Lakewood to one first-half field goal and shooting 69 percent from the field in the second half.
It all added up to the most dominant performance in the 37-year history of the Southern Section Div. III-A final, with Chaminade setting records for most points and largest margin of victory in a 74-30 triumph at Anaheim Convention Center, securing the Eagles' first title.
"This was our opportunity. We were here, we worked hard all season to get here and to be there with my girls, the three seniors, we've been through everything together, the tough losses, the amazing wins and we pulled this one out," said Brown, who had 11 points and six assists, several in no-look, highlight-reel fashion. Read More
Posted: Wednesday, February 27 2013
Girls Soccer: Chaminade's win is just for kicks
By Erik Boal, Staff Writer
Posted: February 27, 2013, Daily News, Los Angeles
After rallying with tying goal late in regulation, Eagles outlast Harvard-Westlake on PKs in Div. I semifinals.
Gabe Carmona might be the best kept secret among local goalkeepers, but the junior found herself in the most pressure-packed situation of Chaminade's season staring down rival Harvard-Westlake in a shootout Tuesday night.
After Chinaar Desai had come up with several heart-stopping blocks during regulation and overtime to preserve a 1-1 draw following 100 nerve-racking minutes, Eagles coach Mike Evans called on Carmona to make her postseason debut in the Southern Section Div. I girls soccer semifinals.
Carmona responded with three stops, including in the fifth round, which set the stage for Brittney McKinney to direct her penalty kick inside the left post, lifting the Eagles to a 3-2 shootout victory over the third-seeded Wolverines, who were eliminated on penalty kicks for the second year in a row at Slavin Field.
"We felt comfortable going to PKs, because we know Gabe is phenomenal," McKinney said. "It's new to me being the closer, but I like the feeling. I recently decided to switch sides and shoot to the left instead of the right, so I'm glad it worked out well."
Chaminade (19-3-5), which advanced to the Div. I final Friday or Saturday at Warren High or Corona High, will face defending-champion Aliso Niguel -- a 3-2 winner over top-seeded Capistrano Valley -- in a rematch of last year's 1-0 second-round setback for the Eagles. Read More
Posted: Monday, February 25 2013
Great weekend for the Eagles
On Friday night, Chaminade defeated second-seeded Oak Park 76-59 in the Division III-A semifinals to reach their first boys’ basketball final since 2009. They will take on St. John Bosco at the CIF-SS III-A Championship game Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center.
After defeating San Luis Obispo 64-40 on Saturday night, the girls’ basketball team advanced to the CIF-SS Championship for the first time in school history and will square off with St. Joseph of Lakewood on Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Congratulations to seniors Alex Fuentes, Mason Nystrom and Arashdeep Gill, all are going to the State Wrestling Championship March 1-2 at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
Posted: Friday, February 22 2013
Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, and Girls Soccer Advance to the CIF-SS Semi-Finals
As the winter season winds down, Chaminade still has three teams competing for CIF Championships, Boys and Girls Basketball, and Girls Soccer. All three teams have advanced to the CIF-SS Semi-finals in their respective divisions. The 3A Division’s #1 seed Girls Basketball team (25-3) travels to San Luis Obisbo High School on Saturday, February 23rd, to take on the Tigers (18-10). The Girls have won three straight Mission League Championships and are looking for their first ever CIF Title.
The Boys Basketball team (23-6) is seeded #3 in Division 3A and travel to Oak Park High school (27-3) Friday, February 22. The Boys are on an eight game winning streak and lead each of their three CIF-SS Playoff opponents by 40+ points. The Boys have won CIF Championships in ’71, ’98, and ’99.
The Girls Soccer team (18-3-5) has stormed to the Division 1 Semi-finals with three thrilling victories. The Eagles defeated Los Alamitos (3-2) in round one, Canyon (Anaheim) (1-0) in the second round and Rancho Cucamonga (2-1) in the Quarterfinals. The Eagles travel to Harvard-Westlake (20-2-3) on Tuesday, February 26. This will be the third meeting between the teams, the first ending in a 0-0 tie and the second a 2-0 Wolverine victory played at Harvard-Westlake. The Girls Soccer team won CIF Championships in ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00. Good luck to our three CIF-SS Semi-finalist’s!
Posted: Wednesday, February 20 2013
Girls Soccer: Kelly Hunter's goal is the winner for Chaminade
By John Wareham, Special to the Daily News
Posted: February 20, 2013, Daily News, Los Angeles
It doesn't matter to the Chaminade girls soccer team how it wins, as long as it keeps doing it.
Kelly Hunter scored a goal off a ricochet in the 71st minute and the Eagles outlasted Canyon of Anaheim 1-0 in the second round of the Southern Section Div. I playoffs.
Chaminade (17-3-5) continued its streak of home shutouts and has allowed only one goal in seven home matches this season.
It also only needed to score once to win, after the Eagles had three goals in the first round against Los Alamitos.
"The beauty in this team this year is that they've played different styles to be successful," Chaminade coach Mike Evans said "That's our 17th win. No win has been the same -- it's always been a little bit different -- which is good."
The only goal came with nine minutes left when Hunter set up for a kick from 25 yards.
She powered the ball into a crowd in front of the goal and when Canyon goalkeeper Mia Hummel went right to save it, the ball deflected off the sea of players and went left and into the net.
"My plan was to calm down because my nerves were really high from the game," Hunter said. "I've practiced that shot a thousand times in practice, so I just focused on the ball and focused on the goal." Read More
Posted: Wednesday, February 13 2013
Chaminade Selects New High School Principal
President James Adams announced on February 12 that Stephen Lepire has been appointed as the new high school principal of Chaminade College Preparatory.
After a three-month long, nationwide search, Mr. Lepire has been selected and will begin his tenure on July 1, 2013. He is currently principal of Redwood Middle School in Thousand Oaks, where he has served since July of 2009.
Mr. Lepire will be replacing Bro. Tom Fahy, Chaminade’s high school principal for the past 11 years, who announced his intent to step down at the end of this school year. Bro. Tom will continue to work at Chaminade, in a yet-to-be defined capacity.
“In selecting Stephen Lepire, we have been blessed with an opportunity to bring a gifted educator on board to provide leadership to our high school community,” said President Jim Adams. “I am confident that he has the experience, skills, and personal characteristics necessary to continue our proud tradition of Catholic/Marianist education in Southern California.”
“I want to first thank and congratulate Bro. Tom Fahy for his 11 years of service to Chaminade. Following in his footsteps will be a daunting task,” said Mr. Lepire. “As a product of Catholic schools from first grade through college, and now a proud parent of two students in Catholic schools, I am deeply honored and humbled with the opportunity presented before me as the new principal of Chaminade College Preparatory’s High School. Chaminade is blessed with an outstanding balance of rigorous academics, recognized service to the surrounding communities, a comprehensive campus ministry program committed to service and justice, excellence in athletics and a commitment to student co-curricular programs. I am excited to have the responsibility to continuing these superior traditions. However, I am deeply focused on upholding all of the Marianist principles that are the cornerstone of Chaminade.”
Mr. Lepire is a San Fernando Valley resident and a graduate of local Catholic elementary and high schools. He is also the proud parent of a Chaminade student. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from California Lutheran University. Mr. Lepire started his career many years ago as a coach at Chaminade and has compiled a long and impressive track record as a teacher and administrator.
Mr. Lepire began his administrative career as a dean of students at several different schools in Los Angeles and Conejo Valley. In 2003, he was appointed assistant principal at Newbury Park High School where he served until 2008, when he was appointed to the assistant principal position at Westlake High School. Mr. Lepire has extensive experience in many areas of school leadership, grounded in a passion for student success. He has developed strong administrative skills and a collaborative style that complements our Marianist philosophy. In January of this year, Steve was selected as the Administrator of the Year for Ventura County by the Association of California School Administrators. This prestigious award will be presented in March at the Association’s annual conference in Solvang.
Posted: Monday, February 11 2013
Chaminade Film Festival
By Karen Thumm
Young filmmakers deserve to have an audience, and the annual Chaminade Film Festival provided just this opportunity. Twenty-two exceptional films were screened in the Tutor Center on Saturday, February 9and many were selected for achievement awards in the ceremony that followed.
Most of these films were produced by film students enrolled in film classes and students from grades 9 through 12 were recognized for their outstanding achievements in everything from original concept and screenwriting to cinematography and editing. All of the films demonstrated a great love for storytelling and a growing understanding of cinematic language.
This festival provided a showcase for the finished works of art. As the film teacher and club moderator, I am blessed to see the creative process that leads to these finished pieces. Our classroom workshop environment fosters a sense of freedom and encourages risk taking, both of which are necessary to create great works of art.
The students who participated in the festival share a tremendous passion for film – for seeing films, talking about films, and making films. It is common for the film students – both in class and through the club – to offer to help each other with their films, to step in and hold a boom pole for an hour for two, to agree to act even though they don’t really want to be on screen. It’s common because they love filmmaking, and because the joy of making films has fostered this sense of community.
I would like to thank all of my students for sharing this enthusiasm for the creative process and for sharing so much of themselves – with me, with each other, and ultimately with their audience. This festival was a testament to their diligence and talent, and also evidence of their passion and sense of true Chaminade family spirit.
Desiree Terani and Breeana Kovelman for “Chaminade Fine Arts: The Experience of Expression”
Aaron Jacob for “Mental Intervention”
Conner DeMita for “Solitaire”
Best Narrative without Dialogue
Chase Fury for “Because”
Outstanding Achievement: Original Concept
Griffin Davies for “Realities” and Liz Holland for “No Evil”
Outstanding Achievement: Screenplay
Austin Ferreira for “Starboy”
Outstanding Achievement: Writing and Directing
Liz Holland and Austin Ferreira for “Monologue Man”
Outstanding Achievement: Cinematography
Shivan Lala for “Chaminade Music: Discovering a Culture”and James Hribal for “Just Go For It”
Outstanding Cinematography: Best Use of Natural Light
Conner DeMita for “Exposure”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Trevor James Berger for “Conroy” in “Mental Intervention”
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Yolanda Holland for “Mrs. Albright” in “Starboy”
Best Actor in a Lead Role
Richy Storrs for “Monologue Man”
Best Actress in a Lead Role
Ariel Lopez for “Five”
Outstanding Achievement: Production Design
Liz Holland for “All That I Can Think About” and Griffin Davies for “Realities”
Outstanding Achievement: Original Score
Aaron Jacob for “Mental Intervention”
Outstanding Achievement: Adapted Score
Austin Ferreira, director for “You’re So Cool”
Outstanding Achievement: Editing
Amir Zolfaghari for “Paris”
Official Audience Selection
Cole Zetz, Peter Manfredonia, and Vincent Bredice for “Hurt”
Posted: Thursday, February 7 2013
Middle School Robotics head to California State Championship
The Middle School VEX Robotics Team 83 had an outstanding showing at the California Academy of Math and Science in Carson. The team made it into the finals and received the Overall Excellence Award. Christina Najm '17 and Yuri Lim ‘17 have qualified for the California State Championship, which will be held in Santa Clara on March 15 and 16. Congratulations to the girls, moderator Mrs. Najm, and coach Patrice Galliath on a job well done!
Posted: Friday, February 1 2013
2013 Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Ben LaBrot ’94 and Sky LaBrot ’99 have been selected as Chaminade College Preparatory’s 2013 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award. The annual award recognizes Chaminade graduates who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to their families, neighbors, schools, churches and the community, while consistently improving and uplifting the quality of life for those around them.
The brother and sister team was recognized at the Distinguished Alumni Breakfast on February 1, as a part of Catholic Schools Week.
Ben and Sky demonstrate their deep commitment to helping others through their work with Floating Doctors, an all-volunteer, non-profit medical relief team whose mission it is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in health care delivery worldwide. Floating Doctors was founded by Ben after he witnessed enormous need while on private medical missions in Thailand, Nambia, Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Ben earned his medical degree at Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in marine biology and history, with a minor in geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Sky joined her older brother and Floating Doctors as director of operations and marketing. She manages the logistics of the onshore clinics – her negotiation and management skill keeps countless details organized, and allows Floating Doctors to function. In addition, Sky’s culinary and nutritional help her teach people in the developing world how to cook healthier meals, using local ingredients.
Their daily work as volunteers is the perfect affirmation of Chaminade’s efforts to educate for service, justice and peace. Sky recalls a moment on an island off of Panama’s North Coast:
We are in a small community of about 400 people who are totally cut off from all social services—electricity, running water, sanitation, and medical care…We are in the midst of a packed clinic that has just started to quiet down…and as I looked around a realization came upon me. Of the 13 volunteers we had with us that day, five of them were Chaminade Alumni. To me- that is Chaminade. That is our community. And is the true essence of the Marianist teachings that we received, to live a spiritual life and to share that faith with others;-to work with the poor; -to educate and nourish the mind, the body, and the soul.
When Ben returns to Southern California, he visits Chaminade, and shares his experiences with current students. Floating Doctors also works with student groups, including Chaminade’s Teens for Emergency Medical Aid (TEMA).
Posted: Monday, January 28 2013
CSDS Member Ranks 4th Nation
Ask Chaminade Speech & Debate Society (CSDS) member Rhea Sareen what she loves most about being part of the debate team and her answer will reflect the Chaminade ideal of "Me becomes We." Why? Because Rhea (Class of 2013) has taken her public speaking career to a new level. Rather than merely competing at tournaments, Rhea shares her passion for public speaking by serving her community. For several years, Rhea has been speaking at civic organizations and at her temple, a fact that is not lost on the National Forensic League.
"The National Forensic League is the nation's largest and oldest academic honor society. It was founded in the 1920s and provides recognition and resources to tens of thousands American students involved with competitive speech and debate," says Chaminade Director of Forensics Marianne Rosen. "The NFL awards honors to students not only for competing, but for serving the community. Rhea is a shining example of Chaminade’s commitment to service, and the NFL recognizes this."
Rhea learned this month that she ranks 4th in the nation in the category of "Community Service and Public Speaking." It is quite an achievement, when considering that there are over 120,000 student members of the NFL.
Rhea will be honored in May when CSDS hosts its 7th Annual Awards Night at the high school.
Posted: Monday, January 28 2013
Wrestling: Chaminade secures three champions at BIV tournament
By John Wareham, Special to the Daily News
Posted: January 26, 2013, Daily News, Los Angeles
The host Chaminade wrestling team made a statement at the Best in the Valley tournament Saturday and it was punctuated with three exclamation points.
Three of the four Eagles wrestlers who reached the finals won titles -- as did a former teammate who transferred to El Camino Real earlier this year -- which led the local group of competitors at the 32-team tournament.
Mason Nystrom (145 pounds), Alex Fuentes (152) and Arashdeep Gill (171) all won for Chaminade and Roman Ramirez (132) got to the finals and took second. They all improved upon their places from last year's tournament, when Nystrom finished second, Fuentes placed fifth, Ramirez was 10th and Gill didn't compete due to injury.
"We're just all proud of what we did," Fuentes said. "If I can speak for the team: ultimately we're just going to wrestle hard every time."
The three winners were victorious in almost consecutive order. Two of them beat the same opposing team.
Nystrom took an early 2-1 lead against Ventura's Kamwren Aiken, who kept the 145-pound final close until Nystrom scored five points late in the last period and won 13-6.
Fuentes followed against Ventura's Jack Sartee and held a 6-1 lead until his opponent put a scare into him with three late points. Fuentes then held the slim two-point lead for the last 15 seconds, despite a clock malfunction delaying the start for at least five extra seconds. Read More
Posted:Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Bro. Skip Honored with Annual Brotherhood Award
During this year’s Annual Brothers Mass and Banquet, a well-loved and respected figure on the Chaminade campuses, Bro. Francis “Skip” Matthews, S.M. was honored with the Annual Brotherhood Award. Archbishop Jose Gomez and Bro. Larry Moen, C.M.F., presented the award, “Honoring Bro. Skip’s religious commitment to the service of the Lord as a Marianist Religious Brother and his faithful ministry in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles through education and outreach to the poor and the homeless.”
Bro. Skip Matthews is always a welcome sight at Chaminade. He offers a friendly, “Hello” to students, faculty, and staff; and takes the time to stop for a brief chat or in depth conversation with anyone and everyone.
At Chaminade’s Chatsworth campus, Bro. Skip can be found working in Campus Ministry. He substitutes, discusses social justice and supervises the cafeteria. Longtime Chaminade teacher, Joe Rauser says, “Bro. Skip has helped Chaminade by his very presence, his upbeat personality, and his interaction with all of the students and
faculty on both campuses…What makes him special is his honesty, openness, constant wittiness, and his obvious ‘Christ’ like nature. What makes him special is that he is ‘Brother Skip.’”
His ministry extends beyond his work at Chaminade – Bro. Skip volunteers at hospice and the Good Shepherd Shelter, a safe house for battered women and children. He also goes to Skid Row twice a week to help the homeless and spend time with them. For the past 20 years, from December 1 to 24, he has set-up a table with cards so that the homeless can write to their families and loved ones. About 1,000 Christmas cards, donated primarily by Chaminade students, are sent out.
In his early ministry, Bro. Skip served in health care when he directed the Marianist Infirmary in Honolulu. Ten years later, he became a paramedic at a remote medical facility in Zambia. He has also assisted at the Matero Boys Secondary School in Lusaka, Zambia. Bro. Skip was raised in Manhattan Beach, California. He graduated from Junipero Serra High School, and professed his first vows in 1959, in Santa Cruz. He studied with the Brothers of St. John of God at their Los Angeles hospital, and learned the fundamentals of nursing and caring for the elderly. In 1962, he made perpetual profession in the Society of Mary.
Posted:Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Chaminade Students Head to Washington, D.C.
Among the one million Inauguration Day spectators in Washington, D.C., were 23 Chaminade students and two teachers. Thanks to Senator Barbara Boxer, who arranged for them to get tickets to the Inauguration, this excited group from California witnessed history closer to the Capitol than most groups.
While attending President Barack Obama’s second inauguration was a highlight of their trip, these Chaminade students were also taking in much of what Washington has to offer. Their week-long visit was a part of the Close Up program. They began their stay with a tour of the National Mall, where they visited the Smithsonian museums and had a private tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In between the Close Up program instruction, the students participated in the National Day of Service, held on Saturday, January 19; attended Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; and visited Matt DeSilva ’12, who is a freshman at Georgetown University.
As a part of the Close Up program, the students will also visit the Newseum, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the White House, Marine Corps War Memorial, and take a Capitol Hill walking tour.
Posted:Tuesday, January 9, 2013
Chaminade Running Back Commits to Nebraska
Chaminade College Preparatory’s All-Star running back, Terrell Newby ’13 made a verbal commitment to the University of Nebraska on January 9, 2013.
Stellar play, including a school record eight touchdowns against Harvard-Westlake this season helped Newby capture the attention of top NCAA Division-I football programs across the country. In December 2012, he was named Mission League Player of the Year and was selected for USA Football’s 2013 U-19 National Football Team.
During the 2012 season alone, Newby rushed for 2,305 yards and scored 45 touchdowns. He ended his Chaminade career with 105 touchdowns and more than 6,000 rushing yards. Newby led the Eagles to their first outright Mission League football championship since 2006.
Newby also runs track for Chaminade. In May 2012, he was on the 4 x 400 relay team that won the boys’ Master title.
Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Prepared for Life
Sometimes classroom learning is about more than academics. Sometimes it is about preparing students for their future lives in the working world. Aron Gideon’s global economics class does both.
Mr. Gideon’s students learn the theories and styles of leaderships, marketing, and finance; and they prepare for life in the “real world.” They create a portfolio for the end of the semester assessment, which includes career research, a cover letter, resume, thank you note, and interview prep worksheet.
Then, they each take turns interviewing with Mr. Gideon in front of the class for a potential future college or employer. Students find the exercise fun and useful as their teacher-turned-interviewer can be a little unpredictable as an interviewer. His teaching style makes the process entertaining and helps students practice staying professional. About the overall experience, he says, “I have graduates send me testimonials about the value of the activity years after graduation and asking me to resend them the documents we used when they were still at Chaminade.”
Posted: Thursday, December 6 2012
Middle School Wins County Championship
By Jennifer Bader
The Chaminade Middle School Mock Trial team went undefeated through a month of competition in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Competition to take the Los Angeles County title. The Los Angeles County competition is one of the largest in the country with over 130 teams competing. This is the third championship and fifth appearance in the finals in the six years of the program.
This year’s case, People v. Vega, involved an alleged hit and run by a teenage driver who was texting while driving. The 15 team members prepared and presented the roles of attorneys, witnesses, and court staff as they argued their case in front of sitting judges and practicing attorneys.
This year’s team included eighth graders Lexie Afradi, Christopher Azarloza, Jack Cheney, Conor Fairtlough, Brooklyn Gigliotti, Christine Gotthardt, Anatalia Hordov, Kevin Kubo, Spencer Levitt, Veronica Mansour, Kristina Marter, Max Newman, Seth Parker, Charlotte Powers, and Grant Uberstine. The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.
Posted: Tuesday, December 4 2012
Chaminade Celebrates NaNoWriMo
By Kelly Benning and Kate Nations '15
Seventeen high school students participated in the first ever NaNoWriMo held at Chaminade! NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month, is a world-wide phenomenon where writers challenge themselves to write a novel in 30 days. The focus is on quantity, not quality! Goals ranged from 30,000 to 50,000 words and we had three students who reached or exceeded their goals, Lis Carlton ’14, Eleanor Frost ’15, and Kate Nations ’15.
Nations wrote the following about her NaNoWriMo experience, "People do not understand NaNoWriMo. Because why would you write a lame novel in a month when you write a brilliant piece of literature in a year? NaNoWriMo is not about brilliant pieces of literature. It is about the things you wouldn't dare to write if you were thinking clearly. It is about cluster-fusters and quirky first lines. It is about scented candles and witty mugs. It is about "The police station smelled like sweat and kettle corn" and "the fat jiggled as he spoke." It is about having inside jokes with your librarian. It is about sticker charts.
It is about word sprints and comfy chairs. But more importantly, it is about having one imperfect but finished novel, instead of a dozen immaculate beginnings."
The program was sponsored by librarian Kelly Benning.
Posted: Monday, December 3 2012
Speech & Debate Coach Earns First Diamond Coach Award
Marianne Rosen, the high school’s speech and debate coach, has just earned distinction as a first diamond coach in the National Forensic League. J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the National Forensic League, sent Marianne a letter announcing this distinction. Under Marianne’s instruction, Chaminade students have earned more than 15,000 credit points through speech and debate presentations, competition, and service. The National Forensic League national office has added Marianne’s name to the select list of coaches who have earned diamonds for their NFL keys and a certificate will be presented to Marianne at the national tournament. A press release will be forthcoming from the NFL announcing the newest diamond coaches, and Marianne’s name will also be featured in Rostrum magazine as a new diamond coach.
Posted: Friday, November 30 2012
Rematch for Ring!
By Manav Kapoor '13
Posted: November 28, 2012, Fox Sports West
The Chaminade Eagles are one-step away from winning their first football CIF Championship ever. After thwarting Cathedral 45-7, Chaminade only has to defeat Gardena Serra, but that is no easy task. Serra and Chaminade have established themselves as rivals especially after Chaminade defeated Serra in Mission League play 28-20 in a hard fought game. This game was the first time Chaminade defeated Serra in recent memory and as a result, multiple players from Serra want revenge.
Chaminade is riding a 9 game winning streak and really has been tested this past month. The Cavaliers have been led by QB Jalen Greene who has 22 touchdowns on the season and running back Malik Roberson, a sophomore with 10 TDs and over 1000 rushing yards. These two guys are integral to Serra’s offense and gave the Eagles trouble last time, so the Chaminade defense will need to make some adjustments in order to prevent a successful Cavalier attack.
This game will be played in a hostile atmosphere as the Eagles will have to travel to Gardena and have to beat a hungry Serra team in front of the Cavaliers’ home fans. However, Chaminade will have the support of its students, as multiple rooter buses will carry hundreds of die hard Eagles fans who will help the football team gain confidence on the road. It is important to note that the Eagles are undefeated on the road and are hoping to cap off a wonderful season with a win that would be a part of Chaminade history.
The drama unfolds this Friday night as the CIF champion of the Western Division will be crowned once and for all. You can also watch this game on Prime Ticket at 8pm.
Posted: Monday, November 26 2012
Chaminade defeats Cathedral in Western Division semifinals, reaches first title game in school history
By Jacob H. Pollon Special to the Daily News
Posted: November 23, 2012, Daily News, Los Angeles
The third time in the semifinals was the charm for the Chaminade football team Friday night.
Chaminade had no trouble in a 45-7 blowout against Mission League rival Cathedral in a Western Division semifinal.
The Eagles intercepted Phantoms quarterback Hayden Rettig four times in the first half, scored 24 second-quarter points and didn't have to rely heavily on star running back Terrell Newby.
Chaminade advances to the school's first championship game in its 60-year history. The Eagles suffered two disappointing setbacks against Arroyo Grande in 2010 and last year in the semifinals.
"Terrell's uncle died last week and he was in Alabama half this week," Chaminade coach Ed Croson said. "It has been a real emotional week. We didn't want to push him."
Croson didn't need to. he turned to junior Donovan Lee.
Lee had one of the four interceptions, rushed for a 22-yard touchdown, caught a 55-yard touchdown from Brad Kaaya and added a 26-yard scoring run in the third quarter.
"Terrell was injured and I know he wasn't 100 percent," Lee said. "I had to help the team out. We have worked so hard for the last three years and have come so close. I came out and did what I could."
Lee finished with 67 yards on eight carries. Read More
Posted: Wednesday, November 21 2012
Calvin Terrell Returns for Diversity Week
By Manav Kapoor '13
Chaminade students and faculty have the privilege of working once again with Calvin Terrell, an outstanding individual who brings social awareness to thousands of people yearly. Two years ago, Calvin Terrell came to Chaminade and changed the lives of hundreds of juniors and seniors, leading a retreat that was truly an eye opener. Fortunately, this upcoming Monday, Calvin will return and kick off Diversity week with an opening assembly inviting students to consider prevalent social issues in today's world from racial discrimination to abuse. For the rest of the week, students will be able to learn what it means to be "warriors in faith and action." By powerful activities and retreat discussions, students will be inspired to connect with others and change their lives for the better. It is because of powerful speakers like Calvin that Chaminade maintains such a strong family spirit. For busy Chaminade students, Diversity Week should be a nice break that will allow students to develop new friendships within the Chaminade community.
Posted: Monday, November 19 2012
Chaminade Headed to CIF-SS Western Division Semi-Final
After a 179-mile bus ride and four quarters of play, the Chaminade Eagles moved on to the CIF Southern Section Western Division semifinals with a 61-7 victory over Morro Bay High School. Chaminade (11-1) faces off against Mission League rival, Cathedral High School (10-2). The Eagles host the Phantoms at home (Boosters Stadium, West Hills), and the game kicks off at 7:00 p.m.
Posted: Tueday, November 13 2012
Advanced Film classes visited Mole-Richardson in Hollywood
By Karen Thumm
Students currently enrolled in Film II, III, IV, and V had the opportunity to learn from industry icon Larry Parker about how to "paint with light." The focus of their three hour class and facility tour was on the different types of lights used, rigging of lights, and practical examples of how light makes mood.
The students were guests of Chaminade parent Chuck Valdez, whose son Michael ’14 is a current Film II student. "Everyone at Mole believes that these kids are the future of the Entertainment Industry," said Valdez after Chaminade's visit, "we want to do everything we can, to give back to our industry."
Mole-Richardson Co., which has been in business for 85 years, started when the studio system was just starting to take hold in Hollywood. Mole-Richardson can be counted as one of several ancillary businesses that grew simultaneously with the studios of early cinema including Panavision (cameras), Technicolor (film processing) and Kodak (film).
Posted: Monday, November 12 2012
Veterans Honored at Chaminade
In observance of Veterans Day, Chaminade held a prayer service at its West Hills and Chatsworth campuses on Monday, November 12, 2012. High school students gathered in West Hills for a prayer service at the flagpole. In addition a remembrance poster was placed in the Bob Hope Center, where students could write the name of someone they know who either served or is serving in the military.
In the afternoon, middle school students participated in a prayer service themed, “Honoring All Veterans.” A bagpiper played, “The Star Spangled Banner” while students carried the American flag into the DeLong Center. He later played “Amazing Grace.”
Chaminade remembers and thanks all the brave servicemen and servicewomen who have served our country.
Posted: Friday, November 9 2012
Coach Croson Named as Finalist for ABC7/NFL Coach of the Year
At the close of the 2012 regular season, with a record of 9-1, Chaminade College Preparatory’s Head Football Coach, Ed Croson, has been named as one of five finalists for ABC7/NFL Coach of the Year.
Finalists must have reached the playoffs to be considered, and were selected based on won-loss records during the regular season, and then on the number and quality of e-mail nominations ABC7 Sports Zone received. The finalists include Coach Coley Candaele of Vista Murietta High School, Coach Russel Gordon of La Salle High School, Coach Robert Garrett of Crenshaw High Schol, and Coach Bill Zernickow of San Dimas High School.
The Chaminade family can help Coach Croson be selected as Coach of the Year by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and telling their stories of why he should be chosen. This can make the difference during the final decision because the number of e-mails and quality of the stories shared will be considered. E-mails must be received by Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 22, 2012).
Coach Croson was selected as the first ABC7/NFL High School Coach of the Week for the 2012 season in September. His selection included a $1,000 grant from the NFL Youth Football Fund to Chaminade’s football program.
Posted: Monday, November 5 2012
Chaminade Mission League Champs
With a 62-26 win over Cathedral High School (8-2, 3-2) on Friday, November 2, Chaminade (9-1, 5-0) clinched its first, outright Mission League football championship title since 2006. Senior running back, Terrell Newby ’13 scored six times in less than three quarters of play. The win capped off a stellar regular season for the Eagles and earned them home-field advantage for the first round of CIF Western Division Playoffs.
As the second-seed in the Western Division, Chaminade faces off against Pacifica High School (Oxnard) on Friday, November 9. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m. at Booster Stadium on the School’s West Hills campus.
Posted: Wednesday, October 31 2012
League Wins for Chaminade Speech & Debate Society
By Louinn Lota
Chaminade’s Speech & Debate Society team dominated the Tri-County Forensics League Novice Debate Tournament at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village on October 27. The team took first place wins in every category entered, and sometimes battled for a winning tie with fellow Eagle teams. No wonder their slogan, “Argue With Me At Your Own Risk,” holds true from year to year.
The PoFo team of Conner Hoyt ’15 and Dhishal Tennakoon ’15 took first place in Public Forum Debate; the two argued whether developed countries have a moral obligation to mitigate the effects of climate change . Brian Gilmartin ’16 took first in the Lincon-Douglas Debate, where he argued whether the United States should extend to non-citizens accused of terrorism, the same constitutional due process it gives U.S. citizens.
It was Chaminade versus Chaminade to a first-place tie in Policy Debate. The freshman team of Jeremy Marsh ’16 and Bhaskar Suri ’16 tied with the freshman-sophomore team of John Rider ’16 and Alonzo Rosado-Rivera ’15; they argued whether the U.S. federal government should substantially increase the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Rider took the tournament’s first-place trophy for earning the most points as top speaker.
In the meantime, Manmeet Grewal ’15 and Arbel Illya ’15 battled against Ashley Macalino ’15 and Rebecca Gerny ’16 for a second-place tie in Policy Debate.
Posted: Tuesday, October 30 2012
Chaminade Participates in MyVote California Student Election
With one-week to go before California’s November 6 Presidential General Election, students across California participated in the MyVote California Student Election on Tuesday, October 30 – including those at Chaminade’s West Hills campus.
Organized by students in the Chaminade Political Union Club, the mock election was held during both lunch periods and was open to all 9th through 12th grade students. Students showed their I.D. to pick-up a ballot and cast their votes for President, California State Senator, and Propositions 30 to 40. Votes were counted by club members and submitted online. Chaminade’s results will be released on November 1, and statewide results will be released on the Secretary of State website. More than 1,300 schools across California participated in the mock election.
This year marks the first time Chaminade has participated in the MyVote mock election. Club President, Kevin Chapman ’13 hopes voter turnout at Chaminade at least matches the state average for other schools participating in mock elections. He feels like this was an important thing to offer the student body because the best way to be involved in government as a citizen is to vote…and the discussions that are going on are informing students of politics and the political process.”
The club’s work does not end after the October 30 mock election. They are also forming non-partisan, mock parties; will hold Oxford-style debates; and hopefully hold a mock election involving their mock parties. While they do not have plans for activities on November 6, club members plan to encourage their classmates who are of voting age to get out and vote.
Posted: Friday, October 26 2012
Mandalas at Chaminade
Chaminade’s Senior World Religion class, taught by April Risteff, recently studied mandalas from Tibet. Part of their studies included the creation of their own mandala out of chalk in front of the Bob Hope Center on the West Hills campus. To view photos, please visit the Chaminade Facebook page.
Posted: Friday, October 26 2012
Will Chaminade Go for Five Straight?
By Manav Kapoor '13
Posted: October 23, 2012, Fox Sports West
After winning 78-34 against Harvard Westlake in an absolute statement game, Chaminade has gained sole possession of 1st place in the Mission League. Terrell Newby, who ran for a school record 8 touchdowns and 360 yards on only 16 carries, led the triumph! However, it does not get any easier for the Eagles who are looking to win their fifth straight game.
Chaminade will face St. Francis next, a team that is looking to earn its first victory in Mission League play. The Golden Knights have been competitive in all of their games thus far and are hoping that their passing game can lead them past the Eagles. St. Francis is lead by their dual-threat quarterback, Jared Lebowitz, who has been efficient all season long, throwing for 17 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. Lebowitz can run too, running for almost 200 yards on the season, so the defense has to be prepared for a balanced attack.
The playoffs are quickly approaching and the Eagles are looking to stay consistent and play poised football. Chaminade has had success in the running game and defensively, the question is, will it continue against St. Francis?
Posted: Tuesday, October 23 2012
Eagle Engineering Team 1138-B Takes Top Award at Viewpoint Robotics Competition
By Tommy Smeltzer
For the second week in a row, Chaminade robotics has brought home the top award from a regional tournament and qualified another robot for the Vex Robotics World Championships in Anaheim next April. Three sub-teams from Chaminade's Eagle Engineering robotics (1138-A, B and K), along with Chaminade Middle School's "Generation Vex" Vex team, Team 83 competed with 34 other California teams at the "Clash in The Canyon" robotics tournament on Saturday, with Team 1138-B taking home the tournament's highest honor, the Excellence Award. Winning their way to tournament finalists for the second week in a row, Team 1138-B dominated many of their qualifying matches with the exceptional speed of their scoring mechanism. Driver's Michael Amoun '13 and Anthony Gruppuso '13 and field coach Brandon Sezgin '13 had been a leading force for Eagle Engineering since summer; designing, building and practicing with their robot nearly every day with excellent focus and leadership. They were supported by a highly dedicated pit of Greg Campbell '15 (builder and driver support), Chance Bisquera '15 (pit management and scouting) and exceptional programming by Kevin Pick '15. Thomas Manfredonia '13 and Andrew Adalian '15 from Team 1138-A also provided support in this win. Team 1138-A and Team 83 from the middle school also made it into the finals, and Team 1138-K performed admirably in their first appearance of the year. The team next competes in Granada Hills on November 17th, where it hopes to qualify its three rookie teams for the annual championship event.
Posted: Wednesday, October 17 2012
Chaminade C-Notes Win Top Honor at Carnegie Hall 2013 Festival
By Kathy Rohrs
Chaminade just received word from Carnegie Hall that the Chaminade C-Notes have been given the top honor of being chosen as the solo “feature choir” for the National Children’s Festival at Carnegie Hall on Sunday April 14, 2013. The C-Notes were chosen by Carnegie Hall adjudicators by submission of a DVD audition competing against other “Gold” choirs across the nation. The C-Notes will perform on the world renowned stage as a solo choir to open the National Children’s choir festival accompanied by Chaminade HS Sophomore Alex Mansour. This is the second time in three years that the Chaminade C-Notes have attained the honor of being selected as the “Feature choir” of the National festival at Carnegie Hall. In addition to performing as the “feature choir”, the C-Notes will join with other “Gold” level choirs around the nation as a mass choir and perform five pieces of different choral genres conducted by Dr. Greg Gilpin.
Posted: Monday, October 15 2012
Eagle Engineering Team 1138 Takes Top Award at CAMS Robotics Competition
By Tommy Smeltzer
Two sub-teams from Chaminade's Eagle Engineering competed with 39 other California teams at the CAMS/SMI Vex Invitational tournament in Long Beach, winning their way to tournament finalists, as well as taking home two judged awards including the tournament's top prize. Team 1138-B, with drivers Michael Amoun '13 and Anthony Gruppuso '13 coached by Brandon Sezgin '13, stayed near the top of the rankings all day, finishing fourth overall and securing a spot in the tournament quarterfinals. In the process known as "Alliance Selection" where top seeded teams pick an alliance team to compete with them in the playoffs, Team 1138-B picked fellow Eagle Engineers Team 1138-A. Team A, coached by Nathan Smeltzer '13 with Drivers Freddie Burnett '13 and Steven Paqueo '13, provided a strong defense to 1138-B's dominant offense and propelled the two into the finals to face a very tough El Camino Real team. ECR Team 404 prevailed, but the top prize of the day would still go to Chaminade with team 1138-A taking the Excellence Award. The Excellence Award goes to the team who excels in all areas of robotics competition, including tournament play, design, construction and programming of their robot, as well as community service, sportsmanship and presentation skills. Along with the trophy come qualifications for the Vex Robotics World Championships being held in Anaheim, CA in April 2013. With this qualifying win, Team 1138 will now focus its efforts on helping Chaminade's four other Vex Robotics teams to qualify for a berth at the World Championships.
Posted: Friday, October 12 2012
Chaminade Eagles vs St. Paul Swordsmen Game Preview
By Manav Kapoor '13
Posted: October 10, 2012, Fox Sports West
After another remarkable come from behind win against Serra, a team Chaminade had never beaten prior to Friday night, the Eagles (5-1) look to continue its winning ways against St. Paul. This will be the first of three games on the road for Chaminade and this game will not be easy as St. Paul will pose a difficult challenge. Although St. Paul (1-5) has gotten off to a slow start, the Swordsmen have played very tough competition such as powerhouse Mater Dei and have kept their games close and competitive.
The Chaminade defense will have its hands full with another tough running opponent. St. Paul’s Kurt Scoby is one of the strongest running backs in Southern California standing at 5’10 and 200 pounds. Scoby, only a junior, has the speed to light up defenses for major yards and already has two offers to Miami and Oregon State. Chaminade will continue to counter with its own run game as running back Terrell Newby looks to continue his excellent start to the season. Newby has already rushed for over 1000 yards in the season and is in the top 25 in California in rushing yards and attempts. The Chaminade defense also has done a superb job thus far at stopping the running game and hopes its success continues. The Eagles look to start off 2-0 in league play and will try to defeat St. Paul and move to 6-1 on the season.
Posted: Thursday, October 4 2012
Blessing of the Animals
The Chaminade family celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the Blessing of the Animals on Thursday, October 4 at the Chatsworth campus. Everyone was invited to bring a pet (or pets) for a blessing. This special ceremony is held annually in remembrance of St. Francis Assisi, who was known for his respect towards all God’s creatures.
Posted: Tuesday, October 2 2012
Homecoming Week at Chaminade
The Chaminade football team (4-1) faces Western division rival Gardena Serra (4-1) this Friday, October 5 at Booster Stadium (West Hills). Serra is ranked #13 and Chaminade is ranked #23 by the LA Times.
Prior to the Homecoming game, Chaminade students will celebrate Homecoming week with Spirit Days and a Rally. This year’s theme is “A Night at the Oscars,” and students can dress in spirit attire rather than their regular uniforms. The Homecoming King will be announced during Wednesday’s rally at the Uribe Sports Center (West Hills) and the Homecoming Queen will be announced at halftime of Friday’s game.
Before the game kicks off, the Chaminade family is invited to enjoy the Homecoming food booths, which open at 4:00 p.m. Prospective students are invited to Family Spirit Night in the Bob Hope Center from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Location: Booster Stadium (West Hills)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $7 for adults, $2 for children under 12, free for students and faculty with ID
Posted: Thursday, September 20 2012
Chaminade’s Middle School Flag Football Introduces Throwback Helmet
Chaminade’s Middle School athletic program will provide soft-shell helmets for all their flag football athletes beginning this season. With all the recent data and news on concussions, the athletic department decided Chaminade would become one of the first schools in the area to outfit players with soft-shell helmets to protect their athletes by reducing the potential for head trauma and concussion.
Manufactured by local company, Gamebreaker, the helmets include a washable neoprene-type covering with padding underneath and a Velcro chinstrap. The helmets are reminiscent of the leather helmets worn in the 1920s. High School Varsity Head Football Coach, Ed Croson highly recommends these helmets for both flag and tackle football. A majority of high schools in the area, including Chaminade, use these helmets for their 7-on-7 spring football.
Posted: Friday, September 14 2012
Watch Chaminade on Prep Zone Live
Tonight Chaminade (3-0) faces Oaks Christian (3-0). The Varsity football game will be featured on Fox Sports West’s Prep Zone Live, starting at 6:30 p.m. PDT. Kick-off at Booster Stadium (West Hills) is at 7:00 p.m.
Prep Zone Live viewers should click on the “Chaminade” game to watch the game online.
Posted: Monday, September 10 2012
Martin Named Farmers Student Athlete Citizen
Chaminade basketball player, Jaron Martin ’13 received the Farmers Student Athlete Citizen Award during halftime of Friday’s football game against Valencia. Presented by Farmers and Fox Sports West, the award honors Martin and other student athletes for excellence in education, on the athletic field and in giving back to the community.
Martin excels in the classroom with a 3.5 GPA, and at the end of 2012-2013 season, he will be a four-year Varsity player on the basketball team. Currently, he is 909 points away from the all-time leading scorer record at Chaminade; a record currently held by Chaminade Assistant Basketball Coach, Scott Borchart ’01. In 2010-2011, Martin led the Mission League in scoring with 21.6 points per game, and in 2011-2012 was the second leading scorer in the league with 19.7 points per game. He has also been selected First-Team All-League two years in a row, and voted as team captain for the past two seasons.
Despite a busy schedule balancing academics and athletics, Martin also finds time to give back to the community. He volunteers at his church, teaches basketball fundamentals to youths at local camps and clinics, and is involved with Habitat for Humanity through Chaminade.
Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach Todd Wolfson says of Martin, “His on-the-court skills and leadership abilities are uncanny and all the broken records show his contributions to the basketball program. But Jaron goes beyond that as a person…He is one of the most personable students on campus.”
The presentation aired on Fox Sports West during the halftime show, and is available for viewing online.
Posted: Friday, September 7 2012
Watch Chaminade on Fox Sports West
Tonight Chaminade (2-0) matches up on the gridiron against Valencia (0-1). The Varsity football game will be televised on Fox Sports West at 10:30 p.m. PDT. Kick-off at Booster Stadium (West Hills) is at 7:30 p.m.
During halftime, Chaminade basketball player, Jaron Martin ’13 will receive the Farmers Citizen Athlete Award.
Posted: Thursday, August 30 2012
Chaminade’s Ed Croson to be Named Coach of the Week
Wednesday practice for the Chaminade Varsity Football team was spent a little differently this week. The team warmed up as they always do, ran through the usual drills, and heard the same whistles, but they also huddled-up behind their Head Coach, Ed Croson, as he received the first ABC7/NFL High School Coach of the Week award for the 2012 season.
The players listened in respectful silence as their coach told John Hartung of ABC7 Eyewitness News about the importance of a Marianist education, the family spirit and respect the players and coaches have for one another at Chaminade. At the end of the interview they cheered and clapped for their coach, and then ran out onto the field for practice (they face Arkansas’ Pulaski Academy on Friday, August 31).
The Chaminade family will have to wait until Saturday, September 1 to watch the interview, which will appear on ABC7’s Sports Zone show. In addition to the award, the NFL Youth Football Fund will give a $1,000 grant to the School’s football program.
Throughout the season, ABC7 and the NFL present a Coach of the Week award each week to honor “coaches who not only stand out because of their coaching on the field, but also for their efforts on behalf of the students, the school, and the community, and for their continued efforts to demonstrate the importance of player health and safety.” Honorees are chosen based on nomination letters sent in by the public.
Posted: Monday, August 27 2012
Chaminade Alumnus Returns to Share His Ministry
Chaminade alumnus and founder of Floating Doctors, Dr. Ben LaBrot ’94, returned to his alma mater on Friday, August 24 to speak to Middle School students. He shared stories about what it is like to bring medical assistance to people and communities in Third World countries, and showed the students videos which depicted the work his organization does to save lives. Dr. LaBrot’s visit also kicked-off a collection drive at Chaminade’s Chatsworth campus.
Throughout the school year, Middle School students will be able to donate items needed by Floating Doctors. A donation of five items will earn a student one hour of apostolic work. Or they can earn the maximum of two apostolic hours for ten items donated. Needed items include basic supplies such as toothpaste or tootbrushes, but also include coloring books and crayons or sports equipment such as baseball gloves, soccer balls and old uniforms.
Floating Doctors is an all-volunteer, non-profit medical relief team whose mission is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in health care delivery worldwide. The organization is run by Dr. LaBrot and his sister, Sky LaBrot ’99.
Posted: Thursday, August 23 2012
Chaminade on You Tube
They say “video killed the radio star,” but thanks to YouTube, video can make anyone and everyone a star – including Chaminade College Preparatory. You can now keep up with your favorite school on its own YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/chaminadecollegeprep.
Watch videos created by our students like Austin Noll ’17, who made Nade the Movie, a funny take on surviving middle school. Or you can watch our dance team perform in a national competition or even a featurette from the Alumni Hall of Fame.
To share your video on the Chaminade YouTube channel, contact Patricia Fernandez at email@example.com.
Posted: Tuesday, August 21 2012
Eagle Football Scores New Locker Room
Chaminade’s Varsity football team has a new place to call home on the West Hills campus – a brand new locker room, complete with a video area for game films.
Featuring 65 red oak veneer lockers; a hanging area for clothes; a small, lockable cabinet for valuables; a seating area inside the lockers; and storage under the seats for their equipment, this 1,600 square foot locker room is a first-class space for a first-class team. The entire floor is covered with 3/8-inch thick rubber flooring.
The team saw their new space for the first time on Friday, August 17 during a blessing conducted by Father Jim Mueller. High School Princial, Brother Tom Fahy also spoke to the team and reminded them that they set the standard for Chaminade through their actions and conduct both on and off the field.
The locker room is located in a space that was made available during the 2011-2012 school year when Chaminade’s band moved to the new Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts. Renovations of the area took place during the summer, and included the installation of showers. Thanks to the generosity of a Chaminade family, the project was realized in time for the 2012-2013 season.
Posted: Wednesday, August 15 2012
Welcome to a New School Year
Temperatures may feel like summer, but on Chaminade College Preparatory’s campuses, it feels like fall. Today is the first day of the 2012-2013 school year, and if that seems a little early, you are correct.
Chaminade students and faculty returned to school after a shorter-than-usual summer this year because first semester finals will take place prior to Christmas Break. In years passed all Chaminade students used some (if not all) of their vacation to study and prepare for finals. This December, all students and faculty will be able to leave school for the two-week break knowing that they will truly have a fresh start to school in 2013.
Before Christmas Break, Chaminade has much to look forward to in the coming months. Not only are the first couple of weeks a whirlwind of new activities, but at the end of August, Eagle football will host Pulaski Academy of Little Rock, Arkansas. In addition, everyone at Chaminade looks forward to hearing the results of the science experiment which flew to space in May, listening to the C-Notes prepare for Carnegie Hall, attending more amazing student performances in the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts, and much more.
The 2012-2013 school year also marks Chaminade’s 60th anniversary. Throughout the year, Chaminade will celebrate 60 years of academic excellence through its various events and activities.
Posted: Friday, August 3 2012
Eagle Eye Wins National Title
Chaminade’s student-run business, Eagle Eye, has won the national 2012 Junior Achievement Company of the Year Award! Five student representatives and Chaminade business teacher, Aron Gideon traveled to Washington, D.C. for the National Student Leadership Summit and competition between 15 student-run companies.
Held from July 30 through August 2, the competition included an annual report, a commercial, and trade fair display with interviews. The general public was invited to participate by voting for their favorite commercial on Facebook and YouTube. Eagle Eye generated 943 “likes” on Facebook alone.
Congratulations, Eagle Eye!
To view more photos and video, please find Chaminade on Facebook.
Posted: Friday, July 20 2012
Eagle Eye to Compete in D.C.
It may be summer, but Chaminade’s Eagle Biz students aren’t on break. They are gearing up for the Junior Achievement Company of the Year Competition to be held July 30 to August 2, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
Competing in a field of 15 student-run companies, Eagle Biz hopes to win the national Student Company of the Year award for their business, Eagle Eye. Part of the competition includes a public vote for “best commercial.” People can vote in two ways before August 1 – once on Facebook, and once on YouTube. To vote for Eagle Eye go to eaglebiz.org. The commercial campaign counts for one-third of the competition, so your votes are important!
Eagle Eye is a business operated by students in Chaminade’s Global Economic Leadership (GEL) class, taught by Aron Gideon on the School’s West Hills campus. The company’s mission is to provide comprehensive sports media services designed to maximize performance and promotion for both coaches and athletes. Read more about Eagle Eye, and keep up with their latest news at http://eaglebiz.org.
Posted: Tuesday, June 27 2012
Great Books Summer Academy makes a great debut at the Middle School
By Kelley Stone, Director of Summer Programs
The inaugural session of the Chaminade Great Books Summer Academy is getting great reviews from parents and kids for providing a fun and academically enriching summer program for students in grades 2-8. Over 150 students from schools all over the San Fernando Valley have come together on the Middle School campus to experience the Great Books curriculum and enjoy enrichment classes from music to math to martial arts.
Developed at the University of Chicago, The Great Books program is a superb framework for teaching reading comprehension, critical thinking, vocabulary, and writing, all in the context of students sharing ideas about great literature. Through the use of Shared Inquiry™, students are exploring themes of lasting significance, centered on the Western tradition but reaching beyond, always with a compelling interest in the roots of democracy and the challenges of the just society. Shared Inquiry™ is a research-proven combination of rich texts and active, collaborative problem-solving that increases achievement in reading comprehension, critical thinking, and communication skills. The Great Books Academy is transforming “talk” into powerful, focused discussions.
Space is still available for session 2 beginning on July 9th! To see a complete course catalog and register go to summer.chaminade.org.
Posted: Tuesday, June 5 2012
Dance Team Ranks #1 at United States National Competition for Second Year in a Row
By Sabrina Michael ’13
This year was a dream year for us as the 2011-2012 dance team, and it defied all of our expectations. From the beginning of summer during camp and practices, there was something special about our interactions with each other. We supported each other through everything that went on in our lives inside and outside the dance room. This aspect of the team changed everything, especially our dancing. We drove each other, we breathed together, we sensed each other’s presence through our dance movements in a sort of out of body experience, and we lived each dance as if it was a real moment in our lives.
One of the dances we brought to U.S. Finals was a Haunted Mansion-themed hip hop routine to Deadmau5’s Ghosts n Stuff. Our routine earned us a score of 92.7 out of 100, which beat out 25 All-Star hip hop crews from around the U.S. and ranked us #1 in the country.
I remember sitting in the old dance room at the Fine Arts Building before the Tutor Center was completed, closing my eyes and just listening to the song for the first time. I could feel the anticipation and excitement as all of us grooved and looked at each other with smiles from ear to ear. We heard the Haunted Mansion sound effects like screams and verses from the Disneyland ride and practically lost it (all of us are obsessed with Disney by the way). We knew right then and there that this routine was going to be fantastic. After a competition held at Disneyland, we went to the park and went on the Haunted Mansion ride together. As soon as the ghostly voice said, “Welcome foolish mortals to the Haunted Mansion,” our whole team recited it for everyone on the ride. Despite our obvious love of this routine and concept, we brought something distinct to the table; with our white-painted faces, black eyes, crazy hair, and unique choreography, we were the exact opposite of the regular cookie cutter dance ensembles.
Our ability to work as a team and be a family is what made this year’s dance team one to remember and one not to forget. We skyrocketed to a national level in two out of three categories, and we defended our National Hip Hop title from last year. We ranked #1 in two All-Star divisions, a first in Chaminade history. This team has been a major stepping stone has set the standard high for years to come.
Posted: Saturday, June 2 2012
Congratulations Class of 2012
Dressed in caps and gowns of blue, 313 members of Chaminade College Preparatory’s Class of 2012 descended on the West Hills campus to take part in this year’s commencement exercises. Valedictorian, Evangeline Kho and salutatorian, Jake Earl, addressed the audience before their classmates received their diplomas and celebrated their last moments as Chaminade students.
In addition to the ceremony held on Saturday, June 2, seniors and their families attended the annual baccalaureate Mass on Friday evening. During baccalaureate, the School recognized the Tutor Family with the Family of Mary Award, an award given to the family with the longest term upon the graduation of their youngest child.
As the Class of 2012 moves on to the next chapter in their lives, everyone in the Chaminade family congratulates them on this exciting milestone and hopes to see the newest Eagle alumni in the near future.
Posted: Friday, June 1 2012
Eagles eyeing relay history
Posted: May 31, 2012, Daily News, Los Angeles
After becoming the first area program to win the Masters title in the boys' 4 x 400 relay May 25, Chaminade is attempting to secure an even bigger prize at the state meet.
No local boys' track and field program has won a 4 x 400 state title, but the Eagles are the top qualifiers with their state-leading mark of 3:15.28.
Kennedy captured girls' 4 x 400 state titles in 1980 and '81, led by sisters Sherri and Denean Howard.
Senior Jared Dinowitz has sacrificed prom and graduation commitments to continue to compete for Chaminade, which boasts talented juniors Isaiah Bernard, Elijah Dunston and Terrell Newby.
Harry Brockington teams with Bernard, Dunston and Newby on the Eagles' 4x 100 relay, as Chaminade joins Taft as the area's only boys' track and field program to have teams qualify for state prelims in both relays.
Oaks Christian and Taft are the only local girls' programs to have both relays advance to state.
Posted: Monday, May 29 2012
Harmony Chorus Reflections
By Paulette Mann
Going to competition is not about winning, it is about friendship and fun! Is Harmony Chorus competitive? Absolutely!
I am so fortunate to work with amazing students who keep me laughing! They work so hard to do their best. Receiving a first place silver this April at the World Strides Heritage Festival in Las Vegas was a wonderful moment. This is the fourth year that Harmony has competed.
Competition allows me the opportunity to select quality music and Harmony ends up loving it. I have many students that continue singing in college. I currently have at least a half a dozen students from Chaminade who are following their dreams through majoring in music. Memories are made and cherished on a trip to compete.
In addition, I had the good fortune that Yuliya, a girl from Ethiopia, could see her first musical during our Heritage Festival trip. It was an evening I will never forget. One of this year’s highlights was seeing a Cirque du Soleil performance of LOVE, The Beatles cirque. Memories and friendships that will last a lifetime, singing together and understanding what it takes to succeed – Harmony, a job well done.
Posted: Friday, May 25 2012
Chatsworth Campus: an International Day
Chaminade’s Middle School students celebrated international cultures with an International Mass. The annual tradition, which is also known as “Closing of School Mass” brings the entire Middle School together one last time before the 8th graders head over to the West Hills campus for high school.
Mass began with a parade of 6th graders, dressed in clothing representative of the countries they picked to study and report on for their International Faire. The students also carried a replica of their selected nation’s flag. The reading was spoken in Italian, with the English translation shown on a large screen for the audience. In addition, prayers of the faithful were spoken in other languages, including Japanese, Arabic, Tagalog, and more. Chaminade President Jim Adams gave a reflection and spoke about the wonderful diversity of cultures that makes up the Chaminade family. He reminded everyone that even though we all come from different ethnic backgrounds, we all come from one Father. Mass concluded with the song Malo Malo Thanks be to God.
After Mass, the 6th graders celebrated the International Faire with colorful display boards and delicious foods from the countries they studied
Posted: Thursday, May 24 2012
Chaminade students have science experiment aboard SpaceX flight
Published: May 24, 2012, Daily News, Los Angeles
For two West Hills students, it's a science experiment that's literally out of this world. | See photo gallery.
Max Holden and Paige D'Andrea - a freshman and sophomore respectively, at Chaminade College Preparatory - are one of 12 student teams across the U.S. whose science experiments won a spot aboard the SpaceX flight that launched Tuesday for the International Space Station.
Their experiment: Seeing if wine ferments faster in the near weightlessness of space than it would back on Earth.
If successful, the test wouldn't just mean good news for winos. It could mean that all fermentation-based foods - such as bread, yogurt and cheese - could be produced a lot quicker.
"Wine usually ferments for two years if you're going to sell it on the market," Holden, 15, said. "If this ferments twice as fast, it can only take one year to ferment it, and it can go on the market much faster." Read More
Posted: Tuesday, May 22 2012
Fleet-Footed Eagles Qualify
By Christopher Phillip Mack
Chaminade’s all-junior team of Isaiah Bernard, Elijah Dunston, Harry Brockington and Terrell Newby ran their way to qualifying for State Championships in the 4 x 100-meter relay at the CIF-SS Divisional Finals at Mount San Antonio College. They placed third in Division III and seventh overall, with a season-best time of 41.85. Their time ranked them tenth in the State.
The Eagles ended their day placing a close second in the 4 x 400 relay to State leaders and Div. III team title champions Rio Mesa. The team comprised of senior Jared Dinowitz (49.71), Isaiah Bernard (49.82), Elijah Dunston (48.75) and Terrell Newby (48.46) ran an impressive 3:16.43. This time ranked them second in the State and they also made the at-large mark to qualify for the State Championships.
Both relays qualified to compete at the Masters Meet to be held at Cerritos College on Friday, May 25, 2012. Running events start at 6:00 p.m.
Posted: Friday, May 18 2012
Testing Private Ship to the Space Station, and Wine, Too
Published: May 17, 2012, The New York Times
In space, how quickly does grape juice turn to wine?
Two California high school students hope to find out soon. Their experiment is one of 11 aboard a rocket scheduled to blast off early Saturday from Cape Canaveral, Fla., to the International Space Station. “We think it’s going to ferment faster,” said Max Holden, a ninth grader at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, Calif.
But there is no guarantee that the seven-inch tube of yeast and grape juice will ever reach its destination.
The launching is a test flight of a spacecraft built by the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, of Hawthorne, Calif. The event is slightly historic: if all goes well, the ship will be the first operated by a private company, rather than the government, to supply the space station. Read More
Posted: Thursday, May 17 2012
Baseball Moves on to First-Round
With junior right-hander Kevin Victoria on the mound, Chaminade won its Southern Section Division 2 wild-card match-up against Paso Robles, 6-1 on Tuesday, May 15. Victoria struck out nine batters in six innings of work. The Eagles’ victory moves them on to a first-round road game at Mission Viejo High School on Thursday, May 17. First-pitch is at 3:15 p.m. and junior left-hander, Kevin Lewallyn, will take the mound for Chaminade.
Posted: Wednesday, May 16 2012
Middle School Debate Captures League Title
For the third time in the last four years, the Chaminade Middle School Debate Team again captured the Golden State Debate League Championship.
After four rounds of competition and an undefeated record, 8th graders Tiffany Thomas, Jeremy Marsh, and Brendan Egan faced off against Sycamore Canyon in a final round public debate on the topic that the United States should have mandatory military service. In a 2-1 decision, Chaminade was declared the winner taking home first place and the championship.
Two other teams placed in the top 6, with Danica Hosaka, Noelle Johnson, and Alyssa Buzzello finishing 4th, and Jonathan Bollinger, Ryan Town, and Bhaskar Suri in 6th.
Chaminade also clinched half of the speaker awards, including two of the top three speakers at the tournament. Out of nearly 100 debaters, London Pace took 3rd and Noelle Johnson finished as the Top Speaker for the championship and winner of the Gavel. The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.
Other highlights for the season include:
- 35 Speaker Awards including 3 Gavel Winners
- 3 First Place team finishes
- 18 Team Awards
- 3 Teams qualified for National Championship
- Top 20 finish at Nationals including top 12 speaker in the country
Posted: Tuesday, May 15 2012
Baseball and Softball Teams in Playoffs
Both Chaminade’s Varsity baseball and softball teams are ready for work in their playoff games this week. Baseball plays in a Southern Section Div. II wild-card game at home (West Hills) against Paso Robles High School on Tuesday, May 15 at 3:15 p.m. Eagles softball faces Torrance High School in their first round game, at Torrance on Thursday, May 17 at 3:15 p.m. Go Eagles!
Posted: Monday, May 14 2012
Reflections of a Dancer after Performing “The Attic”
By Brittni Webb ’12
A senior at Chaminade, Brittni, dances with the High School’s Dance Company and wrote her reflections after the first performance weekend of this year’s dance concert, “The Attic.” This is the company’s first time taking the stage in Chaminade’s brand new, Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts.
As I hang in the rafters in the hammock, I watch the sheets get ripped away.
The Irish Princess stretches from years of spending time in the attic, while the dancer inside of her stretches in excitement to once again performing in the annual dance concert after a year off. She takes a deep breath, a flood of memories rush back to her.
“What’s it like?”
“What’s it like what?” I respond, a bit confused and mostly just over-tired.
“Dance Company….” After a few moments I pause and in a hushed reply I say “I don’t know how to explain it to you.”
What’s it like? What’s it like to perform? What’s it like to be exposed to such inspiring dancers and choreographers? What’s it like to make history? What’s it like throwing your old life to the side and creating a whole new one, only knowing that it will be over in less than three weeks? It’s worth it.
Whether it be varsity soccer or Future Doctors of America, there are plenty of programs on campus at Chaminade that offer students the chance for self-improvement, but the Dance Company is the only program where one not only learns more about themselves, striving for both physical and mental self-improvement; but one is given the chance to create themselves. Many of us dancers claim that long practices and little sleep are the reason for our different behavior around the time of the performance; however, the truth is that reality is simply going through the motions; we are living in a total different state of mind. We call this state, the “In-between”. In the “In-between” we not only develop empathy for our characters, we become them. The outside world is a myth, for our mind is not focused to getting through the piece, but living the piece. For the hour or so performance, we are real, alert, alive, breathing loudly to feel out the other dancers.
Dance Company is not the long hours of preparation, the lack of sleep, and sore feet, but the feeling of unity that cannot be found anywhere else. We are living in the realm to which we normally escape. The real world is boring in comparison. The pieces we perform are so close to our hearts and honest because they are created by students, reflecting human issues, and conflicts we deal with everyday as high school students. Dancing these pieces allows us to escape from the pettiness of high school, confront our issues and realize that they are universal. The connections and friendships that are formed in company are not credited to the long practice hours and lack of cell service in the dance cave, but the honest, encouraging environment to which Dance Company provides us.
So as the sheets are pulled off and I descend from the aerial equipment, know that as you, the audience, watches us, we are breathing with you, letting your applause cue our beating hearts. You are joining our world of the In-between and changing the way we dance, changing the way we live in both worlds.
Posted: Thursday, May 10 2012
CSDS to Appear in Swedish Documentary
If public speaking is truly the number one fear in America, then the Chaminade Speech & Debate Society (CSDS) is fearless. This group of high school students competes at the local, state and national level in all forms of competitive high school speech and debate events.
Since its founding in 2007, CSDS has fielded a state qualifying team in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. They have even garnered international attention, and several weeks ago, CSDS teacher, Marianne Rosen was contacted by a Swedish television production company. The company invited Chaminade to be the only American high school forensic (speech and debate) team to part participate in the four-hour Swedish television documentary, The Importance of Teaching Speech and Debate at High Schools. Film crews recently visited Chaminade’s West Hills campus, and CSDS proudly represented Chaminade.
Posted: Monday, May 7 2012
Chaminade Presents the 2012 Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame
From the beginning athletics have been an important part of the Chaminade experience. Since 1952, athletes have competed for Chaminade, while coaches and boosters also committed thousands of hours to young Eagles and their athletic program. In 2002, the Chaminade Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame was formed to honor those athletes, coaches, and boosters for their contributions to the School.
On Saturday, May 5, Chaminade inducted a new class of Hall of Fame honorees to the Hall of Fame. For the first time, inductees included an entire team – the 1998 Varsity Boys Basketball Team. Also honored were athletes Stephen Stark ’81, Lucy Braker Howell ’87, Chris Gray ’97, Marcus Everett ’04, and boosters, Nancy and Phil Mundy.
This new class of hall of famers gathered with their families, friends, teammates, and past inductees in the Uribe Center on Chaminade’s West Hills Campus for a special dinner and ceremony. The evening’s festivities included a video introduction of each inductee, as well as an unveiling of the new “Wall of Fame” in the lobby of the Uribe Center.
Chaminade congratulates its newest members to the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame!
Posted: Wednesday, May 2 2012
Chaminade Dancers Set to Take Tutor Center Stage
Nearly ten months ago two of Chaminade’s high school dance students donned dance costumes and hard hats for a photo shoot on what would soon be their stage in the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts. As amazing as that experience was, walking into a brand new dance classroom was even better, and the best is yet to come.
On Friday, May 4, 2012, the dance program will take the Tutor Center stage for the first time with their annual dance concert. This year’s performance, The Attic, is the story of two small children who are left in the care of their cold and distant aunt after their young mother’s passing. They find an attic full of memories of “a Circus InBetween” – the place where their mother and aunt grew up. In doing so, the children reconnect with their mother, and form a sweet connection with their aunt. There are many things in The Attic for the audience to discover, and guests will enjoy contemporary and lyrical dance, in addition to Irish dance, belly dancing, and a beautiful Pointe piece.
Dance teacher and Chaminade alumna, Tarrylee Silke ’86 says, “Student choreography is at an all-time high…We will be hosting an aerial pre-show outside in the Tutor Center’s courtyard.” Dancers will introduce aerial straps with a routine featuring Alexya Garcia ’12 and Jake Speyer ’12. The routine was choreographed and trained by alumna, Marissa Pfaff ’06, who currently trains and performs with the Circus Center in San Francisco.
The Attic runs at the Tutor Center (West Hills campus) on May 4, 5, 6, 11 and 12. All shows begin at 7:00 p.m., except for the May 6 performance, which is a matinee at 4:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, guests may download an order form, or purchase tickets at the door on performance dates. For more information, please contact Ms. Silke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012
Eagle Business Wins SoCal Student Company of the Year
Eagle Business did it again at the Southern California Junior Achievement Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. As they did last year, the business program’s company, Eagle Eye, won Student Company of the Year, so they will now be considered for the National Company of the Year competition held in Washington, D.C. this summer. In addition, they were recognized for Best Tradeshow Booth, Best Financial Projections and Most Innovative Company.
Eagle Eye is a business operated by students in Chaminade’s Global Economic Leadership (GEL) class, taught by Aron Gideon on the School’s West Hills campus. The company’s mission is to provide comprehensive sports media services designed to maximize performance and promotion for both coaches and athletes. Read more about Eagle Eye, and keep up with their latest news at http://eaglebiz.org.
Congratulations to our Eagle Business students and their teacher, Mr. Gideon!
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Chaminade Competes in 5th Annual VEX Robotics World Championship
By Nancy McIntyre
For three days members of both the High School and Middle School Eagle Engineering program competed at the 5th Annual VEX Robotics World Championship, which this year was held at the Anaheim Convention Center. The competition brought together the top 600 VEX teams from around the world in three divisions of middle, high school and college. The high school team made it to the semi-final, and was interviewed by KTLA for the afternoon news. In addition, a production crew from Autodesk, an event sponsor, followed the team because of their outstanding work in Inventor, a CAD program which allows the team to do their design work on computers. Watch KTLA interview
On Friday, April 20 the team was invited to a presentation given by Douglass Osheroff, a Nobel Prize winning professor at Stanford. They even had time to get a photo with him!
The teams have already learned the new challenge for next year and started sketching and designing on their way to dinner following the end of the event. It looks like there will be a great deal of work going on over the summer so the team is ready for competition next fall.
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012
8th Graders Volunteer During Easter Break
By Kate Lospalluto '00
While students might spend Easter Break on vacation, or relax at home, some use it as an opportunity to serve others – and that is just what 15 of Chaminade’s 8th grade students did this year. They took a few days to travel to the San Francisco Bay Area to volunteer.
The trip was chaperoned by Chaminade teachers Jen Bader, John Apablasa, and Kate Lospalluto ’00, along with parent Sandi Alderton. Included among their stops was a visit to the Marianist community in Cupertino; the San Fancisco Food Bank; a visit to another Marianist school, Archbishop Riordan; various Vincent De Paul centers; the Catholic Worker; and the San Mateo Special Olympics. It was an amazing trip and quite the experience for Chaminade students. They truly lived out "service, justice, and peace"!
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thank You, Chaminade Volunteers
Established by President Obama through a proclamation, National Volunteer Week is April 15 to 21, 2012. He encourages everyone to observe this week by volunteering. While people across the nation join in the service movement, Chaminade College Preparatory wishes to salute the hundreds of volunteers who share their time and talent with the School.
From parents to alumni to faculty and staff, volunteers make it happen at Chaminade. They work on large-scale projects such as the Spring Gala or Homecoming, but they also stuff envelopes for mailings, provide hospitality services at school events, run the Used Uniform Drive, support athletics, and much, much more. Last school year, more than 500 volunteers reported more than 13,000 volunteer hours. Simply amazing!
Posted: Monday, April 4, 2012
Tenebrae Convenes Community at Chaminade
Chaminade College Preparatory gathered the community together for an early Tenebrae on the Tuesday of Holy Week with a live stage production of Hugh McElyea’s Tenebrae: The Passion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Held in the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts, the sold out performance featured students from Chaminade’s orchestra, Middle School and Upper School choirs, as well as alumni, parents, teachers, and friends of the School.
Audience members came from as far away from Santa Barbara to watch Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s compelling story. As a German Lutheran pastor, Bonhoeffer courageously stood in opposition to Hitler, and sacrificed his life. This important part of history as told through Tenebrae set a fitting tone for the final week of Lent.
Tenebrae began in the early church when monks gathered on the eve of Good Friday to remember the last days of Jesus. Today, Tenebrae service is observed during the last three days of Holy Week.
Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012
Chaminade Film Students Go Behind the Scenes
The Advanced Film classes (Film III, IV, and V) visited the location shoot of the upcoming film Get a Job (2013). The students were guests of the cinematographer David Hennings, whose daughter Maddie ’12 is a current Film III student. In between takes and camera set-ups, the students spoke with the director, producer, cinematographer, and several other members of the crew about their filmmaking process. Director Dylan Kidd shared stories from his own days as a student filmmaker, and encouraged the students to pursue their filmmaking dreams. “Just go do it,” he said, “and have fun.”
After their film shoot visit, the class continued on to Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank for a backlot tour. “I think it’s important to have a sense of film history,” said Karen Thumm, the film program director, “and visiting a studio that formed in the 1920s certainly provides that in a very real, very tangible way.” Students walked the “city streets” of the backlot that has been used in films as varied as the original The House of Wax (1953), Annie (1982), and Spiderman (2002). Students also visited the sets of several current television shows in production on the Warner Brothers lot including The Mentalist, Two Broke Girls, and The Ellen Degeneres Show. One student said her favorite part of the tour was standing on the set for Ellen and gaining a sense of how that show is produced. Ms. Thumm says she hopes this field trip will be the first of many. “We have such an opportunity here in California, one I didn’t have growing up in Connecticut, to go and see what’s really happening. I plan to take advantage of it.”
Posted: Friday, March 30th, 2012
By Nicky DeNocker ’12, Tara Montazeri ’12 and CJ Saquing ’12
Once a year, Harmony Chorus and Music Ministry combine to share their love for singing in a wonderful event known as “Spring Sing.” This fun-filled evening is held in the Media Center of the High School’s Condon Center. Harmony and Music Ministry each perform their favorite pieces of the year. The upperclassmen in Harmony Chorus are also given the opportunity to sing a solo by an artist or from a musical of their choice. They can either accompany themselves on guitar or piano, or have Matthew Park, Chaminade’s accompanist, play for them.
The various solos are spread throughout the night, alternating between various choral pieces. A few of the songs this year are sung by 841, a small ensemble of senior girls in Harmony Chorus, whose songs range from pop to classical genres. During the intermission, the audience is able to indulge in homemade baked goods made by the chorus members and parents. At the end of the program, the singers gather to take pictures and are congratulated for their performances. The Spring Sing is a great kick-off to the spring season and proves itself enjoyable for the entire Chaminade family.
Posted: Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Chaminade C-Notes Wins Top Honors at Heritage Festival
The Chaminade C-Notes won three top honors at the Heritage Choral Festival in San Diego (March 23-25). This is a national adjudicated choral festival in which choirs are judged by experts in the choral field on many aspects of the music such as interpretation, tone, balance, dynamics, diction, blend, rhythm and intonation.
C-Notes won First Place Gold in the Concert Choir Division, and the Adjudicators Trophy for highest score in the Concert Choir Division. Additionally, the C-Notes will perform in the National Festival of Gold National Youth Festival at Carnegie Hall on April 14, 2013!
Congratulations to Mrs. Kathy Rohrs and the C-Notes for all their hard work and dedication!
Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Eagle Engineering Competes in Long Beach
By Lauren Klein ’14
Eagle Engineering (Team 1138) was one of 66 teams which competed at the Los Angeles Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) held at the Long Beach Arena in mid-March. Most teams came from the greater Los Angeles area, but the field also included two foreign teams – one from Chile and another from Brazil. For 18 teams, this is their first year competing.
This year's game (it changes every year) was a form of basketball, with four hoops in a diamond formation on each side, and three balancing teeter-totters in the center. During this competition, Eagle Engineering made it to the semifinals.
FIRST Robotics is a rapidly expanding program, with a current tally of more than 2,400 teams. Eagle Engineering has a goal of mentoring new teams this year, as well as doing service in the community and around the world. This year, Team 1138 is providing assistance to St. Francis throughout the entire process.
Posted: Monday, March 26th, 2012
Taking Time Out For STEM Careers
Sometimes, it is nice to get out of the classroom, leave textbooks behind, and learn in a different setting. Chaminade Middle School students did just that on Wednesday, March 21 during the Distinguished Science Speaker series. Organized by Science Department Chair, Margie Chespak, the series is in its second year at Chaminade, and is a program designed to expose students to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Five Chaminade parents who work in various STEM careers spoke to the entire Middle School, and offered insights and advice. Ken Kubo, a Northrup Gruman software engineer showed the audience how the academics of geometry, physics, and algebra created a popular video game. Next, students learned how Cindi Hein, M.S., R.D., a registered dietician from Mead Johnson Nutrition took “the road less travelled” and went from earning a B.A. in History to becoming a registered dietician. Dr. David Gerwe, a Boeing Company technical fellow then wowed students with his work on lasers, telescopes, satellites, computers, and electronics. Students also learned about the many career options offered by public health from Seira Kurian, M.D., MPH, who is a public health physician with the Los Angeles County Department of Health. Finally, Fox Engineering and Operations Senior Vice President, Monte Kuklenski walked the audience through the building and operation of a Fox network center in Houston.
Each speaker had something different to offer the students, but they all encouraged students to work on a well-rounded education and not simply focus on the math and science. They talked about the importance of developing communication skills through the liberal arts and writing.
While students certainly enjoyed the opportunity to take their learning outside the classroom, they especially enjoyed seeing how the subjects they learn are used in practical, real-life situations. Thomas Price ’16 said, “It was a great way to…learn from a different perspective…to learn from professionals in their real life jobs, to show you how what science teaches you, how you can use it in society.”
After the presentations ended, six students, along with their science teachers, ate lunch with the speakers. They used the time to talk about the future of learning in the STEM disciplines, and what Chaminade can do to prepare. The speakers then sat at tables during the main lunch period and answered questions from students.
Posted: Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
Chaminade President Wins NCEA Reward
West Hills, California, March 21, 2012 – Chaminade College Preparatory President James V. Adams will receive the 2012 Catholic Secondary Education Award from the Secondary Schools Department of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), given to Catholic school educators for distinguished service to Catholic education.
Adams was recognized by NCEA for his leadership at Chaminade, where he has molded a Catholic organization which lives and breathes it mission to form young adults who are committed to their faith, morally aware and academically capable people, and are outstanding contributors to the future. During his tenure, Chaminade has instituted a one-to-one student tablet educational experience, and constructed a 25,000 square foot Science and Technology Center on the High School campus, a 25,000 square foot Arts and Athletics Center on the Middle School campus, and a 24,000 square foot Performing Arts Center on the High School campus.
Chaminade has won the following awards under Adams’ leadership:
- 1997/98 - National Blue Ribbon School
- 2008 - Named by Los Angeles Magazine one of the best private high schools in Los Angeles County
- 2009 - The International Center for Leadership in Education named Chaminade College Preparatory one of 25 “Model Schools.” Chaminade College Preparatory is the first Catholic School in the United States to earn this prestigious honor. Chaminade leadership presented a workshop at the annual Model Schools Conference which was attended by over 5,500 educators from around the world.
- 2009 – Chaminade College Preparatory’s Board of Directors received the Outstanding Board Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). This award recognizes outstanding work, encourages excellence, and provides ideas and best practices for other governance groups.
- 2010 – James Adams named by San Fernando Valley Business Journal as Best Not-for-Profit Executive
- 2009 - Recognized by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as one of San Fernando Valley’s Best Places to Work
- 2009 - Daily News Readers’ Favorite Private School
In addition to his role at Chaminade, Adams is a permanent part-time consultant with Meitler Consultants, an educational planning firm. He also serves on the Board of Directors and Governance Committee of the Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley, Joint Advisory Board of St. Catherine of Siena School and the Advisory Council for Community Bank. He has also served on the Board of Sacramento Blood Bank, the Heart Research Foundation, Catholic Charities, and the St. Sebastian Governance Board. He has served as president of Chaminade College Preparatory since July 1996.
Adams will receive his award at the annual NCEA Convention on April 12, 2012.
Posted: Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Chaminade Set to Stage Dietrich Bonhoeffer Story
For one night only, on April 3, 2012, Chaminade College Preparatory presents Hugh McElyea’s Tenebrae – The Passion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Bonhoffer, a German Lutheran pastor, made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, and was one of the few church leaders who opposed Hitler. The public is invited to Chaminade’s Tutor Family Center for the Performing Art to share in this inspiring and compelling story of a man who gave his life for his faith.
Chaminade’s High School and Middle School choirs, student chamber ensemble, student actors, along with Chaminade faculty, staff, parents, and friends, will perform this liturgical music-drama.
Tickets are available online, and are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
For more information call 818-360-0165.
Posted: Friday, March 16th, 2012
Class of 2012: True to Their School
An important part of graduating from Chaminade College Preparatory is finding a lasting way for your class to leave its mark. The Class of 2012 has found theirs, and it is through a gift to their school. Since late January, a committee of seniors has worked with Alumni Manager, Peggy Smith and Students Activities Director, Julie LaBelle, to raise money among their classmates so they can later vote on a gift to Chaminade.
The 21 committee members have made presentations to their classsmates and worked through their lunch breaks to encourage the Class of 2012 to do one thing – participate. Their goal has never been about an amount of money, but coming together as a class and contributing to their school. Of course, the suggested gift was $20.12 (class pride always rules), but if you can only contribute the change from your pocket, you still count.
As of March 12, the Class of 2012 proudly boasts a 61% participation rate, but they want 100% so the hard work continues.
Posted: Wednesday, March 15th, 2012
Eagle Engineering’s Global Arm
No stranger to helping students in other countries begin robotics team, Chaminade’s Eagle Engineering has done it again. Having already worked with teams in England, New Zealand, and Japan, Eagle Engineering most recently lent a hand to two schools in Micronesia, Yap SDA and Yap Catholic.
Their work began in 2008 when Chaminade’s robotics team sent textbooks to Micronesia so resources for two new high schools could be built. Eagle Engineering also created instructional videos, which cover robotics basics, programming, etc. for the Micronesian students. In addition, the team sent two VEX Robotics Starter Kits, a VEX game playing field, and game elements. Eagle Engineering’s work with Yap SDA and Yap Catholic are featured in the May/June issue Robot Magazine.
Moderated by Robotics Program Director, Nancy McIntyre, Eagle Engineering is comprised of both VEX and FRC teams at the Middle and High School campuses. In 2010-2011, the VEX team won three Driver Skills Awards, two Excellence awards, an Engineering Excellence Award, and were tournament champions; and the FRC team won the Los Angeles Chairman’s Award.
Posted: Tuesday, March 14th, 2012
Spring Gala Online Auction Now Open
Spring is in the air, and that means its gala season at Chaminade! While Esprit de Chaminade is a few weeks away (Saturday, March 31 to be exact), Eagle supporters can start their bidding early through the online auction, which is officially open. Powered by biddingforgood.com, Chaminade's online auction is a safe, secure, and easy way to support the gala and the school. The online portion runs in conjunction with the main event, but it closes before the night of the gala, on Thursday, March 22 at 9:00 p.m. (PST).
Start your auction shopping now – remember time is limited, as are items like our VIP parties. Good luck to all of you, and most of all, thank you for your support of Chaminade!
To contribute auction items or ask questions, please contact Suzanne Sincock at email@example.com or (818) 360-0615.
Posted: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Founders Day 2012 Honors Chaminade Alumnus
With eight miles separating Chaminade’s Middle School and High School campuses, a day when both student bodies can come together as one is quite special. Wednesday, March 7, was one of those memorable occasions as all Chaminade students, faculty, and staff gathered in West Hills for the 24th annual Founders Day Mass.
Established as a celebration in liturgy, Founders Day honors individuals, who in their work as employees or volunteers, have made significant contributions to Chaminade. This year’s event commended alumnus Richard Hunsaker ’58 as a Founder of Chaminade College Preparatory.
A graduate of Chaminade when it was located at the original campus in Cheviot Hills, Hunsaker was a member of the School’s fifth graduating class. As a student, he was involved in numerous school activities including sodality, drama, Letterman's Club, student government and earned selection to the academic Honor Roll. Sports were a particular love for him, and he lettered in football playing left tackle and in basketball he was a dominant center.
After Chaminade, Hunsaker attended USC and graduated in 1963. He then entered the field of Civil Engineering, and in 1976 founded Hunsaker & Associates with Doug Snyder, John Michler, and Tom McGannon. Today, Hunsaker & Associates has offices in Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego; and the company has designed successful master-planned communities throughout Southern California.
In addition to the Building Industry Association, Orange County Chapter’s Gwen Rosebeary Award, Hunsaker has been bestowed with the 10th Annual Tribute to Excellence award for his outstanding contributions to the homebuilding industry and community. In 2003, he was inducted into the California Building Industry Foundation Hall of Fame. Hunsaker is also an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, Taller San Jose, and served on the Construction of the Diocese of Orange. He recently completed six years of service on Chaminade’s Board of Directors. In 2001, Hunsaker was named “Distinguished Alumnus” of Chaminade. He helped to facilitate the development of the School’s building program, and was instrumental in serving as chairman of the Board’s physical facilities sub-committee and ad-hoc building sub-committee.
Hunsaker and his wife of 47 years, Regina, have three children and eight grandchildren. An active member of his church, St. John Vianney Chapel on Balboa Island, Hunsaker is a Knight in the Order of Malta, a lay religious order whose mission is to defend the faith and serve the poor. In addition, he has made seven trips to Lourdes caring for the sick and completed a pilgrimage walk across Spain in 2005 and 2008. He is blessed, and so is Chaminade.
Posted: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
2012 Chaminade Film Festival
In mid-February, Film Club President, Tyler Jones ’12 and Film Club Vice President of Special Projects, Sara Simons ’12 hosted the 2012 Chaminade Film Festival. Coordinated by Film Program Director, Karen Thumm, the festival welcomed 150 people for the screening of 24 student films. Screenings were divided into four categories; Narrative without Dialogue (short format), Experimental, Narrative with Dialogue (long format), and Documentary. The awards for Best Film in a category were presented at the end of each category screening. When the screenings concluded, audience members voted for the Official Audience Selection, which was presented along with individual achievement awards.
Best Narrative without Dialogue: “Limitless” submitted by Writer/Director/Composer Alex Mansour ’15; A young man bound to a wheelchair after a car accident dreams that he stands up to a bully and asks out a pretty girl. This dream propels him to come to peace with his identity.
Best Experimental: “Violet’s Hill” submitted by Writer/Producer/Director/Editor Taylor Dave ’12; Violet turns to drugs after not being able to cope with her own life and journeys into a world of her subconscious where she soon finds herself trapped, unable to escape. In her reality, she attempts to drown herself and is lifted out of the water by an “angel” who saves her.
Best Narrative with Dialogue: “Light” submitted by Writer/Director/Producer/Editor Collin Levin ’12; A son and father reconnect after years of not talking.
Best Documentary: “The Making of Filmmakers” submitted by Director Alec Kargodorian, Edited by Breeana Kovelman ’14, Camera Work by Desiree Terani ’13; Discover how students who are part of Chaminade Film Program prepare for a future career in the film industry.
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Best Actress: Liz Holland ’14 for her role as “Amy” in Desiree Terani’s film “Imagine That”
Best Actor: Dylan Wallace Baird ’12 for his role as “Comedy” in Dominic Hutchinson’s “Comedy & Tragedy”
Outstanding Achievement, Production Design:Griffin Davies ’15 for “Hotel California”
Best Production Design: Eloise Perrochet ’14 for “Driving Me Crazy”
Outstanding Achievement, Original Concept: Rebecca Kuntz ’12 for “Remains of the Day”
Best Screenplay: Hayley Bricker ’14 for “Freedom”
Outstanding Achievement, Cinematography: Desiree Terani ’13 for “Imagine That”, and Conner DeMita ’13 for “Money Box”
Best Cinematography: Alec Kargodorian ’14 for "Reality"
Outstanding Editing: Sara Marie Simons ’12 for “Be On Time: Check”, and Kyle Conemac ’12 for “Comedy and Tragedy”
Outstanding Achievement, Writing and Directing: Breeana Kovelman ’14 for “Lucky Day”, and Dominic Hutchinson ’13 for “Comedy and Tragedy”
OFFICIAL AUDIENCE SELECTION (based on audience vote the night of the festival)
“Blue Eyes” submitted by Writer/Director/Editor Liz Holland, Produced by Kyle Kennan, Camera work by Aaron Jacobs; Sammy and Alex’s mother has died, and they are left alone to cope with this. In the two timelines of the film, we see how they are plagued with the difficulty of being alone and how they can turn to each other for support.
Four prominent members of the film industry donated their time and expertise to serve as judges and present the award for Best Film in their respective categories.
Wayne Kennan, Director of Photography, has had a career spanning 35 years. He is best known for the television series, Seinfeld, and is currently in production on Rules of Engagement. He has been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers for fifteen years
Kris Pearn started his career in film as an animator for 20th Century Fox working on movies such as Anastasia and Titan AE. At Sony Pictures Animation, he was head of story on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and is currently co-directing the sequel.
Lisa Hamil is best known as a casting director and producer. Among her recent accolades, OKA!, which Hamil cast, opened in theaters last year. She is currently in post-production on her directorial debut Right Next Door, which she co-wrote and directed with Nicholas David Brandt.
María Elena de las Carreras, MA, Ph.D. is a Fulbright scholar and film critic from Argentina. She is a regular collaborator of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles and the CSUN Cinematheque. Since 2007, she has been a screener of international documentaries for the Sundance Film Festival
Posted: Monday, March 5th, 2012
Chaminade Middle School Debate Has Best Start Ever!
In its fourth year as a program, the Chaminade Middle School Debate Team has opened the season with its strongest start ever.
On March 3, the Middle School Debate Team competed at the Curtis School Invitational, taking both top school awards for most wins and highest winning percentage. Competing against schools including Oaks Christian, Oakwood, Curtis, Sycamore Canyon, and Colina, all five of Chaminade’s teams placed and the school finished the tournament with an impressive 17-3 record. The team of Tiffany Thomas, Jeremy Marsh, and Brendan Egan were perfect, taking 1st. Jonathan Bollinger-Benson, Ryan Town, and Bhaskar Suri were also undefeated placing 2nd. To complete the sweep, the team of Danica Hosaka, Noelle Johnson, and Alyssa Buzzello finished with a 4-0 record and took 3rd. Leilah Yanni, Rebecca Gerny, and Lily Haas placed 5th while Danielle Kass, Shane Munson, and London Pace earned 12th out of 100 debaters.
Eagle debaters were also recognized individually with speaker awards, taking 10 of the 16 awards, including 8 of the top 10. Lily Haas, placed 2nd, Rebecca Gerny took 3rd, and Jeremy Marsh was awarded 5th.
In its first tournament of the season in early February, Chaminade hosted over 120 debaters from La Reina, Oaks Christian, Oakwood, Curtis, Sycamore Canyon, and Colina. After 4 rounds, the 5 debate teams were 17-3, taking 5 of the top 7 places at the tournament. Chaminade placed 1st overall in the tournament with an 85% winning percentage.
Out of 16 available speaker awards, our debaters won 10, including a sweep of the top 5 with Alyssa Buzzello taking the coveted gavel as Top Speaker of the tournament.
With this incredible start, Chaminade has qualified 3 teams, the most of any school, for the Claremont-McKenna National Championship in April. The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.
Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2012
Middle School Students Go Backstage at Disneyland
Chaminade Middle School band and C-Notes (choir) students did something out of the ordinary school day on Thursday, February 23. Instead of their usual class schedules in Chatsworth, they travelled to Anaheim and became honorary Disney cast members and went behind the scenes at Disneyland.
As a part of the Disney Performing Arts Program, band students participated in a soundtrack clinic, during which they played music they had never seen—to perfection. Their recorded music was then played back to a movie scene, which band students listened to and watched. While the 46 band members and their teacher Cynthia Snyder learned how soundtracks are made, the C-Notes performed onstage at the Carnation Plaza Garden Stage.
Led by choir director, Kathy Rohrs, the C-Notes entertained park guests with their upbeat and eclectic 30-minute program, featuring songs from Duke Ellington, Broadway, Stephen Schwartz, and Disney. In addition to a taste of showbiz, the C-Notes met with Disneyland producers, had their pictures taken backstage, went through a costume change, and were critiqued as performers—in short, they truly experienced what it is like to be a top-notch, Disney cast member.
While this is a highlight of the school year, the band and C-Notes have competitions ahead of them in March. On Friday, March 9, Middle School band students will enter the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association festival. Both the band and the C-Notes will travel to San Diego for the Heritage Festival San Diego from March 22 to 25. C-Notes fans can also look forward to their return to Carnegie Hall in 2014!
Posted: Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Chaminade Players Alumni Return to West Hills
The Chaminade Players have a long and storied history at Chaminade College Preparatory, and when the School built a new home for the performing arts, alumni wanted to ensure that five names—Juliet Rohde, Dorothy McDonnel, Fran Wilson, Paula LaBrot, and Brother LeRoy Viera, S.M.—would be known by future generations of students, teachers, and families. To do this, two groups of alumni raised funds for Lighting the Way, the Campaign for Chaminade and named spaces in honor of the five. In a matter of months, the Chaminade Players alumni groups met success, and with their goals accomplished, it was time to gather and share the exciting news with the honorees.
On Saturday, February 25, more than 100 alumni (from the classes of 1973 to 2007) and alumni parents returned to Chaminade’s West Hills campus for a special reception thanking them for their efforts, and honoring the contributions of Rohde, McDonnel, Wilson, LaBrot, and Viera. The evening included a program during which Chaminade President, Jim Adams, spoke about each honoree, and presented them with a gift of appreciation. A surprise presentation was made at the end of the program to thank longtime Chaminade friend, Dennis Haas, who has been at the School since the 1960s, and has always stayed connected, even when he pursued a career at IBM.
At the end of the evening, everyone was invited to go into the theater for the first time and see what their gifts helped to build. It was a thrill for the Chaminade Players to step into the 365-seat theater, see the professional-style stage, and tour the entire building. Yet, even while alumni are amazed by the state-of-the-art facilities today’s students work in, they have fond memories of the Bob Hope Student Center and will always affectionately recall Mrs. Rohde’s “Hello, dear,” or Mrs. McDonnel’s “Get off your rusty dusties,” and Paula’s “All for one and all for love.”
Posted: Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
Chaminade Eagles Are In The Playoffs!
With four teams competing in the playoffs, there is extra excitement on campus for our Chaminade Eagles!
On Tuesday, February 14, the Boys’ Soccer team faced off against Newbury Park High School in a wild card match-up at home in West Hills. The Eagles scored three goals in the second half and won their first postseason home game, 3-1.
The Boys’ Varsity Basketball team travels to Morro Bay on Wednesday, February 15 for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.
On Thursday, February 16 the girls’ basketball team plays at home in West Hills against Santa Clara High School at 7:00 p.m.
The week’s match-ups end on Friday, February 17 at Hart High School with the Girls’ soccer playing in a match against Hart.
We hope all you Eagle fans out there can attend one of the games and show your support for the basketball and soccer teams.
Posted: Monday, October 24th, 2011
Homecoming for the Eagles
Chaminade celebrated its 2011 Homecoming with a win 31-6 win over Mission League opponent, St. Paul on Friday, October 14. The win capped off a fun-filled week of Homecoming activities during which students competed in various competitions and participated in spirit dress days – instead of the usual uniform, picture a sea of tourists (it was a Moroccan themed week) or students clad in orange and blue.
On Thursday, October 20, both campuses took Eagle pride to a new level with a Homecoming rally for the High School and a pep rally for the Middle School. High School students crowned their king, Drew Miller, and enjoyed performances by the dance and cheer teams. Middle School students met a few of the Varsity football players and learned a new rallying cry for game day.
By 4:30 p.m. on Friday, when the Homecoming midway of booths opened, the West Hills campus was full of orange-and-blue-clad Chaminade fans. During halftime, the school’s national award-winning dance team performed an Aladdin-themed dance routine; and even when the music cut-out near the end of their performance, these talented dancers kept going and the crowd loved it! Nade students also crowned their 2011 Homecoming Queen, Jessie Keenan.
Homecoming also kicked off Reunion Weekend for alumni, and Chaminade welcomed more than 200 of them back to campus on Friday night! The oldest alumnus in attendance was from the Class of 1956, while the youngest were from 2011. In honor of their 50th reunion, the Class of 1961 stepped out on the Deep Blue C and was introduced to the crowd. While many alumni who visited live locally or within the United States (New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Kansas), others came from as far away as Munich, Singapore, Mexico, England and Canada.
What a great Homecoming it was for Chaminade, and everyone looks forward to next year!
Posted: Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
Spirit, teamwork and a positive approach equals a miraculous comeback
We had a 21-3 lead at halftime. Everything seemed perfect. However, the second half started off with three penalties on our first four plays. We didn’t score a point in the third quarter. We missed tackles, had a punt mishap, missed passes, missed blocks, and gave up 29 unanswered points. With slightly less than 4 minutes left we were down by 11 points and seemingly out of the game. This is when being a Chaminade student makes a difference. More...
Posted: Monday, October 10th, 2011
Today’s Lesson: the Video Game Industry
Chaminade welcomed alumnus Marc Merrill ’98 back to its West Hills campus on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 to speak to the Eagle Engineering robotics team. Merrill is the president of online gaming publisher and developer, Riot Games. Students in Eagle Engineering received tips from this industry expert on their marketable skills as they start thinking about colleges and careers. More...
Posted: Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
P.J. Herrera: Chaminade minister of the O-line
P.J. Herrera is a very imposing figure at 6-1, 270 pounds. He's more than just a big dude. Frankly, he has an inviting personality. "Coach (Croson) and I will tell you he's kind of nice," said Chaminade quarterback Logan Scott. But don't let the nice guy fool you, he can more than handle his own on the football field. More...
Posted: Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
John Sikorra was diagnosed at a young age with Batten Disease, a debilitating neurological disease that leads to blindness, seizures and death in most of those who suffer from it...before they reach the age of 25.
John suited up for every game his high school's baseball team played. On the team's last game, John was given a chance to step up to the plate and earn his high school letter in his favorite sport.
This song is a challenge to all of us to take courage in the situations we face each day, just as John did, and to Step Up.
Watch it here..
Posted: Monday, August 8th, 2011
Sister Noreen Patrice went peacefully to God on August 6th, the Feast of the Transfiguration! A large group of us gathered with her waiting and offering her sister Pat support and love.
For the last month she has been getting steadily weaker and many of us have spent time with her praying, singing and recalling fond memories. Her sister Pat, frequently sat at her bedside praying with her and singing "Open my eyes and Here I am". Darlene was a constant companion offering foot massage for long ours of the day. Also during this week many of her family and friends came to say good bye.
It should be noted that she died exactly four months since she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Rejoice with us that she is finally at peace and that her journey blessed us with courage and strength.