Chaminade Family Raises $1.2 Million

Thank you Postcard2014In a year when Chaminade bid farewell to its 18-year President Jim Adams, the school also celebrated a national speaking championship, robotics awards, four state athletic championships, another successful college placement year, and a banner year in annual giving. The 2013-2014 Chaminade Fund closed the year having raised $1.2 million – funds that are directly invested in students and faculty.

The annual fund raising effort is truly a Chaminade family achievement – 1,325 donors contributed to The Chaminade Fund. Gifts ranged in size from $1 to $75,000. Every single gift, from every single donor makes a difference in the Chaminade experience.

Chaminade College Preparatory thanks all of its generous supporters.

Michael Everett Named National Impromptu Speaking Champion

Michael Everett

(Photo: The Chaminade Talon)

More than 1,500 miles away from West Hills, California Michael Everett ’15 faced a field of 440 competitors at the National Speech & Debate Tournament. He persevered through each round and was named the National Impromptu Speaking Champion in Overland, Kansas on Friday, June 20.

Just to get to the national tournament (#nats14), Everett had to place among the top at one of 110 district tournaments. Chaminade Head Speech Coach Robert Lebeda says, “The rest of the team has been filled with excitement and inspiration. Michael is one of the hardest working members on the team and he absolutely deserves this. They are even more excited for next year.”

Living Wax Museum Presented by Mock Trial and Debate Team

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On May 22, Chaminade’s middle school Mock Trial & Debate Team presented their sixth annual Chaminade Living Wax Museum. Students had the option to select any modern or historical figure and create an original monologue that is both accurate and relevant to bring their chosen character to life. This year, the museum featured 15 different icons including the infamous Bonnie and Clyde, comedienne Gilda Radner, movie legend Audrey Hepburn, and poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. “These were some of the most impressive presentations I’ve ever seen from middle school students,” said 8th grade teacher Mr. Andy Mussack.

Middle School Music Teacher Kathy Rohrs Receives Innovation in Education Award

On Monday, May 19, Chaminade’s middle school music teacher, Kathy Rohrs, received the Innovation in Education Award from The Valley Economic Alliance, at the 14th Annual Steve Allen Excellence in Education Awards ceremony. Each year The Valley Economic Alliance recognizes San Fernando Valley schools, educators and students that achieved national recognition during the school year.

Recognized for her innovative use of music in the classroom and in the community, Mrs. Rohrs also received certificates of achievement and recognition from the California State Senate, California Legislature Assembly, the City of Burbank, the City of San Fernando, the Calabasas City Council, Mayor’s Commendation from the City of Glendale, and the City of Los Angeles Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Mitchell Englander.

Mrs. Rohrs is a vocalist, guitarist, harpist, conductor, composer and music educator. She is a native of the San Fernando Valley, and currently holds a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar and a K-12 Secondary Music Credential in Music Education from California State University, Northridge. She joined the Chaminade family in 2001 and 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 and sing in Washington D.C., Chaminade University in Hawaii and to New York performing as the solo feature choir for the National Children’s Festival at Carnegie Hall in 2011 and 2013. The C-Notes are honored to return to New York to perform on the prestigious Carnegie Hall stage on March 22, 2015.