Author Gordon Korman Visits Chaminade

Asking your child, “How was school today?” often elicits, “Fine,” or, “Good.” Today, however, parents of Chaminade’s middle school students might get a different answer.

Instead of a usual Thursday in school, students attended their classes on a modified schedule because Gordon Korman, an author of 80 children and young adult books, visited Chaminade to give a talk and lead a workshop. Today was the second day of his two-day visit.

Most Chaminade middle school students have read at least one Gordon Korman book, but until his visit, they probably didn’t know that he wrote his first book when he was just about their age. As a 7th grader, Korman wrote, This Can’t be Happening at MacDonald Hall, for a school assignment. He earned a B+, but he sent his manuscript to Scholastic, and in 9th grade, Korman was a published author.

During his talk, Korman shared with students how he has continued to write for three-quarters of his life – he constantly asks himself, “What if?” Korman encouraged them to ask themselves this very question if they ever have writer’s block. Students also had the opportunity to ask Korman questions.

In addition to sharing his writing experiences and offering advice, Korman led workshops for each grade level. The workshops were held in the library, and students wrote their own adventure scenes, and some were read aloud for the group. All middle school students also had the opportunity to come afterschool or at lunch to get copies of Korman’s books signed.

The two-day event was organized by Middle School Assistant Librarian Linda Anderson.

Eagle Business Program Partners With LA Times

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Soon Eagle athletic fans will be able to read about their team on the Los Angeles Times website via Varsity Video. The site will showcase original content, provided by Chaminade College Preparatory’s Eagle Business students. Chaminade was one of 15 schools in Southern California to receive the exclusive invitation to join Varsity Video.

Last week, students Jen Harlow ’15, Conner Hoyt ’15, and Alec Neimand ’16  visited the LA Times office building in downtown Los Angeles to discuss this opportunity. The evening began with dinner and talks by The Times’ CEO, Austin Beutner and Deputy Sports Editor, John Cherwa. Times sports columnists, including Sam Farmer and Eric Sondheimer, met with the students and their teacher Aron Gideon to discuss ideas for creating content that represent unique perspectives of Chaminade athletics. After discussions and training for interfacing with the latimes.com website were completed, Eagle Business went on a private tour of newspaper’s three floors.

The students have already begun to build their page. Find the Chaminade tab at Varsity Video at latimes.com in the coming weeks. If you have ideas for interesting athletics stories to tell, email eaglebiz@chaminade.org. To learn more about classes and programs offered by the Eagle Business Program, visit eaglebiz.org. There are nearly 50 members dedicated to Chaminade’s high school business program, which supports year-round enterprises such as Eagle Eye, Eagle Business Radio, and the PromeNade.

Eagle Engineering Starts Strong

Vex Robotics October 2014

On Saturday, October 18, Chaminade’s Eagle Engineering Robotics Team sent three squads to the Viewpoint School’s “Clash in the Canyons” Robotics tournament and returned with two awards.  The day-long competition included teams from the Los Angeles and San Diego areas as well as two teams from Great Britain.

The middle school’s Vex Metal Robotics Team 83 competed in the “Sky Rise “ Vex challenge with their elevator lift robot, nicknamed “Kevin” (an homage to the Pixar movie, Up). Though the contest fielded 49 robots, Kevin was one of just six robots built by middle school teams. After eight rounds of competition, Team 83 ranked 25th, and they received the Judges Award, and the judges said, “This team shows incredible energy and their design methodology rivals that of much older students. They are an up and coming force in robotics!”

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A second Eagle Engineering squad, Team 1138-B, took home an award at the Clash in the Canyons.  They received the Excellence Award, which is given to the best all-around team at the tournament.

The 1138-B squad, captained by senior Chance Bisquera along with driver Shail Desai ’18 and coaches Rushil Rajganesh ’17 and Bhavik Shah ’18, finished with a sixth seed in the tournament. They partnered with Team 1138-A and a squad from Grace Brethren for the finals but were knocked out in the first round after two very close matches.

The Excellence Award qualifies 1138-B for the Southern California Vex Robotics State Championship in February, but this group of hard-working engineers has no intention letting their foot of the gas. “We have a lot we want to do to improve our ‘bot and our team before States,” said Bisquera.

The team’s next competition is on November 8 at Reseda High School, where three 1138 squads will compete along with Team 83 from the middle school. Between now and then students will put in many hours in the Bob Hope Center fine tuning their machines and practicing driver skills for the challenges ahead.

C-Notes to be Feature Choir at Carnegie Hall Concert

HP-Photo26AOn March 22, 2015, Chaminade College Preparatory’s C-Notes will take the Carnegie Hall stage for the third time as the feature choir during the National Youth Choral Festival. The choir was selected by Carnegie adjudicators as the group who’s audition DVD scored the highest among a nationwide selection of Gold choirs.

Comprised of 71 middle school students (current members) and six high school students (former members), the C-Notes will proudly represent the Chaminade family on the Carnegie stage. They will be accompanied by Alex Mansour ’15 on the piano and Veronica Mansour ’17 on the cello.

9th Graders Compete at Student Congress Debate

By Louinn Lota

In the first league Student Congress debate competition of the year, held in October at Hart High School, three Chaminade College Preparatory 9th graders were among the top finishers.

Jackie Mulcahy ’18, who is not a member of Chaminade Speech & Debate Society (CSDS), but takes intro speech and debate at Chaminade, earned first place in her house of congress. While new CSDS member, Kyle Hayes ’18 placed first in his house of congress. Another new CSDS member, Brandon Kim ’18, CSDS, finished third in his house of congress.

Both Jackie and Kyle were mentored by Andrea Herrera ’16, who successfully suggested her topic to abolish the death penalty. Andrea is in advance debate at Chaminade.