Girls’ Basketball Moves on to Open Division Final

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Photo by Michael Owen Baker/L.A. Daily News

On Friday, February 27, Chaminade Girls’ Basketball hosted Long Beach Poly for an Open Division semifinal, while the boys’ team traveled to San Luis Obispo to challenge Mission Prep in the Division 4AA semifinal.

At Mission Prep, Chaminade held a lead through the third quarter, but lost the game, 77-75. On Sunday, March 8, the team will find out if has received a state playoff bid.

The girls’ team faced Long Beach Poly at home and came away with a 77-66 victory. They will face Mater Dei in the Open Division Final on Saturday, March 7 at Azusa Pacific University. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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Nate Newman’s New Role at Chaminade

Photo by: Todd Wolfson, Head Coach Boys Varsity Basketball

Photo by: Todd Wolfson, Head Coach Boys Varsity Basketball

In July 2012, Nate Newman was diagnosed with a brain tumor and it goes without saying his life changed dramatically. While he has undergone many treatments and surgeries, his treatments continue today. The treatment schedule keeps Newman away from school, so is no longer a Chaminade student, but he is still a big part of the family.

You may have seen Newman recently, sitting on the bench as an assistant coach for the Chaminade Boys’ Varsity Basketball team. Head Coach, Todd Wolfson invited him to join the staff after Newman tweeted about how he thought he’d be in high school playing basketball.

Last night, Leanne Suter of ABC7 Eyewitness News stopped by Chaminade’s high school campus in West Hills to interview Newman and share his inspiring story. Watch the video here.

Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity Basketball Teams Win Quarterfinal Games

In their CIF Southern-Section quarterfinal match-ups on Tuesday night, both Chaminade Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity Basketball teams came away victorious.

The girls’ team traveled to Ventura High School, where they won 72-45. Their seminal game in the Open Division is on Friday, February 27 at home against Long Beach Poly.

While the girls played their game away, the boys’ team faced Morningside at the Uribe Center. The game ended with a 77-66 win for the Eagles, who move on to the semifinals on Friday, February 27. They will travel to Mission Prep.

Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m.

2015 Chaminade Film Festival

By Karen Thumm

On Saturday, February 21, the Chaminade Film Festival showcased 26 films by Chaminade’s talented young filmmakers. The annual festival celebrates the best of Chaminade’s filmmakers with awards throughout the evening for the best films in each category and concludes with a special ceremony for outstanding achievements in every part of the filmmaking process, from having an original idea all the way through to editing. The festival is as much a celebration of the creative process as it is a celebration of the finished films, and sharing their works on the big screen with an audience of more than 250 people made for a truly special evening.

The film “Blind Ambitions” by newcomers Ryan Town ’16, Colette Mendoza ’17, Noah Hosaka ’18, and Louis Gerny ’18 swept the awards, earning the award for the best film in its category as well as special awards for the cinematographer, the editor, the actor Thanos Brunson ’16 and the composer of the original score for the film, Alex Mansour ’15. The students created the film for a class assignment in Film I and were delighted to be celebrated for their creative work.

Tom Deily ’16 was specially recognized as the Chaminade Filmmaker, an award for exceptional achievement in more than one area of filmmaking. The Chaminade Filmmaker receives a scholarship to the New York Film Academy high school program on the Universal Studios backlot this summer.

Best Comedy
“22 Chaminade Ave.”
Jake Thornhill ’15, Producer
Aaron Fury ’15, Director

Best Drama
“Alaska”
Sohela Madan ’15, writer/director

Best Narrative without Dialogue
“Blind Ambitions”
Colette Mendoza ’17, Producer
Ryan Town ’16, Director

Best Experimental Format
“Test and Recognize”
Griffin Davies ’15

Best Experimental Personal Metaphor
“Straight Line, Perfect Circle”
Chase Fury ’15

Outstanding Achievement Awards:

Original Concept Drama
Tom Deily ’16 for “Faraway”

Original Concept Experimental
Cassie Tran ’16 for “Making Waves”

Screenplay, Comedy
Vincent Bredice ’16 for “Cordially Noble Gentlemen”

Screenplay, Drama
Jake Thornhill ’15 for “Eighteen”

Cinematography
Griffin Freitas for “Ditching”

Cinematography
Aaron Fury ’15 for “Alaska”

Cinematography – special achievement in Black and White
Louis Gerny ’18 for “Blind Ambitions”

Acting
Thanos Brunson ’16 for “Blind Ambitions”
Chidi Nwajei ’15 for “Test and Recognize”

Production Design, Experimental
Griffin Davies ’15 for “Test and Recognize”

Production Design, Narrative
Sohela Madan ’15 and Rachel Scalera for “A Wonderful Unknown”

Editing
Aiden Kahn ’16 for “Nicaragua”
Cole Hanson ’17 for “Tarzana”
Noah Hosaka ’18 for “Blind Ambitions”

Original Score
Alex Mansour ’15 for “Blind Ambitions”

Directing
Aaron Fury ’15 for “Faraway”

Chaminade Filmmaker
Tom Deily ’16

Official Audience Selection
“Blind Ambitions”

Chaminade Sweeps California State Robotics Championships

By Harry Hosaka P ’16 ’18

On February 14, Chaminade College Preparatory sent six teams in three divisions to the VEX Robotics Southern California State Championships held at the Pasadena Convention Center.

The middle school sent three teams to the VEX IQ division. After qualifying, Team 83C ranked 7th, 83A ranked 23rd, and 83B was 24th. After the finals, 83C ranked 9th, while 83A and 83B were tied for 10th. Due to technical issues with robots, Team 83A performed a major reconstruction on site. They performed well in individual skills and autonomous runs, gave superb explanations and evidence for their STEM project “The Future of Space Exploration” and the design and engineering of their robot. They also demonstrated a high level of teamwork and respect. The judges chose Team 83A for the VEX IQ California State Championships Middle School Excellence Award.

In the VEX Robotics Design Competition (RDC) Middle School Division, Team 83 competed against some of the best middle school teams in the state, and in the world. They gritted a hard-fought 6th rank after qualifying, and then formed a strong 4th seed alliance with Joe Walker and Holmes International Middle Schools. Together they reached the semi-finals where they were eliminated by the No. 1 alliance. With a their strong 6th rank showing at the tournament, 4th place in programming skills, 6th place in robot driving skills, as well as their demonstration of engineering design principles knowledge, the judges awarded Team 83 the California VEX RDC State Championship Middle School Excellence Award.

Finally, in the VEX RDC High School Division, Eagle Engineering sent two teams against the best of Southern California, including the defending VEX Robotics World Champions. After qualifying, Team 1138 and 1138B were ranked 27th and 29th respectively. It was a day full of technical difficulties for both teams, with Team 1138 judged while their robot was taken apart during troubleshooting. In the end, because of their superior documentation of their robot design process, a good showing in the robot skills challenge, and their impressive judge interview while explaining their troubleshooting process, Team 1138 was presented the California VEX RDC High School State Championship Excellence Award.

This is the first time in the VEX Robotics California State Championships history that teams from the same school have won the Excellence Award in all three divisions. Their win automatically qualifies them to the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championships which will be held from April 15 to 18 in Louisville, Kentucky. Nationally, close to 12,000 teams participate in the VEX Robotics programs throughout the year, with nearly 800 teams coming from California.

Congratulations Eagle Engineering Teams 83, 83A and 1138 – State Champions!