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!”
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.
On 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.
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.
In September, members of Chaminade’s middle school diversity team met for a training session with the commissioners of the high school diversity teams. The objective of the training was to build team spirit and brainstorm on organizing events for the middle school. The middle school diversity team enjoyed collaborating with the older students and the newfound camaraderie in working toward a common goal: to always treat others with kindness and compassion.
This year, the middle school diversity team will sponsor two Mix It Up lunches, the signing of the Middle School Eagle Pledge, and support the house pillar activities. In addition, they will organize and supervise the “Miles of Quarters” charity event in honor of the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles.
Chaminade College Preparatory’s middle school campus in Chatsworth is four months into a renovation and construction project which began in June 2014. The facilities enhancements include a new classroom building project, library expansion, center courtyard renovation and additional parking. The center courtyard and parking was completed by August, while the library and classroom buildings are scheduled for completion during the second semester of the 2014-2015 school year.
LIBRARY EXPANSION PROJECT Steel beams installed.
LIBRARY EXPANSION PROJECT – Concrete floor being poured.
On September 30, the library’s concrete floor was poured, while the foundation and steel beam installation were completed earlier in the month. The walls will go up during the following week. By the end of the project, Chaminade middle school students will have 4,600 square feet of learning and studying space. The expanded library will open by the start of the second semester.
In addition, early in the second semester, a brand new, 9,000 square foot, six-classroom building will open at the middle school. As of September 30, the block exterior is halfway complete. When the new classrooms are finished, middle school students and teachers will have flexible spaces which allow for more project-based learning activities, blended learning, and increased student engagement.
CLASSROOM BUILDING PROJECT