The Chaminade Center for Excellence is Open

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Chaminade College Preparatory’s Center for Excellence is the perfect place for students entering Grades 1 through 12 to spend their summer learning and growing. Currently in its third week for the 2015 summer session, the program offers classes throughout the morning and afternoon.

Students can expand their horizons through the Great Books Academy, robotics, mock trial, speech, etc. Juniors and seniors are able to prepare for the SAT, while all students entering high school grades can brush up on their technology skills through a Computer Literacy Bootcamp.

The Center for Excellence also offers enrichment through service and leadership training. In Week 1, My Name My Story (MNMS), a social leadership organization founded by Amit Dodani ’15, hosted a leadership and social entrepreneurship camp. The camp presented a unique experience that taught students to be empathetic leaders and to develop a passion to be change-makers in their schools and communities.

Students can also pursue their creative passions through Chaminade. Through Week 5, the Center for Excellence offers also musical theater, dance, cheer, and aerial dance classes. During the first three weeks, Chaminade’s own high school Drama Director, Yvette Bishop taught Musical Theater Intensive to students entering 7th through 12th grades. At the end of the course, students presented Into the Woods on the Marilyn Simon Stage of the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts.

Summer is also a great time for children ages 7 to 14 to join the Center for Excellence’s Sports Camps and explore athletics. From basketball to soccer and field hockey to lacrosse, as well as volleyball, fencing, and more, there is a wide variety of activities. The West Hills campus also hosts Varsity Camps , which gives students the chance to work with Chaminade’s Varsity head coaches, players, and former athletes with college and professional experience.

For more information on the Chaminade Center for Excellence, please visit chaminade.org/centerforexcellence.

Track Team Wins Two State Titles

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Chaminade’s TJ Brock reacts after running the anchor leg in their win in the 4×100 meter relay at the CIF state track & field championships. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Los Angeles Daily News)

After the CIF State Track and Field Championships held in Clovis on Saturday, June 6, Chaminade has two more titles to add to its list of athletic accomplishments. After qualifying in four events, the 4×100 relay, 400 meter, 100 meter, and 200 meter, the Eagles placed first in the relay and 100, and second in the 400. This earned them 28 points, and the team tied for second place with St. John Bosco in the boys’ team title.

TJ Brock ’16 ran the 100 meter race in 10.34 seconds, and is now the fastest teenager in the state of California this year. This was his first individual state championship title.

The 4×100 relay team also took first place with a time of 40.75 seconds. It was a personal record (PR) for Jordan Chin ’16, Reggie Hughes ’18, Greg Campbell ’15, and Brock; and is the tenth best time in the country.

Campbell also ran in the 400, in which he placed second with a time of 46.97 seconds. This was a PR for him.

Chaminade Players Win Four Herman Awards

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In March, the Chaminade Players dazzled audiences at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts with their performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Three months later they gathered at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for the Jerry Herman High School Musical Theatre Awards of Los Angeles, and were honored with the following four awards:

Best Musical – Beauty and the Beast

Best Performance – Gaston

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical – Joel Loth ’15 (Gaston)

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical – Gracie Jurczyk ’17 (Mrs. Potts)

Congratulations Graduates

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On Saturday, May 30, Chaminade College Preparatory celebrated commencement exercises for the Class of 2015 at its West Hills campus. The school welcomes 328 new alumni to its ranks. Commencement photos may be viewed on Chaminade’s Facebook page.

In addition, on Thursday, May 28, 8th graduation was held on the Chatsworth campus for 236 students. Click here to view photos of the ceremony.

Congratulations to all Eagle graduates!

Talon Wins International Competition Awards

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Jesus Mosaic by Bailey van Tassel ’16, which manipulates hundreds of images of saints to create an interpretation of the traditional Sacred Heart of Jesus devotional image

By Louinn Lota
Executive Editor, The Chaminade Talon

For the first time in school history, The Chaminade Talon has won international competition awards.

Talon featured artist, Bailey van Tassell ’16 won 1st Place for Illustration in the Youth Journalism International’s 2015 Excellence in Journalism contest with his piece, Jesus Mosaic. The Talon also took 2nd in Graphic Design, while Editor-in-Chief, Shreya Yepuri ’15 earned Honorable Mention for her article, Boys Sports vs. Girls Sports.

Student journalists, photographers and content designers from 23 U.S. states, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Egypt, Italy, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria and the United Kingdom, competed for awards. The annual contest is in its sixth year, and recognizes writing, reporting, art, photo and multimedia skills in more than two dozen news, sports and opinion column categories. Eligible works were published in English by non-professionals, age 19 and under, between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

“This year the field of entries was the strongest I’ve seen,” said contest judge Joe Killian on the Youth Journalism (YJI) website. Another judge, Lynn Abrahamson, a Maryland public health official, agreed, “It was especially hard to choose winners this year.”

“It was inspiring to see so many well-crafted pieces on so many diverse topics,” Mr. Killian added. “It becomes more obvious each year that the talent level is increasing,” added another contest judge Frank Johnson, leader of the Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut.

“Many of these writers are far better than those who report local news in Connecticut or elsewhere,” Mr. Johnson added.

Dr. Mariechen Puchert from East London, South Africa, also a contest judge, found the feature writing impressive. “It was a pleasure to see that young journalists are not shying away from addressing serious topics that have a direct impact on their peers.”

Chaminade winners include:

Bailey van Tassell ’16, Jesus Mosaic, 1st place, Illustration
The Chaminade Talon, 2nd place, Graphic Design
Shreya Yepuri ’15, Boys Sports vs. Girls Sports, Honorable Mention, Sports News Individual