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
The Chaminade Eagles won a hard fought Homecoming game against the Loyola Cubs, 24-7. The win takes the Eagles to 5-0 for the season and 1-0 in Mission League play.
Loyola struck first with a touchdown on their first drive of the game and led Chaminade, 7-3 at the half. Then Eagles went on to outscore the Cubs, 24-0; all three touchdowns were scored in the second half of the game. Up next for Chaminade is an away game at Alemany High School on Thursday, October 2
Homecoming festivities included a festive midway of food booths, staffed by student and parent volunteers. One of the booths was staffed by Wendy’s, who generously supported Homecoming activities.
During halftime, Chaminade crowned its Homecoming queen, Paris Todd ’15. The Homecoming king, Alex Mansour ’15 was announced earlier in the week at a rally.