Men’s Fencing Wins State Championship

2014 4-13 State Champions

On April 13, Chaminade hosted the California State High School Fencing Championships in the Uribe Sports Center on the West Hills campus. Chaminade’s fencing team had a very impressive showing, with five of our fencers finishing in the top four in their events. In the men’s foil competition, Chaminade dominated. Matt Carter ’14 and Jacob Lind ’16 finished tied for third and Parker Williams ’16 finished second. In the men’s epee event, Jacob Lind finished second. After all three men’s events were completed, and the team scores were tallied, Chaminade’s men’s fencing team was named State Champions, beating the second place high school by a score of 128-103.

In the women’s division, Dylan Sarish ’15 finished third in women’s epee, and Jessica Fint ’16 finished third in women’s saber, leading the Chaminade women’s team to an overall third place finish in the state.

Chaminade Robotics Team Undefeated in Colorado Tournament Win

4-6-2014 Denver, COBy Annette Stone ’16

Chaminade College Preparatory’s Eagle Engineering robotics team swept the FIRST Robotics Colorado Regional competition this weekend, winning seventeen straight matches to take the tournament and qualify for the World Championship in St. Louis April 23 -26. They were also honored with the General Motors Industrial Design Award, “Celebrating form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge.”

The three-day tournament was attended by 15 current Eagle Engineering students and four mentors; joined by four former teammates now attending The University of Colorado. The team, and their 2014 robot named Legacy had to overcome stiff challenges to reach this level of success. Starting in January, all of the 63-member team had to design and build a robot to play a unique new game called Aerial Assist and they had to have it completed in only six weeks. With the official competition robot finished and sealed at the deadline, the team completed a duplicate machine to give them four weeks of preparation and practice before their first tournament in Long Beach, California.

At the event in Long Beach, the robot was plagued with technical problems and poor performance. The team was disappointed but not discouraged by their 55th place finish there. They rebounded with new efforts to learn from their mistakes and engineer solutions to the robot’s problems. With the official machine re-sealed and shipped to Denver, the team relied on their duplicate robot, Legacy II to rework the design and practice. Upon arrival at the competition, the pit crew had only one day to access Legacy and apply changes while teammates scouted other teams, prepared strategies and presented to judges roaming the pit area.

Matches started on Thursday as judges continued to converse with each team, evaluating their engineering, community service, and team spirit. All of the 52 teams competing in Colorado were randomly grouped into three-team alliances for each of 11 qualifying matches, giving schools a chance to compete with and against each other throughout the day. On the first day, Team 1138 held top spots and ended up finishing with eight wins and zero losses. This was due in large part by clutch play from their senior drive team of Nick Kureghian ’14, Collin Lane ’14, Sasha Kurkuoglu ’14 and Matthew Nagle ’14. As the second day of the competition rolled around, the team began to draw double-team defense and hard hits with little time between matches to make repairs. Off the field, judges made their last rounds and final selection for team awards.

For the finals, the top eight teams hand-picked their alliance partners for the best-of-three elimination rounds. The Eagles chose teams from Rockwall, Texas and San Diego, California to finish the job. The trio remained lossless despite the higher level of competition from other carefully assembled alliances. In the end, Team 1138 prevailed by working together and upholding the FIRST Robotics principle of Gracious Professionalism as they brought home more hardware for their growing trophy shelves.

Eagle Engineering’s Corporate Sponsors include Aerojet/Rocketdyne, Xerox, Medtronic and Boeing.

C-Notes Win First Place Gold

C-Notes San Diego 2 (2)The C-Notes won First Place Gold in their division at the Heritage Festival in San Diego this past weekend! They also won the Adjudicators Trophy for top scores by the judges.

The C-Notes enjoyed the Science Museum, IMAX theatre, Shopping and dinner in Old Town San Diego the day before the performance. The competition took place at Del Norte High School in San Diego on Saturday, April 5. The C-Notes enjoyed the sights at Sea World after the performance, followed by festival dinner and awards ceremony.

More than 1,100 students took part in the Heritage festival from California, Arizona and Oklahoma. The C-Notes are now eligible to perform at the National Children’s/Middle School Festival at Carnegie Hall on March 22, 2015. They will audition in September by DVD submission against “Gold” choir from across the USA to be the “Feature Group” at this performance.

Eagles Win Basketball State Championships and Third State Crown in One Season

Chaminade’s Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams made history this weekend when they each won a CIF State championship. These wins are a first for both programs, and for Chaminade College Preparatory.

The boys’ team faced Sir Francis Drake of San Anselmo in the Division III state final on Friday, March 28 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. More than 380 miles away from home, they won the title, 71-51. Junior guard Michael Oguine scored a game-high 26 points, while senior guard Justin Eisen contributed 15 points and sophomore center Trevor Stanback scored 12 points and had four blocks and nine rebounds.

The next day, the girls’ team played in the Division II state final against Archbishop Mitty of San Jose. Chaminade’s 80-51 win over Mitty also set the points scored record in a Division II state championship. Senior center Devin Stanback matched her career-high with 27 points scored, and pulled down 10 rebounds. In addition, senior forward Natalie Valenzuela ended the game with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Valerie Higgins added 15 points and senior guard Kayle Fandino scored 12 points.

With these two wins, Chaminade became the ninth school in California history to take both titles in the same season, as well as the first school to win state championships in boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball and football in the same year.

View boys’ championship game photos -  Los Angeles Daily News

View girls’ championship game photos -  Los Angeles Daily News

Student Art on Display at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

By Tracy Lundy

On Sunday, March 23, six artists from Chaminade’s high school celebrated their participation in the Robert Graham Memorial Student Art Exhibit with a special mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Kathleen Brennan ’15, Chloe Cho ’14, Taylor Dempsey ’15, Jacqueline Godin ’14, Victoria Saadi ’15 and Zoe (Jia) Xiong ’16 were blessed and recognized by Cathedral pastor, Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik for their involvement with the program.

The Robert Graham Memorial Student Art Exhibit is a notable citywide exhibit that invites 12 schools throughout the Archdiocese to each submit six pieces of student artwork. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez presided over the Mass for the Robert Graham Memorial Student Art Exhibit to kick-off the program. Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik blessed the students, handed out certificates, and spoke to all 72 artists. Stephen Graham, Robert Graham’s son and Gayle Garner Roski, chairperson of the Committee of Arts at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral were in attendance.

The annual exhibit is in honor of famed sculptor and artist, Robert Graham who passed away December 2008. Graham designed the figures gracing the entry to the coliseum for the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles. He also designed the bronze doors of the Cathedral as well as the statue above the doors of Mary, Our Lady of the Angels.

The exhibit will be on display in the Cathedral galleries until May 2.

Victoria Saadi, Zoe (Jia) Xiang, Chloe Cho, Kathleen Brennan, Taylor Dempsey. Not pictured: Jacqueline Godin.

Pictured left to right: Victoria Saadi, Zoe (Jia) Xiang, Chloe Cho, Kathleen Brennan, Taylor Dempsey. Not pictured: Jacqueline Godin.