Summertime at the Center for Excellence

Every summer, the Chaminade Center for Excellence offers programs designed to inspire, engage, and empower young minds. These goals are central to our mission and focus on developing a child-centered experience where campers are engaged in becoming self-directed learners, leading to empowerment.

For this upcoming summer, we have created several new classes that will be part of our Ste[+a]m and Great Books Academies. We are sure that these new offerings will challenge and inspire students to learn new things but in fun and exciting ways. We strive to have our campers tap into their exploratory nature to keep them discovering – for years to come. These two summer academies empower students to adopt a creative mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them.

Summer is also an excellent time for students of all ages to pursue their creative passions in visual and performing arts. Campers of all ages can discover new passions and unlock their imaginations through workshops, and intensives such as circus camp, dance camps, musical theater, and filmmaking.

Children, ages 5 to 15, can also join our Sports Camps and explore athletics from football to basketball as well as soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, fencing, and more. 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.

Give your child the skills they need to be successful. Enroll them in one of the summer enrichment academies at  Chaminade  College  Preparatory where they can engage in hands-on activities in science, literature, writing, language, math, art and more. They will become creative, collaborative problem solvers and critical thinkers all while making friends and having great summer fun!  Register today at


Chaminade Honors 11 Families with The Family of Mary Award

For the past 27 years, during the Baccalaureate Mass, Chaminade has upheld the tradition of presenting a special award to Chaminade families who have made a long-standing commitment by sending three or more children to Chaminade throughout their tenure.

As a Marianist school, Chaminade strives to create a community that is truly a family, consisting of students, faculty, staff, and parents working together in the spirit of cooperation, respect, and honesty. There is no greater trust on the part of parents than to place their children in the hands of our school community.


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On May 31, we proudly recognized 11 families with The Family of Mary Award, marking their exceptional involvement with the Chaminade family. Congratulations to The Family of Mary Award recipients:

  • Kim and Michael Akerson
    Alexa ’08, Nicollette ’10, and Isabella ’19
  • Beth Albrecht and James Albrecht
    Emily ’14, Hannah ’16, and Rachel ’19
  • Salve and Lukman Alli
    Nicole ’07, Kimberly ’14, Diana ’15, and Oluwakemi ’19
  • Heather and Brian Angel
    Alexandra ’15, Ben ’17, and William ’19
  • Maral and Eli Chorbajian
    Abraham ’16, Arthur ’18, Maral ’19, and Sophia ’19
  • Yvette and Gavin Leaver
    Jesse ’12, Aidan ’19, and Emily ’19
  • Yolanda and Hector Romo
    Danielle ’08, Christopher ’09, and Isabella ’19
  • Julie and Andrew Rowlands
    Taylor ’14, Emma ’16, and Lauren ’19
  • Anne Marie Svolos and James Svolos
    Christina ’12, Julianna ’15, and Amanda ’19
  • Mona and James Thomas
    Isaiah ’16, Joshua ’17, and Imani ’19
  • Mary and Richard Yerzyk
    Nicholas ’09, Katherine ’11, Cameron ’15, and Meghan ’19



Chaminade Players Receive Six Awards and 16 Nominations from the National Youth Arts Awards


The Chaminade Players have been honored with six awards and 16 nominations from the 14th Annual National Youth Arts Awards, for their outstanding work in their dramatic production of The Crucible and their musical production of The Wizard of Oz. This year more than 700 productions were considered for the awards, including shows from 240 different members spanning 17 states, Canada and the UK. Award winners were selected from nominations by a panel of more than 50 judges and reviewers.

Congratulations to our award winners and nominees:


  • Outstanding Production:
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Lead Performance in a Musical:
    Rachel Albrecht ’19 as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Jater Webb ’20 as Hunk/Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Play:
    Mack Balleweg ’19 as Rev. John Hale in The Crucible
  • Set Design:
    Jeff McLaughlin for The Wizard of Oz
  • Direction:
    Yvette L. Bishop for The Wizard of Oz


  • Lead Performance in a Play:
    Rachel Albrecht ’19 as Abigail Williams in The Crucible
  • Lead Performance in a Play:
    Jater Webb ’20 as John Proctor in The Crucible
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Mack Balleweg ’19 as Professor Marvel/The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Carly Condon ’20 as Almira Gulch/The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Chloe Johnson ’20 as Aunt Em/Glinda in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Sean McCarthy ’20 as Zeke/Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Jack Rumack ’19 as Hickory/Tinman in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Play:
    Molly Guo ’21 as Tituba in The Crucible
  • Featured Performance in a Play:
    Jack Rumack ’19 as Samuel Parris in The Crucible
  • Featured Performance in a Play:
    Maggie Shaughnessy ’22 as Betty Parris in The Crucible
  • Ensemble:
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Costume Design:
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Lighting Design:
    Jeff McLaughlin for The Wizard of Oz
  • Hair/Makeup Design:
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Choreography:
    Bill Burns for The Wizard of Oz
  • Musical Direction:
    Dan Redfeld for The Wizard of Oz

The award winners will be formally presented with their awards on stage at the 14th Annual National Youth Arts Award Ceremony on Sunday, June 2 at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village. The awards presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. Please Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


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Chaminade Fencing Brings Home Two State Titles

By David Wharton P’19

In a performance that was nothing short of convincing, Chaminade swept the men’s and women’s overall titles at the 2019 California high school fencing championships.

The Eagles outpaced 62 other schools from across the state by taking four of six events, with the women finishing first in epee and the men winning foil, epee, and saber.

Though senior Emmanuelle Cola earned an individual bronze in women’s epee, Chaminade’s success is owed primarily to depth with a handful of fencers – including Ian Ngo ’19, Lance Fortner ’20, and Adam Catlin ’21 – earning Top 10 finishes during a full day of competition in their home gym. Other team members contributing points were Zachary Wharton ’19, John Conroy ’19, Sean-Paul Marx ’20, Marc Ghotanian ’22, Jaemin Choi ’22, Emily Brown ’19, Charlotte Weller ’19 and Mary Alexa Cantalejo ’21.

The accumulation of solid performances pushed Coach Derek Snyder’s squad well past rivals Harvard-Westlake and Brentwood. For the men, this marks the second-consecutive overall championship. The women improved after finishing just behind Harvard-Westlake last year.

Chaminade has won more state titles in fencing than in any other sport. The program was originally guided to prominence by Fr. Larry Calhoun, a renowned name in the sport, and over its many years has produced numerous standouts who later competed at the college and international level.

Celebrating Volunteers

On May 15, Chaminade celebrated the commitment and service of our incredible volunteers at the annual Volunteer Recognition Reception. Volunteers help make Chaminade a better place. They truly demonstrate the Marianist tradition of family spirit through their selfless giving of time and talent. Volunteers are an important part of Chaminade’s operations and are instrumental to the success of many of our programs and events. From large and exciting events like the Chaminade Gala Benefit & Auction to the smaller, less glamorous envelope stuffing parties, our volunteers do it all.

Spotlight on Service honorees: Rosalind Auzenne Odabashian, Laura Galieote, Kim Akerson, Julie Rowland, and Ani Avanessian. Not pictured: Beth Albrecht, Ani Avanessian, Joani McQuaid, Julie Nairin, and Mia Pitts.

Chaminade recognized nine extraordinary volunteers who have their last child graduating from the high school. Their commitment to Chaminade over the last four to seven years have had an astounding effect on our school. Congratulations to our 2019 Spotlight on Service honorees:

  • Kim Akerson P ’08 ’10 ’19
  • Beth Albrecht P ’14 ’16 ’19
  • Rosalind Auzenne Odabashian P ’10 ’19
  • Ani Avanessian P ’17 ’19
  • Laura Galieote P’17 ’19
  • Joani McQuaid P’19
  • Julie Nairin P’16 ’19
  • Mia Pitts P’19
  • Julie Rowland P’17 ’19 (and international student host parent)

Board members Gerry Philpott, and Howard Lind

In addition to honoring our amazing parent volunteers, Chaminade also paid tribute to three Board members who are terming off the board at the end of the month. For the last six years, these individuals have volunteered their time and expertise to help ensure that our school upholds our Catholic, Marianist mission and runs effectively and efficiently. Chaminade expresses its sincere gratitude to Tom Condon ’56, Howard Lind P’16 ’17, and Gerry Philpott P’15, ’19.

Consider joining the ranks of our volunteers; you will find that it is one of the best experiences. And along the way, you will forge new and long lasting friendships. Join us August 20 and 22 for our volunteer mixers to find your perfect volunteer opportunity and join the ranks of this amazing group.