Middle and High School Mock Trial Teams Win Los Angeles County Championship

dual-champsChaminade Mock Trial made history at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Wednesday capturing both the 2016 Junior and Senior Division Los Angeles County Championships sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. It is the first time ever that one school has won both.

More than 150 schools and more than 2,500 students argued the People v. Awbrey, a case focused on the issue of human trafficking. During more than a month of competition that spanned seven rounds, the High School Legal Eagles went undefeated on their way to repeating as County Champions. In the final round, Chaminade’s Defense team faced a rematch of last year’s championship against the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies. The Defense legal team, led by attorneys Spencer Levitt ’17, Conor Fairtlough ’17, and Rebecca Steinberg ’18, argued their case to Superior Court Judge Ron Rose and six distinguished scoring attorneys from the LA District Attorney’s office, the Public Defender’s office, the California Attorney General’s office, and the US Attorney’s office.

The middle school team also went undefeated throughout the competition facing John Adams Middle School in the finals.  The Prosecution Team led by attorneys Katherine Schultz ’21, Skyelar Takac ’21, and Brendan Teehan ’21 won the verdict, and Katherine Schultz was recognized as the MVP for the round.

Other students receiving individual recognition for their outstanding performances during the competition include Maxwell Newman ’17 as top Pre-trial Attorney and Rebecca Steinberg ’18 as top Defense Attorney. Armen Ajemian ’21 from the middle school team was also recognized as the top Defense Attorney for the junior high competition.

The members of the 2016 High School Championship Team are Maxwell Newman ’17, Conor Fairtlough ’17, Spencer Levitt ’17, Lexi Afradi ’17, Veronica Mansour ’17, Christine Gotthardt ’17, Christopher Azarloza ’17, Bryce Hurless ’17, Kristina Marter ’17, Samantha Bader ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, Rebecca Steinberg ’18, Spencer Delgado ’18, Hannah Sellfors ’18, Bryce Shirley ’18 Isiuwa Omoigui ’19, Claire Fairtlough ’19, Julia Wilson ’19, Brenna Cheney ’20, and Chloe Johnson ’20.

The members of the 2016 Middle School Championship Team are Armen Ajemian ’21, Sophia Canzona ’21, Dario Cardenas ’21, Leroy Freelon III ’21, Izabella Gandara ’21, Serena Gill ’21, Hannah Hayes ’21, Priyanka Khanna ’21, Maddie Marker ’21, Chandler Moutes-Lee ’21, Katherine Schultz ’21, Bailey Sellfors ’21, Skylar Takac ’21, Brendan Teehan ’21, and John Van der Wel ’21.

The championship teams are coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.

The high school team now moves on to the California State Championship to be held in Riverside March 24-26, 2017.

High School Open House, Sunday, November 20

Chaminade College Preparatory’s High School Open House is Sunday, November 20 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on the West Hills campus. Open House is the perfect opportunity for prospective families to learn about the lifelong benefits of a 21-century Catholic education. Visit us and see why Chaminade is an excellent place to learn, grow and thrive.

During Open House, you can:

  • Tour our amazing facilities (guided tours led by our Student Ambassadors)
  • Meet our students, teachers, administrators and current parents
  • Visit academic departments and learn about our curriculum and Technology Integration Program
  • See performances by our aerial, cheer, dance, choral and instrumental music programs
  • Visit our athletic facilities and meet our coaches
  • Learn about our extensive co-curricular and extracurricular programs at our Clubs & Activities Fair
  • Talk to admissions and financial aid representatives about how to become a part of our community and all the options we have available to make our school accessible to potential families (aid, transportation and more!)

Don’t miss the special 1:00 p.m. performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by the Chaminade Players in the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts. Guests may drop-in anytime during Open House and are welcome to join a Q & A after the show.

Chaminade’s West Hills campus located at 7500 Chaminade Avenue, West Hills, CA 91304.

Middle School Open House, November 6

Chaminade College Preparatory’s middle school opens its doors to prospective students and their families on Sunday, November 6. Guests will learn about Chaminade’s unique 7-year experience and the lifelong benefits of a cutting-edge, 21st Century education. Visitors will have the opportunity to:

  • Take a tour of our amazing facilities
  • Meet our Principal, Michael Valentine
  • Visit academic departments and learn about our curriculum
  • Learn about our One-to-One Student Tablet PC Program
  • Explore our arts and athletics programs
  • See special performances from our C-Notes choir, middle school band,
    and dance team.
  • Talk to admissions and financial aid representatives

Middle School Open House (grades 6-8) is from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Chatsworth campus located at 19800 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311.

Mock Trial Prepares to Defend its Championship


In preparation for the defense of its 2015 Los Angeles County Championship, the Chaminade High School Mock Trial team competed at the 3rd Annual Beach Ball Invitational this past weekend. The field of 24 teams from around the state included 19 current and former County Champions, nine State Champions, and five World Champions. After four rounds of competition, the Legal Eagles placed 3rd against these elite mock trial schools.

The Mock Trial team split ballots with reigning Marin County and former State Champion Tamalpais High School and former Ventura County and State Champion La Reina High School. The team won both ballots against reigning Alameda County Champion Lowell High School and reigning Sacramento County and former State Champion Elk Grove High School.

Maxwell Newman ’17 was recognized as the Top Pre-Trial Attorney at the competition.  Samantha Bader ’18 was recognized as a Top Attorney and was one of only four who received every first place vote throughout the tournament. Veronica Mansour ’17 was given Honorable Mention as a Top Witness. This is the second year in a row that she has been recognized as a Top Witness at Beach Ball.

The Mock Trial team begins the defense of its Los Angeles County Championship this Tuesday, November 1, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The current Chaminade High School Mock Trial Team includes Seniors Lexi Afradi, Christopher Azarloza, Conor Fairtlough, Christine Gotthardt, Bryce Hurless, Spencer Levitt, Kristina Marter, Veronica Mansour, and Maxwell Newman; Juniors Samantha Bader, Spencer Delgado, Louis Gerny, Rebecca Steinberg, Hannah Sellfors, Bryce Shirley, and Julia Wilson; Sophomores Isiuwa Omoigui and Claire Fairtlough; and Freshmen Brenna Cheney, Ajay Dodani, Chloe Johnson, Skyelar Kim, and Lauren Lombardi.  The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.

Chaminade Student Wins at Calabasas Film Festival


Jareth Kirkham is the Best Screenwriting Award winner in the Student Film Program at the Calabasas Film Festival.

Jareth Kirkham ’18 took home the prize for Best Screenwriting in the Student Film Program at the 3rd annual Calabasas Film Festival. His narrative short film Incognito, a class assignment produced for Film II last spring, tells the story of a boy who believes he has witnessed an alien spaceship land in his neighborhood. The award was one of only five prizes given for exceptional achievement in student filmmaking.

The 20 films selected for the Student Film Program on Sunday, September 25 came from more than 100 submissions from area students. To be considered for the Student Program in the festival, students must be currently enrolled in one of these schools: Chaminade College Preparatory, Viewpoint School, Calabasas High School, Agoura High School, Louisville High School, Oaks Christian School, or El Camino Real Charter High School.

Ten of the 20 films selected for the Student Program were created by current Chaminade students: Cole Hanson ’17, Natalie Rowland ’17, Isabelle Bryan ’17, Dylan Lusetich ’17, Andy Dyer ’18, Cooper North ’18, Jareth Kirkham ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, Brendan Barlow ’18, Asa Nam ’18, Claire Rider ’18, Rebecca Steinberg ’18, Luke Macias ’18, Nick Polydoros ’18, Stephanie Ciceri ’18, Kyle Chapman ’18, Thomas Kurganov ’18, Hayden Smart ’18, Carter Williams ’18, Mike Mariano ’18, and Nick Sarullo ’17.

In addition to writing the script for Incognito, Kirkham also directed it. The film was produced by Andy Dyer, who accepted the award on Jareth’s behalf at the festival. Thomas Kurganov was the cinematographer, and Stephanie Ciceri edited the film, which can be screened on the Chaminade Film Program YouTube Channel.

The Calabasas Film Festival ran for five days, beginning on Wednesday evening, September 21 and continuing through the weekend. More information on the festival can be found at http://www.calabasasfilmfestival.com/.