Session II Summer School Course Registration Deadline Approaches

Chaminade College Preparatory offers summer school courses for students entering grades 6 to 8 at its Chatsworth campus, as well as for students entering grades 9 to 12 at its West Hills campus.

Registration for Session II is open until Thursday, June 22. The deadline ensures capacity to place students in the Blackboard Shell and Netclassroom system in time for classes to begin on Monday, June 26. Session II begins on June 26 and goes until July 14 for all grades except 9th. Some summer school classes for entering freshman end on July 7. For more information on summer school, please visit the website.

In addition, Chaminade offers a comprehensive summer enrichment program, known as Center for Excellence (CFE), for students in grades 1 to 12. Three weeks of CFE remain this summer:

  • Week 3: June 26 to 30
  • Week 4: July 3 to 7 (no classes July 4)
  • Week 5: July 10 to 14

Center for Excellence Goes to Maui

Final exams for Chaminade students ended on Wednesday, May 26, and four days later, 12 juniors and seniors, along with their chaperones, boarded a plane for Maui. The group left Southern California and began their summer vacation with an ecology trip through Chaminade College Preparatory’s Center for Excellence (CFE).

The nine-day trip gave students the opportunity to contribute directly to current research projects on Maui, as well as learn about conservation and restoration issues and efforts. While coursework involved snorkeling, collecting fish species data, surveying sea turtles, and more, students also had the opportunity to study the biodiversity of the taro plant at the Waihe’e Ranch. Their day began at 7:00 a.m. and they worked until 12:00 p.m. Students studied various taro plants, cleaned taro patches, and prepared new roots of taro for future planting. They then used their knowledge of science to make meaningful decisions on how to better live a sustainable and resourceful life.

The Ecology Project International kicks off the summer portion of CFE. Summer Session I officially begins with on-campus activities on June 12. Two more sessions run through July 14. For more information, please visit www.chaminade.org/centerforexcellence or contact the CFE at (818) 347-8300.

Eagle Engineering Tops World in Programming Challenge

VEX Worlds 2017

Christian Gideon ’19, Eagle Engineering programmer, earned the top score in the world in the Robot Virtual Worlds Vex Online Challenge this spring, earning his team a berth to the 10th Annual VEX Robotics World Championship. Beginning in early fall,  teams traditionally compete at the local level in hopes of competing at the state level, then going to the World Championship. Gideon’s performance earned the team the unique opportunity to get straight to the Championship.

“I got to meet the company that designed the online challenge when we received the award onstage.  The designer of the game told me that I just edged out a team from China!” said Gideon in Louisville, Kentucky.

Nine students from Chaminade College Preparatory’s Robotics Team 1138 spent their Spring Break in Louisville, picking up their sixth overall World Championship Level trophy and competing at the highest level for the third consecutive year.  The three-day competition is the largest gathering of STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts & Math) students in one place, as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2016. Teams compete head-to-head in tournament play and are judged not only on design and functionality of their robot, but also in a variety of areas including driver skills, programming and coding skills, engineering process, community outreach and presentations.

Eagle Engineering is comprised of more than 60 Chaminade students. While they compete as a team in a sport for custom-built machines, the program operates much like a business. Students develop skills in more than just technology; including leadership, project management, PR/marketing, business, service, design and communications.  During the team’s most intense six weeks of the year called Build Season, robotics students can be found working long hours in the Bob Hope Center several days each week.

So why not get a part-time job?  “This is a job! “ Gideon said, half-jokingly. “ A lot of my friends are there and I am getting real-life experience.  I also like the competition aspect of Robotics.  And it’s a family.  I started with Mr. Clark in 6th grade, then spent two years with Coach (Harry) Hosaka at the Middle School.  Now I am with Coach Tommy (Smeltzer) at the high school.  I am really happy to be part of this family.”

Chaminade Mock Trial Makes History…Again

Chaminade Mock Trial has accomplished what no team from Los Angeles County ever has: they reached the semifinals at the California State Championship two years in a row. This is on top of their history-making victory in November 2016; a back-to-back Los Angeles County Championship in the senior division, and a concurrent first-place win in the junior division.

As was the case last year, the Legal Eagles first had to prevail in the largest county Mock Trial competition in the country, and defeat more than 90 different teams. No school has ever repeated as Los Angeles County Champion in a field of this size.

Winning qualified the team to represent Los Angeles County at the State Championship held in Riverside. From the beginning, Chaminade was considered one of the teams to beat. In their first round, the Prosecution Team defeated the county champion, Justin-Sienna High School (Napa). In Round 2, Chaminade’s Defense Team faced and defeated former State Champion Redlands High School (San Bernardino). The Defense was called upon again in Round 3 to win against former State Champion and reigning Sacramento County Champion Elk Grove High School.

Wins in the first three rounds secured the Legal Eagles a spot in one of two semifinal rounds against Shasta High School (Shasta). In their third match of the day in a packed courtroom, Chaminade was narrowly defeated. However, their 3-1 record and scores secured Chaminade fourth place overall at State. This is ahead of former State Champions and Mock Trial Powerhouse schools Menlo, Tamalpais, Riverside Poly, Centennial, Redlands, Elk Grove and La Reina.

This year’s case was People v. Awbrey, where the Defendant, Cameron Awbrey was charged with the Human Trafficking and False Imprisonment of the chef of his new restaurant, a young immigrant from the fictional country of Tanterra.

Three members of the team were recognized for their performances during the competition, including Bryce Hurless ’17 who received the most outstanding witness award for his portrayal of the Defendant Cameron Awbrey. Others receiving recognition include attorneys Samantha Bader ’18 and Louis Gerny ’18.

The members of the 2016-17 Mock Trial 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, Claire Fairtlough ’19, Isiuwa Omoigui ’19, Julia Wilson ’19, Brenna Cheney ’19 and Chloe Johnson ’19. The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.

 

8th Grade Debate Team Takes Championship

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Chaminade College Preparatory’s 8th grade Debate Team took first place as the top overall school at the Quad League Championship Saturday, March 18. This was the biggest and most competitive tournament of the year with schools from all throughout Los Angeles. Out of 90 teams, seven Chaminade teams placed in the top 25, including the team of Camila Gaona, Cameron Hunt, and Gavin Villalobos who went undefeated! Other teams placing include the team of Izabella Gandara, Madison Marker, and Armen Ajemian; the team of Hannah Hayes, Serena Gill, and Brendan Teehan; the team of Skylar Takac, John van der Wel, and Chandler Moutes-Lee; the team of Dylan Barsoumian, Karan Singhvi, and Andrew Langrudi; the team of Zane Naso, Azi Hormazdiari, and Trey Topping; and the team of Leroy Freelon III, Dario Cardenas, and Bailey Sellfors. Seven debaters were recognized as Top Speakers for the tournament, including Chandler Moutes-Lee, Katherine Schultz, John Van der Wel, Andrew Langrudi, Azi Hormazdiari, Trey Topping, and Bailey Sellfors who was the Top Speaker for Chaminade. 

The Debate Team will conclude their season at the Golden State Debate League Championship in April.