Team 83: Holmes International VEX Robotics Tournament Champions


Eagle Engineering fielded two teams at the Holmes International VEX Robotics tournament on Saturday, February 18. Team 1138B from the high school, and Team 83 from the middle school were part of the 42 teams who battled for prestige and the chance to qualify for California State Championships.

After qualifying rounds, both teams placed in the Top 10, and entered playoffs. At this point in the tournament, the top teams form alliances between three robots, for a total of eight alliances. During alliance selection, the number one qualifying team selected Team 1138B and Peninsula High School Team 3050B. Team 83 was seeded as the number five seed alliance captain and selected Malibu High School Team 224X and HiTek Team 12180B. Both alliances won their quarterfinal rounds, and Chaminade’s two teams were forced to face each other in the semi-finals.

After a hard-fought three-round semi-final, Team 83’s alliance was the victor; and their win put them in a finals showdown against the number two alliance of Harvard-Westlake, Champs Charter and Calabasas High School. Ultimately, the number five alliance pulled an upset in two straight matches, and emerged as Tournament Champions.

It was an impressive performance by the number five alliance. Team 83 was one of two middle schools in the alliance, and their group of three was comprised of teams ranked seven, 20, and 28.

The win automatically qualified Team 83 to the California State Championships in March.


Chaminade to Hold its First Alumni Hall of Fame

On February 4, 2017, Chaminade College Preparatory will host its first Alumni Hall of Fame and celebrate the achievements of Kate (Lospalluto) Beskid ’00; Meghan Hawthorne ’10; Conor McCullough ’09; Kevin Pillar ’07; and Captain Duncan Smith, USN ’76. Previously, alumni athletes and distinguished alumni were honored during two separate ceremonies. The new tradition combines both events and recognizes graduates for their professional achievements, dedication to the school, and service to the community.

kateAfter graduating from the University of Arizona in 2004, Kate Beskid ’00 returned to her alma mater as a 7th-grade religion teacher. For the last 13 years, she has served the Chaminade community in many ways—teaching, coaching cheer, working with Student Council, and much more. In 2009, Kate, along with Annette (Dietel) Damien ’01, founded the middle school’s SHINE program. She was the chair of the religion department for eight years and is currently Chatsworth’s director of campus ministry. Kate is part of the Marianist National Program and served as their regional coordinator for the Pacific for three years and works with the national LIFE program as well.

meghanMeghan Hawthorne ’10 was a record-breaking swimmer for Chaminade. She won titles in the 100 butterfly (2010), 500-yard freestyle (2008), broke the CIF-SS D1 record for the 200 individual medley (2010), and was named L.A. Daily News Swimmer of the Year in 2008 and 2010. She was a two-time All-American Swimmer at the University of Southern California, and reached the Pac-12 Championships finals seven times. As a member of the USA Swimming National Team, she reached the final of the 400 IM during the 2012 Olympic Trials and earned a silver medal in the same event for the United States at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Meghan is retired from swimming and is in her second season as assistant swimming and diving coach for Boise State University.

conor_olympic-trials-medal-picBy the time Conor McCullough graduated from Chaminade in 2009, he held five national hammer throwing records and a 2008 World Junior Championships silver medal. He continued his athletic career first at Princeton University, then at the University of Southern California. In 2010, he won the USATF Junior National competition and secured his first international gold medal at the World Junior Championships. While at USC, Conor won the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championship. He made his Team USA debut in 2015 and finished second at the USATF National Championship and earned a bronze medal in the hammer throw at the Pan-American Games. Conor represented Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was the highest ranking Team USA athlete for the hammer throw.

pillarKevin Pillar ’07 was played football, basketball, and baseball for Chaminade, and earned first-team All-CIF honors in each sport. He continued his baseball career at California State Dominguez Hills as an All-American center fielder. As a freshman, he had a .379 batting average and set the NCAA Division II record with a 54-game hitting streak in 2010. During the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, the Toronto Blue Jays selected Kevin, and he made his debut on August 14, 2013, against the Boston Red Sox. He was named the 2015 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year and was a Golden Glove finalist. In 2016, Kevin was again a Golden Glove finalist, received the Fielding Bible Award, and was nominated for the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award.

d-smithCaptain Duncan Smith, USN ’76 is a Navy SEAL and American hero. An involved student at Chaminade, he ran cross-country and track, played on the tennis team, took photos for the yearbook, competed in Speech and Debate, and served as senior class president. He graduated from the University of Southern California, and after a year of working and cycling in New Zealand, he worked as a stockbroker. Duncan later joined the Navy and became a Navy SEAL in 1986 with BUD/S Class 137. He served as an officer in Special Operations platoons at SEAL Teams One and Five before transitioning to the Navy Reserve while attending the Anderson School at UCLA. In September 2001, Duncan returned to active duty in Naval Special Warfare where he has served with distinction the last 16 years. Captain Smith’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action ribbon, and both the Iraq and Afghanistan campaign medals.

To attend Chaminade’s inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame event, please purchase tickets online.



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.