Chaminade Alumni Enter the NFL

Two Chaminade alumni, Brad Kaaya ’14 and Terrell Newby ’13, moved on from their university careers to the National Football League in 2017. Kaaya was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. He is the first Chaminade alumnus to be drafted by an NFL team.  Newby signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings.

After graduating from Chaminade in 2013, Newby attended the University of Nebraska, where he played running back for the Huskers. During his junior and senior seasons, Newby was Nebraska’s leading rusher. He appeared in 52 career games, and received the following honors and awards: Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (2016), Doak Walker Award Watch List (2016), Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Southern Miss, 2015), Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015), and Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015).

As a junior at the University of Miami, Kaaya declared for the 2017 draft as an underclassman. He started as quarterback for the Hurricanes for three straight seasons, and is the university’s all-time leading passer with 9,968 passing yards, 720 completions, and 1,188 attempts. Kaaya earned the Russell Athletic Bowl MVP in a victory over West Virginia during the 2016 season.

Both Newby and Kaaya played football for Chaminade under Head Coach, Ed Croson. In 2012 (Newby’s senior season), the Eagles won its first outright Mission League football championship title since 2006. The following year the Eagles won the 2013 CIF State Division II championship with Kaaya as quarterback. This was the first time in school history Chaminade won a state football championship.

Chaminade Honors Four New Founders

Chaminade College Preparatory’s West Hills campus was a little more crowded than usual this morning. Instead of the usual 1,200 high school students, there were 2,021 middle and high school students, gathered together to celebrate the school’s annual Founders Day Mass.

Main celebrant, Fr. Martin Solma, S.M., led the Mass and was joined by concelebrants, Fr. John-Paul Gonzalez ’97 of Christ the King (Hollywood), Fr. Jim Mueller, S.M. of Central Catholic High School (San Antonio, Texas), and Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58. Together, the Chaminade family remembered Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and recognized four individuals for the contributions they have made to the school.

This year, Chaminade honored Nancy (Valtin) Leone ’86, Cynthia Snyder, David Poms, and Sandra Poms as founders. Nancy and Cynthia are both 25-year employees of the school, while David and Sandra are longtime benefactors and volunteers. Chaminade President, Rob Webb presented each founder with a medal at the end of Mass.

Founders Day also included a renewal of vows for the Marianist brothers and priests. Between them, Bro. Jack Dempsey, S.M.; Bro. David Betz, S.M.; Fr. Martin Solma, S.M.; Fr. Jim Mueller, S.M.; and Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. have 297 years of religious profession!

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.

 

 

Chaminade Travels to Washington, D.C.

Every four years, Chaminade students have the opportunity to witness history in person when they attend the Presidential Inauguration. Last week, 35 students in grades 9 to 12 and four members of the Chaminade faculty and staff traveled to Washington, D.C. for Close Up’s 2017 Inauguration program.

The group’s civic education includes study visits to the Lincoln memorial, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Hill, and more. The trip culminates with Inauguration Day on Friday, January 20, 2017. They will watch the swearing-in of the 45th president and vice president, the inaugural address, the inaugural parade, and attend Close Up’s Inaugural Ball.

Chaminade’s trip to the nation’s capital also provided them with the opportunity to visit with Chaminade alumnus and Duke University senior Kevin Lewallyn ’13.

Share your All Souls’ Day prayer requests with the Marianist Community at Chaminade

img_7433Dear Chaminade Family,

Each year at this season, the Chaminade Marianist Community is closely joined in interest and concern with all members of the Chaminade College Preparatory family. November is a time to share with one another the memory of relatives, friends, former teachers and students who have been called by God to that eternal life we all hope to share.

All Souls’ Day, November 2, is a way for each one of us to remember our departed loved ones. To make our prayers more specific and significant, we invite you to submit the names of your deceased relatives and friends (including the class year of deceased alumni.) We will place these names on the altar in our Marianist community chapel and remember them as we celebrate the Eucharist throughout the month of November.

Let this be our offering to you. We are grateful for your continuing friendship and are privileged to minister to you through this on-going Chaminade tradition.

Please visit our website to fill out the form with the names of your deceased relatives and friends (including the class year of deceased alumni.)

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58
Chaminade Chaplain