A Gold Medal for Valerie Higgins ’16 at FIBA Americas U18 Championships

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USA U18 Women’s Basketball Team after their gold medal win on July 17, 2016. Photo: USA Basketball

After a 109-62 victory over Canada for Team USA in the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Valdivia, Chile, Valerie Higgins ’16 now has a gold medal to add to her list of accomplishments.

This was the USA U18 women’s eighth straight gold medal in the event. The team has nine gold medals overall.

Higgins had five steals in the title game, and the FIBA Americas U18 Championship was her first appearance on Team USA. She was named to the team in May 2016. In the fall she will attend USC as a freshman guard for Trojans.

Conor McCullough ’09 Invited to Rio Olympic Games

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Conor McCullough ’09, Rudy Winkler, and Kibwe Johnson at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field on July 7, 2016. Photo: USA Track and Field

Chaminade alumnus, Conor McCullough finished in the top three of the hammer throwing competition of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field and has been invited to the U.S. Olympic Team. McCullough threw 74.16 meters for a third place finish during the trials in Eugene, Oregon.

After graduating from Chaminade College Preparatory in 2009, he first attended Princeton University, and later transferred to USC. In 2015, McCullough won the NCAA outdoor championship. He won a gold medal in the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships, as well as a silver medal in the 2008 competition.

Hammer throwing is a family tradition for McCullough – his father, Conor McCullough, Sr. competed in the Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games for Ireland.

Class of ’56 Celebrates 60th Reunion

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Members of the Class of 1956 gathered Sunday, June 26, 2016, to celebrate their 60-year reunion at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Woodland Hills, California. Nine members of the class were present, several of whom enrolled in 1952, the year Chaminade opened. They reminisced about their days at Chaminade High School for Boys, swapping stories and sharing memories. President Robert Webb also attended the event and praised this early class as pioneers who helped make the Chaminade of today a reality. To mark this special occasion, each alumnus in attendance received a 60-year diploma.

Thank you to Mike Brown ’56 for his hard work in planning this memorable event.

Yankees Select Blake Rutherford ’16

IMG_1229The New York Yankees have selected Chaminade outfielder, Blake Rutherford ’16 during the first-round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. During his senior year, Rutherford batted .577 and had 45 hits. He is part of the Varsity Baseball team who clinched the school’s first Mission League title since 2005.

Read more about Blake’s draft experience and view photos from the Los Angeles Daily News.

 

Quinton Lopez ’16 named recipient of Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship

IMG_1122Quinton Lopez ’16 is one of four high school students in the U.S. to receive a $25,000 scholarship through the Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship.

The scholarship is a new initiative for Sallie Mae, and selections were made through nominations the company collected from 20,000 high school counselors from across the country.

Sallie Mae has shared Lopez’s story, along with those of the other three recipients through online video.