For Chaminade students, their high school education is not just about going to college. It is also about exploring career opportunities. To help guide students on this journey, the school hosted its annual Career Night on September 16.
While some students know exactly what they want to do, others like junior Noelle Johnson, are open to possibilities. She reflected, “I came because there are so many different options for students in the world today, so many different jobs that are available, and I felt Career Night would help me to narrow down options and find a job that I’m really interested in and could pursue in college.”
Planned by Bro. Jack Dempsey, Career Night featured something for everyone. From an environmental engineer to a financier to a dentist, students could choose from an array of career representatives. He is grateful to the more than 50 alumni, parents and teachers who volunteered to talk to Chaminade students about their fields.
At this time last year, Brad Kaaya was preparing for his senior season at quarterback for West Hills Chaminade. Now, he has been named the starting quarterback as a freshman at Miami.
Coach Al Golden made the announcement Sunday, with Kaaya beating out Kansas transfer Jake Heaps, who was once ranked the No. 1 high school quarterback prospect in the nation.
“As I told him, he’s our quarterback,” Golden told reporters Sunday afternoon after practice, a few hours after informing Kaaya and Heaps of the decision. “He’s not a freshman quarterback. He’s the University of Miami quarterback.”
In a year when Chaminade bid farewell to its 18-year President Jim Adams, the school also celebrated a national speaking championship, robotics awards, four state athletic championships, another successful college placement year, and a banner year in annual giving. The 2013-2014 Chaminade Fund closed the year having raised $1.2 million – funds that are directly invested in students and faculty.
The annual fund raising effort is truly a Chaminade family achievement – 1,325 donors contributed to The Chaminade Fund. Gifts ranged in size from $1 to $75,000. Every single gift, from every single donor makes a difference in the Chaminade experience.
Chaminade College Preparatory thanks all of its generous supporters.
Distinguished Alumna Pam Gonzalez Meyer (center) with her two children, Jeffrey ’08 (left) and Samantha (right).
Each year during Catholic Schools Week, Chaminade recognizes graduates who are exceptional individuals, leaders in business and the community, and who incorporate Marianist values in their everyday lives. Today, we are proud to announce Pamela Gonzalez Meyer ’76 as the 2014 Distinguished Alumna of the Year.
Pam was among the first girls admitted to Chaminade in 1972 and graduated in 1976 with a class size of 112. In 1980, she graduated from California State University, Northridge Summa Cum Laude and in 1983, from USC Law School. She has been a practicing member of the California Bar since 1983 and focuses on entertainment immigration law.
An active Chaminade volunteer, she has been a drama and choir parent volunteer, Career Night participant, and one of the first women on the high school varsity football chain gang. She is an active alumni volunteer, helping at events such as Homecoming and Senior Sunset.
Pam is in her eleventh year of service on the Chaminade Board of Directors; for the past three years she has served as board chair. She has chaired the Policy and Planning Committee and is a member of the Advancement Committee. Pam is also chair of the Executive, Nominating and President Search committees.
On Wednesday, October 23, the New Orleans Saints promoted Chaminade College Preparatory alumnus, Ryan Griffin ’08 from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. After graduating from Chaminade, Griffin went on to Tulane University, where he played quarterback for four years. Griffin is one of two Eagle alumni playing in the NFL. Logan Paulsen ’05 is a tight end with the Washington Redskins.