Chaminade Fencing Brings Home Two State Titles

By David Wharton P’19

In a performance that was nothing short of convincing, Chaminade swept the men’s and women’s overall titles at the 2019 California high school fencing championships.

The Eagles outpaced 62 other schools from across the state by taking four of six events, with the women finishing first in epee and the men winning foil, epee, and saber.

Though senior Emmanuelle Cola earned an individual bronze in women’s epee, Chaminade’s success is owed primarily to depth with a handful of fencers – including Ian Ngo ’19, Lance Fortner ’20, and Adam Catlin ’21 – earning Top 10 finishes during a full day of competition in their home gym. Other team members contributing points were Zachary Wharton ’19, John Conroy ’19, Sean-Paul Marx ’20, Marc Ghotanian ’22, Jaemin Choi ’22, Emily Brown ’19, Charlotte Weller ’19 and Mary Alexa Cantalejo ’21.

The accumulation of solid performances pushed Coach Derek Snyder’s squad well past rivals Harvard-Westlake and Brentwood. For the men, this marks the second-consecutive overall championship. The women improved after finishing just behind Harvard-Westlake last year.

Chaminade has won more state titles in fencing than in any other sport. The program was originally guided to prominence by Fr. Larry Calhoun, a renowned name in the sport, and over its many years has produced numerous standouts who later competed at the college and international level.

Chaminade’s First Spanish Honor Society Inducts 18 Students

In March, Chaminade inducted 18 students into the school’s first Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) also known as the Hispanic Honor Society. SHH is a nationally recognized honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and Portuguese. Sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, SHH currently has more than 2,900 active chapters worldwide. To be eligible, students must be actively enrolled in a second-year honor level Spanish class or higher. Students also have the opportunity to apply for college scholarships and travel awards.

“I am thrilled to have established Chapter Misión Marianista Española for the Hispanic Honor Society at Chaminade College Preparatory,” says Yesenia Macias, program moderator. “We are in our initial stages, but pleased to have initiated 18 students. As part of the expectations, students will participate in community service projects working with the Spanish speaking community. The overall mission is to raise awareness of the Spanish language and culture throughout both Chaminade and the greater community.”

To learn more about Chaminade’s Hispanic Honor Society contact Yesenia Macias at ymacias@chaminade.org

 

Jordan Axani Comes to Chaminade April 8

Jordan Axani has a long track record of bold acts that move and inspire people. His unique background and immense vulnerability have made Jordan a sought-after speaker on mental wellness and leadership. To learn more about Jordan, visit jordanaxani.com.

The Chaminade Wellness Program welcomes Jordan Axani, mental wellness and leadership expert, Monday, April 8, to speak to parents, students and teachers about the biggest problems facing our mental wellness.

During his visit, Jordan will give the following presentations:

  • Middle School: What’s Your Big Truth?
    Jordan shares stories and lessons of his struggles with letting his family and friends in on some of his mental health challenges and ways to cope by being open and honest.
  • High School: What’s Your Big Lie? 
    Jordan focuses on the mental health struggles that affect high school students today and offers coping skills such as acceptance, peer support, and awareness of local mental health resources.
  • Parent Presentation
    5:30 p.m. Reception  |  6:00 -7:00 p.m. Presentation

    Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts, West Hills campus
    Jordan talks about the state of mental health in teenagers and discusses how parents can better communicate with their children on this important topic. All parents with a student(s) in grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend. Click here to RSVP for the parent presentation.

This event is made possible by funds raised from the 2018 Chaminade Gala Benefit and Auction providing Chaminade the tools to expand our vision to develop resilient young men and women who can advocate for themselves and successfully balance school life.

Follow The Yellow Brick Road!

This weekend, the Chaminade Players will transport audiences somewhere over the rainbow in their production of The Wizard of Oz. Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy, Toto and her friends the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion to the Emerald City. Complete with munchkins and flying monkeys, audiences will be blown away by this spectacular celebration of the academy award winning 1939 MGM film. “This is the 80th anniversary of an iconic piece of musical theatre history,” says Director, Yvette Bishop. “We have a tremendous cast and crew and audiences are going to see a show unlike any other in Chaminade history.” The Chaminade Players will perform classic song favorites including “Over the Rainbow”, “If I Only Had a Brain”, “We’re off to See the Wizard” and many more.

There is no place like home, join us at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts at 7500 Chaminade Ave, West Hills. Purchase your tickets today! Buy Now

Show dates and times are:

  • Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.
    An American Sign Language interpreted performance
  • Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m.

The Chaminade Players are making an effort to go green and protect our environment, The Wizard of Oz Playbill is now available in a digital format! A limited quantity of printed Playbills will be available at the shows. Thank you for supporting The Chaminade Players.

Lent 2019: Here is My Heart Lord

On March 6, Chaminade marked the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday prayer services on both campuses. “Here is My Heart Lord” is our Lenten theme for 2019. As we journey through this season of Lent, we are asked to recommit ourselves to God’s merciful love, and act upon our apostolic call to pray, give alms, and fast during this sacred liturgical season.

To help us on our Lenten journey, Chaminade will host events on each campus which our families are encouraged to attend.

LIFE Mass – March 10 at 5:00 p.m.
• West Hills Campus Condon Center Chapel

Sacrament of Reconciliation
• Chatsworth Campus: March 14-15 at  2:20 p.m.
• West Hills Campus: April 11-12 time TBD

Lenten Prayer Service
• Chatsworth Campus: “Stations of the Cross” March 20 at 9:15 a.m.
•  West Hills Campus: “Last Seven Words of Jesus” April 17 at 10:00 a.m.

Founders Day Mass – April 4 at 9:30 a.m.
• West Hills Campus

Last Supper Para Liturgy – April 8 at 10:15 a.m.
• Chatsworth Campus

In the following weeks, Campus Ministry will offer opportunities for our students to serve, including an apostolic works sock drive, service Saturday for middle school students, a service trip to the L.A. Regional Food Bank, and spring cleaning drives throughout March and April for the high school students. Additionally, on March 29, Chaminade will once again host the Special Olympics on the West Hills campus.

More Information regarding campus-specific Lenten activities can be found online and through the Chaminade This Week email newsletter. We invite our Chaminade community to take advantage of these great opportunities to help you in your Lenten journey.