High School Mock Trial Team Takes Home Championship

The courtroom was quiet as Judge Ron Rose made the announcement. Then, the celebration began. For the third time in four years, the Chaminade High School Mock Trial Team took home the Los Angeles County Championship on Wednesday night at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. After months of preparation and six rounds of competition, Chaminade met Diamond Bar High School in the finals. The defense team, led by attorneys Chris Collins ’19, Serena Gill ’21, and Armen Ajemian ’21, argued their case in front of Judge Rose and a panel of legal professionals. The team set the tone with outstanding performances including MVP of the round Claire Fairtlough ’19 as the defendant.

The middle school team reached the finals for the third straight year facing Hollenbeck Middle School. In a closely contested round, Chaminade finished as LA County Runner Up of the junior division. Eighth-grader Samantha Pofsky ’23 received the outstanding witness award for her portrayal of the defendant Reagan Klein.

More than 2,500 students on 143 teams competed in this year’s competition making it the largest in the entire country. This year’s case, People v. Klein, involved a college student charged with making a criminal threat and false report of an emergency.

The high school team will now represent Los Angeles at the State Championship in Sacramento at the end of March.

The members of the 2018-19 high school team are Armen Ajemian ’21, Sophia Canzona ’21 , Dario Cardenas ’21, Madison Cheramie ’22, Chris Collins ’19, Matthew Delgado ’19, Claire Fairtlough ’19, Hannah Hayes ’21, Emma Heafner ’22, Violet Josephson ’21, Priyanka Khanna ’21, Isabella Koujakian ’22, Andrew Langrudi ’21, Rachel Lee ’22, Madison Marker ’21, Luke McNulty ’22, Michaela Nam ’20, Victoria Parks ’21, Katherine Schultz ’21, Sammy Shahinian ’21, Skylar Takac ’21, Brendan Teehan ’21, and John Van der Wel ’21. The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.

The members of the middle school team are Owen Cappelletti ’23, William Cerreta ’23, Ethan Croutch ’23, Hallie Egan ’23, Gia Frank ’23, Jesse Goldman ’23, Alex Grenn ’23, Joseph Hernandez ’23, Eliana McIlvery ’23, Mikayla Nazarian ’23, Gabia Paliulis ’23, Sam Palmeri ’23, Samantha Pofsky ’23, Kameron Rabizadeh ’23, and Ryann Schaffer ’23. The team is coached by Jill Teehan.

Two Chaminade Students Head to Sydney Opera House

Imagine being one of 300 students, out of 12,000 international applicants, selected to perform at the Sydney Opera House. For two talented Chaminade students, Kristin McGinnis ’20 and Nicholas Amenta-Shin ’20, that dream became a reality. Both were accepted as finalists in the High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House. McGinnis and Amenta-Shin were nominated at the beginning of the school year by chorus teacher, Danielle Duckett. “I thought it would be a tremendous opportunity and decided to nominate two of my students who are both part of the Concert Choir leadership team,” says Duckett. “They were emailed shortly after with an invitation to apply which included a resume and an audition to be submitted – they needed to select an Italian aria. I coached them through pronunciation, expression and the music, and they both came in to record, which they both ultimately submitted. From there, it was a waiting game.”

“To be accepted is a dream in itself!” says McGinnis, “I honestly wasn’t expecting to get in, but on Halloween, when I got an email saying that I’ve been accepted, as cliché as it is, I felt like the world around me stopped for a second.” The High School Honors Performance Series is an honor reserved for elite high school musicians to perform at one of the world’s most recognized and revered performance institutions, the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House. Selected finalists will spend six days in Sydney, where they will study under master conductors, experience the highlights of the “Harbour City,” and get to know accomplished musicians from around the world.

“I had to learn an Italian aria which was difficult – as I’ve never sung in Italian,” says Amenta-Shin. “The whole process was very rewarding for me as I was introduced to something I’ve never done before, and being accepted into the program allows me to become part of something that will remain with me for the rest of my life.”

Happy Thanksgiving

O Gracious God, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us. Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this feast today. Thank you for our home, our family, and our friends. Thank you for our health, our work and our play. Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence. Open our hearts to your love. We ask your blessing through Christ your son.


Club Nade is Canceled

Due to the impact of the fires on our community, Chaminade College Preparatory high school has canceled its 8th Grade Step-Up Day, Club Nade, which was scheduled for this Friday, November 16. 

Please continue to monitor your emails, the Chaminade website at www.chaminade.org, and social media, as the new date of Club Nade will be announced in the near future.  


We are keeping all those affected by the fires in our prayers.  

Classes Resume Wednesday, November 14

Dear Chaminade Families,

Classes will resume tomorrow, Wednesday, November, 14. The high school campus with a normal Day 1 schedule, the middle school campus with a special Day 1 schedule beginning with x-block. Due to a lack of access for some of our students, everyone will be allowed to wear the appropriate free dress for the remainder of this week. While campus will be open, we also understand that many of our families are dealing with the logistics of returning to their neighborhoods. We will make accommodations in the classroom as necessary regarding school supplies, textbooks, laptops, and uniforms. Counselors and campus ministers will also be available for students who feel they need emotional and/or spiritual support.

In keeping with normal protocol, if you know your child will be absent, please report that absence to your respective campus. At the high school, please call Candis in the attendance office through our 24-hour hotline (818) 347-0391. At the middle school, please leave a voicemail message with the main office at (818) 363-8127 or call Chantelle in the attendance office at (818) 363-9531 after 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.

We will continue our daily monitoring of air quality. The forecast for tomorrow is 78 – moderate. We will modify any outdoor activity with this rating in mind.

If you live in an affected area, you will be receiving an email with links to needed resources.

Please continue to stay safe and pray for all affected communities.

Rob Webb