Students Embark on East Coast College Tour

By Laura Cuneo, Director of Counseling

On October 20, Chaminade counselors will be departing on a six-night, seven-day college tour of the East Coast with 30 students. Starting in Boston and traveling amid the picturesque Northeast, a region that has always garnered great appeal among our students, students will visit 12 colleges and universities that vary in size, atmosphere, academic opportunities, and selectivity. From Boston College, Georgetown University, and Syracuse University, to Drexel University and Goucher College—to name a few– our counseling team has purposefully included these schools to address the wide range of interest of our students.

Georgetown University

We invited students in grades 10-12 to on this tour so they can begin to recognize the criteria that are important to them in choosing a college. The tours and information sessions offered on each campus provide each student with valuable insight and perspective wherever they are in their college process. Chaminade Counseling has been providing college tour opportunities for students for over a decade because we know that visiting a college campus is truly a powerful thing.  

Most high school students understand that the college admissions process is wrought with time-consuming tasks, and many start feeling the pressure of the process as early as freshman and sophomore year. With nearly 5,000 college options in the United States, just thinking about where to apply is overwhelming to most. Students feel pressure to build a college list, excel on standardized tests, and be outstanding in their activities. They often get caught up in the minutia of trying to prepare for college; this can, in turn, make them miss out on the individualized and interesting part of the search process, which includes visiting different types of schools and really thinking about finding the college that fits them best. We see the college process as a true process, reflective of how students are ever-changing throughout their high school years. College tours, as a whole, offer students a unique opportunity to understand and approach an otherwise complicated and anxiety-inducing process, bringing the fun back into it!

If a student is not sure whether they prefer a large research institution or a small liberal arts college, a school in a rural environment or a bustling city, or even a school that will bring with it drastically different weather than they are used to, physically experiencing it is invaluable. Many students are influenced by schools they hear about often, those that family members attended, or simply the bumper sticker effect, which is completely normal. Taking advantage of stepping foot on a college campus takes all of these preconceived notions away and helps students form their own feeling and opinion about a school. How did they feel being on campus? Were the students friendly? Did it seem like someplace they could see themselves? How did they feel walking into the Student Union Building or sitting in the university library? Students are choosing a ‘home away from home’ when they are exploring colleges. And nothing tells them more about a school, its opportunities, and what they can expect, than being there themselves.

The added benefit of touring colleges is evident when students begin applying to schools in the fall of their senior year. Students need to research colleges thoroughly to create a balanced college list of schools – all of which they should be happy attending. And when the time comes to submit university-specific supplement essays or have an admissions interview, they will legitimately have something to say. They will also be well-informed about the kind of school they want to attend. As students continue to learn about themselves and their needs and wants, tours enable them to gather information directly from the source. They can see for themselves what sets one school apart from another.

Boston College

Of course, it is not always possible for students to visit every school they might be interested in (and there are alternatives out there to help students still “see” a school), but when it is possible to be there physically, it truly proves to be significant. Chaminade Counseling is proud to be able to plan and offer college tours each year to our students that highlight a wide array of schools in various parts of the country. After our exciting tour of the East Coast this month, we will begin planning a college tour of the Pacific Northwest that will take place in the spring.

We look forward to providing another opportunity for our students to experience a different group of amazing colleges and universities in a very different (and truly beautiful) setting. No matter where we travel, our ultimate goal is to help our students find the college that fits them best. Seeing is really believing! 

Fall Dates Added for College Application Boot Camp

Back by popular demand, the Center for Excellence has added new fall dates for the College Application Boot Camp. Counselors notice year after year that students who attend the boot camps get a tremendous head start in the college admissions process which, in turn, reduces stress as deadlines approach.

For three days, students will gain valuable information regarding college application processes and procedures, work one-on-one with counselors on their applications, and prepare drafts of their college essays. Counselors work closely with students on their college lists and provide helpful tips and feedback.

“I got a great head start on the essay portion. I was completely at a loss on what to write at the beginning, but by the end, I was almost done with my first draft.” –  Senior, Class of 2020

Students will also have the opportunity to meet admissions representatives from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Loyola Marymount University, and UCLA.

“When I attempted to apply at home, I ran into many questions and problems and had no one to help me. However, this boot camp helped with the application process and provided hands-on assistance with my questions.” –  Senior, Class of 2020

Join us September 3 – 5 from 3:30 – 8:30 pm. There are many steps involved in the application process, and the College Application Boot Camp is the best way to accomplish a ton in a short amount of time!

Click here to register today!

Summertime at the Center for Excellence

Every summer, the Chaminade Center for Excellence offers programs designed to inspire, engage, and empower young minds. These goals are central to our mission and focus on developing a child-centered experience where campers are engaged in becoming self-directed learners, leading to empowerment.

For this upcoming summer, we have created several new classes that will be part of our Ste[+a]m and Great Books Academies. We are sure that these new offerings will challenge and inspire students to learn new things but in fun and exciting ways. We strive to have our campers tap into their exploratory nature to keep them discovering – for years to come. These two summer academies empower students to adopt a creative mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them.

Summer is also an excellent time for students of all ages to pursue their creative passions in visual and performing arts. Campers of all ages can discover new passions and unlock their imaginations through workshops, and intensives such as circus camp, dance camps, musical theater, and filmmaking.

Children, ages 5 to 15, can also join our Sports Camps and explore athletics from football to basketball as well as soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, fencing, and more. The West Hills campus also hosts Varsity Camps which gives students the chance to work with Chaminade’s varsity head coaches, players, and former athletes with college and professional experience.

Give your child the skills they need to be successful. Enroll them in one of the summer enrichment academies at  Chaminade  College  Preparatory where they can engage in hands-on activities in science, literature, writing, language, math, art and more. They will become creative, collaborative problem solvers and critical thinkers all while making friends and having great summer fun!  Register today at chaminade.org/centerforexcellence.

 

Chaminade Honors 11 Families with The Family of Mary Award

For the past 27 years, during the Baccalaureate Mass, Chaminade has upheld the tradition of presenting a special award to Chaminade families who have made a long-standing commitment by sending three or more children to Chaminade throughout their tenure.

As a Marianist school, Chaminade strives to create a community that is truly a family, consisting of students, faculty, staff, and parents working together in the spirit of cooperation, respect, and honesty. There is no greater trust on the part of parents than to place their children in the hands of our school community.

 

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On May 31, we proudly recognized 11 families with The Family of Mary Award, marking their exceptional involvement with the Chaminade family. Congratulations to The Family of Mary Award recipients:

  • Kim and Michael Akerson
    Alexa ’08, Nicollette ’10, and Isabella ’19
  • Beth Albrecht and James Albrecht
    Emily ’14, Hannah ’16, and Rachel ’19
  • Salve and Lukman Alli
    Nicole ’07, Kimberly ’14, Diana ’15, and Oluwakemi ’19
  • Heather and Brian Angel
    Alexandra ’15, Ben ’17, and William ’19
  • Maral and Eli Chorbajian
    Abraham ’16, Arthur ’18, Maral ’19, and Sophia ’19
  • Yvette and Gavin Leaver
    Jesse ’12, Aidan ’19, and Emily ’19
  • Yolanda and Hector Romo
    Danielle ’08, Christopher ’09, and Isabella ’19
  • Julie and Andrew Rowlands
    Taylor ’14, Emma ’16, and Lauren ’19
  • Anne Marie Svolos and James Svolos
    Christina ’12, Julianna ’15, and Amanda ’19
  • Mona and James Thomas
    Isaiah ’16, Joshua ’17, and Imani ’19
  • Mary and Richard Yerzyk
    Nicholas ’09, Katherine ’11, Cameron ’15, and Meghan ’19

 

 

Chaminade Players Receive Six Awards and 16 Nominations from the National Youth Arts Awards

 

The Chaminade Players have been honored with six awards and 16 nominations from the 14th Annual National Youth Arts Awards, for their outstanding work in their dramatic production of The Crucible and their musical production of The Wizard of Oz. This year more than 700 productions were considered for the awards, including shows from 240 different members spanning 17 states, Canada and the UK. Award winners were selected from nominations by a panel of more than 50 judges and reviewers.

Congratulations to our award winners and nominees:

Awards:

  • Outstanding Production:
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Lead Performance in a Musical:
    Rachel Albrecht ’19 as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Jater Webb ’20 as Hunk/Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Play:
    Mack Balleweg ’19 as Rev. John Hale in The Crucible
  • Set Design:
    Jeff McLaughlin for The Wizard of Oz
  • Direction:
    Yvette L. Bishop for The Wizard of Oz

Nominations:

  • Lead Performance in a Play:
    Rachel Albrecht ’19 as Abigail Williams in The Crucible
  • Lead Performance in a Play:
    Jater Webb ’20 as John Proctor in The Crucible
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Mack Balleweg ’19 as Professor Marvel/The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Carly Condon ’20 as Almira Gulch/The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Chloe Johnson ’20 as Aunt Em/Glinda in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Sean McCarthy ’20 as Zeke/Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Musical:
    Jack Rumack ’19 as Hickory/Tinman in The Wizard of Oz
  • Supporting Performance in a Play:
    Molly Guo ’21 as Tituba in The Crucible
  • Featured Performance in a Play:
    Jack Rumack ’19 as Samuel Parris in The Crucible
  • Featured Performance in a Play:
    Maggie Shaughnessy ’22 as Betty Parris in The Crucible
  • Ensemble:
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Costume Design:
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Lighting Design:
    Jeff McLaughlin for The Wizard of Oz
  • Hair/Makeup Design:
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Choreography:
    Bill Burns for The Wizard of Oz
  • Musical Direction:
    Dan Redfeld for The Wizard of Oz

The award winners will be formally presented with their awards on stage at the 14th Annual National Youth Arts Award Ceremony on Sunday, June 2 at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village. The awards presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. Please Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

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