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.

Celebrating Volunteers

On May 15, Chaminade celebrated the commitment and service of our incredible volunteers at the annual Volunteer Recognition Reception. Volunteers help make Chaminade a better place. They truly demonstrate the Marianist tradition of family spirit through their selfless giving of time and talent. Volunteers are an important part of Chaminade’s operations and are instrumental to the success of many of our programs and events. From large and exciting events like the Chaminade Gala Benefit & Auction to the smaller, less glamorous envelope stuffing parties, our volunteers do it all.

Spotlight on Service honorees: Rosalind Auzenne Odabashian, Laura Galieote, Kim Akerson, Julie Rowland, and Ani Avanessian. Not pictured: Beth Albrecht, Ani Avanessian, Joani McQuaid, Julie Nairin, and Mia Pitts.

Chaminade recognized nine extraordinary volunteers who have their last child graduating from the high school. Their commitment to Chaminade over the last four to seven years have had an astounding effect on our school. Congratulations to our 2019 Spotlight on Service honorees:

  • Kim Akerson P ’08 ’10 ’19
  • Beth Albrecht P ’14 ’16 ’19
  • Rosalind Auzenne Odabashian P ’10 ’19
  • Ani Avanessian P ’17 ’19
  • Laura Galieote P’17 ’19
  • Joani McQuaid P’19
  • Julie Nairin P’16 ’19
  • Mia Pitts P’19
  • Julie Rowland P’17 ’19 (and international student host parent)

Board members Gerry Philpott, and Howard Lind

In addition to honoring our amazing parent volunteers, Chaminade also paid tribute to three Board members who are terming off the board at the end of the month. For the last six years, these individuals have volunteered their time and expertise to help ensure that our school upholds our Catholic, Marianist mission and runs effectively and efficiently. Chaminade expresses its sincere gratitude to Tom Condon ’56, Howard Lind P’16 ’17, and Gerry Philpott P’15, ’19.

Consider joining the ranks of our volunteers; you will find that it is one of the best experiences. And along the way, you will forge new and long lasting friendships. Join us August 20 and 22 for our volunteer mixers to find your perfect volunteer opportunity and join the ranks of this amazing group.

This Weekend at Chaminade

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Chaminade has you covered. We have Family Fun Night, and two fantastic performing arts shows to attend, Chaminade Middle School Players’ Luck of the Draw-An Improvised Musical, and the Chaminade Dance Company’s presentation of The Toy Box.

Beginning Thursday, May 9, Chaminade Middle School Players present a night of musical comedy as they perform Luck of the Draw-An Improvised Musical. The show is solely based on audience suggestions, making every night a new and original show. Join us for a night of laughs, music, and even a little dancing. Performances are at the Fr. Allen DeLong Center for Arts and Athletics.

Ticket prices are $10 at the door or click here to purchase tickets. Show dates and times are as follows:

  • Thursday, May 9 at 7:01 p.m.
  • Friday, May 10 at 7:01 p.m.
  • Saturday, May, 11 at 7:01 p.m.

Chaminade’s middle school hosts Family Fun Night, on Friday, May 10. Join us for a great afternoon of games, food, entertainment and fellowship on the Chaminade “Boardwalk” from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on the Chatsworth campus. Admission is free; tickets are needed for food and games. Click here to pre-order tickets. For every $40 in online pre-order tickets you purchase, you will receive $5 in tickets FREE!  Tickets can also be purchased at Family Fun Night.

Witness the awesome visual display of power, grace, rhythm, and athleticism of the Chaminade Dance Company as they present The Toy Box. This beautiful theatrical production takes audiences on a journey into the life of a child. Brilliantly told through dance and Cirque this performance is a story of creative play, dealing with nighttime fears, and the gift of family to be held at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on the West Hills campus.

Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $16 for students and $11 for children. Click here to purchase tickets. Show dates and times are:

  • Friday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m.

The Chaminade Dance Company is making an effort to go green. The Toy Box program is now available in a digital format! A limited quantity of printed programs will be available at the shows.


Chaminade Dance Company Presents The Toy Box

Chaminade Dance Company presents The Toy Box at their annual dance concert. This beautiful theatrical production is a journey into the life of a child as he and his family move to a new military base. His story of creative play, dealing with nighttime fears, and the gift of family is brilliantly told through dance and cirque.

The show will be held at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts beginning Friday, May 3, 2019. Performance dates and times are:

  • Friday, May 3, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 4, 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5, 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 10, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $22 per adult, $16 per student, and $11 per child, and may be purchased online.

The Chaminade Dance Company is making an effort to go green,  The Toy Box program is now available in a digital format! A limited quantity of printed programs will be available at the shows. Thank you for supporting The Chaminade Dance Company.

Easter Message

Holy Week marks the final week of Lent as we wait in hope for Jesus’ resurrection on Saturday evening at the Easter Vigil. Contemplating on this holiest week of the year we realize that the most powerful force in this world is relationships. Jesus was all about relationships. He made building unbreakable bonds the core of His ministry. Just hours before His crucifixion, “Peter insisted emphatically, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’  And all the others said the same” (Mark 14:31).

Relationships are the defining feature of being created in the image of God and of being human. As our world struggles with developing and protecting human relationships, we are grateful for all of you for making family spirit central in our Chaminade culture.

As a family, let us continue to take new practical steps towards developing an atmosphere where personal, deepening, supportive, and faith-building relationships are highly valued as expressions of our passion for God’s love.