For the past 29 years during the Baccalaureate Mass, the Family of Mary Award has been presented to families who have sent at least three children through Chaminade, with their final son or daughter graduating from the high school. On May 29, 2021, this tradition continued as Mrs. Jill Stewart, faculty member and a 2021 Family of Mary Award recipient, recognized the following families on behalf of Mr. Robert S. Webb, president of Chaminade College Preparatory. Many thanks for their long-standing commitment to Chaminade!
Paul and Cathy Barkes Andrew ’15, Emily ’21, and Jack ’21
Gregg and Jody Bruno Benjamin ’19, Madeline ’21, and Samantha ’21
Paul and Julaine Chilopoulos Paul ’15, Jonas ’19, and Joseph ’21
Ben and Jeannette DeSantis Ella ’16, Camillo ’17, and Leonardo ’21
Gregg and Nicole Dunn Taylor ’13, Jordan ’16, and Ella ’21
Gina MacAller Jacobellis ’82 Alphonse ’07, Joseph ’10, Vincent ’14, and Camille ’21
Sean and Pam Jenkins Madison ’17, Garrett ’19, and Molly ’21
Frank ’84 and Kathy Macias Jack ’13, Luke ’18, and Elena ’21
Issam and Helene Najm Gabriella ’14, Christina ’17, and Sophie ’21
Sean Parsa and Liz Gaier Jack ’16, Luke ’18, and Grace ’21
William and Jacqueline Popok Henry Rivas Anica ’19, Gemma ’21, and Nola ’21
Rodger and Shannon Rutter Alexis ’12, Madison ’15, and Hayden ’21
Michael and Heidi Smith Alexander ’13, Nathan ’15, and Sydney ’21
Brian and Marci Stark Jacob ’14, Jared ’18, and Griffin ’21
Walt and Jill Stewart Nicholas ’17, Matthew ’19, and Jessica ’21
Asim and Huma Syed Shehroz ’16, Shanzey ’18, and Rayan ’21
Michael and Merly Uyanga Michelle ’17, Jennifer ’19, and Jeremiah ’21
David and Nikki Williams Parker ’16, Carter ’18, and Windsor ’21
Wesley and Amanda Wong Jacob ’16, Abigail ’18, and Ethan ’21
In honor of Valentine’s Day, alumni couples share their Eagle love stories:
’92 and Paul Stahly ’93
Katherine and Paul met in biology class in 1991. They attended Homecoming and Prom together and stayed together through college, even though they attended schools in different cities. The two married in April 2003 and have been together for 27 years. This year they are celebrating 16 years of marriage and two children, aged 5 and 7.
Christine and Wesley Lovold ’98
Wesley first saw Christine just before sitting down at Mass during freshman year. Christine and a friend were seated in the second to last row and Wesley sat behind her so he would get to meet her when Fr. Allen invited the congregation to extend the sign of peace. During sophomore year the two became friends, taking several classes together but lost touch when Christine left Chaminade. A year later, Wesley returned from a late shift one Friday night to find a note from his mom that a girl named Chrissy had called and left her number. He called the next day and the two made plans for their first date. After a couple of dates, Wesley asked her to homecoming with a bouquet of sunflowers, and shortly afterward, the two were officially boyfriend and girlfriend. Several years later, Wesley surprised Christine with a trip to New York. He proposed on their fifth anniversary during a horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park. One year later they became husband and wife. Christine and Wesley have been together for 22 years and have four children, three daughters and one son.
Kate and Scott Beskid ’00
Kate and Scott spent three years together in high school, but truly never spoke more than a few words to one another. The two reconnected their senior year of college through a mutual friend, Grant Zitkvoich ’00. Their shared Chaminade experience was the foundation of their friendship and their love blossomed as they spent more and more time together. Kate began her vocation as a Chaminade educator and Scott started his career as a chef. They supported one another in their new adventures and each day their love grew. Kate and Scott married on September 22, 2012 at St. John Eudes Parish in Chatsworth. The entire wedding was Chaminade – the bridal party, guests, choir, and even the middle school cheerleaders attended. They have enjoyed supporting Chaminade throughout the years: attending their reunion together, homecoming football games, and various alumni events. The Beskids recently welcomed their first child, Elizabeth Francis on March 1, 2018 – they cannot wait to send Elizabeth to Chaminade as a member of the Class of 2038!
Hannah Balonick ’07 and Antoine Tadros ’07
Hannah and Antoine became engaged in December 2018 although they never met during high school– Antoine enrolled in Chaminade after Hannah left. They met each other years later and fell in love. A classmate and friend Ron Tan ’07 designed Hannah’s engagement ring.
Lyndsay and Jeff Rosen ’07 Lyndsay and Jeff met at a Bar Mitzvah for Max Piner ’07 before Jeff attended Chaminade. Lyndsay remembered seeing him on a campus visit a few months after the party and thinking he was super cute. On the first day of 8th grade at Chaminade Jeff approached Lyndsay, to say “hi” and they have been inseparable ever since. Lyndsay recalls that they constantly passed notes in class and chatted online. She never expected to meet her future husband at 12 years old. Lyndsay and Jeff have been married for just over two years and have a beautiful 7 month old daughter named Greer.
If you’d like to share your Eagle Love Story, contact the Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 444-1750.
After a bye week, the Chaminade Eagles hosted the Loyola Cubs at Booster Stadium for Homecoming. On its first offensive possession of the game, the Eagles scored a touchdown with eight minutes remaining in the first quarter. At halftime, the score was 35-0, Eagles.
Chaminade improved to 4-2 with its 42-0 Mission League win over Loyola. Next up for the Eagles is an away game against the Alemany Warriors. Kick off at 7:00 p.m.
In addition to the victory, festivities included spirit activities and rallies for students at both campuses throughout the week. Theses events culminated in the crowning of a Homecoming King and Queen, Lawrence Hwang ’17 and Catherine Dauw ’17.
Homecoming was also Reunion Weekend for Chaminade alumni from the Classes of 1966, 1976, 1986, 1991, and 1996 (the Classes of 1956 and 2006 celebrated their reunions earlier this year). Class parties were held on Saturday evening, but Reunion Weekend started with the football game on Friday night. Before the game began, Golden Eagles (alumni who graduated from Chaminade 50 or more years ago) stood on the Deep Blue C and were introduced to the crowd. Alumni from all years gathered in the end zone to cheer on their football team and catch-up.
Kevin Pillar ’07 in a March 2016 game (photo: Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)
Ever wonder if Apostolic Works stays with you once you graduate from Chaminade? The short answer is, “Yes!”
Alumni often reflect back on cherished Chaminade experiences when they meet President Rob Webb, and these stories more often than not include service projects and their impact. As Mr. Webb pointed out in the spring/summer issue of Chaminade Now, “Many alumni say they continue to seek out service opportunities well after they leave Chaminade because helping others continues to profoundly touch their lives.”
Kevin Pillar ’07 is one of those alumni. The Toronto Blue Jays’ center fielder was recently nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes the Major League Baseball (MLB) player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Pillar and his wife, Amanda are active with charitable organizations in Toronto. In addition, Pillar has set-up an MLB Action Team at Chaminade, which will help high school students to “plan and organize volunteer events in and around their schools.”
Enjoy a day of golf while supporting Chaminade College Preparatory on Monday, September 19, 2016! Proceeds benefit the tuition assistance program, and registration for the 32nd annual Golf Tournament is open and filling up quickly.
This year’s tournament will be held at the Woodland Hills Country Club, and begins with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. Golfers may register as individuals, a foursome, or as young alumni golfers (Classes 2006 to 2016). Each golfer will receive a day of golf, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks on the course, a cocktail hour, dinner, and a gift bag.
Prices are as follows:
Individual golfer: $325 ($350 after September 1)
Foursome: $1,200 ($1,300 after September 1)
Young alumni golfer (’06 to ’16): $195
For more information on registration, sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, please visit the tournament website. Contact the Alumni Office for further assistance with questions by calling (818) 444-1750.