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.

Four Eagle Wrestlers Head to State Championship

After three weeks of qualifying tournaments from Mission League to CIF Divisional’s to CIF Master’s Regional’s, four Eagle wrestlers punched their tickets to the California State Championships February 21-23. States is one of the most prestigious athletic events in California. Out of more than 900 schools and 27,000 wrestlers in the state, only 2% of wrestlers ever reach this level of competition.

It has been a record-setting year for the Chaminade’s wrestling team. Under the direction of coach Bill Wilson and assistant coach Vlad Kochiev, Chaminade qualified 12 wrestlers out of 14 weight classes for CIF tournaments in a single season. The team also qualified for the CIF Dual Championships and is ranked 21st in the state.

Through the sweat, blood, tears, and grueling tournaments here are the four remaining eagles and their weight class achievements and rankings:

Patrick Rowland ’19 has shown tremendous growth in the last four years. Introduced to wrestling at Chaminade’s middle school, Patrick (138-pounds) got serious when he entered 9th grade. This season, he is Mission League Champion, 3rd at CIF, placed 9th at CIF Masters and is currently ranked 12th in the state. Rowland will go on to wrestle for Duke University.

Erich Osteen ’19 is no stranger to the tournament circuit. Erich (220-pounds) has been wrestling since the age of six, and it’s his third time at States. He is Mission League Champion, CIF Champion, and placed 2nd at CIF Masters. Erich is currently ranked 3rd in the state and is committed to play football for UCLA next season.

Zeth Romney ’22 is at the beginning of his high school wrestling career and is showing that he is a contender with which to be reckoned. Zeth (106- pounds) is Mission League Champion, CIF Champion, and placed 3rd at CIF Masters. He is currently ranked 8th in the state.

Katja Osteen ’21 is the only girl on the Chaminade wrestling team. Like her brother, she has been wrestling from a very young age she began at only four-years-old. In 2018, Katia (160-pound) became the school’s first State Champion in wrestling. This year she is CIF Champion and Masters Champion. She is currently ranked 1st in the state.

For up to the minute State Championship coverage, follow the Chaminade Wrestling team on twitter @nadewrestling.

Chaminade Students Join Other Catholic High School Students for Year of Mercy Service Event

Last week Chaminade College Preparatory LIFE Team members, Anagette San Roman ’17 and Daniella Torres ’17 participated in a joint service project with other San Fernando Region Catholic high schools at the Fred Jordan Mission on Skid Row.

Students from Chaminade, Notre Dame, Crespi, Louisville, Holy Family, Flintridge Sacred Heart, and Alemany volunteered for the mission’s annual Back to School event. Back to School provides Los Angeles Unified School District students with new clothing, shoes, socks, backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, hygiene kits, and food. The high school volunteers stuffed backpacks with school supplies, and handed them out; as well as passed out clothing and other personal care items.

Following the event, volunteers attended Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in celebration of the culmination of the Year of Mercy.

Homecoming Victory for the Eagles

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photo by: Christopher Mora

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.img_9876

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.

Golden Eagles

Golden Eagles

Chaminade Student Wins at Calabasas Film Festival

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Jareth Kirkham is the Best Screenwriting Award winner in the Student Film Program at the Calabasas Film Festival.

Jareth Kirkham ’18 took home the prize for Best Screenwriting in the Student Film Program at the 3rd annual Calabasas Film Festival. His narrative short film Incognito, a class assignment produced for Film II last spring, tells the story of a boy who believes he has witnessed an alien spaceship land in his neighborhood. The award was one of only five prizes given for exceptional achievement in student filmmaking.

The 20 films selected for the Student Film Program on Sunday, September 25 came from more than 100 submissions from area students. To be considered for the Student Program in the festival, students must be currently enrolled in one of these schools: Chaminade College Preparatory, Viewpoint School, Calabasas High School, Agoura High School, Louisville High School, Oaks Christian School, or El Camino Real Charter High School.

Ten of the 20 films selected for the Student Program were created by current Chaminade students: Cole Hanson ’17, Natalie Rowland ’17, Isabelle Bryan ’17, Dylan Lusetich ’17, Andy Dyer ’18, Cooper North ’18, Jareth Kirkham ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, Brendan Barlow ’18, Asa Nam ’18, Claire Rider ’18, Rebecca Steinberg ’18, Luke Macias ’18, Nick Polydoros ’18, Stephanie Ciceri ’18, Kyle Chapman ’18, Thomas Kurganov ’18, Hayden Smart ’18, Carter Williams ’18, Mike Mariano ’18, and Nick Sarullo ’17.

In addition to writing the script for Incognito, Kirkham also directed it. The film was produced by Andy Dyer, who accepted the award on Jareth’s behalf at the festival. Thomas Kurganov was the cinematographer, and Stephanie Ciceri edited the film, which can be screened on the Chaminade Film Program YouTube Channel.

The Calabasas Film Festival ran for five days, beginning on Wednesday evening, September 21 and continuing through the weekend. More information on the festival can be found at http://www.calabasasfilmfestival.com/.