Student, class of 2018
As a student at Chaminade, it's easy to see the distinct qualities that makes it unique from other high schools. Strong in faith and academics, Chaminade provides its students with an extraordinary environment to grow as a person. There are many many characteristics that set Chaminade apart from other schools, but the ones that I feel are most notable are its spirituality, opportunities, and sense of community and how they are implemented into our educational life.
Chaminade is full of faith, with different ways of incorporating our spirituality into our education, both in and out of the classroom. Our relationship with God guides our every school day, starting with a prayer video in the morning, prayer at the beginning of each class, and a prayer to end the day. Some of my favorite events throughout the year are our school Masses, where we come together as a student body to celebrate the Eucharist. Our Masses are especially meaningful because many are celebrated for a special purpose. For example, the annual Gold Star Mass remembers our alumni who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. Another unique way to grow in our relationship with God is through Sodality. Sodality is composed of many small groups of students who meet for a half hour each Monday to discuss their Faith. For me, Sodality has served as a way to come together with fellow students and to grow as a group. There are abundant resources to grow closer to God at Chaminade, and over the past few years, being a student here has been crucial in my faith development.
Extra-curricular opportunities are endless at Chaminade, and I have found that there is always something for everyone. There is a wide variety of clubs to be involved in for anyone, regardless what his interests are. Since freshman year, I have been involved in the culinary club, where each meeting we are guided by our moderators to prepare a full course meal. At the conclusion of each meeting, we share the meal we have prepared together as a club. I have also been involved in the General Student Organization (GSO), where students assist in school events. During my junior year in GSO, I had the opportunity to assist in our canned food drive. It was truly a gratifying experience to gather food for those in need and deliver it directly to Parishes in neighboring communities. Clubs at Chaminade serve as a great way to come together with fellow students who share common interests as well as the opportunity for new adventures. There is also a variation of sports to partake in at Chaminade, ranging from football to riflery, as well as intramural events, where homerooms compete in various activities such as basketball and European handball. It’s easy to find something that interests you at Chaminade.
“Chaminade is like a second home to me, a home that has allowed me to grow academically and spiritually over the past few years. Helping me establish a strong work ethic and learn to manage my time, Chaminade has prepared me for life beyond high school and all the challenges that will lay before me.”
For me, the most outstanding characteristic of Chaminade is belonging to the Chaminade Family. Once you become a student here, you become connected with thousands of men across the country who once shared in the same, unique high school experience. I think the school motto “Fortes in Unitate,” Latin for “Strength in Unity,” best describes the Chaminade Family’s binding relationship as brothers. Once you become a part of the Chaminade Family, you are member for a life.
Chaminade is like a second home to me, a home that has allowed me to grow academically and spiritually over the past few years. Helping me establish a strong work ethic and learn to manage my time, Chaminade has prepared me for life beyond high school and all the challenges that will lay before me. Through Chaminade’s strong discipline, I have learned to take responsibility for my own life, and can confidently say that I will leave high school as a man. With a quality education and strong religious values, Chaminade has helped shape me to be the person I am today.