3 Up, 3 Down: October 30, 2020 Edition

3 Up:

Back on the Field! 

Tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m., the varsity football team will compete in a game against St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School. Football games have been adapted this year to be 7-on-7 touch football, but players are elated to finally reunite as a team on the field. The Flyers will look to bounce back from a 37-29 loss against the Kellenberg Firebirds on Sunday, October 25. On Tuesday, October 27, the varsity soccer team defeated St. Anthony’s, 3-2, propelled by Matt Auerbach’s (’21) goal with 2:37 remaining in the second half. After a loss to St. Anthony’s in the semifinals last year, it was a welcome relief to redeem their loss against the Friars. The cross country team will also compete at Our Lady of Mercy Academy on Sunday, November 1. Roll Flyers!

Alumni Talks 

John Schutta ’85

Despite modifications to weekly meetings, the Chaminade Business Club is in full swing and will be hosting John Schutta ’85, Vice President for U.S. Vaccine Sales and Account Management Lead, for a guest speaker presentation on Wednesday, November 4. Mr. Schutta will offer an inside look at the pharmaceutical industry and offer timely insights into developments pertaining to the coronavirus vaccine. Limits to in-person meetings and events have made guest speaker presentations a valuable resource for members of the club to explore different career fields from industry experts. 

Speaking of Strong Starts

The Chaminade Speech and Debate Team has begun its season, albeit under unusual circumstances with virtual tournaments. At the annual Yale competition, Michael Bellia ’21 advanced to elimination rounds, and Zach Stoyer ’22 finished as a semifinalist in junior varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate. The team also had impressive showings at Regis, Bellaire, and Bronx, and took 2nd at the first local speech competition on October 10. On November 6 and 7, the team will compete in a virtual tournament hosted by William Tennent High School. The following weekend will include competition from the New York City District at the Interleague tournament. A missing aspect of the team’s events will be restored in future competitions as permission was granted for the team to gather at Chaminade High School to compete virtually together. Congratulations to the team thus far and best of luck in future tournaments!

3 Down: 

Progress Made!

On Monday, October 26, first trimester/semester progress grades were posted to offer parents a formal indication of their son’s academic progress this year. The report only shows letter grades and is accessible through the parent portal on the Chaminade website. Parent-teacher-student interviews were held virtually at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 29. 

Time for Christ

Over the past two weeks, adoration before the Blessed Sacrament has been held outdoors for all grades of the student body. During students’ study hall period, time is offered to reflect and pray. As part of the adoration, students listened to faculty members’ reflections on their relationship and experiences with God. The dedication of the Office of Campus Ministry to maintain faith in these troubling times has been integral in ensuring the spiritual aspect of Chaminade life remains strong through these adoration events and student Masses. 

Live from the Capital

Ted Fioraliso ’03

On Wednesday, October 28, members of the Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) club listened to a guest presentation from Ted Fioraliso ’03. After graduating from Chaminade, Ted attended Boston University where he studied journalism. He began his career as a reporter at local news stations in New York, working his way up as a producer at Fox News media. He currently serves as a senior reporter and executive producer at Gray Television’s Washington News Bureau where his team provides hyper-local news coverage of politics and current events from the Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court. Ted spoke to students at length about his experiences in the media world and offered an inside look at the state of politics. James Radziul, co-President of STAT, reflected, “Mr. Fioraliso’s presentation was very helpful to understanding the current election and the media coverage surrounding it. It was also an excellent opportunity to interact with an alumni and look into the opportunities that Chaminade provides.” Throughout the year, the STAT club will enjoy guest speakers in all sectors, ranging from technology to pharmaceutical and finance to law.