3 Up, 3 Down: November 20, 2020 Edition

3 Up:

Turkey Time

Students and faculty will enjoy Thanksgiving break off from school from Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 30. Amid all the challenges and hardships of this year, it is important we remain grateful and appreciative of all our blessings. While traditional Thanksgiving dinners might be modified given the current circumstances, Tarmac wishes the Chaminade Family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever.” Psalm 118:29

Queen of Peace Basket Drive

Beginning Monday, November 30, Chaminade will hold its annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive to collect toiletries for the Queen of Peace Residence. The residence is a nursing home in Queens Village run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. Volunteers from Chaminade enjoy a long-lasting relationship with this community and frequently visit their community throughout the year. This year’s effort asks students to donate common toiletries, such as soap, lotion, and paper towels, and will be organized by Mr. Gabriel Ramos. More details are forthcoming. During a season marked by turkeys, football, and parades, it is important to give thanks for our unending blessings and express our gratitude to those less fortunate. This mission as Christians is even more essential during this time. 

Robotics Club

Chaminade’s new Robotics Club has spent the past few weeks developing and constructing robots from VEX robotic parts. Led by Mr. Cole Malsky, with assistance from Mr. Booth, the group looks forward to coding their robots and preparing them for competition at local tournaments in the coming months. 

3 Down:

Back on Top!

After seven straight league titles from 2012-2018, the varsity soccer team lost its streak in last year’s playoff game with St. Anthony’s. On Sunday, November 15, the Flyers regained their CHSAA crown, dispelling any doubts of their prowess, in an exhilarating game against St. Anthony’s on their field. Senior forward Chris Honan assisted Francesco Pavano for the game’s first goal. Honan has played an integral role in the Flyers’ offense, despite suffering a sprained MCL earlier in the season, but Chaminade’s potent offense was backed by an equally ferocious back line. Spectacular teamwork and skill lifted the Flyers to a 2-0 victory. Senior midfielder Jack Keys exclaimed, “Coming off of last year’s loss in the semi finals to the Friars, to win this year’s league title on their home turf was especially sweet.”

Regulating Wall Street

On Tuesday, November 17, members of the Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow club and Chaminade Business Club attended a virtual guest speaker presentation from Ray Lombardo ’91. After graduating from Chaminade, Ray attended Fordham University where he also received his law degree. While working as an attorney, Ray recognized he was discontent with his current work. Inspired by his time at Chaminade as a member of the speech and debate team and Tarmac, Ray joined the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission in 2004 where he still currently serves as the assistant director in the Division of Trading and Markets. The presentation offered students an opportunity to explore the regulatory side of Wall Street and learn of Ray’s experiences ensuring a fair stock market to protect investors and capital. 

Let’s Talk Speech and Debate

On Sunday, November 14, the Chaminade Speech and Debate competed in the Interleague Tournament, a regional competition that features schools from Long Island as well as New York City. Despite being held virtually, the team has adapted to the changes and practiced diligently in the weeks before the tournament, resulting in a successful showing. James Cullen ’22 placed first in Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking, and John Cervantes ’21 also secured first place in Program of Oral Interpretation. Michael Bellia, Zachary Stoyer, Jack Viscuso, Patrick McMillan, and Jude Pizzone also performed well in their respective categories. The team is off to a strong start, but after a series of local and regional tournaments, they will face their stiffest competition at the national Princeton Classic from December 4 to December 6. “Performing in front of a computer screen is definitely not optimal, but I’m glad that we found a way to keep the team alive,” explained John Cervantes.