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Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory to Host 52nd Annual Golf Classic

Hollywood, FL – Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory will host its 52nd annual Golf Classic on Friday, April 27th at Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation, FL.

The tournament will begin at 11 AM in the Jacaranda clubhouse with giveaways for all participating golfers. Food and beverages for the Annual Golf Classic will be provided by participating sponsors and Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory alumni-owned businesses.

Golfers' short game skills will be put to the test at a fun putting challenge against Head of School Dr. Judith Mucheck. The Golf Classic will also feature a pneumatic golf ball launching contest where players can enter for their chance to win a prize. Additionally, players can shoot for their chance to win a 2018 Cadillac XT5 at the Hole-in-One Contest sponsored by Ed Morse Automotive Group. There will also be a dinner, Awards Ceremony and Silent Auction immediately following tournament play. Auction items will include resort stays, fine dining certificates, attraction passes, and many more items.

The cost to play is $200 for a single golfer or $800 for a foursome. This cost includes one goodie bag with a tournament shirt, boxed lunch, entry to the Awards Dinner and Silent Auction, and on-course refreshments. Attendees that do not wish to play golf can attend the Awards Dinner and Silent Auction for $65.

The proceeds from the 2018 Golf Classic will provide financial support for Chaminade-Madonna's educational, art, and athletic programs and will directly benefit students of Chaminade-Madonna.

To register or donate an auction item, please contact Sara Perez, Events & Alumni Director at sperez@cmlions.org.

Top Community Leaders and Athletes Inducted Into Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory 27th Annual Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame


Hollywood, FL – Top community leaders and athletes will be inducted into the Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory 27th Annual Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 10th 2018.

To celebrate the accomplishments of former Chaminade-Madonna students, the school annually recognizes distinguished alumni with a mass and Awards dinner.

The following Chaminade-Madonna alumni will be inducted into this year's Hall of Fame and Sports Hall of Fame:

Dr. Daniel Carney '72

Dr. Daniel Carney was in the 1972 graduating class of Chaminade High School. He attended the University of Miami, graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He was a reporter/photographer at WTVJ Channel 4. He moved to Channel 6 as the weekend sportscaster, then into the position of Sports Director and weekday Sports Anchor. 1980 saw the birth of Cable News Network (CNN), and Daniel became one of the original four sportscasters in a pioneering avenue of broadcast journalism. After two years, he joined Satellite News Channel, ABC's entry into the 24-hour news gathering arena. Eighteen months later, Daniel left broadcasting for the dog racing business in Key West, but a year later, was back in broadcasting as Director of News & Sports Operations for the fledgling WJTC Channel 44 in Pensacola. After seven years, he realized a lifelong passion, entering medical school at Nova Southeastern University in 1991. Upon graduation and internship at Palmetto General Hospital, Daniel moved to Boston for his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and then stayed on staff as Assistant Professor of PM&R at Boston University Medical School. In 2003, Daniel returned to South Florida and took the position of Medical Director of St. Anthony's Rehabilitation Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, where he has been for the past 15 years. Daniel met his wife, Christine, while he was a student at Chaminade and she was a student at Madonna Academy. They have four children Daniel Jr., Michael, Caitlin, and Brian.

Tom Weigel '75

Tom Weigel is a Vice President-Principal Business Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo Bank's Wholesale Business Banking Group. He provides financial management and financing to a diverse portfolio of companies located in Broward County. He is also a Commercial Real Estate Lender to both owner-users and investors. Tom recently celebrated his 40th anniversary with Wells Fargo Bank. Tom is known for his commitment to helping businesses in our community. He was appointed to the City of Hollywood Business Advisory Committee, has conducted Small Business Workshops with Broward SCORE and the National Urban League, and has served on several local charities. Tom resides in Hollywood with Cheryl, his wife of 35 years. His two greatest accomplishments are his daughter Erin and son TJ, who are C-M graduates as well.

Kevin Kelleher '76

A 1976 graduate of Chaminade High, Kevin Kelleher went on to a career of service to his community and his country. After graduating in 1980 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Kevin was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army in Military Intelligence and stationed at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. A career intelligence officer, Kevin served with the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and the Defense Intelligence Agency prior to leaving the Army in 1987 to join DIA as a civilian. For the last 30 years, Kevin has devoted his professional civilian career to the fields of imagery analysis and national level intelligence with DIA, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, serving his nation in numerous analytic, staff, and management positions. While at Chaminade, Kevin was a running back on Coach Vince Zappone's football team and he ran the hurdles and sprint relays on Coach Bob Sable's track teams. In addition to his professional service, Kevin devoted his personal time to youth athletics, coaching his daughters in both bowling and fastpitch softball for many years. Kevin continues to be active in bowling and golf. He and his wife, Priscilla, reside in Springfield, Virginia, where they are members of St. Bernadette Catholic Church. They are the proud parents of two grown children, Kayla and Kristin.

Tara Green Riahifar '88

At Madonna Academy, Tara Green Riahifar excelled in both academics and athletics. In addition to being an Honors student she was a varsity letter winner in volleyball, basketball, and softball and was voted by her peers as Most Athletic her senior year. In 1988, Tara was awarded a full scholarship to play volleyball at Florida International University. In addition to playing volleyball at FIU, she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority and was involved in several service projects that aided Miami's children and homeless. Tara graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood from FIU and started her teaching career in the Broward County school system teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten at Oriole, Larkdale, and Plantation Elementary schools from 1993-2001. She also coached the boys volleyball program at McArthur High School from 1994-1997. After staying home to raise her two children, she returned to the workforce at Nativity Catholic School in 2006 teaching middle school science. At Nativity, Tara has coached the girls' basketball, volleyball and softball teams as well as facilitating the service club elective and most recently has become moderator of the robotics club. Tara has been married to her husband, Bruce, for 19 years and they are the proud parents to Briana and Luke, both of which are current C-M Lions!

Chaminade-Madonna also bestows the Alumni Appreciation Award upon a special member of the C-M community. The Alumni Appreciation award goes to an individual who has personified the school motto of Toward a Better World in their professional, civic and spiritual contributions to C-M.

Carlton Preston, Chief Financial Officer

Carlton Preston is the Chief Financial Officer of Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory. He serves as the managing Team Leader of the Finance and Facilities departments, and also manages risk and capital projects. Carlton was key in the funding and execution of the school's security initiatives including the perimeter fence and gate systems. Last year he was instrumental in the success of installing stadium lights on Zappone Field allowing the school to host Friday night football. His most rewarding project to date is the removal of "Lake Chaminade" (heavy rain flooding) in the student parking lot with a state of the art drainage system underneath the entire campus. Carlton has previously held positions at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, General Electric Energy Services and Walmart Stores Inc. serving in finance and auditing. He attended Wright State University and earned a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting. Carlton graduated high school from Chaminade-Julienne another Marianist school. He has two daughters, Amelia and Emory.

National Signing Day at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory

Hollywood, FL – Twenty-one Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory student athletes signed letters of intent February 7 to play sports at the next level. Surrounded by family, friends, and coaches, the athletes signed their letters on National Signing Day, officially accepting athletic scholarships offered to them by various top-rated colleges and universities.

Congratulations to:

  • Ezekiel Alexander – Northwood University, Football
  • Marvin Alexander – University of Kentucky, Football
  • Eric Bonkowski – University of Hartford, Baseball
  • Thomas Bradshaw – University of Mount Union, Football
  • Zachary Dixon – Georgia State University, Football
  • Logan Giordano – Eastern Michigan University, Football
  • Davaon Hawkins – University of Kentucky, Football
  • Akeem Hayes – University of Kentucky, Football
  • Tarique Livingston – University of Mount Union, Football
  • Daniel Longman – Boston College, Football
  • Valeria Pacheco – Texas Christian University, Golf
  • Cory Prince – Wofford College, Football
  • Jared Rey - Briar Cliff University, Soccer
  • Justinn Richardson – Old Dominion University
  • Sebastian Saintling – University of South Florida, Football
  • Christopher Schoeller – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Baseball
  • Eric Scott – Ave Maria University, Football
  • Shaun Shivers – Auburn University, Football
  • Wyatt Villella – Merrimack College, Baseball
  • Carlton Williams – Northwood University, Football
  • Xavier Williams – The University of Alabama, Football

Congratulations to all the student athletes and their families.

Chaminade-Madonna Football Team Wins 2017 Class 3A State Championship Game

Hollywood, FL – The Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory Football team was named the 3A State Champion this Saturday after defeating Oxbridge Academy with a final score of 31-28.

The championship game, which took place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, marks consecutive visits to the 3A State Championships for the Chaminade-Madonna Lions and their third state title. The Lions won championships in 2003 and 2005.

The game was won with four seconds remaining in regulation when kicker Daniel Longman drilled a field goal right down the middle giving the Lions a dramatic 31-28 victory.

This monumental victory comes on the heels of a victory against Clearwater Central Catholic in the Class 3A State Semifinals last month, with Chaminade-Madonna overwhelming their opponent with a 49-3 win.

Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory to Host Second Annual Lions' Main Event Gala

Hollywood, FL
– Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory will host its second annual Lions' Main Event Gala on Saturday, November 11th at The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. It is presented by The Cambridge Network, Nativity School, and Nova Southeastern University.

The evening kicks-off with a cocktail reception and silent auction, with music entertainment provided by the C-M Jazz Ensemble. The evening will also include a special dance presentation by the nationally-accolated Lionesses Dance Team. Additionally, the gala will feature a Magic Mirror Photo booth that provides photographic fun and interactive excitement for all, and the DJ will be spinning tunes from across the decades as guests dance the night away.

Auction items will include resort stays, luxurious vacation getaways, fine dining experiences, exclusive professional sporting event experiences, signed memorabilia, local attraction passes, and much more.

The cost to attend is $135.00 per person or $270 per couple. This cost includes admission to the Gala and a chance to walk home with a cash prize. Sponsorship opportunities remain available, with marketing exposure and exclusive giveaways included in all sponsorship levels.

The proceeds from the 2017 Chaminade-Madonna Lions' Main Event Gala will provide financial support for Chaminade-Madonna's educational, art, and athletic programs and will directly benefit the students of Chaminade-Madonna.

To register or donate an auction item, please contact Elizabeth Doody, Alumni Relations & Special Events Director at edoody@cmlions.org.


Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory Student Kimberley Sookoo Named Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

Hollywood, FL –Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that Kimberley Sookoo has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from NMSC was presented to Ms. Sookoo by Dr. Judith Mucheck, Head of School at Chaminade-Madonna.

Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic performance. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory Holds 9th Annual C-M Cares Volleyball Tournament to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

Hollywood, FL –Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory will hold its 9th annual C-M Cares Volleyball Tournament on Friday, September 22nd through Saturday, September 23rd to benefit breast cancer research. The tournament will be hosted at Chaminade-Madonna and Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School.

Sixteen teams from across the state of Florida will compete on the court with the unified cause of raising funds dedicated to breast cancer research. Last year, the tournament assisted in raising approximately $4,000. In total, the tournament has raised approximately $30,000 since its formation.

Chaminade-Madonna's Volleyball Coach, Jason Johnson, noted that, "We believe that it is important for our student athletes to know that they can make a change in the world and that they can and should be a part of a larger cause. This tournament is one small way that we are able to give back. It is great to see our team and our school community rally together every year to support this event."

The tournament kicks off at 1:00 PM on Friday, September 22nd at Archbishop McCarthy and at 2:00 PM at Chaminade-Madonna, and will end with the championship match on Saturday, September 23rd at 5:45 PM at Chaminade-Madonna.

Tickets can be purchased at the door and cost $5. Additional information about the tournament can be found on www.cmcares.weebly.com.

Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory to Host Lock-In

Hollywood, FL – Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory today announced they will be hosting the school's first-ever lock-in for Women Engaged on Saturday, September 16th from 3 PM – 11 PM. The event is open to Chaminade-Madonna's female students. It will take place on campus and will feature Dr. Simone Alicia, best known as the 'The Self Esteem Doctor'.
Dr. Simone is a motivational speaker and coach who successfully helped countless people to improve the way they think and feel about themselves.

The Lock-In is the inaugural event for Women Engaged, a school program that seeks to empower female students. With Dr. Simone's assistance, the event will educate Chaminade-Madonna female students about the objectives of Women Engaged and will garner interest in the program through activities such as yoga and "The Confidence Walk," as well as a variety of games.

Caytie Lagrange and Luigina Billisi, the co-founders of the Women Engaged program, noted that, "We felt the need to offer something special to our young women, to inspire a growth of voice and the ability to reflect within themselves."

The co-founders of Women Engaged hope to achieve the following through the program:

  • Nurture and reinforce the development of positive attitudes towards oneself as a unique and worthy person;
  • Demonstrate and exercise effective communication skills and cooperative behavior in group settings;
  • Understand and embrace change as a part of growth; and
  • Identify and apply alternative solutions to problems and develop action plans to achieve realistic goals

Tickets to this event are $25 and can be purchased www.cmlions.org/lock-in.

About Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory

Chaminade-Madonna, a Catholic and Marianist high school, educates the heart and soul as well as the mind and body. It is a family-like community in which individuals of all backgrounds shape and share their faith, achieve excellence, and become caring participants and leaders in the service of community, church and those in need.

For 57 years, Chaminade-Madonna has provided a quality, Catholic education to the South Florida community. It is one of seventeen schools in the United States sponsored by the Marianist Province of the United States. The high school is accredited by

AdvancED, and has received recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the highest award given by the U.S. Department of Education. Chaminade-Madonna has been voted the "Best School in Hollywood" each year since 2010.

For more information about Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, please visit www.cmlions.org.

August 4, 2017

Dear C-M Family,

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires that all school facilities be inspected on a three-year cycle to ensure that any asbestos which may be present is maintained in accordance with published environmental guidelines. Chaminade-Madonna takes this responsibility seriously and works to keep our community safe.

This letter is to inform you that our inspection for the current school year was completed on August 3, 2016 by A.R.S. Environmental, Inc. Our campus was found to be in full compliance with federal standards with no scheduled asbestos abatements scheduled to take place this year.

If you wish to view the management plan, please contact Carlton Preston, CFO who will provide an unrestricted copy for you to read on campus. This provision is offered in accord with AHERA 40 CFR 763.93(g).

Sincerely,

Judith Mucheck, Ph.D.
Head of School

2017-2018 ASBESTOS LETTER

Hollywood, FL – Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory today announced that AdvancED, the world's largest educational accrediting body, has recommended that the school be recertified for accreditation. The recommendation confirms that the school is fully invested in understanding and improving their student's learning and academic experience. Obtaining AdvancED Performance Accreditation requires that Chaminade-Madonna meet AdvancED standards and accreditation policies, demonstrate quality assurance through internal and external review and engage in continuous improvement.

AdvancED is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site school quality reviews of Pre-K through 12 schools and school systems to help educators and their communities ensure that all learners realize their full potential. The organization combines the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change.

The accreditation process required Chaminade-Madonna to complete a self-study over the past year to help identify and implement school improvement needs as well as reflect on how it provides teaching and learning on a day-to-day basis. The questions of this study are based on AdvancED Standards for Quality, which serves as the foundation of the accreditation and continuous improvement process. These Standards are research-based, comprehensive quality statements that describe conditions and factors that contribute to a quality educational experience as well as operational effectiveness. Chaminade-Madonna rated their educational program against the following Standards:

  • Purpose and direction;
  • Governance and leadership;
  • Teaching and assessing for learning;
  • Resources and support systems; and
  • Utilizing results for continuous improvement


A 4-member team from AdvancED visited Chaminade-Madonna to assess the school's effectiveness in providing a quality education program, identify improvement areas and energize the accountability process.

As part of the accreditation process, the administration created and refined a schoolwide action plan, which will be implemented and further refined over the course of a five-year cycle. The top priorities reflected in Chaminade-Madonna's plan are:

  • Participation by all students in standardized test preparation;
  • Participation by all faculty in on-going curricular professional development; and
  • Development of a rubric for the use of instructional technology.

The accreditation will be up for renewal in April 2022.

The accreditation cements Chaminade-Madonna's ongoing commitment to delivering exceptional educational and support services to its students while providing professional development opportunities to its faculty and staff.

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