Class of 2011
The Class of 2011, with 125 graduates, had students accepted at 14 of the top 25 schools and 32 of the top 50 as named by US News and World Report.
Seniors Named as National Merit Semifinalists
Matt Estlund’09, Dan Faust ’09, Austin Grem ’09 and Chris Watkins ’09 were named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. To be designated a Semifinalist, the student must be in the top ½ of 1% of all those juniors who took the PSAT in the state of Missouri in October, 2007. They are eligible to compete for some 8,200 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million next spring.
Tyler Callan ’09 and Dan McBride ’09 were designated as National Merit Commended Students for scoring in the top 5% in the nation on their junior year PSAT.
McKinley Stephens ’09 has been designated an Outstanding Participant in the 2009 National Achievement Scholar ship Program. This is a program sponsored by the National Merit Corporation and is designed to identify high achieving African American students. McKinley’s performance placed him in the top 4% of the over 150,000 African Americans who took the 2007 PSAT Test in their junior year.
Andrew Pelizzaro '10 received the Japan-America Friendship Scholars and
John Breihan '10 received the Japan-US Senate Exchange. They will both spend six weeks studying in Japan during the '09 summer.
Twenty-Five students at Chaminade College Preparatory School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.
Five students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Liang Du '08, William Dunn '08, Zachary Federer '08, Gergory Muller '08 and Byeonghee Yu '09.
Nine students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Thomas Blattel '08, Scott Dreyer '08, Daniel Fernandez '08, Richard Kennedy '09, William McCadden '08, Matthew Migneron '08, Christopher Peconga '08, Jordan Shapiro '09 and John Simon '08.
Eleven students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Christopher Duncan ;09, Matthew Estlund '09, Kyle Gero '08, Austin Gremp '09, Jason Gsell '08, Michael Horstmeyer '09, Justin Hunter '09, Francis Reedy '08, Donald Sakellarious-Thompson '09, Steven Schuering '08 and Alexander Yehlen '08.
Seniors Place 4th in World Affairs Contest
Chris Duncan '09, Mike Horstmeyer '09, Ricky Kennedy '09 and Jordan Shapiro '09 placed 4th overall in the World Quest competition sponsored by the World Affairs Council. The contest was recently held at UMSL and featured 32 schools from the St. Louis area.
National Honor Society
Five seniors and thirty-six juniors join the existing forty-five to make up Chaminade’s 2008-09 National Honor Society chapter.
Duke University Talent Identification Program
Thirty-three out of ninety-five seventh graders qualified to be part of the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP). TIP identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved during middle school. A student must have a minimum subtest score at the 95th percentile in either math, science, language, or social studies. Candidates are invited to complete either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment college entrance examination which provides an opportunity for highly able students to pursue an above-level testing experience. Since students are already excelling on tests designed for their age and grade, these above-level tests provide more information about their academic abilities so that a student can effectively plan for their high school years.
High scoring students are invited to attend a recognition program in Missouri or at Duke University. Students may also qualify for Duke’s Summer Studies Programs.
Student and Faculty Achievements
Dietrich Smith was recently appointed to the St. Louis County Commission on Disabilities by County Executive Charlie Doodley. The appointment was confirmed by the County Council on March 30, 2010. The Commission shall review all legislative, programs and policies of St. Louis County affecting people with disabilities and shall make recommendations to the County Executive and the County Council.
David Clark was named as an adjunct professor with the UMSL ACC program in January, 2009.
Hyuk Gi Lee ’09 and Joe Poon recently had artwork displayed at Lindenwood University. Hyuk Gi had three paintings/drawings exhibited and joined some 38 other juniors and seniors from local area public and private schools in the area. Mr. Poon exhibited a panoramic photo graph.
Tyler Stokes '10 was selected to participate in a three-week residential program called the Missouri Fine Arts Academy in Summer, 2009. He joins a group of 200 of Missouri’s artistically talented students at the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. Matt McAllister ’09 participated in this program in Summer, 2008.
Chaminade currently has 17 Adjunct Professors with University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) 10 Adjunct Professors with St. Louis University (SLU) and 1 Adjunct Professor with Forest Park Community College.
Phil Shayne completed his graduate coursework and received a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at St. Louis University in May, 2008.
Phil Shayne is currently serving on the board of the Missouri Council of History Education, the state arm of the National Council of History Education.
Tim Pendleton '89 was nominated for and was a finalist for The Leib Prize Science Teacher Award for the St. Louis Science Center.
Jack Wilson continues his work with the National Council for the Social Studies. He will serve as chair of the newly formed Non-Public School Community, as well as serve another two-year term on the Archives Committee. He is one of two candidates for an At-Large position on the Board of Directors (election in March 2009). At this year’s annual conference in Houston, he gave a presentation on Non-Public Schools and the Social Stud ies.
Sarah Armstrong was selected to be a judge for the Kevin Kline Awards, the St. Louis equivalent of the Tony Awards. Armstrong takes on a three -year term and will begin judging productions in January, 2009.