Elijah Canion prepares for Auburn
Elijah Canion is getting ready to attend Auburn University to play on their highly regarded football team next fall.
Canion was a top wide receiver on the Chaminade Madonna football team. The team won a state championship by defeating Florida State University high school this past season.
“To win a state championship is a great feeling,” said Canion. “I think it takes discipline and focus to do well in football. We push each other every day in practice.”
Canion will join Shaun Shivers, who previously played at Chaminade Madonna and is now on the Auburn team as well. Shivers recently scored an important touchdown for Auburn against their rival Alabama.
“I have talked with Shivers and I am looking forward to playing college football with him at Auburn,” said Canion. “I expect the practices at Auburn will be hard. I believe I can be successful at Auburn if I work hard.”
The Lions have won three consecutive 3A state football championships, and their future appears bright. Thaddius Franklin, a top running back, will return next season and many of the other players on the team are coming back.
Canion plans to study mechanical engineering at Auburn University.
McArthur competes in Kreul Classic
The McArthur High School basketball team earned runner in the AF Best Challenge of Kreul Classic, a basketball tournament in Coral Springs that brought some of the best high school teams in the nation together for basketball competitions. The Miami Herald reported on McArthur’s progress throughout the competition.
The Mustangs beat Miami Norland and Drew Charter, but lost to a very strong Westminster Academy team.
Coach Warren Gale was disappointed with the loss. “We didn’t play as well today. But we were able to play in a tournament against some good teams,” Gale said.
Spotlight on Chaminade Madonna Best Buddies program
Veronica Domond likes helping others. As secretary of Best Buddies at Chaminade Madonna, she, and other like minded students at Chaminade Madonna, has opportunities to do so through Best Buddies International.
Best Buddies is a club at Chaminade Madonna that includes about 145 students. The Chaminade Madonna Best Buddies Chapter is part of a larger international organization.
According to Best Buddies’ national website, “Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).”
The Chaminade Madonna Chapter of Best Buddies holds several events a year.
Recently, the chapter hosted a group of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities from the Quest Center, the chapter’s partner organization.
In addition to events like this one, the Best Buddies chapter at Chaminade Madonna High School also helps raise money for the Best Buddies yearly friendship walk. Last academic year, the Best Buddies chapter at Chaminade Madonna raised $10,319 for the walk.
“I am excited to be a part of Best Buddies,” Domond said. “This is a way to help students from the Quest Center have fun and be included in an event.”
Lynzi Hammett, the sponsor of Best Buddies at Chaminade Madonna, was pleased to see students helping teenagers and young adults who are facing various challenges.
“This is a way for our students to interact with young people who are facing intellectual challenges and help them feel included in fun activities. Our students gain the experience of spending time with young people who are facing various challenges,” said Hammett.
For more information about Best Buddies International, check out this link.
Also, you can follow the Chaminade Madonna Chapter of Best Buddies on Instagram here.