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Chaminade-Madonna to honor community leaders, athletes

Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame ceremony set for March 18

HOLLYWOOD | Top community leaders and athletes will be inducted into Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory's 26th annual Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame at a dinner set for Saturday, March 18. 

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: 

  • Karla Denise Currie, ‘82 (posthumous): Currie attended Madonna Academy and graduated in 1982. After graduation, she enlisted in the U.S. Army and served her country for 23 years. She received the following awards while serving her country: The Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer's Professional Development Ribbon, Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Badge. 
  • Jaymie Brooks ‘04: Jaymie serves as both a military member fulltime with the Florida Air National Guard and as a triathlete. She is 1 of 25 in the United States to be a member of Team USA as an age-grouper (25-29 category) and will be competing at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Championship in Chicago. This will be a sprint distance race against runners from 150 other countries around the world. She is also 1 of 6 females in the USAF to be on the national 2014 USAF Triathlon Team and the sole member of the team to represent the Air National Guard. She participated in her first triathlon on October 2013 where she won first female overall. In the 2014 season she placed first female overall, first military female overall, and won multiple age-group awards. She is a part of the U.S. Military Endurance Sports Team and Team Red, White, and Blue. Team RWB gives back to the community by helping to raise awareness for veterans suffering from PTSD. 
  • Greg Brown, ‘98: Brown is the head baseball coach of the Nova Southeastern University Sharks, where he led the team to various championships, including: 2016 National Champions, 2016 South Region Champions, and 2015 Sunshine State Conference Champions. He received the 2016 ABCA Division II National Coach of the Year, 2015 Sunshine State Coach of the Year Honors and 2015 NCAA South Region Coach of the Year Honors. Brown has averaged 35 wins a year. He has had 10 players drafted in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and has seen 17 of his players sign professional contracts. In 2015, the Sharks were ranked the No. 1 team in the country for five straight weeks. Brown has coached seven All-Americans, two Rawlings Gold Glove recipients, the 2015 NCAA South Region Player of the Year, 15 All-South Region selections, two SSC Players of the Year, one SSC Pitcher of the Year and 23 All-SCC selections. The NSU baseball program has volunteered at events such as the Miracle League, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Toy Drive, and Make-A-Wish, among others.
  • Monica King, ‘98: While at the Department of Children and Families, King was instrumental in privatizing Broward's Child Welfare Services from the state to a community-based agency. Later with the Children's Services Council of Broward she spearheaded the countywide community "Plan for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect." She also served as the executive director for ChildNet, the leading agency responsible for child welfare services in Circuit 17. As the new executive director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Broward County, King is responsible for promoting the well-being of babies to ensure they have a healthy start in life. 
  • Henry Maklakiewicz, ‘99: Maklakiewicz is currently an associate dean of Academic Affairs at Broward College and an adjunct professor of philosophy & communication at Florida International University. He holds multiple graduate degrees in philosophy and theology from The Catholic University of America and is currently completing a doctoral degree in education administration from The University of Miami. He also serves as a television host of WPBT2 South Florida Public Media. He hosts/guest-hosts two shows dedicated to issues of public policy and ethics, both of which attempt to foster reasoned, dispassionate dialogue about pressing topics related to ethics, religion & politics. 
  • Michael Maranzana, ‘78: Maranzana played football and basketball for all four years during his time at Chaminade High School. In his junior and senior year, he received honorable mentions from the Hollywood Sun Tattler. He was the recipient of the 1978 Brian Piccolo Scholar Athlete award for his four years in basketball, where he averaged 11+ points per game his junior and senior year. He currently heads a local enterprise of 27 employees and 12 exclusive subcontractors that provide global supply chain solutions including worldwide transportation, warehousing and complete supply chain visibility. He is also a member of the SEKO Worldwide of Itasca, IL Board of Directors, Audit Committee and an advisory board member since 2010. He volunteers his time by coaching for the YMCA and middle school programs including flag football, basketball, baseball and soccer. He is a 26-year sponsor of multiple children through World Vision Organization, multiple-year sponsor for the March of Dimes annual walk, and a team sponsor for Susan B. Komen Annual Walk.
For information and tickets to the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame dinner, call 954-989-5150, ext. 154, or email: kviera@cmlions.org.

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