OC Register: JSerra’s Graduation A Tale of Accomplishment

JSerra Catholic High School didn’t even have a band or choir.

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Its $40-million athletic complex hadn’t been built; its sports teams played home games off campus.

None of its graduates had yet to attend college.

“You joined JSerra based on faith,” principal Tom Waszak said Saturday as faculty, parents and friends honored the 177 graduates of the Class of 2009.

Click here to read a report published today on the Orange County Register’s Web site.

Be sure to look for veteran Register photojournalist Sam Gangwer’s outstanding photo slideshow.

JSerra’s Fourth Graduating Class Four Times Bigger Than Its First

JSerra Catholic High School will hand 177 well-deserved diplomas to graduating seniors on Saturday morning as family and friends cheer them on.

Co-Valedictorian Lexi Crommett
Co-Valedictorian Lexi Crommett

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the Pavilion, but school officials recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early to ensure good seating.

Among the Class of 2009’s accomplishments:
– More than 30,000 community service hours.
– Named to the Catholic High School Honor roll three consecutive years. JSerra is the only high school in the region to earn the top-50-in-the-nation distinction.
– First JSerra Trinity league championships. Boys soccer, baseball and lacrosse all earned league titles, with lacrosse earning the school’s first-ever divisional title.
– First seniors to attend Georgetown, Penn State and other top universities.

The class of 2009 is JSerra’s fourth graduating class. The school opened in September 2003 with 125 students.

Finally, congratulations to co-valedictorians Nicole Madro and Lexi Crommett, and salutatorian Sam Inman.

OC Register: Scholar-Athlete a Superstar in the Classroom

Sam Inman was quarterback of JSerra Catholic High School’s football team and a midfielder on its lacrosse team, which two weeks ago won the school’s first divisional championship in any sport. But his biggest accomplishment didn’t occur on JSerra’s $40-million athletic fields.

Sam Inman
Sam Inman

Inman, who graduates Saturday with a 4.4 GPA, was an even bigger superstar in the classroom. The Laguna Niguel resident was the first boy in JSerra’s six-year history to be voted salutatorian by the senior class.

The Orange County Register published a Q&A with Inman today on its Web site.

The University of Arizona-bound scholar-athlete says he was very happy with his decision to attend JSerra.

To read the interview, click here.

OC Register: JSerra’s New CEO is Inspired to Make a Difference

What’s it like to be at the helm of such a prestigious institution?

Frank Talarico
Frank Talarico
An Orange County Register reporter recently posed the question – and several others – to JSerra Catholic High School’s new President and CEO Frank Talarico.

“In a word, humbling,” Talarico answered.

The Q&A was published yesterday on the Register’s Web site.

Click here to read the entire interview.

And click here to read Talarico’s column, “JSerra Comes of Age,” which was published in the current edition of the Capistrano Dispatch.

OC Register: JSerra Junior Earns Accolades for Volunteerism

JSerra Catholic High School junior Royce Cabrera has spent countless hours volunteering to help build homes, hospitals and schools in places as faraway as Mexico and Peru. 

Royce Cabrera
Royce Cabrera
Like all JSerra students – who donated nearly 100,000 hours of community service this school year – Royce is committed to giving back.

The Orange County Register recently profiled his efforts. 

When asked where he gets his drive from, Royce told the newspaper: “I don’t know where I get it from. I’m the first one in my family to have gone away for such a long period of time alone with no one I knew.”

To read more about Royce’s contributions, click here

OC Register: JSerra Baseball Star Ready for Berkeley

JSerra Catholic High School pitcher Joe Kurrasch spent a few minutes Thursday afternoon between racing home from baseball practice and getting ready for prom answering questions about the season – and his future.

Joe Kurrasch
Joe Kurrasch

In an interview with the Orange County Register’s Peter Schelden, Kurrasch talks about the injury that ended his season.

During the playoffs, he said he plans to cheer on his teammates, and “has confidence in them to get the job done.”

They got it done yesterday, dispatching Adolfo Camarillo 3-2 behind the strong pitching of Grahamm Wiest and clutch hitting of Bret Dahlson. They face Riverside Poly Tuesday in the second-round of CIF playoffs.

Click here to read Kurrasch’s interview.