Imagination Celebration Art Show Recognizes JSerra Students

Danny Razano is one of 10 sophomores countywide to be featured in Laguna Beach art shows this summer.
Congratulations are in order for several of JSerra’s outstanding art students. Their artwork has been chosen to be displayed at South Coast Plaza for the month of May for the county wide art show Imagination Celebration. Our students were chosen from a field of 6,500 entrants from schools all over the county. The 1,000 winners from grades K through 12 will be displayed in the Crate and Barrel Mall in South Coast Plaza May 3-26. A reception will be held on Saturday, May 8 at 12:30 for all students, families and interested individuals.

These students are Katie Cascino, Meghan Celentano, Connor Dugard, Daniel Early, Jenae McDonald, Daniel Razzano, and Maddie Renezeder.

The work is also juried down to the top 10 students in each grade countywide, and the chosen students’ work will be displayed at the Laguna Beach Art Festival and Pageant of the Masters from July 3 through August 30. We are proud to announce that Danny Razzano was chosen to represent JSerra in the sophomore category.

Congratulations to JSerra’s 2010-2011 ASB Officers

Elections for the Associated Student Body (ASB) offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer were held on Wednesday, April 28. JSerra is pleased to announce the ASB Officers for the 2010-2011 school year will be:

President – Alex Berman
Vice President – Jimmy Donovan
Treasurer – Danny Razzano
Secretary – Fifi LiMandri

Congratulations to these four students, and thank you to all of the qualified students who ran for an ASB office. Your ambition and willingness to serve your school and peers is recognized and commended.

JSerra Alum Walks-on to Penn State Team

By Amanda Samaan

Lady Lion Alum Stephanie Tarle walks-on to play for the Penn State tennis team.

Torn between the school of her dreams and the reality of playing tennis as a freshman was hard on Tarle when she choose to follow her heart and her legacy, having both parents and her brother attend Penn State, she fought and fought hard to make both dreams a reality, and it paid off.

JSerra tennis coach Kirk Orahood coached Tarle in her senior year here at JSerra and had this to say, “This beats the Rudy byline because she is a true freshman and playing right now, we don’t have to wait until the end of the movie.”

Without taking credit for Tarle’s achievement Coach Orahood gave credit to her parents for raising a fantastic scholar and athlete. Seeing her hard work in her final season at JSerra, Orahood knew that she was destined for greatness. After working hard on the dynamics of doubles play with Coach Orahood, there was nothing stopping Tarle from reaching her goal of her dream school and competitive position on the Penn State Tennis team.

“I am so proud of Stephanie as I am any of my other Division-1 or Wimbledon players” Orahood adds.

Congratulations to Stephanie for all your accomplishments. If this is just the beginning of the movie, we can’t wait to see the end!

To view Stephanie’s results and photo’s of each match, click here.

April 28 is Thank Our Norbertine Priests Day

This is a day to recognize Fr. Vincent, Fr. Damien and Fr. Charbel who have given so generously of themselves to help make JSerra a very special school. Each day they bring truth, goodness and beauty to our children, staff and the greater JSerra community. Therefore, JSerra has set aside this day to show its gratitude to them. The students will recognize these priests through prayers and thank you notes in their Religion classes.

Here are ways for Parents to offer your thanks:

1. Write a personal “thank you” to each priest individually or as a group, either handwritten (letters can be mailed or dropped off at the school office) or via e-mail:,,

2. Have masses said for these priests at their Abbey. To make a mass request:

3. Write their Abbot, thanking him for providing JSerra with these 3 fine priests:
Right Reverend Eugene J. Hayes, O Praem
St. Michael’s Abbey,
19292 El Toro Rd.,
Silverado Canyon, CA 92676

4. Make a monetary donation to their Abbey (include reason: ie. on behalf of these priests’ generosity in serving JSerra).

5. Attend the school mass on April 28 to show your support and pray for these priests.

**Please keep within the parameters of the above suggestions, no individual gifts please.

Any questions, contact: Susan Marchica at 949-493-9307, ext. 0.

This School Rocks: JSerra Benefit Dance Pays for New Classroom

As you may remember, JSerra’s Campus Ministry held a dance on March 26, 2010 in the JSerra Center Room to raise funds for The Least Among Us (TLAU). The event was a huge success, raising a total of $5,021.21 for TLAU. Reverend Patrick Keane, Executive Director of TLAU, wrote “I can’t thank you enough for all the hard work” and went on to say “with your donation we will build a classroom at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Cutumay Camones, El Salvador which is a desperately poor community. You can be assured that countless kids in the future will benefit greatly from your generosity and your sacrifice on their behalf, the least among us.”

JSerra is proud of our students’ commitment to the less fortunate. Congratulations to all who participated in this fundraiser. You have made a difference in the lives of the students of Our Lady Guadalupe. Campus ministry also orchestrated a Jeans Day fundraiser which raised $1,200 for TLAU.

The following article was written by Johnny of TLAU and was posted to their website on April 6.

I’m not sure why, but this makes me feel like that little kid who spent all December wanting a certain toy, all the while knowing that he wasn’t going to get it. Then come Christmas morning at 5 AM, he’s squinting at it through tired little eyes, still not really sure it’s there. Now that’s not to say that I didn’t expect the campus ministry students at JSerra to come through with enough money for a classroom: their jeans day event proved them to well versed in the art of fundraising, and from the beginning I noticed a focus and dedication that was sure to accomplish something great. But the whole affair screams serendipity, or rather Providence: TLAU didn’t ask them to do anything. One person (campus ministry leader Robyn Gibson) heard about our mission and the needs at Virgen de Guadalupe, and a month later we have enough money for a new classroom.

The Sound of Music Presented by JSerra

JSerra’s Theater Program is proud to present The Sound of Music on Friday, April 30 at 7pm and Saturday, May 1 at 1 pm and 7 pm. Performances will be at Mariners Church Mission Viejo. Join us as our students perform this classic musical. Don’t miss out, as there will only be three performances. Tickets can be purchased at lunch or in the Cashier’s office. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, JSerra students, and children, and $15 for premium seating in the first 4 rows.

JSerra Students Honored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Junior Chloe Kempf has been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), having scored over a 201 on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test in 2009. She is among the 50,000 highest scoring participants from some 1.5 million applicants.

Of the more than 50,000 students recognized by NMSC, about 16,000 will be named as semi-finalists, while the remaining 34,000 high scorers will be commended by NMSC. Semifinalists will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,200 National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2011. Semifinalists will be announced in September.

Congratulations to Chloe for her outstanding achievement, as well as to senior Nick Stropko who is a finalist in this year’s competition.