Katie Yaru Nominated for 2010 Cappies Award

Edited from OCRegister.com

Orange County Cappies, which celebrates high school theater through reviews written by student critics about student performances, has announced its critics’ nominees for its 2010 awards. About 30 schools participate in the program, attending and writing critiques of each others’ performances for publication at http://www.ocregister.com/education.

JSerra’s Katie Yaru has been nominated for the prestigious award of Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance as Maria in The Sound of Music. The program will announce awards at an Oscars-style gala in which nominated students perform live. This year’s Cappies gala will be held at 5 p.m. June 6 at The Grove of Anaheim.

Several JSerra students – Kate Brogden, Riley Diehl, Sharon Tengolics, and Lauren Zappas – were named as Commendees by Cappies.

Congratulations to these students, and good luck to Katie.

Running Lions Leave Other Teams in Their Dust

JSerra’s Track & Field team racked up quite a list of accomplishments this season. But two accomplishments are so fantastic that the standout from the rest: the Running Lions took a record 15 athletes into postseason CIF competition and four of our athletes signed letters of intent to compete at the NCAA level.

Senior Harrison Steed won his third CIF Championship and is still working towards next week’s state meet in Fresno. He was third there last year, but first the year before. If he can jump another 7′ 2.5″, as he did in January, the odds are great that he can bring JSerra a second state championship. Next year he will be attending UC Berkley (Cal) on a full scholarship.

Senior Sydney Teske (All-CIF, All-Orange County, All-Trinity League) was third in the girls 800 at CIF Championships. She holds four JSerra school records, and is going to be running for the University of San Francisco next year.

Other college signings include Katie DeYoung who will attend University of Southern California, Chris Garcia who will attend Saint Mary’s College, and Taylor Mujica who will attend Concordia University.

Our boys 4×400 team of Chas Harmon, Alex Berman, Ace Raphael and Jake Decker were fifth at CIF Championships, earning them all CIF honors.

And, finally, a great sign for the future of the JSerra’s Running Lions were the number of underclassmen who dominated against our Trinity League rivals. Luke Decker (800, 1600), Colby Lindholm (3200), Caitlin and Ashley Nilssen (400, 800, 1600, 4×100) and Amanda Graceffa (100, 200, 4×100) are some of our superstar runners who will all be coming back next year to continue our growing the tradition of excellence. Or, as we like to say, Keep Pushing… Always.

To view more photos of this past season, click here. For information about joining the Cross Country or Track & Field teams, contact Coach Marty Dugard via email.

Haleigh Cummings Named to First Team All-County

Haliegh Cummings, a junior midfielder on JSerra’s girls’ lacrosse team, was named to the Orange County Register’s 2010 1st team All-County for girls lacrosse. Cumming rolled up some big numbers to earn all-Trinity League honors. She had 94 goals and 15 assists. Cummings was also a force on defense for the Lions, recording 63 groundballs and 22 takeaways.

Also, congratulations are due to Haleigh and her teammates for their first Trinity League Championship! The ladies finished the season 16-2 and advanced to the second round of the US Lacrosse Section Championships.

MACY Awards Honor 13 JSerra Students

By Katherine Bade

More congratulations are due to our outstanding Fine Arts department, specifically the cast and crew of The Sound of Music, whom on May 23, 2010 participated in the 40th anniversary of the Childress MACY Awards.

The MACY Awards, or Music and Arts Commendation for Youth, was founded in 1969, and is dedicated to encouraging, recognizing and rewarding achievement and excellence in high school musical theater.

Students who participate in the MACY Awards report that receiving a MACY Award is a “life-changing” experience. The annual awards show is a celebration of the talent, hard work, dedication, energy and boundless enthusiasm of everyone who has participated in the wonderful musical theater productions of our schools. Over 100 MACY alumni have continued in professional theater and all say that High School Theater was extremely important in shaping their careers. The encouragement and recognition provided by the MACY Awards helped gifted students become successful professionals.

Here at JSerra, we garnered thirteen awards, including: Katie Yaru who won the Highest Achievement Award, Lauren Lugo, Connor Dugard, Bridget Farmer, and Alli Driver all accepted an Outstanding Achievement Award, Lea Sears, Will Anderson, Kerilynn Adams, Patrick Schoenberg, Danielle Vazquez, Giulia Arcuri, and Kallin Zehren proudly received an Achievement Award, and Chris Russo received the Bright Spot Award.

Congratulations to the Fine Arts department for bringing in countless accolades to JSerra this year. The JSerra community looks forward to seeing what is in store for all of our talented students next year through the guidance of our wonderful staff.

JSerra Alum Alex Holmes Receives NFCA All-Region Honor

From UCDavisAggies.com

DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis junior Alex Holmes has earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region honors to continue a season of firsts for both her and the Aggie softball program. Holmes was selected to the Pacific All-Region Second Team at the position of utility/pitcher. It’s the first such honor for Holmes as well as the first for an Aggie since the program turned Division I. UC Davis will begin its first NCAA Division I Regional Friday afternoon, May 21, at Stanford.

The latest honor adds to a growing collection of hardware for Holmes. Earlier this week, she was named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year and received All-Big West First-Team recognition at two positions. She has also been named Big West Pitcher of the Week twice and Player of the Week once.

Holmes leads UC Davis with a .352 batting average as well as a 16-9 mark in the circle to go along with a 2.94 ERA. Her efforts helped lead UC Davis to a tie for the Big West regular season crown as well as an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Photography Club President Makes a Flash in Orange County

By Amanda Samaan

Ian Farrell of JSerra Catholic High school a winner chosen by the Laguna Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach for the Junior Art Exhibit. It is a tremendous honor to have our student’s photography chosen to be displayed at the Laguna Festival.

The festival grounds are host to thousands of visitors each day during the summer months of July and August. Ian’s portrait was chosen from over 3,000 students art work that was submitted for critic in the Imagination celebration this month.

Ian was chosen as Photography Club President by his fellow students for his outstanding skill and creativity. Ian is a master at traditional film photography, “the images seem sharper.” Farrell states. Ian’s work is traditional Black and white photography and chooses not to edit his work. “I want my work to be viewed as natural and simple, but complex in meaning.”

This talented senior also has two other works showing at the Huntington Beach Gallery in the Imagination celebration.

Ian also received over one hundred dollars worth of prizes for his work entered an international contest hosted by Photo Imaging Education Association.

“It has been an honor to be JSerra’s first photography club president. There is so much talent at JSerra in photography I hope the club continues to submit work to competitions. There is so much to be accomplished in photography.”

“With our mentor Ms. Stehney providing us with professional criticism and inspiring us to achieve excellence, we are committed to create and elevate our Photography to Fine ART.”

JSerra Community Member A Finalist in 95.9 FISHFEST Competition


JSerra President Frank Talarico has brought some exciting news to our attention. His brother, Pasquale Talarico, recently entered a contest for Christian radio station FISH 95.9. The station’s annual FISHFEST summer concert will feature a performance by the winner of the contest. Pasquale is now a qualifier and needs our votes to win. Support Pasquale by doing the following:

1) Click here or copy and paste the following link into your internet browser’s address bar: http://www.youtube.com/user/fishpromo#g/f.

2) Click on Pasquale’s song “Extraordinary” to view the video. Each time the video is viewed, Pasquale will receive points toward winning the opportunity to perform at FISHFEST. Only one vote is registered per IP address.

Thank you for supporting a member of JSerra’s extended family in this exciting opportunity.