Keeping Up With Steed A Difficult Task

JSerra senior and star high jumper Harrison Steed had a busy weekend. In addition to participating in the 2010 commencement activities at JSerra this past Saturday, Steed also competed in the state track and field competition in high jump and headed to UC Berkeley for his college orientation. Click here to read the OCvarsity.com article on Steed’s whirl wind weekend.

Congratulations to Harrison for his exceptional showing at state. His 6’9″ jump earned him the 4th place title.

AP English Puts On A Show

By Katherine Bade

JSerra’s first annual AP English Breakfast Theater was performed in the Center Room this past week. Our community had the chance to stop by and watch the students’ hard work and creativity in action.

The event was a great success and served as the final for Miss Carter’s AP English Literature class.

The students were assigned to choose a character from a novel they read this year and portray whom they chose in all aspects. They orchestrated appropriate dress for the character and acted as the character as well.

The students were divided into groups and with the rest of their group mates they designed a table, brought food, and provided entertainment that correlated with the book. This innovative technique helps to inspire the student to learn more about literature while also gaining knowledge of the time period in which the novel was set.

It is this type of creativity from teachers and students that sets JSerra apart from rival high schools.

Some highlights of the breakfast were Joey Hughes and Steven Summers performance of magic tricks for Great Gatsby and Merissa Fernandez singing Andre Botecelli’s Con Ti Partiro for Farewell to Arms. Another creative performance was done Brittany Seibert, Kassie Dyakon, Merissa Fernandez, Ashley Jones, and Alyssa Graham who told a ghost story for Scarlet Letter.

Here at JSerra we welcome innovation and we look forward to seeing our annual AP Theater grow in the future.

Congratulations to Miss Carter and her students for a job well done!

Salutatorian Also Excels Outside the Classroom

He’s a scholar and an athlete.

Otto Behrle

And after Saturday’s graduation ceremony, Otto Behrle, 18, can add JSerra Catholic High School salutatorian to his resume.

The JSerra stand-out wide receiver also posted big numbers in the classroom, finishing with a 4.42 GPA.

Behrle, of San Juan Capistrano, plans to hang up his cleats and focus on his studies this fall at USC.

“I don’t know exactly what I want to do,” he says. “But I do know that I want to get in the business field and work with numbers.”

Why did you choose JSerra?

Because I had a lot of opportunity here and a great chance at success.

How well did JSerra prepare you for college – and life beyond? Why?

They taught me valuable lessons and gave me the tools to succeed at the next level.

How did beating Santa Margarita in football rank among your best high school memories?

Definitely among the top few, if not the best, because of the magnitude the game. All the preparation and hours had paid off.

What was your favorite and least favorite subjects and why?

My favorite subjects were math and science because of the teachers and my ability to excel. English was my least favorite.

How challenging was it to balance a demanding athletic schedule with your coursework?

I thought it was very demanding with football. The fall semester of each year would always be the toughest because I had to balance the multiple activities.

What advice would you give to scholar athletes trying to emulate your success?

Make sure to keep a balanced load while keeping your grades up.

How much time did you spend studying?

I spent anywhere between 2-4 hours studying for all 7 periods

What is your favorite JSerra memory?

As of right now, Grad Night.

What advice would you give to incoming freshman?

Get involved in as much as you can because the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.