Class of 2010 Breaks Records and Accomplishes Many “Firsts”

Graduates have many accomplishments to celebrate Photo by Eric Simonson
JSerra’s class of 2010 is breaking school records and accomplishing many “firsts.” For the 5th consecutive year, JSerra graduates are raising the bar for academic, athletic, and co-curricular excellence.

JSerra President Frank Talarico notes that “the administration and faculty have been honored to have the exceptional students of the class of 2010 as part of the JSerra community.” Principal Tom Waszak added “We know that, like their peers before them, these students are prepared to move onto college as successful, contributing members of their communities.”

The accomplishments of the class of 2010 are too numerous to list. Here are some of the highlights.

Co-Valedictorians Emily Storms (left) and Victoria Manesh (right)
Paul Ferrier is JSerra’s first graduate to be accepted to and attend MIT. He was also accepted to many other prestigious universities, including Cornell, Notre Dame, and Northwestern. Michelle Chang will attend Northwestern’s School of Communication, the top school in the field in the nation. Co-valedictorian Emily Storms will attend Sarah Lawrence and is the first JSerra student to be accepted to Wellesley and Barnard colleges.

As a class, our graduating seniors received 951 college acceptance letters from 303 colleges and universities. Seniors are attending 91 schools next year, adding to our impressive list of acceptances at colleges and universities across the country. The class produced 11 AP Scholars, 4 AP Scholars with Honors, and a National Merit Scholarship winner, Nick Stropko.

UC Berkeley and UCLA accepted 9 JSerra seniors each, USC accepted 12, and Notre Dame accepted 3. Four graduates will attend Berkeley (including co-valedictorian Victoria Manesh), three will attend UCLA , five will attend USC (including salutatorian Otto Behrle), and two will attend Notre Dame.

Ninety-nine percent of JSerra graduates will attend college next year. Thirty-two percent will attend an out-of state school, while sixty-eight percent will attend many of California’s prestigious colleges and universities.

Graduates of the class of 2010 were awarded at least $9,780,550 in college scholarships, an average of $41,094 per student.

Trevor Cutler, who will attend the US Air Force Academy, was awarded over $850,000 in scholarships. He was also accepted to West Point, another JSerra first, as well as the US Military Academy. Cutler was the winner of the school’s most prestigious commencement award, the JSerra Award.

Patrick Bowman received over $573,000 in scholarship awards. He will attend the University of San Diego where he will participate in the Navy ROTC program.

Nicole Jeschelnik, who will attend Georgia Southern University, received $530,500 in scholarships. Max Deering was awarded $454,800 in scholarship money, and will attend Santa Clara University. Michelle Rosol will attend UC Davis and was awarded $417,200 in college scholarships. Nikolaas Kontrimas receives $414,500 in award money and will attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

In athletics, 13 students received athletic scholarships.
Bobby Brown – University of Redlands, Football
Ben Clinkinbeard – Fordham University, Water Polo
Bret Dahlson – Loyola Marymount University, Baseball
Katie DeYoung – USC, Cross Country
Chris Garcia – Saint Mary’s College, Cross Country
Samir Hanna – Chapman University, Football & Lacrosse
Chris Meinhold – UCLA, Water Polo
Taylor Mujica – Concordia University, Cross Country
Reed Reilly – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Baseball
Nick Santala – Cal Berkeley, Water Polo
Harrison Steed – Cal Berkeley, Track & Field
Sydney Teske – University of San Francisco, Cross Country
Grahamm Wiest – Cal State Fullerton, Baseball