Accessories Sales Benefits Troubled Youth

*Contributed by Kevin C. Rice

Imagine being able to save troubled teens from a life of sexual exploitation or forced labor with the purchase of a bracelet, hat, or jewelry. JSerra’s Freedom Fighters, a club that promotes the sponsorship of these abused children, is selling stylish accessories to benefit sexually exploited children through

Phil Ludwig, founder of the Julian Youth Academy (JYA), partner of JSerra’s Freedom Fighters, and head of the trafficking program at JYA is working hard to remove as many girls off the streets as possible, by offering housing for over 100 girls.

Children like “Amber” are abducted daily, and abused in unthinkable ways. When they are rescued, they tend to be angry, depressed and confused, and need to be given the chance to experience love and comfort.

Freedom Fighters member, Lila Hartage is creating bracelets, homemade hats, and jewelry that will help raise money to benefit, an organization that sponsors the rescue and support of these abused children.

Many of these young girls would like to attend the Julian Youth Academy and travel camps such as Youth with a Mission (YWAM), but they lack the funds necessary for payments. “I am hoping to reach $100,000. This will hopefully give many girls tuition and help that JYA needs.” Madeleine Meyer, the club’s advisor said.

Another resource, coinciding with the accessory sales is a “Jeans Day” set for Friday, February 4th. The funds from this event will benefit the Freedom Fighters Club. Wristband sales will begin Monday Jan. 31, get yours early!

Read Amber’s Story…

*This story is a fictional example of a real life situation, due to the nature of the content, and identities

Julian Youth Academy…

Youth With a Mission…

JSerra’s New On-line Education Program has Arrived

JSerra Debuts First On-Line Education Program at a Catholic High School in Region
Jonathan Horowitz hired to develop and administer program

Jonathan Horowitz, Capistrano Connections Academy

JSerra announced today that it will become the first Catholic high school in Orange County to add an on-line curriculum to its growing list of cutting-edge programs.
JSerra has hired Jonathan Horowitz, Ed. D., to develop and oversee the program. Horowitz, of Capistrano Beach, has served for the past three-and-a-half years as principal of Capistrano Connections Academy, an on-line school that serves 1,600 students in five counties.
“JSerra has demonstrated incredible vision in embracing an on-line curriculum for its students,” Horowitz said. “It will enable the young school to enroll students from a broader geographic region as well as allow for more diverse coursework for students. They are the first Catholic high school in the region that I’m aware of to embrace on-line education, and they will likely be a model for others.”
Frank Talarico, JSerra’s president and CEO, said the addition of on-line curriculum adds to the school’s value proposition.
“We have a medical magnet partnership with Mission Hospital, are about to launch a business magnet program with UC Irvine and are working towards programs in law and engineering,” he said. “It’s not just our $110-million campus that sets us apart. At JSerra, you get it all – incredible facilities, some of the most accomplished teachers, innovative new programs – all in a safe and wonderful community-focused environment.”
Initially, the program will allow eighth-graders to get a jump on high school by taking summer Health courses from home and high achievers to take more courses. Horowitz said he plans to meet individually with teachers and staff members to develop and shape the curriculum. The program will allow students to be “on-line graduates,” though students will spend time on campus to preserve the culture, officials said.
“The program will be comprehensive, complementing the existing courses and extending new opportunities that run the gamut from competitive Advanced Placement classes to foreign languages to everything in between,” he said.

Fine Arts Winter Showcase Tonight

Support the JSerra Fine Arts department, tonight at 7pm in the Center room.

The Fine Arts department has been busy preparing for their annual Winter Showcase, and this years promises to have plenty of surprises. With performances from our famed Steel Drum Band, Theatre department, and an amazing variety of student artwork. A great live auction, and even better raffles to be won.

Come see and hear the voices that will be singing for Pope Benedict the XVI, in Italy this April, truly an Honor for our hardworking JSerra students, and a testament to their fearless leader Mr. Alverez.

*Refreshments will be served 

Freshman Success Moving Forward

The Freshmen Success Department would like to congratulate all the freshmen that worked & completed their CEO Lion Challenge business model.

Due to the high caliber of work & ideas this year we had 6 finalist as opposed to 4 from last year. Reference :

This year the ideas varied from Military defense weapons, ipod applications, and a non-profit teen mothers support group.

As expected the competition was very close and only 5 points separated the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.

In third place Anallyce Hagopian with Vi-cure, a business that creates a cure to prevent a common virus.

In Second place Gabby Deitios with One-Card, a business that combines all credit cards into one so that one doesn’t need to carry multiple cards)

And the 2011 CEO LION CHALLENGE WINNER is: Grace Portice with College Care Baskets. A business where customers – family members can access an online site and purchase a gift basket to be mailed to a college student. The basket can contain anything from an ipod to cookies. 48 hour turn around time and no hassle for the customer who purchases the basket.

2011 CEO Lion Challenge Winner, Grace Portice

The ideas this year far exceeded the ideas from last year and the drive to win this competition as well. With all the freshmen having read the blog from last years winner Parker Wells and with the Freshmen Success teacher’s explaining that Parker can add this to his college resume as an honor/award these freshmen were all over this competition.

Siempre Adelante.

Lions Take Pride, this Thursday

The Pride

Join JSerra as we welcome perspective Lions to the Brady Residence, Thursday, Jan 20 at 6:30.

The Pride is a great way for current families to invite friends, family and neighbors for an exclusive peek at breadth and depth of educational, social and religious value a JSerra education offers. At each reception prospective families hear first-hand experiences from students, teachers and coaches.

Invite your friends and family and show your JSerra Pride.

To find out when the next Pride Reception will be held or to RSVP contact Amanda Samaan at

Ice Lions Break the Ice

Ice Lions 2010 High School Nationals

*Running in the current issue of The Los Angeles Times

Building a pipeline to the pros wasn’t what Dave Pauluzzi had in mind when he first pitched Schulman on the idea of a prep hockey program. All he really wanted was a chance for his son Joe, then a freshman at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, to play his favorite sport in the school colors.

“They get to experience the sport of hockey like other student-athletes have with football, basketball, baseball, to represent something you live every day,” says Pauluzzi, the 49-year-old CEO of a diagnostic pathology laboratory who still has the sweater he wore playing for Notre Dame College Prep in suburban Chicago three decades ago. “Sports are a big part of the high school life.”

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JSerra Alum Honored for Charity Work

*Currently running in the OC Register

Maddie Chandik

Dana Point residents Madeline Chandik, Keaton McCalla, Kimberly Narel and Jaclyn Prophet were among 16 young women honored for their six years of philanthropic service in Orange County when the Laguna chapter of the National Charity League hosted its Debutante Ball on Dec. 30 at the Ritz-Carlton resort in Dana Point.

Chandik and McCalla are 2010 graduates of JSerra Catholic High School. Narel and Prophet are 2010 graduates of Dana Hills High.

Chandik currently attends DePaul University, in Chicago, IL, and enjoys serving her community, any chance she can.

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