Victoria Moyzis’ Writing Inspired Holocaust Survivor

Victoria with Sally Roisman

*OC Register

By: Frank Shyong

Sally Roisman, born Sally Zielinski in 1930 in Poland, was torn from her family by the German occupation in 1939. Victoria Moyzis, born in 1995 in China, was abandoned on a train as a consequence of the One Child policy.
Historical events broke their families apart. At the 12th annual Holocaust Art and Writing contest at Chapman University on Friday, art brought them together.

For the full story click here.

Vote to help the Environment

Cox is proud to honor everyday citizens volunteering their efforts to preserve and protect our natural resources. This years finalist is one of JSerra’s own, Kirsten Hibbard, who was nominated by JSerra councilor Oliva Hue.

Kirsten founded the “Environmentality Club” in her freshmen year of high school. She has a deep passion for the environment and actually started a school wide recycling program on campus. She recently went up to Sacramento with various club members from around the Orange County district to support the “Ban the Bag” bill and makes a point to educate shoppers at local grocery stores about the consequences of plastic on our environment.

She has attended state parks hearings to support conservation efforts and supported Julia Bromley from Santa Monica who authored the Bag Ban Bill. She has also conducted multiple bottles drives on her high school campus and encourages other students to participate in beach clean ups at our local beaches. She inspires others to take care of our environment and truly feels that it is her calling to help protect and conserve God’s gift of nature.

The winners will receive a $2,500 donation to their favorite local environmental organization. Second- and third-place finalists will receive $1,000 and $500 respectively to donate to the non-profit organization of their choice.
Kirsten will donate her prize to The Ecology Center
Voting closes April 15, to vote click here.

Choir Prepares to Sing for Pope

Members of the choir gathered in the chapel earlier this week to fine tune their play list before heading off to Rome – and singing for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

“It’s an incredible opportunity,” choir teacher Andrew Alvarez told the Orange County Register.

Click here to read the Register story, and click this link to San Juan’s to see an outstanding video of the choir’s final rehearsal.

Hearn, Williamson lead JSerra to victory

*Currently running in OC Varsity

By: Steve Fryer 

Bases loaded, no outs, sixth inning of a scoreless game.

Hey, Bobby Hearn. Get out there and pitch us out of this mess.

That Hearn did. The JSerra junior pitcher struck out the first two Orange Lutheran batters he faced, got the third out on a ground out, and shut down Lutheran in the seventh and final inning of a 1-0 victory for JSerra’s Lions in a Trinity League game Tuesday at JSerra.

To read the full story click here.


Lauren Portice Honored by Disney for Community Service

Congratulations to Lauren Portice for earning a $5,000 scholarship from Disney for all her hard work serving the community. Lauren is the founder of the JSerra chapter of Sports Gift, an annual fundraiser asking for new and used sports equipment for children across the globe.

Left to right: Grace, Joel, Kari and Lauren Portice with Rene from Disney

Lauren was recognized today for her accomplishments, which include more than 100 community service hours, a GPA of over a 3.0, and all her efforts for the last four years.

“This is such a great surprise. My heart is truly warmed,” said Portice.

Principal Tom Waszak said he was honored to present Lauren with the Student of the Month award at today’s Mass. “This is so great that Disney recognizes students for their community service. To the JSerra community it is more than just a requirement, it helps to build and shape each student’s character,” said Waszak.

In attendance for the award announcement was Lauren’s sister Grace, a freshman at JSerra, who will also be taking over Sports Gift this fall. Lauren’s father, Joel, also flew home from a business trip in Florida, to be in attendance with his family during this memorable moment. Kari, Lauren’s mother was also in attendance, and even snapped a few great photos to add to the family album.

Special thanks to Disney for making dreams come true at JSerra.

Splendor of Life Club Meets Arch Bishop Gomez at walk4LIFEsocal

At Southern California’s inaugural walk4LIFE celebrating life, no matter how small, JSerra’s Splendor of Life Club, didn’t miss a beat.  Twenty members of the Splendor of Life Club came out to walk in the spirited 2.5 mile walk around the Rose Bowl, in Pasadena. 

Led by Father Vincent, and club advisor Carmen Ribera, the students heard from Arch Bishop Jose Gomez, from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, give an encouraging speech to more then 7,500 in attendance. Following his memorable speech JSerra’s students had the exclusive opportunity to meet the Arch Bishop, and say a few words.

Thankful that JSerra had such a presence at the event, the walk4LIFE host gave a big thank you to JSerra for all their support and participation.

To see more photos of the event and JSerra’s students with the Arch Bishop, click here.

For a complete slide show of the event click Walk4LIFE.



JSerra Hosts Living Legends for Black History Month Celebration

Mitch Higginbotham, Tuskegee Pilot

In honor of Black History Month, JSerra invited some of America’s most famous living legends, to come and share their stories with the JSerra Community.

Ira Raibon, the musical genius behind the “Indiana Funk” sound that was heard throughout the world via the internet. He shares songwriting credits with Freeman King, from the “Sonny and Cher Show” for the “Vanguards” hit, “Gotta Have Love” and is the writer, singer and saxophonist for the “Fabulous Souls” hit, “Take Me”. The song and group credited for starting the”Digital Underground” (music on the internet).

Jon Gibson, gospel singer, songwriter and producer, Jon shared his experience and musical talents with an opening to the celebration with a few songs of praise.

Mitchell Higginbotham, one of the last living Tuskegee Pilots, shared his experience and love for his country, with the students. Mitchell was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the nation’s highest honors, by President Bush and Congress in 2007. Mitchell is also a member of the Dana Point Historical Society.

Also in attendence to share his imfamous story was Terrance Roberts, one of the original Little Rock 9, a group of nine African-American students enrolled in an all White school, in Arkansas. Terrence shared what it was like to go to school everyday and have to fear for his life, instead of his homework. His story touched so many JSerra students, Terrance was flooded with questions and students who wanted to know more about his challenging high school experience.

To see more from the Celebration click below:

Terrence Roberts 

Performance Videos

Photo Album