President of Pepperdine University, Andrew Benton, along with several members of his staff met with JSerra President, Frank Talarico, and JSerra Board Member Chris Cox in late August. The visit extended well into the afternoon at the university’s gorgeous Malibu campus. The same day UCLA’s esteemed Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Janina Montero, met with both gentlemen at the Bruins’ Westwood campus.
“We are incredibly fortunate to be located near some of the finest higher educational institutions in the world. The obvious dedication to education at all levels exhibited by President Benton and Vice Chancellor Montero is inspiring,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra President. “The time they took to meet with us and brainstorm regarding future projects was exceptionally uplifting and showed what excellent stewards they are of their discipline.”
JSerra will continue to turn to both institutional resources for advice as we persistently look for ways to refine and improve all aspects of JSerra’s operations. This is one of the ways we will fulfill our desire to give the best educational experience possible to each of our students.
Board Member Cox traveled to New York and met with Shawn Felton, Senior Associate Director of Admissions for Recruitment at Cornell University. “The meeting was very productive. Sr. Assoc. Director Felton was exceptionally helpful in his discussion with me and offered valuable insights which will benefit JSerra,” said Cox. “We are very grateful Cornell is sending an Admissions Representative to meet with JSerra students, faculty and administrators this September. I encourage all students interested in UCLA, Pepperdine, Cornell, or any other universities to reflect their interest on Naviance as soon as possible.”
With its top two runners among three graduating departures, one would think the Lions (14th at last year’s state meet) would be rebuilding. Instead, they are reloading with even better ammunition. Senior Kyle Willis, a better talent than his state meet showing of a year ago would indicate, is a dangerous threat while the crew has ample depth to loom as perhaps the division’s most promising upside entry this fall.
JSerra Girls Basketball Youth Summer Camp was a tremendous success. The girls learned fundamentals, played games, talked, shared, smiled, laughed, cheered and had fun. What a great experience to be part of. These young girls did not want to leave on the final day, they were signing camp shirts, enjoying ice cream and our special guest the JSerra Lion.
Good news for JSerra this could be the best football team in the school’s brief history. JSerra is in the Trinity League with four teams that likely will be in the Orange County Top 10. JSerra’s Lions are 15-0 in nonleague games over the past three seasons and 1-14 in league during that period.
The team is strong this season in the skill positions, with receiver/defensive back Jonavaughn Williams among the county’s top prospects and Jake Hall at quarterback.
The JSerra Admissions Office is proud to announce the formation of a new program on campus called the LEAD Ambassador Program. LEAD stands for Lions Engaged as Ambassadors Dedicated to … Service, Extracurricular Activities, Sports and Education.
We are looking for students who love JSerra, have good grades, are involved at school and want to help spread the good news in local communities. In order to be considered for this program, interested students in grades 10-12 must complete the program membership application found here by Friday, September 2 at 3 p.m. Applications must be dropped off at the front desk to Mrs. Marchica. No late applications will be accepted.
The LEAD Ambassador Program is dedicated to the ongoing promotion of JSerra Catholic High School, and we are committed to highlighting the very best of what is offered here. If you would like to be considered for this new program, please apply today.