JSerra Catcher Austin Hedges signs $3 million contract with Padres

Former JSerra catcher Austin Hedges, considered by many to be the best prospect at his position in a decade, signed a $3 million deal to play for the San Diego Padres, according to reports this week.

Hedges, who had planned to play at UCLA, signed at the deadline, according to a report in the North County Times.

He was represented by Scott Boras, whose son played with Hedges on JSerra’s baseball team.

For more, read the NC Times story here.

Hedges’ first day out on the Padres field are captured here:

Padres sign draft pick Hedges

Hedges visits the booth

Hedges and Ross’ first pitch

Pepperdine admissions director tours JSerra

JSerra President Frank Talarico with Laura Kalinkewicz, Pepperdine University admissions director

JSerra seniors who are registered on Naviance had a special opportunity to meet with Pepperdine’s new admissions director, Laura Kalinkewicz.

Arriving on campus for her first visit to JSerra in mid-August, Kalinkewicz was very impressed with the grand tour she was given by JSerra faculty member and Pepperdine alum Laura Kennedy. During an interactive luncheon with administrators, academic department heads and faculty,  Kalinkewicz pointed out how much JSerra and Pepperdine have in common.

“All agreed our Christian faith, its application to our curriculum and manifestation to serve our communities and the world at large, unite us in a similar educational purpose, vision and mission. Opportunities for future collaboration are a natural outcome of this tremendous visit,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra president.

Hand bell class offered at JSerra

JSerra Catholic announced today that it will offer a hand bell course this fall to broaden the Choral Department’s musical offerings.

Students will learn to play songs like Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” They will also perform classical music by Brahms and Handel.

“It will be a fun course,” said Brian Dehn. “If you read music and are up for a challenge, this is the course for you.”

JSerra is also continuing the introductory level choirs, girls’ choir and men’s ensemble.

Students will learn to match pitch and sing harmonies, will  work with foreign languages and will get individualized voice guidance.

Choir camp is also coming soon. The camp is required for students in advanced choirs, including chamber singers and those in advanced women’s ensemble. It is also available for others who are interested.

Practice begins Aug. 23. Camp ends with a concert Aug. 26.

Students will work on choral ensemble-ship and receive private voice coaching and music-reading lessons. There are only 13 spots available.

More information can be found at JSerra Choir.

If you have questions about the Music Department, contact Mr. Dehn at bdehn@jserra.org.