JSerra boys lacrosse team gears up for playoffs

By Tim Burt, Orange County Register

It’s been quite a first year for new JSerra boys lacrosse coach Kyle Harrison.

Harrison, a lacrosse professional, has led the Lions to a highly-successful season which continued on Wednesday night when the Lions defeated Mater Dei, 9-2, to clinch a share of the Trinity League title.

The No. 6-ranked Lions, 6-0 in league, have already knocked off No. 7 St. Margaret’s twice and No. 8 Santa Margarita once and have league matches against Servite and Santa Margarita next week.

“We’lll see what happens next week, but I think we’re in a good spot,” Harrison said after Wednesday’s victory at Mater Dei.

For the complete article click LAX Playoffs. 

Ryan Suttle, OC Varsity Athlete of the Week

Freshman Midfielder, Logan Olmsted, also received the number two  top play of the week for his goal against St. Margaret’s, OC Varsity dubbed “Matrix Move”.  This goal was assisted by Junior Midfielder Cole Schleppy.

Junior Spring Arts Showcase a Beaming Success

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JSerra Catholic held its First Annual Junior Spring Arts Showcase, in the esteemed Arts Hall. Featuring works from surrounding junior high schools, like St. Anne, St. Cecilia, Serra Catholic, and more.

“The showcase was a great opportunity for our feeder school art teacher to be recognized for all their efforts in teaching the arts, and for the students to truly be appreciated for their gifts,” said Jonathan Horowitz, JSerra Online VP.

With more than 30 submissions, we are pleased to announce the award recipients for the first annual Junior Spring Arts Showcase:

Color Category 

Goldfish- Brie Vandenberg- St. Mary’s and All Angels

Robin – Victoria Woolfolk- St. Cecelia

Lichtenstein Face- Logan Carroll- St. Anne’s

Black and White

  1. Pencil Portrait- Daly Mather- Mission School
  2. Audrey Hepburn Graphic- Megan Lask- St. Anne
  3. Op Art- Jordan Mall- St. Cecelia

Mixed Media

Gorilla Mask- Alexander Gourde- St. Cecelia

Metal Repousse- Brandon Verma

Cecelia Cupcake- Jennifer Tran- St. Edwards


Sunglasses- No Name- St. Anne’s

Lions Go International With a Tale of Two Cities

Left to right: Evan Smith, Cassie Chiusolo, Tia Ferri, Emily Whaley, Caroline Haggarty, Marie Aquilino, Layla Nasr, Fran Bacino, Kylee Fracassi, Kayla Selenski, Saba Sahmoedini, Megan Daggett, Gabriella Sarjeant at Versailles.

For thirteen JSerra sophomores spring break was anything but a spring break. The students visited Paris and London in only a week.

The goal was to make Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities come to life.  We saw Saint Antoine where the peasants suffered oppression and poverty, the Palace of Versailles where the King and Queen lived in spectacular opulence and luxury. The Place De La Concorde where Sydney Carton sacrificed his life on the guillotine, the port of Dover where Lucy discovered her father was still alive. Also, brought to life was the Temple Bar where Charles Darnay was acquitted, and London Bridge where the heads of traitors where placed on stakes.

There were many other highlights of the trip, including attending Easter Mass in Notre Dame Cathedral and seeing a play in London’s West End


Lady Lion Moms Group Hosts Welcome Lunch

Please join JSerra Lady Lion moms group for brunch at The Tea House on Los Rios at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 18.

Enjoy a wonderful lunch and great company, as the Lady Lions make connections and meet up with fellow Pride Mothers.

The Tea House on Los Rios is located in the Los Rios Historic District across the train tracks at the San Juan        Capistrano Train Station.

To RSVP please  email Kathy Celentano at kjcel@pacbell.net.

*Cash only, please come prepared.

Pepperdine University President to Speak at JSerra

Pepperdine University President, Andrew Benton

Join JSerra as we welcome Pepperdine University’s president Andrew Benton, as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. Benton will be speaking on the value of a Christian education, Wed. April 25 at 11 a.m. in the Pavilion.

Andrew K. Benton has served as the seventh president of Pepperdine University for a decade, and continues to lead Pepperdine to prominence among the nation’s top universities.  A lawyer by training, President Benton cares deeply about the students, and is often called “the students’ president.”

Benton  currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment, the president’s cabinet of the West Coast Conference, and is past chair of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s higher education institutions.

President Benton is a 1974 graduate of Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in American Studies and was recently honored with the university’s distinguished alumni award.  Benton earned his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1979 and practiced law in Oklahoma City until his move to Pepperdine University in 1984.   Prior to his presidency, Benton served in several  key leadership roles at the university including executive vice president and vice president for university affairs and administration.

For more on Andrew Benton click here.

JSerra’s Chandler Brown Featured in San Clemente Times

*Article from the San Clemente Times

JSerra sophomore Chandler Brown of San Clemente was the Catholic school’s January 2012 Student of the Month. Brown went to great lengths to ensure the success of Operation Stork– Baby Shower after JSerra was contacted somewhat last minute to assist in getting new baby donations for 100 Marine families.

According to school officials, “Chandler jumped through hoops. She went above and beyond with more energy than the Energizer Bunny…I just love that selflessness and commitment to our nation’s finest.” In addition to her love of the outdoors, Brown volunteers as a coach to a middle school volleyball team and works with the Boys and Girls Club in San Clemente.

JSerra Athletes Named to All-County Teams by OC Varsity

Left to right: Coco Miller Jamal Aytes, and August Touchard

OC Varsity and the Orange County Register have chosen the 2011-12 All-County basketball teams, an honor for any athlete. This year JSerra is proud to three athletes on the list.

Congratulations to Jamal Aytes for being named to the OC Varsity’s All-County boys basketball team.

Coco Miller for being named first team all CIF-Southern section in Division 4AA, and to August Touchard  for being named Second Team All CIF
Div 4AA Girls Basketball.

A special congratulations to the JSerra girls basketball team for being ranked in the top 25 Southern California teams in the Los Angeles Times. This is the highest ranking JSerra basketball has received in the schools history.

For the complete list click Top 25.