NBC Hosts JSerra Aquatics Director at Olympic Games

Julie Swail-Ertel, JSerra aquatics director and girls water polo head coach, is stationed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Ertel, a two-time Olympian will be commentating on the women’s water polo and triathlete events for NBC throughout the two-week long games in London.

” I am excited to be a part of the Olympic games in a different way than as an athlete. I had the pleasure of playing in the games twice before and this will be my second time commentating for NBC. I enjoy being a part of the games there is so much excitement,” said Swail-Ertel.

Ertel will be commentating Wednesday, August 1 on NBC, for the women’s water polo matches.

For the complete schedule and to watch live click Olympic Games. 

Coach Kay Featured in the Capistrano Dispatch

JSerra senior pitcher Brandon Heinrich

By Steve Breazeale, Capistrano Dispatch

After the season, coach Brett Kay made it clear that he wanted to have the Lions playing all summer against top level talent. Since the school year ended, the Lions have played ball every week as part of an intensive schedule drawn up by Kay and his coaching staff. We caught up with Kay to see how things were shaping up for the Lions in summer ball.

Capistrano Dispatch: It looks like your team has been busy this summer. What’s on the schedule this week?

Brett Kay: We’ve been very busy. We just got back from playing in Fresno at the Buchannon Baseball Summer Elite Tournament (July 6 to July 8), and we are on our way to the OC Valley Challenge (July 12) where we’ll play against teams like Harvard Westlake.

CD: How do you feel the team held up at the Buchannon Tournament?

BK: I used the first couple of games as a measuring stick. We have a lot of new players that were coming in, and we played well in the first two games. I was happy to see that.

CD: Tell us what this summer schedule will do for the young players on your team. How will it help the older guys?

BK: We’ve already played 17 games up to this point and we still have five more to go so we’ve played a ton of games. The main thing is to build experience for all the kids. We have a lot of guys missing out on this because of their travel ball teams, but it’s given us a chance to see other guys step up.

Read more: The Capistrano Dispatch – Q A With JSerra Baseball Coach Brett Kay

JSerra Pep Squad Leads in Cheer Competitions

Congratulations to the JSerra Pep Squad earning several outstanding achievements at the Summer Cheerleading and Songleading Camp.  The Elite High School Cheerleading and Songleading Camp was hosted at UC Irvine by United Spirit Association (USA) and encompassed four days of intense cheerleading and songleading training.  With nearly 400 other high school students, the JSerra Pep Squad stood out as one of the top squads.

JSerra earned three overall superior plaques in the varsity cheer, varsity song and freshman/JV cheer categories, for content taught at camp.

In addition to Superior rankings, JSerra also earned the prestigious title of JV Stunt Challenge Winners.  Freshman squad members, Avrial Barretto, Makenzie Beach, Gemma Hartigan, Emma James and Megan Lasken advanced through the semi-final round and won the entire competition.  The  girls competed against over 20 other JV stunt groups to walk away with the Overall Stunt Challenge Title.  They were the only freshman squad to represent in the final round and ended up winning the JV title.

JSerra was also fortunate enough to have two finalists represent in the Dace Star competition, senior Brittany Leland and junior Gianna Sciortino.

On an individual level, JSerra had six semi-finalists out of 50 competitors including JSerra seniors Elle Avery and Rachel Dupont, juniors Annie Pfost and Bri Porrello, and freshmen Miranda Balderas and Makenzie Beach compete in the Spirit Star competition.

Other awards earned over the weekend include:  Overall Spirit Award (Varsity Cheer & Varsity Song, JV Cheer and Freshman Cheer) and Most Improved Squad at Camp (JV Cheer).  For their high achievements, JSerra Pep Squad members were also invited to perform in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl in January, 2013 as well as in London this Winter, 2012.

For more information regarding JSerra Pep Squad, please contact Advisor Sam Shen at sam.shen@jserra.org.

JSerra International Gets Social

JSerra’s International Student Program is growing, with 70 students from nine different countries there is plenty to talk about.

Join JSerra International on Facebook and connect with friends, check out campus events, read international profiles, and so much more.

Want instant updates, follow JSerra on Twitter, for all the latest.

Save the Date: Mass on the Beach Hosted by JSerra Campus Ministry

 Join JSerra and So Cal Life Teen in having Mass on the Beach in Dana Point on August 6. Rally begins at 2 p.m. Mass at 3 p.m.

Bring your friends for a time of worship by The Francis Band and an encouraging message.

For more information click Beach Mass.

Local Swimmers Make a Splash at Olympic Trials

Kaite McLaughlin

By Penny Arevalo, San Juan Capistrano Patch

JSerra sent two students to the tryouts for the Olympics team headed for London this summer.

Two now-sophomore girl swimmers from JSerra Catholic School got an early-life Olympic moment last week as they tried out for a spot on the national swim team headed to London this summer.

Alas, they did not make the cut, but considering that they just finished their first year in high school, we’re betting they’ll be back.

The best showing for Katie McLaughlin of Dana Point was finishing 28th in the 100 meter butterfly with a time of 1:00:39.

She just barely cracked the top 50 in the 100 meter freestyle with a time of 56.62. She was disqualified in the 200 meters butterfly.

Kaitlyn Albertoli of San Clemente, competed in the women’s 50-yard freestyle, finishing 113th of 154 swimmers with a time of 26.65 seconds.

About 1,800 swimmers competed last week in Omaha for a chance on this year’s summer Olympic team. JSerra swim coach Mary McLaughlin (and Katie’s mom) said only .03 of all swimmers even get the chance to compete.

In a press release, Albertoli said, “I am very excited to have even qualified, I’ve trained so hard to make it and I always strive to have a healthy disregard for the impossible.” She is a JSerra Online student.

JSerra Catholic High School Announces New Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program

Patrick Ahle, Former Prosecutor and JSerra Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program Advisor

*A press release from  JSerra Catholic High School  

July 5, 2012—(San Juan Capistrano, CA)—JSerra Catholic High School announces the launch of the Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program (PLPMP), the third of its kind at JSerra.

The addition of the schools third Magnet Program comes after the success of the rigorous Business and Pre-Medical Magnet Programs.

JSerra’s law-specific courses will be taught by a Chapman Law School adjunct professor, Patrick Ahle, who has over 20 years of experience as a prosecutor and has also served as a volunteer judge pro tem.

“Students completing the key law courses offered by the Law Magnet Program will be better prepared prior to their arrival at their law school of choice,” said Patrick Ahle, former prosecutor and JSerra PLPMP advisor.

“The first year of law school is considered one of the most difficult graduate school years. Completing the pre-law program in high school will assist the students in their transition from undergraduate to graduate school. Being better prepared will give them a tremendous advantage over other incoming law school students,” said Ahle.

Students enrolled in the Law Magnet will be required to take courses in criminal law, contract law, trial advocacy, leadership, honors English, and constitutional law. Students will also participate in speech and debate.

Chapman Law School has also generously made available their Mock Court facilities to allow JSerra’s PLPMP students an authentic litigation experience. Additionally, Dr. John Eastman, the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law and Community Service and former Dean of Chapman Law School, will serve as a faculty advisor for the program.

“With the addition of the Pre-Law Magnet Program we hope to better prepare our students for a career in law. Under the direction of two successful attorneys both will bring an experienced hand to help guide the students in the program, bringing a real-world opportunity directly to the students,” said JSerra Vice Principal, Eric Stroupe.

An informational meeting is set to be held Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m. in the JSerra Center Room.

About the Law Magnet Program

The mission of the Pre-Law Magnet Program is the development of analytical and critical thinking skills, along with an understanding of the ethical role lawyers play in society. The program will provide students with an instructional curriculum and practicum to allow each student to apply their knowledge in a hands-on platform. The program will incorporate the core values of JSerra including faith, integrity, pursuit of excellence, and a commitment to service.

About JSerra Catholic High School
Just nine years old, JSerra Catholic High School has grown into one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students, Division I collegiate athletes and young adults committed to being a positive force in their communities. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit www.jserra.org.