Five JSerra Athletes Sign Collegiate Letters of Intent

Congratulations to JSerra’s  five athletes for making their commitments to play collegiate sports. Read below for commitment details and more on each athlete.

John Montgomery –Eastern Michigan—Baseball

After looking at schools like UC San Diego, Holy Cross, and Santa Clara Montgomery decided that Eastern Michigan University is the right fit.

“Having the opportunity to play for Eastern Michigan means a lot to me. Because of all my hard work I know I’m going to college and I’m getting a quality education, getting my degree in business is my ultimate goal,” said Montgomery. “I know I’m making my family proud and I get to pursue baseball, I couldn’t be happier.”

Dane McFarland—Oregon—Baseball

Dane McFarland a senior from JSerra, committed to Oregon as a right-handed pitcher and outfielder after being named the 73rd best high school player by Baseball America.

“I chose Oregon because of the great coaching staff and the environment out there. I know this is where I am meant to be and I can’t wait to get out on the field in Oregon. I owe a lot to Coach Kay for developing me as an athlete and student,” said McFarland.

Cole Schleppy—Providence College –Lacrosse

Cole Schleppy signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse for the Friars at Providence College next year, as Coach Harrison’s first athlete to sign since his tenure at JSerra.

“Providence is the right fit for me, with the small size and location I look forward to moving out the Rhode Island. I’m ready to bring all my hard work to the team, since I have been playing since fourth grade I feel like I’m ready,” said Schleppy.

Amy Buff—CSU Monterey Bay—Volleyball

Amy Buff committed to playing collegiate volleyball at CSU Monterey Bay, as a senior at JSerra, without having any doubts.

“I didn’t need to look for a school to go to, I knew CSUMB was the right fit for me. My choice was easy, with the coaching staff having chosen me it made me feel like all my hard work paid off in a highly competitive sport, it’s my dream to be here,” said Buff.

Madison Myers-Cook—George Washington University—Softball

JSerra senior, Madison Myers-Cook committed to George Washington University to play softball, after looking at Boston College and Villa Nova.

“My goal has always been to play Division l softball and I finally made it, and I couldn’t be happier. This is a special moment,” said Myers-Cook.

To see the complete album of commitments click Signing Day. 

Friday Night Lights Finishes with a Bang

JV Football after their victory against the Lancers, to become JSerra’s first undefeated football team.

The LA Times shows their support for the Lions, looking to the future in the 2013 season as the Lions finish the 2012 season with a 41-6 victory over Orange Lutheran.

Also, finishing off a great season with individual accomplishments in the Trinity League is Nick Robinson, named leading passer by the OC Varsity, with 1,337 yards and nine touchdowns for the Lions.

The Lions conclude a record breaking season ranked eighth in the county, a first in school history. The junior varsity team also made a mark on JSerra’s evolving history becoming the first team to come out undefeated in football in a decade.

To see all the highlights of the season closing game against Orange Lutheran click here.

Deck the Halls with the Annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Support JSerra Baseball with the purchase of your Christmas tree for this upcoming Holiday season.
With a variety of trees available there is something for every tree taste. This year you may also purchase a wreath and garland to decorate your home for the Holidays.
You may also purchase a tree for donation to the Marine’s at Camp Pendleton.

A Marine family who received a tree from the baseball team last year had this to say about the generosity of the team, “I just wanted to take a moment to say thank-you so much for all of your efforts and those of the baseball team. The families are all very excited to receive their trees.”
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Choral Performance Hosted at Our Lady of Fatima

Join the Choral Department for an evening of dinner, raffle baskets, and a beautiful evening of classical choral and vocal music performed by JSerra students. The night will open with a beautiful setting of Amazing Grace – written for the children who lost parents on September 11.

With seven languages explored as well are repertoire spanning 400 years you will not want to miss our chamber singers, advanced women’s ensemble and soloists. These are the same ensembles that performed last year in a solo concert in Carnegie Hall and performed for Pope Benedict in 2011. The students are not only talented, but hardworking and dedicated to bringing the beauty of choral music to our community.

The concert is Friday, November 9 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in San Clemente. Dinner begins at 6:30, concert at 7:30, to purchase tickets please visit the cashier’s office.

Click here for more information This shining night flyer.

Running Lions Earn Trinity League Title

*A Message from Coach Dugard

The Running Lions competed in dominant fashion at Friday’s Trinity League finals. The girls varsity won their third straight Trinity League championship, with Ashley Geisler, Colby Lindholm, Brooke Kunzelman, and Kylee Fracassi earning All-league honors.

The frosh-soph boys also claimed a league championship, led by overall winner Andrew Burkhardt. In the boys varsity race, junior Nic Fracassi finishing eighth overall and being named to the all-league team. Now its on to CIF postseason competition for the Running Lions.

Next up: CIF Prelims at Mt. SAC  Saturday, November 10.

Go Running Lions!

A Message from President Richard Meyer

Dear JSerra Parents,

The events of the past four days have left me feeling as if I have died and found a little slice of heaven on earth here at JSerra. Perhaps it’s the tremendous weather.  Perhaps it’s the dedicated staff.  Perhaps it’s the cheerful students.  Perhaps it’s the supportive and welcoming parents.  Whatever the root cause may be, it is a privilege and honor to serve you as the President of JSerra.

Allow me to provide you with a little of my background.  My undergraduate degree is in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois.  After spending time in sales in the corporate environment, I decided to return to graduate school and received a masters in English education.  That was followed by a move to Spain to teach at an all-boys school near Granada.

Upon my return to the States, I completed a masters in Spanish language and literature at Middlebury College in Vermont.  I taught for roughly eight years in two public schools similar in scope and size to JSerra in the suburbs of Chicago while attaining my credentials in educational administration.  Immediately prior to joining JSerra, I spent the last six years as the Headmaster of Northridge Prep.

On the personal side, I have the fortune of being married to a wonderful woman, Anne, with whom I have seven children. Our eldest, Katherine, looks forward to becoming a sophomore Lion when my family joins me in June.  Until then, I will be commuting home on the weekends in preparation for our permanent move to California.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention in this letter of introduction what most attracted me to JSerra.  As I began in earnest the search for my next school leadership opportunity this past summer, I cast my sights to the four corners of the country.  (Truth be told I was thinking “the world” but my wife limited me to the 48 continental United States.)

What this process revealed to me was that there are very few schools in America, perhaps less than a handful, with whose mission I so closely identify as that of JSerra, both on a professional and personal level.  The notion of an authentically Catholic yet warmly ecumenical learning environment that seeks to promote objective truths for the benefit of students from a variety of faith backgrounds is entirely unique.

This was in evidence today as I witnessed over 1,000 of our students participate in a Eucharistic procession on campus in celebration of the Feast of All Saints.  Make no mistake, what also attracted me to JSerra was the vision of offering top-notch academic and extracurricular programs within this framework, thus providing an integral education to our young men and women that enriches them as much spiritually as it does intellectually, physically, and emotionally.

I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible in the coming weeks and months and ask that you keep me in your prayers during this time of transition.  Should you find yourself on campus, stop by and introduce yourself — my door is open.

Warmest regards,

Richard T. Meyer