OC Varsity Athlete of the Week

Jonathan Fabulich, JSerra boys soccer  Photo courtesy of JSerra High SchoolCongratulations to Jonathan Fabulich for being named this week’s athlete of the week by OC Varsity. The JSerra senior  scored three goals for the Lions in a 3-0 victory against St. Francis last week, and then knocked in the game winner in a 2-1 triumph over De La Salle. Fabulich scored a team-leading nine goals this season, putting him in a six-way tie for fifth in the county.

The scholar athlete and JSerra Business Magnet Program student, scored three goals for the Lions in a 3-0 victory against St. Francis last week, and then knocked in the game winner in a 2-1 triumph over De La Salle.

Eugenio Named to All-County Football Team

Casey Eugenio, Junior Defensive Back
Casey Eugenio, Junior Defensive Back

As 2012 quickly comes to a close the Lions mark yet another historical mark in JSerra’s ten year history. Junior defensive back, Casey Eugenio is named to the 2012 All-county football team, announced by the Orange County Register. Eugenio is the first JSerra football player to be named to the team since the school’s inception in 2003.

Eugenio played a key role in the Lions’ success on the field. On defense, Eugenio had seven interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and registered 98 tackles. He also blocked a field goal. Eugenio recorded double-digit tackles in seven games, and was a first-team All-Trinity League selection this season.

For the complete roster of the 2012 All-county football team click here. 

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Pre-Law Magnet Students Experience Mock Trial at Chapman University

Mock Trial session held at the Chapman University Law School
Mock Trial session held at the Chapman University Law School

By Eric Stroupe, Vice Principal

JSerra’s Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program students traveled to Chapman Law School to participate in a mock trial.  Chapman Law School generously donated the use of their mock trial courtroom at the university.

Several legal professionals volunteered their time to show the students what a real jury trial looked like from beginning to end.  The volunteer participants included a retired superior court commissioner, a San Diego deputy district attorney, a San Diego alternate public defender, a superior court bailiff, an Anaheim police officer, and an Anaheim assistant city attorney.   Lastly, our very own senior Monika Patel played the role of the defendant who allegedly stole a plush toy from Disneyland.  Imagine, someone stealing from the Mouse.

JSerra law magnet students played the role of prospective jurors who heard the case.  The trial included jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examination for both the prosecution and defense cases, jury deliberations and the final verdict.  Jury deliberations were quite spirited and could be heard through the jury deliberation room door.

This seminar is a prelude to the Spring semester mock trial competition the students will train for and participate in during April and May.  During the Spring competition, law magnet prosecution and defense teams will go head to head against each other during their own mock trial.  Instead of watching the key players conduct the trial, they will be playing the roles of the key players.  There will be four trials with the students being able to play multiple roles.  It promises to be challenging, interesting and great fun.

JSerra ‘Strings’ Perform with The Beatles

image001The British Invasion brought us the two most popular rock groups of all time, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, as well as the liveliest debate in rock history – which band is the greatest? These two legendary bands will engage in a musical “shoot out of the hits” featuring internationally renowned tribute bands, Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash.
Five alternating power sets with the two bands coming together on stage for an amazing encore makes this show a once-in-a-lifetime event.

JSerra’s Jack Yuan, Brendan McFadden, Daniel Nguyen, Reid Spencer, AJ Krause, Griffin Aroz, Connor Golley and Jason Bojun will join the nationally touring show for Yesterday,  Eleanor Rigby, and As Tears Go By, oringally sung by the The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

See the JSerra Stings live at the The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on January 12 at 8 p.m.

33157 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano CA, 92675
For Tickets & Dinner Reservations Call 949.496.8930
Tickets $15/$18

JSerra Baits Audiences with “The Mousetrap”

the-mousetrap1Cappies review: ‘The Mousetrap’

“Three blind mice, three blind mice. See how they run, see how they run.” The nursery rhyme takes on a much darker meaning in “The Mousetrap” than good old Mother Goose intended.

People, not mice run for their lives in JSerra Catholic High School’s ode to the classic show.

Since opening in 1952 in London’s West End, Agatha Christie’s mystery thriller has been entertaining audiences for sixty years. With more than 23,000 performances, it is the longest running show of all time.

Despite its longevity, the show has kept its allure of mystery. It keeps its twist ending a secret from all but those who have seen it, by keeping the show out of print. Audience members get to enjoy it for all it is worth when they see it for the first time.

As authentic as the costume and make-up designs are, the true success of a show depends on the actors’ performances and this cast does not disappoint.

The bright-eyed Mollie Ralston (Kallin Zahren) plays her part admirably through her believable sentimentality toward the chaotic Christopher Wren (Ryan Najjar) and her loud cries into the second act.

To read the complete review click here. 

JSerra Celebrates Our Hero’s in the Laguna Niguel Parade

Julie Swail-Ertel riding along with her three year-old twins as they make their way through the parade.
Julie Swail-Ertel riding along with her three year-old twins as they make their way through the parade.

The annual Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade took place over the weekend and was themed for ‘Honoring Our Heroes’, and there were plenty who attended the event, as well as many who participated.

JSerra was a proud sponsor of the annual parade and had Julie Swail-Ertel, JSerra Aquatics Director and two-time Olympian participate in the parade.

“Being involved in the Laguna Niguel Parade was great to see the community out supporting the city and our hero’s,” said Swail-Ertel. “It’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season.”

Also in attendance were the JSerra Tennis and Swim CIF Champions, along with the three-time Trinity League, CIF, and State Championship Cross Country team.

The day was filled with excitement as the pep squad accompanied JSerra athletes as they walked through the largest parade in Southern California adorned by medals and banners displaying all the hard work each team has put into their sport.

JSerra was proud to be a part of the annual parade and sends a special thank you to The City of Laguna Niguel.

To view the complete album from the parade click Laguna Niguel. 

To read more on the parade from the Patch click here. 

Watch the re-broadcast locally on Channel 3 at COX. 

Business Magnet Students Spend an Evening with Mickey

JSerra Business Magnet Program students before they head to UCI for the Distingushed Speakers Series
JSerra Business Magnet Program students before they head to UCI for the Distingushed Speakers Series

By Matt Lemas, JSerra Business Magnet

The JSerra Business Magnet Program traveled with over 35 members to UCI to attend the first of the college’s 2012-2013 Distinguished Speaker Series.  Headlining this event was president of the Disneyland Resort, George Kalogridis.

Located in the campuses’ Irvine Barclay Theatre, the students were greeted to a spectacle that could only be expected from the happiest place on earth.

Mickey Mouse and his helpers danced down the aisles of the lecture hall, performing on stage before the arrival of the speaker. The students were not expecting such a performance, and were pleased by the surprise. “ I sat down and all of a sudden Mickey Mouse came skipping out of no where. I felt like I was at Disneyland…it was incredible,” said JSerra senior John McCarthy.

After the initial performance was over, George Kalogridis began his presentation, which proved no less engaging. Kalogridis covered the major transformation of the Disneyland  California Adventure Park over the last few years, and how it stemmed from the support and critique of the Disneyland guests and employees alike.

Mickey Mouse ears light up the bus as the students excitement carries on the way home.
Mickey Mouse ears light up the bus as the students excitement carries on the way home.

Following Kalogridis’ speech, students were asked to reach under their seat where they found a unique version of the Mickey Mouse hat. Once put on, the guests were all treated to a light show emitting from the Mickey ears, showcasing the room in color, to end the night on a magical note.