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.