JSerra Freshman Receives the Catholic Committee Eagle Project of the Year Award

Westin Clements, Freshman
Westin Clements, Freshman

Westin Clements (’16) was recently awarded for his Eagle Scout project, on display at the St. Anne School in Laguna Niguel. The project was a recreation of the 15 stations of the cross, that are permanently placed throughout the St. Anne campus.

“Being honored with the Catholic award was a surprise, receiving the award meant that I was able to do something noticeable for Boy Scouts,” said Clements.

The project took just over four months to complete from ideation to completion. Clements also enlisted the help of Father Damien, at St. Anne to aid in the success of the stations.

“Completing this project was the final step before Eagle Scout to join my dads level. Doing this project meant a lot to me, to be able to join my dad,” said Clements.

After reaching the Eagle Scout level Clements now looks forward to working towards a championship as a defensive end for the Lions.

Winter Showcase Attracts the Masses

482810_536951743011273_986345173_nBy: Nancy Harrell, Artist in Residence Director

The Artist In Residence program hosted their annual Winter Showcase at SOKA University this February. The showcase highlighted many of the 750 students that participate in the arts. The audience of over 600 was enthusiastic in receiving the performances, and helped make the evening a great success.

The student performances were classic, fun, experimental, and emotional. Performances included everything from classical ballet pieces performed using New York Ballet choreography, to the choir ending the evening with a beautiful rendition of ‘The Lord Bless you and Keep You,’ while dancers performed a sacred dance piece to the music.

Choir also brought down the house with their version of Fun’s ‘Some Nights’. Instrumental music showed off their abilities with our string ensemble and our steel drum band bringing the audience to their feet. The theater department opened the show with ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business,’ and concluded with a stage combat scene from Romeo and Juliet.

Visual Arts and Broadcast Journalism students were well represented with a visual arts show and reception in the lobby before the performances began. Broadcast Journalism presented a wonderful piece showing the best of The Lion Report, which showed the tremendous growth our students have experienced this year with the implementation of our new Broadcast Journalism program.

The evening highlighted what a presence the visual and performing arts have on campus, and it continues to grow.

View the album from the night’s performances on Facebook. 

Brackets Finalized for Highly Anticipated Boras Baseball Classic

Boras Logo*A Press Release from JSerra CHS & The Boras Corporation

32 Elite High School Teams Battle for State Championship

February 19, 2013 — The Boras Corporation announced final brackets today for its first annual Boras Baseball Classic of California.

The 32-team invitational pits 16 of baseball’s best high school teams from Northern California against 16 of the best baseball programs from Southern California, to ultimately name a de-facto state champion.  JSerra Catholic High School of San Juan Capistrano and Mater Dei High School of Santa Ana will jointly host teams from the south.  Elk Grove High School of Elk Grove will serve as host to the Northern California squads.

Winners of the southern and northern California brackets respectively will meet in a fictional state championship game to be held April 13, 2013, at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  The northern California bracket will be played at the Daniel McAuliffe Memorial Ballpark in Sacramento, CA, beginning March 25, and continuing until March 29, 2013.  JSerra Catholic High School and Mater Dei High School will share hosting duties for the southern California bracket, being played April 1 through April 5.

The 32 invited high schools participating in the tournament will each receive a $1,000 donation from the Boras Corporation; there is no entry fee.  Each team is guaranteed a minimum of four games, with a fifth game for the two schools that reach the highly anticipated state championship game.

“The primary objective of the Boras Baseball Classic is to give back to youth baseball.  We want to provide outstanding high school teams a chance to participate in an elite competition, while at the same time giving them a world-class venue to showcase their talent in front of collegiate-level coaches and professional scouts,” said Scott Boras, Founder and CEO of the Boras Corporation.

The Boras Corporation plans to hold the elite event annually, with potential different invitees year by year, culminating in a championship game that crowns the winner de-facto California state champion.

To read the complete release click Baseball.

For the team line-up, and schedules visit Boras Classic.

CIF Playoff Schedule Announced

CIF Tourney 2013 copyJSerra Athletics invites each member of the Lion’s Pride to cheer on the winter sports participating in the CIF Southern Section Playoffs. The Lions go head-to-head with some of the best teams in Southern California this week.
The current game schedule for the CIF Playoffs are below. Please note that each game is a CIF sponsored event hosted at various locations.
Girls soccer will be hosted at the Fred Kelly Stadium as they face-off against Villa Park High School. Game begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 14.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students with valid student ID. No staff ID’s will be excepted at any CIF game.
Go Lions!

Getting Rid of the ‘R-Word’

IMG_9955By Sarah Gray Isenberg, Patch.com

JSerra students sign a pledge to eliminate the use of “retard” to describe the handicapped with help of Nick Brady, the school’s only autistic student.

Nick Brady stood smiling and laughing with his friends Friday while demonstrators flocked around him, pledging not to use the word “retard” when speaking of disabled persons.

Brady, a freshman at JSerra Catholic High School and the school’s only autistic student, started the Autism Awareness Club and helped organize “Pledge to Stop the R-Word.”

Brady’s mother, Nancy, who was also in attendance, said her son was diagnosed with autism at 2 1/2 years old.

The freshman, who has trouble speaking with ease, became well-known after making a video protesting the stereotypes associated with autism by typing into a computer to communicate his innermost thoughts and emotions.

Students and faculty gathered in numbers around the table Friday to sign the pledge poster and buy $1 wristbands saying, “Spread the Word to End the Word.”

Friendly with just about everyone, nobody would know her son was struggling, Nancy Brady said.

“There’s a loving, caring person inside of Nick,” she said. “He’s just learning how to show it.”

To read the complete article click awareness.

JSerra Hopes Brutal Schedule Pays Off

August Touchard, left, will try to help her team make a deep run in the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs.
August Touchard, left, will try to help her team make a deep run in the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs.

By Carlos Arias, OC Varsity

JSerra’s girls basketball team played one of the toughest schedules in the county in an effort to prepare for the CIF-SS playoffs.

The Lions went 20-6 overall, finished second in the Trinity League and had impressive victories on the road over St. Bernard of Playa del Rey and La Jolla Country Day. They performed admirably in losses to Bishop Montgomery of Torrance and Santiago of Corona.

JSerra had a lead on top-ranked Mater Dei heading into the fourth quarter before the Monarchs pulled out the victory. The Lions went toe-to-toe with Windward of L.A. before the Wildcats rallied in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.

Mater Dei and Windward are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, so the Lions are right there with the top teams.

Windward happens to be the top seed in Division 4AA, where the Lions are seeded No. 2.

“We won big games this year, and finishing No. 2 in the Trinity League is big,” JSerra coach Mary Rossignol said. “The schedule has prepared us for the big dance. We have played the best. The program has come a long way.”