JSerra Catholic High School Announces New Director of Institutional Advancement

Peggy Larson*A press release from JSerra Catholic High School

JSerra Catholic High School announces Peggy Larson, of Laguna Beach, as the director of institutional advancement. Larson formerly served as vice president of business development for a national nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Bringing over 22 years of fundraising and leadership experience, Larson will play an integral role within JSerra’s Office of Advancement.

“We are delighted to have Ms. Larson join JSerra to take the helm as our director of institutional advancement,” said Rich Meyer, JSerra Headmaster.  “The experience and knowledge she brings to our team will serve to continue to build on JSerra’s tradition of excellence.”

Graduating Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Larson also holds certifications in leadership from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and Cardinal Stritch University. Having served as the chief development officer and vice president of communications at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Larson secured over $85M in endowments and gifts towards the Perfect Match and Decade of Hope Campaigns.

Larson will lead the development of JSerra’s advancement and marketing initiatives including annual giving, alumni relations, marketing and strategic leadership.

“I’m honored to be a part of the JSerra community and am inspired by all that has been accomplished in the last 10 years,” said Larson.  “JSerra’s reputation for educational excellence is a testament to the commitment of its teachers, staff, parents and supporters.  I look forward to bringing a creative and bold approach to raising awareness and funds so, ultimately, our students are given every opportunity to achieve their potential.”

Hibbard Sisters Take JSerra to a Green Level

Katie & AndyTwo sisters on a mission for more than six years have finally found success that helps the school and the environment.

Kirsty ’11 and Katie Hibbard have contributed years of service to the school by starting the Environmentality Club. Kirsty started the club at JSerra in 2007.  Ever since then, the Hibbard sisters have worked to rid the campus of Styrofoam products.  This year, the Bistro has gotten rid of most of the Styrofoam products and replaced them with biodegradable ones.  This is a huge step in the right direction of being an environmentally conscious campus.

“On behalf of the Environmentality Club, all the students and faculty, we would like to thank Andy Lord and all his bistro staff for the continued excellent food and for getting Styrofoam off our campus,” said Katie.  “As some of us are not aware, at least ¾ of the oceans garbage is Styrofoam, and now we know at least our JSerra community won’t be adding to it.”

Bring your own water bottle or purchase the JSerra Lion Mug through the Lions Corner, and receive free water in the Bistro.  If you bought water everyday from the bistro, you would spend about $30 per month.  That is the equivalent of 10 slurpees you can purchase from the 7/11. So save yourself some money by bringing your own water bottle or purchasing the JSerra mug for only $10.  Plus, you’re saving the environment from all that plastic.

Future looks bright for JSerra, Acidera

374901_449550255091926_866401914_nBy Mark Cooper, OC Varsity

JSerra came up short of winning the Trinity League girls tennis title last year, losing both of its matches against Santa Margarita.

With standout freshman Jadie Acidera leading the charge, JSerra coach Kirk Orahood thinks his team will pose a strong challenge for the defending league champions later this season.

The Lions won their fourth consecutive match to start the season, defeating Sage Hill, 14-4, in a nonleague match at The Tennis Club in Newport Beach on Tuesday.

Acidera lost only one game while sweeping her three sets at No. 1 singles. Mary Kaffen also swept her three sets in singles, and the Lions’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Zoe Kaffen and Natalie Wek won all three of their sets.

Orahood said he thought Tuesday was a strong performance and believes the Lions (4-0) have a chance to unseat Santa Margarita later this season.

“I think we’re pretty solid,” said Orahood, who believes the match between the top two teams in league from last season will come down to doubles when they meet Oct. 8. Acidera has yet to lose a set this season.

“There’s always something to improve on,” said Acidera, who said she felt she made too many unforced errors against the Lightning (1-2).