Social Media Savvy: New JSerra Blog Series

At JSerra Catholic High School, we know it is important to be knowledgeable in all aspects of life, especially new technology. For this reason, you can find JSerra on Social Media! We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even have our own blog in aspirations of letting our communities know what is going on in the world of JSerra.

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A key aspect to focus on is how we, as a learning institution, not only can educate our students on scholastic matters, but also in Social Media. It is now, and will continue to be a social world. Bottom line, social media is here to stay. Students need Social Media role models, and we can show them appropriate ways to communicate. Just as what you verbally say represents who you are, what you type and share on Social Media does the same.

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Showcasing good Social Media skills is preparing our children for the future. The world’s largest professional network is LinkedIn, a social media site with over 200 million members! 90% of employers surveyed said they planned on using social media to recruit and hire new employees. It is the way of the future, and if we can inform our students the appropriate ways to use it, we can help guide them in their future.

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There are certain precautions we take in protecting our students, such as not using their personal handles in Tweets or sharing instructor or coaches personal accounts. We will be utilizing our blog to share posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other new Social Media platforms. Be sure to follow along for insights to the platforms, best practices, how to monitor, and more.

Lion Pride!

HOMECOMING UNDER THE BIG TOP

Come one, come all to the JSerra Catholic High School Homecoming Circus! Join us under the big top for a week full of activities!

JSerra CHS Blog_Under The Big TopWe are so excited for the many events homecoming week brings! Theme days all week, a Homecoming rally with surf legend Rob Machado, and Memory Lane tailgate all lead up to the big game against St. Paul and everyone’s favorite fall dance on Saturday! This week will sure be one to remember!

JSerra CHS Blog_Under The Big TopOn Tuesday, get ready to show your spirit with a ringmaster and animals theme. Get ready for Midway and Carnies after Mass on Wednesday. Thursday will be fun to see all the mimes and clowns. Don’t forget to sport red and white on Friday at the big game!

JSerra CHS Blog_Under The Big TopLions are a ringmaster’s favorite, and our Lions are a sure favor to win on Friday. We cannot wait for the fun to begin and are thrilled to showcase our school spirit with a circus twist!

JSerra CHS Blog_Under The Big TopPhoto Credit: Big Show Elephant, Big Top, Circus Cart, Lions, Mime, Tiger, Elephants, Welcome To The Circus

Lion Pride!

Three JSerra Alums Achieve Eagle Rank

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Three of the five recent Eagle Scout rankings are graduates of JSerra’s class of 2013. Daniel Bondi, Xavier Puga and Andrew Wasilewski each completed the rank while as high school seniors.

“Scouting means to me a time of growth as a young man on the road to become the man I am today,” said Daniel Bondi.

“I’ve learned that with hard work comes great accomplishment and that the right mind set will get you far in life,” said Xavier Puga.

“The pain of discipline is short term, but the pain of regret lasts a lifetime; and that if you do something that scares you everyday your life can never be boring,” said Andrew Wasilewski.

Three have been together in Scouting since first grade, and all came together by fifth grade, when they bridged into Boy Scout Troop 724 – sponsored by the Rotary Club in San Juan Capistrano. Of the original 14 members of Troop 724, six reached the Eagle Scout rank.

After graduation, they celebrated their achievement together, along with families and friends, at a joint Eagle Court of Honor on July 21 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center. Mayor John Taylor presented each of the boys a special commendation from the City Council. They are among the select few achieving the rank – in the Orange County Council, BSA in 2012, 743 young men attained the rank, among 28,000 youth served.

SCOUTING EXPERIENCE

In addition to earning five previous ranks and at least 21 merit badges, each Eagle envisioned, negotiated, planned, financed and led a service project to improve the community.

Bondi led the construction of two large, portable cabinets for Family Assistance Ministries in San Clemente, storing clothing for the homeless to use for job interviews. Puga led the assembly of “urban survival” backpacks for the homeless, packed with basic essentials. Wasilewski led the installation of a fence protecting another section of the vernal pool at The Reserve.

Alumnus Ali Celentano Named UAA and ECAC South Athlete of the Week

celentano_hs_srJSerra alumnus and Carnegie Mellon University junior Ali Celentano  was named University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week as well as Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Volleyball Athlete of the Week.

Celentano garners the award after leading the Tartans to a 5-0 record last week to improve on the team’s best start since 2004, as the Tartans are now 8-1 overall.

Celentano recorded double-digit kills in four matches last week with an average hitting percent of .340 in the five victories. The junior now has recorded double digit kills in seven matches this season.

Celentano had season-high 18 kills against Geneva while hitting a season-high .438. She also hit above .400 against Capital. The junior right side hitter also recorded a career-high four service aces and a season-high five block assists against John Carroll.

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.

Hedges Has a Ball at MLB Futures Game

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Austin Hedges (left)

Austin Hedges opened the 2013 Futures game in New York playing five innings, and showcased his talent on an international level.

The 2011 second-round MLB Draft pick to the Padres has been hard at work since graduating from JSerra. Playing for the Storm in Lake Elsinore, a minor league team for the San Diego Padres, Hedges is ranked as No. 73 by MLB.com, and the No. 4 prospect by Baseball America.

Playing five innings on Sunday Hedges had two at-bats, popping out to short and grounding out to third. He also tossed out Xander Bogaerts trying to steal second to end the top of the first.

Coming off a month-long hiatus due to an injury to his hand from a fastball, Hedges came into the Futures looking to make up for lost time. Batting .273 with three homeruns and 21 RBI’s in 52 games for the Storm.

“It was rough to miss that much time,” said Hedges. “But I am glad to be back, and obviously glad to be here [at the Futures].

To watch Hedges’ game highlights click here.

For more on Hedges click here.

 

Major League Futures Ahead for Four JSerra Alumni

2013 Alumnus Dane McFarland
2013 Alumnus Dane McFarland

JSerra Catholic High School has four alumni drafted into Major League Baseball, in the 2013 draft.

“Obviously a very exciting day for JSerra Catholic Athletics and the baseball program to see four Lions drafted in the MLB 2013 Player draft,” said JSerra Head Baseball Coach Brett Kay.

Recent graduate and 6-foot-4 outfielder, Dane McFarland was selected 360 overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving up his spot to play at Oregon in the fall.

McFarland has one of the most enticing power/speed combos among the prep outfielders in the Draft. With his huge frame he combines this with great bat speed to give him plus power.

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Colton Plaia ’09, was drafted for the second year in a row, this time by the New York Mets as the 446 pick overall from Loyola Marymount University. The catcher who leaves in less than 24 hours, since being drafted for training camp was said to have solid legs and is a durable receiver, with a tough presence and a plus-arm are his best tool.

Plaia was also selected to play for the U.S. National team in 2012.

Another draftee is right-handed pitcher Reed Reily ’10 of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was selected 549 overall to the Orioles.

Reily can touch the mid 90’s with his fastball and he has a good amount of deception to go along with it. He complements the heater with an 80-84 mph slider and a changeup he’ll throw in the low 80s as well.

JSerra’s final draftee is left handed pitcher, Cory Miller ’10 from Pepperdine University was selected as the 482 overall pick to the Brewers.

Miller, a three-year varsity letter winner and pitcher for head coach Brett Kay helped lead the Lions to the 2009 Trinity League championship. Miller also received two coaches awards and two of his team’s Cy Young Awards, set the school’s record for most saves in a season with four.

“All of them were outstanding young men while in our program and have the desire and work ethic to be able to have that great opportunity to get drafted. It will be great to see those guys don the uniform at the next level and know that they were Lions,” said Kay.

To see more on JSerra’s draft picks click here.