Don’t miss out; our Cubs Camp 2014 is quickly approaching! Join the JSerra Pep Squad for a mini cheer camp and learn fun choreography from the Cheerleaders and Dance Team at JSerra. Participants will be able to cheer along with our Varsity Squads at the JSCHS vs. St. Bonaventure at Saddleback College. This will be during our “Blackout” game following the Southern BBQ Tailgate Party. You won’t want to miss out!

JSerra CHS Blog_Cubs Camp 2014Please mail payment and registration form before September 15th to

JSerra Catholic High School

Attention: Pep Squad

26351 Junipero Serra

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675


For more information, download the flyer and registration form!

Lion Pride!

JSerra Pep Squad Brings Home Top Honors

IMG_0248The 2013/14 JSerra Pep Squad recently returned from USA Camp in Anaheim earning numerous awards.  During the closing ceremonies the girls and parents were thrilled to hear JSerra’s name called out for the prestigious awards.

“This year’s camp experience was remarkable. I had more fun with the girls than I have ever had and we grew so much together. All teams winning superior ribbons was such a blessing but I think the best part was the memories we made together. It was the perfect way to start off my senior year with such a great group of girls and I will cherish it forever,” said Layla Nasr, Varsity Captain.

IMG_0196The 48-member Pep Squad has been working extremely hard to prepare for camp and their dedication paid off.  For the first time in JSerra history the Pep Squad brought home this amount of awards.   The girls are excited to start the school year and bring their award-winning attitude back to JSerra.

“This year’s camp experience was the most memorable out of all my four years throughout high school. I was blessed with the opportunity to lead the song team as captain this year and I couldn’t be more proud of us four girls. We accomplished the unthinkable.  I couldn’t ask for a better, more hard-working squad of girls. It was truly a great way to walk out of my last high school cheer camp,” said Gianna Sciortino, Varsity Song Captain.

Below is a list of awards and their recipients:

– All Pep Squad – Superior Award for their Home Routine Performance earning them a chance to cheer at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii

– Varsity Cheer/Mascot/JV Cheer/Freshman Cheer – Spirit Award

– Varsity Song – Spirit Award

– All Pep Squad – Awarded the prestigious final Spirit Award of camp

– Freshman Cheer – Superior Game Time Evaluation Award

– JV Cheer – Superior Game Time Evaluation Award

– Varsity Cheer/Mascot/Song – Superior Game Time Evaluation Award

– Varsity Song – Superior Group Routine Evaluation Award

– Varsity Song – Four Superior Individual Routine Evaluations (all members)

– Annie Pfost,  Brianna Porrello, Gianna Sciortino, Francesca Bacino  – Received “Pin It Forward” recognition for being standout role models

– Varsity Song- Coveted Unity Award voted on by the other teams

– Dominique Dueker, Annie Pfost, Gianna Sciortino, Gemma Hartigan, Avrial Barretto, Amber Salas, Lia Dueker  –  Out of 200 competitors these 7 girls were named to the All American Team earning  an invitation to visit London for a parade celebrating their excellence!

– A big congratulations to Fran Bacino, Dominique Dueker, Gianna Sciortino and Annie Pfost who were invited to audition to become USA staff members this spring.

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. 

JSerra Pep Squad Leads in Cheer Competitions

Congratulations to the JSerra Pep Squad earning several outstanding achievements at the Summer Cheerleading and Songleading Camp.  The Elite High School Cheerleading and Songleading Camp was hosted at UC Irvine by United Spirit Association (USA) and encompassed four days of intense cheerleading and songleading training.  With nearly 400 other high school students, the JSerra Pep Squad stood out as one of the top squads.

JSerra earned three overall superior plaques in the varsity cheer, varsity song and freshman/JV cheer categories, for content taught at camp.

In addition to Superior rankings, JSerra also earned the prestigious title of JV Stunt Challenge Winners.  Freshman squad members, Avrial Barretto, Makenzie Beach, Gemma Hartigan, Emma James and Megan Lasken advanced through the semi-final round and won the entire competition.  The  girls competed against over 20 other JV stunt groups to walk away with the Overall Stunt Challenge Title.  They were the only freshman squad to represent in the final round and ended up winning the JV title.

JSerra was also fortunate enough to have two finalists represent in the Dace Star competition, senior Brittany Leland and junior Gianna Sciortino.

On an individual level, JSerra had six semi-finalists out of 50 competitors including JSerra seniors Elle Avery and Rachel Dupont, juniors Annie Pfost and Bri Porrello, and freshmen Miranda Balderas and Makenzie Beach compete in the Spirit Star competition.

Other awards earned over the weekend include:  Overall Spirit Award (Varsity Cheer & Varsity Song, JV Cheer and Freshman Cheer) and Most Improved Squad at Camp (JV Cheer).  For their high achievements, JSerra Pep Squad members were also invited to perform in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl in January, 2013 as well as in London this Winter, 2012.

For more information regarding JSerra Pep Squad, please contact Advisor Sam Shen at

JSerra Athletics is Getting a Makeover


Check out the all new JSerra Athletics Facebook pages. Customized to each of the 23 sports JSerra offers. You can easily find out game times, scores and stats to all our JSerra sports.

Great new features include:

-Twitter feeds from JSerra athletics

-Customized player cards

-RSS news feed straight from the JSerra Blog

-Events calendars, and more.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be part of the action.





Running Lions (track & cross country)


Ice Hockey

*More Facebook fan pages to come as their season rolls around. If you are a parent or coach and would like player cards made please contact Amanda Samaan at for more details.

Class of 2015: Stay connected and grow with your community

Fame Camp Comes to JSerra

Director of Fame Camp, Donna Magnani

Frame Camp presented by Donna Magnani-Convertino, Director of Fame Performing Arts, a 23 year Screen Actors Guild Actress, Professional Dancer and Choreographer. Donna has worked with Victoria Justice star of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”, Monet Monico from Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Zoey 101, Laine Kazan from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and many more.

Miss Magnani comes to JSERRA to bring a unique, fun and progressive approach to learning the arts.

Have you ever watched “So You Think You can Dance?” or The Voice?

Have you ever seen a Broadway show or wonder what they do on sitcoms?

Now is your chance, through Fame Camp you will be learning how to get on stage, act out an improv sketch, audition like the pro’s in audition technique classes and more.

In one week, you will learn a hip-hop, ballet and jazz dance, two songs,

acting bits and if you play an instrument you can that bring that too!

Victoria Justice, star of Nickelodeon's Zoe 101

Sign up quick as space is limited

Camp dates: July 11th-15th M-F 9:30am-2pm

For more info: email or call 818) 926-9498

Or visit : to learn more about the Director.

To learn more and to sign up click Fame Camp.