JSerra Winter Signing Day 2015

Every year, we see students reach their potential and show the world who they are as individuals. Our Lions are first and foremost students, but they are also outstanding in other aspects of their lives! We are proud of the following students who signed their letters of intent to the universities of their dreams in February 2015!

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Boys Soccer:

Ether Bustos – California State University at Fullerton

Ivan Canales – University of California at Irvine

Julian Font – University of California at Irvine

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Football:

Aaron Matthews – Lindenwood University

Brody Barrett – Appalachian State University

D.J. Bailey – Harvard

Nick Robinson – University of Georgia

Sam Philippi – University of Pennsylvania

Tucker Squires – University of Chicago

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Girls Soccer:

Brooke Kunzelman – Air Force

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Girls Volleyball:

Kayla DeMari – Hawai’i Pacific University

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Congratulations! Always remember that everyone at JSerra will be rooting you on in your future endeavors. We know you will make us proud!

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Lion Pride!

JUNIOR ACCEPTS FULL RIDE GYMNASTICS SCHOLARSHIP

JSerra’s junior all-star athlete, Grace Kramer, has committed to a full athletic scholarship for gymnastics to Arizona State University for 2016. Grace has been working for years to make her mark in the gymnastics world! This will be just one of many accomplishments that this 16-year-old has achieved.

JSerra CHS Blog_GraceLast season Grace placed 3rd AA and 1st on vault at the SoCal state meet. She qualified to the NIT where she placed 1st on vault and floor and 4th AA. Grace started competing at level 4 back in 2006 and has worked her way up to compete at level 10 in 2013. She has been training with Wildfire Gymnastics since 2011.

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Grace has done her work to get noticed, and get noticed fast. It is very rare to be offered a scholarship at only a junior standing. Grace will be graduating from JSerra in the spring of 2016, after which she will join the ASU Sun Devils in the fall on a full athletic scholarship.

Congratulations to our fellow Lion, Grace!

Lion Pride!

JSerra’s Class of 2013 Leaves a Record Breaking Legacy

IMG_0321Celebrating its tenth anniversary, JSerra has had its share of accomplishments but it is the class of 2013 that has helped mark the school’s first decade as truly remarkable.

The graduates have had national record-breaking swim championships, the school’s first Trinity League Athlete of the Year, a valedictorian with a record high GPA of 4.88, never before seen at JSerra, a cross country team who has won League, CIF, and State championships three times in a row, a first in the state of California, among countless other accomplishments.

With graduates attending top Universities like Duke, USC, Berkeley, Notre Dame, and more, they have collectively received more than $12.5 million in scholarships, the highest of any graduating class at JSerra.

As President Richard Meyer quoted St. John Paul “In the design of providence there is no coincidence.” It is not by mere coincidence that this graduating class has had many successes during their four short years as Lions.

With plenty of cheers from classmates this class has demonstrated the connectedness that is cultivated by the faculty, staff, and parents within the JSerra community.

Salutatorian Vanessa Zuck, delivered her address during the Baccalaureate Mass held on Friday evening. With a smile on her face she remembered her freshman year and the big win against Santa Margarita’s football team, and rushing the field at Saddleback. Zuck also recalled wise words from a past teacher, that remain with her to this day. “Never accept what your told but to learn it for yourself.” As the class of 2013 discovers new adventures in college, Zuck reminds them of what Louis Zamperini said while visiting campus, “while it may be sad to say goodbye, what matters is that we met.”

(left to right): President Richard Meyer, Valedictorian Sachin Govil, and Vice Principal Eric Stroupe
(left to right): President Richard Meyer, Valedictorian Sachin Govil, and Vice Principal Eric Stroupe

Valedictorian Sachin Govil, reminisced about his time at JSerra during his speech said, “It’s astonishing how life comes at us instantaneously, it grabs us and takes us on our own journeys… and in the midst of it, we don’t always appreciate the time we have and the people that we share it with.”

Among those honored where Monica Patel the recipient of the JSerra Award, acknowledged for exemplifying JSerra’s mission and philosophy.  The highest honor a student can receive at JSerra. Jovy Mann receiving the Msgr. Martin Award, Owen Hosseinzadeh receiving the Gillian Sabet Award, Saseen Najjar receiving the Lion Award, Ryer Baldridge acknowledged with the Leadership Award, Madison Myers-Cook received the Campus Ministry Award, Andrew Lee for the Spirit Award, and Josephine Duran receiving the Christian Service Award for her 2,500 hours donated in community service.

To view the complete photo album from Graduation please click Class of 2013.

Be sure to tag your photos with the hashtag #Classof2013 to share on Instagram.

Saying goodbye to senior year at JSerra

By Julianna Crisalli, OC Register

Caritas Cristi

As seniors at JSerra count down to graduation Saturday, let’s take a look at their journey in the past year.

Click the photo above for more photos.

Business Magnet Moves on to State Competitions

Giovanna Hughes accepting her award for  Entrepreneurship and Accounting 1
Giovanna Hughes accepting her award for Entrepreneurship and Accounting 1

The Business Magnet Program had 70 members of JSerra’s Future Business Leaders of America participate in the Section FBLA Conference at University High School in Irvine.

Students tested in subjects ranging from personal finance to business communications, with many students competing in more than one subject.

JSerra turned out a record year for this Conference, with over ten students medaling in their respective positions.

Two students in particular, Andrew Ormonde and Daniel Yun, are moving on to compete in the State Championships, to be held April 18-22, in Santa Clara.

“ I am once again very proud from the amazing work of our FBLA members.   Two years in a row we have sent students to state, which is in itself very astonishing,” said Program Director, Carol Chaffee.

Students who medaled and their respective subject are as follows:

Giovanna Hughes- Entrepreneurship and Accounting 1

Maggie Beyer- Entrepreneurship

Max Gamperl- Parliamentary Procedure

Zach Ramsey- Parliamentary Procedure

Adryan Son- Parliamentary Procedure

Jonathan Fabulich- Parliamentary Procedure

Stuart Young- Parliamentary Procedure

Angelica Ramos- Business Procedures

Emily Day- Public Speakig 2

Jonathan Lopez- Economics

Hunter Kempf- Personal Finance

Andrew Ormonde- Global Business

Daniel Yun- Global Business

JSerra Girls Seize Third State Cross Country Title

Photo Courtesy of Kim Lindholm

The JSerra girls cross country team has done what no school in Orange County, in any sport, has every accomplished; Three-peat. They won their third straight State Championship Saturday, with the added highlight of sophomore Brooke Kunzelman being named to the All-State team. In addition, the Running Lions won their third straight CIF Championship one week earlier, to go along with their third consecutive Trinity League Championship. Congratulations to all of the Running Lions, on both the boys and girls teams, for an incredible season and a continuing commitment to excellence.

OC Varsity covers the State Championship winners below. 
The season-long journey of JSerra wasn’t always perfect or without challenges. But once again, that journey came to an end with the Lions celebrating another CIF state title.

JSerra placed five scoring runners in the top 30 to win its third consecutive Division 4 state title at the CIF State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park.

The Lions are the first county program in the 26-year history of the state championships to win three consecutive state titles.

“The girls came together, worked as a unit, and played their roles,” Lions coach Marty Dugard said. “It’s humbling because of the sacrifice that the girls go through. These girls have bought into this tradition of excellence that we have tried to build.”

 To read the complete article click Running Lions.
To view the complete photo album click here.

Five JSerra Athletes Sign Collegiate Letters of Intent

Congratulations to JSerra’s  five athletes for making their commitments to play collegiate sports. Read below for commitment details and more on each athlete.

John Montgomery –Eastern Michigan—Baseball

After looking at schools like UC San Diego, Holy Cross, and Santa Clara Montgomery decided that Eastern Michigan University is the right fit.

“Having the opportunity to play for Eastern Michigan means a lot to me. Because of all my hard work I know I’m going to college and I’m getting a quality education, getting my degree in business is my ultimate goal,” said Montgomery. “I know I’m making my family proud and I get to pursue baseball, I couldn’t be happier.”

Dane McFarland—Oregon—Baseball

Dane McFarland a senior from JSerra, committed to Oregon as a right-handed pitcher and outfielder after being named the 73rd best high school player by Baseball America.

“I chose Oregon because of the great coaching staff and the environment out there. I know this is where I am meant to be and I can’t wait to get out on the field in Oregon. I owe a lot to Coach Kay for developing me as an athlete and student,” said McFarland.

Cole Schleppy—Providence College –Lacrosse

Cole Schleppy signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse for the Friars at Providence College next year, as Coach Harrison’s first athlete to sign since his tenure at JSerra.

“Providence is the right fit for me, with the small size and location I look forward to moving out the Rhode Island. I’m ready to bring all my hard work to the team, since I have been playing since fourth grade I feel like I’m ready,” said Schleppy.

Amy Buff—CSU Monterey Bay—Volleyball

Amy Buff committed to playing collegiate volleyball at CSU Monterey Bay, as a senior at JSerra, without having any doubts.

“I didn’t need to look for a school to go to, I knew CSUMB was the right fit for me. My choice was easy, with the coaching staff having chosen me it made me feel like all my hard work paid off in a highly competitive sport, it’s my dream to be here,” said Buff.

Madison Myers-Cook—George Washington University—Softball

JSerra senior, Madison Myers-Cook committed to George Washington University to play softball, after looking at Boston College and Villa Nova.

“My goal has always been to play Division l softball and I finally made it, and I couldn’t be happier. This is a special moment,” said Myers-Cook.

To see the complete album of commitments click Signing Day.