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!
Ether Bustos – California State University at Fullerton
Ivan Canales – University of California at Irvine
Julian Font – University of California at Irvine
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
Brooke Kunzelman – Air Force
Kayla DeMari – Hawai’i Pacific University
Congratulations! Always remember that everyone at JSerra will be rooting you on in your future endeavors. We know you will make us proud!
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.
Last 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.
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.
Celebrating 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.”
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.
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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.”