Dispatch Recognizes JSerra Football

JSerra moved to 5-0 on the season in a hard fought victory over Trabuco Hills Friday at Saddleback College, getting a major assist from junior Casey Eugenio, who accounted for three scores, including an interception return for a touchdown, as the Lions won 31-21.

The Lions took advantage of some early Trabuco mistakes, recovering a fumble on the first Mustang Drive deep in Lion territory, then holding the Mustangs off the scoreboard after a punt snap was fumbled, which started the second Mustang drive on the Lion 18.

Eugenio’s first big play came near the end of the first quarter, as he picked off Nathan Perry’s errant throw and took it in from 45 yards out, starting the scoring for the Lions. Perry and the Mustangs responded on the next drive, going 85 yards in 11 plays. The Lions then responded, as Dante Pettis took in a 23-yard strike from Nick Robinson in for a score. The Lions had one more score in them too, blocking a punt on ensuing Mustang possession through the end zone for a safety and a 16-7 halftime lead.

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College Awareness Night is Back

Join the JSerra counseling department for College Awareness Night on Thursday, September 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Center Room.

College Awareness Night will host nine different speakers presenting on various topics that will help prepare you for the college admissions process.

Sessions include: Building Your College List, Tips for Getting the Most Financial Aid, Constructing an Effective College Essay, The College Interview and more. Parents and students will be able to attend three different sessions of their choice.

Please see the attached document for more details. Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 18, to mmurphy@jserra.org.

State Champion Running Lions Return from High Altitude Training Camp

By Marty Dugard
The JSerra Running Lions Cross Country teams returned from Mammoth Lakes, capping a week of intense high altitude training as they prepare for another march to the state title.
“It was our toughest week of training ever,” said Coach Marty Dugard, set to begin his eighth year as head coach of the harriers. “Two workouts each day, 2-3 hours of running, and our annual seven-mile time trial straight up Mammoth Mountain. I couldn’t be more proud of how the athletes persevered and pushed themselves to new limits.”
This season marks a watershed in JSerra Cross Country, as the girls team hopes to win its third consecutive Trinity League, CIF and State Championship. The boys team, led by junior captains Max Allen and Nic Fracassi, were sixth at State in 2011 and hope to win it all in 2012.
The Running Lions begin their march to the State meet on September 8, with the Laguna Hills Invitational. The State Meet will be held at Woodward Park in Fresno on November 24.
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Emily Lawrence Commits to Embry-Riddle

Lawerance with JSerra girls soccer coach Rick Young as she signs her letter of intent to Embry-Riddle.

Recent JSerra graduate and San Juan Capistrano resident Emily Lawrence has signed to play collegiate soccer at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, Arizona.

Lawrence, a four-year varsity player for the Lions and  team co-captain, will be joining the ERAU Lady Eagles as one of five incoming freshman on the team. A defensive center midfielder, Lawrence has broad experience having participated for four years in the prestigious Trinity League,  during her time at JSerra as well as ten years of Club Soccer experience in the highly competitive Southern California Developmental and Coast Soccer Leagues.

Lawrence, who was a four-year scholar athlete and lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and National Honor Society (NHS), is also the recipient of JSerra’s 2011 Faculty Award. Lawrence was also recently awarded the 2012 Orange County Fire Authority Scholarship along with the prestigious “Women of Distinction” Scholarship from ERAU.

ERAU is an internationally recognized leader in aeronautical sciences and is part of the NAIA Cal Pac Athletic Conference. Lawrence plans on studying Global Security and Intelligence.

JSerra Graduates Look Back—and Forward

Photo by Vicki Finelt

By Penny Arevalo, Patch.com

Wearing leis made of everything from flowers to dollars bills to candy, the JSerra Catholic High School’s class of 2012 walked into the school’s pavilion for the last time as students and boldly walked out as graduates.

Not long ago their parents were staring down at them as newborns in swaddling blankets, thinking, “What do I do with that?” Principal Eric Stroupe said.

Now the seniors are off to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Gonzaga University, Auburn, Illinois, Georgia Institute of Technology, Notre Dame and many others.

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JSerra Graduates its Largest Class Yet

JSerra 2012 Valedictorian Tommy Allen with Vice Principal Eric Stroupe in recognition of his accomplishments.

“It’s a thrill to fulfill your childhood dreams but it’s more fulfilling to help others achieve theirs,” said Eric Stroupe, JSerra Vice Principal. “And that’s just what this graduating class has done.”

The class of 2012 is the largest graduating class in JSerra’s nine-year history with 257 graduates, and is the most family-like class. With over 35,000 hours of community service cumulatively, and Valedictorian Thomas Allen naming himself the “go-to student to explain concepts to students in new ways,” the class of 2012 has left a lasting mark on the JSerra Community.

For the first time in JSerra history there are seven graduates with distinction of the Business Magnet Program in its inaugural year.

Father Spitzer closing the commencement ceremony with a benediction.

Daniele Perazzo is a Berkeley bound future neurologist and Pre-Medical Professional Magnet Program honoree.

Sam Miller made his mark as JSerra’s first Stanford admit and 2012 Salutatorian.

Jacqueline Harkins received this year’s JSerra Award, the highest honor a student may receive from the school.

“Jacque impresses me her upbeat personality, and ability to navigate
 difficult situations. I often witness Jacque walking around school
 willing to engage anyone in a conversation, and she won’t adhere to clicks,” said Stroupe.

Closing the chapter on the class of 2012 was JSerra Rector Father Robert Spitzer, with words of encouragement and strength to the students.

To view the complete photo album click Class of 2012.

JSerra Quarterback Commits to UCLA

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JSerra quarterback and upcoming graduate Jake Hall has committed to the University of California, Los Angeles Bruins, as a preferred walk-on.

Hall also talks about his offer from Yale and the decision to play as a Bruin, joining his family legacy, in the fall.

For more on Jake Hall click here.