JSerra Earns Straight A’s, Too

JSerra Catholic High School is featured on the cover of this week’s Capistrano Dispatch newspaper. the edition also features a column by CEO Frank Talarico.

Our co-valedictorian summed it up best.

“It is true that no other class in this school’s history can match the range and depth of our accomplishments,” said Emily Storms.

Storms was one of two JSerra graduates to complete more than 20 honors and advanced-placement courses with straight A’s.

But she and co-valedictorian Victoria Manesh aren’t the only JSerra scholars worth celebrating.

Trevor Cutler earned our highest honor, the JSerra Award. The Eagle Scout finished with a 4.5 GPA and captained the cross country and track teams. But it was principal Tom Waszak’s announcement that Cutler would attend the Air Force Academy that drew a standing ovation at graduation.

“Your most impressive quality is your selfless desire to make a difference in your community and your country,” Waszak said.

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Ninth Baseball Player Scores Division I College Scholarship

JSerra Catholic High School’s 2009 Trinity League championship team posted outstanding numbers on the field.

Junior Clay Williamson will play at Cal State Fullerton
Junior Clay Williamson will play at Cal State Fullerton

It’s also accomplishing remarkable feats off the field.

The Lions are sending nine scholar-athletes to Division I universities with scholarships. And Coach Brett Kay believes three or four offers may be on the way.

That means starters at every position and a few pitchers will likely end up playing college baseball at the highest level.

“I’m ecstatic,” Kay said. “It affirms everything we’re trying to accomplish here.”

The most recent scholarship winner is junior right fielder Clay Williamson, of Laguna Niguel, who will play at Cal State Fullerton after he graduates.

He hit .280 last year with 18 RBIs and two triples.

“He’s a rare player who made the jump from freshman ball to varsity – a big jump for any player. He’s really grown in the past year and emerged as one of the leaders in our program,” Kay said. “He’s a great player and a great kid.”

Williamson isn’t the only college-committed Lion returning next year. Bret Dahlson (Loyola Marymount), of Yorba Linda, junior Austin Hedges (UCLA), of San Juan Capistrano, and senior Grahamm Wiest (Cal State Fullerton), of Orange, hope to lead the Lions to another title.

Graduates from last year’s squad with scholarships are:

Colton Plaia, of Mission Viejo, Loyola Marymount

Quinn Renner, of Laguna Niguel, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia

Joe Kurrasch, of San Juan Capistrano, UC Berkeley

Matt Paradise, of San Clemente, Santa Clara University

Todd del Toro, of Mission Viejo, Air Force Academy.