Three JSerra Alums Achieve Eagle Rank

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Three of the five recent Eagle Scout rankings are graduates of JSerra’s class of 2013. Daniel Bondi, Xavier Puga and Andrew Wasilewski each completed the rank while as high school seniors.

“Scouting means to me a time of growth as a young man on the road to become the man I am today,” said Daniel Bondi.

“I’ve learned that with hard work comes great accomplishment and that the right mind set will get you far in life,” said Xavier Puga.

“The pain of discipline is short term, but the pain of regret lasts a lifetime; and that if you do something that scares you everyday your life can never be boring,” said Andrew Wasilewski.

Three have been together in Scouting since first grade, and all came together by fifth grade, when they bridged into Boy Scout Troop 724 – sponsored by the Rotary Club in San Juan Capistrano. Of the original 14 members of Troop 724, six reached the Eagle Scout rank.

After graduation, they celebrated their achievement together, along with families and friends, at a joint Eagle Court of Honor on July 21 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center. Mayor John Taylor presented each of the boys a special commendation from the City Council. They are among the select few achieving the rank – in the Orange County Council, BSA in 2012, 743 young men attained the rank, among 28,000 youth served.

SCOUTING EXPERIENCE

In addition to earning five previous ranks and at least 21 merit badges, each Eagle envisioned, negotiated, planned, financed and led a service project to improve the community.

Bondi led the construction of two large, portable cabinets for Family Assistance Ministries in San Clemente, storing clothing for the homeless to use for job interviews. Puga led the assembly of “urban survival” backpacks for the homeless, packed with basic essentials. Wasilewski led the installation of a fence protecting another section of the vernal pool at The Reserve.

JSerra Alumnus Sam Miller reMEMBERs His Story

JSerra class of 2012 alumnus and salutatorian, Sam Miller shares his greatest memories, life lessons, and how JSerra has impacted his life forever.

Join JSerra in celebrating ten years of excellence, as we journey back over the first ten years of JSerra Catholic High School.

JSerra Alumni President Announces Ten Year Anniversary

It is with great pleasure that I announce JSerra’s ten-year anniversary “reMEMBER your story.” The year-long celebration will include special events, class competitions, a special limited edition issue of the Crimson Pride magazine, video diaries of your stories, and more.
To read the complete announcement click Ten Years.

JSerra Catcher Austin Hedges signs $3 million contract with Padres

Former JSerra catcher Austin Hedges, considered by many to be the best prospect at his position in a decade, signed a $3 million deal to play for the San Diego Padres, according to reports this week.

Hedges, who had planned to play at UCLA, signed at the deadline, according to a report in the North County Times.

He was represented by Scott Boras, whose son played with Hedges on JSerra’s baseball team.

For more, read the NC Times story here.

Hedges’ first day out on the Padres field are captured here:

Padres sign draft pick Hedges

Hedges visits the booth

Hedges and Ross’ first pitch

Coach of the Year Martin Dugard Takes a Look Back to See What’s Ahead

JSerra Blog chatted with the Orange County Register’s Coach of the Year, Martin Dugard, to find out what keeps this coach, screenwriter and father going and what got him to where he is today.

High school: Graduated from Notre Dame High School in Riverside.

College: Northern Michigan University and Cal State – Long Beach

High school/ college sport: Cross-Country, Track

What was your first job? Flipping burgers

What is your favorite sports memory in high school/ college?

High School: Breaking 10 minutes for the first time in the two-mile; College: My final track race, a steeplechase event where I finished fifth but gave it my all.

What is your favorite coaching memory? The look on my runners’ faces when we won State in 2010.

Who or what was your inspiration that drove you to success? Jesus Christ, Steve Prefontaine, Ernest Hemingway

What were your childhood career goals?

Fighter pilot, writer

First job: Flipping burgers

If you could live in any time period but now, what would it be?

1840-1875: the golden age of exploration.

What was your childhood celebrity crush?

I thought Steve Prefontaine was about the coolest guy on the planet

Favorite band growing up: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Have you had the chance to write a book about your life/ success?

Three: Surviving the Toughest Race on Earth (1998); Chasing Lance (2005); To Be A Runner (2011)

If you were a super hero what would it be?

I don’t believe in heroes or idols. You have to find your own superpowers, whether they be running, writing, math… whatever.

Favorites: My wife, my sons, trail running, reading, writing

Food: Pescatore

TV Show: No Reservations

Animal: Lion

Sports team: Angels

Color: Robin’s Egg Blue

Vacation spot: Top Secret

JSerra Alum Dustin Himmerich Leads Teen Life Band in Maryland

Dustin Himmerich is the music director for the Life Teen Band at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville, MD and leads worship for our Sunday evening mass. Himmerich also leads worship for the Baltimore Frassati Fellowship, a young adult ministry under the direction of the Dominican Friars in Baltimore. The central part of the ministry is Frassati Night of Worship, an evening of adoration with praise and worship and a talk. Life Teen Camp is not new to Himmerich. In 2008, he served at Covecrest on Summer Staff, and in 2009 he served as a part of the service crew.

“I’ve seen so many hearts and lives transformed at camp in my time there, including my own. It is truly a place where we can come as God’s children and give Him the praise He deserves. It is with great humility that I come to serve and be a part of the Life Teen family.”

JSerra Alum Honored for Charity Work

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Maddie Chandik

Dana Point residents Madeline Chandik, Keaton McCalla, Kimberly Narel and Jaclyn Prophet were among 16 young women honored for their six years of philanthropic service in Orange County when the Laguna chapter of the National Charity League hosted its Debutante Ball on Dec. 30 at the Ritz-Carlton resort in Dana Point.

Chandik and McCalla are 2010 graduates of JSerra Catholic High School. Narel and Prophet are 2010 graduates of Dana Hills High.

Chandik currently attends DePaul University, in Chicago, IL, and enjoys serving her community, any chance she can.

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