Captain Clinkinbeard Splashes into JSerra

Being a team captain takes cooperation, patience and authority. Christine Clinkinbeard, 17, varsity team captain for JSerra’s water polo team, exudes those three things. When asked the number one benefit of water polo, she simply replied, “camaraderie.” JSerra Blog sat down with Christine to talk about summer, polo, and JSerra.


I love art, swimming, reading, and playing polo.

Summer Plans:

I coach a swim team in Talega and I’ll be playing a lot of polo.

What did you like about the camp?

I like getting to know my new teammates. I also love bonding with them and getting into shape.

Why did you choose JSerra?

I like that it is a small school where everyone feels that they have a place to fit in. It’s really home-y and easy to adjust.

What are you looking forward to most this summer/camp?

I’m looking forward to learning and improving my skills as well as bonding with the new girls. Getting to know the incoming freshman players is so important, it’s right to make them feel at home.

Best summertime memory?

Definitely going to Catalina with my two best friends that are also on the team. That was so fun.

Favorite position to play?

On defense I like guarding the 2-meter player. On offense I usually play up top at point. I like having the view of the pool and it’s easy for me to communicate effectively with my teammates from there. I’m a playmaker I guess. I like working together as a team instead of taking the first shot-off I can.

The best thing about playing for JSerra?

Besides the team we’ve formed, Coach Julie. She’s obviously amazing and has put so much into us. We never want to disappoint her and she’s always so constructive and positive. It makes me want to keep going even after I’m exhausted.

Visual Arts Students Rank Number One in Orange County

Congratulations to JSerra Visual Arts students and teachers. In our largest showing yet in both Imagination Celebration and the Laguna Beach Art Festival Art Shows to date, JSerra had the largest group of students receive notoriety for their hard work. JSerra ranked number one amongst the submissions from other high school’s within the community in the Laguna Beach Art Show as well as in the Imagination Celebration annual festival.

Imagination Celebration is an annual festival of the arts, celebrating creativity for all high school students in Orange County. This festival is presented by Arts Orange County and Orange County Department of Education. It includes performances and visual arts exhibits throughout Orange County, as well as hands on workshops.

JSerra Art students have submitted artwork to the photography show at the Huntington Beach Fine Arts Center, and 31 of our students have been judged and accepted for the show.

Our Drawing and Painting winners include 24 of our artist/students. The Laguna Beach Junior Art exhibit has juried in a total 10 of our students for the show that will run from July 1 through August 31.

You can see the winning 2-D art showcase at:
South Coast Plaza’s Crate and Barrel Mall- May 1st through May 31.

Teachers Jeff Kahl, and Nancy Harrell are proud of their student’s accomplishments in the 2-D categories. With 3 of our students in the 2-D category moving onto the Laguna Beach Festival this summer, it has proved to be a very successful year.

You can see the winning Photography showcase at the Huntington Beach Art Gallery- May 1st through May 31st.,

Mr. Harrell and Mrs. Stehney have a right to be proud of their 31 students who qualified for this exhibit. Mr. Harrell was pleased with the variety of pieces chosen from his classes. Mrs. Stehney was happy to see the pieces from her “What is Beauty” project chosen as well. In addition, students from Mrs. Stehney class will have 7 pieces in the Laguna Beach Art Exhibit.

Great work JSerra Visual Arts students!

To see a complete list of the winning students and their art work please click here.

Students’ Mural To Be Wrapped Around Egyptian Pyramids

A giant mural created by JSerra Catholic High School students to promote global harmony will be among 5,280 pieces of art from 125 countries wrapped around the Egyptian pyramids during next year’s “The Exhibit of the Century.”

The 5-foot by 12-foot “cyanotype” mural will first travel through major cities of the world as part of the Art Miles Mural project. Created on cloth, the mural was developed through a process that included long exposure to the sun. The students then laid down on the material to make ghost-like impressions of themselves.

“The created mural is a proof of coexistence. What an incredible way to communicate global harmony and peace as a visual collaborative message to the world,” said Regina Stehney, JSerra’s photography teacher.

Added junior Ian Farrell: “The experience helped me learn what it is like to contribute to a large piece of work with others.”

And senior Vincent Villella: “Working together on this international project was an amazing privilege.”

Below are photos of the process – and the artists in front of the mural.

The artists at work
The Artists at Work

Posing in Front of the Mural
Posing in Front of the Mural