Senior Awards Mass Makes a Splash

IMG_0276The annual senior awards Mass recognized students for their academic, athletic, and fine arts achievements in the class of 2013.

Father Damien Giap opened the awards with a blessing over the graduating class and the award recipients. Each academic department awarded a student who embodied what it means to be a good citizen both in the classroom and in the community, and who excelled in their respective academic areas.

Award recipients included Valedictorian Sachin Govil for the Math and Science Gold Awards, Vanessa Zuck salutatorian, international student Andrew Lee for the Fine Arts Gold Award along with Kallen Zerhan for her outstanding work in the arts, Trinity Wright for both the Religion and Social Studies Gold Awards.

Each student was recognized for their dedication and accomplishments in each of the awarded areas.

Other award recipients include Carlos Solorzano Jr. for the Foreign Language Gold Award and Taylor Santore for the English Gold Award.

Receiving a standing ovation, special honoree senior Kyle Robb was inducted into the United States Naval Academy and will dedicate nine years of service to the Navy. Robb will also go through an intensive training program on the field and in the classroom, as he begins his time in the Navy.

The U.S. Marine Corp. was also in attendance to award Devon Pflueger and August Touchard for their accomplishments in athletics, Nick Cimmarusti and Julia Kenefick for their leadership, and John Shaver and Katie Jenner were awarded for their work in the arts.

Colby Lindholm and Greg Bucilla were recognized as JSerra’s Athletes of the Year, along with Rebecca Millard and Kyle Robb being named JSerra’s top scholar athletes.

With such an accomplished graduating class, the only way to cool off from a four-year run was a splash in the pool. Ending the awards, each senior took a dive in the pool before reminiscing over the senior class video and yearbook signing party to celebrate.

Congratulations to each member of the graduating class of 2013. It has been great to see each student grow and we wish you the best in all your future endeavors.

For photos from the graduation festivities click class of 2013.

Andres Mendoza Commits to UC Irvine

Andres Mendoza, JSerra senior and soccer center midfielder commits to UC Irvine.
Andres Mendoza, JSerra senior and soccer center midfielder commits to UC Irvine.

Congratulations to Andres Mendoza for signing his letter of intent, to play for the Anteaters at the University of California, Irvine. 

The center midfielder has had a successful high school soccer career as a Lion and looks forward to beginning his college career as an Anteater.

“It has always been my goal to play soccer in college, and now that all my hard work has paid off to meet my goal, I’d like to aspire to play professionally. Continuing my success in soccer and my education is a big focus, and I believe I can continue this at UCI.”

As the Lions look forward to their post-season to compete in CIF, coach Davor Fabulich had this to say about Mendoza:

“As a coach I am excited to see Andres play at UCI, they have a competitive program and an amazing coaching staff. Andres is on of JSerra’s top players and works hard as captain of the team. I couldn’t be more proud of Andres.”

To see more photos and other soccer college commitments from 2012-2013 click Lions.

JSerra Pep Squad Leads in Cheer Competitions

Congratulations to the JSerra Pep Squad earning several outstanding achievements at the Summer Cheerleading and Songleading Camp.  The Elite High School Cheerleading and Songleading Camp was hosted at UC Irvine by United Spirit Association (USA) and encompassed four days of intense cheerleading and songleading training.  With nearly 400 other high school students, the JSerra Pep Squad stood out as one of the top squads.

JSerra earned three overall superior plaques in the varsity cheer, varsity song and freshman/JV cheer categories, for content taught at camp.

In addition to Superior rankings, JSerra also earned the prestigious title of JV Stunt Challenge Winners.  Freshman squad members, Avrial Barretto, Makenzie Beach, Gemma Hartigan, Emma James and Megan Lasken advanced through the semi-final round and won the entire competition.  The  girls competed against over 20 other JV stunt groups to walk away with the Overall Stunt Challenge Title.  They were the only freshman squad to represent in the final round and ended up winning the JV title.

JSerra was also fortunate enough to have two finalists represent in the Dace Star competition, senior Brittany Leland and junior Gianna Sciortino.

On an individual level, JSerra had six semi-finalists out of 50 competitors including JSerra seniors Elle Avery and Rachel Dupont, juniors Annie Pfost and Bri Porrello, and freshmen Miranda Balderas and Makenzie Beach compete in the Spirit Star competition.

Other awards earned over the weekend include:  Overall Spirit Award (Varsity Cheer & Varsity Song, JV Cheer and Freshman Cheer) and Most Improved Squad at Camp (JV Cheer).  For their high achievements, JSerra Pep Squad members were also invited to perform in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl in January, 2013 as well as in London this Winter, 2012.

For more information regarding JSerra Pep Squad, please contact Advisor Sam Shen at

JSerra Golf Coach Honored by the PGA

Brian Schippel, JSerra Golf Coach

Every year the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) holds special awards to recognize PGA professionals in their area of expertise. This year JSerra’s head golf coach Brian Schippel, was awarded the 2011 Junior Golf Leader of the Year, for the Metro Chapter.

Nominated by a member of the PGA, Schippel then had to do a presentation held in front of the special awards committee, talking about skills, techniques, and more, before a PGA professional is awarded.

“I feel honored to be recognized by my peers for the work that I have done promoting the game of golf with the junior golfers in our area,” said Schippel.

“Hopefully next will be for the entire section.”

For more on JSerra Golf click here.

Juan Diego Top 50 Nominatee for Rudy Award

Juan Diego Temple

We are thrilled that Temple  is a Top 50 Semifinalist of the High School Football Rudy Awards. 

This program honors players who demonstrate character, courage, contribution and commitment, the exemplary values of football legend Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger, inspirational figure of the classic football film “Rudy”.

Academic scholarships totaling $25,000 provided by the Trusted Sports Foundation, will be awarded to the 12 Finalists.

A National Selection Committee chaired by Drew Bledsoe and Troy Aikman will determine the nation’s most inspirational players.

A “Fan Favorite” will be determined 100% by fan voting. This national award will be viewed by millions through our partnership with PARADE Magazine.

Important: There are three important actions that your friends, family and school can assist with to support your nominee.

Thank you for your time and support of your Semifinalist.

Marci Klimek


To VOTE click here.

For more info on how to show your support for Juan visit the JSerra Football Facebook page under “notes.”

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JSerra Alum Corey Miller is a Homerun at Pepperdine

JSerra Alum and Pepperdine University Freshman Corey Miller received a tribute as he was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team.

Miller, a reliever who appeared in 19 games, was at his best this season vs. conference opponents, ending the year with a 1.08 earn run average and 10 strikeouts. He also notched his first career save in a game at Portland, blanking the Pilots over the final three innings with a game-high of four strikeouts. Miller matched this strikeout total a second time verses Santa Clara.

Miller didn’t make his collegiate debut until mid-March, but started his career with 9.1 consecutive scoreless innings out of the bullpen, silencing the likes of Louisville, Coastal Carolina, Dayton, Cal Poly and BYU.

Pepperdine finished 2011 with an overall record of 22-34 and a 7-14 mark against the West Coast Conference. The Waves are currently in Italy, interspersing their sight-seeing schedule with games verses the Montepaschi Orioles Grosseto and Rome’s Nettuno Italian Baseball League. Pepperdine faced the Orioles on Tuesday night and will take on Nettuno on June 4.

Class of 2010 JSerra alumn, Miller, a three-year varsity letter winner and pitcher for head coach Brett Kay and helped lead the Lions to the 2009 Trinity League championship. Miller also received two coaches awards and two of his team’s Cy Young Awards, set the school’s record for most saves in a season with four.

To read the official press release click Waves.