JSerra Students Exhibit Photography in Laguna Pageant of the Masters

student2Ten pieces of student photography will be displayed in the Laguna Pageant of the Masters, the most of any Orange County School.

Each piece was selected by art authorities from thousands of submissions representing schools throughout Orange County. The exhibit has become not only a showcase for new generations of young Orange County student artists but also a vivid testimonial to the value and importance of continuing arts education in our school systems.

Junior, Nikka Contursi will exhibit three photos at the Laguna Pageant of the Masters, the most from any school in the history of the pageant. 
The following students have demonstrated excellence in traditional darkroom skills, alternative processes and digital media:

Connection- Aryanna Hamidi

Playful Lions- Kelsey Testman

Dream Big- Josephine Duran

New Beginning- Zach Woznicki

Face Up- Courtney Vaccher

Insomnia – Nicolette Contursi

Cost was here- Nicolette Contursi

Broguiere’s – Nicolette Contursi

Blind -Courtney Strafeldas

Presentation of Time- Claire Grace

“I’m so proud of all my students and their hard work, this is such an honor,” said Regina Stehney, photography teacher.

The exhibit is now showing through August 31 from 10 a.m. –11:30, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach.

Lady Lions Move to Next Round in State Championships

mja21j-b781075473z.120130306222334000g671cr0a6.1By Carlos Arias, OC Varsity

Mater Dei of Chula Vista coach David Monroe kept screaming from the sideline, “Somebody get on that shooter.”

That shooter he was referring to was JSerra sophomore Coco Miller, and nobody from the Crusaders was able to stop her.

Miller finished with 26 points, including four 3-pointers, five rebounds and four assists, to help the Lions defeat Mater Dei, 60-52, in the opening round of the CIF Southern California Division 4 Regionals on Wednesday night at JSerra.

JSerra (24-7) avenged a 69-66 overtime loss to the Crusaders (20-7) earlier this season.

“We played them earlier in the season over Christmas and we lost to them in a tough overtime game,” Miller said, “so coming into tonight we had to give it all we had and play with our hearts.”

The first half went back and forth, but the Crusaders had a 28-27 lead at halftime after Kandiss Barber’s breakaway layup at the buzzer.

JSerra was able to build a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, and Miller sealed the victory with seven points in the final quarter.

JSerra point guard August Touchard turned in a gutsy effort. She injured her head and her ankle but never came out of the game, and she .

“I knew I had to step up especially when August got hurt,” Miller said.

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JSerra Finds New Spark in Triumph Over Rosary

(Left to right): Courtney Bogle, Coco Miller, and August Touchard
(Left to right): Courtney Vaccher, Coco Miller, and August Touchard

By Carlos Arias, OC Varsity

JSerra’s girls basketball team has a lot of weapons this season.

Guards Coco Miller and August Touchard have been outstanding and Megan House, a 6-4 sophomore, and Courtney Vaccher, a 6-2 junior, dominated in the post for the Lions.

JSerra discovered a new weapon in junior guard Corinne Bogle, who gave the Lions a spark off the bench with 16 points to lead No. 3 JSerra to a 53-35 victory over Rosary in a Trinity League game on Thursday night at JSerra High.

“I knew beforehand that I didn’t have a great game the last time we played Rosary,” said Bogle, who had two points in JSerra’s 69-44 victory over Rosary on Jan. 10. “I just tried to do different things this time around.

“I knew I wasn’t great on the boards, so I just tried to perfect different areas as much as I can. It wasn’t all me. It was my teammates. August is great at passing. I know if I run the floor hard I’m going to get the ball in my hands.”

Rosary (14-10. 2-5) knocked down seven 3-pointers, including three in the first quarter to help the Royals build a 13-12 edge heading into the second quarter. JSerra responded with an 8-0 run to start the second quarter and build a 20-13 lead. Touchard was dishing out the assists and Bogle scored nine of her points in the first half to give the Lions (18-5, 4-2) a 27-21 lead at the break.

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