Business Magnet Students Spend an Evening with Mickey

JSerra Business Magnet Program students before they head to UCI for the Distingushed Speakers Series
JSerra Business Magnet Program students before they head to UCI for the Distingushed Speakers Series

By Matt Lemas, JSerra Business Magnet

The JSerra Business Magnet Program traveled with over 35 members to UCI to attend the first of the college’s 2012-2013 Distinguished Speaker Series.  Headlining this event was president of the Disneyland Resort, George Kalogridis.

Located in the campuses’ Irvine Barclay Theatre, the students were greeted to a spectacle that could only be expected from the happiest place on earth.

Mickey Mouse and his helpers danced down the aisles of the lecture hall, performing on stage before the arrival of the speaker. The students were not expecting such a performance, and were pleased by the surprise. “ I sat down and all of a sudden Mickey Mouse came skipping out of no where. I felt like I was at Disneyland…it was incredible,” said JSerra senior John McCarthy.

After the initial performance was over, George Kalogridis began his presentation, which proved no less engaging. Kalogridis covered the major transformation of the Disneyland  California Adventure Park over the last few years, and how it stemmed from the support and critique of the Disneyland guests and employees alike.

Mickey Mouse ears light up the bus as the students excitement carries on the way home.
Mickey Mouse ears light up the bus as the students excitement carries on the way home.

Following Kalogridis’ speech, students were asked to reach under their seat where they found a unique version of the Mickey Mouse hat. Once put on, the guests were all treated to a light show emitting from the Mickey ears, showcasing the room in color, to end the night on a magical note.

College Fair Tonight

 

Join JSerra for your opportunity to meet and greet college reps from over 120 different universities and colleges from all over the country.

Featured schools include performing arts academy’s, Ivy League Universities, and top ten engineering and business schools. Also, in attendance will be a variety of test prep resources to help with study aids for the SAT’s and ACT tests.

Cubs Camp Returns Friday

Calling all Future Lions.  Join us for a mini cheer camp and learn the JSerra 8-Clap and other fun choreography from the JSerra cheerleaders and song leaders. Cubs Camp is Friday, October 19 from 4:30 pm to halftime, as the Lions take on Servite.
Participants will receive a BLACKOUT t-shirt, poms and will cheer along with our varsity squads at the football game.
For more information contact Coach Sam at sam.shen@jserra.org. To register please fill out the form attached, Lion Cubs Camp 2012_RegForm-1.

JSerra College Fair Hosted in the Pavilion

Join JSerra for your opportunity to meet and greet college reps from over 120 different universities and colleges from all over the country.

Featured schools include performing arts academy’s, Ivy League Universities, and top ten engineering and business schools. Also, in attendance will be a variety of test prep resources to help with study aids for the SAT’s and ACT tests.

For a complete list of universities and colleges in attendance click here.

For more information please contact Michele Murphy at mmurphy@jserra.org.

JSerra Broadcasting Needs Your Help Going Live

*A message from JSerra Broadcast

JSerra’s Broadcast Journalism program intends to be the most innovative and technologically driven program of its kind in the county offering classes in broadcasting and facilities that can be found only at JSerra. The focus of the program is the “Lion Television Studio” which will enable students to broadcast live programming each day in a continuous manner throughout the school reaching students, faculty, and staff. The goal of the program is to teach and deliver high quality programming content that will not only be of interest to the JSerra community, but also to a broader audience throughout the county.

In addition, opportunities will be extended to local merchants to advertise their services and reach a target audience that will benefit their business and JSerra Catholic High School.  The students are already at work creating programming content. Our control studio is in the building process.

To reach our immediate goal of delivering the programming for day-to-day viewing, JSerra is seeking support for the purchase or in kind donations of state-of-the-art 55 commercial grade Smart Flat Screen Televisions for classrooms. Studio production equipment for the control room such as a video switcher and audio and graphic production tools that will enable the television control room to be fully operational for the live daily programming, is also needed.

JSerra is seeking partnerships with broadcast industry companies, businesses, and/or parent donors that would like to contribute to the success of the program.

For more information, please contact Paul Higgins at aimsportstv@gmail.com.

We thank you for your support and consideration.

Law Magnet Information Night

Join JSerra and Pre-Law Magnet Advisor Patrick Ahle for an introduction to JSerra’s newest Magnet Program for those interested in law.

When: Monday, August 13 at 6 p.m.

Where: JSerra Library, located in building two

Who: All those interested in law

Click here for Law Magnet info.

To apply download the form here. 

For more information please contact Eric Stroupe at estroupe@jserra.org.

 

A Message from the Presiden’t Den

Grades are overrated, or at least culturally overemphasized and often misused as a measure of goodness and worth.

Exodus Chapter 20 tells us the First Commandment was given as such, “Then God spoke all these words:  I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  You shall not have other gods beside me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or serve them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their ancestors’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation but showing love down to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

This is the modern day parental equivalent of our Heavenly Father saying, “I brought you into this world and I can take you out.”  You shall have no other gods beside me, “because I said so.”  Likely, we have all invoked the ‘I said so’ cliché for one reason, we really mean it.

GPA is an objective measure of achievement usually correlated to effort.  Effort and achievement are important but not as important as character, goodness or holiness.

Teaching students how to work to succeed is important.  Working hard is a skill that can be applied in our efforts to do God’s work of leading and changing the world.  A change that may last a thousand generations.

To be truly successful JSerra must provide a good education but more importantly, we must provide an education on how to be good.  I am fairly certain that in a thousand generations people will not be contemplating the impact of GPA on college acceptance rates and median incomes.

However, they will be contemplating God, good and evil.  Grades may be overrated but certainly Goodness and God are underrated.  Take this time at JSerra to learn about what really matters in life and after life.