JSerra Graduates its Largest Class Yet

JSerra 2012 Valedictorian Tommy Allen with Vice Principal Eric Stroupe in recognition of his accomplishments.

“It’s a thrill to fulfill your childhood dreams but it’s more fulfilling to help others achieve theirs,” said Eric Stroupe, JSerra Vice Principal. “And that’s just what this graduating class has done.”

The class of 2012 is the largest graduating class in JSerra’s nine-year history with 257 graduates, and is the most family-like class. With over 35,000 hours of community service cumulatively, and Valedictorian Thomas Allen naming himself the “go-to student to explain concepts to students in new ways,” the class of 2012 has left a lasting mark on the JSerra Community.

For the first time in JSerra history there are seven graduates with distinction of the Business Magnet Program in its inaugural year.

Father Spitzer closing the commencement ceremony with a benediction.

Daniele Perazzo is a Berkeley bound future neurologist and Pre-Medical Professional Magnet Program honoree.

Sam Miller made his mark as JSerra’s first Stanford admit and 2012 Salutatorian.

Jacqueline Harkins received this year’s JSerra Award, the highest honor a student may receive from the school.

“Jacque impresses me her upbeat personality, and ability to navigate
 difficult situations. I often witness Jacque walking around school
 willing to engage anyone in a conversation, and she won’t adhere to clicks,” said Stroupe.

Closing the chapter on the class of 2012 was JSerra Rector Father Robert Spitzer, with words of encouragement and strength to the students.

To view the complete photo album click Class of 2012.

Fr. Spitzer Discusses New Proofs for the Existence of God

More than 150 students and parents filled the center room for a potluck dinner and to hear Fr. Robert Spitzer discuss points from his latest book New Proofs for the Existence of God as part of JSerra’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Fr. Spitzer is not only JSerra’s rector, but also President of the Magis Center for Faith and Reason, which produces documentaries, high school, college and adult education curricula, and new media materials to show the close connection between faith and reason in contemporary astrophysics, philosophy, and historical study of the New Testament.  Fr. Spitzer  also served as the President of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009.

The presentation centered on an in-depth explanation of scientific proof of the creation theory that is core to the belief in God.

Fr. Spitzer also recommended Lisa Grossman’s article titled Why Physicists Can’t Avoid a Creation Event, which can be read here.

Thank you to Fr. Spitzer for leading us in this educational and enriching discussion.

To purchase Fr. Spitzer’s book New Proofs for the Existence of God, visit  www.magis.us.

A video of the entire presentation will be available.

JSPA Spiritual Committee Hosts Lenten Tea

Join JSerra’s Parent Association Spiritual Committee in a wonderful Lenten Reflection led by Rector Fr. Robert Spitzer, Friday, March 2. The Tea begins at 8 a.m. in the Center Room.

JSerra’s Carmelite Sisters will be present to talk about their role here at JSerra and their community. A catered breakfast will be served.

A wonderful opportunity to meet friends and prepare for the Lenten Journey.

Please RSVP to Susan Marchica 949-493-9307 or smarchica@jserra.org if you plan to attend.