Five JSerra Athletes Sign Collegiate Letters of Intent

Congratulations to JSerra’s  five athletes for making their commitments to play collegiate sports. Read below for commitment details and more on each athlete.

John Montgomery –Eastern Michigan—Baseball

After looking at schools like UC San Diego, Holy Cross, and Santa Clara Montgomery decided that Eastern Michigan University is the right fit.

“Having the opportunity to play for Eastern Michigan means a lot to me. Because of all my hard work I know I’m going to college and I’m getting a quality education, getting my degree in business is my ultimate goal,” said Montgomery. “I know I’m making my family proud and I get to pursue baseball, I couldn’t be happier.”

Dane McFarland—Oregon—Baseball

Dane McFarland a senior from JSerra, committed to Oregon as a right-handed pitcher and outfielder after being named the 73rd best high school player by Baseball America.

“I chose Oregon because of the great coaching staff and the environment out there. I know this is where I am meant to be and I can’t wait to get out on the field in Oregon. I owe a lot to Coach Kay for developing me as an athlete and student,” said McFarland.

Cole Schleppy—Providence College –Lacrosse

Cole Schleppy signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse for the Friars at Providence College next year, as Coach Harrison’s first athlete to sign since his tenure at JSerra.

“Providence is the right fit for me, with the small size and location I look forward to moving out the Rhode Island. I’m ready to bring all my hard work to the team, since I have been playing since fourth grade I feel like I’m ready,” said Schleppy.

Amy Buff—CSU Monterey Bay—Volleyball

Amy Buff committed to playing collegiate volleyball at CSU Monterey Bay, as a senior at JSerra, without having any doubts.

“I didn’t need to look for a school to go to, I knew CSUMB was the right fit for me. My choice was easy, with the coaching staff having chosen me it made me feel like all my hard work paid off in a highly competitive sport, it’s my dream to be here,” said Buff.

Madison Myers-Cook—George Washington University—Softball

JSerra senior, Madison Myers-Cook committed to George Washington University to play softball, after looking at Boston College and Villa Nova.

“My goal has always been to play Division l softball and I finally made it, and I couldn’t be happier. This is a special moment,” said Myers-Cook.

To see the complete album of commitments click Signing Day. 

Softball: Myers-Cook Commits to George Washington

Congratulation to JSerra catcher Madison Myers-Cook committed to George Washington University, recently and will be joining the team this fall.

Myers-Cook is batting .388 with 13 runs and six RBIs for the Lions this season.

For more on the Lion’s softball program click here. 

Donna V Hearts Barbie

Vice Principal of Student Services Donna Vandanberg runs around campus with Barbie in her back pocket. JSerra Blog sat down with Mrs. V to find out the real inside scope on this Harley Girl and all that pink.

High school:

I attended Bensalem High School in Bensalem, PA (outside Philadelphia) my freshman and sophomore years. We moved to Columbus, OH my junior year of high school where I graduated from Upper Arlington High School.


University of Southern California – B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing)

Post graduate degree:

M.A. in Educational Leadership and Human Development from George Washington University in Washington, DC

How many years have you been teaching?

I taught middle school English for 10 years.  Prior to teaching, I spent 18 years working for Honda in the research and development of motorcycles and related products.

How many years have you been teaching at JSerra?

This is my first year at JSerra 

What’s your role at JSerra?

Vice-Principal of Student Services (Counseling Dept./Activities)

What is your favorite event during the school year?

This year, the senior events/activities were my favorites

Were you involved in any clubs in high school or college?

Yikes…I was a cheerleader in high school.  I was also involved in NHS, French Club and Newspaper.  I worked while in college.

What do you hope to accomplish before you retire?

Geez…I need to think about this one!

What was your first job?

My very first job was working for my dad’s company in the mailroom.  My first “real” job was working at Friendly’s Ice Cream as a waitress.

What was your favorite high school memory?

Cheering at football and basketball games, spending time with my friends and going to motorcycle races on the weekend are some of my favorite memories.

What was your childhood dream job? (astronaut, firefighter, etc)

I want to own my own dance studio and teach dance, (ballet, tap, jazz, etc.).  I studied dance for 10 years.

Who is your favorite author?

I love to read and don’t know that I have a favorite author.  I read all kinds of books from a variety of authors.  My favorite thing to do as a teacher is finding books my students will enjoy!

If you could live in any time period other than now, what would it be?

Medieval times…handsome knights and cool gowns…

Who is your celebrity crush?

Don’t have one…

Who or what was your inspiration that drove you to become a teacher?

Teaching was a second career, initially driven by the need to have a schedule similar to my kids.  One of my son’s football coaches told me he thought I’d be a great teacher so I tried subbing for a while to see if I liked it.  Now, I can’t imagine not teaching or being involved in education.

 What was your favorite band growing up?

I listened to everything.  The one song that most reminds me of high school is Knights in White Satin by the Moody Blues.


Food:  Pizza – I could eat it every day!

TV Show:  True Blood – I love vampires!

Animal: Don’t have one

Sports team:  Philadelphia Eagles

Color:  “Barbie” Pink

Vacation spot:  Maui

 Fun Facts & Random Acts: 

I was the first female to reach a management level in Honda’s Research and Development Division.  Other women managers worked in non-technical positions such as human resources or finance.  I traveled extensively all over the country (and Japan) for Honda working on the research, design and development of street motorcycles, off-road motorcycles, and four-wheelers. I’ve had the great fortune to ride these vehicles all over the country.  Both my boys also ride. I was also featured in an episode of “The Eddie Files” on PBS while I worked at Honda.

I am also an avid Barbie collector and have hundreds at home! (I know, scary!) I also published an article in Barbie Bazaar Magazine.