JSerra Earns Straight A’s, Too

JSerra Catholic High School is featured on the cover of this week’s Capistrano Dispatch newspaper. the edition also features a column by CEO Frank Talarico.

Our co-valedictorian summed it up best.

“It is true that no other class in this school’s history can match the range and depth of our accomplishments,” said Emily Storms.

Storms was one of two JSerra graduates to complete more than 20 honors and advanced-placement courses with straight A’s.

But she and co-valedictorian Victoria Manesh aren’t the only JSerra scholars worth celebrating.

Trevor Cutler earned our highest honor, the JSerra Award. The Eagle Scout finished with a 4.5 GPA and captained the cross country and track teams. But it was principal Tom Waszak’s announcement that Cutler would attend the Air Force Academy that drew a standing ovation at graduation.

“Your most impressive quality is your selfless desire to make a difference in your community and your country,” Waszak said.

To read the rest of the column, please click here.

Keeping Up With Steed A Difficult Task

JSerra senior and star high jumper Harrison Steed had a busy weekend. In addition to participating in the 2010 commencement activities at JSerra this past Saturday, Steed also competed in the state track and field competition in high jump and headed to UC Berkeley for his college orientation. Click here to read the OCvarsity.com article on Steed’s whirl wind weekend.

Congratulations to Harrison for his exceptional showing at state. His 6’9″ jump earned him the 4th place title.

Steed Goes To New Heights For Less Fortunate

By OC Varsity’s Jason Eichelberger

JSerra senior Harrison Steed is looking to add another state title to his impressive high school resume this weekend at the CIF State Track and Field Championships. He is also in the process of spearheading a movement to insure a better future for less-fortunate students.

The county’s all-time leader in the high jump recently founded GIVBAG, a company that specializes in selling everyday backpacks.

However, selling backpacks is only half the story. For every backpack purchased, GIVBAG will make and deliver one to a student in need.

To read the complete article, click here.

Also, click here to read more about Steed’s appearance this weekend at the state championships for high jump.

Running Lions Leave Other Teams in Their Dust

JSerra’s Track & Field team racked up quite a list of accomplishments this season. But two accomplishments are so fantastic that the standout from the rest: the Running Lions took a record 15 athletes into postseason CIF competition and four of our athletes signed letters of intent to compete at the NCAA level.

Senior Harrison Steed won his third CIF Championship and is still working towards next week’s state meet in Fresno. He was third there last year, but first the year before. If he can jump another 7′ 2.5″, as he did in January, the odds are great that he can bring JSerra a second state championship. Next year he will be attending UC Berkley (Cal) on a full scholarship.

Senior Sydney Teske (All-CIF, All-Orange County, All-Trinity League) was third in the girls 800 at CIF Championships. She holds four JSerra school records, and is going to be running for the University of San Francisco next year.

Other college signings include Katie DeYoung who will attend University of Southern California, Chris Garcia who will attend Saint Mary’s College, and Taylor Mujica who will attend Concordia University.

Our boys 4×400 team of Chas Harmon, Alex Berman, Ace Raphael and Jake Decker were fifth at CIF Championships, earning them all CIF honors.

And, finally, a great sign for the future of the JSerra’s Running Lions were the number of underclassmen who dominated against our Trinity League rivals. Luke Decker (800, 1600), Colby Lindholm (3200), Caitlin and Ashley Nilssen (400, 800, 1600, 4×100) and Amanda Graceffa (100, 200, 4×100) are some of our superstar runners who will all be coming back next year to continue our growing the tradition of excellence. Or, as we like to say, Keep Pushing… Always.

To view more photos of this past season, click here. For information about joining the Cross Country or Track & Field teams, contact Coach Marty Dugard via email.