JSerra Catholic High School Girls Basketball Coach Wins 100th Game

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JSerra Catholic girls basketball Head Coach Mary Rossignol wins record 100th game.

Early in the Annual Oaks Christian Christmas Hardwood Classic the Lady Lions 65-24 win against Newberry Park became Rossignol’s record 100th win with JSerra Catholic High School.

“As a coach winning is great, but to hit a milestone like this is something you never forget,” said Rossignol, JSerra girls head coach. “It has taken time, commitment and hard work but it has all been worth it. I’m proud of the progress that has been made in our program.”

“Mary has been an integral asset to the athletic program at JSerra and to the girls’ basketball team,” said Dave Lawn, JSerra Athletic Director. “Her ability to transform the program into a highly ranked team in the toughest league in the nation was no small task.”

During Rossignol’s six years at JSerra as head coach, the girls have progressed to become second in the Trinity League and fifth in Orange County. Jourdan Banks (’07) became the school’s first student-athlete to be accepted to an Ivy League university and became team captain of the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team.

The highly ranked team also prides itself on giving back to the community regularly. The girls host the Junior Special Olympics on campus as well as visiting the Irvine Cottages Senior Living Center throughout the year.

“It has been an honor to coach at JSerra, to be able to lead such great student-athletes with the commitment and dedication to each other and the selfless people. They are amazing!” said Rossignol. “I am also fortunate to have the support of an amazing coaching staff that give so much of themselves.”

Be sure to save the date for the PAW Showcase, sponsored by Pacific Athletic Wear (PAW), Gatorade and Eastbay, coming to JSerra, February 2, 2013 showcasing girls top teams in Southern California.

For more on the Lady Lions visit them on Facebook.

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.

Capo Dispatch: JSerra Catholic High School Comes of Age

The 2008-2009 school year was filled with accomplishments in and out of the classroom.

Below is a column authored by JSerra’s new President and CEO. It runs in the current issue of The Capistrano Dispatch.

By Frank Talarico

Frank Talarico
Frank Talarico

In my first official month at JSerra Catholic High School, I have been impressed to learn about the many accomplishments JSerra has made in just a few short years, and I am proud to be welcomed into the vibrant and growing community the school has built.

I know I’m not alone when I say, “What a year!”

Our 1,002 students volunteered more than 100,000 hours of community service. They gave back to the community at home through organizations such as San Juan Capistrano Big Brothers, Big Sisters – and across the globe on service missions to Mexico, Haiti, and Peru, to name a few.

Some won sports championships. Others became fluent in foreign languages. A few even mastered calculus.

Next week, we will hand 177 hard-earned diplomas to our fourth graduating class. The size of our first graduating class was just a quarter the size of our class of 2009.

Our graduates continue to raise the bar on achievement. They earned scholarships to top universities like the University of California at Berkeley and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Others are the first JSerra graduates to attend Yale University, the U.S. Naval Academy and Georgetown University.

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At the end of every school year, I enjoy reflecting on the accomplishments of the past – and thinking about the future. For virtually every JSerra graduate, that future includes college – a remarkable statistic.

Another remarkable statistic: For three consecutive years, JSerra was named one of the nation’s 50 best Catholic high schools by the Catholic High School Honor Roll. It’s the only high school in Orange County cited for excellence in faith, academics and civic values.

As the award notes, our accomplishments extend beyond the classroom.

In six years, we’ve provided $2.5 million in financial aid. One student of every 10 receives aid.

Our legacy in athletics is also growing. Earlier this year, JSerra’s boys soccer team won our first-ever Trinity League title. The achievement was matched by our boys lacrosse (Division II champs!) and baseball teams.

Baseball is still competing for a CIF title; please come cheer them on.

In every sport, our students compete on home turf that is the envy of high schools everywhere. And it’s not just our sports facilities that are world class.

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I often hear our campus compared to Ivy League universities. I love that feedback. We strive for excellence in everything we do, and are blessed to be able to offer such a comfortable learning environment. We believe it enhances the educational experience for our students.

We want the entire community to know what it’s like at JSerra, and invite you to visit us. This summer, we’re offering a series of camps for kids of all ages, faiths and socioeconomic backgrounds. I encourage you to call or visit our Web site (www.jserra.org/lions) for more information.

I’ll close with a comment about the economy’s impact on JSerra.

Unlike our public school brethren, JSerra has no plans to cut important academic, athletic and extracurricular programs. We are fortunate and proud to be able to provide our students with the same caliber of educational excellence as we always have, regardless of the difficult economic times.

Our financial stability and conservative management approach enables us to recruit a phenomenal teaching staff. Our small class sizes, outstanding facilities and commitment to excellence helps us retain them.

Our staff will continue the important work of challenging our future leaders to meet the highest educational and moral standards.

Indeed, it was an incredible year at JSerra.

I can’t wait for next year.