Pep Squad Receives Numerous Awards at USA Pep Squad Camp

By Cami Proctor

The JSerra 2010-2011 Pep Squad, under the direction of spirited new Head Coach Danielle Villegas, has begun the year already achieving much success! After working hard all summer to prepare for this season, they attended USA Camp in August and came home with a bus load of awards for their efforts. These honors included multiple superior awards (the highest score) on all of their evaluations for Varsity Cheer, Freshman Cheer, Varsity Song, JV Song, and Mascots. That’s right… we have official mascots this year!

Additionally, JV Song, a new team this year, won the Most Improved Award out of 30 squads at camp! Varsity Song won the Hardest Working Award. All American Awards were bestowed upon Varsity Songleader, Jennifer Blair and JV Cheerleader, Victoria Ponder. This honor includes an invitation to visit London for a parade celebrating their excellence!

The Exaggeration Award was given to the mascots who displayed the most charisma and the strongest stage presence. Congratulations to our Lion Mascots, Allison Driver and Peter White! Allison and Peter also brought a routine to camp for evaluation and received a Superior rating! The Unity Award is most esteemed and voted on by all teams at camp. This very special award, noting a team’s spirit of charity and generosity, was given to Varsity, JV and Freshman Cheer as well as our talented Mascots.

Finally, the Spirit Stick, which is passed on to teams exhibiting the most spirit, was also awarded to JSerra on more than one occasion. This cherished award was received by JSerra twice during camp, including the final day at the awards ceremony when it became theirs to keep. The Spirit Stick honored all of our teams, Varsity, JV, and Freshman Cheer as well as Varsity Song, JV Song, and Mascots.

Congratulations to Varsity Songleaders, Annika Hathaway and Jennifer Blair who were invited to audition for the USA staff this Spring.

We are so proud of our Pep Squad and all their successes so far! We look forward to the spirit they will bring JSerra this year!

JSerra Students Fight Cancer One Lap At A Time

The Mission Viejo Relay For Life event on June 5-6 at Saddleback College drew quite a crowd, including a dedicated team of JSerra students. The team was led by student chair and JSerra junior Jenae McDonald. Other student participants were Jennifer Blair, Travis Kelly, Basia Klein, Joey LiMandri, Jovy Mann, Erika Peratoner, Tori Petersen, Andie Reed, Garrett Rowley, and Jessica Sitton.

Team members made a team banner and signs, made and sold 12 dozen cookies, circulated surveys, educated other teens on skin cancer awareness and assisted the event planners with central registration and the silent auction. Through selling cookies, recycling efforts, a silent auction donation, and several cash donations, the team raised over $400 for the cause.

The annual event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, is a two-day, fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs. During the event, teams take turns walking or running laps. At nightfall, hundreds of luminaries are lit in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost their battle to the disease.

Roughly 647 registered participants and 65 teams raised more than $100,000 for the Mission Viejo Relay for Life. The fun-filled event also included an impressive lineup of entertainers such as Tha Way Out who performed throughout the weekend. The young singers were semi-finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

For more information, visit www.mvrelay.org.