JSerra’s Class of 2013 Leaves a Record Breaking Legacy

IMG_0321Celebrating its tenth anniversary, JSerra has had its share of accomplishments but it is the class of 2013 that has helped mark the school’s first decade as truly remarkable.

The graduates have had national record-breaking swim championships, the school’s first Trinity League Athlete of the Year, a valedictorian with a record high GPA of 4.88, never before seen at JSerra, a cross country team who has won League, CIF, and State championships three times in a row, a first in the state of California, among countless other accomplishments.

With graduates attending top Universities like Duke, USC, Berkeley, Notre Dame, and more, they have collectively received more than $12.5 million in scholarships, the highest of any graduating class at JSerra.

As President Richard Meyer quoted St. John Paul “In the design of providence there is no coincidence.” It is not by mere coincidence that this graduating class has had many successes during their four short years as Lions.

With plenty of cheers from classmates this class has demonstrated the connectedness that is cultivated by the faculty, staff, and parents within the JSerra community.

Salutatorian Vanessa Zuck, delivered her address during the Baccalaureate Mass held on Friday evening. With a smile on her face she remembered her freshman year and the big win against Santa Margarita’s football team, and rushing the field at Saddleback. Zuck also recalled wise words from a past teacher, that remain with her to this day. “Never accept what your told but to learn it for yourself.” As the class of 2013 discovers new adventures in college, Zuck reminds them of what Louis Zamperini said while visiting campus, “while it may be sad to say goodbye, what matters is that we met.”

(left to right): President Richard Meyer, Valedictorian Sachin Govil, and Vice Principal Eric Stroupe
(left to right): President Richard Meyer, Valedictorian Sachin Govil, and Vice Principal Eric Stroupe

Valedictorian Sachin Govil, reminisced about his time at JSerra during his speech said, “It’s astonishing how life comes at us instantaneously, it grabs us and takes us on our own journeys… and in the midst of it, we don’t always appreciate the time we have and the people that we share it with.”

Among those honored where Monica Patel the recipient of the JSerra Award, acknowledged for exemplifying JSerra’s mission and philosophy.  The highest honor a student can receive at JSerra. Jovy Mann receiving the Msgr. Martin Award, Owen Hosseinzadeh receiving the Gillian Sabet Award, Saseen Najjar receiving the Lion Award, Ryer Baldridge acknowledged with the Leadership Award, Madison Myers-Cook received the Campus Ministry Award, Andrew Lee for the Spirit Award, and Josephine Duran receiving the Christian Service Award for her 2,500 hours donated in community service.

To view the complete photo album from Graduation please click Class of 2013.

Be sure to tag your photos with the hashtag #Classof2013 to share on Instagram.

Loyola Marymount Hosts JSerra Girls Lacrosse Camp

Attention all female athletes looking for a summer sport. The JSerra girls lacrosse summer tournament team is now forming and taking new and experienced players.

The camp will be held at Loyola Marymount University, for more information and to register click  Girls LAX.

For more info please contact JSerra alumnus Hannah McDermott at womenslmulax@gmail.com

JSerra Catcher Austin Hedges signs $3 million contract with Padres

Former JSerra catcher Austin Hedges, considered by many to be the best prospect at his position in a decade, signed a $3 million deal to play for the San Diego Padres, according to reports this week.

Hedges, who had planned to play at UCLA, signed at the deadline, according to a report in the North County Times.

He was represented by Scott Boras, whose son played with Hedges on JSerra’s baseball team.

For more, read the NC Times story here.

Hedges’ first day out on the Padres field are captured here:

Padres sign draft pick Hedges

Hedges visits the booth

Hedges and Ross’ first pitch

Alum Alex Holmes Sits Down With UC Davis to Talk about Successful Softball Career

By: Kaela Sullivan, Media Relations Student Assistant -UC Davis

A fourth-year starting pitcher from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Alex Holmes leads the nation in triples and already has a few Big West Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week awards under her belt. UCDavisAggies.com’s Kaela Sullivan had the opportunity to go to the La Rue Field dugout and talk with Holmes about the 2011 season, which is quickly becoming the best season of her life. She shared her high hopes for the rest of the season for herself and the team, and what life may have to offer after UC Davis softball. 
In your own words, how is this season going for you guys?

So far, I think its been good. We’ve been playing really well. Our conference right now is really competitive, we’re all pretty even in strength, so its definitely been interesting. Everyone is at the same level right now so we have to work really hard and keep moving forward.
Obviously you’re having a good season. What do you think has been contributing to your success as a player this season?

I think it’s a lot of hard work. We work really hard in the offseason and in the summer, and in the fall we really focus on working hard for the season in the spring, so I think it has a lot to do with the prep work that we put in.
What’s it like to be leading the nation in triples this year, and how has your hitting allowed you to get so many triples?

Well, it feels awesome. It’s really interesting actually because I have never really been a triple hitter, so this is the first year that it has ever been like that. I think it has a lot to do, for some reason, with me finding that second gear rounding second. I don’t know what it is but maybe I’m faster, maybe I’m not? But maybe I’m just putting the ball in the right spot. I don’t know. But it feels good!

What is your most memorable moment with the team this year so far?

I think the most memorable moment was definitely opening up the season in Hawaii. It was a lot of fun and it was a really great experience and I think we all bonded. We got to get our season off to a great start.
What are some highlights from this season for you that you would like to share with us?

I would have to say that one of the highlights was when we were in Hayward, it was the last day of the tournament, we had a really tough game against San José State. It went into extra innings, which was fun. I think we battled really well in that game, and we never gave up and we just kept coming back no matter if they put a run up or if we put a run up. It just kept going back and forth which was a lot of fun. It was really competitive. So that was one of the most fun games in my opinion, so far.
By the end of the season, what do you want to accomplish on a personal level?

I want to be able to go to the postseason again. It was definitely a great experience last year. Personally I mean it would be great if I would get any kind of recognition that I got last year, but, it’s not really about that for me. It’s just about getting to postseason and focusing on how good our team can get.
What would you like the team to improve on for the rest of the season?

Definitely producing runs. We have lost a lot of 1-0, 2-0 ball games so far which is frustrating. So I think we really need to focus on getting runners on base and producing runs anyway we can. Whether it’s walking or getting hits, just pretty much extending innings so that we can put runners in.
How have you grown over the past 4 years as a player on this team?

It’s definitely been interesting because I came into this program my freshman year pretty much just as a pitcher. I didn’t really hit and I only had a limited amount of at-bats. And as the years have progressed, my role here has changed into more of, obviously the older pitcher, so the starting pitcher and also contributing to the offense more, which is nice, and it’s been fun. It’s been a learning experience and I’m glad that it’s gone where it’s gone so far.
As a senior this year, what are your plans after UC Davis and softball?

You know I’m not sure. I’m not graduating at the end if spring so I have another quarter of school. But softball wise, I’m not sure if I’m going to maybe look into playing in Europe or something like that but I definitely am thinking about maybe trying to volunteer and stay around next year and try to get coaching under my belt to see if maybe its something I want to do. So we will see.