Class of 2010 Breaks Records and Accomplishes Many “Firsts”

Graduates have many accomplishments to celebrate Photo by Eric Simonson
JSerra’s class of 2010 is breaking school records and accomplishing many “firsts.” For the 5th consecutive year, JSerra graduates are raising the bar for academic, athletic, and co-curricular excellence.

JSerra President Frank Talarico notes that “the administration and faculty have been honored to have the exceptional students of the class of 2010 as part of the JSerra community.” Principal Tom Waszak added “We know that, like their peers before them, these students are prepared to move onto college as successful, contributing members of their communities.”

The accomplishments of the class of 2010 are too numerous to list. Here are some of the highlights.

Co-Valedictorians Emily Storms (left) and Victoria Manesh (right)
Paul Ferrier is JSerra’s first graduate to be accepted to and attend MIT. He was also accepted to many other prestigious universities, including Cornell, Notre Dame, and Northwestern. Michelle Chang will attend Northwestern’s School of Communication, the top school in the field in the nation. Co-valedictorian Emily Storms will attend Sarah Lawrence and is the first JSerra student to be accepted to Wellesley and Barnard colleges.

As a class, our graduating seniors received 951 college acceptance letters from 303 colleges and universities. Seniors are attending 91 schools next year, adding to our impressive list of acceptances at colleges and universities across the country. The class produced 11 AP Scholars, 4 AP Scholars with Honors, and a National Merit Scholarship winner, Nick Stropko.

UC Berkeley and UCLA accepted 9 JSerra seniors each, USC accepted 12, and Notre Dame accepted 3. Four graduates will attend Berkeley (including co-valedictorian Victoria Manesh), three will attend UCLA , five will attend USC (including salutatorian Otto Behrle), and two will attend Notre Dame.

Ninety-nine percent of JSerra graduates will attend college next year. Thirty-two percent will attend an out-of state school, while sixty-eight percent will attend many of California’s prestigious colleges and universities.

Graduates of the class of 2010 were awarded at least $9,780,550 in college scholarships, an average of $41,094 per student.

Trevor Cutler, who will attend the US Air Force Academy, was awarded over $850,000 in scholarships. He was also accepted to West Point, another JSerra first, as well as the US Military Academy. Cutler was the winner of the school’s most prestigious commencement award, the JSerra Award.

Patrick Bowman received over $573,000 in scholarship awards. He will attend the University of San Diego where he will participate in the Navy ROTC program.

Nicole Jeschelnik, who will attend Georgia Southern University, received $530,500 in scholarships. Max Deering was awarded $454,800 in scholarship money, and will attend Santa Clara University. Michelle Rosol will attend UC Davis and was awarded $417,200 in college scholarships. Nikolaas Kontrimas receives $414,500 in award money and will attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

In athletics, 13 students received athletic scholarships.
Bobby Brown – University of Redlands, Football
Ben Clinkinbeard – Fordham University, Water Polo
Bret Dahlson – Loyola Marymount University, Baseball
Katie DeYoung – USC, Cross Country
Chris Garcia – Saint Mary’s College, Cross Country
Samir Hanna – Chapman University, Football & Lacrosse
Chris Meinhold – UCLA, Water Polo
Taylor Mujica – Concordia University, Cross Country
Reed Reilly – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Baseball
Nick Santala – Cal Berkeley, Water Polo
Harrison Steed – Cal Berkeley, Track & Field
Sydney Teske – University of San Francisco, Cross Country
Grahamm Wiest – Cal State Fullerton, Baseball

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.

Salutatorian Also Excels Outside the Classroom

He’s a scholar and an athlete.

Otto Behrle

And after Saturday’s graduation ceremony, Otto Behrle, 18, can add JSerra Catholic High School salutatorian to his resume.

The JSerra stand-out wide receiver also posted big numbers in the classroom, finishing with a 4.42 GPA.

Behrle, of San Juan Capistrano, plans to hang up his cleats and focus on his studies this fall at USC.

“I don’t know exactly what I want to do,” he says. “But I do know that I want to get in the business field and work with numbers.”

Why did you choose JSerra?

Because I had a lot of opportunity here and a great chance at success.

How well did JSerra prepare you for college – and life beyond? Why?

They taught me valuable lessons and gave me the tools to succeed at the next level.

How did beating Santa Margarita in football rank among your best high school memories?

Definitely among the top few, if not the best, because of the magnitude the game. All the preparation and hours had paid off.

What was your favorite and least favorite subjects and why?

My favorite subjects were math and science because of the teachers and my ability to excel. English was my least favorite.

How challenging was it to balance a demanding athletic schedule with your coursework?

I thought it was very demanding with football. The fall semester of each year would always be the toughest because I had to balance the multiple activities.

What advice would you give to scholar athletes trying to emulate your success?

Make sure to keep a balanced load while keeping your grades up.

How much time did you spend studying?

I spent anywhere between 2-4 hours studying for all 7 periods

What is your favorite JSerra memory?

As of right now, Grad Night.

What advice would you give to incoming freshman?

Get involved in as much as you can because the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.