Eric Stroupe Congratulates JSerra AP Scholars

A note from Eric Stroupe, JSerra VP of Curriculum & Instruction

Congratulations JSerra as we celebrate another fantastic year of AP success. This year’s scores are our best results ever, with an overall pass rate of 75%. Last’s year figure was 69% by comparison. So, I’d like to congratulate you on outstanding work this last school year. As you all know, it is not just the AP teachers who share in this success. Those students were given strong foundations in their lower-lever courses, so we can all take pride in their accomplishments. While all of our AP teachers and students have data worth highlighting, I wanted to especially congratulate the following teachers for their students’ scores:

Samaniego- 100% pass rate in Physics C, 4.2 average

Marci Smith- 92% pass rate in Calculus, 4.4 average

Sickler- 93% pass rate in English Language, 4.0 average

Kennedy- 97% pass rate in European History

In terms of students, we had 36 AP Scholars, 14 AP Scholars with Honor, 14 AP Scholars with Distinction, and 3 National AP Scholars. That last group consists of Luke Decker (passed all 9 AP exams, with 8 scores of 4 or 5), Chloe Kempf (passed all 8 AP exams, with 8 5’s!), and Madeleine Shaver (passed all 8 exams with scores of 4 or 5).

Congratulations again and I look forward to another fantastic academic year.

JSerra Catholic High School Names Dave Lawn – who’s coached at Servite, USC – Athletic Director

JSerra issued the following press release today:

June 8, 2011 – (San Juan Capistrano, CA) – JSerra Catholic High School has hired Servite High School coach and “senior formation director” Dave Lawn to head its athletic department, school officials announced today.

New Athletic Director Dave Lawn

Lawn, Servite’s baseball coach since 2007, has also worked as a pitching coach at USC and UC Berkeley, helping develop world-class athletes such as current and former Major League Baseball players Ian Kennedy, Xavier Nady, Jeff Clement and Mark Prior. For the past two years, he also helped run Servite’s heralded student leadership program.

“We are delighted that Lawn has accepted the challenge to take our athletics program to a whole new level of success and achievement,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra’s President and CEO. “In just a few short years, our soccer, baseball, track, lacrosse and cross country teams are already lining our gym with banners. Dave’s leadership will only serve to enhance the quality experience our scholar-athletes enjoy.”

The position opened earlier this year when former Athletic Director Jim Hartigan turned his full-time focus to coaching the football team.

In addition to overseeing the athletic department, Lawn will serve as associate baseball coach. “A Brett Kay-Dave Lawn partnership means we now have arguably the two best high school baseball coaches working side by side for the benefit of our athletes,” Talarico said.

Lawn said he’s excited about the challenge, and will focus the entire coaching staff on developing students’ winning work ethic, attitude and overall character on and off the field.

“This is a unique opportunity to take an athletic department with 22 sports in arguably the best high school conference in America to new, higher levels,” he said. “But as we strive for excellence on the field, JSerra will not lose sight of its commitment to develop the ‘whole’ scholar-athlete.”

Among JSerra’s most recent sports accomplishments:

– Baseball player Austin Hedges (UCLA), who graduated Saturday, was a second-round pick (San Diego Padres) in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

– Two JSerra track athletes, Katherine Delaney (UC Berkeley) and Luke Decker, won CIF titles and finished among the best in California at the CIF state championship finals on Saturday.

– JSerra’s boys soccer team won back-to-back Trinity League titles.

– Its 2010-2011 girls cross country team won the CIF state title.

– Lacrosse team welcomes new coach Kyle Harrison, who is regarded as the “Michael Jordan of lacrosse.”

About JSerra Catholic High School
Just eight years old, JSerra Catholic High School is quickly becoming one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students and Division I collegiate athletes. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit http://www.jserra.org.

JSerra Valedictorian: Greetings From Fresno

*By Penny Arevalo of the Patch.com

Photo by Christi Park

“We have a problem, Houston,” outgoing Principal Tom Waszak said to a packed audience in the Fieldhouse Gymnasium. “Luke [Decker] is not here. Luke is in Fresno,” competing in the CIF state track championships in the 1600-meter race.

But the valedictorian prepared a DVD for his class from Fresno, Waszak said. It kicked off with a musical montage of scenes of Decker running.

The “secret” to his success, Decker said, was found in the faculty and staff – and his fellow students – at the school. “I surrounded myself with successful people from the day I set foot on JSerra High.”

To read the full story click Greetings from Fresno

Delaney and Decker Qualify for State

*Currently running on the Patch.com 

Katherine Delaney running at the CIF Masters in Norwalk, photo by Brandon Petersen

JSerra senior records third-fastest mile in U.S. this year to lead a contingent of local athletes who qualify for state finals during Friday’s CIF Southern Section Masters Meet.

She did it again.

A week after taking down a 28-year-old record in the 1600 meters at the CIF Southern Section championships at Cerritos College, JSerra senior Katherine Delaney was back in Norwalk Friday for the Masters Meet and turning heads again, this time by chalking up the third-fastest current mile mark in the United States, a 4 minute 42.95-second gem, good for first place overall by a wide margin.

To read the full story click Record Breaker.

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.

JSerra Student Art Displayed at South Coast Plaza

The Imagination Celebration Art Showcase recently announced JSerra students to have the honor of their work displayed for the All District show portion of the Imagination Celebration, on display for the month of May in the Crate & Barrel mall.

Congratulations:
Alli Jensen – 9th – Scratchboard
Danny Razzano – 10th – Dead Christ
Matt Rudd – 10th – Untitled
Brad Ashworth – 11th – Sacrifice
Sam Meraz – 11th – Dog Tired
Luke Decker – 11th – Untitled
Kat Delaney – 12th – Venice
Johanna Radbone – 12th – Untitled
Johanna Radbone – 12th – Pen and Ink – Wagon Wheel
Sarah Eichenauer – 12th – New York City

*All displays are free to the public during regular business hours.