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.

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Five JSerra Athletes Sign Collegiate Letters of Intent

Congratulations to JSerra’s  five athletes for making their commitments to play collegiate sports. Read below for commitment details and more on each athlete.

John Montgomery –Eastern Michigan—Baseball

After looking at schools like UC San Diego, Holy Cross, and Santa Clara Montgomery decided that Eastern Michigan University is the right fit.

“Having the opportunity to play for Eastern Michigan means a lot to me. Because of all my hard work I know I’m going to college and I’m getting a quality education, getting my degree in business is my ultimate goal,” said Montgomery. “I know I’m making my family proud and I get to pursue baseball, I couldn’t be happier.”

Dane McFarland—Oregon—Baseball

Dane McFarland a senior from JSerra, committed to Oregon as a right-handed pitcher and outfielder after being named the 73rd best high school player by Baseball America.

“I chose Oregon because of the great coaching staff and the environment out there. I know this is where I am meant to be and I can’t wait to get out on the field in Oregon. I owe a lot to Coach Kay for developing me as an athlete and student,” said McFarland.

Cole Schleppy—Providence College –Lacrosse

Cole Schleppy signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse for the Friars at Providence College next year, as Coach Harrison’s first athlete to sign since his tenure at JSerra.

“Providence is the right fit for me, with the small size and location I look forward to moving out the Rhode Island. I’m ready to bring all my hard work to the team, since I have been playing since fourth grade I feel like I’m ready,” said Schleppy.

Amy Buff—CSU Monterey Bay—Volleyball

Amy Buff committed to playing collegiate volleyball at CSU Monterey Bay, as a senior at JSerra, without having any doubts.

“I didn’t need to look for a school to go to, I knew CSUMB was the right fit for me. My choice was easy, with the coaching staff having chosen me it made me feel like all my hard work paid off in a highly competitive sport, it’s my dream to be here,” said Buff.

Madison Myers-Cook—George Washington University—Softball

JSerra senior, Madison Myers-Cook committed to George Washington University to play softball, after looking at Boston College and Villa Nova.

“My goal has always been to play Division l softball and I finally made it, and I couldn’t be happier. This is a special moment,” said Myers-Cook.

To see the complete album of commitments click Signing Day.