JSerra Continues to Make News

JSerra Catholic High School CEO Frank Talarico sent the following letter to parents, community members and others last week.

It started with a question? Would some of JSerra’s brightest juniors and seniors tutor underclassmen from under-served San Juan Capistrano neighborhoods?

The answer, of course, was yes. And with the leadership of Betty Cappelletti, our outstanding science instructor, the JSerra-CREER: Comunidad y Familia tutoring program was – and will continue to be – an incredible success.

The JSerra -CREER partnership was the subject of my most recent Capistrano Dispatch column.

The partnership wasn’t the only campus item to make recent headlines. The Orange County Register profiled our innovative music instructor, David Weinberg. Mr. Weinberg spends summers creating shows for high schools, colleges and drum corps across the nation.

And our co-valedictorians, Nicole Madro and Lexi Crommett, continue to draw attention. A group of local newspapers published this article about their divergent paths to extraordinary scholastic achievement.

We look forward to sharing more exciting news with you as we prepare for the new school year. Please visit JSerra Blog and our Twitter for updates.

As always, thank you for your support. I look forward to seeing you soon.


JSerra Continues to Make News

JSerra Catholic High School President and CEO Frank Talarico shared the following letter last week with parents and others.

I have some more exciting news to share: JSerra Catholic High School continues to make news.

Frank Talarico
Frank Talarico

We handed 177 hard-earned diplomas to our graduates, and the Orange County Register took note.

The Class of 2009 dedicated more than 30,000 hours of community service – and earned more than $2 million in college scholarships. Co-valedictorian Lexi Crommett was JSerra’s first National Merit Scholar. She shared the honor with Nicole Madro, who finished a remarkable high school career with a 4.7 grade-point average.

Salutatorian Sam Inman was quarterback of our football team. He was also a midfielder on the lacrosse squad that won JSerra’s first divisional championship in any sport.

It’s not just our graduates making headlines.

JSerra’s baseball team won its first CIF playoff game in school history – beating Camarillo, 3-2. Coach Brett Kay was named Orange County’s baseball Coach of the Year. Slugger Austin Hedges earned first-team all-county honors, and senior Joe Kurrasch – headed to the University of California Berkeley next year on a scholarship – earned second-team honors.

You can read about all our accomplishments – and more – by joining the more than 2,000 visitors of our month-old JSerra Blog.

Also, I continue to write a monthly column for San Juan Capistrano’s local newspaper, The Capistrano Dispatch. Look for the newest column June 24.

This is an exciting time in our evolution, and we plan to continue to share our news with you – and the community. You can follow us on our Web site, JSerra Blog and Twitter.

As always, thank you for your support. I look forward to seeing you soon.

JSerra’s Fourth Graduating Class Four Times Bigger Than Its First

JSerra Catholic High School will hand 177 well-deserved diplomas to graduating seniors on Saturday morning as family and friends cheer them on.

Co-Valedictorian Lexi Crommett
Co-Valedictorian Lexi Crommett

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the Pavilion, but school officials recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early to ensure good seating.

Among the Class of 2009’s accomplishments:
– More than 30,000 community service hours.
– Named to the Catholic High School Honor roll three consecutive years. JSerra is the only high school in the region to earn the top-50-in-the-nation distinction.
– First JSerra Trinity league championships. Boys soccer, baseball and lacrosse all earned league titles, with lacrosse earning the school’s first-ever divisional title.
– First seniors to attend Georgetown, Penn State and other top universities.

The class of 2009 is JSerra’s fourth graduating class. The school opened in September 2003 with 125 students.

Finally, congratulations to co-valedictorians Nicole Madro and Lexi Crommett, and salutatorian Sam Inman.