JSerra Gets Active about the Environment

There are a number of students who strive to protect God’s creations.

The members of the Environmentality Club are a select few of our JSerra students who ensure that JSerra is a place that is environmentally conscious.

Kirsty Hibbard a graduate of the class of 2011, founded the club in her freshmen year at JSerra and her younger sister, Katie Hibbard has since taken on the role as president.

The members are passionate about the environment and conservation.

They found that JSerra did not have any recycling efforts and made it a point to raise awareness throughout campus.  Students have since contributed over 100’s of hours of service to the school by creating recycling receptacles, collecting bottles on a weekly basis from each classroom, and by providing bottles drives throughout the year.

With the money they received from collecting bottles, the Environmentality Club was able to donate two “blue monster” recycling bins to the campus to increase recycling during breaks and lunch.

As a member of the Surfrider Club, the Environmentality Club also participates in local beach cleanups and lobbying efforts such as “Ban the Bag” bill in Sacramento.

For more information regarding the club, please contact the moderator, Olivia Huie at ohuie@jserra.org.

Master Marathoner Olivia Huie Takes a Break to Chat with JSerra Blog

Director of Counseling, Olivia Huie

Climbing the Great Wall of China not once but twice, JSerra’s Director of Counseling Olivia Huie sat down with JSerra Blog to offer some interesting fun facts about this anteater alumnus.

How long have you been an Academic Counselor?

I’ve been a counselor for six years and at JSerra for three years.

What is your favorite topic to cover during the year? College and purpose

Were you involved in any clubs in high school or college?

I was the associated student body treasurer, secretary and president (not at the same time). I was also the founder of our drama club, so I was the drama queen.

What do you hope to accomplish before you retire?

I’d love to travel to at least a dozen different places out of the country. I’d also like to obtain a doctorate degree at some point.

What was your first job? I worked retail at a men’s clothing store in the mall.

What was your favorite high school memory?

Hanging out with friends at the same lunch table and eating chili cheese fries from the food truck that came everyday. We didn’t have a bistro or a cafeteria for that matter.

What was your childhood dream job? I wanted to be a pediatrician.

Were you voted anything in high school? I was voted class clown and best smile.

What’s your favorite sports team?

Notre Dame football is my favorite and only because I married into the cult.

If you could live in any time period other than now, what would it be?

The 60’s because it seemed groovy.

Who or what was your inspiration that drove you to become a Counselor?

I wanted to become a counselor when I worked with underprivileged youth in downtown LA. I figured they needed a good role model and a leader to help guide them to opportunities.  I felt like I needed to be that person to be the “change I wanted to see in the world.”

Favorites:

Food: Yogurtland, wine and cheese

TV Show: American Idol and HGTV

Animal: turtles and owls

Sports team: Chicago Bulls and ND Irish

Color: Purple

Vacation spot: Costa Rica

Author: I love Paulo Coehlo

Who is your celebrity crush? You’ll have to ask me this in person I’m not sharing. I don’t want him to find out.

Favorite band growing up: Milli Vanilli, until they got caught lip syncing at their own concert, and I saw it on TLC.

Fun Facts and Random Acts

In grad school, I decided to pick up running and had this goal to run a marathon before the age of 30. So, I joined Team in Training, an organization that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I had a special connection to blood cancer, so I thought it would be a great idea to train and give back at the same time.  I ran my first marathon in 2006 and have since completed four marathons and eight half marathons including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. I’m currently training to complete the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco this fall. I not only do it for the medals, but mainly to help those in need.

I also love photography and have won two contests where my pictures have been placed on the front pages in magazines.

Lastly, in the short time I’ve been a counselor I have been promoted twice to director of counseling.


Legends of China Awarded for Their Volunteerism

The Legends of China Presidential Pioneer Award for high school students were awarded at Mass with ten  recipients, of this leadership award.

Awarded to those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership initiative and have taken significant action as ambassadors of world peace.

Ten JSerra Students received recognition for their work with the Legends of China. Including Elizabeth Evers who is awarded the Superior Award for creating the winning 1st prize in high school category, silk banner, volunteered in the LOC Silk Road to Future Ambassadors of Hope program to teach Chinese students with disabilities and served as an Ambassador of Peace in The Silk Road to the Future program. The silk banner represents global peace and the connection between China and other countries through the silk road.

Courtney Avila, awarded the Excellent Award for presenting a keynote speech on global leadership to 500 top Chinese High School students, volunteered in the LOC Silk Road to Future Ambassadors of Hope program to teach Chinese students with disabilities and served as an Ambassador of Peace in The Silk Road to the Future program.

Ashleigh Luschei also awarded the Excellent Award for presenting a keynote speech on global leadership inspiring students with disabilities that they can become leaders despite their obstacles, volunteered in the LOC Silk Road to Future Ambassadors of Hope program to teach Chinese students with disabilities and served as an Ambassador of Peace in The Silk Road to the Future program.

Also recognized with the bronze medal honors are Riley Houser, Alexa McBride, Michael Salzle, Steven Summers, Savannah Luschei, Ian Farrell and Shanelle Bennet.

Legends of China is a non profit, non governmental organization that strives to build positive relationships between students from the United States and China.  This past year, 10 JSerra students, as the pioneers,  participated in the first Silk Road to the Future program for high schools.

Kirsty Hibbard Wins Cox Cares Award and Donates to The Ecology Center

Congratulations to Kirsty Hibbard for winning the Cox Cares Conservation Champions. Hibbard was nominated by JSerra

Kirsty Hibbard (right) with the founder of The Ecology Center, Evan Marks

Counselor Olivia Huie, thus becoming a finalist after a long evaluation process by Cox Executives, to then be voted on by the community. After weeks of voting and many coming close Hibbard was able to grant The Ecology Center $1,000 in her name on behalf of Cox to go towards their green efforts in the San Juan Capistrano Community.

“I loved volunteering here my family is involved and we have all gotten really close to this cause, I’m just glad I cold help them out doing what I love and care about,” Hibbard said.