John Freeh and the Fr. Robert Spitzer share with parents their hopes to help students maintain a curiosity for learning and desire for faith.
“The mind is created as a heat-seeking missile with respect to the truth; it wants to know what the truth is, and that is true at every stage of one’s life,” said John Freeh, tapped in February to become the next principal at JSerra Catholic High School.
Guiding that heat-seeking missile and cultivating a sense of curiosity and wonder is how he sees his job, which technically starts in July. Freeh said wants each teacher to treat his career as a vocation; a calling.
Taking the lead from poems such as “The Four Quartets,” is one way in which Freeh learns about how to be such a leader, he said.
“ ‘Old men ought to be explorers,’ ” Freeh quoted T.S. Eliot. He believes that the quote expresses the human need to constantly be learning.
Two local high schools, JSerra Catholic and San Juan Hills, took first and third in a multi-school invitational swim meet Saturday for their boys teams and combined scores of the boys and girls teams.
JSerra took third for the girls team competition.
JSerra hosted the second annual event, which attracted schools as far away as Pasadena and Bellflower. Other local participants included St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and Saddleback Valley Christian School.
The City Council recently recognized Lauren Portice and Jonathan Li, who were each recently awarded a $5,000 Disneyland Resort scholarship for their community service.
Portice, a resident of Laguna Niguel and student at JSerra Catholic High School, was recognized for her work with Sports Gift, an organization that collects and donates old sporting equipment to underprivileged children in the U.S. and around the world.
“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.”
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.
For many high school students, current events amount to nothing more than dating gossip and voting for prom king and queens. Volunteering can often be something that simply helps make a college application more impressive.
Inspired by her brother, stricken with mitochondrial disease, Avila has been volunteering since she was 10-years-old at Special Camp for Special Kids in San Juan Capistrano, where she works with physically and mentally disabled children. On the other side of the generational spectrum, Courtney plays bingo once a month at the Del Obispo Terrace senior living center.