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.

Be sure to tag your photos with the hashtag #Classof2013 to share on Instagram.

JSerra Alumnus Sam Miller reMEMBERs His Story

JSerra class of 2012 alumnus and salutatorian, Sam Miller shares his greatest memories, life lessons, and how JSerra has impacted his life forever.

Join JSerra in celebrating ten years of excellence, as we journey back over the first ten years of JSerra Catholic High School.

Senior Awards Mass Ends With a Splash

The Senior Awards Mass is a time-honored JSerra tradition, when we gather as a community to recognize the hard work academically, athletically, as well as spiritually from each graduating class.

This year,  Andy Sulick, JSerra’s Admissions Director, opened the ceremony by honoring JSerra’s Norbertine priests for their service and dedication to the JSerra community. Each Norbertine received a plaque and personalized jacket to commemorate their time at JSerra.

Sam Miller, JSerra’s salutatorian and the first Stanford admit in JSerra history, gave his final speech to the graduating class of 2012.

With all of the excitement from the graduates, the awards mass ended with a quick splash at the JSerra pool deck.

The class of 2012 had over 30 awards and certificates given out to recognize the accomplishments of the students, to see the complete list and photos  visit JSerra Alumni on Facebook.

Please join JSerra in our Graduation celebration on Saturday, June 2 in the JSerra Pavilion.*

*Tickets are required to enter the graduation ceremony.

OC Register: Scholar-Athlete a Superstar in the Classroom

Sam Inman was quarterback of JSerra Catholic High School’s football team and a midfielder on its lacrosse team, which two weeks ago won the school’s first divisional championship in any sport. But his biggest accomplishment didn’t occur on JSerra’s $40-million athletic fields.

Sam Inman
Sam Inman

Inman, who graduates Saturday with a 4.4 GPA, was an even bigger superstar in the classroom. The Laguna Niguel resident was the first boy in JSerra’s six-year history to be voted salutatorian by the senior class.

The Orange County Register published a Q&A with Inman today on its Web site.

The University of Arizona-bound scholar-athlete says he was very happy with his decision to attend JSerra.

To read the interview, click here.