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.

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.