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.

JSerra Graduates its Largest Class Yet

JSerra 2012 Valedictorian Tommy Allen with Vice Principal Eric Stroupe in recognition of his accomplishments.

“It’s a thrill to fulfill your childhood dreams but it’s more fulfilling to help others achieve theirs,” said Eric Stroupe, JSerra Vice Principal. “And that’s just what this graduating class has done.”

The class of 2012 is the largest graduating class in JSerra’s nine-year history with 257 graduates, and is the most family-like class. With over 35,000 hours of community service cumulatively, and Valedictorian Thomas Allen naming himself the “go-to student to explain concepts to students in new ways,” the class of 2012 has left a lasting mark on the JSerra Community.

For the first time in JSerra history there are seven graduates with distinction of the Business Magnet Program in its inaugural year.

Father Spitzer closing the commencement ceremony with a benediction.

Daniele Perazzo is a Berkeley bound future neurologist and Pre-Medical Professional Magnet Program honoree.

Sam Miller made his mark as JSerra’s first Stanford admit and 2012 Salutatorian.

Jacqueline Harkins received this year’s JSerra Award, the highest honor a student may receive from the school.

“Jacque impresses me her upbeat personality, and ability to navigate
 difficult situations. I often witness Jacque walking around school
 willing to engage anyone in a conversation, and she won’t adhere to clicks,” said Stroupe.

Closing the chapter on the class of 2012 was JSerra Rector Father Robert Spitzer, with words of encouragement and strength to the students.

To view the complete photo album click Class of 2012.

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.

Boys Swim Qualifies for CIF

Congratulations to the boys swim team for qualifying for the CIF Championships, all the hard work has paid off and Sam Miller (back stroke), Troy Kaltenback (breast stroke), Will Giovinazzo (butterfly), and Dan Lopes (freestyle), will be moving on the compete in the CIF Championships.

For more on JSerra Aquatics click here. 

Swimming Lions Take Second in Trinity League Finals

JSerra Lions produced top times at the Trinity League Swimming Championships, held at the Santa Margarita Aquatics Complex.

Lion swimmers broke seven varsity Trinity League records in the finals, won 10 League titles and qualified four swimmers to the  All- American automatic times, seven All-American consideration times, 17 CIF automatic times, 13 CIF consideration times and 88 seasonal best times during the season’s dual meet and championship competetions.

Varsity freshman Katie McLaughlin (200 free, 100 fly) and Kaitlyn Albertoli (50 free, 100 free) earned the co-swimmers of the year following their performances,  which included breaking two league records each in addition to helping smash two league relay records along with teammates Rebecca Millard and Karli Thuen in the 200 free and 400 free relays.

Brittany Kahn added to the record tally in the 500 free.  The varsity girls placed second in the league behind the much larger Santa Margarita team.  This is the highest placing for the Lions in their short seven-year history.

The JSerra Lions are seeded first in both the 200 free and 400 free relays going into CIF Division l prelims on Thursday, May 10, at the Riverside Community College Aquatics Center.  McLaughlin is also seeded first in the 200 free and 100 fly.

Six additional top ten seedings include Albertoli (50, 100 free), Millard (50 free), Thuen (200 IM, 500 free) and Kahn (500 free).  Other qualifiers include Millard (100 free), Kahn (200 IM), Sam Miller (100 back), the girls 200 medley relay team including relay only swimmers Haley Sherburne, Jessie Joyner, and Maggie Beyer and boys 200 medley relay team including relay only swimmers Troy Kaltenbach, Will Giovinazzo, and Dan Lopes. 

For more on JSerra swimming click here.

To read the Patch.com article click here. 

National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars are Announced

Kaitlin Bianchi, Austin Williams, Sharon Tengolics and Sam Miller were chosen out of 235,000 candidates with grade point averages over a 3.5 as this year’s recipients of the National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars.

This program provides recognition for outstanding Hispanic/Latino high 
school students.  To receive this prestigious award you must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino, meet 
the minimum PSAT/NMSQT cutoff score for your state which varies each 
year.  Honorable Mention Finalists need a GPA between 3.0 to 3.49 and 
Scholar Finalists need a minimum GPA of 3.5 and a 30 ACT or 1330 SAT. 

Each year, the NHRP identifies nearly five thousand students from the United 
States and U.S. Territories who take the PSAT/NMSQT and designate 
themselves as Hispanic/Latino. The NHRP does not provide a financial 
reward.  Being named is an important academic recognition and the colleges participating in the program will receive this information.

A Season of Firsts for JSerra Swim

JSerra’s swim team had a season of many “firsts” in 2010. The list of accomplishments is long and impressive. The girls team finished third in the Trinity League, their highest finish yet. The boys team brought home the first team trophy in program history finishing third at the Murrietta Invite. 22 swimmers were recognized as scholar athletes.

Two JSerra swimmers – Daniel Early and Casey Mims – had particularly exceptional seasons. Early competed in the Masters High School meet on May 18, where e placed 15th overall. He achieved All-American Consideration in the 500 free, league titles in 200 free and 500 free, CIF Automatic times in 500 free, and CIF Consideration times in 200 free, just to name a few. Early has signed to swim at UC San Diego in the fall.

Mims won the league titles in 100 fly and 100 breast. She achieved new meet records in 100 butterfly, All-American Automatic times in 100 breast and 100 IM, All-American consideration times in 100 fly, CIF Automatic times in 100 fly, 100 breast, and 200 IM, and CIF Consideration time in 100 free. Mims was named Girls Swimming Athlete of the Week by the OC Register.

Sam Miller obtained CIF Automatic time in 100 back, as did the girls 400 free relay squad. The boys and girls 200 medley relay squads, girls 200 free relay squad, Hailey Chisholm (200 IM, 100 breast), and Kat Delaney (100 free, 100 breast) achieved CIF Consideration times.

Out of the water, the swim team collected over 1,000 pair of socks for the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen in Santa Ana. The collection was presented to Loaves and Fishes by the team on March 27.

Congratulations to the JSerra swim team and Coach Mary McLaughlin for a fantastic 2010 season.