JUNIOR ACCEPTS FULL RIDE GYMNASTICS SCHOLARSHIP

JSerra’s junior all-star athlete, Grace Kramer, has committed to a full athletic scholarship for gymnastics to Arizona State University for 2016. Grace has been working for years to make her mark in the gymnastics world! This will be just one of many accomplishments that this 16-year-old has achieved.

JSerra CHS Blog_GraceLast season Grace placed 3rd AA and 1st on vault at the SoCal state meet. She qualified to the NIT where she placed 1st on vault and floor and 4th AA. Grace started competing at level 4 back in 2006 and has worked her way up to compete at level 10 in 2013. She has been training with Wildfire Gymnastics since 2011.

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Grace has done her work to get noticed, and get noticed fast. It is very rare to be offered a scholarship at only a junior standing. Grace will be graduating from JSerra in the spring of 2016, after which she will join the ASU Sun Devils in the fall on a full athletic scholarship.

Congratulations to our fellow Lion, Grace!

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Whiz Kid of the Week Lauren Portice Featured on the Patch

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From left to right, Council member Joe Brown, Council member Linda Lindholm, recipient Lauren Portice, Disneyland Ambassador Rene Torrico, Mayor Gary Capata, recipient Jonathan Li, Mayor Pro Tem Paul Glaab and Council member Robert Ming

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.

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Ninth Baseball Player Scores Division I College Scholarship

JSerra Catholic High School’s 2009 Trinity League championship team posted outstanding numbers on the field.

Junior Clay Williamson will play at Cal State Fullerton
Junior Clay Williamson will play at Cal State Fullerton

It’s also accomplishing remarkable feats off the field.

The Lions are sending nine scholar-athletes to Division I universities with scholarships. And Coach Brett Kay believes three or four offers may be on the way.

That means starters at every position and a few pitchers will likely end up playing college baseball at the highest level.

“I’m ecstatic,” Kay said. “It affirms everything we’re trying to accomplish here.”

The most recent scholarship winner is junior right fielder Clay Williamson, of Laguna Niguel, who will play at Cal State Fullerton after he graduates.

He hit .280 last year with 18 RBIs and two triples.

“He’s a rare player who made the jump from freshman ball to varsity – a big jump for any player. He’s really grown in the past year and emerged as one of the leaders in our program,” Kay said. “He’s a great player and a great kid.”

Williamson isn’t the only college-committed Lion returning next year. Bret Dahlson (Loyola Marymount), of Yorba Linda, junior Austin Hedges (UCLA), of San Juan Capistrano, and senior Grahamm Wiest (Cal State Fullerton), of Orange, hope to lead the Lions to another title.

Graduates from last year’s squad with scholarships are:

Colton Plaia, of Mission Viejo, Loyola Marymount

Quinn Renner, of Laguna Niguel, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia

Joe Kurrasch, of San Juan Capistrano, UC Berkeley

Matt Paradise, of San Clemente, Santa Clara University

Todd del Toro, of Mission Viejo, Air Force Academy.