We are proud to share more of our Lions recent university commitments! Our Swimming Lions have a fantastic record and we are excited for these two! Kaitlyn Albertoli has committed to Stanford and Brittany Kahn has committed to Duke.
Kaitlyn Albertoli committed to Stanford. An All-County swimmer, Albertoli is a member of the U.S. junior national team for 2013-14, finished second last season in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles at the CIF Division 1 finals. She posted a 22.71 at the Trinity League finals that shared for the county lead. Albertoli was a key member of our CIF Division 1 titles during her freshman and sophomore seasons and is a 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier!
Brittany Kahn, distance freestyler, has committed to Duke. As a freshman, her 500-yard freestyle times ranked second in the country. Kahn was on the team to break the national 400-meter record and win the second CIF Championship during her sophomore year.
We are so delighted with our scholar athletes and the feats they can accomplish!
Six JSerra Catholic High School international students competed in the annual Stanford Math Tournament in Palo Alto with Aaron Komatsuzaki taking home eighth place in the individual test, which included more than 600 participants.
JSerra was the only American school in the annual student-run math competition, which aims to encourage interest in math by providing high school students the opportunity to work on challenging problems with their peers. This very goal is what got Komatsuzak interested in competing in the Stanford competition.
“I am so pleased that we are able to compete with others that have the same interest and fascination as I do with math,” Komatsuzaki said. “I hope to one day become a biologist, and my experience with math now will, I feel, help me later in my university studies.”
The six competing JSerra students – Komatsuzaki, Jason Liu, Silvie Zhang, Judy Cao, Michael Chen and Leaf Ye – are international students from China and Japan. The high number of competitors is a first in school history.
“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.
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.
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.
Freshman swimmer Katie McLaughlin (14) didn’t waste any time testing the waters at JSerra, making a splash with her Olympic trials qualification for the summer 2012 Olympic games in London. Taking a quick breather McLaughlin sat down with JSerra Blog to talk about her goals in and out of the pool, along with the pressures of coach and mom Mary’s Olympic success.
What made you choose JSerra?
I really like the fact that it’s a smaller school and the community here. I also shadowed and it felt right, I’m looking forward to going to JSerra, especially swim.
How did you qualify for the Olympic trials?
I had a qualifying meet at Stanford and made it by half a second, which is considered a pretty big deal in swim.
Do you feel any pressure because of all the success your mom has had making it the Olympics in swimming?
(Laughing) Everyone always asks me that, but I don’t feel any pressure. My mom has always been super supportive, if anything I think I put more pressure on myself.
What motivates or inspires you to keep improving in swim?
One of my friends, Jesse (12), was diagnosed with a brain tumor and can no longer swim. She has such a great and positive attitude and although she can’t swim she helps others with tumors, and never asks for anything in return. She has this motto that she lives by that I have adopted as my own, “Never Ever Give Up.”