JSerra Catholic High School Appoints Richard Meyer as President and CEO

*A press release from JSerra Catholic High School

JSerra Catholic High School announced today the appointment of its new President, Richard Meyer, former Headmaster of Northridge Preparatory School in Chicago, Illinois.

A graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s degrees in education and Spanish language and literature, Meyer brings 15 years of academic experience and leadership to the JSerra community.

The hiring of Meyer, coupled with the recent appointments of Dr. John Freeh as Principal and Fr. Robert Spitzer, the former President of Gonzaga University, as JSerra Rector, provides the school with a solid core of experienced educators and institutional leaders.

“What most attracted me to JSerra was the opportunity to lead a school with a culture-changing mission while working in collaboration with an impressive core of teachers, administrators, students, and parents,” said Meyer. “JSerra also encourages the cultivation of its students’ faith and their spirit of service is something I found especially inspiring.”

Throughout his career as an educator Meyer has received numerous distinctions, including the Disney American Teacher Award and the Best Buy Te@ch Award for innovative teaching methods.  Meyer has also presented at both national and international conferences on topics relating to successfully integrating tablet technology for student achievement in the classroom and beyond.

During his tenure as Headmaster of Northridge Prep, Meyer was instrumental in overhauling the school’s technology infrastructure and creating an international student program to enhance diversity in the school.  He also led the school’s recent strategic planning process and helped to develop a parent education forum to assist mothers and fathers in their efforts to form habits and human virtues in their children.

“We are pleased to bring Rich in as part of the JSerra community, especially as relates to his proven leadership in the areas of Catholic identity, academic excellence, and top-notch athletic and extracurricular activities. I look forward to welcoming him as our new president,” said Tim Busch, JSerra Chairman and Co-Founder.

Meyer is set to begin his presidential duties on October 29, 2012. JSerra Catholic has formed a transitional council of three directors to assist Meyer in beginning his role as part of JSerra’s leadership team.  JSerra extends its sincere and profound gratitude to Rob Dolan who has served as Interim President since June.

Lady Lion Moms Group Hosts Welcome Lunch

Please join JSerra Lady Lion moms group for brunch at The Tea House on Los Rios at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 18.

Enjoy a wonderful lunch and great company, as the Lady Lions make connections and meet up with fellow Pride Mothers.

The Tea House on Los Rios is located in the Los Rios Historic District across the train tracks at the San Juan        Capistrano Train Station.

To RSVP please  email Kathy Celentano at kjcel@pacbell.net.

*Cash only, please come prepared.

JSerra Pavilion Selected as Venue for Olympic-Caliber Volleyball Match

JSerra Catholic, a member of the highly competitive Trinity League in Orange County, today announced that the state-of-the-art JSerra Pavilion has been selected as the venue for the U.S. Men’s National Indoor Volleyball Team vs. Argentina exhibition matches this month. The matches are scheduled at 7:30 PM (PDT) on Friday, April 27 and 2:00 PM (PDT) on Sunday, April 29.  Tickets start at $10 and may be purchased in advance at http://jserravball.eventbrite.com/, or at the door.  JSerra Pavilion is located at 26300 Junipero Serra Road in San Juan Capistrano, California.

“JSerra is proud to once again be selected as a preferred Southern California venue by the U.S. Men’s Indoor Volleyball Team,” said Dave Lawn, Athletic Director at JSerra.  “Our head volleyball coach, Tim Layton, is a passionate advocate of competitive volleyball at all levels, and he and his teams dedicate hundreds of man-hours preparing for these Olympic-caliber matches and inviting the community to witness world-class competition.”

The U.S. Men are the defending Olympic champions and ranked sixth in the world. The team trains at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., Official Host City of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams. Argentina is ranked eighth in the world.

“These matches will be very important in preparing us for the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualifier,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe said. “That’s why we try to replicate the official playing conditions as closely as possible.  JSerra’s Pavilion is among the highest caliber gymnasiums in Southern California.  We are grateful for our continued partnership with Coach Layton and JSerra.”

The doors to JSerra Pavilion will open one hour prior to the official start time each day.  Parking is available adjacent the JSerra Pavilion for $10, across the street at the JSerra Academic Campus for $5, and at the public Park & Ride at the Northbound Junipero Serra freeway exit for free.  Seats are first-come, first-served and subject to selling out.  Fans are encouraged to buy tickets online in advance.  On the day of the events, arrive early and allow time for a brief walk to ensure the best seats.  The JSerra snack bar will be open both days, and a Carl’s Jr. catering truck will be on site at the JSerra Pavilion from 6 PM – 9 PM during Friday’s match.

JSerra Lacrosse Coach Featured in High School Illustrated

With a great lacrosse season taking off take a minute to sit down with High School Illustrated as they talk with JSerra boys lacrosse coach Kyle Harrison.

Can you tell me about your youth athletic experience, where you grew up and what sports you played?

I grew up in Baltimore, MD and played lacrosse, basketball and soccer since I was 4 years old.

What experiences as a high school athlete do you still take to heart today as a head coach?

Preparation and attention to detail. No matter what level you’re playing, both are essential in building a successful team.

What are your most memorable experiences as a high school athlete, and what do you think your biggest accomplishment was has a high school athlete?

I’ve got some great memories from my high school days competing. I was fortunate enough to be a part of five championship teams, (two in lacrosse, two in basketball, one in soccer,) so those are certainly my most memorable. My biggest accomplishment would have been earning 12 varsity letters and starting on each team every year I was in high school.

For the complete interview click HS Illustrated.

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JSerra’s David Mickle is OC Varsity’s Scholar Athlete of the Week

David Mickle, JSerra Senior

*By Jason Eichelberger  from OC Varsity

A senior forward for the Lions, Mickle has been a model of high achievement in the classroom and in the community. His current courses are: Honors Comparative Religion, Intermediate Piano, Spanish 4, English 4, AP American Government, AP Physics C, and AP Calculus BC. He is the treasurer of the school’s Paws for Preventing Poverty club. He is also a member of the Peru club and has traveled to Piura, Peru to help build houses, donate clothes, and teach English to the local population. Mickle has been a four-year youth leader for the Corpus Christi in Aliso Viejo. His top college choices are Cornell, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt where he plans to pursue a major in Environmental Engineering.

For more visit OC Varsity. 

Special Edition of the Paw Print Out Now

The February issue of the Paw Print is out on news stands now filled with Valentine’s Day news, JSerra’s hidden new store on campus, athletic updates, music reviews, and more.

Check out all the latest news here, at the Paw Print.

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Boys Basketball Beats Santa Margarita to the Sound of Their Own Drum

Former Laker star Mychal Thompson with boys basketball booster parents as he chooses the winner of the 2012 Toyota Scion TC.

The varsity Lions hosted rival Santa Margarita Catholic High School in anything but a lack-luster night.

A car raffle, electrifying half-time shows, Father Damien parting the sea of students, and an epic win over the Eagles made for a night to remember.

Kyle Ingram started the game with a two-point field goal against the Eagles, while Jamal Aytes, who was fouled by Santa Margarita, made back-to-back free throws to end the first quarter.

The Lions went on to score 16 points in the second with the Eagles scoring 10.

JSerra’s half-time was a show stopper with a pep squad performance, and former Laker star Mychal Thompson drawing the winner of the 2012 Toyota Scion TC, JSerra parent James T. Also, raffled were two basketballs autographed by Thompson.

During the second half the Lions scored another 33 points to take the win over the Eagles in a 60-44 game.

Special thank you to our sponsors, Penske Toyota of Rancho Santa Margarita, COX 3, and Mychal Thompson.