Exceptional JSerra Students Volunteer Near And Far

By Katherine Bade

Christian service is an essential part of the JSerra educational experience because it reflects a fundamental component of the mission of our school – to take to heart the call of Christ to serve others. This year the recipients of the prestigious Christian Service Award are juniors Eddie Pruette and Courtney Avila, sophomores Trent Boice and Shea O’Reilly, and freshmen Hunter Kempf and Danielle White.

After speaking with two of the recipients of this award, it is evident that those who go above and beyond in their Christian Service all share a common denominator – a love for helping those in need.

Eddie Pruette
Photos by Eric Simonson
Eddie Pruette explains that, “helping a person in need is possibly one of the most fulfilling things a person could do.” This is a standard of excellence that JSerra seeks to instill in every student.

Pruette has done a majority of his Christian service with the JSerra Peru Club through which he has, “gone on two week-long trips to Piura, Peru where the other volunteers and I visited orphans, delivered supplies and built houses.”

If you are interested in participating in the JSerra Peru Club, Pruette welcomes you to speak to him and learn more about the wonderful cause.

Click here to read about the Peru Club’s trip to Piura this past school year.

Shea O'Reilly
Shea O’Reilly says that her experiences in service has dramatically impacted her life. Shea remarks that she has, “met some wonderful people from all different walks of life I never would have otherwise encountered. I’ve grown through each experience as they have all presented unique challenges and opportunities.”

She has volunteered at Nazareth Boys Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico and for several political campaigns, officials, and organizations, including work at the White House during President George W. Bush’s term, and the Susan B. Anthony Organization, also in Washington, D.C.

Courtney Avila has logged nearly 300 hours of service through National Charity League, and Special Camps for Special Kids where Hunter Kempf and Danielle White also volunteered. Special Camp for Special Kids provides a revolutionary educational and recreational summer day camp for youth with disabilities in one-to-one peer relationships with volunteer counselors. Trent Boice has completed at least 360 hours of service in just two years through his participation with Camp James, a leadership camp in Irvine.

Through acts of selflessness, these students have learned more about themselves while also learning about the significance of charity. They are generous with their time as they share it with those in need and have witnessed the reward of lending a helping hand.

To learn more about JSerra’s Christian Service program, graduation requirement, and ways to get involved, click here.

Congratulations To The 2010 Underclassmen Award Winners

Each year, JSerra recognizes the stellar achievements of our 9-11 grade students at the annual Underclassmen Awards. The awards are presented at an all-school assembly in early June. On June 7, ten awards were given to 22 outstanding JSerra students. Congratulations to the recipients:

College Book Awards:
Shannon Brady, junior, Princeton University
Haleigh Cummings, junior, University of Nebraska

Christian Service Certificates:
Eddie Pruette and Courtney Avila, juniors
Trent Boice and Shea O’Reilly, sophomores
Hunter Kempf and Danielle White, freshmen

CEO Lion Challenge
Parker Wells, freshman

Faculty Award:
Jeremy Hall and Chloe Kempf, juniors
Danielle Perazzo and Sarah David, sophomores
John Shaver and Vanessa Zuck, freshmen

Class Award:
Michael Portillo and Shannon Brady, juniors
Greg Poré and Heather Rosen, sophomores
Sachin Govil and Rebecca Millard, freshmen

Gillian Marie Sabet Scholarship Award
Katie Linehan, junior

Athlete of the year:
Jonathan Schaefer, junior
Sydney Teske, senior

Check back in the coming days for features on some of our award winners and information on what each award means.