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Posted 11/17/2014 11:38AM
Accepted to prestigious universities
Six Serra Padres signed letters of intent to D1 schools on November 13. Excitement filled the air in the Serra gym as they were joined by their coaches, families and friends.
The outstanding student-athletes include:
* Seth Bartlett, crew, Yale University
* Jeff Dalli, fencing, Stanford University
* Joe Kmak, swimming, University of California, Santa Barbara
* James Outman, baseball, Cal State University, Sacramento
* Chris Papapietro, baseball, University of the Pacific
* Isaiah Salinda, golf, Stanford University
"I am very excited to see Seth's hard work pay off with his acceptance to Yale," said Head Crew Coach Adam Jones. "His academic and athletic accomplishments thus far have been exceptional, but Seth's character is what sets him apart. Yale is getting not only a great student-athlete, but someone who will contribute to the community in a multitude of ways. I'm excited for what the future holds for Seth throughout his final season at Serra and of course, on the incredible journey that lies ahead."
Jeff Dalli is excited to attend Stanford University in the fall. "I'm extremely proud of Jeff," said Serra Athletic Director Dean Ayoob. "He is a true example of hard work and commitment paying off. We wish him all the best as he heads into his college fencing career."
Joe Kmak will swim for UC Santa Barbara. He recently qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 100-breaststroke category. In two years, Kmak will compete in Omaha in the Olympic Trials. "I am very proud of Joe," said Head Swim Coach Bob Greene '85. "With his unweighted 4.0 grade point average in the classroom and his countless record setting times in the pool, he is an exceptional student-athlete. Joe will be very successful at UCSB, and I wish him and his family the best of luck as Joe takes his talents to the next level.
Head Baseball Coach Craig Gianinno commended his two players,"You have both earned this achievement through relentless hard work and commitment in the classroom and on the field. Thank you for the leadership and care you provide your brothers and learning to be yourselves on and off the field and trusting who you are as a developing young men. You both represent the entire Serra community with great character and integrity, and that's what a student-athlete represents."
Head Golf Coach Mike Langridge said Isaiah Salinda is one of the most decorated golfers in the history of the school. "In his time at Serra, Isaiah has been named team MVP for varsity every year since he was a freshman," Langridge added. "As a sophomore, he won the individual title for CCS. His balance of academics and athletics makes him a role model for our entire athletics program at Serra. Isaiah is currently rated as one of the top amateur golfers in the country for his age, and he is going on to play for one of the most elite golf programs in the country, Stanford University."
Posted 11/06/2014 05:58PM
Eight Padres honored
Eight Serra Padres have been recognized for academic excellence by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. This year marks the 60th National Merit Scholarship competition.
Serra's commended students are Seth Bartlett, Keith Dorais, Sean Kim, Joseph Kmak and Rohan Kothari. About 34,000 students qualified as commended students of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The three semifinalists are Jeffrey Dalli, Siddharth Viswanathan and Joseph Kaiser. Only 16,000 students in the nation qualified as semifinalists, and they will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million.
"We are incredibly proud of the exceptional academic performance of our students," said Serra Principal Barry Thornton, Ed.D. "Their recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a testament to their tireless work ethic and their instructors' skillful guidance."
Posted 10/29/2014 07:14PM
Close competition in annual classic event
In a tight competition, Crocker Middle School (Hillsborough) students finished first in the 30th Annual Serra High School Junior High Trivia Contest and Scavenger Hunt. The Crocker team had a score of 297 out of 300.
St. Timothy School (San Mateo), at 291, placed second, while St. Raymond School (Menlo Park), with 281, rounded out the top three. They were followed closely by Our Lady of Angels (Burlingame), Mount Carmel (Redwood City), and St. Pius (Redwood City). All teams had five days to complete the contest, which consisted of 15 multi-part questions and 15 "bring-in" items.
"It was a pleasure to see the schools participating with such enthusiasm," said Matthew Gill, co-president of the Serra Trivia Club. “I was happy to see students from my old school, St. Timothy, participate and do so well.”
Categories in this year's contest included "United States Happenings," "Sports of Sorts," "Serra Trivia" and "Second Place is Important, Too." Bring-in items included a New York City musical ticket stub, a 2014 Magnet Schedule for an NCAA college football team, a pen from a bank no longer in business, a business card from a veterinarian whose last name is an animal, and a shampoo bottle from a cruise ship.
Trivia Club Co-President Miles Moriarty was also impressed. "It was great to see continued interest from so many of our local schools,” he said. “The work that went into completing the trivia challenge was especially impressive."
Trophies were awarded to the top three teams by Trivia Club Co-Presidents Miles Moriarty and Matthew Gill, and Vice President Jose Sandoval. The spirit of fun and competition was enjoyed by all.
Trivia Club Moderator Randy Vogel agreed, "The research skills by all students were amazing. This was the closest completion in many years. The contest generated tremendous enthusiasm from all participating schools."
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Posted 10/29/2014 01:08PM
Bob Greene '85 receives prestigious award
Head Water Polo Coach Bob Greene '85 has been selected as the 2014-2015 CCS Honor Coach for Boys Water Polo.
Coach Greene, who was nominated by his peers, will be honored during the CCS Water Polo Championships at Independence High School on November 22.
"This is a pretigious award," said CCS Assistant Commissioner Duane Morgan. "It's quite an honor for Bob to be recognized by his peers, who think he does things the right way - aboveboard and for kids."
Coach Greene loves the game of water polo and he enjoys being a mentor to high school teenagers.
"It is an honor to receive this award," he said. "High school can be a difficult time, and I'm grateful that I can help to guide them as they're growing up. This season, our team has gone through some challenging moments, including some injuries. Yet, they are so supportive of one another, stick together, and actually over-achieve. I'm very proud of them."
"We are very fortune to have Bob running our Aquatics program," said Serra Athletic Director Dean Ayoob. "Bob is respected by his peers for what he does with his student-athletes, and this award is a reflection of that."
Posted 10/24/2014 02:30PM
Swimmer Joe Kmak reaches his goal
Serra senior Joe Kmak has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 100-breaststroke category. The qualifying times were released in August. In two years, Kmak will compete in Omaha in the Olympic Trials.
“It felt amazing to hear this news,” Kmak said. “I have great teammates. All of my hard work has paid off. “
Kmak balances a 4.0 grade point average with nine swim practices every week. His goal is to make the Olympic Team. Kmak’s next major meet will be the Winter Junior Nationals in Federal Way, WA, in December.
Posted 10/14/2014 06:16PM
Bob Dugoni '79 releases "My Sister's Grave"
Serra alumnus Bob Dugoni '79 received incredible news this week - his latest novel is Amazon's number one download in America.
My Sister's Grave, which was released earlier this month, marks Dugoni's eighth legal thriller. According to Publishers Weekly, “Dugoni does a superior job of positioning [the plot elements] for maximum impact, especially in a climactic scene set in an abandoned mine during a blizzard—which is melodramatic but nevertheless effective.”
The plot revolves around Tracy Crosswhite, who has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is guilty. Motivated by the quest for justice, Tracy becomes a homicide detective with the Seattle Police Department and dedicates her life to tracking down killers. When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to find the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.
"When I set out to write My Sister’s Grave, I wanted to show the devastation that a violent crime has not only on the victim, but the victim’s family and community," Dugoni noted. "When that community is a small town and the family is prominent, the town never fully recovers. So I wanted a book that, while justice is seemingly served, there is always a haunting sense of loss that can never be fully healed."
My Sister's Grave is available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Congratulations, Bob Dugoni!
Posted 10/14/2014 04:06PM
Padres Participate in Prestigious Music Festival
The Serra High School Men's Chorus participated in the "Real Men Sing" festival on October 10 at San Jose State University. The annual event began five years ago to encourage high school boys to sing. The October 10 event featured nearly 400 students from schools throughout the Bay Area. Students rehearsed together during the morning and ended with a mini-concert that was open to the public.
New this year was the addition of "Real Women Sing" for high school girls. The Men's Chorus was joined by the Mercy Chorale under the direction of Pam Matthews. The Padres worked with SJSU Director of Choral Activities Jeffrey Benson, Ph.D., while the girls were led by Lou De La Rosa, the choral director from West Valley College.
"We have participated every year and I can't say enough good things about it,” said Serra Music Director Jay Jordan. “Our chorus members work with a real pro in Dr. Benson and get to be part of a choir of 400 singers. Dr. Benson has also come to Serra the past three years to work with our chorus one on one. That wouldn't have happened if we had not been part of the 'Real Men Sing' process."
Posted 10/13/2014 07:57PM
8th graders can experience being a Padre for a day!
Click Here to register online for the 2014-2015 Serra Shadow Program.
Posted 10/13/2014 07:56PM
Walk Around Wednesday Campus Tours
Join us for Walk-Around-Wednesday
and get to know us better!
You will have the opportunity to meet and chat with President Lars Lund and Principal Barry Thornton in the company of a small group of other parents who also are considering Serra High School for their sons. And, you’ll enjoy a personalized tour of our campus. Tours are led by a member of our admissions team and a current Serra parent, who together can help you better understand the admissions process, the Serra community and the life of a Padre.
For your convenience, both morning and afternoon tours are available. Each tour, geared to parents and guardians of middle school boys, is limited to 10 guests. Tours fill up quickly, so register early!
Posted 10/08/2014 10:05AM
Serra Padres Help Art Students in Need
When Peggy Farrell's art students realized they had $150 extra from The Memory Project and Art Show sales, they decided to help underprivileged budding artists in Northern California. Padres were thrilled to receive thank-you notes from children of all ages.
Last year, Padres participated in the Memory Project. The organization enables students to create portraits for children and teenagers around the world who have been orphaned or neglected. Art students receive photos of children who range in age from newborn to 18. Serra was one of eight schools with the highest number of portraits created during the 2013-2014 school year.
This year, Serra Padres signed up to create 96 Memory Project portraits - 18 more than last year. Memory Project officials decided to give Serra a price break, which resulted in some extra cash. The Padres decided to support Bay Area schools through donorschoose.org, whose motto is "Teachers ask. You choose." The money will be used for art supplies for underprivileged elementary school children and Arts, Crafts, Glitz and Glam for children with autism. Serra students were able to choose which specific schools and programs they wanted to support.
“I love that our students were able to choose - it's the coolest idea in the world," Farrell said. "I'm so proud of our students, who shared their extra donations from the art show with kids in need. One nice thing about donorschoose.org is that they do the shopping for you. We were told that in one particular Kindergarten class, there had been a lot of tears (due to separation anxiety). But, the teacher said it was lovely that these children had toys and art supplies waiting for them in their first month of school. Art enables children to relieve anxiety and express themselves; it connects people of all ages."
For more information or to donate to donorschoose.org, please CLICK HERE.