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Posted 10/06/2015 05:25PM
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Posted 10/08/2015 02:47PM
Students win third place for amazing robot

The Serra High School Robotics Team and Notre Dame's FRC Robotics Team joined forces on October 3 to win third place at CalGames 2015. Coined "The Determinator" by spectators, the students' robot stacked up the points with razor-sharp focus, all without use of autonomous or automated software.

“Our students built an impressive robot, but it was the team dynamic that won the day,” said Robotics Team mentor and Serra alumnus Todd Rothe. “They thought like a team, worked like a team and shared a well-deserved victory as a team. The judges noticed and so did their peers.”

Team 3045 demonstrated a level of innovation no other team had when it showed off its exoskeleton robotic controller. When attached to a student operator’s arm, it controls the movements of the robot during play instead of a usual joy stick.

Every fall, the Western Regional Robotics Forum organizes the California Robot Games, an off-season competition for high school robotics teams in the northern California. More than 5,000 high school teams across the United States compete in FIRST Robotics Competition between January and April of each year.

“Tagged ‘The Sport for the Mind,’ FRC competitions encourage students to work cooperatively to gain skills in STEM-related academics and hands-on design and construction, while working with adult mentors from local companies and national corporations,” Rothe noted. “Anyone can learn to build. The real challenge is in coming together as a team, especially under pressure. This time, it was not just about the awards; the students brought home a much bigger win.”


The Serra Robotics Team is always looking for new members and mentors. If you are interested in helping or joining the team, please email

Posted 10/01/2015 08:33AM
Freshman theology students honor their "saints"

Serra's freshman theology teachers recently completed a unit on the life of Fr. Junipero Serra. Teachers illustrated how Fr. Serra lived the life of a saint and why Pope Francis is formally recognizing him for his good deeds.

"We talked to the students about how all of us have the potential to live a saintly life, although most of us will never be formally recognized as a saint," noted theology teacher Ed Taylor. "Through class discussions, the freshmen isolated qualities and characteristics of of saints and then got more personal."

Each freshman was asked to think about the qualities and characteristics of saints, and then name a person in his own life he considers to be a "saint." These "saints" included parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. The students designed certificates to give to their "saints" and invited their guests to class this week.

"Now the students can see that there are people in their lives - true saint role models - whom they can look up to like they would Fr. Serra and St. Francis," noted theology teacher Gary Meegan. "God works through our friends and family to help us become the saints we need to be for others."

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Posted 09/25/2015 11:57AM
Serra community celebrates during special Mass
The energy was high at Serra on Wednesday, as students, teachers and staff members prepared for the canonization of Fr. Junípero Serra.
Serra President Lars Lund joined Serra Director of Advancement Perry Carter '84 and Alumni Director Bob Greene '85 in Washington D.C. They were excited to celebrate the event and join East Coast Serra alumni on Tuesday evening at the home of Dennis Lucey '58 in McLean, Virginia.
"It is incredible to be in Washington D.C. to experience this momentous occasion," Lund said. "The canonization of Fr. Serra is particularly important to our Serra community, because he is the patron of our school. I felt honored and blessed to be present on behalf of the Serra community at the Holy Father's welcome ceremony at the White House on Wednesday morning. The ceremony was an amazing event. The Holy Father invoked the themes of his recent encyclical in a powerful way. He reminded us of our Lord's love for all people of good will and a call for all of us to act with justice and mercy as we face 'this critical moment in human history.'" 
The Serra community united in prayer at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, September 24 in the Serra gymnasium. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Tommy King '74, OFM, pastor of St. Boniface Church in the San Francisco Tenderloin. Fr. Tommy encouraged the Padres to always move forward when facing challenges and to continue to live lives of service. Students were given medals and prayer cards later in the afternoon.
"Pope Francis pointed to Father Serra as a Disciple who tirelessly went forward, proclaimed the Gospel by his words and deeds, and served those who entered into community with him," said Student Body President Andy Black. "We are all honored to be part of a school named after St. Junipero Serra. As students, we must live up to his teachings and morals by being men of faith, wisdom and service."
Posted 09/14/2015 05:09PM
Teens raise awareness about local poverty

A group of dedicated Tri-School students from Serra, Mercy and Notre Dame raised awareness about local poverty on September 12, as they trekked 4.5 miles from Burlingame to San Bruno on the annual Walk for Catholic Worker. Students raised $5,625 and donated 102 pairs of socks.

“During the walk, I learned that we are the voice for the homeless because they have no voice,” said Mercy freshman Jasmine Doraiaj. “As Christians, we must actively be their voice and take care of their needs.”

The day began at 9 a.m. at Mercy High School in Burlingame. Students made signs in support of Catholic Worker House. Notre Dame’s Students in Action team led students in ice-breakers, followed by reflections from Mercy students. After the morning mini-session, the group walked more than four miles to St. Bruno’s Church in San Bruno. Cars honked in support along the way.

“There are a lot of people out there who are in need,” said Serra freshman Nico Cappabianca. “It was great to be part of a movement to help others.”

When the group of 150 students and 15 adults arrived at St. Bruno’s Church, they were served warm vegetable pasta, salad and cookies. The Walk for Catholic Worker raised money for the Catholic Worker house in San Bruno. Of the $5,625, Serra Padres raised $945, NDB students contributed than $3,880 and Mercy students donated $800. As the Tri-School students reflected on the day, they agreed that the experience was incredibly rewarding.

“I had fun walking with my friends,” added NDB senior Eliza Scheley. “I wanted to support a very important matter – poverty.”

Serra freshman Julien Cardenas agreed, “I enjoyed helping a good cause and the less fortunate while meeting new people and having a great time.”

Posted 09/10/2015 11:43AM
Freshmen honor their moms at Freshman Mother-Son Mass

The Serra Gellert Auditorium was packed on September 10, when Padres honored their moms during the Freshman Mother-Son Mass. As Fr. Michael Mahoney celebrated the Mass, he spoke about the special bond he had with his own mother.

During the Mass, a slide show highlighted what several students' mothers have taught them about life. Brogan Reed's mom has always told him him to "Treat others the way you want to be treated." Eric Collinsworth said his mother encourages him to "Never give up and always push forward." According to Tommy Collins, his mom has shown him that "No matter how bad something seems, God will always be there for me to help me solve my problems." The guests laughed at the wise words of wisdom from Gabriel Mendez and his mother - "Don't put metal in the microwave!"

"I appreciated the time I had this morning with my son, Jake," said Vicki Canevaro, the wife of Fred Canevaro '78. "The Mass was very personal. I actually had to hold back tears - it was very sweet."

"It was nice to be able spend the morning with my mom before I went to school," Jake said. "I enjoyed the Mass because my mom is always there for me."

Posted 08/25/2015 03:15PM
Community event honors memory of Dylan Cappel '96

Register online now to participate in the 12th annual Strides for Life four-mile Walk/Run/Ride on Sunday, October 11. Please support the Strides for Life effort to support the fight against colorectal cancer. The organization honors the memory of Serra alumnus Dylan Cappel '96. Dylan passed away from colon cancer at the age of 23 while training for a berth on the 2004 United States Olympic Rowing Team. Dylan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. At the time of his death, he was the assistant men's varsity rowing coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Funds raised will provide colonoscopies and other related medical services to uninsured and under insured individuals. The organization also provides educational materials to spread the word on the importance of being screened for colon cancer. CLICK HERE to register for the Strides for Life Walk/Run/Ride.

Posted 08/25/2015 11:41AM
Shadow Program now open

Have you ever dreamed of being a Serra Padre for a day? Now you can see what Serra High School is all about by registering for our Shadow Program. Come and spend the day meeting current students and attending interesting classes. You will also learn about the performing arts, Campus Ministry, sports, clubs and extracurricular activities. Please CLICK HERE to learn more.

Posted 08/21/2015 03:05PM
Hunter Bishop '16 selected to play in Under Armour All-American Baseball Game.

As Serra senior Hunter Bishop ran out to his center field position on a warm, August day at Wrigley Field in Chicago, he took a moment to take it all in. He had been named a starter in the annual Under Armour All-American game, a contest reserved for the most elite high school baseball prospects in the nation. Bishop was one of only four players selected from the entire West Coast. “Going to Chicago for the All-American game was the best experience of my life on the baseball field,” said Bishop. “It was amazing to play on a big league field in front of 10,000 fans. In my last at-bat, I thought about all the people who had stepped into that batter’s box.” Wrigley Field is one of the oldest baseball parks in the nation and has been home to the Chicago Cubs since 1916. Bishop went one for three in the game, with a single in his final at-bat.  

Also an honors student and standout football player, Bishop has thrived since transferring to Serra for his junior and senior years. “I’ve had a great experience here at Serra. My teachers, coaches and teammates have been awesome.” Bishop has received numerous college scholarship offers from top programs including Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, Arizona State and the University of San Francisco.

Posted 08/19/2015 02:38PM
Padres and their families celebrate the new school year

Close to 600 people attended the Freshman Welcome Mass on August 16. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop William Justice '60, who shared vignettes about his own high school experiences at Serra and encouraged the freshmen to do their best and try new activities.

"The Mass was delightful in every way," said Patrick Vallez-Kelly, "There are so many elements that I enjoy - seeing returning Padres who are now serving as Big Brothers, meeting new freshmen who served as readers and gift-bearers, hearing the Praise Band return to form so quickly, and, of course, taking in the annual ritual of the candle-lighting and blessing for new students. It was a gift for all of us to have Bishop Justice return as our principal celebrant. I hope that the experience made a positive impression on all of our new families.

"Freshmen Aaron Murphy, Timothy Ghiorso, Liam Ehlers and Brian Ronan assisted with the readings. Ryan and William Keim and their family presented the offerings.

The Serra Praise Band rocked the house with its uplifting, celebratory music. Praise Band members include Gabe Quijano, Andy Kurpjuweit, Erik Campos, Brandon Dominguez, Eric Mueller, Patrick Driscoll, Gianni Cardinale, Chris Gallevo and Joe San Filippo.

After Mass, parents listened to a presentation in the auditorium and enjoyed a reception, while the freshmen attended a special retreat.

"It was a nice way to get freshmen introduced to the Serra community," said freshman Kevin Callagy. "We met a lot of new people during the retreat and learned about school policies. I'm looking forward to a great school year."

Pictured: Freshman Will Malone is pictured with his mom, Irene (Giomi, NDB '86) Malone and his dad, Tony Malone'80. Will's grandpas, Bill Malone '55 and Terry Giomi '64 also graduated from Serra, as well as his uncles. 

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