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Posted 03/02/2015 02:43PM
Posted 02/23/2015 03:47PM
Fr. Joe Bradley '73 honored by varsity champions

The energy was palpable in Morton Family Gymnasium on Saturday night, when the Serra Padres took on the Valley Christian Warriors in the final game of the WCAL basketball season.

Yet, the star of the night was not in uniform. 

During a break in the action at half time, members of the varsity football team raised their 2014 WCAL championship banner. The crowd cheered when Head Coach Patrick Walsh and his team dedicated the banner to Fr. Joe Bradley '73, who has had a tremendous influence on the football program for many years. From the Chapel series to plays on the field, long bus rides to celebrations at the end of the season, Fr. Joe has been there every step of the way to mentor the team and offer spiritual guidance. This is the first time in school history that a banner has been dedicated to a special person.

"The 2014 football team's journey to the WCAL championship was not a straight shot," Walsh noted. "Our journey took many twists and turns. Frankly, it was very difficult. Through all of the ups and downs, there was always one constant - our spiritual leader - Fr. Joe Bradley. All teams who have had the honor of knowing Fr. Joe realize how important he is to Padre football. He is our spiritual muse - he guides us, he leads us and he truly has unconditional love for all of the students who play Padre football. Truthfully, without Fr. Joe's grace, I am not sure the team would have hung a banner this season. For many reasons, but for that reason alone, Fr. Joe's name belongs etched in history with the 2014 WCAL championship at Serra." 

(Photos courtesy of Carol Erdie)

Posted 02/23/2015 10:41AM
Alex Jordan '08 and Midnight North rock the studio Thursday morning

Tune in to KFOG radio (104.5 FM) at 7:50 a.m. this Thursday, when Alex Jordan '08 and his Midnight North bandmates will be featured as part of the station's weekly "Deaducation of No Name" spot. 

The band will play two songs, an original and an original Grateful Dead song. In addition, band leader Grahame Lesh will be interviewed by morning show DJ No Name about his famous father (Phil Lesh) and growing up "Dead." Alex is the son of Serra Music Director Jay Jordan.

You won't want to miss this interview!

Posted 02/11/2015 11:17AM
San Francisco Giants pitcher partners with Campus Ministry

Serra Padres were thrilled on Monday when San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt spoke to students during a special assembly about his charity, Generation Alive.

During Lent, Serra's Campus Ministry Department will partner with Generation Alive to raise awareness about hunger in San Mateo County and in Nicaragua. During the assembly, Padres were urged to be compassionate and to take action.

"We are committed to working with Generation Alive to make 25,000 meals," noted Campus Ministry Director Billy Byrnes. "This effort will require a lot of human power, and we know that the Padre community will respond generously." 

Affeldt talked about his baseball career path and stressed the importance of having a purpose and a "why." He pointed out that all the money in the world cannot buy happiness. He spoke of his own faith and love of Jesus, which has driven his desire to raise awareness and promote social justice causes.

"It was a humbling experience to listen to Jeremy speak," said Serrra varsity baseball pitcher Kevin Welch. "He is someone to look up to because he is using his role as a public figure to express his faith and make a difference. Our team will be engaged in Chapel and practicing our faith as we start our season."

"Jeremy knows that you can be a wealthy athlete or a famous person, but unless you have a purpose in life, unless you are working and living for others - especially the vulnerable - then you will be unhappy," Byrnes explained. "We are so grateful to Jeremy for giving his time and sharing his faith with our students. He is a true inspiration and he has challenged us to take action during Lent. Campus Ministry is excited for the next six weeks, as we raise money to make the food bags that will help so many people in need."


Posted 01/28/2015 08:07AM
KTVU's Amber Lee visits Serra

Amber Lee from KTVU Channel 2 visited Serra on Thursday afternoon to film a segment on Serra junior Reno Anoa'i, who is doing super well on American Idol. Reno was ecstatic when he learned that he will be going to Hollywood to compete in the nation's most loved music competition. Reno is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who is very involved in Serra's music program. He also is a member of the football team. Congratulations and best of luck, Reno - you're a super Padre! CLICK HERE for the KTVU news segment.

Posted 11/29/2014 02:22PM
Padres and Admissions Department staff members volunteer at Second Harvest

The San Carlos warehouse was chilly, but the hard work of the volunteers made the room warm with hope. 

Members of the Serra Admissions Department, along with their families and a dedicated group of student volunteers, gathered last week to sort food for Second Harvest Food Bank. They worked diligently for more than three hours, sorting and bagging food for the busy winter months of donation requests.

According to Second Harvest employee Kristin Sulpizio, "Volunteer support is essential for Second Harvest to maintain efficient and cost-effective services. Because of volunteers like you, 95 cents of every $1 donated to the Food Bank goes directly to programs that provide food to more than 243,000 people each month."

"This is an annual event for our office," noted Serra Admissions Director Randy Vogel. "We value our partnership with Second Harvest and believe it is important to give back."

The group included Randy Vogel, Bruce Anthony, Sandy Brook, Linda Cuddy and Mount Carmel Principal Teresa Anthony also volunteered. Serra alumnus Trevor Anthony and Notre Dame alumna Heather Anthony also sorted food. It was truly a family-giving event for the Anthony family.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to nearly a quarter of a million people each month. 

Sulpizio added, "The food sorted will be distributed to hungry children, families and seniors in the neighborhoods where they live, learn, work and play."

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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."

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