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Posted 06/01/2015 10:28AM
Congratulations to Serra rowers and coaches

Serra crew ended an outstanding season with a great showing at the National Championships in New Jersey May 22-23, finishing #7 in the nation.

"The racing experience at nationals was extraordinary," said Serra Head Crew Coach Adam Jones. "Our guys responded to the challenge with confidence and poise. I could not be more proud of their achievements this year."

The JV and varsity boats both raced on Friday and won their heats. JV raced on Saturday morning and did not continue. The varsity boat continued to the Men's Petite Final, which was the second to last race of the day (the grand final).

"Despite not winning the national title, the New Jersey trip was a great learning experience for all rowers and it gave each rower a taste of intense racing," said Kevin Ponty '15, who will row for Santa Clara University's crew team in the fall. "The East Coast respects high school crew much more than the West Coast, which makes me appreciate Serra's investment in such a great sport."

"It's a beautiful sport," said Ann Ponty, Kevin's mom. "The practices out in the quiet of the soughs is so peaceful. The meets and regattas are another world not many of us knew about before - they are fun for the parents once you get over the fact that you drove four hours to see maybe four minutes of the race if you have binoculars."

Congratulations to our Varsity 8 and our entire rowing community of student-athletes, coaches and parents!

Posted 05/21/2015 02:05PM
Congratulations to our outstanding seniors!

Ten Serra Padres signed letters of intent to excellent universities on Monday. They were joined by their families and friends in Serra's Morton Family Gymnasium for a special signing ceremony. Congratulations to the following student-athletes:

* Tyler Breen, water polo, Whittier College

* Trevor Brown, basketball, University of Redlands

* Peter Campana, tennis, Bucknell University

* Eric Dennis, tennis, University of Redlands

* Aaron DeOcampo, lacrosse, University of Oregon

* Emilio Espinosa, swimming, Cal Lutheran University

* Bradley Jerome, swimming, Pacific Lutheran University

* Garrettt Johnson, crew, Oregon State University

* Kevin Ponty, crew, Santa Clara University

* Jimmy Wohrer, basketball, University of Puget Sound

Posted 05/21/2015 11:09AM
Tyson Mao astounds math students
We have all tried to solve the Rubik's Cube - and most of us give up after a few frustrating minutes! Serra Padres in Sheila Scafine's math class were treated to an incredibly smart guest speaker last week. Tyson Mao, Scafine's former student, stopped by to share his Rubik's Cube expertise.
Few people in the world have mastered the formula, which Mao is able to complete in a speedy 12.5 seconds. After graduating from Cal Tech University, Mao starred in the "Beauty and the Geek" reality TV series. He also trained Will Smith for the movie "The Persuit of Happyness." Mao held the international Rubik's cube speed record as well as the blindfolded record in 2006. He also founded the World Cube Association.
Posted 05/15/2015 12:05PM
Seniors mentor freshmen

During the spring semester, the senior theology students have been researching social justice issues. Instead of preparing a paper, the students constructed websites to present their findings. They read stories, conducted online research, and interviewed experts in the field. This week, Serra seniors shared their websites with freshmen. They listened to feedback from the freshmen and answered questions.

Posted 05/11/2015 09:47AM
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Posted 04/24/2015 12:24PM
Class of 2019 attends Freshman Orientation Night

Approximately 230 future Padres and their parents attended Freshman Orientation Night last Wednesday and Thursday. The Serra cafeteria was packed with friends old and new, as the group learned what to expect for the next school year.

"Last week, I had the pleasure of sharing in my son's orientation into the brotherhood of Serra High School," said parent Charles Cody, the father of C.J. from Notre Dame Elementary School. "Throughout the evening, there was a great amount of positive information and anecdotes to ease the nerves of the incoming students and parents. Following the speeches and an excellent multimedia presentation, I am now convinced, without a shadow of a doubt, that this is where my son belongs."

"I enjoyed the orientation," C.J. said. "It was well organized. The students were well-behaved and courteous. I am excited to go to Serra and I have a feeling that I will enjoy the brotherhood, the wide range of clubs and sports, and the school's close proximity to my house. I am very excited to meet my teachers and experience a new level of learning."

The evening began with an address from President Lars Lund and Principal Barry Thornton, Ed.D. Associate Admissions Director Sandy Brook spoke about student life. Assistant Principal of Academics Keith Strange outlined the school schedule. Members of Serra's Executive Council highlighted all sorts of extracurricular activities and stressed the importance of getting involved.

"It was great to meet new friends and see some of my current friends," said incoming freshman Liam Ehlers. "I liked hearing about the program and activities. I hope to have a great start at Serra next year."

Admissions Director Randy Vogel enjoyed meeting members of the Class of 2019. "They brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the evening," he said. "Before the night was over, many new Padres walked out in their new Serra gear."

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Posted 03/26/2015 07:03PM

Padre Varsity MV8 took first place at the Pacific Invitational held on March 21-22 at Lake Merced, The race was hosted by the Pacific Rowing Club.  A special thanks to Lisa Goodrich-Boyd for sharing her exciting video! 

Posted 03/25/2015 12:53PM
Giants Pitcher partners with Campus Ministry

The Serra Morton Family Gymnasium was filled with more than 600 Padres and 50 moms on March 23. The exuberant crowd raised $7,350 and packed 28,000 meals for people in need in San Mateo County and Nicaragua. The effort was a partnership between Serra High School and Generation Alive, a nonprofit organization that was launched by San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt in 2005.

“This is a good project because it reminds us how blessed we are and it keeps us honest,” said senior Aaron Deocampo. “It’s a great cleanse of our soul.”

According to Program Director Darrin Duty, Generation Alive works with about 30 schools per year to serve one million meals. CEO Marty Gonzales said the goal is to teach students to live lives of compassion.

“Our students are learning how these packets of food are going to be used,” noted Ann Ponty, the mother of senior Kevin Ponty. “Through a project like this, they are able to see Jesus in other people.”

“Jeremy challenged our students to be culture changes,” said Campus Ministry Director Billy Byrnes. “Our partnership with Generation Alive was a huge success. It was integral to our annual Lenten Justice Project. We were assisted by Serra moms, alumni and even sophomore Michael Zell’s 91-year-old grandma! I am so proud of our students and the entire school community for their efforts and support in making this a success.”

Byrnes also gave a shout-out to Serra teachers and staff members, Serra moms Melissa Petersen and Michele Blais for coordinating the event and helping with the raffle, and Head Baseball Coach Craig Gianinno for encouraging freshman, JV and varsity players to raise $3,280 for the fundraiser.

Melissa Petersen’s three sons have participated in Generation Alive activities. She noted that Lundberg Family Farms donated a 2,500-pound bag of organic rice. In addition, Jersey Mike’s donated sandwiches for the Pack Out.

In February, Affeldt spoke to Serra Padres during a special assembly 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.

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," said Serra 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 is engaged in Chapel right now and we practice our faith together throughout the 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 challenged us to take action during Lent. The Campus Ministry staff is excited that the Serra community raised enough money to make 28,000 food bags that will help so many people in need."

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Posted 03/16/2015 10:01AM

The Serra Padres Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Aptos High School for the Battle of the Bay tournament on Saturday, March 14. After beating Seaside 2-0 in the first match of pool play, the Padres lost two close matches to Aptos and Homestead and finished pool play with a record of 1-2. Once in the Silver bracket, the Padres caught fire and went on a three match winning streak beating Carmel 2-1, Monterey 2-1, and finally Pacific Collegiate School 2-0 to win the Silver bracket. The Padres’ offense relied on senior setter Josh Sale, who played every point of the tournament. Tanner Fahrbach, Christian Ruano, and Zach Smith led the Padres offensively with many powerful kills throughout the tournament. Senior libero, Arden Cravalho, kept the Padres focused in serve receive and on defense alongside freshman defensive specialist, Michael Gonzales. Serra hopes to gain some momentum with their 4-2 showing at the Aptos tournament this upcoming week with tough WCAL matches against Bellarmine and St. Francis.


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