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Posted 08/23/2015 07:24PM
The virtual bookstore will open on July 9.
Posted 08/31/2015 05:05PM
Sheila Scafine uses grandfather's 70-year-old glove

Serra math teacher Sheila Briggs Scafine threw out the opening pitch for an MLB game a few weeks ago, when the Cincinnati Reds took on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park. The moment was extra special for Scafine, who honored her father and grandfather by using a 70-year-old baseball glove.

"Honestly, this was the first game I've ever rooted for the Reds because they're usually playing one of my Bay Area teams," Scafine noted. "However, it was easy (to root for them) that night because many of my childhood favorites had an on-field reunion - Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench and Pete Rose."

As she threw out the ceremonial first pitch, Scafine used a vintage glove with a rich family history. It was given to Scafine's paternal grandfather during the 1940s when he served overseas. Upon his return, he gave it to his oldest son, Lindsey (Scafine's father), who used it while playing baseball for MIT. Sadly, Scafine's father recently passed away. He left the glove to his daughter the week before the game.

"Warming up in the players' tunnel and listening to the snap of the ball echo into the catcher's glove was almost as exciting as the first pitch," Scafine said. "The anticipation and excitement of getting ready to go was just as special as the actual toss. I was relieved to throw a strike - I certainly didn't want it to fall short! The entire trip was amazing."

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. 

Posted 08/14/2015 04:05PM
Padres introduce them to California fun in the sun

A lively group of international students explored Coyote Point and Central Park on Tuesday afternoon.

"Our Padres welcomed them and had fun playing volleyball and other games," said Serra Theology teacher Gary Meegan. "After that, they enjoyed snow cones. It was a relaxing day and it strengthened the bond these international students now have with their new friends at Serra."

The international students certainly are getting a taste of California fun in the sun, as other recent field trips have included the San Francisco Exploratorium, the Mystery Spot and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 



Posted 07/06/2015 03:33PM
Freshmen and dads watch the game

Close to 200 incoming freshmen and their dads had a blast in the Serra cafeteria on June 30, when they ate pizza and watched the Giants take on the Miami Marlins.

"It was great to see old friends and meet new ones while catching a Giants game," said freshman Mason Pera. "I'm going to enjoy my time off this summer, but I'm definitely looking forward to starting Serra in the fall."

Mason's dad, Arran, said he enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. "It was a great way to acclimate to the school," he added. "It's always fun to catch a Giants game and even better with good company."

"It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the incoming students and their dads," said Serra Admissions Director Randy Vogel. "They had a good time reconnecting with old friends and meeting new people."


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

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