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Posted 01/14/2015 09:44AM
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Please note: All families who received financial aid for the current school year must reapply for the 2015-2016 school year. The deadline to apply for financial aid is February 6, 2015. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
Posted 01/16/2015 01:18PM
Proceeds to benefit The Memory Project
The Serra Art Show will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21.
"The art show is the students' chance to shine and show off hidden talents that even their parents and friends (and sometimes themselves) didn't know about," said Visual and Performing Arts Chair Peggy Farrell. "The Art Show was rescheduled in December when we had the storm and had to close the school. Our guests are invited to visit on Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the art rooms. Come and see some beautiful art work, speak to the artists and enjoy some refreshments."
Colorful ceramics, pastels, watercolors, carnival masks and wire masks will be on display, and some art will be for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Memory Project. This year, Serra art students drew portraits for children in Cambodia who live in orphanages. Since these children do not have photos, scrapbooks or yearbooks, this wonderful program provided them with tangible records of their childhoods. The Padres did an exceptional job in capturing the true essence of these children.
Junior Austin Venezia enjoyed making ceramics and is most proud of an Asian-inspired plate. A peace symbol represents his personality, as he strives for a peaceful existence.
The entire Serra community is invited to the art show. Cash donations to the Memory Project also will be accepted. Hope to see you there!
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."
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."