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Posted 04/16/2014 02:59PM
Art for sale; proceeds to benefit Memory Project
Come and support Padre artists at the Serra Art Show from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. Colorful ceramics, pastels, watercolors, carnival masks and wire sculptures will be on display. 
"This year's art students have shown extreme talent," said Visual and Performing Arts Chair Peggy Farrell. "They are very excited to show off their work."
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. 

Some art will be for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Memory Project. This year, Serra art students drew portraits of 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.

The entire Serra community is invited to the art show. Cash donations for the Memory Project will be accepted. Hope to see you there!

Posted 04/16/2014 01:15PM
Win races at the Covered Bridge Regatta in Oregon
Members of Serra's varsity and junior varsity crew teams achieved outstanding results last weekend at the Covered Bridge Regatta in Dexter Lake, Oregon.
"We had 37 athletes racing in 11 boats," noted Head Crew Coach Adam Jones. "All of them had a great experience. We're really looking forward to coming back to Oregon next year and doing even better." 
Below is a summary of last weekend's race:
* Lightweight double won first place (Alex Kost and Ryan Lowenstein, who raced in the JV heavyweight double)
* Varsity four won first place (Lua Lualemaga, Nicholas Gennaro, Seth Bartlett, Matt Bruton and coxswain Brendan Walsh)
* Varsity double won third place (Gavin Boyd-Goodrich and Garrett Johnson)
* Freshman eight finished second (Jimmy Clark, Alex Beheshti, Kyle Bluestone, Nicoh Alday, Hector Robles, Chad Crews, Kyle Lescano, Lucas Turchet and coxswain Aaron Nguyen)
* JV8 finished second (Justin Weaver, Max O'Keefe, Aaron Davin, Eric Roos, Sheldon Talmadge-Hall, James Bracco, Kevin Ponty, Jake Sanders and coxswain Tommy Kish)
* Varsity Eight finished third (Alex Kost, Ryan Lowenstein, Seth Bartlett, Garrett Johnson, Nicholas Gennaro, Matt Bruton, Lua Lualemaga, Gavin Boyd-Goodrich and coxswain Derek Jow)
Congratulations, Padres!
Posted 04/10/2014 03:38PM
More than 260 new students and their parents attend

Great excitment filled the Serra cafeteria for two jam-packed orientation nights. New Padres and their parents learned about the Serra culture and met other members of the Class of 2018. 

They heard from members of Serra's Administration and current students, who encouraged students and parents to get involved during the four years of high school.   

New Class of 2018 member Kyler Jerome said, "Before I was accepted to Serra, I always heard you would meet new and interesting people here. I never would have guessed it would happen so fast."

Jerome continued, "At the orientation, I met so many great guys. I left the evening feeling like I had been with them since kindergarten. I can't wait to spend the next four years with all these guys!"

According to new parent Kathy Feller, "We always knew we wanted Allan to go to Serra. We heard such good things about it. After orientation, I realized that we couldn’t have made a better decision. The presentation they presented on what they expected of the boys and what they will be offering them made me excited. All I could think was, 'Wow! This is where Allan belongs.'"

About 260 other parents would agree!

Welcome to Serra High School Class of 2018!

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Posted 04/04/2014 09:30AM

Congratulations to Serra Head Basketball Coach Chuck Rapp, who was named C.C.S. Boys Basketball Coach of the Year by Prep2Prep.

See full article below:

Coach Rapp- CCS Coach of the Year

Posted 04/03/2014 08:23PM

Padre alumnus Dan Mavraides '06 was recently featured playing basketball in a Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance television commercial. After spotting Dan in the video, several of his classmates contacted the Serra alumni office to share the news.    

"The commercial was something that I just fell into," said Dan. "I tagged along with a basketball buddy to the audition and ended up booking the point guard role."

In an email Dan sent to the alumni office, he shared that he was surprised that the commercial was receiving so much air time–especially during the NCAA tournament.  

"Sometimes I wish I was back in the tournament playing again; but if the commercial is the closest I can get, I'll take it," Dan added.

At the young age of 25, Dan retired from playing basketball overseas. He spent one year in Greece and one year in Italy, where he played for two different teams in the top division, Serie A.   

"I had a great time playing in Europe and I received many offers to return, but decided I was ready to challenge myself in a different way," said Dan. "I am currently trying to start a career in investment banking in Los Angeles; I am going through some interviews now." 
Posted 03/26/2014 11:22AM
Four Bowlers compete in NorCal Tournament

Last weekend, four members of the Serra Bowling Club competed at the NorCal level for a spot in the state tournament.

When all the pins had settled, sophomore Jake Montinola finished in fourth place in the under 15 division and advanced to the state championship. Freshman Oliver Coleman finished one spot away from qualifying, and he will be the first alternate.

Meanwhile, senior David Dependahl's handicap series placed him in third place in the under 20 division, while his scratch series earned him an alternate spot in the state championship.

Bowling Club Moderator Bruce Anthony said, "Over the past four years, seniors David Dependahl and Dominic Ferrari, our club's co-presidents,  have provided great leadership for our young bowlers. It was exciting to see us represented at the state tournament."

Congratulations to our Serra bowlers!

Posted 03/20/2014 12:23PM
Basketball video shot in Morton Family Gym

In October, a film crew from GoPro shot a basketball practice in Serra's Morton Family Gymnasium. The shoot was arranged by Lonie Paxton, former teammate of Serra alumnus Tom Brady '95. Paxton contacted Athletic Director Dean Ayoob and Head Football Coach Patrick Walsh to use the gym to test their HD HERO3+® camera and accessories line.

"It was pretty cool to have the video shot here," Ayoob said. "It showcases how technology brings sports alive with different camera angles."

GoPro is an American brand of high-definition personal cameras, often used in extreme action video photography. The cameras are known for being lightweight, rugged and mountable in unusual places such as outside planes, cars, or boats. The company that develops, manufactures and markets the cameras and equipment is Woodman Labs, based in San Mateo.


Posted 03/13/2014 10:32AM
Underwater brilliance: Peggy Farrell presents "Schools" art show

The magical beauty of the ocean comes to life in Serra Visual and Performing Arts Chair Peggy Farrell's latest show, Schools. The mesmerizing collection will be on display at San Mateo City Hall through April 23.

"Last summer, in my studio, I was able to revisit my vacation in Cozumel by painting the schools of fish I watched deep underwater in the reefs there," Farrell explained. "My series, Schools, is inspired by those fish and the poetry of their movements."   

Vibrant aquas, royal blues and turquoise hues shimmer on Farrell's canvases. The artist's technique was different this time - instead of using paint brushes, she used a palette knife to blend colors and create a cool, tranquil feeling. 

"Peggy used beautiful, soothing colors," said Kathy Costa, assistant to the city clerk. "The ocean theme creates a very peaceful feeling here at City Hall."

Serra Padres in advanced and basic art classes will attend the exhibit during the next few weeks.

Farrell's work is for sale. For more information, please CLICK HERE

Posted 03/06/2014 09:54PM
Listen to the inspirational speech by Cris Perla '12
Fund a Dream was an exceptional evening at Serra. Keynote speaker Bishop William Justice '60 and our alumni special guests did an outstanding job.

A highlight of the evening was an inspirational speech by Cris Perla '12.  Cris thanked the Serra community for believing in him, encouraging him and creating opportunities for him. We strive to do that every day, for every one of our students. Our financial aid program enabled him to attend Serra and have a bright future.

The response to Fund a Dream 2014 has been extraordinary, and to date we have raised more than $360,000. This response helps make the dream of a Catholic education come true for hundreds of young men who wish to attend Serra. Please join us in supporting our financial aid program by making a donation. Whatever the size of your gift, you will help a deserving student attend Serra.

If you would like to donate to the Fund a Dream Scholarship Fund, please CLICK HERE.  We are grateful for your support.

Click here to view the keynote speaker address by Bishop William Justice '60
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