Serra seniors Juliano Rodriguez and Keelan O'Riordan will attend UCLA next year. The two friends are both excellent students, excel in extracurriculars and will room together next year as Bruins. O'Riordan, who will major in physics, chose UCLA over offers of admission from UC Davis, UCSD and Amherst. Rodriguez, who plans to study Business Economics, also considered USC, UC Davis and Santa Clara before choosing to study at UCLA. The top-ranked public university in the nation by U.S. News, UCLA had an acceptance rate of just 14 percent last year.
O'Riordan attended Crocker Middle School and is a four-year member of the football and track teams. He was a football team captain his senior year and was named First Team All-League as a center. He had an offer to play football from Amherst and holds a GPA of 4.61. He was one of just ten Padres named as a finalist for valedictorian.
Rodriguez is a Serra valedictorian and is a graduate of Saint Gregory School in San Mateo. An outstanding pitcher on the baseball team, Rodriguez had an offer to play baseball from Santa Clara. He is also a member of Serra's Executive Student Council, the Campus Ministry leadership team, and the Big Brothers program. Rodriguez also participated in Immersion trips to Puerto Rico and East Los Angeles over the past two years.
We are proud of the accomplishments of Rodriguez and O'Riordan and we wish them well at UCLA. We are pleased to feature them as two of the outstanding students in our Class of 2019.