November 24, 2015
Junipero Serra High School eNewsletter
Junipero Serra High School believes that students of all faiths and backgrounds deserve an academically challenging, spiritually enriching Catholic college preparatory education that forms them to become generous, responsible citizens and leaders
Come See a First Class Performance of Second Class
Adriana Encelon '03 just told us Second Class is shaping up to be First Class.

We caught the actors in rehearsal.

Click on the link for the play flyer!

For the fourth year at the end of each Sunday matinee, alumni  present a  rose to each of the players.  Below is former stage manager Jerome Thierry '81 presenting a rose to stage manager Brandon Meadoux '15 after last year's play.

Performances are:
Thurs., Dec. 3  @7:00PM
Sat. , Dec. 5 @ 7:00PM
Sun. Dec. 6 @ 2PM 

Let us know if you want to be a part of the rose brigade and we will reserve a rose for you to present. 

Vince Kates '61
(310) 324- 6675. Ext. 3010 
80's Throwback Dance...
...was a HUGE success.

We don't have any pictures yet. We will tell you more about it next week.

Don't miss next year's dance!
Happy Birthday
Saint Junipero Serra

Students, faculty, staff, and parents gathered on campus today to sing, pray, and eat cake in celebration of our school patron. Born in Spain on November 24, 1713 Miquel Josap Serra Ferrar was from a humble family and took the name "Junipero", after Saint Juniper when professing his life with the Franciscans. This would mark the beginning of life dedicated to spreading the good news. We all know and are proud of the outcome of what Saint Junipero Serra's Sacred Expedition led to; the founding of our California missions. We often forget the kind of character necessary that such an accomplishment requires. 
The strength and courage that Saint Junipero Serra exemplified in his life is what we are all challenged and called to. During today's mass celebration, Father Ken Templin and Father Robert Hodges also reminded us to be thankful for these challenges that call us to succeed beyond adversity. Joining them in a spirit of ecumenicism was Rev. Manton Daily, Chaplin for the LA County Sheriff Department and Serra Drum-line Director. As we celebrate Saint Junipero Serra's 302nd birthday, let us continue as a Serra High School family in the spirit of our patron.
You're Invited
Want to learn more about Serra? Saturday, December 12 is Open House from 10am to 12:30pm.  A good time to visit, Teachers, coaches, alumni administrators, student ambassadors will all be here.  Learn about Serra's Project Lead the Way, visit our new Science Labs, and talk to our Model UN club moderator, visit the Alumni Legacy Wall and much more.

Thanks to:
Larry Valdez '64
Andrew Alvillar
Torrey Crowe '91
Click the link to buy your Alumni/FOS Card today.

You can use it for Second Class!
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Alumni/Development Office

Joe Cormier '81
Development Director
(310) 324-6675 Ext. 1017

Vince Kates '61
(310) 324-6675 Ext. 3010

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(310) 324-6675 Ext. 1012

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Scroll down to read Pat Lynch's 
"We Band of Brothers" 
Football Report.
Serra 27 - Mater Dei 28
Winner All

7 great Cavaliers charged onto the field once more last Saturday night.  From left to right, # 63 Gil Buck '53 185 lb tackle, #50 Martin Almaraz 160 lb fullback, #6 Jerry Thomas '54 135 lb guard,  we could not pass up putting #66 Joe Cormier '81 225 lb. tackle  in line next to  #23 Joe Cormier '55 143 lb. running back and #16 Carl Bourhenne '54 a 4 year starter at tackle. These men played against Mater Dei at the Santa Ana Bowl on September 20, 1951. Evidence suggests Serra won 6-0. They were joined by Simeon Cooper '16, this year's Cavalier.
The Thomas Family

Kenneth Thomas '90 was a part of the '89 state championship football team.  He passed away a short time ago.  Kenney was All-League, All CIF, All LA-Times and was a great Cavalier.  Click the link for a little more. 

35 family members attended the game to honor Kenny Thomas. Jacob Thomas, Kenney's son and his daughters's, Alexis and Mariah performed the coin flip. Kenney's mom, his brother's & sisters, nieces and nephews joined the event. Nobody rooted harder for the Cavaliers than the Thomas family.
'89 State Champions

Left to right, Kenny Thomas' team members Torry Crowe, Clayton Lopez, Dennis Gerard, Sandro Gomez, Ray McBride, Donald Godden, James Brooks and Coach Kevin Crawley joined the Thomas family on the field to honor Kenney
A Lady Cav On Her Way

Imani Stephens,  Serra 2015, Arizona State 2019, is shown here with Arizona State Honors College representative, Susan Espby, as Imani is inducted into the Public Service Academy at ASU.  With this honor, Imani can select any major and receives a graduate certificate in leadership, ethics and service.  Imani will be completing internships each summer with a non-profit, a government agency, and a private sector company.   This honor includes a full four year scholarship. 

For all you denizens of the Valley of the Sun, tune into Blaze Radio 1330AM every Thursday morning at 8:00AM to listen to your fellow Cavalier. Imani has her own show.

Click the link to learn more about the intern program/
In Memory Of:
Gary Michael Considine '55

Manuel "Mike" Orozco
Father of Dan Orozco '67 & Steve Orozco '72, Booster Club President and life time friend of Serra High School 

The services will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (1050 W. 163th St., Gardena, CA 90247). Vigil service will be on Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, December 3rd at 10:00 AM with a reception following in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Mike Orozco Memorial Tuition Assistance Fund at Serra High School, 14830 S. Van Ness Ave., Gardena, CA 90249
We Band of Brothers
Serra 27 - Mater Dei 28

A freak play ended the 2015 Serra football season Friday night.  With two minutes left and the Cavs ahead by seven, the snap flew over Merlin Roberson's head, Roberson tried desperately to get possession with Monarchs closing in.  What might have been called a tackle in the end zone was ruled a fumble in the end zone and Mater Dei tied the game on a fluke.  What followed was a brilliantly designed and executed play for the 2-point conversion.  Mater Dei escaped and the lights went out for the 2015 football Cavaliers. 
This is not the time to curse the darkness.  This is the time to thank the 64 men who became the 2015 Cavaliers, and especially the dozen or more who bore the sweat and bruises of daily practice but got very little game time -- the many Cavaliers, on and off the field, whose names were rarely mentioned in the papers or the stat sheets.  This is the time to thank, especially, the fourteen who played their last game in Serra colors: Abdullah Alonzo, Oluwole Betiku, Deondre Brown, Brandon Burton, Kendall Flournoy, Malik Foster, Malik Gardner, Tyler Hall, Robert Hermosillo, Kevin Hicks, Job McGinty, Chris Pollard, Eric Sharber, Nehemiah Shelton, Eddie Slack, Khalil Tate, Amanaki Veikoso, Blake Walls and Steven Winn.  This band of brothers.
Probably the 2015 seniors will never stop regretting what might have been, but they can always be proud of what they did. Twice champions of one of the strongest leagues in the state, and with the smallest population of any school in their division.  30 and 7 over three seasons.  There are thousands of former Serra footballers that could only dream of some of those stats.
Friday's loss was heartbreaking.  With 4:29, Job McGinty broke through the Mater Dei line and went 30-yards for what looked very likely to be the winning touchdown.  When Serra forced the Monarchs to punt with at 3:22, the odds were that Serra would burn up the clock or if not, leave the Monarchs with too little time to score.  Even when things went bad, Serra's chances were good.  If Roberson had been ruled down in possession, Serra would have been okay.  That's why it was heart breaking.  Serra deserved to win.
Briefly, the game went like this:  Mater Dei went ahead in the first period when Serra couldn't score from the six.  On fourth and goal, the Cavs set up for a field goal.  It was blocked, Mater Dei picked up the ball and took it 80 yards for a touchdown.  PAT good. 5:00 remaining in the first quarter.
Both offenses sputtered for a while.  With 4:00 minutes remaining in the quarter, the Monarchs had the Cavs backed up against their goal line.  Khalil likes being backed up.  He faked the hand off, broke through the line and ran untouched to the Mater Dei end zone: 95 yards.  PAT blocked.  Serra 6 - Mater Dei 7 with 10:42 remaining in the first half.
More sputtering.  Apart from Tate, Serra couldn't move the ball on the ground, and the Cavs had their usual problems with passing game.  After a strong first series, Mater Dei also couldn't do much on the ground, and the Monarch's freshman quarter back was consistently overthrowing his receivers.  Overall, the Serra defense seemed to be in control.
Two minutes into the second quarter, Tate did it again.  Serra was backed up to the twenty five after successive penalties.  Tate faked the hand off, gave a pump fake and took off for 75 yards.  Serra took the lead and finally got a place kick up in the air.  Serra 13 - Mater Dei 7. 
Mater Dei responded with a 50-yard drive highlighted by a 30-yard completion.  But the Cav defense wouldn't allow a touchdown. Mater Dei kicked a 30 yard field goal at 8:45 in the second.  Serra 13 - Monarchs 10.
The final score of the first half came with 1:05 remaining.  Tate was running for his life in the backfield.  When it seemed there was no escape, he threw in the general direction of the end zone.  Kobe Smith on the ground, managed to catch the ball on his knees for a touchdown.  PAT good.  Serra up by ten 20-10.
At that point, Khalil Tate was credited with 277 rushing yards.  Total offense was 355.  No other player on the field came close. 
When the Cavaliers came out in the second half, the question was whether this would be a Loyola second half or a Chaminade second half.  It was neither.  The big difference was Mater Dei.  The Monarchs offense was marginally more effective, the Monarch defense was marginally stronger.  MD scored ten points in the third quarter and held Serra scoreless, but even then Serra looked like it would prevail in the end.
And that prediction looked right when McGinty scored at 4:29.  And it almost was. 
So Serra is denied the chance for a rematch with mighty Corona Centennial.  Good luck to Mater Dei.
Serra Cavalier Golf Classic
Friday, May 20th, 2015

Visit the Golf Classic webpage by clicking on the following link. When there, register yourself or your team to take part in the golf tournament. 
The end of 2015 is fast approaching. As a part of your tax planning, Serra is a 501(c)(3) organization.

It just happened again, we just spoke to a Freshman. We asked, "Do you like Serra?." The Freshman replied, "Yes, a lot." We then asked, "Why?." The Freshman's response, "Because the teachers care about you."

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Cavaliers are humble and accountable.
Cavaliers are scholars who lead and serve. 
Cavaliers are soldiers for Christ.
We are Cavaliers.
All Hail!

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