November 4, 2016

Junipero Serra High School Newsletter
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

Quick Links
Angela McDaniel-Bocage
Viewing is Thursday, November 10, 5-9PM

McKay Mortuary
3918 Marine Ave.
Lawndale, CA 90260
Funeral Mass is Friday
November 11,  10AM

Ascension Catholic Church
517 West 112th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90044

Reception: To follow Mass

Donations for reception contact:
Pamela Baker-Cormier
(661) 947-4056
Bernadette Mayfield-Johnson
(310) 617-2195
Upcoming Events

Casino Night

Sat. 11/19 @ 7:30p
Alumni Day at the Theater
Sun. 12/04 @ 2:00p
Event for the Elderly
Sat. 06/24/17
Special Thank You

Thank you to Marcus Johnson '10 for being the Cavalier Coaches Night co-MC.

He was joined by classmates Ariel Williams-Scott '10 and Danielle Orange-Scott '10.
More Thank Yous
Thanks to the many Assistant Coaches who attended Coaches Night

Aaron Carter
Mercedes Winchester
William Hailey
Derek Gray
Marsha Williams
Shanika Russel
Austin Jackson
Kevin Jacquet
Waymond Drake
Wilbur Watson
Mike Winger

Did we miss anyone?
Coaches Night Pictures
There are a lot of pictures!

To view all the pictures taken by Benita West of The Wright Photography Company, click on this link.
Famous Alumni
Alumni Day at the Theater

Famous Alumni and others who will be at the play Promedy on Sunday
Dec. 4th at 2:00PM and will participate in the 7th annual Rose Ceremony.

Dan '65 and Linda Ryan
Fonda Whitehead
Zac Bose
More Coaches Night
Members from Serra's first Football League Championship team attended.

Bill Goetz '74
Brian Cooper '74
Ron Shepherd '73
If you graduated in 1966 or before,

Please put Saturday, June 24, 2017 on your calendar.

Father Frank Prieto '55 will be saying Mass in the Chapel as a prelude to a reunion for people of a certain age. 
We have a Completely Redesigned Donation Platform

Click on the link to visit our new donation platform and test it out by making a donation! 

You can make a one-time donation or a monthly recurring donation and direct it as you choose.

Serra is a 501(c)(3) and your donation may be tax deductable
Alumni Card
The redesigned Alumni Card is now available. If you're not a Serra alumni, you can purchase a Friend of Serra Card.

Use your Alumni Card at all home, non-CIF, Serra sponsored, athletic and visual/performing arts events.

Email to purchase your Alumni or Friend of Serra card.
Serra Supporters
Do you want to join a winning team and become a Serra Promotional Partner like those listed in the link below?

Click here to see a list 
of our partners.

Click here to see our promotional opportunities.
It Was A Night, Oh What A Night It Really Was!
Cavalier Coaches Night 2016

"Thank you so much for inviting me to Coaches Night.  I was so impressed with the strong bond Serra has with parents, students, faculty,  and alumni. " Fonda Whitehead, Development Director, Bresee Foundation.  Fonda went on to report she will be at Casino Night and The Play.

A mix of alumni, parents, teachers, administrators, friends of Serra, student ambassadors and, of course, coaches, made Coaches Night one of the best attended events ever held in the Serra gym.    

Attendees were welcomed by Serra's student ambassadors before they reached the gym. Once inside,  Alumni parents Micole Moton and Balinda Cooper greeted all, answered questions and made all feel at home.

The program began with welcoming remarks from Joe Cormier '81, Marcus Johnson '10,  Vince Kates '61 and Serra's Principal, Mr. Jeff Guzman.

Before we could get rolling, Richard Monteilh of the Mt. Carmel Alumni Foundation presented Development Director, Joe Cormier with a $1,000.00 check.  Thanks to the Crusader Alumni who show their generosity to Serra in many ways.  While we are at it, thanks to Coach John Quick, Coach Jim Patricio '68 and one St. Mary's alumnae who likes to remain anonymous all brought negotiable instruments which proved acceptable at the bank..

The festivities began with a surprise "Cavalier Award" given to DeShawn Burton '88 for his invaluable services to the school.  DeShawn was the force behind honoring the 1989 State Football Champion, he transformed Serra's publications into first class documents, does the promotional announcements at football games, manages the data base,  and fixes the printer in the Development and Alumni office. Jordan Bozer was given the "Honorary Cavalier" award.  Jordan took over for DeShawn and has kept the high standard of Serra's publication, manages the data base and  produces the Annual Report (Watch your mail box). He played a critical role in the management and execution of 29  events over the last 4 years including the  the incredibly successful  (what's the word?)  Golf Tournament (save the May 5th 2017 date) to the '53 to '61 reunion (save the June 24, 2017 date) and everything in between.

One of Serra's many star students, ASB Secretary, Cheerleader, Model UN member and a  4.4 student,, Kariamu Cross, spoke and described her plans for Stanford and medical school. 

Kenisha Danley '99 did double duty behind the mic. She introduced the Alumni Council members present and praised Serra's long tradition of having outstanding cheerleader's. 

Our Varsity Coaches were each introduced and interviewed.  Boys Soccer, Rob Duffy, Girls Soccer, Sergio Gutierrez, Volleyball, Darryl Adams and Mercedes Winchester, Baseball, Martel Williams, Girls Softball, Cross-Country, James "Foots" Williams and thrower coach, Marsha Williams, Football was represented by athletic director and defensive coach, Josh Dabbs, Girls Basketball McKinsey Hadley Jr.  Coach Dabbs announced the appointment of Chris Calvin '06 as Serra's new head track coach.

The last Coach introduced was Basketball Coach Dwan Hurt as Coaches Night transitioned into the honoring of Coach George "Mac" McDaniel. Dwan described the emotional meeting in 1988 with Coach "Mac" where Coach told Dwan he wanted him to replace him as Serra's Head Basketball Coach. Dwan poignantly spoke of the inspirational role Coach "Mac" played and continues to play in his life.   

Consider, Serra has had 2 basketball coaches since 1983 Coach McDaniel & Coach Hurt

Dr. John Cragin '70, Darvin Jackson '87, Zarak Canady '85, and Zac Bose '82 each spoke of the significant  role Coach McDaniel played as Coach, Dean, Teacher and most importantly, each spoke of the role Coach "Mac" played in defining what it means to be a true Serra Christian Man.

Alvin Cormier (center above) grew up next to the McDaniel family. Alvin played for "Mac" at Ascension and remained close to his daughter, Angela and her husband Charles Bocage Jr.  '70.  Angie planned on accepting the award prepared for Coach  but  could not attend due to her own illness. Early this week, Angie has entered hospice.
Alvin took her place at the podium and spoke reverentially of what her Dad meant for so many people. 
Nothing describes Coach George McDaniel more than the lines written by sportswriter Grantland Rice:
"When the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, he writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the game."

"Mac" played the game very well.

We have just learned, Angela McDaniel-Bocage passed away this morning, Frday, November 4, 2016 at 4:35 A.M.

Coaches Night closed with a surprise honoring of Vince Kates '61.  Instead of a report on that, let's stop here and pray for Angela McDaniel Bocage and the family.
Serra Football
All San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley residents...

Serra's Mission League Football Champions will be playing Bishop Alemany at Alemany High School TONIGHT at 7:00 pm. Come support your Cavaliers!

11111 Alemany Dr, Mission Hills, CA 91345

Cavalier Code
Cavaliers have faith and integrity.

Cavaliers are humble and accountable.

Cavaliers are scholars who lead and serve.

Cavaliers are soldiers for Christ.

We are Cavaliers.
All Hail!


Joe Cormier '81
Director of Development

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