The Padre Whisper

December, 2015-Vol 3, Issue 12
In This Issue
Baseball Field Renovation
Christmas Concert
College Commitments
Winter Sports Preview
Year-End Gift
Upcoming Events
Throwback Thursday Pics Needed!
Upcoming Events

December 26, 2015

Alumni Crew


January 22, 2016
Alumni 50-Year Club Luncheon


February 18, 2016
Fund a Dream Scholarship Benefit


March 2016
TBD Father Serra Heritage Society Dinner


March 26, 2016
Alumni Baseball, Lacrosse and Volleyball 


June 20, 2016

Serra Golf Classic

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Last month, the Serra community embarked on its annual Adopt-a-Family campaign and canned food drive, led by Campus Ministry.  Countless students, parents, faculty and staff contributed to 16 families chosen by the Redwood City Catholic Worker House. In total, approximately $10,000 in canned food, blankets, warm jackets and gift cards will be distributed to needy families in our county. We are grateful to our community for its tremendous generosity and commitment to charitable causes. 

During Thanksgiving week, we hosted our annual fall alumni sports week, which was a great success. More than 125 alumni participated in events for wrestling, basketball, water polo and soccer. Alumni reconnected with their former coaches and teammates.

December started on an exciting note with Open House last Thursday. Serra hosted hundreds of prospective seventh- and eighth-graders from throughout the Bay Area. We received rave reviews about our positive atmosphere and welcoming students and staff.  We are looking forward to a great spring semester ahead of us.  

Bob Greene, Jr. '85
Alumni Director
Around the Halls
Baseball Field Renovation
Progress is being made on Serra's baseball field renovation project. The field has been laser leveled and a new irrigation system has been installed. New sod will be laid down next week and the field will re-open in mid-January.
Christmas Concert Tonight!
The  Serra Music Department will present " Mary Did You Know?" a special Christmas concert for the entire  Serra community tonight at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature the Tri-School Chorus, Men's Chorus, Eleven Dollar Singers, Jazz Band, and Symphonic Band.

"I'm especially proud of all the groups' progress this semester," said Serra Music Director Jay Jordan. "We have the biggest Men's Chorus in school history, with many freshmen and other new faces. With the most girls we've had since the '90s, the Tri-School Symphonic Band sounds very strong for this time of year, as does the Jazz Band. I'm really looking forward to the concert."
College Commitments
Seven Padres signed letters of intent to colleges across the United States on November 11. They were joined by their families, friends and coaches for a special celebration. 

"It's an athletic director's dream to be here with all of you today," said Serra Athletic Director Dean Ayoob '92. "Thank you for entrusting your student-athletes to us. We are so proud of them."
Committed Athletes:
* Angelo Bortolin - Baseball - Loyola Marymount
* Gavin Boyd-Goodrich - Crew - Yale
* Jake Killingsworth - Basketball - Columbia
* Alex Kost - Crew - Cornell 
* Ethan Pratt - Lacrosse - University of Tampa
* Vinnie Venturi - Baseball - St. Mary's
* Tyler Villaroman - Baseball - USF
In addition, wide receiver Hunter Bishop recently announced he is committing to play football for the University of Washington.  
Winter Sports Preview
Serra basketball had one the best seasons in its history last year, winning the CCS Open Division championship and making a deep run in the state tournament. 2015 State Coach of the Year winner Chuck Rapp '86 will look to defend the CCS title with returning senior swingman Jake Killingsworth, who recently committed to play for Columbia University in the Ivy League. Also returning will be point guard Lee Jones and 
7-foot sophomore Jack Wilson

Wrestling will look to build on an outstanding season last year, which saw varsity go 5-1 and the JV and freshman teams each win WCAL championships.  The team will be coached by  Mike Klobuchar '91 and returns its MVP from last year, Dominick Christmas

The soccer team returns many starters from last season and will be led by defenders Ben Godfrey, Matt Herrera, Andrew O'Brien and Kiko Macias. Macias has been part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the last three years.  
Alumni News
Year-End Donation
Please consider making a gift to Serra by  December 31  in order to receive tax benefits for the 2015 tax year. You can make a gift online by Clicking Here

Serra is the outstanding school it is today because of the tremendous support of its parents and alumni. Thank you for your countless volunteer hours and generous donations. 2015 was an extraordinary year for Serra, and we hope to make 2016 even better with your support.
Upcoming Events
The annual 50-year-luncheon will be held on January 22. All classes from 1947 through 1966 are invited.  

On February 18, we will be proud to host the 12th annual Fund a Dream Scholarship Benefit. This year's event will be held in honor of our active-duty military and veteran Padres. The keynote address will be made by retired Marine Corps Major General Phil Monahan '50.    

Got Photos? Send Us Your Old-School Pics!

Every Thursday on the Serra website, we feature seven "throwback" images. We have received a lot of positive feedback! If you would like to share any old-school photos from any decade, please CLICK HERE to upload. We can't wait to see what you'll dig up!  

Once a Padre, Always a Padre!