JUNIPERO SERRA HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI NEWSLETTER 
The Padre Whisper

March, 2016-Vol 4, Issue 3
In This Issue
Alumni Board
Fund a Dream
Alumni Sports
National Merit Awards
Spring Musical
Generation Alive
Scott Igoe '86
Serra Social Media
Throwback Thursday Pics Needed
Upcoming Events
March 26, 2016
Alumni Baseball, volleyball and Lacrosse

April 5, 2016
Alumni Board Meeting @ Windy City Pizza (6 p.m.)

June 20, 2016
Serra Golf Classic
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This month, I am looking forward to our Alumni Spring Games on March 26, featuring baseball, volleyball and lacrosse.  
Legendary baseball coach Pete Jensen will throw out the first pitch at 1 p.m. at the alumni baseball game. On that day, we also will introduce lacrosse as an alumni sport. All former lacrosse players are invited to come back to campus to play against our current varsity squad. As always, our volleyball alumni are also invited to play before lunch, starting at 11 a.m. 

A barbecue lunch will be served to all players and fans. Hope to see you on the 26th and go Padres!

Sincerely,
  
Bob Greene, Jr. '85
Alumni Director
Alumni News
Alumni Board
The Serra Alumni Board consists of the following members: 

Bob Greene (Director) '85
Kris McAlavey '03 
Tony Gay '82 
Adam Stoye '08 
Hanna Malak '09 
Mike Klobuchar '90 
Mike Marques '84
Jonathan Allen '01
Mike Hannon '90
Ray Baldonado '07
Brian Earley '85
Justin Perry '99

If you are interested in joining the board, please email bgreene@serrahs.com or come to the next board meeting at 6 p.m. on April 5 at Windy City Pizza in San Mateo.  
Fund a Dream 2016
Serra hosted another successful Fund a Dream Scholarship Dinner last month that was truly a celebration of the Serra community. This year's event honored Serra's active-duty military and veterans. Highlights included a keynote address by Major General Phil Monahan '50. There were dozens of Padres with military connections in the program and audience. We are proud that so many Padres have served our country with courage and honor.

This year's event has raised an outstanding total of $350,000 thus far. If you would like to help us grow this total and help Padres currently on financial aid, please  CLICK HERE

Please mark your calendars for next year's Fund a Dream, which has been set for February 24, 2017.  
Alumni Spring Games
Serra's Alumni Spring Games will be held on Saturday, March 26. New this year will be an alumni lacrosse game at noon. Volleyball will start the day at 11 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch will be served at noon. First pitch for the  alumni baseball game will be at 1 p.m., where alumni baseball players will take on the varsity team.  Please email Alumni Director Bob Greene '85 at bgreene@serrahs.com for more information.  
Around the Halls
National Merit Finalists
Serra seniors Ian Tighe and Mikey Takla have been recognized as National Merit Finalists - a remarkable honor for stellar academics. This distinction places them in the top 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

In addition to maintaining a 4.6 grade point average, Takla is recognized on campus for his exceptional performances in the Tri-School fall plays and spring musicals. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Jazz Band, Men's Chorus, Tri-School Chorus, the Eleven Dollar Singers (an acapella group), and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Takla also is a retreat leader and a member of the Serra Student Council, Big Brothers, the SERT Club, and the Computer Programming Club. He plans to major in computer science in college next year.

Tighe also has been recognized for his impeccable performances in the Tri-School plays and musicals. In fact, he and Takla have been direct counterparts in many shows. A member of the National Honor society, Tighe has a 4.6 grade point average is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Men's Chorus, Tri-School Chorus, the Eleven Dollar Singers, and the Computer Programming Club. He practices martial arts outside of school and will pursue engineering in college.

"Both students exemplify everything that's wonderful about Serra High School," said Serra Principal Barry Thornton, Ed.D. "They have been leaders in all aspects of our program-from the performing arts and music to spiritual and academic leadership. Mikey and Ian have exemplified excellence in all areas of the school. They are stand-outs who model what Serra High School is all about. Most important, they both have a desire to embrace all that life has to offer, and that is very exciting to see in our students. I am delighted that they have been recognized as National Merit Finalists."
Spring Musical: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Don't miss Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, presented this weekend and next by Tri-School Productions students from Mercy, Notre Dame and Serra.

"We invite all members of the local community to come and join us for a colorful, fun-filled night of musical theatre with upbeat songs and energetic dancing," said Production Manager Allie Glatt.

Serra sophomore Holden Boger plays the lead role of Joseph.
"I take this role very seriously," he said. "There are so many different sides to Joseph. In the show, he goes through a variety of emotions. One thing that's constant is his faith in God. I can relate to that. Throughout the show, Joseph questions his faith but realizes in the end that there is a path for him. He is rewarded for his faith. I'm excited for the show and I'm thankful for the role that I've been given."

The show will be presented in Serra's Gellert Auditorium. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. March 11, 12, 18 and 19; and at 2 p.m. on March 13. Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for students and seniors.  CLICK HERE  to purchase tickets.
Jeremy Affeldt Visits Serra

Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt remembers a life-changing moment in his life - the day he met a homeless teenager in Denver. The exhausted, hungry, 16-year-old girl had a black eye and a split lip. Affeldt bought her some food and remembers thinking, "I need to do more."
 
In February, Affeldt kicked off Serra's Lenten project, Generation Alive.  Since Affeldt and his wife started the foundation in 2005, the organization has provided those in need with more than 1.5 million meals. The organization also helps victims of human trafficking.
 
Last year, the Serra community raised $12,000 and packed 28,000 meals on March 23. Affeldt will return to Serra in March to repeat the service opportunity.
 
"Our biggest goal is for this project to catch fire...we try to teach students to treat people the way they would want to be treated," Affeldt said. "Now that I'm done playing baseball, I want to lead in society. You can lead through loving, lead through caring and lead through serving others. When you lead through selfishness, that's not a leader-it's a dictator. Jesus changed the world simply because he loved his neighbor as himself."
 
When asked about the meaning of the word "compassion," sophomore Jason Li won a T-shirt for his thoughtful answer: "sympathy in action."
 
"There are more than 800 potential leaders sitting in this room right now," Affeldt said. "I believe that Serra High School can be a school of leaders. You are leaders and you have dreams. But poverty kills people's ability to say, 'One day I'm going to be...' You can help to change this. I'd like to thank you for your compassion."
 
"It was inspiring to see such a well-known and respected person like Jeremy Affeldt lead by example to emphasize the importance of service and leadership," said Serra Student Body President Andy Black. "To live a complete and influential life, we must all do our part and be servant leaders in our community."
Alumni Profile: Scott Igoe '86

Scott Igoe '86 is the music booker for Jimmy Kimmel Live. He has recently booked artists including Gwen Stefani, Panic! at the Disco, Coldplay and Jason Derulo. The show has a large outdoor stage that hosts the concert series. 
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