JUNIPERO SERRA HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI NEWSLETTER 
The Padre Whisper

May, 2016-Vol 4, Issue 5
In This Issue
Serra Golf Classic
Jay Jordan Honored
Alumni Spotlight
Hall of Fame Nominations
Rebuilding Together
Sports Update
Serra Social Media
Throwback Thursday Pics
Upcoming Events

May 28, 2016

Graduation

 

June 20, 2016

28th Annual Serra Golf Classic

and Women's Tennis Tournament

 

September 16, 2016
Alumni Father-Son Mass

 

October 14, 2016
Homecoming Night Game


 
October 15, 2016

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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Dear Serra Alumni,

This spring has been filled with many exciting moments - from the varsity basketball team winning a state championship to Jay Jordan being honored by our alumni to our Padres being honored for outstanding academic achievements.

Next up for us is graduation on May 28, followed by the Serra Golf Classic and Women's Tennis Tournament on June 20. All friends of Serra are invited to participate in these fun events at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club. Please let me know if you would like to be a sponsor.

I wish all of you and your families a happy and relaxing summer. 

Sincerely,
  
Bob Greene, Jr. '85
Alumni Director
Alumni News
Serra Golf and Tennis Classic
The Serra Golf and Tennis Classic will be held on  Monday, June 20 at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club. Please note: this tournament is not just for alumni. We invite all members of the Serra community. 

The Serra Ladies' Tennis Tournament and Luncheon will be held on the same day - this is a wonderful event as well! If you are interested in playing in this tournament, please contact Andrea Moore at  a-moore@comcast.net

If you are interested in being a sponsor or playing in the golf tournament, please  CLICK HERE  for more information. 

Jay Jordan Honored by Tri-School Productions Alumni
After an inspiring performance of   Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , Serra Music Director Jay Jordan was surprised by a special alumni tribute. Jordan has been the general music director of the musicals for 38 years and also has served as the artistic director of Tri-School Productions since its inception in 1990. He will step down as artistic director and music director of Tri-School Productions, but will continue as the music director for Serra High School.

"I was totally gobsmacked," Jordan said. "It was such a surprise. They kept it from me via Facebook."

Serra alumnus Nicholas Sy '14 produced a career highlights video, with the help of Director/Choreographer Gennine Harrington and Jay's wife, June Jordan.

"When I first heard that Jay Jordan was retiring from Tri-School Productions, I thought it would be a good idea to make a little tribute video for him," said Sy, an accomplished videographer and student at Loyola Marymount University. "I mentioned the idea to June and Gennine. They not only agreed, but also thought there should be an even larger tribute after the closing night of Joseph. This included a screening of my video and a surprise choir of alumni singing in his honor. With 38 years of being involved in the theater program at Serra and Tri-School Productions, Jay Jordan has always maintained a high standard of quality for the productions. More important, he has inspired countless students and alumni who have gone through the program. This video was a nice gesture to recognize all of his hard work and dedication to this very special theater program."
U.S. Air Force Major Mansour Elhihi '97 Speaks to Padres
U.S. Air Force Major Mansour Elhihi '97 recently visited Serra and spoke to students in the school chapel.

"Failing is not a step backward - it's a step forward," said Elhihi, an F-15C pilot with more than 14 years of experience. "Don't settle. If you want something, you have to work for it."

Elhihi has frequent interaction with general officers of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, foreign ambassadors and defense attaches. He is a graduate and instructor of United States Air Force Weapons School. Elhihi recently was deployed as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, in support of NATO operations. He is the assistant executive officer to the vice chief of staff, NGB. A memorable moment was an F-15C fly-by at the San Francisco 49ers 9-11 anniversary game. 

"You should try to make the world better for the people around you," Elhihi said. "It's easy to be positive when you're winning. What defines a man is what he does (during times of adversity). The world is your oyster; there is nothing you can't do."

"It was great to hear what the Air Force is all about," said senior Ryan Lowenstein (the son of Jeff Lowenstein '86). "Mansour talked a lot about hard work and pushing forward. I can apply this to crew. We never settle, we try to keep getting better, and we keep going after it."
Hall of Fame Nominations
We are currently accepting nominations for the Serra Athletic Hall of Fame. If you would like to nominate a Padre for this award or view past years' recipients, please CLICK HERE.
 
Criteria for nomination include:
  • The nominee must be out of high school for 10 years;
  • The nominee must have graduated from Serra High School;
  • The nominee must have made a significant achievement in his sport. This might have taken place at the high school, collegiate, professional or amateur level;
  • The nominee must exemplify the principles of sportsmanship as expounded in the philosophy and mission of Serra High School.
Around the Halls
AP Exams
Many of our Padres finished their Advanced Placement exams last week. In total, 223 Padres are took 462 total exams. Serra's five-year average pass rate of 80.4 percent is more than 20 percent higher than the national average, and is one of the highest pass rates in the Bay Area. Serra offers 15 AP classes. 
Rebuilding Together
More than 100 Padres and their dads assisted a 63-year-old single mother this month when they transformed her east Menlo Park home. Rebuilding Together is held every year in April. Serra fathers and sons spend two days hammering, sanding, painting, nailing and landscaping.

The woman whose home the Padres worked on this year suffers from a chronic disease, and it is difficult for her to move around and complete usual household tasks.

"It is difficult for her to do daily chores around her house," said Serra Fathers' Club President Jaime Huerta '90. "The home needed sewer repairs, exterior and interior painting, a new fence and gates, new front porch railing, new carpet, a new furnace, thermostat and smoke detectors. The landscaping needed to be cleaned up, so we trimmed a redwood tree and removed two debris boxes full of ivy. This is by far my favorite activity at Serra. It brings the Serra community together to improve the home of a low-income homeowner who is in need."

Sports Update
The baseball program won WCAL championships at every level (varsity, JV and freshman) this year.  Varsity clinched the title with a victory over Archbishop Mitty.  LMU-bound third baseman Angelo Bortolin went four for four with two home runs and two doubles in that game. Arizona State-bound outfielder Hunter Bishop was recently ranked the number 28 overall player available by ESPN in the upcoming MLB Draft and led the league with a .447 batting average.  

Lacrosse earned third place in the WCAL this year and defeated Sacred Heart Cathedral 15-1 in the first round of the WCAL playoffs last week.   

In the pool, the 400 freestyle relay team of senior Cyrus Morrisonsophomores Alec Cullen and Riley Scanlan, and freshman Brooks Taner broke the school record with a time of 3:09.16. The team broke the old record, set in 1970, by almost .75 seconds. Fi ve Serra swimmers qualified for the CCS Finals. Taner  also broke Sean Renault's 24-year-old 200 freestyle frosh-soph record with a time of 2:42.79 this season. 
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