The Padre Whisper

November, 2017-Vol 4, Issue 11
In This Issue
Homecoming 2017
Fall Appeal
Alumni Games
Luke Bottari
Radium Girls
Sports Update
Admissions Video
Serra Social Media
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 7
Alumni Board Meeting at Windy City Pizza (6:30 p.m.)

November 21
Alumni Phonathon

November 22
Alumni Basketball and Casino Night

November 23
Alumni Water Polo

Tuesday, January 9
Alumni Board Meeting at Windy City Pizza (6:30 p.m.)

January 19
50 Year Club Luncheon

February 10
Fund a Dream

October, 2019
75th Anniversary All-Class Reunion

Alumni Board Members


Kris McAlavey '03

Joel Caceres '87

Tony Gay '82

Sean McMillan '11

Adam Stoye '08

Hanna Malak '08

Mike Klobuchar '90

Mike Hannon '90

Ray Baldonado '07

Brian Earley '85

Justin Perry '99

Bob Greene '85

Jonathan Allen '01

Tushar Zalpuri '11


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Many college application deadlines are coming up quickly, and we are proud to report that some of our seniors have already been accepted to top universities across the nation. Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and UC Berkeley are just some of the schools that have granted our students admission thus far. Best of luck to all our seniors throughout this process! 

I also want to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving season, and a big thanks goes out to the veterans in our community who have served our country with bravery. I hope you have time to rest and reflect this Veterans Day. 

Bob Greene, Jr. '85
Director of Alumni Relations
Alumni News
Homecoming 2017
Thanks to everyone who came out to Serra for Homecoming 2017! More than 400 people attended our alumni BBQ and enjoyed the football game on Friday night. More than 100 gathered at Kingfish restaurant on Saturday night for our reunion. 

A big thank you to our committee members, who were instrumental in making these events possible!
2017 Fall Appeal
Our fall appeal, directed toward alumni and parents of alumni, has been sent in the mail. Our focus is participation. We are grateful for each and every gift which seeks to inspire, transform and innovate here at Serra. Please consider sending back the return envelope, or making an online gift at the link below. 
Alumni Games
Serra's fall alumni games will be held Thanksgiving week.
Alumni basketball will tip off at 7 p.m. on  November 22 with the annual wrestling poker party shuffling up at  5:30  p.m. on the same day. Water polo will be held at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. S occer will not be held this year, due to facility conflicts. 
Around the Halls
Luke Bottari
Serra junior Luke Bottari has launched a teen suicide prevention campaign, which kicked off at Homecoming earlier this month. It's called the Play4Prevention  campaign, and has spread schools throughout the Peninsula. 

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people ages 15-24, and has increased dramatically over the past 10 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Serra football players and cross country runners wore special Play4P socks over Homecoming weekend, and have continued to do so throughout the season. 

Last spring, Bottari lost someone close to him-a former girlfriend whom he had known since middle school.

"She was always smiling, had a great personality and was beautiful," Bottari remembered. "She taught me to always treat people with respect and respect people's differences. Having someone very dear to me take her life at such a young age had a huge impact on me. Many of us would say we knew her so well, but that wasn't enough to keep her smiling personality with us."

"I wanted to support Luke's passion and dedication," said Head Football Coach Patrick Walsh, the founder of Next Level Sports Foundation. "Most students have great ideas that are never brought to fruition. Luke has made this happen, and there's a deep well of energy that you can feel when you're around him. This actually can be more powerful than the traditional vocal leader. He inspires the rest of the team through his dependability and accountability. If you want a friend or teammate to support you, Luke would be on everybody's short list."

To learn more about Play4Prevention, CLICK HERE.
The admissions cycle for Serra's Class of 2022 is in full swing. We currently are hosting Padre Preview Events, which are gatherings for prospective families at Padre homes throughout the Peninsula. 

Tours of the campus are also available in the form of Walk Around Wednesdays, which are set up through our Admissions Office. Also, if you have a child interested in Serra, please join us at 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 3 at the Serra Open House. Help us spread the word to our future Padres! 
Fall Play: Radium Girls
Over the past two weekends, more than 50 students involved in Tri-School Productions from Serra, Mercy and Notre Dame presented
D.W. Gregory's 
Radium Girls

Inspired by true events,
Radium Girls  is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece that offers a wry, unflinching look at American obsessions with health, wealth and responsibility.  Radium Girls struggles with the idea that truths hiding in darkness are the most dangerous of all. When the girls who work at the U.S. Radi um Corporation's watch dial factories get sick from an unknown poison, could the world's newest miracle cure - radium - be the culprit?

"There were bottles of radium water (guaranteed to make the drinker sparkle with energy), radium soda, radium candy and radium-laced facial creams to rejuvenate the skin," noted Tri-School Productions Director Lawrence Long. "Health spas even took to dumping uranium ore into their hot springs in order to capture radium's magic. The world was riding high on the health bounty of the radioactive element, but for the girls working as dial painters in the U.S. Radium Corporation's factory in Orange, New Jersey, radium meant something else entirely."

Congratulations to our entire cast and crew for a fantastic production! Look for Tri-School Productions in action again this spring, with West Side Story on deck. 
Sports Update: Football Ranked #24 in California
Water polo has been seeded eighth in the upcoming CCS Open Division Playoffs, a division that is reserved for the top eight teams in the section. The Padres will play Sacred Heart Prep this Saturday, November 4, at Menlo-Atherton High School. T he ball will drop at 4 p.m and admission will be charged.

Serra football is currently ranked #24 in California by MaxPreps. The Padres are undefeated (5-0) in the WCAL and will play St. Ignatius and St. Francis to close out the league season. QB Luke Bottari has thrown for 1559 yards with a 68 percent completion rate. RB Isiah Kendrick has 15 total touchdowns. 

The cross country team raced well in its recent WCAL II race at Golden Gate Park. Sophomores Aidan Pond and Trey Alhorn led the way to a fourth place finish for the Padres. The two finished eighth and 12th individually.The Padres will race at 2 p.m. at the WCAL Finals on November 1, which will be held at the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course. 
2017 Admissions Video
Interested in sending your son to Serra in the near future? Check out Serra's new admissions video for prospective students and their families at the link below!

Follow Serra on Social Media
Remember th at you can keep up with what's happening at Serra through social media.  Serra's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Link edIn accounts are updated regularly with school and alumni news.  

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