The Padre Whisper

October, 2017-Vol 4, Issue 10
In This Issue
Homecoming 2017
Fall Appeal
Father-Son Mass
Alumni Board
AP Exams
College Commitments
National Merit
Admissions Video
Serra Social Media
Upcoming Events

Friday, October 6
Homecoming 2017

November 22
Alumni Basketball and Casino Night

November 23
Alumni Water Polo

November 24
Alumni Soccer

January 19
50 Year Club Luncheon

February 10
Fund a Dream

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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Homecoming is just around the corner and I hope that you can join us for our festivities this Friday. Come back to campus on Friday, October 6 for food, beverages and great company in the gym. 

Varsity football will take on Mitty at the annual night game starting at 7 p.m. Admission to the game is free for alumni. Screens will be set up in the gym so you that can watch a live stream of the game while you dine. I hope that you can join us this Friday!

Bob Greene, Jr. '85
Director of Alumni Relations
Alumni News
Homecoming 2017
Homecoming 2017 will be held on Friday, October 6.  Festivities will include food, drinks and our annual night football game. Varsity football is 2-0 in WCAL play after a 48-0 victory over Bellarmine last Friday night. Serra has scored 93 points and given up zero through two league games this season. Both Mitty and Serra are 2-0 in league and are ranked in Prep2Prep's CCS top five teams. 

Doors to the gym will open at 5:30 p.m.  Please contact  Bob Greene '85 if you have any questions.
2017 Giving
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. 
2017 Father-Son Mass
Close to 100 alumni dads, grandfathers and current Padres recently attended the Alumni Father-Son Mass.

"This Mass celebrates the Padre brotherhood," noted Alumni Director Bob Greene '85. "Having a son who is a senior meant a lot to me this year. It was great to be able to spend the morning with Reggie and other Serra parents and their sons. We even had a few grandfathers."

Our Serra alumni have 18 sons in the senior class, 23 sons in the junior class, 24 sons in the sophomore class, and 15 sons in the freshman class. In addition, 11 alumni grandfathers have grandsons at Serra.

"The Alumni Father-Son Mass is inspirational and heartwarming," said Mike Callan '86, who attended the Mass with his son, Nicholas. "It's bittersweet for me this year, because Nicholas is going to college next year."

Nicholas said his mom and dad have supported him on his journey at Serra, and it has been nice to be part of such a tight-knit community.

"The Serra tradition is strong in my family, and my dad will always be part of that," said Nicholas Caceres '18. "I have learned so much about brotherhood and leadership at Serra. When I have kids, I want to send them to Serra to carry out the Padre tradition."

"It's a great tradition and it enables us to be part of the Serra community," said Nicholas' dad, Joel Caceres '87. "It's so nice to reconnect with the administration and spend some time with my son. One day, I hope I'll be a grandpa up there!"
Alumni Board
Interested in joining Serra's Alumni Board? We will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, October 3, at Windy City Pizza in San Mateo.  Our goal is to gather alumni input from a variety of different classes and decades. 

Please join us to talk about upcoming events and give input on ideas for alumni engagement.  Dinner and beverages will be served!
Around the Halls
AP Scholars
Dozens of Serra students recently were honored by the College Board for outstanding achievement on 2017 Advanced Placement exams. 

Thirty-five Padres were honored as AP Scholars, earning a score of three or higher on three or more exams. Fourteen students earned the AP Scholar with Honor distinction, scoring an average of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of three or higher on four or more of these exams. Finally, 19 Padres earned AP Scholar with Distinction, granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of three or higher on five or more of these exams.

According to the College Board, "The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on AP Exams" with AP Scholar Awards. Congratulations to our Padre Advanced Placement Scholars!
College Commitments
Serra seniors have already begun committing to colleges, especially those students being recruited by collegiate athletics programs. Thus far, members of Serra's Class of 2018 have declared commitments to Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and Washington State.
National Merit Scholarship Program
Eleven Serra seniors recently were honored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for outstanding achievement on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test administered last year. 

Sean O'Brien, Jang Jun Park and Tyler Wang were named National Merit Semifinalists, a distinction that honors the top one percent of the 1.6 million PSAT test takers. They will move on in the competition and will be judged on categories including academic record, extracurricular activities and leadership ability. Finalists will be announced in February and scholarship winners will be announced starting in April. 

Eight seniors were awarded Commended status, which recognizes the top two percent of PSAT test takers. Congratulations to the following Padres:
  • Tyler Baumann
  • Jake Dorais
  • Abhijeeth Erra
  • Allan Feller
  • Henry James
  • Matthew Mercurio
  • Ryan Sutter
  • Blake Todzo
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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