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Looking back, it was always the little things that created my fondest childhood memories. I was raised in a family where See's Candies were a coveted treat and each Christmas a box of assorted chocolates and chews would inevitably arrive at our house. The key was to be the first of five siblings to seize the See's. If I was lucky, I'd get first dibs at analyzing the various shapes and sizes and then select that one, scrumptious, caramel and marshmallow covered chocolate that stood alone in a box of potential candy landmines. If I had the misfortune of snagging a coconut or maple-filled dud, a single bite was sufficient to send the half-eaten castaway back to its corrugated resting place. Valentine's Day was especially exciting because my mom would spring for individual boxes of the heavenly caramel and marshmallow faves. My siblings and I felt special knowing that mom would always remember us on February 14th. Share the love this Valentine's Day by treating your special someone to a holiday to remember. We are proud to feature JSerra Catholic High School in historic San Juan Capistrano on this month's cover. Having surpassed a decade in operation, JSerra continues to deliver innovations in education to its students. With state-of-the-art classrooms, a university-level athletic complex and the expansion of its successful Professional Magnet Program, which now includes tracts in business, law, medicine and engineering, JSerra offers unique opportunities not found on other high school campuses. To learn more, visit JSerra for an Information Night on February 13th at 6:30 p.m. Thanks for reading and supporting The Local DISH Magazine!

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vides flexibility for students who work, travel, or who have specific needs. Students can embark on a two-week adventure to Italy this summer to study the culture first hand. These demonstrative programs enhance the traditional classroom experience and pique a student’s natural curiosity about the world.

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JSerra’s picturesque 40-acre campus in historic San Juan Capistrano is a dream come true for its founders. The state-of-the-art classrooms, media center, technology department, and university-level athletic complex provide the setting for this private Catholic high school, now in its eleventh year of operation. Headmaster Rich Meyer describes the institution’s “second phase” largely in terms of the first. “Our innovations in education produced significant milestones in JSerra’s first decade. It is now our responsibility to fortify our existing programs and continue to develop our unique brand,” he explains. “We currently have our largest enrollment so far, and we’ll reach capacity in the next few years. I want to maintain the balance we’ve created and build on it. We offer a base of solid liberal arts programs that provide a rich education; we add to that an overlay of specialized courses to challenge and engage every student.” In order to keep energy and momentum funneled into JSerra’s ambitious curriculum, the school’s administration depends on a solid partnership with students and parents. High expectations are placed on academic performance, but in exchange, students have the ability to pursue opportunities not available elsewhere. JSerra's incredibly successful Magnet Programs, for example, draw students who are interested in a specific field of study and offers them realworld experiences with industry professionals. The 10 february 2014

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Medical, Business, and Law Magnet tracks have expanded in scope each year since they were introduced, and an Engineering program was added in September. “This kind of professional insight is just something you don’t find outside our model,” enthuses Headmaster Meyer. “We have medical students working with clinicians, business hopefuls taking on internships in the community, law students participating in mock trials, and pre-engineers competing in robotics. It’s an exciting time, and universities are very interested in what we’re doing here.” The school’s Artist-in-Residence, JSerra Online, and Study Abroad options add depth to the curriculum as well. Accomplished professionals in Fine and Performing Arts and Broadcast Journalism mentor students in and out of the classroom. Broadcasting students produce original weekly content, dance students train under a talented professional dance teacher, and the choir will tour Spain and Portugal in a few months. A schedule of online classes pro-

JSerra’s Athletic Department has earned its own reputation for excellence. The impressive oncampus facilities are among the best in the country and feature a 2,000-seat gym, an Olympicclass aquatics center, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, softball, and football fields, tennis courts, track, sand volleyball courts, and an expansive, multiuse fitness center. Student athletes can compete at the top of their game with access to first-rate equipment and the support of a dedicated coaching staff. “Athletic success is important for many reasons, but character is key—sports is a great vehicle for that. We have coaches working with students who understand that balance. Team sports provides an additional layer of opportunity to develop talents, responsibility, discipline, and accountability," shares Meyer. An astounding 75% of JSerra’s students are involved in one of the school’s 20 athletic programs. The Athletic Department boasts 17 allleague athletes for the Fall semester, with several teams reaching top-tier status. The girls crosscountry track team won its fourth consecutive CIF and Trinity League titles, and the football squad celebrated the best year in school history. Threesport athlete Dante Pettis received a football scholarship to the University of Washington, and he’s just one of many JSerra student athletes to earn recognition for dedication to both academics and athletics. “All of our efforts are geared toward nurturing the character and cultivating the faith of our young women and men,” asserts Headmaster Meyer. “Our ultimate success will be measured by the kinds of fathers, mothers, and citizens they become.” Information Night:

Thursday, February 13th 6:30 p.m. Center Room, Building 2 JSerra Catholic High School 26351 Junipero Serra Road San Juan Capistrano 949.493.9307 • JSerra.org

Spotlight: jill van mierlo JSerra senior Jill van Mierlo is a dedicated and disciplined student athlete who has maintained a 4.0 GPA while training over 25 hours per week at Wildfire Gymnastics in Tustin. She qualified for the 2013 National Invitational Tournament in Minneapolis and was the Uneven Bars Champion. Her passion and dedication in the gym have earned her a full-ride scholarship to BYU for gymnastics. Jill is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field and has volunteered over 100 hours at Mission Regional Medical Center. Jill has also demonstrated a commitment to giving back to those in need. She partnered with two gymnastics teammates to raise $10,000 for Charity Water, which builds wells for clean water in Ethiopia.


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