Junípero Serra High School
Volume 34, Number 2
Serra’s Campus Ministry Team
more on page 25
Ryan Svendsen ’06 performs
with Herbie Hancock
more on page 27
Serra Honors Those Who Served
more on page 12
Around the Halls
Cookie Tuesday Celebrates its 10th Year
2007 Junipero Serra Award Winner & Alumni Award of Merit
Serra Honors Those Who Served - “Wall of Honor” Dedication
Serra Faculty . . . . More than just great teachers
In Via Award presented to “The Dooleys”
Serra Honors Michael Peterson - Celebrating 30 Years
“What Happened to the Wall” by Director of Campus Ministry Kyle Lierk
Visual & Performing Arts
Tri-School fall performance of “Up the Down Staircase”
Ryan Svendsen ‘06 performs with jazz musician Herbie Hancock
Padre Football Cross County Water Polo
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“Honoring the Memory One Mile at a Time” - Douglas Li ‘99
Reunion Gala 2007 Classes of ‘57, ‘67, ‘77, ‘82, ‘87 & ‘97
Peter Barsocchini ‘70 writes screenplay for “High School Musical”
Kevin Mullin ‘88 elected to SSF City Council
Mike Callagy ‘80 - Deputy Chief San Mateo Police Dept.
40 Years Ago Today - The John Catalano Concert Series
Annual Alumni Games - Basketball, Soccer, Water Polo
News & Notes
Padre Family Photo Album
This publication is designed and edited
by Public Relations Director
Athletic Director Kevin Donahue
Admissions Director Randy Vogel
Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch
Dave Rauenbuehler ‘72
Cover Photo by Diane Mazzoni
From the Chair of the
Advisory Board of Regents
M rs . K athy L avezzo
Dear Alumni and Friends of Serra,
The Junípero Serra High School Advisory Board of Regents has been extremely busy! We are working with Serra’s
administration in many exciting areas, including: a new admissions marketing effort, the creation of a 21st Century board
academic committee, pre-planning for the Phase II capital campaign and building project — we’re in conceptual design
with our architect, annual and long-range budgeting, and exploring a new governance model at Serra.
Specifically, we have named an Ad Hoc Governance Committee to look at the President-Principal model of governance for
Serra High School. Presently, the role of the high school principal who serves as head of school has become increasingly
complex. The principal is called upon to be the school’s spiritual and instructional leader, chief advancement and financial
officer, and has direct oversight over school safety, human resources, facilities management and capital improvements. In this
model, the principal is also responsible for maintaining effective communication with all internal and external constituencies:
students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, alumni parents, benefactors and the civic and business communities.
The President-Principal model has emerged as an effective governance structure for Catholic high schools. In 2003-04,
sixty-six percent of all independent and religious community-sponsored high schools had the principal-president model of
governance and thirty-one percent of diocesan and parochial high schools had the principal-president model; these amounts
have increased since that time.
Briefly, the roles can be described as follows:
The president is the exterior face of the school. The president looks at the “big picture” and is responsible for financial
management, public relations/communications, major fundraising, enrollment management/admissions marketing, facilities
assessment/improvement and strategic planning for the future of the school. The president oversees policy formation and
ensures the implementation of the Catholic mission and vision of the school. He or she ensures that the school’s core
values are lived. In support of this effort, the president works extensively with the school’s board on long-term planning
in regards to its advancement.
Although the principal also serves as a key exterior face of the school, given the public nature of the role, his/her primary
focus is the interior functioning of the school. The principal of the school is the instructional leader, who oversees the dayto-day operations of the school and is accountable to the president for such. Besides on-going improvements to academic,
spiritual and extra-curricular programs, the principal has primary responsibility for school safety, is responsible for student
management, communication with students, faculty and staff. An additional and important task of the principal is providing
for the professional development of faculty and staff.
Serra is in a very strong position — in terms of daily operations, academic and extracurricular quality, enrollment, and faculty
and staff. With the creation and rapid maturation of its advisory Board of Regents, the school is poised to address its longterm strategic advancement. The Ad Hoc Governance Committee will continue to evaluate the adoption of a PresidentPrincipal governance model, which will allow Serra to continue its on-going school improvement efforts and to provide for
its long term spiritual, financial and institutional growth. I will continue to keep you informed of our progress.
Chair, Advisory Board of Regents
F rom T he P rincipal
M r . L ars L und
Dear Alumni and Friends of Serra:
As we move forward with ongoing school improvement efforts, we never want to lose sight
of the fact that, since 1944, a young person who enters Serra as a freshman will graduate as a man of “Faith,
Wisdom and Service.”
Men of Faith
In a world torn by strife that too often finds its source in religious conflict, Serra continues to be a school that is
grounded in the Catholic faith. Guided in the Gospel of Jesus — a gospel of love, mercy and justice — we want
our students to see the presence of God in all men and women of good will. Rooted in Word and Sacrament,
all program areas at Serra seek to deepen in our students the knowledge of God’s presence in their lives and to
assist them in discerning God’s unique call to each of them. That said, we continue to welcome students of
many faiths and we celebrate the fact that Padres come in all creeds, cultures and economic backgrounds. In our
community, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists live in community with one another,
seeking common ground and peacefully working through conflicts and misunderstandings.
Men of Wisdom
Serra is and always will be a Catholic college-preparatory. Our academic mission is to prepare students not only
for the rigors of college, but also for the rigors of life-long learning. Our students will live out their lives well
into the latter part of this century, in which social and economic life will be increasingly complex and competitive.
They will be tomorrow’s leaders in business, government, journalism, technology, medicine, law, education,
ministry, the arts and sciences. The skills we give them now will help them to be productive citizens who will
contribute to the common good, not only locally but globally. It is not enough that our students have mastered
course content across all academic areas; they also need wisdom to apply this knowledge to new situations, to
create new knowledge and to find solutions to problems inconceivable by previous generations.
Men of Service
I frequently say to our students that all the faith and wisdom in the world won’t amount to “a hill of beans”
unless each of them is serving others: “Each of you has God-given talents and abilities and each of you are
called to use this to make a difference for the good in the lives of others!” Such service begins at Serra. At a
recent assembly, we honored students who have doubled, tripled and quadrupled (and more!) the service hours
required for graduation. Applying faith and wisdom to service is at the core of a Serra education — and this has
been borne out by countless alumni who have made just such a difference for the good in all walks of life.
Serra simply could not do this without the support of alumni, alumni parents and friends. Thank you for all
you do for Serra. Enjoy this special edition of Traditions in which we celebrate the 30th anniversary of a true
man of “Faith, Wisdom and Service,” Mike Peterson!
AROUND THE HALLS
Zack Turner ‘09
Clay Mallory ‘09
Danny DeAlba ‘09
Celebrates its 10th Year!
If you were to visit Serra’s campus somewhere between 9:45
and 10:20 a.m. on a Tuesday, you might get the impression
that something “big” was going on. Perhaps Tom Brady was
on campus. Perhaps the Archbishop provided the students
with an additional day off! Perhaps . . a thousand young
hungry “boys” were getting ready to delight in nothing
other than a freshly-baked cookie! As crazy as it may seem,
for the past ten years, thousands of students, faculty and staff
members have embraced “Cookie Tuesday.” In fact, many 8th
graders have chosen to schedule their “shadow” visit on a
Tuesday because the “cookie day” experience is well-known
throughout grammar school circles. The following comments
were taken directly from an admissions application recently.
Brendan Sabean ‘10
Sophomores Michael Tauskey & Jake Moore
“I love cookies. On my shadow day, the Serra cafeteria served
some of the best cookies I’ve ever had. Cookies are just a
small part of Serra High School, though.”
Laurie Brazil, the owner of LLB Enterprises who runs Serra’s cafeteria, says she begins
baking at 5:45 a.m. and doesn’t stop for almost four hours. Her father, Bob Fava, is also
up bright and early to help get prepared for the 15 minutes it takes to see the almost 2,000
cookies disappear. Going rate . . . 3 cookies for $1.00 or 4 cookies and a milk for $2.00.
“They just melt in your mouth,” says freshman Francis Lynch as he takes a big gulp of his
“I go to sleep early on Monday nights and dream about Cookie Tuesday, adds junior
Nick Carrera ‘09 & Hitalo Nava ‘08
Sophomore Benjamin Geller claims “They take the edge off!”
It may only be a rumor, but some students have been known to bribe their teachers to
dismiss them before the bell rings in order to avoid the “cookie line,” which is by far the
longest line of the week.
Ten years ago, when Laurie’s mom Shirley Fava worked in the cafeteria under the direction
of Jean Kniffin and Eileen Houle, the staff baked approximately two to three hundred
cookies. “We are now up to close to 2,000 cookies,” said Laurie recently. “That still isn’t
enough, but we had to set some sort of limit.”
“It’s organized chaos,” says Algebra teacher and Varsity Soccer Coach Jeff Panos, who just
happened to be the teacher supervising on the Tuesday that these pictures were taken.
Sophomores Ryan Tana, Lorenzo Castillo
& Tyrell Boralato
AROUND THE HALLS
Can you find a match?
Can you find a match?
Serra’s student body currently consists of nine
sets of twins (one set missing from photo)! Do you think
you can spot our mixed-up Padre duos?
Bring Order to
Halls of Serra
Fourteen members of the Fathers’
Club brought order to the halls
of Serra High School during
the fall when they removed and
chronologically re-hung all of our
alumni graduation pictures!
Without their leadership, expertise,
and extraordinary volunter service,
this important job would never have been completed. Their
hard work will allow all who walk the halls of Junípero Serra
High School the opportunity to view our proud Padre
graduates in proper sequence.
Find out how you matched up on page 16!
AROUND THE HALLS
Introducing Our 2007 Junipero Serra Award Winner
& Alumni Award of Merit Recipients
Pictured from L to R:
Maury Hannigan ‘59 (Public Service), Bob Grassilli ‘66 (Junipero Serra Award),
Clyde Beffa ‘63 (Business), Michael Shrieve ‘67 (Arts & Letters);
Missing from photo Bruce Adornato ‘ 64 (Science & Technology)
Junipero Serra Award Winner - Bob Grassilli ‘66
Bob Grassilli ‘66 was presented with the Junípero Serra Award during the Annual Alumni Awards Assembly held in
Serra’s packed gym full of close to 1,000 young Padres. The Junípero Serra Award is presented to an alumnus who
best exemplifies through his life the mission of Serra High School.
When the Serra Alumni Association began looking at candidates for the 2007 Junípero Serra Award, they knew
they wanted alum Bob Grassilli to be considered. They also knew that they couldn’t ask Bob to submit a list of his
accomplishments because he is far too modest of a man. So, instead, they asked some of his closest friends -- all of
whom had great things to say.
Bob is not only a successful businessman, he is a man whose concern for his community is paramount -- a person who
has truly made a difference in the lives of others. Bob has involved himself in a wide variety of community concerns,
serving as the Director of the Carl & Celia Berta Gellert Foundation, on the Board of Directors for Samaritan House
(the agency that has helped thousands in our own community), been involved with the St. Vincent de Paul Society,
the University of San Francisco Board of Regents, St. Anthony’s Dining Room, the Sisters of Mercy and Mercy High
School, in addition to serving as a member of the San Carlos City Council.
Always remaining loyal to his alma mater, Grassilli continues to support Serra High School as well. He was an original
member of the Development Board for Phase I of Serra’s Capital Campaign and was crucial to its success. Currently,
Bob serves as a key member of Serra’s Fund-A-Dream Scholarship luncheon program. Serra, USF and Mercy are all
major elements of Bob’s past and all have benefited from his support and commitment.
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AROUND THE HALLS
Bob Grassilli ‘66 continued from previous page
“There’s an old baseball saying that goes back to the 1940’s that
says ‘nice guys finish last,’ said Russ Bertetta during his introduction
at the awards assembly. “I’ve known Bob for 40 plus years and he
is truly a nice guy. For all of us who know him, he will never finish
last; he is a winner.”
When Grassilli addressed the student body, he started by saying
that he was quite humbled to have been selected.
“As I was reviewing the past recipients of this award, I noticed
quite an array of different men,” Grassilli said. “There were priests,
businessmen, community leaders, elected officials, educators - all leaders in their own way. But the common thread among
them was giving back to the community both as a person and as a
He went on to talk about how our society and Serra High School,
in particular, has evolved since he graduated some 41 years ago.
“We have discovered our diversity;
we are not all the same, nor do we
come from the same backgrounds.
Recognizing that people are
different is a good thing.”
Bob spoke about the fact that
the teaching of Christian values
at Serra continues to be a part of
each day. “It does not have to be
a special course to be present,” he
said. “I know it might not seem
like it at times, but the people you
come in contact with here at Serra
will be some of the best people
that you will ever know in your
“I encourage all of
you to be open to the
experience of the Word
of God, participate in
both the secular and
love those close to you
and never forget the
Lord has a plan for each
– Bob Grassilli ‘66
2007 Junipero Serra
Bob told his young Padre brothers to cherish the friendships they
make during their four years at Serra and to look for mentors in
“The first was my dad who taught me the value of hard work to
accomplish your goals, “ he said. “Don’t expect anything to be
given to you -- work for it yourself; it is way more satisfying. He
taught me the value of my word and my name. Give your word
sparingly, but always keep it. Respect and honor are far better than
Another mentor Bob spoke about was John Kelly, one of his former
teachers at Serra. “He taught me kindness and caring and to help
those in need -- share what you can, make a difference.”
In closing, Bob offered these words:
“I encourage all of you to be open to the experience of the Word
of God, participate in both the secular and Christian community,
love those close to you and never forget the Lord has a plan for
each of us. It may not seem too clear now as you navigate through
the labryth of tests, dating, dealing with parents, etc., but it is out
there. Don’t give up. Each of you can achieve great personal
satisfaction and happiness.”
Award of Merit
Arts & Letters
Science & Technology
Serra honored four of its most outstanding alumni in its
Third bi-annual Alumni Award of Merit assembly held in
October. One recipient in each category (arts and letters,
business, public affairs and science and technology) were
Arts & Letters - Michael Shrieve ‘67
Michael Shrieve ‘67 received
one of the awards designated
for Serra graduates in the field
of arts and letters. During
Shreive’s introduction, Russ
Bertetta brought the student
body back a number of years
when live music played by “real
bands” was quite common.
“School dances, teen club
dances, even our parish club
trying to ‘get a break,’ Bertetta
said. “I can remember one
night going to a St. Pius teen VPA Director Jay Jordan with
Michael Shrieve ‘67 (original
club dance with a bunch of
drummer for Santana)
friends to see and hear a new
group. I think they were
called ‘Morning Glory’ -- who supposedly had the hottest
drummer in the area. That drummer was Michael Shrieve
and he did not disappoint.”
When Shrieve was only sixteen, he got up the nerve to go
to the Fillmore Auditorium and ask the great guitarist Mike
Bloomfield if he could sit in with him, Steven Stills and Al
Kooper (the famous Super Session group) on the drums. To
his surprise, they said yes and he spent the night jamming
away -- living out a dream. Shortly after graduating from
Serra, he had a lucky meeting with Santana in a local studio
where he ended up jamming with them and, by the end of
the night, he was their new drummer. A year later, Santana
and Michael were one of the most exciting groups of the
famous Woodstock festival and were on their way to being
one of the most successful, popular and creative bands in
Life after Santana continued to provide many new and
creative challenges. Michael’s recording credits include the
masters of popular and avant-garde music -- Mick Jagger
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Alumni Award of Merit Recipients
Michael Shrieve - continued from page 9
and the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Pete Townshend,
Steve Winwood, and jazz musicians like Freddie Hubbard and
John McLaughlin just to name a few.
Over the course of his career, Michael Shrieve has written,
produced and played on albums that have sold millions of copies
worldwide. He also composes music for film and television.
Michael Shrieve was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in 1998 and in 2005 he received the Guitar Center’s first
annual “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
When Michael accepted his award and addressed the student
body, it was clear that he continues to remain passionate about
“It doesn’t matter if you play music or are just a fan of music,
you can’t deny that music moves us in ways we don’t even
know need to be awakened,” he said. “Music prompts us to
respond with open-heartedness instead of judgment. It ushers
us to a higher place from where we can see beyond distraction
to what is true and good and lasting. If musicians accept this
responsibility, they can change the world.”
Business - Clyde Beffa ‘63
In the business world, Clyde Beffa ‘63 was honored. When
choosing a recipient for the award for Business, the committee
doesn’t necessarily look for the guy who has made the most
money or the one who has the biggest job; they look for
someone who has worked hard, experienced some trial and
error and has set a standard for excellence in their careers. Clyde
Beffa, a graduate from UC Davis with a degree in agricultural
economics, is such a man.
Clyde started his career as a dairy farmer and ended up as an
international wine expert. By 1975, Clyde had said farewell to
the dairy business to trade one beverage for another, joining
his long-time friend Todd Zucker in the retail wine and spirits
business. By the early 80’s, they began to specialize in premium
wines, advertised nationally, and developed a mailing list that
today numbers over 60,000 subscribers. The business evolved
once again several years later specializing in super premium
wines from around the world. They had found their niche and
the business was set to take off. Clyde became the resident
expert on French wine and continues to travel to France on
a regular basis. His international reputation earned him the
European Wine Ambassador’s Award in 2001.
Even with all of Clyde’s success, however, he has still found
time to be a great patron of Serra High School. He was a
prime mover of the construction of the original Frisella Baseball
Field in the early 1980’s and was a major figure in assisting with
Phase I of Serra’s Capital Campaign.
Clyde proudly accepted his award with honor, but said that
somehow he was not sure he deserved it.
“After all, my job description at K&L Wine Merchants is to
travel around the world, taste some of the best wines, visit
some of the finest wineries and chateaux and, of course, to have
some very good meals along the way . . . tough work, huh?!,”
he said with a smile.
For those who wondered about the name K&L, it’s quite
simple. Clyde’s wife is Kay and Todd’s wife is Linda.
Clyde referred to a radio commercial that he had heard recently
saying that, “A wise man once said that if you love your job,
you won’t have to work a day in your life.”
“So true for me,” Clyde told the student body.
“Through the years, I have received tremendous support from
my family,” said Clyde. “My wife, Kay, and our children Kerri
and Clyde, III (aka Trey ‘92) have been there for me through
these past 31 years offering me good advice and, occasionally,
some well-deserved constructive criticisms.”
Clyde told the student body that he, too, sat in the Serra
bleachers many years ago not knowing just what lay ahead for
him. He had no idea what he wanted to do for a career, but he
did know that he wanted to go to college.
“I would have to say the most important reason why we are
still going strong is that we work hard and we found our niche.
I believe you need to find your niche -- your place at school
and in your careers and pursue it,” Clyde offered. “My Serra
education laid a strong foundation for me both for my college
years and in my careers and it will do the same for you if you
just let it. Enjoy your brief stay here and take advantage of
everything Serra has to offer -- the faculty, the classes, the
activities, the camaraderie.”
Clyde concluded his address with “BEAT Valley Christian,”
which they did (32 to 22).
K & L Wine Merchants - A Family Business
The Zuckers & The Beffas
Public Affairs - Maury Hannigan ‘59
Standing out in the area of Public
Affairs is Maury Hannigan ‘59 and
the timing of his reward could not
have meant more. A couple of
weeks prior to the assembly, one of
Serra’s maintenance workers, Gary
Walter, was involved in a terrible
automobile accident on Highway
35 south of 92. The car he was
driving turned over several times
and plummeted 150 feet into a
ravine. For three hours, Gary hung
upside down waiting to be rescued.
If it were not for his seat belt, Gary
might not be here today.
This story relates to Maury
Hannigan because as former commissioner of the CHP, one of his
greatest accomplishments was helping to get the comprehensive
California seat belt law passed by the State Legislature. This
law saves over a thousand lives a year in California alone. The
motorcycle helmet law is another life-saving law that Hannigan
helped get passed.
After graduating from Serra in 1959, Maury earned his BA from
Golden Gate University and joined the Highway Patrol in 1964.
His 31-year career saw him rise from a field patrol officer up
through the ranks until he was appointed Commissioner of the
CHP -- the largest single law-enforcement agency in the state.
His impact on our state and its citizens is incalculable.
Maury addressed the study body stating that he was deeply
appreciative of the honor given him. He modestly added that his
accomplishments were the results of the collective efforts of many.
Maury then shared some rather startling statistics.
“As we reached the mid 1980’s, California was managing to kill an
average of 5,000 people a year in traffic collisions,” Maury said.
“In 1989, the year I was appointed the CHP’s Commissioner, we
reached a tragic all time toll of 5,500 traffic deaths - more than
five times the current student body of Serra High.
At that time, California had what is known as a “secondary” safety
belt statute. This meant that drivers and passengers were required
to use safety belts, but an officer could only enforce the law if the
vehicle was stopped for another violation.
“So the law had no teeth, resulting in low belt usage and an
intolerable California highway death toll,” Hannigan said.
In order to change the situation, the CHP and local law
enforcement needed to convince the State’s Legislature to enact
a “primary” belt law, which would allow officers to make stops
for a safety belt violation alone. However, the Legislature was
reluctant to do so.
“We needed to quantify the actual number of deaths caused by
the lack of belt usage in the State and demonstrate the societal
cost of that carnage,” Hannigan said.
To obtain that data, in 1990 and 1991 each CHP investigation
of a fatal traffic collision included a conclusion as to whether the
lack of belt usage caused the deaths due to ejection or secondary
impact within the vehicle. In 1990 that number totaled over
1,200 deaths in CHP jurisdiction alone and in 1991 it reached
1,500. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
estimates that each traffic death cost society $2.3 million dollars.
So, aside from the senseless human tragedy involved, the cost to
California for these deaths could no loner be ignored.
Armed with that data, Hannigan promised the then Speaker of the
Assembly Willie Brown and the Senate Transportation Committee
Chair Quentin Kopp that 500 lives a year would be saved if they
would give law enforcement a primary belt law. They supported
the legislation, it passed, and Governor Pete Wilson signed it into
law. The “primary” law went into effect January 1, 1993, and safety
belt usage immediately increased with usage today at over 92% -resulting in saving 1,000 to 1,200 lives annually.
“My role in the endeavor was having the privilege of helping to
orchestrate the effort, and the capabilities that assisted me in that
role stem from my years at Serra where self discipline and collective
achievement were mainstays in our day-to-day curriculum; and
for that, which we know as the Serra traditions, I will always be
Science & Technology
Bruce Adornato ‘64
Although unable to attend the assembly, Bruce Adornato ‘64 was
acknowledged in the category of science and technology. Adornato
practices Internal Medicine and Neurology and has a long history
with Stanford University. He joined the clinical faculty in 1978 and
currently serves as deputy chief of the Department of Neurology.
In 1986, Adornato co-founded the first accredited sleep clinic in
San Francisco at California Pacific Medical Center and oversaw its
sale to Stanford in 1996.
The following are some excerpts from the letter that Bruce wrote,
which was read at the awards assembly:
“Believe it or not, but a week doesn’t go by that I don’t reach back
into my Serra days and find something useful. Just two weeks ago,
the obituary I wrote for my uncle ended with a phrase from the
Aeneid, the epic poem we translated for two long years in Fr. John
Kelly’s Latin Class. Last week, I was analyzing a neurological injury
using some f=ma (force equal mass x acceleration) calculations I
learned in 3rd year physics from Fr. Dave Stronck. And, thank you
Fr. Zoph for drilling us everyday for years with nightly homework
memorization of 10 new words from “Word Power,” a little series
of books that at least made me sound educated.
Much of what I’ve ever learned and found useful, I discovered
in my 4 years on West 20th Avenue. The facts I learned, the
vocabulary, the physics and chemistry, and the writing skills allowed
me to qualify at UC Santa Barbara and, after four years there, be
selected to be in the first class at UC San Diego School of Medicine
where I received my MD in 1972. Attending Serra and having
the exposure to a good education did not guarantee any of this was
going to happen to me. There was something else I learned at Serra
which is intangible and difficult to specify. It was a work ethic, a
discipline, a satisfaction in knowledge, maybe a fear of the priest’s
wrath (I was only 5’ 4” tall at the time). There was the knowledge
that my parents were paying money to send me somewhere special
in a time when most kids went to public schools. There was a pride
in being a Serra man. To this day, I am in contact with many of my
classmates. In fact, our class of ‘64 still gets together each year on
the first Friday in December to stay in touch and celebrate our good
fortune in being Serra High School graduates.”
Bruce ended with this advice to his fellow Padres. “Be enthusiastic
about learning new things. Stay out of trouble. Set your sights
high. Don’t be afraid to be smart. And don’t let your dog eat your
AROUND THE HALLS
Serra Honors Alumni Veterans
Men of Service
Nearly two years ago (Feb 2006), Christian Clifford ‘89 (USN MS3-SS), a member of our Theology
and Social Studies Departments, spoke with Michael Peterson about the idea of recognizing Serra
graduates who served in the military. Christian was moved by the superb memorial completed
by Ms. Dee Eva and friends for the Sequoia High School alumni who lost their lives in war. In
January 2007, the Serra alumni community was canvassed via the internet and in March 2007 the
word was put out again by including a piece in Traditions. Christian invited his U.S. History and
Theology students to ask neighbors and relatives who are Serra graduates if they had served and
also used the alumni directory (with the help of his father) to send individual e-mails and letters
to those noted being military.
Opening Prayer & Blessing of Plaques
CDR (Rev.) Michael C. Barber, U.S.N.,
S.J. Regimental Chaplain, 23d Marines
The names submitted, over 240 to date, show a community of select graduates who have served
our country honorably and, in many cases, heroically, in the areas of strategic, tactical, service,
training and administrative operations. They are soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, guardsmen, and
coastguardsmen. Some Padre brothers have remembered their classmates who are now deceased
by submitting their names to the project, reminding us of the truth behind the saying, “Once a
Padre, always a Padre!”
On Tuesday, November 20, during our Thanksgiving Liturgy Service, Serra honored those Padre
brothers who have served. Five beautiful commemorative plaques bearing the names of our men
of service were unveiled and blessed by CDR (Rev.) Michael C. Barber, U.S.N., S.J. Regimental
Chaplain, 23d Marines. A special address to the student body was presented by alum and retired
General Richard Reich ‘61 U.S.A.R.
Christian Clifford took the opportunity to thank all of those who helped him with the project
including Principal Lars Lund, Russ Bertetta and Michael Peterson and the staff of the Alumni and
Development Office, Michelle Wilkinson, Kyle Lierk and the Campus Ministry staff, and all of the
students who helped get the word out. He also had these words to say . . .
Special Address to the Assembly
General Richard Reich ‘61
“Currently there are 62 alumni, that I am aware of, serving around the world. Many are away
from their families this holiday season, serving in distant lands from the North and South Korean
border, Afghanistan, Iraq, to at sea on the world’s oceans. Today is about giving thanks for the
many forms of service that Padres do, but being a man or woman of service in the military takes
a different type of person. He or she learns the value of the Constitution firsthand. His or her
sacrifices are many. By its very nature, the military man or woman’s life is restricted. Sacrifice is
not something one talks about, it is shown everyday. I remember missing Thanksgiving, Christmas
and New Year’s Day with family and friends because I was at sea. I remember shipmates missing
the births of their children. I recall having to miss Mass because priests are not assigned to
submarines. I remember hearing who won the Super bowl a week after it took place. We didn’t
even have a medical doctor on the boat. I remember the smell of fresh air for the first time after
75 days at sea. But I consider myself one of the lucky ones, because I wasn’t getting shot at. This
project was bittersweet, however. In the process I came across the
names of seven grads who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country,
A moment of silence was taken to remember the following Padres
who are not with us today and not forgotten by their fellow Padre
Capt. Steven Begehr ‘85 USMC, KIS 9/18/95
SGT John Raymond Driscoll III ‘57 ARMY KIA 7/04/69
1st Lt. Stephen Scott ‘72 USMC, KIS 2/13/80
LTJG James Patrick Shea ‘58 NAVY KIA, 4/20/65
PFC Philip Jeremiah Smith ‘63 USMC, KIA, 2/03/67
SPC Richard Alden Vinal ‘63 ARMY, KIA, 4/15/67
PFC James Matthew Wandro ‘68 USMC, KIA, 6/11/69
Clifford Brothers (Pictured L to R: Mark Clifford ‘83 USMC, Andrew Clifford ‘99
USMC, Christian Clifford ‘89 USN, and Paul Clifford ‘83 USMC)
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Men of Faith Wisdom & Service
Attention Alumni Veterans . . . If you missed this year’s deadline
to have your name included on our Wall of Honor, you may still
submit your information. Each year, we will add more names to
our Wall of Honor plaques. Log on to www.serrahs.com and click
on “Alumni Wall of Honor” in our Alumni Section, or simply mail
your information to Serra High School to the attention of Christian
Matt Vidosh ‘83 USMC, Paul Clifford ‘83 USMC,
Mark Clifford ‘83 USMC, Brian Bell ‘83 USMC
and Greg Montes ‘84 USMC
Italo Peruzzaro ‘57 US Army, Mike Peterson, Ed Sawicky ‘64 US Army
Busalacchi Brothers (Mario ‘07 & Dominic ‘05)
LCpl Dominic Busalacchi recently returned from a sevenmonth tour in Iraq. He is currently taking engineering classes
at San Jose State University. Not pictured is their oldest
brother Frank Busalacchi ‘03 USMC, who was commissioned
as a second lieutenant on Sept 9th.
Brent Rockwell ‘08, Uncle Dennis Terry ‘63 (Navy),
Cindy Rockwell, Michael Rockwell ‘06
Padre Dad Returns Home Safely
from Deployment in Iraq
Michael Grogan with son Greg ‘11
Mr. Michael Grogan, father of Jeffrey ’07 and Greg ’11,
recently returned from an almost full year deployment
in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. Since the beginning
of the school year in August, Greg has offered a prayer
intention for his father during the daily prayer requests
in his 1st period Theology class. When Greg announced
that his father was returning home, the class decided
that it would be nice to meet Mr. Grogan and welcome
him home, not to mention thank him for the service
he provided to his country. On Monday, December 3,
Mr. Ed Taylor and his first period Theology class were
honored to have Mr. Grogan spend the period with them.
Mr. Grogan spoke about his experiences and answered
questions. This was followed by a small reception when
the students presented Mr. Grogan with a Serra Padre
t-shirt. Mr. T. and his class would like to thank Mr.
Grogan for taking the time to visit the classroom. It was
nice putting a face on the man for whom they had been
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For School and Country
by Andrew Comstock ‘10
On Tuesday, October 16,
2007, I was privileged
to attend the 33rd
Global Conference of the
Philippine Chamber of
Commerce in Manila. My
name is Andrew Comstock.
I am 15 years old and a
sophomore at Serra High
Albert Del Rosario. The
Ambassador turned out
to be a very nice man
and in the next ten days
I would be a guest at his
house, and at the famous
Manila Polo Club, where
he liked to relax. After
ten days, he started
to call me his nephew.
We spent three days in
Manila and then it was
off to Hong Kong.
I earned the right to attend
this conference in the
Philippines by volunteering
There is a saying about
at Seton Medical Center.
Hong Kong, “If New
I started volunteering at
York is the city that never
Seton Medical Center in
sleeps, then Hong Kong
late 2005. At that time, I
is the city that never
was the youngest volunteer
This is the
at Seton Hospital at the
truest sentiment about
age of 13. Through Seton
the city that I have ever
Medical Center, I accessed
heard. Hong Kong is the
biggest city that I have
at the Daly City Colma
Former President of the Philippines, His Excellency Fidel Ramos,
ever been in. It is busy,
Chamber of Commerce
Andrew Comstock ‘10 and Andrew’s father, Jim Comstock
busy, busy. Everything
and the Daly City Police
Activities League. I have
stays lit up at night and
truly enjoyed my volunteer experiences in Daly City.
we never went anywhere
where we didn’t hear the
Daly City is one of the few west-coast cities that have an
me the most was the
sounds of people and
Asian majority in its population, and the majority of that
demographic is Filipino. From volunteering at these places
warmth and kindness
I was invited to volunteer and attend this prestigious
of the Filipino people.
Our party got a chance
conference in the Philippines along with several members
to take a hydrofoil ferry
of the Daly City-Colma Chamber of Commerce. In all
over Hong Kong bay
I earned 84 hours of volunteer time in 2006. Many of
me the most was the
to Macau. Macau is a
them were secondary to my meeting, making contacts and
mixture of cultures. It
negotiating with other delegates of the conference. I not
is Chinese in every way,
only met with Filipino business leaders and ambassadors, but
Drew Comstock ‘10
but it still retains its rich
also with representatives from all over the entire world.
history as a Portuguese
colony, and finally it is a
The plane ride to the Philippines is 13 hours long. It gives
lot like Las Vegas. Giant American Casinos dominate the
you plenty of time to think. Even though I would be away for
landscape. The symbol of Macau is the ruins of St. Paul’s
10 days, I took pride in the fact that I would be representing
Church, an old and beautiful Portuguese mission. Macau,
both my school and my country. I dreamt of the possible
to me, is a perfect blend of Eastern and Western Culture in
adventures in Manila, Hong Kong and Macau.
a vibrant, thriving city. And now, I can say that the farthest
east that I have ever traveled is to St. Paul’s Church in
Our first night in the Philippines we were honored at a
dinner hosted by Philippine Ambassador to America, Mr.
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Three days later our council traveled back to Manila for the
conference. I happened to be the youngest delegate to both
the conference and to sit in the foreign delegates section. I
was truly privileged to meet the American Ambassador to
the Philippines, Mrs. Kristie Kenney; a woman who I felt
exemplified what a positive effect America has on countries
that would otherwise struggle in poverty. She shared many
stories about the Philippines and she is a strong supporter of
American Philippine trade and commerce.
In addition, I had two long
conversations with Mrs. Judy
Reinke, Trade Counselor of the
American Embassy. She not only
had brilliant ideas on creating
more mutually profitable trade
between America and the
Philippines, but also had plans to put them into action. She
is a very strong believer in people-to-people visits and the
need for free trade to flow between both countries.
On the third day of the conference, we were guests at a speech
by President Gloria Arroyo. While her speech was focused
on recent political instabilities and not trade and commerce,
she stood out as a strong leader and a charismatic speaker
as well. After her speech, we were privileged to spend
an afternoon with former President of the Philippines,
Fidel Ramos at the Ramos Foundation for Peace and
Development. Past President Ramos is a very interesting,
sociable person. He talked to us about the need for
continued support of the Philippines by America and the
mutual benefits to be gained by trade and commerce. I
spent the most interesting afternoon of my life talking with
this distinguished leader on current events in the world. I
found out that he is a West Point graduate who has a very
strong commitment to democracy.
Counting the return from our excursion to Hong Kong,
this is my third visit to the Republic of the Philippines.
What impressed me most was the warmth and kindness
of the Filipino people. What disheartened me the most
was the tremendous poverty. People live and work in
unimaginable conditions, conditions that I can’t even
compare to life in America. Visiting this conference
broadened my perspective and it inspires me to work hard
in my own community and the global community to rid
the world of poverty.
Jim and Andrew Comstock ‘10 in front of St. Paul’s Church, Macau, China
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Jonathan & Alexander Cervantes
How did you match up?
How did you match up?
Andrew & Colin Reid
Frank & Danny Cohen
Ben & Peter Dowden
Michael & Max Rulon-Miller
Matthew & Bryan Nichol
Sophomore Bradley ‘Junípero’ Bottoms
Bradley Bottoms ‘10 smiles for the camera in this confirmation photo
with his sponsor, Ena Rico Brand. Ena is the grandmother to Dustin
Romero ‘07, Devin Romero ‘09 and Christian Seul ‘11. Bradley
chose the confirmation name of Junípero in honor of the spirit of
Fr. Junípero Serra and the sense of brotherhood he’s come to know
and value as a member of the Serra community. His confirmation
was held on September 9, 2007 at Church of the Good Shepherd in
Pacifica and celebrated by Bishop Ignatius Wang. Fellow Serra Padres
receiving their confirmation were sophomores John Fruehe, Bryan
Gomes, Brendan Hart and Joshua Scerri.
David & Mitchell Regina
Mark & Michael Timko
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“Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle”
It’s hard not to see the similarities between being a Serra Padre and being an Eagle Scout.
Just like graduation day for a Padre, the Eagle Scout Court of Honor is a very personal event
in both the life of an Eagle and that of his family and friends. The similarities, however,
do not end there. The lifetime commitments made by a Padre mirror those of an Eagle
-- commitments of both honor and responsibility and acceptance of both a “Charge” and a
Challenge.” Just as we say, “Once a Padre, Always A Padre,” the title of Eagle Scout is held
for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle.”
Several notable Americans have attained this highest rank in scouting, including former
President Gerald Ford, Astronaut James Lovell, Actor Jimmy Stewart and former Senator
Bill Bradley. Current members of the Serra faculty who have earned their Eagle include
Jeff Panos, Michael Peterson, Rob Solari and Ralph Stark -- while current students Michael
Henry Tauskey ‘10 and the Worthge brothers (Jonathan ‘08 and Shane ‘09) have recently
joined the ranks of current students and Padre alums who have also earned the rank of
Just as we ask our graduating seniors to be “Men of Faith, Wisdom and Service,” so does
the “Charge” of an Eagle Scout . . . .
“As an Eagle Scout (Serra Padre) you have assumed a solemn obligation to do your duty
to God, to country, to your fellow Scouts (Padres) and to mankind. You are here to make
the future greater. Be a leader, but lead only towards the best. I charge you to be among
those who dedicate their skills and ability to the common good. Build America on the solid
foundations of clean living, honest work, unselfish citizenship and reverence for God.”
Sophomore Corey Sullivan (son of faculty
member Tom Sullivan) represented
the Bay Area at the 21st World Scout
Jamboree held in Chelmsford, England
this past summer. Along with fellow
members of Boy Scout Troop 416, Corey
joined over 40,000 scouts who shared in
adventures, international friendships, and
personal growth. Celebrating the the
centennial year of the founding of the
scouting movement, the jamboree theme
was “One World, One Promise.”
Michael Henry Tauskey ‘10 and
Johnathan Worthge ‘08 climb Half
Dome while on a troop outing this past
summer. A total of six Serra scouts and
one Serra staff member (Assistant Track
Coach and Troop 41 Scoutmaster Walt
Worthge) were also on the outing.
Attention Padre Eagles!
We are in the process of accumulating
names of all Padre “Eagles.” If you
are an Eagle or currently a scout
working towards your Eagle, please
let us know. Log on to Serra’s website
at www.serrahs.com and click on
the “Alumni” section to complete our
online form or e-mail mwilkinson@
Serra Supports A Very Special Toy Box
For the ninth consecutive year, Serra High
School students have collected toys and
donations to benefit “A Very Special Toy
Box,” a non-profit program which supplies
hospitals with toys for children undergoing
cancer treatments. The program was
established by Nancy Torres nearly thirty
years ago and currently assists eleven
hospitals equipped with pediatric oncology
units treating children with cancer.
Throughout the year, her efforts provide
support for children with cancer who, after
receiving bone marrow, chemo, radiation
and spinal treatments, can unlock the toy
box and choose a new toy. Instrumental
in this year’s Serra toy collection were the
Pictured above with Santa getting the toys ready for delivery are
theology classes of Ed Taylor and the algebra
freshmen Michael DeLuna, Giancarlo Gavidia, Tony Fahy and Greg Grogan
classes of Bruce Anthony and Randy Vogel.
Art teacher Peg Farrell supported Nancy’s
toy box with a generous cash donation from the proceeds of her classes’ Winter Art Show. Interact President Hanna Malak ‘08
was joined by fellow students on a shopping spree using student donated money to shop for additional toys to make this year’s
toy drive the most successful ever.
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Serra Faculty . . . More than just great teachers
Serra Faculty Members Take On Alcatraz Swim
by Faculty Member Eric Plett
he Alcatraz swim was and
is great. The water was a
frigid 58ºF, but the views are
incredible -- the Bay Bridge
and Treasure Island on your left and the
Golden Gate on your right. The waves
and cold are challenging, even when
wearing a wet suit. For many, it’s a life
goal. What other chance do you get to
swim from “The Rock” to Aquatic Park?
Every time I drive over the Golden
Gate Bridge, I take a quick peak out to
Alcatraz and imagine myself swimming
in. From that vantage point it looks like
a long way from the rock in to safety!
Serra faculty members Tom Sullivan, Will McCarthy and Eric Plett
This was my second Alcatraz swim –
both times with Serra faculty. The first
time (2001), I swam the 1.5 mile distance with Will McCarthy and Ted Morton. Of the three of us, I was the first one finished
with a disappointing time of 45 minutes. Willis had trouble standing after being in the icy water for over an hour! He was treated
for hypothermia in the first aid tent after the event – trying to raise his body temperature.
We were much better prepared in 2007 under the guidance of first-timer Tom Sullivan. Tom had us very prepared. We trained
in the spring three to four times a week in Serra’s pool. We even went to swim in Aquatic Park two days prior for a “dry” run,
trying out our wet suits. It was good for me because I realized that I had better borrow a hood from triathlete and colleague,
I was very excited to go 41 minutes this time and owe a lot of it to Tom. Willis improved his previous time by 15 minutes
dropping down to a 45 minute finish! It was Tom’s first time and even though he was well prepared, he was a little overwhelmed
with it all – swallowing water early on, then completing the swim in 53 minutes. Willis and I, with our previous experience, were
much more businesslike about it all knowing what we were up against.
We all finished alive and well, vowing to conquer the Bay again next spring - June 2008!
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My Boston Marathon Experience
By Mark Goyette
As I was lying awake at 2 a.m. listening to the sideways rain pound the windows of our
hotel room, I couldn’t help but think that this wasn’t the way I had envisioned my Boston
Marathon experience. It was April 16, 2007. If not the culmination of a running career,
certainly this was a landmark event and I had hoped for better conditions. I was mentally
reviewing the checklist of gear that I would need for about the twentieth time and finally
decided to get up and make some tea. I looked out the window and surveyed the Charles
River below. Whitecaps marked the surface and even in the dark I could see the spray being
blown off the river by the 50 mph gusts.
The Nor’easter that had begun to blow in on Saturday was in full force. Being a lifelong
California resident, I had gone on line to look up some information about Nor’easters. I
wasn’t comforted. There had even been some discussion about canceling the race for only the
second time in the 111-year history of the event. For now, I had about three hours to ponder
my race strategy before it was time to eat breakfast. Being only my second marathon, I was
going to have to rely on my many experiences running shorter distances.
I thought of my first Cross Country and Track coach, Fred Pearson, at Camino School who
instructed us with firmness and compassion and drove home the idea that during a race you
have the responsibility to try and pass the person in front of you. I thought of the many ways
that Jim Myers, my coach at El Dorado High School, motivated us and pushed us and made
the sport of running fun. Finally, I thought of John Pappa, my Cross Country coach at UC
Davis. He was a football star at Cal in the early 1950’s and understood high-level competition
and how to mold the minds and shape the spirits of athletes. From each of these men, I
borrowed liberally to form my own career as a coach here at Junipero Serra High School and
now at Our Lady of Angels School in Burlingame. To these coaches and to these schools I
felt a responsibility to run well. I also hoped to gain a bit of karma from any or all parts of
my running past.
Serra faculty member Mark Goyette
Finally, it was time to get up, get dressed, eat, and meet the charter bus at 7 a.m. that would take us to the starting line in the little
hamlet of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Hopkinton is directly west of Boston, which means the race runs due east the entire way, into
the teeth of those Nor’easter winds. The winds were so strong that some of the many buses headed to Hopkinton that morning
were pulling off of the highway to wait for better conditions. One of the old bards on our bus who was running his 26th consecutive
Boston Marathon mused, “best case scenario, the rain stops; worst case scenario, hypothermia and death.” He wasn’t smiling.
Once at Hopkinton High School which was the staging area for the race, all of the usual pre-race rituals were out of the question. I
tried to go for a quick warm-up jog and got soaked. Back on the bus, I sat down and tried to think clearly about what to wear. This
was going to be critical and I told myself not to be influenced by others. Everyone responds to the cold differently, and I needed
to make the right choices for me. The difficult part is planning for 3-4 hours out in the weather. A runner’s needs at the end of
a marathon might be much different than their needs at the beginning. People on our bus were getting very tense and making
some bad decisions regarding what to wear. My plan was to stay as dry as possible before the race, and then go with the minimum
amount of clothing that I thought would prevent hypothermia. This meant sacrificing my warm-up plan, which I had never done
in all my years of racing.
Finally, it was 9:30 a.m., half an hour before race time, and time to get into the “corrals” or starting areas. These are set up
according to qualifying times. What this meant for all the runners was half an hour of standing in the rain, trying to jog in place to
stay warm. The disposable rain gear was coming in handy. At 10 a.m. the starting gun went off and everyone was glad to finally be
running. This was it. I was finally running the Boston Marathon!
A few moments of the race stand out. After five miles, the rain began to let up and I remember thinking, “please let this be the end
of the storm.” It was still cold and windy and I was far too wet, but at least no more rain. The small New England towns along
the course look like each could be on a postcard. Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley were all picturesque and the fact
that I noticed them during a race says much about their charm. Did I mention Wellesley? The traditional halfway point where the
women of Wellesley College come out in force to cheer on the runners in a way only the Wellesley Women could. Cheers! This
was a great boost to my spirits and carried me for the next couple of miles. At sixteen miles I approached the famed “heartbreak
hill” which is actually a series of hills ending near the 21 mile mark. It was here that I began to realize that my race was not going
to end as I had planned.
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My Boston Marathon Experience by Mark Goyette
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I charged the first hill and convinced myself that I felt fine and that my legs felt good
and my feet felt bouncy. This was a lie, but the mind is a powerful tool. The next small
rise I took with authority, but I was paying a steep price. In reality I felt overheated
and my legs felt wobbly. At the aid station near the 18-mile mark, I slowed almost to a
stop, drank Gatorade, poured two cups of water on my head and reached for my Advil
in the small pocket of my shorts. Gone. I must have spilled them somehow. I surged
back onto the course and caught the runners I had just been with. The steepest and
longest hill starts just after the 19-mile marker. I started up this hill and knew it was
over. I would struggle the rest of the way.
At 22 miles, I looked up and saw my good friend and training partner Joe Dito having
an equally bad day. I made a pathetic surge to catch up to him and we ran the last four
miles together trying to make some sense of the day. This was fate and a blessing. I
had averaged 44 miles a week in training since July 1st and much of it was with Joe. It
was only fitting that we got to finish together. The crowds along the course were huge
and very supportive. This I will never forget. My wife Anne and our three children,
Emma, Aidan, and Eoin were there to cheer me on at the finish. 3:42:03. Not what I
had wanted and yet, for once I was trying to enjoy the experience. Mostly, I am proud
of the time and the training and the dedication that gave me a chance to take part in the
world’s oldest and most famous marathon. I hope to come back someday.
Training partner Joe Dito &
Serra faculty member Mark Goyette
finishing the Boston Marathon
A Personal Quest for Serra Teacher Will McCarthy
Serra chemistry teacher and cross country coach Will McCarthy has a great story to tell – a story of
passion, a story of the human spirit. So he says in the opening of his preface in his self-published
work of fiction, “100 Miles to Destiny, a Novel on Running.” McCarthy writes, “In the year of our
Lord one thousand nine hundred eighty-four, three hundred seventy men and women assembled
at the base of Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe to participate in an inaugural 100 Mile Endurance
Run World Championship. I was one of the participants. The 1984 race, the eighth edition of the
Western States Trail Run, spawned the idea of this novel.”
An avid runner for twenty-five years, Coach McCarthy has run races of half mile track runs to 100
mile endurance runs and, after concluding his running career in 2000, he took up writing. Taking
creative writing classes at the College of San Mateo, plus working part time on the novel for six
years between his commitments of parenting, teaching and coaching, he completed the novel last
The book’s setting is the Western States Trail, a trail Will is quite familiar with since he has run this
particular race four times. The time is the 1984 Olympics hosted by the city of Los Angeles, and
athletes have arrived at Squaw Valley to compete in an inaugural event. The reader has the opportunity to experience the Western
States Trail through an international cast of characters. McCarthy elaborates, “Character development was my most formidable task
as I attempted to capture the essence of a nationality within an athlete running in an endurance run with a global audience. My intent
was to take the reader not only to the trail, but also to the 1984 Olympics with all the details of an international competition. No
question, the book represents the grandest undertaking of my life.”
McCarthy tried to find a suitable publisher or literary agent for three years with little success. “The few offers I received were from
publishing or literary agencies that had inflated images of themselves and poor reputations to match when I made further inquiries,”
McCarthy said. “Since I could not let this project die, I made the difficult decision to self-publish. There are so many obstacles and
costs to self-publishing a novel and I’m still learning as I proceed.”
Twenty-two years ago in a small cottage near Moncrivello, Italia, Will McCarthy sat at an antique wooden table and began writing
notes about an Olympic 100 mile endurance run on the Western States Trail. Despite not pursuing his goal of writing the novel for
fifteen years, thoughts and ideas continued to percolate until ultimately, he began his personal quest to bring the book to print. Now
he has accomplished that and from early reports of readers he has indeed written a story of passion and spirit.
Will concludes, “I think we all have a story to tell – this one happens to be mine.”
For more information or to purchase a copy of the paperback,
you may contact Mr. McCarthy at Serra or view his website at:
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Serra’s Annual Benefit Auction, a
“Golden Gate Gala,” was one of our
most successful fund raising events in
Serra history. Due to the tremendous
amount of generosity and the hard
work of countless dedicated volunteers,
we were able to net over $250,000!
For the second year in a row our
dedicated co-chairs Angi DiPaola,
Jackie Cooper, Kathy Flynn and Theresa
Stoye worked thier magic to transform Serra High School
into the “City by the Bay” and provide hundreds of guests
with a golden night to remember!
Thanks to the following leadership volunteers for all of
their hard work and support: Caroline Bottoms, Margaret
Brummer, Pam Butler, Sue Calderon, Leanne Ciardi, Joan
Dentler, Lana Greco, Marisa Henze, Barb Maciel, Diane
Mazzoni, Linda McCollum, Tami Mey, Joe Raccanello,
Fran Raccanello, Scott Regina, Janine
Regina, Kris Robinson, Cindy Rockwell,
Barbara Sabean, Alexa Smith, Richard
Smith, Rebecca Smith, Robin Strombom,
Tonette Timko, Jim Toomey, Jeanne Urich
and Jane Zoucha.
Please accept our sincere apologies if we have mistakenly omitted any names.
Serra’s 2007 In Via Award
Junípero Serra’s 2007 In Via Award was a bit out of the
ordinary this year, but that’s only because the recipients
of the award are quite extraordinary!
The In Via Award is typically presented to “a nonalumnus who, through word and deed, has given
Christian example and has shown on-going support for
Serra High School.”
However, when the selection committee sorted through
an impressive list of candidates, all four of the Dooley’s
names kept coming up over and over again . . . and as
Michael Peterson pointed out during his presentation
of the award, “it is very difficult to separate Bob Dooley
from John Dooley or Bob Dooley from Sharon or John
In addition, when the committee began looking at all
that these four individuals have unselfishly done over
the years, it is virtually impossible to say that one did
something without the support of the other.
Pictured from L to R:
Principal Lars Lund, John & Lorraine Dooley, Sharon & Bob Dooley, Mike Peterson
Thank you “Dooley” family for your incredible
volunteer service, continued support and commitment
to Serra High School and Catholic Education.
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Michael 30 Years
A Colleague Reflects on Michael Peterson’s Thirty Years
t was nearly thirty years ago when I first met Michael Peterson.
It was a Saturday morning in the spring of 1978 when we chatted
over breakfast at the San Mateo Lyons Restaurant. Mike had
just been appointed principal of Junípero Serra High School and the
outgoing principal had asked me to meet with Mike to interview him
for a feature story in the upcoming parent/alumni newsletter that
would introduce him to the Serra community.
At the age of 35, Mike was finishing up his duties as Riordan High
School’s Assistant Principal, before beginning his 25-year tenure as
the first lay Principal of Junípero Serra High School. During Mike’s
thirty years at the school, both the world and Serra High School have
by Randy Vogel
While at Serra, Peterson has seen more than 6,000 students graduate,
worked with over 300 faculty and staff members and has been
instrumental in numerous changes in both the school’s programs and
the physical plant. As principal, he led the efforts to bring computers
into the school when computers were a mystery to most people,
oversaw the remodeling of the classroom wing, science labs and
chapel, directed an up-grade of the athletic facilities, managed the
construction of the facility which currently houses the Development,
Public Relations and Admission Offices, and added the sports of crew,
volleyball and wrestling to Serra’s Athletic programs.
In thirty years, there have not been too many Serra events that
Mike Peterson has not attended. He is ever present in support of
students and parents in
Five presidents served
their activities. Mike’s
to the Serra family is
principal, four Popes
exceeded only by his
dedication to and love for
Church and the San
his own family. He and his
Francisco 49ers won
wife Joey, who has taught
five Super Bowls. World
math at Notre Dame,
headlines included the
twentyfall of the Berlin Wall,
five years, are the proud
the 9-11 attacks on
grandparents of two-year
the U.S., the passage
old Caitlin, and six-month
of the Equal Rights
old Hailey, the children
of their daughter Kristen
breakup of the Soviet
(Notre Dame Belmont
Union, the capture of
‘92) and her husband
Saddam Hussein, the
Chris Degnan. Their son
Carl, a ‘93 Serra grad,
accident, the war in
recently became engaged
to Heather Dowling.
of the World Wide
Michael Peterson Family
One of Mike’s more
Pictured from L to R: grandaughter Caitlin, son-in-law Chris Degnan, daughter
enjoyable tasks has been
Kristen (NDB ‘92), Michael Peterson, wife Joey with grandaughter Hailey, future
to serve for 20 years as
the creation of the
daughter-in-law Heather Dowling, son Carl ‘93
the moderator of Serra’s
Fathers’ Club, assisting them with the Spring Pot of Gold Raffle
Station, the tragedy at Columbine, and a Starbucks on every corner.
(formally known as the Cadillac Raffle), the “Rebuilding Together
During these years, we saw the evolution of names and words that Program,” various weekend service projects throughout both the
had never before been a regular part of our vocabulary, such as e- school and the community, providing dinners for the faculty before
mail, hanging chads, roll over minutes, iPod, bling-bling, DVDs, evening parent nights, supporting parent socials and fundraising
Blackberry, Xbox, PacBell Park, Netflix, Survivor’s Tribal Council, functions and serving as ushers for graduation.
ESPN, global warming, eBay and hybrid cars. During Peterson’s
years at Serra, a U.S. Presidential election was decided 35 days after Prior to his hiring at Serra, Mike quickly rose through the education
the polls closed, gas prices jumped from .67 cents a gallon to nearly ranks following his graduation from Iona College in New Rochelle,
$4, and Serra grad Tom Brady ‘95 led the New England Patriots to New York. The Chicago native obtained his MA in religious education
three Super Bowl wins. It truly is a different world we face today in from Seattle University in 1972 and his Masters in Educational
Administration from San Francisco State University in 1976. He
so many ways.
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Serra Honors Michael Peterson continued from previous page
began his teaching career in 1964 at Power Memorial Academy
in New York, where he served as the Latin Department Chairman
for three years. In 1967 he moved to Cantwell High School in
Montebello, CA, where he taught Theology and Latin and also served
as department chairman. During the 1971-72 school year he was
department chairman and Latin teacher at St. Laurence High School
in Oaklawn, Illinois. Prior to joining Serra, Mike spent six years at
Riordan High School in San Francisco, first as a teacher and then in
1974-1978 as the Assistant Principal.
I never imagined I would be working for the next thirty years with
the man I met that spring day in 1978 and that he would become one
of my closest friends. As a principal he was always willing to listen,
respected others and their ideas, reached out to all segments of the
community and truly worked to make Serra a better place. He was
caring, dedicated and tireless as a principal and as a man he is honest,
loyal, selfless and compassionate. One teacher commented, “Mike has
a leadership style that recognizes the talents of others”, while another
added, “He has been the heart of Serra for nearly thirty years.”
Over the past thirty years Mike Peterson has helped me personally to
grow as a professional Catholic educator and has been an extremely
supportive friend and colleague. I value his friendship and guidance
and sincerely appreciate all he has done for Junípero Serra High
School and for me as an individual
Today, Mike Peterson continues to serve the school as Director of
Planned Giving and shares his expertise to assist in the school’s capital
campaign. He still serves as moderator of the Fathers’ Club -- a task
he enjoys probably as much as the fathers enjoy having him around.
The Best of “Neighbors”
During the 25 years Michael Peterson was
Principal at Serra, a wonderful friendship
developed with the neighbors at the Carey
School (an independent grammar school
located directly behind Serra’s campus on
the “Alameda”). In a recent telephone
interview with Clare Carey Willard, one of
the daughters of the founders of the Carey
School, we asked her to comment on the
“I believe our friendship with Serra High
School and Michael Peterson, in particular,
has remained so strong because we have
always been committed to the same thing
. . . . getting young people out into the
world to do the good things that God
wants them to do,” Clare said.
for costume changes, and Serra even
allowed us to use their backdrops and
stage settings. I am very grateful for
the kind generosity of Mike Peterson
and the other administrators. We will
be forever thankful to them for making
our lives so much easier.”
Clare went on to describe the
“Friendship Gate” that was created so
that the Serra boys could retrieve the
playground balls that mysteriously kept
finding their way onto Serra’s campus.
“The “older” Serra boys were quite
popular with the 8th grade girls,” Clare
In 1989 Mary T. and Clare retired,
passing the reins of the Carey tradition
to their new Headmaster, Robert
The history of the Carey School dates
Simpson, and the Board of Trustees.
back to 1928 when Mary Carey, a former
Peterson and Clare still
teacher, and her husband James T. Carey,
continue to remain friends, however,
a businessman, founded a small pre-school
enjoying an occasional lunch or
for their two daughters, Mary Therese and
Clare Carey Willard & Michael Peterson
community get together. Clare also
Clare. A pioneer in her day, Mrs. Carey
believed in early childhood education during a time when pre-school looks forward to Michael’s fishing trips because it’s not uncommon
for him to stop by and deliver a fresh “catch.”
was virtually unheard of and very few schools even had kindergarten.
By the time her oldest daughter, Mary T., was ready for 1st grade,
Mrs. Carey became appalled at how reading was being taught in public
schools. Specifically, children were instructed to read by sight and
memorization alone. The problem, of course, was that if a student
came across a word they didn’t recognize, they couldn’t read it. Mrs.
Carey wanted to combine both the sight approach with phonetics in
order to teach students to read, as well as to spell. So, rather than
send her daughter off to public school, Mrs. Carey decided to add
a 1st grade class to her small pre-school. As attendance grew and
the children progressed, so did the Carey School. One by one, more
grades were added and eventually both daughters graduated from 8th
grade at the school their parents had founded. The sisters went on to
attend Mercy High School and, upon college graduation, returned to
the Carey School to become teachers.
Mary T. and Clare met Michael Peterson when he became Serra’s
Principal in 1978, and Clare says that he has been a great neighbor
and friend ever since.
“Michael has never wavered in his support of the Carey School,”
Clare said. “We used Serra’s track field for our special sport’s day;
we used the auditorium for musicals and graduation; the classrooms
Clare ended her interview saying that she was happy to share a bit of
the history of her parents’ school, but that the true story is not about
the Carey School or Serra. “It’s about the faculty, staff, parents and
students that make up the school,” she said. “It’s about an amazing
man and friend of mine named Michael Peterson who I would like to
congratulate and recognize for his 30 years of dedicated service. He
is a strong administrator and most importantly a remarkable teacher,
which in my opinion is the highest accolade I can give anyone . . .
the title of teacher.” And then, she shared the following story.
Several years ago, a young boy was asked by his father what he
wanted to be when he grew up.
“A teacher,” he proudly replied.
“A teacher? questioned his father. “ Do you know that teachers
don’t get paid very much? How about a doctor or a lawyer, or
perhaps a scientist?
“No, I still really want to be a teacher, said the boy. “Any ways, dad,
did you know that if you didn’t have teachers, you wouldn’t have
any of those other people?”
AROUND THE HALLS
Scholarship Named in
Honor of Michael Peterson
At a Serra basketball game at Mitty a few years back, Serra dad,
David Whitney, and Principal Lars Lund had a conversation.
David mentioned how pleased he and his wife, Lori, were with
the education their sons were experiencing at Serra. As parents
they were heartened by the fact that Serra not only provides a
great academic program, but that teachers and staff are primarily
committed to the students “total education”— heart, mind and
character. David also mentioned the wonderful sense of community
evident at Serra among parents, alumni, faculty and students. He
indicated that he and Lori wanted to help Serra in a special way.
As time went on, the Whitney family has helped Serra in a number
of special ways. First of all, they sent two wonderful young men to
Serra who have distinguished themselves in the classroom, in the arena of athletic competition and as Padres who live our school’s mission.
A few years back, Lori became a member of our Board of Regents and has played an invaluable role with our Planned Giving efforts. David
has been an enthusiastic supporter of our baseball, basketball and wrestling programs. Last year, they indicated that they wanted to do even
more for Serra and asked Principal Lund what he felt the school’s most urgent need was.
Principal Lars Lund, Lori Whitney, David Whitney, Michael Peterson
“My immediate response was financial aid,” Lars said.
Each year, 20% of Serra students receive financial assistance. In response to $2.3 million in requests, this year Serra awarded $1 million in
financial aid to deserving families. In anticipation of future increases in financial aid requests, we have redoubled our efforts to fund financial
aid. Most notably, our Alumni Phon-A-Thon, the annual Fund-A-Dream Luncheon, and the annual Alumni Golf Tournament have added
significant funds to this effort. Additionally, our newly established Planned Giving program will be a key component in this effort. To date,
thirty individuals have remembered Serra in their wills -- the proceeds of which will increase our endowment in support of financial aid. To
this end, David and Lori Whitney generously donated $25,000 to establish the C. Michael Peterson Endowed Scholarship Fund.
“This is in honor of my predecessor who served as our principal from 1978 to 2003 and is now doing a fantastic job heading up our Planned
Giving effort,” said Lars. “The annual interest from this fund will be applied to our financial aid program. Mike Peterson’s faithful service
exemplifies the best Serra has to offer, and I am very proud of the fact that his name is attached to this important effort. I urge all members
of the Serra Community -- especially alumni and alumni parents -- to support this worthy cause!”
“Finally, I want to personally thank David and Lori Whitney for their dedicated service to Junipero Serra High School,” Lars said.
Up Close & Personal with Michael Peterson
Tell us a bit about your childhood. “I grew up on the South side of Chicago and attended public elementary school. I enjoyed going camping
with the scouts and to camp in the summer. I have one brother, George, who is three years younger than me. He lives outside Chicago with his wife,
daughter and son.”
Where did you go to High School / College? “I attended Leo High School, taught by the Irish Christian Brothers, which is the same order that
teaches at Palma High School in Salinas. I earned my BA from Iona College, my MA in religious education from Seattle University and another
MA from San Francisco State University in Educational Administration. Lifetime California Credential.”
What were some of your first jobs? “Delivering papers, cutting lawns, ushering at baseball games (White Sox and Cubs), football games
(Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals), as well as Black Hawk hockey games, car shows, trade shows, operas and ballets!! I worked three summers
for Boy Scout Camps in upstate Michigan for the Chicago Council managing the dining hall for 300 campers for one summer and as director of
the aquatic program for another summer.”
Who is a significant person you looked up to in your life? “My father, my scout master and junior English teacher.”
How about some of your personal favorites? Color? “Blue”; Food? “Salmon”; Dessert? Pecan pie with vanilla ice cream.”; Ice Cream Flavor?
“Pecan.”; Book? “Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton”; Movie? “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”; Sport? “Baseball” ;
Places to Visit: “Greece and Alaska”
What are your hobbies? “Playing with grandchildren, Caitlin and Hailey, and fishing/camping with friends in the Eastern Sierras.”
Why did you decide to work at Serra? “When I applied for the job as principal, I had already taught at four different schools for 14 years. I
believe in Catholic Schools, what they stand for and what they represent, and I thought I could bring something to the family and community of
Serra and help it to become an even better school than it already was.
What do you like most about working for Serra? “I love the sense of family and community that I have experienced ever since I first came here
in 1978. I have been blessed by meeting and working with so many outstanding people these past 30 years, whether they are students, their parents,
alumni, faculty and staff, or just friends of Serra. When I came to Serra, it was almost automatic that our family would become part of the Serra
family, whether that was my wife, Joey, who attended almost as many activities as I did throughout the years, our daughter, Kristen, who probably
attended almost as many student events as the Serra students and who wanted us to go coed at one time so she could attend Serra, and our son, Carl
’93, who grew up in Serra’s gym and fields even before he went to grammar school. In fact, when Joey taught one class during my first or second
year at Serra, Carl was babysat by two seniors throughout the year in my office -- Greg Quigley ’80, presently Principal of College of San Mateo
Middle College High School and Michael Callagy ’80, presently Deputy Police Chief of San Mateo Police Department.”
The Faces of Serra’s Campus Ministry Team
Christian Service Coordinator
What Happened to the Wall?
by Kyle Lierk, Director of Campus Ministry
Those Serra students who have been bold enough to cross the threshold of the Campus
Ministry office this year have noticed something quite different from years past. A commonly
heard exclamation has been, “What happened to the wall?!” While not nearly as dramatic as
the destruction of the wall between East and West Berlin in 1989, the demolition of the wall
that divided the Campus Ministry office during the summer of 2007 has
received its own share of attention. Rather than feeling liberated, some We in Campus
students have expressed feelings of loss. They no longer have their own Ministry have
corner of the world complete with couches and bereft of adults.
challenge to become
In his poem, “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost ponders the need for a stone servant leaders as
wall that separates him from his neighbor. “Something there is that our primary mission
doesn’t love a wall, that wants it down,” reads one of the most powerful at Serra High School
lines of the poem. The words challenge the tradition that has always and to form the
called for an artificial separation between lands and people. Jesus Christ students to do the
does the same when, in John’s Gospel, he rises from the dinner table same.
where his followers are seated. He proceeds to wash their feet—a task of
the day reserved only for the lowliest servant of the house. In this simple Kyle Lierk, Director of
act, Jesus models a servant leadership that brings people together. He Campus Ministry
punctuates his actions with that profound command, “As I have done for
you, you should also do.” (JN 13:15)
Director of Campus Ministry
These words are sledgehammers, destroying walls of arrogance, pride, or entitlement between groups of people in the human family.
It is upon the rubble of this destruction that Jesus prepares to take his place on the cross and, through his resurrection, become the
bridge across the divide—to stand as a doorway in the wall between heaven and earth. We in Campus Ministry have accepted Jesus’
challenge to become servant leaders as our primary mission at Serra High School and to form the students to do the same.
Already this year, students have engaged in some serious “demolition” work themselves. A group of 15 seniors chose to go on an
optional overnight retreat at a high ropes course in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Using the experience of believing in themselves and
each other while dangling 60 feet off the ground in redwood trees, they talked about the challenges they face as seniors: getting
into their first choice college; encountering death for the first time through the loss of a friend or family member; struggling to claim
their own independence. Another group of students who make up the Big Brother program raised over $6,000 and a plethora of
non-perishable food items for 22 families through Serra’s Adopt-A-Family program. They selflessly climbed over the wall that society
constructs between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” Even our liturgies at Serra tear down walls. Responding to the Church’s call
that the faithful are to be “full, active, conscious” participants in the Mass, students willingly fill ministries ranging from serving at the
altar to preparing and delivering a student reflection on the Gospel to practicing and leading prayer with music as a student band.
The wall has come down! While we honor the change this has caused, we also celebrate the possibilities it provides. May Jesus
continue to put the sledgehammer in our hands and the words in our hearts, “As I have done for you, you should also do” so that
all of us can come together in a mission to serve one another. It is in this act that the door cracks open ever so slightly, and we get a
glimpse of the splendor of heaven on earth.
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
Tri School Productions
Mercy Notre Dame Serra
Tri-School Productions (Mercy Notre Dame Serra) packed Serra’s
Gellert Auditorium during each of their Fall performances of “Up the
Originally a semi-autobiographical
best-selling novel by author Bel
Kaufman, “Up the Down Staircase”
tells the story of an idealistic young
college graduate, Sylvia Barrett, who
becomes an English teacher hoping to
share her love of classic literature and
writing with her students. However,
her idealism is challenged by her
overbearing colleagues and spirited students who
inhabit Calvin Coolidge High School, a fictitious
New York city high school.
“Up the Down Staircase” was first staged at Serra in
1985 under the direction of Fr. Joe Bravo. During that production, Michael (Eddie)
Trucco ‘87 made his star debut as Joe Ferone. Trucco has gone on to become a star
on television and in film.
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
Senior Brian McKee - One of Four Winners
in Peninsula Youth Symphony Concerto Competition
Brian McKee ‘08, a four-year member of the Serra Symphonic
Band, was honored recently by being selected as one of four
winners in the Peninsula Youth Symphony Concerto Competition.
Each year, the highly regarded and internationally recognized local
orchestra, holds open auditions for its members to compete for
coveted featured solos during their spring and summer concerts.
Brian McKee, a bassoonist with impeccable technique and gorgeous
tone quality was one of four winners out of 75 applicants. Brian
will be performing the Mozart Bassoon Concerto in Bb, K191 at
a PYO concert this Spring.
“Up the Down Staircase”
Dr. Maxwell Clark...................... Alex Jordan (S)
Sylvia Barrett.................... Hannah Ruwe (NDB)
Beatrice Schachter...... Jessica Malekos-Smith (M)
Paul Barringer............................. Alex Maggi (S)
J.J. McCabe............................. Addison Goss (S)
Ellla Friedenberg................ Lindsay Saier (NDB)
Frances Egan................... Samantha Gatt (NDB)
Charlotte Wolf................. Claire Neubert (NDB)
Samuel Bester............................... Eric Foard (S)
Sadie Finch...................... Sarah Hegarty (NDB)
Lou Martin.................................. Lucas Gust (S)
Lennie Neumark...................... Joey Dal Broi (S)
Carole Blanca............... Katherine Russell (NDB)
Alice Blake...................... Amanda Downing (M)
Vivian Paine........................ Cristina Barraza (M)
Rusty O’Brien......................... Peter Morrow (S)
Linda Rosen............... Stephany Swenson (NDB)
Jose Rodriguez.......................... James Giusti (S)
Carrie Blaine........................... Hannah Lehr (M)
Harry Kagan.......................... Owen McInnis (S)
Jill Norris........................ Kristen Schulz (NDB)
Rachel Gordon.................... Anna Rivers (NDB)
Elizabeth Ellis........................ Gina Calabese (M)
Charles Arrons...............................Chris Issel (S)
Edward Williams..................... Corey Sullivan (S)
Joe Ferone.......................... Jon Nowakowski (S)
Helen Arbuzzi....................... Angela Picone (M)
Francine Gardner........................ Amy Kuhn (M)
Katherine Wolzow..........Jenise Lynae Spiteri (M)
Ellen.......................................Emma Jepsen (M)
Director - Dan Demers ‘01
Production Manager - Tom Sullivan ‘81
Alumni VPA NEWS!
Ryan Svendsen ’06, a UCLA
sophomore music major, got the thrill
of a lifetime when a friend of his in
charge of the UCLA Contemporary
Jazz Ensemble asked him to play with
Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
It was at a benefit concert for the
International Committee Artists for
Peace (ICAP), an organization where
Hancock, Shorter and Carols Santana
serve as members of the Board of
Ryan commented, “It felt amazing
to play with jazz legends and to make
Jazz Musician Herbie Hancock
a difference in the world at the same
and Ryan Svendsen ‘06
time. All tickets sales went towards
an organization for world peace while providing people with once in a life
time live music. Both Wayne Shorter and Herbie played with the great
Miles Davis quintet, as well as numerous other legends and it was such
an honor to share the stage with them. It was an experience I will never
Michael Trucco ‘88 to Star in NBC Pilot
“Man of Your Dreams”
As a freedom fighter (recently revealed Cylon
Sam Anders on “Battlestar Galactica,”)
Michael Trucco hasn’t had too many laughout-loud moments. Nonetheless, NBC and
Conan O’Brien think he has the chops to
lead a comedy pilot. Trucco has taken the
lead role in “Man of Your Dreams,” a pilot
about a cad who puts his skills to use in
helping women find romance.
Michael Trucco ‘88
The pilot is slated to go into production
soon after the writers’ strike ends, whenever that may be. In the meantime
Trucco will continue working on the final season of “Battlestar Galactica,”
which is scheduled to air in April.
Trucco does have some comedy credits on his resume, having guest-starred
on “Joey” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.” His credits also include “One
Tree Hill” and the feature film “Next.”
excerpts taken from tv.zap2it.com
The 2007 Padre football squad blazed to a second place
finish in the always tough WCAL. They finished strong by
winning their last three league games over SI, Mitty and
undefeated Bellarmine, ending the season with a 7-4 record
(4-2 in league play) under Coach Patrick Walsh.
The Padres, facing one of the toughest schedules in all of
California, started off strong with a dominating win over
Fresno Area league champs Buchanan (41-7) behind the
running of Tiuke Tuipulotu, DeLeon Eskridge and Cody
Jackson. They traveled next to Concord to face national
powerhouse and state champion De La Salle, where the
Padres couldn’t pull out a win -- although they did score
the second most points De La Salle surrendered all year in
a 40-22 loss.
Bouncing back from the disappointing defeat, Serra
manhandled defending Nevada state champs McQueen
High School of Reno with the help from running back
Eskridge, who provided four touchdowns, scoring in four
different ways (passing, rushing, receiving and punt return).
After the big win over McQueen, the Padres set numerous
records against Gilroy in their last preseason game. The
Serra running attack against TCAL champion and CCS
finalist Gilroy set a school rushing record with 498 yards,
led by strong running from Tuipulotu who gained 152
yards, Eskridge (110), Jackson (95) (4 touchdowns) and
JP Hurrell (79) in their 52-31 victory. The Padres finished
their powerful pre-season schedule with a 3-1 record ready
to begin WCAL play.
Serra began their league play against rival St. Francis and,
despite the always strong rushing by the Padres, they were
not able to convert their long drives into touchdowns leaving
the door open for the Lancers to complete a heartbreaking
13-10 upset. With an 0-1 start to the WCAL season, the
Padres came firing back at the homecoming night game
against Valley Christian, where Walsh’s crew shut down
the Warriors 39-22 led by Eskridge’s 190 yards rushing. A
mistake filled, frustrating 20-3 loss
to Riordan was followed by a tough
week of practice. The Padres came
fully prepared to take on the rest
of their WCAL opponents with
The Padres traveled to SI where
what seemed to be a one man
wrecking crew named junior Jared
Braun, making his first start at
fullback, rushed for 211 yards and
three scores to lead Serra to a 2513 win. Gaining momentum from
the SI win, the Padres took on
Mitty who couldn’t stop the Padre
offense. The defense stepped up
its game shutting down Mitty’s
high powered attack to lead the
team to a 35-14 victory paced by
Eskridge’s 173 rushing yards and
Coming into the final game of the season, Serra took on
undefeated and league champion Bellarmine for Senior Day
at Jesse Freitas Field where arguably one of the most exciting
finishes in Serra football history took place.
After a first quarter touchdown by senior Tyler Tuiasosopo, the
game remained stagnant until late in the second quarter when
Bellarmine scored to tie. Bellarmine began the second half
with a score to move ahead 14-7, but the Padres responded in
the fourth quarter to close the gap on a Greg Guttas field goal
making it 14-10. After a Bell turnover, the Padres scored on
a Tiuke Tuipulotu run to make it 17-14 with 1:31 left on the
game clock. As the packed crowd of Padre faithful cheered the
fortunate turn of events, the momentum again shifted when
the Bells quickly marched down the field in three plays to go
back ahead 20-17 with only 49 seconds left in the game! But
Coach Walsh and the Padres still had something left as they
picked up a couple key first downs on passes from Jackson
to Eskridge that led them to the 4 yard-line with 14 seconds
left. Tuipulotu then pounded into the end zone for a score to
put the game in the victory column for the Padres and end
Bellarmine’s perfect season.
The Padres drew the powerful Bells once again in the first game
of the CCS Open Division Playoffs, where another extremely
hard fought contest cumulated in a 20-19 Bellarmine win
ending the Padres dream of a CCS title. Despite the loss, the
Padres produced a very successful season making huge strides
and proving once again that Serra is a powerful and elite high
school football program. The Padres had strong rushing
performances by Eskridge with 832 yards and eight TD’s
(also two punt return TD’s), quarterback Jackson with 909
rushing yards and 14 TD’s (490 pass yards and four TD’s),
Tuipulotu for 624 yards and four TD’s and Braun for 434
yards and four TD’s accumulating over 3,451 total rushing
yards on the season -- second best in school history. Andrew
Cullins led the receiving attack with 304 receiving yards and
three TD’s. Senior linebacker Sean Sabean was a force on
defense leading the team in tackles with 51 total tackles.
Other dominant defenders included Tuipulotu with 40.5 total
tackles, Marquise Jones-Carr with 39 and UC Berkeley bound
Hurrell who had 36.5. Junior defensive end Doug Caldwell,
who had 34.5 total tackles, led the team with 4.5 sacks. Pat
West (27 total tackles) and Matt Calderon each had three of
Serra’s twelve interceptions. The Padre defense set a new
record for the Coach Walsh era of 29 turnovers recovered to
the previous 28 in 2003.
Tuipulotu, Hurrell, Jackson, Eskridge, Cullins and Sabean
earned First team All-WCAL honors, while second team
honors went to Caldwell, Andrew Bakhtiari and Kris Hart.
The JV Football team, second in league with a record of 42, finished with two strong wins against Mitty and the Bells.
Coach Perry Carter’s team had a lot of talent and worked
hard. Players contributing to the team’s success included
Matt Vinal, a two-way starter at quarterback and strong
safety and Jamal Shouman, a two way starter at fullback
and linebacker. Stephen Favetti and Paul Bevilaqua were
the anchors of the offensive and defensive line, while Don
Andre Clark III was an offensive threat as a receiver or wing
and as a special teams returner. Eric Tuipoluto and Joey
Lopez were consistent players on both sides of the football.
Coach Carter feels that they will definitely help out as varsity
players next year.
The Serra Frosh Football team (5-1 in league and 6-2 overall)
finished a spectacular season with a thrashing of previously
undefeated Bellarmine 48-7 to earn the WCAL freshman
title under first year head Coach Eric Morin. Alex Bravo
(team MVP), Robert Herrera (Most Valuable Offensive
Back) and Andy McAlindon (Offensive MVP) on offense
led the Padres over the Bells as they scored 41 of Serra’s 48
points, while Johnny Maurino (Defensive MVP), Michael
Tatola (Iron Man Award Winner) and Ryan Simpson (Most
Valuable Defensive Back) led the defense. Juan Rodriguez
(Most Improved Player) had an interception that he returned
to the house to help seal the deal and clinch the first WCAL
frosh title for Serra since 1986. Others earning end of season
awards and contributing to the championship performance
include Most Valuable Offensive Lineman Cameron Ciano,
Most Valuable Defensive Lineman Evan Aguilar, Most
Valuable Receiver John Vincent, Most Inspirational Player
Evan Williams and Special Teams Award Winner Parker
Toms. The Padres’ future continues to look bright.
Thanks to Benny Robbins ‘09 and Parker Toms ‘11 who
contributed to this story.
Serra’s Varsity cross-country team ended its 2007 season at the CCS
Championships held at Crystal Springs. The Padres missed qualifying
for the State Championships by one spot,
as they finished third in CCS. Senior Oran
Arms ran a time of 16:03 to pace the team.
Arms was the only Padre to earn First-Team
All WCAL honors.
Seniors Dominic Chelini and Spencer McLeod,
along with juniors Mitch Council, David Motamed and Kevin Corley, all ran
personal best times at the CCS meet.
The JV team finished third in WCAL. Several runners broke the elusive 18minute barrier. The JV team was led by Sam Schneider, Andrew Schwenk and
Special congratulations to the sophomore team whot took the WCAL
championship, edging out St. Francis. The Padres were led to victory by
Andrew Gaddis, freshman standout Daniel Colom and Brandon Norwood.
The freshman team finished third in WCAL with several runners making huge
improvements in their times at the WCAL III meet. Ford Milligan, Andrew
Menzel and Tommy Pastorino all improved greatly to run impressive times at
the Crystal Springs course.
Thanks to Oran Arms ‘08 and Sam Schneider ‘09 who contributed to this story.
Padre Water Polo
Another WCAL water polo season proved to be tough as the
Padres finished .500 in league, 13-14 overall. The team’s
strength and determination showed as Serra constantly faced
top ranked teams from all around the Bay Area. Much of this squad’s success can be attributed to top scoring threats Travis
Greco, who lead the team with 68 goals, Zak Chierici (62 goals) and Danny Marchette (32 goals) along with superb defense
from 2-meter defensive player Connor Toomey and goalie Lucas Ottoboni who blocked close to 200 shots. Scott Morton
also contributed with hard nosed play in the hole set.
Greco was this season’s MVP while Toomey was named Most Improved and Morton receiving the Coaches Award.
Named to First Team All-WCAL was Greco while Chierici and Ottoboni were named Second Team All-WCAL. Greco was
also honored as he was named to Second Team All-CCS.
Coach Bob Greene was honored by the Central Coast Section and his peers by being named CCS 2007 Honor Coach for
Thanks to Connor Toomey ’08 who contributed to this story.
Honoring the Memory
One Mile at a Time
In August of 2008, Douglas Li ‘99 will be participating in an Ironman
-- one of the most challenging single-day endurance triathlons. The
Ironman is comprised of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a
marathon distance 26.2-mile run, a total of 140.6 miles.
After completing the Chicago Marathon for a second time in 2007, Doug
decided that it was time to focus his efforts on the bigger picture.
“In Chicago, I saw my buddy Tim Borland, who I helped train for the AT Cure Tour, made up of 63
marathons in 63 consecutive
days and thought if he can
run 63 in 63, surely I can do
something to give back.”
This past October, Doug
joined the Nor th Bay
IronTeam and Team in
Training, the endurance-training division of the Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society, to honor the memory of a friend who he says, “is the catalyst for
all of his physical pursuits.”
Douglas Li ‘99 & Alison Huber NDB ‘99
NDB Junior/Senior Prom
Growing up in Redwood City, Alison Huber attended Our Lady of Mt.
Carmel, graduating from Notre Dame Belmont in 1999. A tenacious athlete
and great friend, she constantly challenged those around her to be better
and tougher in all aspects of life. In 2000, while playing lacrosse for St.
Mary’s Moraga, Alison was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She subsequently
underwent chemotherapy and beat the disease. Shortly thereafter, she was
diagnosed with leukemia and began treatment at Stanford Hospital. Not
able to fully recover from the stress of the previous treatments, Alison
passed away in 2001. She is survived by her parents Rose and Ed, and her
brother Kevin ‘02.
Doug has dedicated his training and the 2008 season to the memory of
a great friend who lost the battle to leukemia. In doing so, he hopes to
improve the lives of those living with blood cancers and to fund the search
for the cure. Unfortunately, Doug’s story is not unique. There are currently
an estimated 786,000 people living with blood cancers in the United States.
Additionally, approximately every five minutes, someone is diagnosed with a
blood cancer and every ten minutes, another dies. Doug and the IronTeams
of the San Francisco Bay Area want to raise over one million dollars in the
next few months to help in the fight against Leukemia, Lymphoma, and
You are invited to help Doug, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and
those affected by blood cancers. Your donations are 100% tax deductible
and 75% of every dollar goes to the cause. Visit the links on the right and
feel free to contact Doug if there is a loved one that you would like added
to the list of honorees.
Douglas Li ‘99 in training for Ironman
Padre Alums Celebrate Wedding in Carmel
Padre alums take a moment to smile for the
camera during Greg Montes ‘84 wedding
reception last summer. Greg married
Gabriela Rodriguez on September 15th
in Carmel at the San Carlos Borromeo de
Carmelo Mission. The mission is also the
National Shrine of Blessed Junípero Serra
and his burial place.
“This is the first marriage for both of us
and boy are we glad we waited,” wrote
Greg. “God has a plan for us all.”
Greg says that he met the Miller brothers
in his freshman year homeroom and they
have been the best of friends ever since.
Pictured L to R: David Miller ‘84, Greg Montes ‘84,
John Miller ‘86 and best man Richard Miller ‘84.
Can you guess
the year of
Brian Bennett ’51 shared a bit of Serra history with us by mailing in two pictures from his freshmen retreat back in May of 1948.
The retreat was held at the Pink Horse Ranch, once a day-trip picnic destination spot located off Moody Road in the Los Altos
Hills. Prior to that, it was a working dairy known as Toyon Farm.
The smiling faculty member in both pictures is none other than retired Sacramento Bishop and former Serra English teacher
Emeritus Francis A. Quinn.
Alumni Family Wins
B e s t L ig h t S h o w
For the second year in a row, alumni parents Joe & Diane
Masetti have won the “Best Light Show” award for the City of
“Joe built many of the decorations himself using wire, plywood,
a good drill and careful planning,” Diane said. “The shooting
star is one of my favorites, along with the red nose on the
In addition to being a former Serra Madre, Diane worked at
Serra from 1988 through 2001 as the executive assistant to
then Principal Michael Peterson and President Father Stephen Howell.
Home of alumni family Joe & Diane Masetti
Alumni sons Joseph, Jr. ‘87 and James ‘91 currently live in the Bay Area and were able to enjoy the festive lights over the holidays. Joe, Jr.
is the Northern CA Account Manager for Kellogg’s Snacks and Jim is an attorney/partner for Pillsbuy Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Reunion Gala ‘07
Serra’s Homecoming Weekend began on Friday, October 5th, where members from the
Class of ‘57 were invited to tour Serra’s new facilities and enjoy an Alumni Association
barbecue. Following the football game against Valley Christian, fellow alums gathered
for a cocktail party at the San Mateo Elks Lodge.
The 2007 Reunion Gala was held on Saturday, October 6th
at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Foster City. The classes
of ‘57, ‘67, ‘77, ‘82, ‘87 and ‘97 reunited for a night of
reminiscing, dinner, and dancing.
Golden Diplomas were presented to the Class of ‘57 as they
became the newest members of Serra’s 50-Year Club.
Members of the 1977 football team get “set” for the reunion party!
‘57 Classmates Douglas MacDonell & ‘ Grover Cady
Alums from the Class of ‘82
‘77 alums Dave Rosaia, Frank Fano
& Mike Giotinis
‘87 alums William Maroun, Joseph Leach
& David Philpott
‘67 alums Bob Rodgers, Mike Lescroart
& Dave Ranney
Douglas MacDonell ‘57, Guest, Jack O’Neil ‘57
82 Alums Patrick McTaggart,
Bobby McKercher & Mike Shanks
Kristen & Dean Carboni(‘87) &
Scott & Barbara Taylor (‘87)
Save The Date!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Reunion Gala ‘08
Classes of 58, 68, 78, 83, 88, 98
‘67 Alums Gerry Bundy, Mike Chantelopup,
Jack Keehan & Bruce Wood
‘57 Alums Doug Thom, Jim Ryan
& Angelo Colombo
Foster City Crowne Plaza
‘78 Alums Enjoy an
“Once a year, members from the class of 1978 try to get together
with Fr. Howell to catch up on things,” wrote Greg Fava, who
sent in the picture on the right to be shared in Traditions.
Pictured at table from the left are:
Dennis Capovilla, Rich Giannini, Louis Larrate, Fr. Howell,
Mark Geenen, Luano Nomellini, Greg Fava, Tim Lautze
Serra Alum Peter Barsocchini ‘70 writes screenplay for “High
When alum Peter Barsocchini ‘70 wrote a screenplay several years
ago for his ten-year old daughter, Gabrielle, and her classmates,
he never dreamt it would eventually create a billion dollar
franchise for Disney cable! However, that’s exactly what the
Emmy Award-winning smash-hit movie “High School Musical”
Barsocchini began his professional writing career while a student
here at Serra. He wrote more than 300 columns about popular
music for the San Mateo Times and worked as a freelance reporter
for the Associated Press and the Examiner. As a young journalist
(he told the editors he was age 18, though he was only 16),
he spent weekends backstage at the legendary Fillmore West,
covering artists such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton,
The Grateful Dead, the Kinks, and Elton John.
Scene from “High School Musical” (Screenplay by Peter Barsocchini ‘70)
Upon graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in creative
writing, Barsocchini was hired by the Merv Griffin Company as an interviewer. In 1979, he became the producer and twice
received on an Emmy -- being the youngest talk-show producer ever to receive the award. He was also the ghostwriter for
Griffin’s autobiography, which became a national best seller.
Barsocchini’s work also includes two primetime specials, “Secrets Women Never Share,” and “Secrets Men Never Share,” as well
as a special at The White House featuring President Ronald Reagan and Mrs. Reagan, where he was granted access to the first
family’s private living quarters. His first novel “Ghost” was published in the late 1980’s with the screen rights being purchased
by Paramount Pictures. His action thriller screenplay “Drop Zone” was produced by Paramount and starred Wesley Snipes.
Barsocchini also wrote the novel adaptation of “Mission Impossible,” a book that was a best seller in thirteen countries.
Kevin Mullin ‘88 Follows in his Father’s Footsteps
A family tradition is born in South San Francisco with Kevin Mullin ‘88 being elected to the
City Council in 2007. Kevin’s father Gene Mullin, a CA State Assembly member for the 19th
District, also served as a South City Council member -- two of which he served as Mayor.
Kevin is also the President & CEO of KM2 Communications, a multimedia production and
communications firm based in So. San Francisco. With an extensive background in public affairs,
Kevin has served as district director to State Senator Jackie Speier and previously as a district
legislative aide for two CA State Assembly members. He was the campaign manager and is
currently political director for his father, State Assembly Member Gene Mullin. Kevin also
serves as Vice-Chair of the Workforce Investment Board of SM County and sits on the Board of
Directors for the So. San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the Peninsula Coalition, and North
Peninsula Neighborhood Services Center. In addition, he hosts PenTV Community News, a
daily public affairs program seen on Peninsula TV Channel 26 throughout San Mateo County.
Kevin Mullin ‘88
Kevin holds a B.A. in Communications from USF and a master’s degree in public administration
(M.P.A.) from SF State. He also completed an executive education seminar program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of
Government entitled, “Leadership for the 21st Century.”
Mike Callagy ‘80 was promoted
to Deputy Chief of the San Mateo
Police Department in August.
Mike joined the San Mateo
Police Department straight out
of college and rose through the
ranks, becoming a captain in
Mike Callagy ‘80, SM Police
Department Deputy Chief
In his position as Deputy Chief,
Mike will provide both strategic
direction and planning. He will
be responsible for reviewing and
analyzing current programs,
procedures and activities to
ensure efficient and effective
use of resources and delivery of
Thomas A. (Tad) DeWree ‘78 has
been named to a two-year term on
the College of Communication
Advisory Council at the University
of Texas at Austin. Members of
the Council have included Walter
Cronkite (Former CBS Anchor),
Jeff Cohen (Publisher Houston
Chronicle), Dan Rather (Former
CBS Anchor), James Moroney
(Publisher, Dallas Morning News)
and Mark Morrison (Retired
managing editor, BusinessWeek.
Thomas A (Tad) DeWree ‘78
Tad DeWree is also the founder
of Thinking, Inc, a Dallas-based
management consulting, marketing and corporate branding firm,
with over $1 billion in client growth since 1995. Thinking, Inc
has been responsible for launching numerous national companies
and private ventures including television series productions.
In the last two years, Tad has launched Thinking HD, a High
Definition Broadcast production studio and DigitalAssets.com, an
online storage site for digital marketing materials management.
Tad previously spent ten years in New York as a Clio awardwinning creative for Canon, Burger King, American Airlines
and other Fortune 100 companies. Tad, his wife Marianne and
daughter Caroline, live in Dallas. His oldest daughter, Madeline,
is currently pursuing her degree at UT.
Log On to Serra’s Website & Reconnect
with Your Fellow Padre Alums
Log on to www.serrahs.com
Click on Alumni
Click on Online Alumni Community
Click on Register Here.
Enter your last name, class and Log-in ID.
If you do not know your Log-in ID, please call the Development
Office at (650) 573-9935 or email [email protected]
Vincent “Jeff” Foster ‘78,
known professionally as V.J.
Foster is the Associate Artistic
Director of The Actors’ Gang,
a theater ensemble that he and
others (including Academy
Award winner Tim Robbins)
co-founded in 1982 during
Jeff’s undergraduate studies at
The theatre group is currently
on a U.S. tour with a world
premiere adaptation of George
Orwell’s 1984. They have also
performed at the Hong Kong
International Arts Festival, the
Melbourne Festival of the Arts,
and in Athens, Greece. Jeff has also performed in other Actors’
Gang productions off-Broadway in New York, in London and
at the Edinburg International Festival.
Film and television are also part of Jeff’s career with credits
including the popular series 24, Cold Case, NCIS, and The Shield
and such films as Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers,
Jarhead, The Insider, and The Shawshank Redemption. Most
recently, Jeff had a part in the new Halle Berry film, Things We
Lost in the Fire and he is currently working for Steven Spielberg
on Indian Jones IV.
Jeff and his wife, Lindsley Allen (actor, choreographer and
former co-creator of “The Pussycat Dolls”) live in Valley Glen,
California. In a recent email to Serra, Jeff wrote, “I am proud
of my connection to Serra and its great traditions, proud of the
accomplishments of my fellow alumni, and happy to be part of
the Serra family.”
Russell Magnaghi’s ‘61 latest
book, “Cornish in Michigan”
was published in July by
Michigan State University
Press. This is the 17th book
that Russell has written and
published since 1972.
“It was Father Zoph’s English
class that got me on the road
to writing,” Russ writes in a
recent letter to Serra.
Currently the head of the
History Department at Northern
Russell Magnaghi’s ‘61
Michigan University, Magnaghi
also recently completed a threeweek pilgrimage to Scandinavia, where he studied Catholic art
and architecture prior to the Reformation. His research was
the basis for a lecture series to be presented to his parish, St.
Peter Cathedral in Marquette.
Some alums from the 60’s might remember Russ’ mother,
Grace, who volunteered on several committees to raise
money for Serra as well as Our Lady of Angels parish in
Burlingame. At 96, Grace is living in Marquetee and still
goes to the gym daily!
“It was 40 years ago today…”
The John Catalano Concert Series
1967 Rock Band
Serra Music Director John Catalano 1967
he 60’s were a rich time in Serra’s musical history. Music Director John
Catalano was very progressive and promoted a wide variety of musical
genres, from the Concert Orchestra, to the first Dance Bands, a Dixieland
Band, a Banjo Band, a Mandolin Band, an Acoustic Guitar group, a Folk Group,
a Marching Band, and even provided a rehearsal room for a Serra student rock
band known as “The Midnighters”! It was an era which left fond memories in the
minds of the many students who participated in and attended the concerts during
In the Fall of ‘07, Mike Germano, IT Systems Administrator at Serra, converted
several Serra concert tapes from the late 60’s (including a ‘68 concert) from reelto-reel to CDs. The concerts were recorded by his brother, Gary Germano ‘70
on Gary’s Monacor 7” reel-to-reel mono tape recorder while he was a student AV
technician running the auditorium sound and lighting at Serra. Gary treasured the
concert tapes and kept them safely stored for the many years since his graduation.
The recordings represent a wide a variety of music, including dialogue by John
Catalano and student director Phil Garay ‘68. They have lasted very well -considering they are now 40 years old -- and have been transferred directly to CD
from the original analog 7” reel-to-reel tapes (not digitally re-mastered).
Acoustic Guitars 1968
Our goal is to have the concerts properly identified (year, spring, fall, etc), duplicate
the CDs, and then make them available for purchase to our Alumni. The net
proceeds will go towards a tribute to John Catalano on future Serra Music facilities
in honor of his dedication to Serra’s diverse music program.
As 2008 will be the 40th anniversary of the 1968 concerts, Jay Jordan, Serra’s
Music Director for the past 30 years, is considering a tribute to the Serra bands of
that era in his Spring 2008 concert. Below is a partial list of the songs from the
various tapes. We are looking to identify what year and which concerts the songs
were from, as well as the names of the band members. If you can help with any
information, please contact Michelle Wilkinson in the Serra Development Office at
650-573-9935 ext. 184 or email: [email protected]
1968 Dixieland Band
Concert Tape “A”: Banjos: Whispering/Ain’t She Sweet Darktown Strutters Ball/
Robert E Lee; Phil Garay: Tico Tico Midnighters: Cold Rain and Snow; Harlem
Concert Tape “B”: Solo performance: The 59th Street Bridge Song, Try To
Remember; Orchestra: Red Red Robin Goes Bob Bob Bobbin Along; Mandolins:
Medley-Laura’s Theme (Somewhere My Love) – O Sole Mio-Mexican Hat Dance;
Acoustic Guitars: Misty; Mike Curotto/Scott Morris: Drum solos
Concert Tape “C”: Banjo Band - Medly: California Here I come – By Bye Blues – All
the World is Waiting for the Sunrise; Yes, We have No Bananas - My Gal Sal - If you
New Suzie; Acoustic Guitars: Never On A Sunday; SomeNight – I Will Wait For You
- SpanishFlea; Mandolin band: Sorento – Arividerci Roma
Concert Tape “D”: Folk Group: Scarborough Affair; 1812 Overture
1968 - First Dance Band
Annual Alumni Sports
More than 100 alumni athletes came back to participate in this
year’s Annual Alumni Games, which included the basketball
double-header, water polo and soccer match ups.
The varsity basketball team defeated the alumni 74-62. The Padres
were paced by senior Stephen Lumpkins with 30 points and the
alumni by Paul Shamieh ‘02 with 23. In the early, game which
featured the older alumni against the junior varsity, the alumni
came out on top by a score of 44-41.
The varsity soccer team edged the Padre Alumni 3-2, with over 45
players returning to the campus for the annual contest. The alumni
took the early lead 1-0 off a nice combination play with as many as five alums rushing the goal.
Early in the second half, they increased their lead to 2-0 as they knocked home a loose ball in the penalty box. The varsity finally
scored in the 60th minute with a 20-yard strike from the top of the penalty box from senior defender Oliver McElhone. Ollie struck
again about 7 minutes later off a long throw from sophomore Luca Ponti. The alumni began to tire and the varsity team was able
to find plenty of space in the last ten minutes to complete the comeback. With four minutes to play, a counter attack led by Nick
Kobayashi, Danny Browning ‘08 and McElhone, culminated with a pass put to the feet of senior captain Andrew Carillo who made
one move to his right to beat a defender and then slotted the ball home for the winning goal.
Nominate an Outstanding Padre for
Serra’s 2008 Athletic Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame Committee is accepting nominations for Serra’s 2008 Athletic Hall of Fame. Initiated in 1990, the Athletic Hall of
Fame is a joint venture of the Junípero Serra High School Athletic Department and the Serra Alumni Association. The Hall of Fame
exists to honor graduates who, during their years at Serra, exhibited outstanding athletic achievement or who attained outstanding
success at the collegiate or professional levels. The Hall of Fame also recognizes the contributions of others (coaches, teachers,
parents) who, through their tireless efforts, have contributed to the excellence of the Serra athletics program. The Hall of Fame
induction dinner is held every other year during Homecoming Week.
Nominations should be sent to the attention of Athletic Director Kevin Donahue at Serra High School or by e-mail to kdonahue@
serrahs.com. Please include a brief statement as to why you feel the person you are nominating should be considered.
A n U nexpected T urn
With high school behind him and dreams of
a degree in business, Alex Dini ‘06 was just
finishing up a successful first semester at the
University of Arizona when his life suddenly
turned upside down. In an e-mail to U.S.
History teacher, Kevin Carey, Alex informed
him that he had a brain tumor.
“Around Thanksgiving time, I started getting
these nasty symptoms of constant fatigue,
vertigo, and terrible headaches, Alex wrote.
“Two weeks later, I went home still suffering
from these questionable symptoms.”
Alex saw eight doctors, all of whom told him that his symptoms
were most likely caused by stress. Finally, as a precautionary
measure, one of the doctors scheduled Alex for an MRI.
“They found a brain tumor the size of a golf ball in my
cerebellum,” Alex wrote. “So, I went through all that nonsense.
Luckily, we live by arguably the best hospital in the world . .
A lex D ini ‘06
After surgery to remove the tumor, Alex temporarily
lost his speech, his balance and suffered from
weakness in his right arm. His recovery which
included rigorous physical, occupational and speech
therapy lasted nine months.
“Thankfully, no one can tell I ever had surgery,”
Alex concluded. “I am a new, changed person.
Having experienced physical therapy as a patient
was so amazing that I’ve switched my major from
business marketing to physiology. My ultimate goal
is to major in Kinesiology.”
Alex is currently a sophomore at UA, where he
volunteers at a local hospital in their inpatient and outpatient
rehab clinics. He plans to transfer to either Michigan, Wisconsin,
Illinois, or Indiana University, all of whom offer great kinesiology
“I am the luckiest person on earth to have been given a second
chance,” Alex said.
T he F ather S erra H eritage S ociety
The Father Serra Society has been established to recognize and honor those individuals who have acted to provide support in order
to ensure the future of Serra High School. It honors those who make provisions for Serra High School through bequests of wills
or trusts, life income gifts, retirement plans, life insurance policies or other planned giving vehicles. From time to time, the school
holds special events to honor Father Serra Society members. The school publicly recognizes and honors those names, which are listed
below, as founding members of the Father Serra Society. Some members have wished to remain anonymous and the school respects
their wishes. The generosity of the following Founding Members of the Father Serra Society is gratefully appreciated:
Janet & Frank Abott, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Allain ‘53
Mr. and Mrs. Bart Araujo ‘61
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bankovitch, Sr.
Mrs. Laverne Barrett
Mr. and Mrs. Russ Bertetta ‘67
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Crisafi ‘69 RIP
Mrs. Nancy DeSmedt
Mr. And Mrs. Steve Difu ‘60
Mr. Jerry Driscoll ’49 (RIP)
Mrs. Ellen Einarsson
Mrs. Eleanor Figoni (RIP)
Mr. Bob Grassilli ‘66
Mr. Ed Keller ‘47
Ms. Kathy Lavezzo
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Lucey ‘58
Mr. and Mrs. Lars Lund
Mr. and Mrs. Michael McGinley
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McLaughlin
Mr. Jim Oakes ‘58
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Peterson
Mr. Kevin Ragan (RIP)
Mr. Ben Reichmuth ‘53
Mr. and Mrs. Ferencz Sipos (RIP)
Mr. Randy Vogel
Mr. and Mrs. David Whitney
Mrs. Clare Carey Willard
If you have already made Serra High School part of your estate plans and are not listed above, or if you would like to learn
more about Serra’s Planned Giving Program, please contact Mike Peterson at (650) 345-0150 or e-mail: [email protected]
Your 50-year reunion is just around
the corner! Look for more news in
Russell Magnaghi just published his 17th
book titled “Cornish in Michigan.” Russ
writes that it was Father Zoph’s English
class that got him on the road to writing.
(More about Russ on page 36)
James Geary and his wife, Gail, have been
living in Granite Bay since 1979. They
have a daughter, Meghan, who lives in
Washington with her husband and their
Edward Ritner is currently living in
Brentwood and works in San Francisco.
He has two grandchildren and one on the
Jim Rohrbach and his wife, Cheri, became
grandparents for the first time to Olivia
Jane Love, born on April 27th. Jim is
starting his fourth year as Technology
Coordinator at St. Nicholas Catholic
School in Los Altos. His wife, Cheri, is the
Extended Care Director at St. Raymond’s
Catholic School in Menlo Park.
Your 40-year reunion is just around
the corner! Look for more news in
Michael Coffey retired from the United
States Air Force Reserve in October ‘07.
Mike Ficher lives in Bend, Oregon with
his wife, Tina, and their son, Cameron
(10). Mike is a financial analyst with
Edge Wireless, a program director at
106.7 KPOV, a television and voice
personality for local radio, as well as a
freelance writer. When not coaching
baseball, Mike is also a member of local
improv and sketch comedy troupes and
the city’s Vision Corps.
George Husack is the Associate Head
Coach for the men’s tennis program
at the University of Illinois. Illinois
reached the NCAA finals last year and
is ranked among the Top Five Men’s
tennis programs in the country.
Steve Maggi is currently employed
with Evergreen Freedom Foundation
in Olympia, Washington. Steve earned
his B.A. from Golden Gate University
and his M.P.A. (Public Administration)
from USC. Along with many members
of his class, Steve recently celebrated his
Your 30-year reunion is just around
the corner! Look for more news in
Thomas (Tad) DeWree has been named
to a two-year term on the College of
Communication Advisory Council at
the University of Texas at Austin. (More
about Tad on page 34)
Vincent “Jeff” Foster currently lives in
Valley Glen, CA where he makes his
living as an actor. (More about Vincent
on page 36)
Mike Callagy was promoted to
deputy chief of the San Mateo Police
Department in August 2007. (More
about Mike on page 36)
Your 25-year reunion is just around
the corner! Look for more news in
Peter Martin married Jessica Carolo
at his home in Napa on September
22, 2007. His brothers Tevis ‘74 and
David ‘82 were groomsmen.
Patrick Leland lives in San Mateo with
his wife, Corinne, and their 2-year old
son, Jake. Patrick owns an Allstate
insurance agency in Palo Alto. His
brother Mike ‘85 also helps with the
agency and customers include Bryan
Conneely ‘88 and Patrick Earley ‘90.
Your 20-year reunion in just around
the corner! Look for more news in
Rod O. Burns and his wife, Jill,
welcomed their second baby boy,
Johnny, in November.
Jim Masetti and his wife, Susan,
welcomed a new daughter, Lauryn
Welsh Masetti, on August 7th. Her
sister, Kathryn Forrest, was excited
to have a little sister born one week
before her third birthday
Brian Affrunti and his wife, Gina, are
the proud parents of twin boys, Chase
and Blake, born July 5th.
Brandon Melconian and his wife, Kara,
welcomed Kyleigh Jamae on July 6th.
Kyleigh joins her big sister Kenadee.
Keep Us Posted!
If you’ve recently graduated, married, just celebrated the birth of a new baby, started a new job,
retired, or just have something you’d like to share, please let us know! Send Alumni News to:
Serra High School Alumni & Development Office ▪ 451 West 20th Avenue ▪ San Mateo ▪ CA 94403
or e-mail: [email protected]
Jack Gunther and his wife Ashley
are the proud new parents of a son,
Thurston Cannon (TJ), born on
September 12th. Jack also recently
celebrated the completion of his
Master’s degree in Management from
NDNU in May 2007.
Your 10-year reunion is just around
the corner! Look for more news in
Brian Houle and his wife, Meagan,
celebrated the birth of a baby girl,
Madison Shea, born on September
18th. Madison weighed 6 lbs 10 oz.
Michael Madigan married Melissa
Frost on September 29th in Carmel.
Andrew Rius graduated from UC Davis
in 2002 with a BS in microbiology and
a BA in comparative literature. Since
then, he’s been living in Madison,
Wisconsin working on his PhD in
history and science. He spends most of
his time these days teaching, working
as a personal trainer and writing.
Chris Williams is part of a new on-line
start-up company called BookRenter.
com. The company offers tens of
thousands of titles for rent and currently
markets to college students.
Dennis Wu has been working for New
Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s
presidential campaign over the past
year. In August, Dennis started his first
year at University of Notre Dame Law
School. He commented, “If everything
goes as planned, I should be graduating
in May 2010.”
Marco Bet, father of Claudio ‘74
and grandfather to Anthony ‘06
and Andrew ‘08 passed away on
Gary Branch ‘73 passed away on
February 14, 2006.
Victor Buttignol ‘56, brother of
Mario ‘53, passed away on October
Karen Callicotte, mother of Matthew
‘98 and Michael ‘04, passed away on
Andrew John Damonte ‘78 passed
away on September 22nd.
Ray Garban, father of Jim ‘67 and
Rich ‘75, passed away on October
Neil Johndrow ‘78, father of Dan
‘66, Joe ‘72 and grandfather of Matt
‘94 and Nick ‘98 passed away on
Tom LeClercq ‘58, brother of Gary
‘62, passed away on September
Richard Linehan ‘52 passed away in
Gladys Scherba, mother of Vince ‘72
and Serra staff member Maryann
O’Leary and grandmother to Brian
Philip ‘92, Kevin Philip ‘98, Chris
O’Leary ‘03 and Anthony Fahey ‘11
passed away on September 12th.
Margaret Shypertt, mother of Jim
‘53 and grandmother of Greg ‘82
passed away on August 25th.
Jay Singh ‘05 passed away on
William George Van Beckum ‘63,
brother of Bryant ‘74, passed away
Ione Flora Van Beckum, mother of
the late William ‘63 and Bryant ‘74,
passed away on November 11th.
Christopher Wehr ‘67 passed away
on June 20, 2006.
Jack Welpott, father of Serra
staff member, Jan Daniele and
grandfather to Nick Daniele ‘05 and
Kevin Daniele ‘08 passed away on
Rest in Peace
Paul Comaroto and Anika Sasche
received the sacrament of marriage at
Our Lady of Angels Parish on October
7th. Paul, a graduate of Dartmouth,
has recently been accepted into the
Air Force officer training school. Paul
met Anika, originally from Germany,
while studying in Germany in 2005.
Best man for the wedding was Brian
Nick Poggetti freshman at Santa
Clara University was named to the
All-Freshman Water polo team for the
2007 season. Poggetti played in 24 of
the 26 season games and was one of
two freshman who scored in double
The Father Serra
Serra High School is the jewel of San Mateo
County. In order to retain this special position, we
must continue to meet the needs of our students
and the community we serve. One of our pressing
needs is to ensure that all the families who want
a Serra education for their sons can realize that
dream. The best way to do that is to significantly
increase our endowment fund so the “jewel” that is
Serra High School will live in perpetuity for future
generations of Padres.
Since 1944 Junípero Serra has attracted the
support and interest of generous visionaries - men
and women - who value our mission of educating
“Men of Faith, Wisdom and Service,” leaders who
make a difference for the good in the lives of others.
Our alumni have proven to be such men and have
made a difference not only on the local, national
and international stages, but more importantly
with their friends and families.
Our benefactors have demonstrated their
commitment to this mission by including Serra
in their estate plans, thereby helping to ensure
its future. The Father Serra Heritage Society
was created to recognize these visionaries and
to continue the close relationship they have
established with Serra.
If you have an interest in learning how you can
become a member of the Father Serra Heritage
Society and help to ensure the education of a future
Padre, please contact Mike Peterson at (650) 3450150 or by e-mail to: [email protected]
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June 23, 2008
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for the following errors/omissions
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SERRA GOLF CLASSIC
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Save the Date
September 12, 2008
Fund A Dream
Hall of Fame Dinner
Foster City Crowne Plaza
Hall of Famer & Serra Alum
Lynn Swann ‘70
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Save The Date!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Classes of 58, 68, 78, 83, 88, 98
Foster City Crowne Plaza
2006-2007 Annual Report
Consecutive Years of Alumni Giving:
Joseph Hartmann ‘53 (3 years)
The Father Serra Heritage Society
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San Mateo, CA 94403
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Chase & Blake Affrunti (Brian Affrunti ‘96)
Sade, Jonathan (JT) & Bobby James (RJ)
Minkey (Hank Minkey ‘83)
Dylan Gagnon (Brenley Gagnon ‘88)
Gavin Baugh ‘91 & bride Kelly
Madison Shea Houle
Paul McManus ‘02 & Sister Stephanie (NDB ‘03)
Padre Family Photo Album
Richard ‘84 & Michelle Miller with sons’ (L to R)
Kaige, Saxton & Austin (along with, Baby Miller
#4 due in May ‘2008)
John Benetti ‘99 & fiancé Jackie
Olivia Jane Love
(Granddaughter of Jim Rohrback ‘66)
Little Chase Roza with father Mike ‘84
Garrett & Erica Goddard
(Grandchildren of Serra staff member Moya Goddard)
Serra faculty member Keith Stapleton with
granddaughter Lauren Sofia. Uncle Brad
Stapleton ‘97 is Lauren’s Godfather.
Serra Big Brothers’ Adopt A Family Program
“The look on the kids’ faces
when we showed up with toys
and food was something I will
Padre Big Brother
The Serra Big Brothers’ Adopt-A-Family holiday program provided food, clothing, household supplies and gifts for twenty-two local
families who had applied for assistance thru Catholic Worker House. Students donated over $6000 in their homerooms and thru
additional fund raisers to purchase a variety of items to meet the specific needs of each family. Sixteen members of the Big Brothers
participated in the deliveries to the families just before Christmas. Pictured above loading the Serra vans with food and gifts are:
Marty Koenigs ‘11, Danny Galver ‘08, Bob Marshall ‘09 and Kevin Castech ‘08.
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San Mateo, CA 94403-1385
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