Congratulations! 2017 White Oak Rotary Scholarship Award Recipients

posted Jun 9, 2017, 10:03 AM by Sandra Barbieri

Congratulations to the following students who were recipients of the White Oak Rotary Scholarships.  They were presented their awards at the June meeting and dinner of the White Oak Rotary.  Congratulations again to:  Ashley Astle; Daniel Barbieri; Sarah Belback; Kevin Jerome; Neil Hartnett; Kaylee Schoy; Alexa Wilner.

Avery Boea-Gisler Wins 2nd Place Silver at WPIAL Track Championships

posted May 23, 2017, 1:09 PM by Sandra Barbieri

Congratulations to Avery Boea-Gisler for placing 5th in the 200 meter dash and winning 2nd place Silver in the 400 meter dash at the WPIAL Track Championships.  Good luck at States this weekend!!

Serra Eagles Softball Season Comes to End Against South Side Beaver

posted May 19, 2017, 4:15 AM by Sandra Barbieri

Your Serra Catholic Eagles Softball Team's season came to an end yesterday afternoon when they were defeated by the South Side Beaver Rams 9-0.  

The Eagles finished 10-7 overall, second place in their section, and made it to the second round of the playoffs.  

Career Achievements for our graduating seniors were as follows:

Lauren Kolenik set a new Serra Catholic Record when she finished her career with a.494 batting average, the highest in school history. Simone Jahn's 63 runs scored, over her career, is the fourth highest in school history and her 49 stolen bases, over the span of her career, is third best in school history. 

Single Season Achievements: 

Simone Jahn set the single season stolen base record this year with 22.  Simone's 23 runs scored was the sixth best in school history. Lauren Kolenik's season average of .500 was the sixth best single season average in school history, and her on base percentage of .583 and .750 slugging percentage were both the seventh best in school history.  Nina Grandey finished with multiple single season achievements, including 22 runs scored, ninth best in school history, 24 hits which was seventh best, 27 RBIs - second best, and her .886 slugging percentage was fifth best in school history.  Lizzie Fite's seven victories was tied for sixth best and her 3.25 ERA  was fourth best in school history, and Maddie Carr's twenty RBIs was tenth best in school history.

Congratulations on a successful season! GO EAGLES!

Mario Kart Fundraiser Tournament Results

posted May 17, 2017, 5:25 AM by Sandra Barbieri

Congratulations to the finalists of yesterday's Mario Kart Tournament fundraiser.  The final four will consist of Logan Kearns, Mario Sciacca, Rodney Burgwin and Ryan Gaydos.  

A  heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who participated and donated to a worthy cause for the Interact Club.

Serra Eagles Softball Win First Round of WPIAL Playoff Action

posted May 17, 2017, 4:20 AM by Sandra Barbieri

Your Serra Catholic Eagles Softball Team defeated the Vikings of Apollo-Ridge 9-6, in first round WPIAL playoff action, yesterday afternoon.  The Eagles offense was led by Lauren Kolenik who went three for four with two doubles, two RBIs and one run scored and Nina Grandey who went two for five with a double, a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. Also, contributing to the offense were Theresa Terlecki who went two for four with two RBIs and Lizzie Fite who went two for four with a double and two runs scored. Simone Jahn finished the day with two runs scored and an RBI.  Ashley Howard picked up an RBI and Sarah Stitch scored a run. Micayla Kelly had three put outs in right field, including a great diving catch in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Lizzie Fite started the game and picked up her seventh victory of the season and Nina Grandey picked up her first save for the season coming in to pitch in relief. The Eagles are back in action Thursday when they will face off against South Side Beaver.  Time and location to be determined. GO EAGLES!!! 

Michael J. Luft Named Serra's 2017 Commencement Speaker

posted May 12, 2017, 7:06 AM by Sandra Barbieri

A true eagle at heart, we are honored to welcome Michael (Mike) Luft as this year’s commencement speaker.  Mike graduated from Serra in 1968 and continued his education at California University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Secondary Administrati
on certificate.  In 1986, Mike earned his first Master’s in Education with a concentration in Secondary School Guidance from Duquesne University.  In 1994, he earned his second Master’s in Education with a certification in School Administration from California University of Pennsylvania.

Over the span of 40 years, Mike established his career as an educator serving as a teacher, coach, and most importantly, role model of the Faith.  During the years before arriving at Serra, Mike taught both Religion and English at St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Mon Valley Catholic, Lawrenceville Catholic, and St. Elizabeth High School, where he also served as Religion Department Head.  Mike received the Outstanding Teacher Award from St. Vincent College, a Special Appreciation Award from the Knights of Columbus for support of the St. Anthony Program at Serra, and was recognized several times in “Who’s Who in Education.”  

Between the years of 1986 and 2014, Mike served Serra in numerous ways: teacher, guidance counselor, Dean of Students, Headmaster, Principal, and President.  During his time as principal, Serra won multiple state and WPIAL titles, installed permanent lighting on the football field, added a second story to the press box, irrigated the football field, added new bleachers in the gym, and implemented several physical improvements to the school.

In 2014, Mike retired from Serra Catholic High School after 24 years of service to his alma mater.  In 2015, Mike was named one of Serra’s Distinguished Alumni.

Continuing the Franciscan tradition, Mike served as a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and was a soccer, baseball, & softball coach.  In previous years, while an Elizabeth-Forward Palomino Coach, he was successful in obtaining a grant from U.S. Steel Corporation to begin the revitalization of Wylie Baseball Field in Elizabeth, now used by hundreds of children in the community.

Mike continues to serve his community primarily through St. Michael Parish in     Elizabeth where he is a lector, cantor, choir member, and Extra-ordinary Minister of the Eucharist. He has worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 28 years as Guest Relations Supervisor, has sung the National Anthem and God Bless America several times in both Three Rivers Stadium and PNC Park , where he was named Most Valuable Employee in 2014.

This August he and his wife, Bonnie Ann, will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.  Together, they have two children, Melissa and Michael Jr. and his wife, Yasmily.  They have three grandchildren, Sofia, Santiago and Mila.

We welcome you back, Mr. Luft, as our well-deserved 2017 commencement speaker.


Serra Softball Loses to Burrell

posted May 10, 2017, 11:53 AM by Sandra Barbieri

Your Serra Catholic Softball Team lost a close game to Burrell yesterday afternoon 11-10.  The Eagles played stout defense and were extremely disciplined at the plate only striking out twice while walking ten times.  The Eagles offense was led by Lauren Kolenik who went two for three with a double and three RBIs and Theresa Terlecki who went one for four with four RBIs.  Also contributing were Madison Carr who went two for five with an RBI and Nina Grandey who went two for three.  Lizzie Fite and Micayla Kelly pick up an RBI a piece.  On a special note, Simone Jahn stole four bases yesterday.  Her fourth stolen base was also her 22nd of the season breaking the Serra Catholic, single season, stolen base record.  Congratulations Simone!  The Eagles are back in action Thursday afternoon when they travel to Bishop Canevin.  GO EAGLES!!

Serra Baseball Takes Section Title

posted May 10, 2017, 11:51 AM by Sandra Barbieri   [ updated May 10, 2017, 11:53 AM ]

The Serra Catholic Baseball team won the section title on Monday against section rival Brentwood. The team mercy ruled Brentwood 13-0 in 5 innings. A win yesterday over East Allegheny advances them to 18-1 on the season. In the past 19 games the Eagles outscored their opponents 244-30, only letting four runs at their home field. The team has 6 home runs, 6 triples, over 40 doubles and a great amount of singles. They broke two school records this season. They broke the record for most shutouts with 9, and most consecutive wins to start a season with 11. They will play 4A Freeport on Thursday.

Congratulations and go Eagles!

Serra Crowns 2017 Prom King and Queen

posted May 8, 2017, 6:41 AM by Sandra Barbieri

Congratulations to Aaliyah Coleman and Rodney Burgwin our 2017 Serra Prom King and Queen!

Congratulations! Daniel Barbieri Signs Letter of Intent for Saint Vincent College

posted May 8, 2017, 6:36 AM by Sandra Barbieri   [ updated May 8, 2017, 6:42 AM ]

Congratulations Daniel Barbieri!  Daniel signed his letter of intent to attend Saint Vincent College.

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