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Athletic Director Chris Ledyard confirmed the Class of 2007's Danielle DiCorpo and and Joseph Cappelletti are the sixth and seventh entrants into the JSerra Catholic High School Athletics Hall of Fame. Ledyard states, "JSerra foundation of sport-excellence stems from student-athletes such as Dicorpo and Cappelletti, who strove for both academic and athletic success. They created the archetype for what it means to be a Lion. It is a great pleasure to honor their successes and demonstrate to future lions what JSerra can help a student-athlete achieve."
DiCorpo, currently a Tennessee resident, joins the JSerra Athletics Hall of Fame after an impressive carrer as a Lion. She was a celebrated athlete in Girls Basketball, Girls Volleyball, and Softball. With seven varsity letters, DiCorpo holds the title to a special JSerra first: being the first hit in the school's softball program's history.
"No one worked harder than Danielle in her classes," said Dean of Students Christopher Plaia. "Her mother guided her and gently pushed her to success. On and off the court, Danielle's parents supported her teams, teachers, and friends. She and her wide group of friends helped guide the school in its early days. They helped to create many traditions that we still celebrate all these years later. She is truly a foundational building block of JSerra."
Cappelletti, presently a Southern California resident, joins the JSerra Athletic Hall of Fame having been a decorated student-athlete who competed on the Boys Basketball, Boys Lacrosse, and Football teams. In his senior year he won honors of All-League offensively for football and 1st team All-League in lacrosse. He is considered one of the founding fathers of JSerra Athletics.
"Joe was a Swiss Army knife of the school back in those days-anything that was needed he would do it on or off the field," said Dean Plaia. "He helped teams together with his grit and talent. In class, he was an intelligent student with a great talent to write and lead discussions. He and his friends would goof around like normal teenage boys, but when it was time for action, they were all in. Joe proved that the baby of the family could be as much of a success at the new school, and he definitely upheld the family name honorably."
This spring, the inaugural JESPY Awards will highlight the year's athletic achievements and open the JSerra Catholic High School Athletics Hall of Fame. The event will take place on Thursday, May 27, and kick off graduation weekend festivities.
The JSerra Athletics Department currently presents a JESPY Award (JSerra Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year. The JSerra Catholic High School Athletics Hall of Fame will open with the first class of inductees honoring the achievements and contributions of alumni, boosters, and community members who have played an integral role in the history of JSerra Athletics.