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 Liam Cordero with Rose Queen & Court, November 2009Liam Cordero was the beneficiary of Holy Trinity's generous support in 2008 for his Eagle Scout Project to support our troops serving in Iraq & Afghanistan.  Recently, Liam interviewed and has been accepted to be in the 2010 Rose Parade along with other Boy Scouts (Eagle Scouts), Girl Scouts (Gold Award), and Venture Scouts, all celebrating 100 Years of Scouting in the United States.  The scouts are scheduled at this time to be towards the end of the parade (around 85 of 96 entrants).  Thanks again for all your support!

Lauren CostaReprinted with permission from San Pedro Today magazine.

If anyone needs more hours in her day it’s Lauren Costa.

The 18-year-old graduate of Mary Star of the Sea High School has devoted her life to academics, athletics, and volunteering – and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Since she was a young girl, involvement in sports has had a tremendous impact on Costa’s life. At the age of six, she began playing softball for San Pedro’s Bobby Sox League, serving as her team’s pitcher. She continued to play softball until the age of 11, when she decided to try a new sport – volleyball.

Costa started playing volleyball at Holy Trinity Catholic Church when she was in the fifth grade and has been in love with the sport ever since. She played all four years in high school – her freshman year on the junior varsity squad and the rest on varsity – and received numerous recognitions. The setter was named El Camino Real League First- and Second-Team, Most Valuable Player, and helped her team earn the title of undefeated league champions in 2008.

Volleyball provided a way for me to show and develop leadership skills and to be a more well-rounded person,” Costa explains. “Volleyball is a very graceful sport and it taught me to be two steps ahead.”

 Although she got a bit burnt out on softball as a kid, she returned to the sport her junior and senior years. This time around, she served as the team’s shortstop and was named El Camino Real League Second-Team and Best Defensive Player.

When I was younger, softball was all about being with my friends and being a part of something,” says Costa. “But when I came back, it was more about drive and passion.” Costa will carry over her drive and passion for sports into college, as she plans to play intramural volleyball at California State University, Long Beach.

She will also carry over her motivation and determination to succeed in the classroom into college as well. As a student at Mary Star, she carried a 4.0 grade point average and was a part of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation. She also served as the senior class president and accrued more than 400 hours of volunteer service.

Some of her extracurricular activities include working as an umpire at Peck Park and living up to her title as 2007 Mary Star Fiesta Queen. Every year, the school hosts a festival to raise money for the parish and the young woman that raises the most money is crowned queen. Costa was up against four other girls and held bake sales, silent auctions, bingo days, restaurant fundraisers and more to raise money and claim the crown.

It was one of the best experiences,” exclaims Costa. “You see firsthand how happy and willing people are to help support you and the church and it was just an overall humbling experience.”

Her reign as queen didn’t end there however. Costa was once again crowned, but this time as her school’s Homecoming Queen her senior year.

Although she cherishes her times as queen, her real treasures lie on the field with her teammates and coaches and at home with her family, where her mom Pam, a previous teacher at Holy Trinity and current teacher at Port of Los Angeles High School, and her dad Dom, who coached football at San Pedro High School for 11 years, have continually supported her and her 15-year-old brother Jake.

I think sports have really shaped who I am – they have provided everything I need to lead and succeed,” shares Costa. “I’m grateful for all of my experiences and for my family and all the coaches for taking the time to support and encourage me.”

As Costa heads to college, she plans on majoring in psychology, but has an interest in marine biology as well. And if her time in college is anywhere near as busy as her time in high school, then she better work on adding more hours to her day.  spt

Michael DiBernardo Michael DiBernardo, son of Mike and the late Betty DiBernardo, has been selected as Mary Star of the Sea High School’s Valedictorian.   He is a 2005 graduate of Holy Trinity School. Michael has maintained academic excellence throughout his four years at MSHS with AP courses. He has been ranked number one in the class since his freshman year.  Michael also received awards in the following:

Principal’s Honor Roll each grading period from 2005-2009; National Honor Society California Scholarship Federation: Seal bearer; National Latin Exam: Silver Medal Award - Maxima Cum Laude; CIF Scholar Athlete 2008-2009; Southern Region President Award - Educational; Excellence Department Award in AP Government and AP Calculus of his senior year; Valedictorian – 2009

Michael was accepted at UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, USC and Long Beach State. He has elected to pursue the sciences at UCLA (Letters and Science School) and will be taking honors classes.

 Pictured L-R, Brandon Hrboka, Benny Weischedel, Anthony and Tyler Rogosic and Coach John Bobich. The San Pedro High School boys basketball team captured the Marine League championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Los Angeles City playoffs thanks to the help of our very own Chargers. The team, who is coached by one of our own parishioners, John Bobich, defied the odds as they captured the Marine League title, which is noted to be one of the top leagues in Southern California.

Benny Weischedel, who also led the Pirate football team to a City title, was a three-year varsity standout in both football and basketball.  Brandon Hrboka, who now stands at 6'6", was a force for the Pirates, as he was selected to the All Marine League First team. He is also the grandson of our legendary athletic director, Chuck Trainotti.

For all you Charger fans who remember the Rogosic twins (Anthony and Tyler), the duo who amazed the CYO a few years back, have developed into outstanding high school student-athletes, as they both played key roles in the Pirates' success. The twins were selected as the scholar-athletes of the year, as they both earned a 4.0 grade point average.  "The students that come from Holy Trinity have always been respectful, hardworking, and great role models to the younger students,"said Coach Bobich. "Holy Trinity and their families have instilled an excellent work ethic and great values into these young men. It's been a true pleasure to coach these gentlemen."

Sarah Gomez demonstrates her wicked straight-arm move to a would-be tackler.Sarah Gomez (HT class of 2003) is currently attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Her major is Biological Engineering and her GPA is currently 3.9. 

Last summer Sarah worked in a research lab at MIT, involved in a project that was working on making a less destructive form of chemotherapy. 

Sarah loves the city of Boston, and is currently training with the MIT Women’s Rugby team in preparation for a trip to England in March.  The team will train with English players, and participate in rugby competitions as well.

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