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SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
July 11, 2005


When Ryan Hall was a student in Big Bear several years ago he would run in front of our home on Eagle Point with his dad and I would yell, RUN, RYAN, RUN. Well, I don't know if he heard me but he is still running. On Saturday, June 11, Ryan won the 5000-meter NCAA race representing Stanford. In the Sunday, June 12, edition of the Press Enterprise, it stated, "Former Big Bear High standout Ryan Hall led a 1-2 Stanford finish with team mate Dobson in the men's 5000 meters." A large picture of Ryan crossing the finish line with his teammate, Ian, accompanied the article. This summer Ryan will be home in big Bear and teach one of the summer school classes entitled. "Beginning Running Fitness." Younger brother, Craig is also teaching a class on "Running for Fun." I mention younger brother Craig because dad (Mickey) says that Craig is further along in his running career than Ryan was at this point in High School. What a family!!!!


Did you get to see the fireworks show on the lake on July 4th? What a show!!!! Ron Peavy, current president and the Big Bear Lake Rotary, and Rotary planned and executed a wonderful fireworks show over the lake again. The town was packed and the crowd around the lake and on the lake was a beautiful site of red and white car lights that lasted until well after 10:30 p.m. KBHR, our local radio station, plays music to the explosions going off over the lake. Our family was one of the many on the lake enjoying the show. Way to go Ron and Rotary and thank you for a wonderful evening.

Our family was fortunate to be with the McCord family for the fireworks show on the 4th. Karrie McCord (Big Bear High School) won the California Rodeo Queen contest in Bishop, California, last week and heads next week to Gillette, Wyoming with her horse and mom (Jan) and dad (Gary) for the Nationals. They will trailer their horse on the long trip. Our sincerest congratulations and best of luck in the Nationals, Karrie. Don't you love it when our Big Bear High School kids have success in competitions!!!

I received the following e mail from Frank Cleary in Japan on July 3rd:

As I bathe my daughter tonight in a Japanese bath, in rural Japan, I sang a melody of American traditional songs in preparation for our independence day, tomorrow. She liked my singing, in spite of her youth. Tomorrow I will prepare some fireworks, and traditional July 4th food to celebrate the fact that this young child could someday become the President of our beloved Country.

God Bless you and your family on this very special day.
W. Cleary (Bill)


Wow!!! What a wonderful evening at the SGM/BBHS Annual Banquet at Northwoods on June 12. More than 200 business leaders, students, parents and friends of the foundation were treated to the receiving of $28,000 in scholarships. As many of you know we award these scholarships from the endowment of the Foundation which now has $676,120 in the endowment fund. Steve Mihaylo, class of 1961, again will match the $84,000 the Foundation raised this past year. We are so fortunate to have a benefactor like Steve to encourage students to pursue their educational dreams. I want to personally thank Neal Waner our president, Dr. Russ Reynolds, the scholarship chairman and Phil Hamilton our scholarship presenter for all their hard work and effort. Thanks to all the wonderful organizations and individuals in our community who give so liberally toward the Foundation and our students. It was a grand night. Congratulations to the scholarship winners: Morgan Acevedo, Keith Appleton, Erin Baum, Hayley Baumgartner, Cassandra Bazan, Roxanne Borges, Kristina Bishop, Madison Bradley, Tommy Bradley, Kent Burnett, Ryan Connelly, Marie Dominquez, Ashley Drake, Christine Hirschler, Anna Hilliard, Elysse Kopmpaniez, Kari Kompaniez, Ryan Reeves, Sean Roberts, Samantha Roth, Colin Schour, Bobby Sokolowski, Hanna Sokolowski, Sarah Steube, and Michael Wadden.

The foundation will also offer teachers Mini-Grants this next year, which will total $14,400. In addition, the Foundation under the leadership of Debbie Sarkisian and Ron Peavy, will be offering 61 classes this summer for students during the summer break. If you live locally and wish more information about summer school please call 866-4631 and ask for Shelli Knott. The summer school classes have started!!!!

Foundation T.V. Station in Big Bear.

Through the efforts of Debbie Sarkisian and with the permission of the City Council and Charter T.V. the Foundation is seeking permission to begin a local T.V. station in Big Bear beginning in September over the Charter cable. This new channel will showcase our students to the valley. There is much to be done in preparation for the opening but the Foundation Board is excited about the possibilities of such a channel.

Well I wrote the above e mail last week and yesterday received this e mail From Debbie Sarkisian:

Good Morning Everyone,

Ron Peavy and I went to the City Council meeting last night. Our Educational Channel was on the consent calendar. It is official!! We have now been approved for an Educational Channel by the City of Big Bear Lake. This is incredibly exciting!!!

This is a huge collaborative effort by the City of Big Bear Lake, Charter Communications, Steven G. Mihaylo Foundation and the Bear Valley Unified School District. We are hoping to be up and running by September.

That's it for now!


Some of you graduates from the 70's might remember the T.V. station that we had set up in the science lab of the old high school. Mr. Gary Moran was the instructor and it was a wonderful experience for the students.

WANT TO FEEL OLD!!! I looked up in the 1977 annual to remember Gary's last name and here are some highlights from the annual.

The annual was dedicated to Eleana and Ron Peavy. (they sure looked much younger in 1977). Tom Sanchez and Russ Reynolds were the Assistant Superintendents, I was principal and Phil Hamilton and Harold Graham were counselors. Don Gifford, and Nancy Wright were part-time counselors. Faculty included Richard Everson, Richard Burton, Gary Moran, Jerry Aucoin, Bill Shepson, Forrest Holmes, Nancy Wright, Ron Peavy, Elena Peavy, Ed Stalcup, Jack Oksnee, Alice Cummings, Steve Shields, Dave Goldsmith, Wendy Coe, Tony Kerst, John O'Hare, Fred Cardinal, Dick LeRoy, Glenn Hill, Frank Aranguren, Leonard Geiger, Martin Bumstead, Charles Anderson, Tom Hickey, Kathy Motherspaw, Mike DeDomenico and Don Gifford. Secretaries were Dee Forbes, Sharon Rock and Peggy Ware. Valedictorian was Kristie Reynolds. Salutatorian was Janet Bandows. What a great group of student and faculty. They were a fun group to work with and we had a great year in 1977. BACK TO REALITY!!!


What a great retirement party for Elena Peavy on June 3 at the Notinghams. Move than 100 people were there to help Elena celebrate her decision to retire. Elena will be sorely missed on the faculty but knowing Elena for the past 32 years, I can guarantee you that she will be busy volunteering with students.


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