SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
August 1, 2007
The school board hired a new principal for Big Bear High School. Mike
Ghelber comes to Big Bear from Indio High School where he has been serving
as Assistant Principal. Ghelber replaces Dr. Rick Jameson who left Big Bear
for Orange County. Mike is originally from Wyoming and is happy to be
returning to a small town atmosphere. He and his wife Susan, son Brett,
age 10 and daughter Hailey, age 11, will be moving to Big Bear in the next
few weeks. Mike was a former English teacher and athletic director. WELCOME TO BIG BEAR MIKE!!!
There was a nice article in the July 4th Grizzly about Sgt. Aaron Botenhagen
who just returned after a third tour of duty in Iraq. His younger
brother, Pfc. Kevin Botenhagen has just completed Marine Corps field
artillery school at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Kevin is a 2006 graduate of Big
Bear High and played football all four years. Blessings upon both boys as
they serve our country.
I took this clip from the Grizzly newspaper.
Hall finishes fifth in Atlanta race
Sunday, July 8, 2007 4:30 PM PDT
A second-half surge provided Big Bear native Ryan Hall with a solid finish
at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race July 4.
The 10,000-meter road race was won by Martin Irungu of Kenya, who ran 28
minutes and 1 second. Arizona native Abdi Abdirahman, who ran the course in
28:11, finished second.
Hall ran to a fifth-place finish, turning in a time of 28:34 and earning
$8,000. Running from behind is not a familiar place for Hall, who has been
used to running in the front since his high school days.
"I was thinking about (Italian Olympic gold medalist Stefano) Baldini and
how he runs," Hall said. "I learned a lot in London. I thought 'I've got to
be smart like him, without being up front.'"
In the women's race, Sara Hall, Ryan's wife, took home $3,000 for her
fourth-place finish. Sara ran the women's 10,000 meter race in 32:57. She
originally did not plan to run the race and was in Atlanta to support her
Way to go Ryan and Sara!!!!
NOTES FROM SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS!!!!
The SGM/BBHS Foundation received some nice thank you notes from the students
who received the scholarships at our annual banquet in June. Below are
clips from some of the letters.
From Matt Gardner,
In reflection it was a great evening with $46,000 in scholarships given to
more than 30 students.
"Thank you again for the generous Mihaylo Scholarship.
I truly appreciate all the Foundation does in the Big Bear Valley,
especially for high school seniors. Attached is a copy of my schedule for
the Fall 2007 semester at Cal State Fullerton."
From Carrie McCord,
"Thanks you so much for awarding me the Steven G.
Mihaylo general scholarship. I am very excited to start attending Cal State
Long Beach and your generous financial support is extremely appreciated."
From Mike Mooney,
I felt so privileged and honored to be included in the
Steven G. Mihaylo Scholarship Awards Night where you honored so many of my
fellow Big Bear High School students... I am excited about this new
chapter in my life and I hope to continue to make my community proud. I
have enrolled for classes at Cal State Fullerton...I will always support my
community and my school as I have learned what a great gift I was given to
be raised in a community like this one.
From Matt Tillford,
I am deeply honored and humbled to have been selected
to receive the Mihaylo Scholarship. This letter is to verify my intention
to enroll at Bucknell University in the fall.
From Matthew Bollen,
I would like to thank you for choosing me as one of the recipients of the
Kiwanis Scholarship....(I will) be enrolling in Gonzaga University in
From Kaitlyn Wormsbecker,
"I will be attending California State Fullerton
in the fall. I want to thank all of you for being a part of my family and
my life. I am so excited about graduation, but will always hold dear to me
those that I am leaving behind."
From Randy Perkins on 7/31/07
Dearest family and friends,
Early this morning, our amazing mother, wife, friend, daughter, and
sister, was called by the Lord into His Kingdom of Paradise. She
traveled peacefully and without pain after having spent the last 10
days with all her loved ones in San Diego Hospice. She would want you all
to know that she was never afraid of this moment as her faith in God's
plan endured throughout her battle with her disease. We never knew when
He was going to call her to Heaven, but we do know that Lori will be
missedhere on earth. Her compassion for all people and her dedication to
her family and friends were unwavering during her long and fulfilling 53
years here on earth. We, the Perkins family, would like to thank you
for your constant love and support during the last 19 months since she was
diagnosed with her disease. To see the outpouring of friendship and
generosity only makes us that much more certain about what a great
Friend Lori was to so many people. We will never forget all the cards,
visits, flowers, angels, and prayers that were bestowed with love upon our
dear Lori. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
In celebration of her life, we will be holding a memorial service on
Monday, August 6th at 4 p.m. Pastor Steve Murray will lead us in
thanksgiving for her life at the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
Located on the corner of Eastgate Mall and Genessee Avenue in the UTC area.
The address is 4321 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA, 92121. We will be
continuing the celebration of her life at our home on 7712 Moonridge
Place in La Jolla. Please feel free to forward this email to all
Those who would like to share in honoring Lori at this special event.
In lieu of flowers, we are asking that you share a special memory you
Had with Lori. You can mail it to The Perkins Family at 7712 Moonridge
Place, La Jolla, CA 92037 or email it to us at
With love and peace,
The Perkins Family
Note from Peppi (Wray) The Somerset Clarks
Yep - We started a site. More pictures to come, but we are on the net...
You can E-mail us at: email@example.com
and see our current pictures and blog at: http://rcnpeppi.spaces.live.com/.
I want current pictures from all children, grands, and GG's and news
from all of you.
RC & Peppi
Big Bear High School - Class of 1967 Reunion
Steve Foulkes if working on a reunion for the class of 1968. Steve can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His winter address is 74-711 Dillon Road, #9115
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241
BBHS Class of '67 Reunion
Sept 8, 2007
Here is the plan for the reunion so far:
|7 PM, Friday, 9/7
||Informal get together, downstairs lounge, at the
Best Western Chateau, 42200 Moonridge Road. The challenge is to see if you
can recognize and remember the names of those who know you (or pretend to).
Dress is casual. Drinks only.
|2 PM, Saturday, 9/8
||Homecoming Game at BB Middle School field on
Saturday. So far, just attend the game (arrive early, game starts at 2 and
is crowded). Al Waner may have a combined classes thing after the game.
Check the high school website: http://www.bigbear.k12.ca.us/bbhs/default.htm
|6 PM, Saturday, 9/8
||Gathering in the Huntress Room (upstairs at the
Best Western) with a sit-down dinner served at 7 PM. Dinner choices are --
1. Lemon Breast of Chicken $19.95 each
2. Top Sirloin $28.95 each
Each person attending must specify which entree they want and notify Frank
before August 31st. No need to send money, you'll pay at the reunion. A
vegetarian plate will also be available that night upon request.
Dressy-casual, wear your letterman's jacket it you want.
Here is some information regarding lodging:
- Northwoods Resort
$140/night w/two night min
- Best Western Chateau
Reserve by 8/8/07 for 15% room discount.
- Marina Riviera
- Motel 6
$66/night w/ kids FREE
- Chamber of Commerce
- Resort Association (lodging information)
Please be sure Steve has your current email address for last minute updates.
We are also assembling a DVD slideshow of old photos so attach any photos
you would like included. A current photo would really be appreciated.
Have questions? Want to help? Got ideas for the reunion? Let us know --
Steve (909)866-4473 email@example.com
Frank (909)238-1774 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave (951)733-8823 email@example.com
Again, please respond to this so we can get an idea of who's coming!
Note received from Steve Foulkes
Breaking news -- Barbara Lindholm and her husband are offering a $99 room
rate at the Marina Riviera for the reunion. Thought you all would like to know.
Big Bear High School - Class of 1987 Reunion
September 8, 2007 6:00 p.m.
Our 20-Year High School Class Reunion will be held at:
40650 Village Drive
Big Bear Lake, California 92315
TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO WOULD WANT TO BE THERE!