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SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
January 17, 2008

By Judi Bowers, The Grizzly)

Bells were ringing and jingling during the early morning Dec. 23. The Jingle Bell run was an impromptu gathering of Big Bear Valley runners and walkers who took part in the first event to Move a Million Miles for Ryan Hall. The jaunt was short, but lively, led by Ryan, his wife, Sara, his brother Chad and sister, Kacey. Runners left Starbucks in the Interlaken Center headed along Big Bear Boulevard and looped back down Fox Farm Road.

Ryan Hall will compete in the marathon in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. The Big Bear Lake resident began his quest toward the Olympics as a runner at Big Bear High School. Move a Million Miles for Ryan Hall isn't a fund-raiser. It's a way to get the Valley moving and show its support for Ryan. "It's definitely special," Ryan says of the efforts. It's a great send off and it's important to have the community support, he adds.

The push behind Move a Million Miles for Ryan Hall comes from the Lighthouse Project, spearheaded by Tim Wood and Beth Gardner, who both ran Dec. 23. Gardner said the effort is to get the Valley to participate in more physical activity. The events will hopefully make incremental differences in people's lives and show support for Ryan at the same time. Each participant doesn't have to log one million miles, they are cumulative and communitywide. Miles need to be human propelled. Running, walking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, anything that takes energy rather than gravity to log the miles, counts. That means if you jump on the treadmill everyday, keep track of those miles-they count.

On Dec. 23, the community members who ran along side Ryan and his family were there for a variety of reasons. Steve Hirschler has been running daily, something he started to take part in the Jared Landaker Memorial Run. As a member of the Lighthouse Project, Hirschler says the Million Miles event is for a good cause. Sara will compete in an Olympic qualifying race in June, so the million miles may be for more than one Hall. To log your miles for the cause, visit to register. The Web site should be operational just after the holidays.

You do not have to live in Big Bear to participate. Go the web site and log your jogging, walking miles.

Lost Ring!!!

I received this email from Shelly Black before Christmas:

Hi Al

I received a call from Bill Koerber. Bill graduated BBHS and is looking for Carol Shorkey who graduated from BBHS in 61 or 62. Bill was cleaning out some things and ran across Carole's class ring. He would love to get it back to her and asked if we could help in locating her. Bill's address is 1540 Broken Oak Drive, Winter Garden, FL 34787 if anyone has any information on Carol please call Shelley Black, (Class of 1983), Executive Secretary to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees Bear Valley Unified School District (909) 866-4631

From KBHR (December 30, 2007)

After 26 years with the Big Bear City Fire Department, Fire Chief Dana Van Leuven's final day before retirement was December 28. Dana was a Big Bear High graduate from the class of 1972. Van Leuven stated, "It's been an incredible experience." Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Willis (class of 1984) who, like Van Leuven, got his start with Bear City Fire as a paid-call firefighter, assumed command of the department on December 29.

Way to go Dana and Jeff.

Bob Butcher to be Celebrated in Memorial

Note from KBHR, December 12, 2007: Service on Saturday Morning Bob Butcher, a Big Bear resident for over 50 years, passed away at St. Bernardine's in San Bernardino at 4am this morning. Butcher, who has owned and operated Butcher's Block and Building Materials with wife Theela for 28 years, had also been an active member of the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce and Dawnbusters Rotary. Butcher will be celebrated by his family, which also includes children Amy and Glenn, in services to be held at Calvary Chapel in the Village at 11am on Saturday, December 15. (editors note: Bob attended Big Bear High in the early 60's. He has served his community well as owner of Butcher's Block. We will miss him in the valley.)

From Christmas greetings the Waner's received:

Note from the Aucoins, long time teachers in the valley. Tommy, son, received his doctorate several years ago and now sister Debbie received her doctorate last May. Daughter Jennie married Russ McCoy and they live in Big Bear where Jennie is a Middle School teacher. Mom and Dad, Joy and Jerry, now live part time in Desert Hot Springs and part time in Big Bear. Last summer they were volunteer Camp Host in Mammoth and then all the family get to visit them at the camp site. Great family!!!!

Christmas note from Sharon Rock:

Peter and Sharon now live in Yakima Washington. Daughter Michelle is now a principal at a Catholic elementary school. Both Kerri and Michelle have completed their masters degrees. You might remember both girls served as Student body Presidents of Big Bear High School in their senior year. They have three grand sons and one grand daughter. Kerri's boys are Kristopher and Kyler. Michelle's girl is Cortney and son David. Address is Sharon and Peter Rock, 4901 Overbluff Drive, Yakima, Washington, 98901. Sharon was the long time secretary at Big Bear High and later the administrative assistant at North Shore and Big Bear High School.

We miss the Rock family in Big Bear!!!!


The BIG news from the Steven G. Mihaylo Big Bear High School Education Foundation is the ongoing Capital Campaign which started in October. The foundation is hoping to raise $250,000 for the Scholarship and Teacher Grants programs. Every donated penny will be matched by Steve Mihaylo. Our Foundation Endowment is now over $1,000,000 and we are excited about the prospect of adding to our scholarship fund. Our team captains will be leading the campaign. Neal Waner has volunteered to serve as the Campaign Chairman. The captains are:
  • Alumni Team 1960's and prior: Dick Leroy -(Call Marie Wanke, 909-585-9898)
  • Alumni Team 1970's and 1980's: Cathy Fulton - 909-866-2777
  • Alumni Team 1990's and later: Carrie Boucher - 909-866-6099 (Call Carrie's mom, Barbara in Big Bear)
  • Community Team #1: Tom Johnson - 951-415-3047
  • Community Team #2: Loren Hafen - 951-830-4386

These alumni and community friends have volunteered to lead us to the victory of soliciting pledges pf $250,000 in the next three years. We will need to hear from all of our alumni to accomplish our goal. Please feel free to call any of the above captains and volunteer to help call other alumni or to serve as a team member under the captains. The capital campaign will be soliciting pledges for the next 9 months. Hope you decide to contribute. At our Steve Mihaylo Big Bear High Education Foundation meeting on November 20, the report from the captains was very positive. Help out the captains by calling a captain and participate in the campaign. If you want to contribute call any of the captains listed above. Remember: every dollar you give is matched by Steve Mihaylo.


The class of 1956, under the leadership of Marie Wanke has set a goal of raising $8333 in the campaign which will fun a $1000 scholarship in perpetuity. Of course Steve Mihaylo has agreed to match the contribution. Way to go class of 1956!!!! You class members please call Marie (909-585-9898) and send her your contribution so the class can reach their goal.

DeAnza League Honors BBHS Volleyball Players, Names Bears' Antonia Antes League MVP

The Big Bear High School Girls Varsity Volleyball Team wrapped up their league championship season with an overall record of 19-7 and a trip to the CIF Quarterfinals, after winning in Rounds 1 and 2 of CIF Playoffs.

Following their victorious season, some of the Lady Bears were honored by the DeAnza League. Mary Kate Rodgers received Honorable Mention from the league; Katherine Smith and Lauren Schour were named to 2nd Team; Allix Miller and Angela Miranda received 1st Team DeAnza League honors; and, in exciting news for the Bears, the League's Most Valuable Player is Big Bear High School's Antonia Antes.

All DeAnza League Honors in Varsity Football:

  • Most Valuable Player on Defense: Jesse Ceron.
  • First Team All League: Mike Asplotes, Chris Amburgey, Kevin McCutcheon, Max Dobis,
  • Second Team: Vince Bauer, Sutton Burnard, Tory Brydge, Willy Kelsey.

Steven G. Mihaylo Big Bear High Educations Foundation Banquet: June 8, 2008

Neal Waner, President of the SGM/BBHS Educational Foundation, advised the board he had spoken to Kindal Voss at Northwoods and she has reserved the banquet room for the SGM annual banquet for Sunday, June 8, 2008. A big thank you goes to Kindal for reserving the room for that night for the Foundation. It is great to have community people supporting our Foundation and assisting us in our endeavors. Place the date in your calendars.

Want to attend Harvard?

Do you know of anyone making less that $60,000 a year with children wanting to go to Harvard?????. Read on!!!!

Harvard University announced in December that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence H. Summers said, 'When only 10 percent of the students in Elite higher education come from families in lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for tuition and no student loans! (Article in the Press enterprise on December 11, 2007 confirmed the offer) To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year visit Harvard's financial aid website at: or call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581.


Caltech Replaces Loans with Gift Aid. Effective for undergraduates entering in the fall of 2008, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is replacing its loan program with gift aid options such as scholarships and grants. Domestic students with family incomes of $60,000 per year or less can be considered for the program.

Already more than half of Caltech's 913 undergraduate students attending in the fall of 2007 are receiving sufficient financial aid to meet their needs-a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and employment. This adds up to $28,580 or about 61% of the cost of attending the institution. Caltech's students remain among the lowest in the nation in terms of average indebtedness of its students when they graduate. In the most recent year for which this data is available-2005-06-the average indebtedness of the 34 graduating students who had student loans was $5,156. This compares to $19,146 for undergraduate students who graduated from four-year colleges nationwide.

And even the J.C.s are getting involved: Scholarship Funds Available. USA Funds, a student loan guarantor, is offering $1,500 one-time scholarships for full-time or half-time students enrolled or planning to be enrolled at accredited two-year institutions beginning with the fall 2008 term through February 1, 2009. The scholarships are targeted at students with family incomes of $35,000 or less. Have your students go to: to apply online.


I received a beautiful announcement of the Big Bear High Class of 1968 Reunion celebrating their 40th class reunion on the high seas. Go to and vote for the destination of your choice or by sending an email to A $25 refundable deposit is due by December 5 to secure prices. I am sure they would love to have other alumni join them on the voyage. You can also call 909-585-7506 and ask for Linda (Gipson) McGinnis and get all of the details.
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