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SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
March 16, 2008

Local high school student chosen for state recognition.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:24 PM PST.

Big Bear High School's Amber Parle is among an elite chosen few. She was selected to take part in the Governor's Academic Recognition Program. Seven high school seniors from San Bernardino County were among the 177 chosen statewide. The students compete for 25 all-state academic team spots. Bear Valley Unified School District Superintendent's office said the district is very proud of Amber. "These students represent the academic firepower of our county," said Herbert Fischer, San Bernardino County superintendent of schools. "We are extremely pleased that these outstanding students will be recognized statewide."

The group of 177 students will be honored on March 11 at an awards dinner with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, where the all-state academic choices will be announced. Amber was chosen from among 39 county nominees. For the countywide selection, high schools were asked to submit seniors from the top 1 percent of their graduating classes for consideration by a panel who reviewed the submissions. Selections were based on scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and service to the community. The number of statewide nominees were determined by the secretary of education's office and based on student enrollment by county.

Smith is a class above
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:24 PM PST

Leoma Smith of Big Bear High School is one of five San Bernardino County Classified School Employees of the Year. She was honored in the office and technical services category. "These employees represent the countless numbers of classified employees who are vital to creating an environment for students that promotes achievement and safety," said county superintendent Herbert Fischer.

The employees were nominated by their school districts and selected by a judging panel for the statewide program, which was initiated by Jack O'Connell, the state superintendent of public instruction. The county winners advance to a statewide competition. The San Bernardino County Board of Education will honor the county recipients in April.

Smith, a counselor's secretary/registrar at Big Bear High School, has been a secretary in the Bear Valley District for the past nine years. "Mrs. Smith has an innate ability to connect with people. She has high expectations for herself and supports and contributes to an environment that thrives on efficiency," wrote Bear Valley Superintendent Carole Ferraud in the nomination of Smith. Smith and the other county recipients advance to the California Classified Employees of the Year competition. State recipients will be announced in April.

Way to go Leoma!!!!! If you have worked with Leoma you know how deserving she is of this honor.

Olympian Ryan Hall Tells Crowd at PAC: "It's Always An Honor to Tell People I Grew Up in Big Bear"

The surprise special guest at Wednesday's Vision 2008 Community Summit was Ryan Hall, a 2001 Big Bear High School graduate who is headed to the Olympics in Beijing, following his Olympic Team Trials Marathon record of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 2 seconds in November. Upon taking to the stage at the Performing Arts Center, on behalf of the Lighthouse Project's Million Miles for Ryan Hall Campaign, Hall said, "The last time I was on this stage, I was in 5th grade, doing a coffee grinder in 'The Music Man'." After a moving video clip of Hall's record-setting marathon trials victory, the crowd was excited and surprised to see the 25-year-old back home. "It's always an honor to tell people I grew up in Big Bear," Hall said. As for his running career, he says his "moment" came in 9th grade, when he was convinced that God had called him to run. Prior to that, he says, "I was like every other kid in middle school, when we complained we had to run a mile in P.E." Then, one Saturday morning, 10 years ago, Ryan says he laced up his basketball shoes and he and dad Mickey ran around Big Bear Lake. Since that run, Hall has channeled his vision, focus and passion to continue on with his dream, which will culminate in his August 24 race in Beijing. "One thing I've realized," he told the crowd, "as an Olympian, it's not so much being superhuman - a lot of it is just picking myself up every day." The Lighthouse Project is hoping their campaign, detailed at, will inspire Valley residents of all ages to participate in this community spirit initiative, as they work to foster a child honoring community. Hall says, "I truly believe that nothing is possible without community. I wouldn't be here without my friends, my family, and being raised in this environment."

RUN, RYAN, RUN!!! Your alumni are also cheering for you.


President Neal Waner gave the following message to the captains of the capital campaign on March 5, 2008: Total Pledges are now over $584,000. Total Paid this fiscal year is now just over $231,000, that number will be over $481,000 when Steve's matching check has arrived. Folks, that means we've added almost $500,000 to the endowment in the past year. Wow. What progress!! You all should feel very good about what we've accomplished thus far.

To all the alumni: If you have not had a chance to participate in our capital campaign for the Steven G. Mihaylo/Big Bear High School capital campaign you still have time. Just send in your contribution to SGM/BBHS Education Foundation, Box 1529, big Bear Lake, California, 92315. Remember every dollar you donate is matched by Steve.

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

You can also get information from our web site:


The pavers program for Big Bear Middle School has now been revived after a two year hold due to the remodeling in progress at the Middle School. For $30 you can have your name and message inscribed and your brick will placed in the planter wall in the court yard of the Middle School. We now have over 100 bricks purchased for the landscape project. Please follow the instructions below:


Name: __________________________________ Phone: ____________________________
Number of pavers requested: ______________ Check amount: _____________________

(Please fill out a separate form for each paver.)
Please print clearly the message you want on the paver. You may request up to 12 letters per line for three lines. (Please see example below)
First Line: _________________________________________________________
Second Line: ______________________________________________________
Third Line: (OPTIONAL)________________________________________________________
(Please do not exceed 12 letters per line.)

BBMS Student Council
P.O. BOX 1607
Big Bear Lake, California, 92315


Our spring sports are in full swing at the High School. The girls and boys track team, girls softball and boys baseball are all off to a good start. For more thrilling information on the High School sports refer to ll.txt


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 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.

I wrote to Lynda and asked for an update. Here is her response:

Hi Al,

Yes, the reunion is on... Now it is go to the web site to sign up & get more info. We are having a great response to it and have, I think 10 cabins booked by class mates so far. Some are class mates sharing, some with their spouses. Thank you for your help in announcing it and would you please let everyone know it is open to ANY BBHS grade and their families!!

Regards, Lynda Gipson (class of 68) McGinnis
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