SGM/ BIG BEAR HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION FOUNDATION ALUMNI NEWSLETTER
March 30, 2012
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS PROGRAM
When Big Bear High Students return from spring break the Steven G. Mihaylo Big Bear High Education Foundation will be encouraging seniors to apply for Foundation Scholarships. Approximately 33 scholarships totaling $77,000 will be awarded this year. Dr. Russ Reynolds, former high school principal and former superintendent, Phil Hamilton, former high school principal, and Barbara Boucher, the executive director of the Foundation, will be going to the high school to inform students of the application process. The Associated Student Body Officers are arranging a time for Steve Mihaylo to speak to the seniors. When the date is confirmed we will announce the date and time in our newsletter. Former students who have received Mihaylo scholarships will also be invited to the meeting. This is one of the highlights of the Foundation to have Steve return to Big Bear High and meet the students. The other highlight is our awarding of the scholarships. The Foundation Board has revised the format of the scholarship program. This new format will allow students to invite members of their family to attend the awards ceremony at no expense. The Scholarship Awards will be presented at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 9th at 2:00 P.M.... The students and their guest will be honored with a reception immediately following the awards in Hofert Hall. Set the date aside. It is always a wonderful experience for our seniors.
SNOW RETURNS IN MARCH TO BIG BEAR
Big Bear received about 18 inches to two feet of new snow on Saturday, March 17 and 18. The snow was cold and beautiful. Schools were closed on Monday, March 18. Skiing was fantastic. Much of the snow was melted by March 21 and school is back to normal preparing for Big Bear spring break of March 24 to April 8.
WINTER SPORTS ARE COMPLETED AT BIG BEAR HIGH
When we sent out the last newsletter last month, we mentioned that the Big Bear Girls soccer was still in the CIF playoffs. The game was to be played on Wednesday, February 21 against RIM High School on the Big Bear soccer field.
Now for the rest of the story. It snowed all day Wednesday, Feb. 21. Coach Lisa Griffiths and the girls took snow shovels on Thursday and cleared the field in order to play the game in Big Bear. Now for the game story from the Grizzly.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 by KATHY PORTIE
The story unfolding early in the Big Bear-Rim of the World CIF soccer playoff game was classic David versus Goliath. Big Bear's young squad took on the third ranked Lady Scots in the second round of the Division 7 playoffs Feb. 22. Rim of the World's roster is filled with club players and a pair of standouts heading for the Division I college ranks next year. The Lady Bears learned their soccer skills in recreational leagues. The stage was set early when freshman Riley Ludwig took a long pass from senior defender Maddie Begley, beat the Rim goalkeeper, and scored. Who were these upstarts challenging the more experienced Lady Scots? "It was good to see a challenging game," Big Bear head coach Lisa Griffiths said. "I don't think they expected this out of us." One of Rim of the World's top players, Kalene Needham, was held in check throughout the game by Big Bear sophomore defender Daphne Sweet. But as time ran down in the first half, other Rim players, including senior Michelle Hurtado, took up the slack. The Lady Scots answered with two goals to take a 2-1 lead at the break.
The second half was scoreless as the more experienced Lady Scots kept up the pressure. But the Big Bear defense proved it can play with the big girls, repeatedly shutting down the Rim attack. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Marcum had 11 saves for the Lady Bears while defenders Begley, Sweet, Megan Lona, Marci Pfeifer and Diana Escorcia chased down and put the pressure on Rim.
"They were good," Griffiths said about Rim. "But our heart and gutsiness and stick-to-it attitude kept us in the game. I'm proud of the way our girls played. They didn't give up, just as they haven't all season long." The Lady Bears end the season with a 16-6-4 record and a second-place finish in the De Anza League. WAY TO GO VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER TEAM!!!!
TWO VARSIY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM MEMBERS SET NATIONAL, STATE AND COUNTY RECORDS
Brad Amburgey, a junior on this year's boys' varsity basketball team, broke his own San Bernardino County record set in 2011 of 117 three pointers with 125 three pointers made this year. The 125 threes also set the California State three pointers record. Cody Wilson was number two in the state with three pointers. Brad set the United States Record for the most three pointers per game with 5.2. Cody Wilson was number three in the United States with 4.6 three pointers per game. Our boys lost in the second round to a bigger team but everyone who attended the game came away with a good feeling due to the boys' effort. We enjoyed watching the team play this year. WAY TO GO BOYS' VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM!!!!
NEW SUPERINTENDENT, KURT MADDEN, JOINS FOUNDATION BOARD
Our new superintendent, Kurt Madden, is now a non-voting member of the Mihaylo Foundation Board. Along with many of his other duties, Kurt joined the board at the board meeting last Monday, March 26. He is an energetic administrator and we welcome him aboard with his many years of experience as administrator.
CLASS OF 1963 REUNION!!!
Hi Dr. Waner,
We are starting to round up alumni from the class of 1963 and find that a number of our classmates have gone missing since the last reunion (40 years). I'm hoping some of them read your newsletter and can forward their contact information to Estelle Vernay Hooker (Estelle@seethesites.org) or myself Ginny Meikle Shoji (firstname.lastname@example.org) . We're hoping for a great 50th reunion (how is that possible??) and hope we can get some fresh contact information from our classmates or anyone who knows of them. Any help you can provide will be appreciated.
I have to tell you how much I enjoy receiving and reading the newsletter. Although most of the news concerns more recent graduates, I still come across names of people I recognize and enjoy "catching up". Thanks for the wonderful job you do.
Ginny (Meikle) Shoji
JANE PEARSON DIES
I received this note from Annette Nueske regarding Jane Pearson.
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 13:06:31 -0700
Subject: Hi from mom Lani
Hi Net, How do I get in touch with Al Waner to put an item in the alumni newsletter???
Jane Pearson (2nd grade teacher before you joined the Big Bear family) passed away 2 weeks ago (over 90 years old and one of the most remarkable educators of Tina's school years). There was no service - she had retired some years back down the hill to a senior living facility near her daughter. The library funding for North Shore Elementary has been cut way, way back so some of us are donating to the library in memory of Jane and I am sure she has many former students to whom she was special that might like to do so, too.
Thanks, sweetie, hope all's going well at your end
( Jane was an outstanding teacher and close friend of Eileen Graham. Eileen and Jane taught together at Big Bear Elementary School and later at North Shore Elementary School until they both retired. Both were highly respected teaches. Al)