SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
December 7, 2007
Fall CIF Results
Bears Take State Title in Cross Country: Berto Solis took third in the
state individual competition Division IV and the Bears Cross Country team
took first in the state. Wow!!! Without the Hall boys who have led our
cross country teams for the past few years the team was well prepared by
Coach Mickey Hall. Other members of the Big Bear team to finish in the
state meet were: Brennen Halliday, Ryan Lambert, Alex Caballero, Miles
Fulton, Connor McCutcheon, and Blake Bruennin. What a great season for our
Cross country Team.
Boys Varsity Football
Our varsity team lost in the second round to Citrus
Hill on a cold afternoon in Big Bear. The Bears fought hard and lost 10 to
7 to a team that may win the CIF small schools division. This is the same
team who beat the Bears 24 to 21 on a last minute field goal in October.
Our team had a difficult year as our star quarterback, Kris Proctor,
dislocated his left elbow and was out from competition for five weeks.
Those of us who followed the team were so proud of the effort the players.
We were co-champions of the DeAnza League with 29 Palms High School. The
Frosh/Soph football won the DeAnza League Championship. It shows that we
have great coaches for our football programs at Big Bear High.
Big Bear Football has a bright future......this article was taken from the
KBHR web site. KBHR is the local radio station in Big Bear and does an
excellent job of covering local events. It is updated every day.
Li'l Bears of Youth Football Freshman Team Win Super Bowl, AVYF
Championship; Cheer Scores, Too
The li'l Bears of Big Bear Youth Football had three teams in Super Bowl
competition in Kern Valley this weekend, vying for the championship within
the Antelope Valley Youth Football League. Our freshman team of 8 to
10-year-old Bears beat out Bishop 27-0 in their Super Bowl and are now the
champions in their division. The Big Bear Youth Football sophomores, ages 10
to 12, lost to Mojave 12-0 in their Super Bowl, and our seniors, ages 12 to
14, played in their first AVYF Super Bowl and also lost to a Mojave team in
a score of 7-0. But the Youth Football Bears had quite the cheering section,
with the freshman cheering squad taking 1st in cheer, and the junior and
senior cheerleaders taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. Congratulations to all
the Bears - the future continues to look bright for Bears Football.
Girls Cross Country: A wonderful story developed in the girls Cross
country a couple of weeks ago at the Southern California Cross country meet
at the Mt. Sac Relays. Megan Kendall was running in the race and fighting
for a qualifying position for the state meet. Megan looked over to the side
and saw one of her team mates who was exhausted. She ran over and held out
her hand and the girl ran with Megan, hand in hand. Next, Megan saw a
second teammate who was faltering and again Megan unselfishly held the hand
of the second runner. The three ran together towards the finish line. The
CIF official yelled to the girls to drop their hand clasp or they would be
disqualified. The girls obeyed and separated their gasped long enough to
cross the finish line. Then again clasped each others hand across the finish
line. Megan sacrificed her time for the sake of her two team mates.
Megan, you know what team spirit is all about. We are so proud of you.
Megan is the daughter of Diane (Manning, class of 81) Kendall and
granddaughter of Patty Manning who still works in the school district after
more than 30 years. Megan is related to the McGrath family who had a long
history of participation in sports at Big Bear High School in the 60's and
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE STEVEN G. MIHAYLO EDUCATION FOUNDATION
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.
CLASS OF 1956 STEPS UP TO THE CHALLENGE
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
Update on the capital campaign
Neal Waner, class of 81, our campaign chairman, recently sent the following
note to all of the Foundation board members:
We've made good progress on the campaign, let me bring everyone up to date
as we wind up this first six weeks and give you a glimpse of what will
happen in January.
Tom Johnson and teammates have secured a $5,000 gift as well as another
$5,000 pledge. He also received the green light to use the $5,000 he
secured from the Club many years ago to use as leverage to secure or
increase another gift going forward. Good job Tom!
Cathy Fulton is finalizing an $8,333 gift to initiate a scholarship from
Scott Oksnee which may include an additional one time contribution as well.
Also, teammate Al Waner secured the completion of a $2,758 gift which
completed their family scholarship. Nicely done Cathy!
Dick LeRoy's team has the most potential, and with the help of Marie Wanke's
letter may indeed pass all others. Marie has sent a package to all of her
classmates challenging them to collectively come up with enough funds to
establish a class scholarship (as some other classes have done). I'm sure
Dick has other similar projects brewing, so well done Dick!
Carrie Boucher's team is the youngest which also means they are the most
technologically advanced, so she has the most people and buzz at this point.
Ma Boucher (Barbara) at our last board meeting discussed making sure
Carrie's classes scholarship (class of 2003) became a recurring scholarship,
so with fortitude such as that, her team will do fine as well. Keep it up
Loren Hafen has the longest and strongest list of non alumni who have
supported us in the past, so when Lauren recovers from the tourist season
behind us and is back home from his trip to the other side of the world,
he'll be in action. Loren's a pro, so watch out for him in January. Go get
Yours truly was asked to speak at Dawnbusters Rotary club and they orally
committed to a recurring scholarship, which is $8,333, which will add to
When you add up all the above, we're at nearly $30,000 raised so far, which
As promised, we won't bug you during December, however this is a good time
to think of those you'll be talking to in January and ship something off to
them in your holiday greetings. Let us know if you need materials, flyers,
etc. In January, we'll have conference calls each Monday evening at 7:00 PM
(the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th) to keep up the momentum in that last month.
Each Wednesday prior to that Monday we'll email you the call in number. As
before, if you have prospects, email them to Kathryn at Charitable Partners
so she can enter them into CP Net (or you can enter them yourself). Kathryn
can be reached at Kathryn@CharitablePartners.com or 248-519-2491.
Great job everyone! As is typical of campaigns such as this, there is a
flurry of effort and flow of money the final month, so rest up, January will
be here before we know it.
Have a wonderful holiday and please contact us if you need anything!
LETTER FROM JOHN HALLIMORES SON, JERICHO
Several months ago I received an email from John Hallimore, class of 68,
concerning his son, Jericho who was in the military and serving in Iraq.
John and Jericho and I shared several emails while on duty. Now Jericho is
home in the USA. I received this e mail last week from Jericho. Enjoy!!!!
From: Jericho Hallimore email@example.com
Sent: Saturday, December 1, 2007
Subject: Proud to be American
Hello Friends and Family,
I just wanted to write a quick letter to say thank you for all of your
support and prayers. I returned from Iraq on the 27th of October and have
been in the process of trying to get out of the military since. Yesterday
was the end of all of that process and I am officially done, as long as they
don't recall me for a war in Iran! But hopefully that won't happen.
Readjusting to 'normal' life was not difficult or slow. Days after
returning it felt almost as if I had never left and Iraq was just a bad
dream. Though Iraq was not a nice place, in any way really, it provide me
with a good experience. It was not a horribly traumatic experience for me
as it was for some and I thank God for that. Iraq is far different from the
American culture in so many ways that they seem like different worlds or
eras. It is good to be in America. We live in a period of time where it is
acceptable and almost promoted to put down American and Christian ideals, to
always question and support everything but the principles we were founded on
as a country. I am thankful and proud to have been a soldier and to be an
American and a Christian. I better understand what we have when I see all
that they don't have, starting with even the most basic of needs, safety. I
appreciate the lessons I learned there about leadership, life and death, the
support of others and lessons from and about God. It was a good experience
to go thru, but I am glad to be back in the US and hopefully done with that
part of my life. I am happy to be back with my wife, and I think she's
happy to be with me: ) If not at least the dogs always happy to see me,
ha-ha. Thank you for your support, thank you for your prayers.
When I sent an email to Jericho and asked if I could include the email above
he returned this email:
Sure, you may put this in the newsletter. I greatly appreciate your support
and prayers and those others, that I don't even know, that have done the
same. God kept my platoon and I safe through 8 IED detonations, 2 car
bombs(VBIEDS), and the discovery of 2 others while out on patrols. No one
was seriously injured through all of those and none of them ever hit my
vehicle. Thank you very much.
(Editors note: John Hallimore, You did a good job of raising your son. Hope
you enjoy the Holidays together with your family. Al)
THE CLASS OF 68 REUNION
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
http://www.BBHSReunion.com and vote for the destination of your choice or by
sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
I attended the USC vs. UCLA game this past Saturday at the
Coliseum with 93,000 people. USC won!!!! On to the Rose Bowl!!!!
This will be our last Big Bear High School email for 2007. Hope you have a
wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Blessings, Al