Accolades 2010-2011

Soquel High students deserve bragging rights! Let us know when your child or school group goes above and beyond, and we'll share it with the world.

2010 - 2011 Awards

 Soquel High All League Boys Volleyball

Sophomore Graham Denevan - 1st Team All League Boys VB
Senior Connor Schmitz - 2nd Team All League Boys VB
Sophomore Jesse Cohen - 2nd Team All League Boys VB

Soquel High All League Lacrosse

Defenseman Seth Anderson, First Team
Goalie Nick Prentice, First Team

Soquel High All League Softball

Senior Sydnee Hall - Catcher, First Team
Sophomore Faith Apolskis - 3rd Base, First Team
Junior Annalise Bryant - Outfield, First Team
Junior Valerie Silva - Short Stop, First Team
Junior Brianna Sugimoto - 2nd Base, Second Team
Sophomore Paolina Valdez - Outfield, Second Team
Freshman Anna Gurr - Pitcher, Second Team

Honorable Mention: Jessica Szychowski, Jamie Corder, Lela Bombaci, Sarah Davis



Congratulations Caitlin Sorkhabi received the Student of the QuarterAward that is offered by the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, Women inBusiness for outstanding achievement academically at SHS.


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Academic Awards 2011

Clara Hartman was awarded 1st Place for Cooperative Marketing at the California State Level FFA at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo!!

What started as a fun project to share his family's love of basketball has turned into a full-time job for Soquel's Casey Curtiss -- a job he's now getting paid for.

YouTube selected Curtiss' online instructional basketball videoseries, called Shot Science, as one of 25 winners of the website'sinaugural Next Up contest Monday. The contest is designed to helppromote the talents and careers of some of YouTube's best videoproducers. Each of the winners will travel to New York later this monthto attend the first YouTube Creator Camp for training and mentoring onhow to build the brand, and receive a $35,000 grant to spend on theirprojects. Read more.

Leia Alex was selected to participate in CSSSA(California State Summer School for the Arts, formerly InnerSpark), ahighly competitive governor's school for the arts. Leia will studypainting, figure drawing, design and Art and Culture in an intensive4-week program at CalArts this summer. Additionally, Leia is going toMexico earlier in the summer to complete her Girl Scout Gold Award bydesigning and painting a mural at an orphanage in Morelia.Congratulations Leia!


Mr. SHS 2011 – Sam Brodkey


Congratulations to all of the contestants! Great job to the hosts forthe evening: Josh, Ava, and Choreographer Tammi Greenberg. Thanks tojudges Ms. Dawson, Ms. Lambert, Mr. Rovick, Mr. Wilson and Mr.Lawrence-Emanuel

Contestants were Sam Brodkey, Kyle Dolton, Michael Donnelly, WesleyEchelbarger, Shawn Fisher, Tommy Knight, Michael Macy, Daniel Schwartzand Sam Smith. Surprise guests were Rodrigo Plaza, last year's Mr. SHSwho flew in from Boston crown this year's winner, and Austin Caisse.

Congrats to the 2ndrunner up Shawn Fisher the 1strunnerup, Sam Smith. The royal wedding has nothing on the royalty at SoquelHigh School. Thanks to all who watched, helped and cheered.



The bands recently returned from the Heritage Festival held inAnaheim and were awarded the following: "A" Jazz Band won a Gold Award,took 2nd place in their division and won the coveted Adjudicator Award.Our "B" Jazz Band won a Silver Award and took 3rd place in theirdivision. Our Concert Band won a Silver Award and took 2nd place intheir division. We also won the Spirit of Anaheim Award for the bandthat best represents the spirit of the festival. There were about 4,000students at this festival. IT WAS HUGE!!!! There were bands from Alaska,Alabama, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, and even Canada!!! Greatjob everyone and thanks to Mr. Stewart.


The Jazz Singers awarded 4th place of 48 groups at the Reno Jazz Festival. Congratulations to those students and Mr. Bidelman.


We very pleased to share with you that Christina Dooka,a Soquel High School student musician, will be performing on the violinwith the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony on Sun., March 6, 2011, at2:00 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Santa Cruz Youth Symphony

The Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony is composed of the most talentedclassical musicians under the age of twenty in the County. For thisconcert, SCCYS musicians will be performing side-by-side with theprofessional musicians of the Santa Cruz County Symphony.

If there are any other enthusiastic musicians in the student body,please know that auditions to join the SCC Youth Symphony mid-season forour third concert set will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 5:45p.m. at Georgiana Bruce Kirby School. For an audition appointment,interested musicians may contact Carol


2010 Boys' All-CCS Water Polo


Congratulations to Soquel High water polo stars Max Schell and CalebConroy for making First Team All-CCS, and Zack Westervelt and goalieDaniel Schwartz for making Second Team.


The Soquel High Girls Volleyball team's incredible2010 season ended with a 27-7 record and as SCCAL co-champions, sharingthe league title with Aptos High. The Lady Knights entered the CCSchampionship playoff seeded No. 1 in Division IV. In a heartbreaking 3-1loss, they ended the season in the CCS semifinals againstprivate-school powerhouse Sacred Heart Prep.

The highlights of the season were two stunning wins against previousSSCAL champion Aptos High, and the well-deserved honors of outsidehitter Bria Morgan receiving SCCAL co-MVP, setter Regine Graves andlibero Camille Steber making SCCAL first team, and players Alex Quinn,Cassidy Donaldson, and Faith Apolski receiving league honorablementions. With no seniors on the team this year, next year's season islooking bright for the Soquel High Lady Knights.


Caitlin Sorkhabi, Soquel High Junior, has beenawarded "The Student of the Quarter" by the Santa Cruz Area Chamber ofCommerce, Women in Business. The purpose of the program is to publiclyrecognize a female high school student who has demonstrated academicsuccess and shown an interest in business-related course work offered ather school.

Caitlin was honored at the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, Women inBusiness luncheon on Dec. 9 at the Cocoanut Grove. Congratulations,Caitlin!


2010 Homecoming Parade


Bravo! The B-6 Advanced Ceramics class donated 42 lovely bowls to the Loaves and Fishes organization in Watsonville to be raffled off ( go out to Soquel High ceramics students and faculty member Mr.Emery for helping the greater Santa Cruz County community.




Mikaela Streeter, senior, is a full-time equestrianathlete. She has received her High School Varsity Letter from the UnitedStates Equestrian Federation (USEF) aboard her horse “Cash” for hersuccess in training and competing. Her team also received 4th placeoverall in the United States Pony Club West Coast Championships showjumping competition in July.


Congratulations to Caitlin N. Degnon and Kevin A. Houchen;they are Commended Students from the National Merit Scholarshipprogram. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are beingrecognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they willnot continue in the 2011 competition for National Merit scholarships,Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5million students who entered the 2011 competition by taking the 2009Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).


Congratulations to Soquel High junior Alexandra Baker, who was selected as an intern in Washington D.C. this fall. From the Sept. 4, 2010 Santa Cruz Sentinel:"Alexandra Baker from Soquel will leave this week for Washington, D.C.,to take classes at the Library of Congress, work on the House floor andvisit the city's historical landmarks. To be eligible to apply for thepage program, students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and must be atleast 16 when the program begins."

Pictures from Homecoming 2010