Alumni - Jun 2012


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June 2012

Golf 2012
 8th Annual Golf Tournament and BBQ 2012 golf tourney bba 



Students from SHS's Diversity Club have teamed up with LUCHA Club for Latin Americans, Black student Union, Gay Straight Alliance Club, other clubs and art classes to design and erect a Unity Mural on campus.The Diversity Club was created in 2011 to celebrate cultural diversity and built racial tolerance. The mural's purpose is to represent as many cultures as possible by painting a tree with representative symbols hanging from its limbs. Symbolically, the tree is the bond that unites all the symbols as one.This mural project was funded by SHF via donations by families.


The easiest fundraiser for all to participate it. One time sign up and then you do not have to think about it again unless you change your cards and to renew Safeway once a year! and yourinformation is safe!!! You can even designate more then one school to receive your contribution, great for a family with multiple children.



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 2012 Validictorians 

Congratulations to the Class of 2012 top scholars: valedictorians Leia Alex, Regine Graves, Gabrielle Kamalani, Bianca Martinez, Jisoo Rim, John Tobin, and Meghan Warner; salutatorians Natalie Dean, Alex Quinn, and Emily Scherer; and additional top 10 percent: Helen Lorenzen, Steve Vanni, Sienna Forest, Caitlin Sorkhabi, Clara Hartman, Nicholas Roberto, Juan Castilto, Camille Steber, Sierra Portera, Emily Yan, and Rachelle Yellin.


 Mitch MeyerTo reflect back on Mitch's legacy, did you know that In 24 varsity seasons at Soquel High, Mitch led the Knights to nine Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League titles and 19 Central Coast Section appearances, including winning the 1995 Division II crown and posted a career record of 436-240-2 overall. He also coached Soquel's junior varsity four seasons prior to taking over as varsity coach. Mitch saw his 1988 and 2000 teams reach CCS title games. His 2000 team, headlined by current Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Casey McGehee, was the first and only team in the county to go unbeaten in league in an 18-game format, and has helped turn out dozen collegiate players and four Major League Baseball players -- John Orton with the California Angels (class of '84). Bo Hart (class of '95) , McGehee and Aaron Bates. While at SHS Mitch has taught Health, Anatomy and Physiology, Earth Science and Physical Education. I also asked Mitch what was one of his fondest memories at SHS- "When students who have graduated come back to thank you. Also, winning a CCS championship". Any words of advice to pass along? "Enjoy the ride, the time passes so fast...I always tell the kids when they're stressing out to breath in, breathe out and move on" Thank you Mitch for everything you have done for SHS. We wish you all the best in the next chapter of your life!

At the end of the school SHS will wish  Mitch Meyer "Happy Retirement!" When asked what is the first thing you're going to do to celebrate? Mitch replied "First thing I'm going to do is head up to the Sierras for a nice long back-packing trip".



Congratulations to the following Soquel High athletes who were selected for all-SCCAL team honors.

Lacrosse: First team: Zach Anderson and Tanner Mihelic. Second team: Keith Wellstone and Eric Segura. 

Baseball: Nat Hamby, pitcher first team; Tyler Silva, catcher second team; Chris Viall, pitcher second team; Caleb Fidiam and Scotty Akrop, infielders second team, Andrew Schmidt, outfielder second team.
Boys' Track: Isaac Gettleman, second place 400m; John Tobin, second place high jump.
Girls' track: 4x100 relay, first place; Kendra Bonsall, 100m first place and 200m second place; Madeline Diaz, 200m first place; Hailey Fish, pole vault first place, Natalie Diaz, high jump second place.
Boys' Volleyball: Graham Denevan, first team outside hitter, Alex Shearer, second team middle blocker, Sam Walters, second team outside hitter.
Boys' golf: Kyle Graff and Neddie Gleitsman.


All the sponsors, volunteers and players - You made our Annual Golf Tournament a huge success for Soquel High School. We can't wait till next year!

Our Incredible Golf Tournament

Sponsors and Donors for 2012 


Café El Palomar --- Caren Spencer, Monterey Bay Properties --- Pacific Coast Fire --

Mark Monte, Monte Foundation


Gold Sponsors

Just, Gurr & Associates Accountancy Corp., Michael Gurr - Archway Insurance Brokers -

Lancaster Burns Construction -iQmetrix USA Inc., - Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc., Mike Spence-

Baker & McKenzie LLP, James P. Baker - True North Properties/Tailwind Commercial -

Lighthouse Bank - Robert Gallucci Law Office - North Bay Ford - Mission Inn -

Fournier, McDermott & Lamb LLP, William McDermott - Fidiam Family - Joe Henard, PI-

Parrot Cellular- OFFWIRE- California Giant Berry Farms- Sereno Group, Craig Springbett


Silver Sponsor

Monterey Bay Properties, Richard Wygant - Sign Authority, Kimber Ramlow De Martin



Prime Landscape Services, Inc., John David



Dave Madden - Play It Again Sports - Bargetto Winery - Café Rio - Epic Wines -

William Scherer Photography - Head'N Home Hats, Garth Watrous - Polar Bear Ice Cream

RaeAnn Pifferini Scheidt, SAFEGUARD,




The Soquel High Fund is holding a special meeting this summer on Thursday, July 12, to discuss Homecoming 2012. This year's Homecoming is extra special because Soquel High will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

2011 homecoming paraswThe events include a parade on Thursday, Sept. 27th, football game on Friday, Sept. 28th (with presentation of Homecoming King and Queen at halftime), a dedication ceremony of the gym court

to inspirational alum Randy Peck (class of 1969) and BBQ on Saturday, Sept. 29th. Please contact

Richard Wygant, Event Coordinator, if you are willing to help out in the planning and execution of the event![email protected]

We're inviting all Soquel High families and alumni who would like to help make Homecoming 2012 a special event. The vision is a parade with many alumni as well as students, participating either with the band or marching with their classes. Please join us on July 12 to begin the preparations for an exciting kick off to Soquel High's next 50 years. Contact Juli McDermott for time and location of the summer meeting. [email protected]

Don't miss the opening of the Time Capsule!

More details to come!

 Go Knights!!! 50 Years...

The Pride Goes On Forever



CCS D-III Softball: Postgame Award Ceremony
CCS D-III Softball: Postgame Award Ceremony

Lady Knight Softball First time in Soquel History. Made it to the Division Finals!

2012 All-SCCAL First Team: Soquel - Faith Apolskis, Annalise Bryant, Anna Gurr, Valerie Silva Second Team: Soquel - Makenna Provancha

Honorable Mention: Soquel - Jamie Corder, Jamie Sugimoto, Brianna Sugimoto, Katrina Agosti, Paolina Valdez        

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Lifetime Achievement Award   

Alumni Geoffrey Dunn (Class of 1973) was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Santa Cruz Chamber. Geoffrey Dunn is Santa Cruz's Man for All Seasons. A lifelong Santa Cruz resident, political consultant, UCSC lecturer, Stagnaro-family descendent, athlete, high school baseball coach, movie producer, New York Times best-selling author, television station manager, newspaper publisher, cancer survivor, Rhodes Scholar nominee, chair of the City Parks and Recreation Commission, land developer, film director, and, above all, a man driven by his own principles, the Chamber is honoring Geoffrey and his work with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here for  Full story.

Maggie Vessey 2 

 Maggie Vessey finished fourth and as the No. 2 American in the 800-meter run at the adidas Grand Prix in New York City.The Soquel High alumna and Olympic hopeful finished in 2 minutes, 0.48 seconds


Caitlin McConnell (class of 2010) Sophmore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was named to the Dean's Honors List in the College of Science & Mathematicsat Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Alumna Sarah Mikus received her master's in social work from the University of Hawaii. A Phi Slpha sorority member, she graduated with honors. Congratulations!


Thank you everyone who voted YES to Measure I (over 78%) and Meaure J (over81%) Your help and support will help fund 

librarians & counselors, arts & music classes.


Are you someone who likes to get wet? Are you someone who likes to swim but just can't seem to make it work in your schedule?

Come check us out - see if this program is a fit for you! Soquel Masters Swim Program is a small group of master level swimmers who are connected to SHS as alumni parents, retired teachers, and neighbors.

TIME: Monday, Wednesday & Friday evenings 6:00- 7:00pm

LOCATION: SHS Large swimming pool at the back of the campus

COST: $35 monthly fee to cover facility use and an annual insurance fee: $40

For more information contact Mr. Ed Alaimo: [email protected] & Maureen O'Malley-Moore: [email protected]

OR stop by and swim a few laps with us!

Act quickly - space is limited

A big part of this newsletter is getting the word out to fellow alumni,  If you know of anyone not receiving the Alumni newsletter won't you please have them  JOIN OUR MAILING LIST or Email Alumni Newsletter and we'll add them. Any news to share? Just email Alumni News. Thank you.
Reunion Time..... Dust off the yearbooks and get your dancing shoes ready !

CLASS OF '1967 **** 45th Class Reunion   Sept. 14-15 & 16, 2012. For more details [email protected] or check out Class of 67 info  


Class of 1972 - is having it's already legendary 40th reunion overthe weekend of August 24th and 25th, 2012.  Details at Soquel High School Class of 1972 Facebook or email [email protected].

The classes of 1977 & 1978 are having a combined reunion! They have reunion pages on Facebook with senior pictures and some of the senior yearbook pages like Activities & Sports. Come join your high school friends on Facebook and bring any alumni you know who hasn't already joined. Links for the reunion pages:

  Facebook page Class of 1977         Facebook page Class of 1978


Class of 1982 - November 10th, 2012 At the Dream Inn 6:30 pm. Details to follow.


Class of 1992 is having their 1st ever Class reunion.  Saturday August 11th from 6:30pm-12am at the Chaminade Resort & Spa. Please join Soquel High Class of 1992 on facebook. Email [email protected] for more information.Tickets are $80 a person and include dinner, dancing, photographer, slide show & more.


Class of 2003 -Bree Williams class President-  Would like to know if anyone
is already working on a class reunion, email  Bree at [email protected]


Class of 2002 -I have alumni's asking about a reunion-if you have any information please email alumni newsletter thanks!

Dear Soquel High Alumni and Friends:: 

The SOQUEL HIGH FUND is an umbrella Non-profit Organization filled with Parents, Alumni and Community members that care about our incredible high school. We look forward to updating you on former classmates, sports statistics, reunions and great events!  If you would like to submit Alumni Achievements to spotlight accomplishments or have any ideas for future editions of the Alumni Knights Newsletter please email [email protected]. We hope each member will feel part of the school and our growing school community.

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