Alumni - Mar 2011



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March 2011

Phil Gagnon - Navy, Class of08'

Matt Farrotte - Navy, Class of 07'

Taylor Alaimo - Army, now deployed in Kandahar, Afghanistan as an Army Medic, Class of 08' (teacher Gail Alaimo's son)

Anthony Sidoti, Air Force, serving in Afganistan, Class of 93'

Brandon Kempf, Army, Class of 06'

Tanner Kempf, Army, Class of 07'

Chief Warrant Officer III, John Ferrara continues in the Army Reserves
after completing two tours in Iraq, Class of 1978'.
7th Annual Golf Tournament!
2008 Golf Pic

Mark your calendars for Soquel High's 7th Annual Golf Tournament scheduled for May 6, 2011 at DeLaveaga Golf Course. The shotgun tournament begins at 1:00 p.m. and is sponsored by the Soquel High Fund who supports the Academics, the Arts, and the Athletics at Soquel High School. The $150 entry fee includes green fees, golf cart, sack lunch, contest prizes and BBQ dinner. The Golf Tourney has been a great event for alumni to connect with old friends and Soquel High families. If you have any questions, please contact Juli McDermott at

[email protected]
or call (831) 476-7516.
Class of 1971 40th reunion is coming up in 2011, so it's time to get the ball rolling. August is the month we have in mind, so keep checking back for more details. JAY BARTLE ON FACEBOOK!
Class of '76-
Friday July 29, 2011 - 35th reunion bon-fire, Twin Lakes Beach.

Saturday July 30, 2011 - 35th reunion dinner/dance, cocoanut Grove Sun Room
Details to follow as the dates get closer..
Hey, Class of '77... Let's have a 35 year reunion in late summer 2012? Any takers??
Need a few bodies to help with planning, etc. so let me know if you are interested.
Thank you - Tracy Hoyt
on Facebook

Class of 1981 - Save the date!
An official invite is soon to follow. Please confirm your mailing address, phone # and if your maiden name (if applicable).
Basic details: 30-Year Reunion, July 22, 2011
Friday dinner/music - -Michael's on Main, 2591 Main Street, Soquel
A BBQ on Saturday is optional and more details will be made available.
Please answer this short survery:
Contact: Kathy (Halstead) Grant, 831-475-8884, [email protected]

**If you are planning a reunion please email us and we will add your reunion's information to the next Newsletter!Rhonda Wadron-hood, Organizer of '70 reuion 35th reunion

Supporting the SoquelHigh Sports Foundation!

The Soquel High Sports Foundation(501c3), SSF, (not affliated with the Soquel High Fund) and its members are always hard at work. The goal -- making capitol improvements to our football stadium. Some of those improvements came to be this school year!!! The Dewey Tompkins Sports Stadium now has a beautiful new Blue and Gold Entrance Gate along with the Dewey Tompkins Touch Stone (SHS Football tradition). Next time you are in the neighborhood drive on up and take a look.

Future goal is to continue the capitol improvements to include new bathrooms and a new snack bar followed by a Wall of Fame and a brick paver patio picnic area. The SSF is looking for your help to complete this project. Please go to

or call Kathy Grant at (831) 475-8884

for more information. You literally have the opportunity to leave your mark at Soquel High with the project. Another means used to earn funds for this project are the weekly Bingo nights held at the

Santa Cruz Elks Lodge located at 150 Jewell St. Doors open at 5p and all are invited to attend!

Advertise in this Newsletter!

The Soquel High Fund has decided to offer advertising in our Newsletter! Advertising spaceavailable will be business card size at $200.00 per advertisement. The exposure is 7000 recipientswith 2 different distributions.

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures!!

TRand Steve Ferro, Skate Park Soquel Circa 81'

profile photo

Rahman Rocky Feliciana SoquelHighSchool, Class Of 1988



1st, Soni Andreini-Poulsen, Master Women 45+, Surf City Cyclocross SCCX #1, Soquel High School

Tim O'Neill, Alumni

President of Team O'Neill, and O'Neill Sea Oddessey was in charge of protecting the boats in the Santa Cruzharbor from the Tsunami


Would you like to make a Soquel High School Community Scholarship donation? Please contact Janet Edwards at [email protected] for information.


After finishing third in regular season play, the girls Varsity soccer team went to CCS this year for the first time in six years. They played PAL League champs, Capuchino High in the first round, dominating and winning 2-0. Soquel played the #2 seed, Live Oak High from Morgan Hill in the quarter finals on Saturday 2/26. After battling for the full 80 minutes, the score remained tied at 1-1 sending the game into two ten minute halves of overtime. With still a tie, both teams begin a penalty kick shoot-out. The game was finally decided in the 11th round of penalty kicks, when Soquel missed, losing to Live Oak. It was an incredibly long battle with a ton of heart and effort. Soquel Girls' Varsity soccer is only losing one senior this year and will be ready to come back even stronger next season!


James Durbin on American Idol!!

James Durbin


Lets support our Alumni home town boy who has made it to the top 12 on American Idol!Watch andvote for him!!



Hello Dolly

Original Program, Circa 1973

Take yourself back to 1973, Richard Nixon is President, Elvis Presley's concert in Hawaii is the first worldwide telecast by an entertainer that is viewed by more people than that of the Apollo moon landings andthe musical"HelloDolly" was performed by the Soquel High School Drama class. With our very own Caren(Conway) Spenceras "Dolly Irvine".

There are two acts and the first is a street scene in New York City in the 1890's at Grand Cental Station and ends at Vandergelder's Feed Store.


This musical was one of many programs during the 1970's includingMusic Man and Fiddler On The Roof. The Theatre Dept. worked with the "Home Economics Dept". designing costumes that were stunning! There were full time teachers in each department (Ms. Helen Oretski - Drama), who devoted incredible amounts of evenings and weekends for all those involved to flourish. Below is from the "Hello Dolly" program I am sure you will recognize many names!


Cast of Characters:

Dolly Gallagher Levi. . . . .Caren Conway *

Horace Vandergelder. . . . .Paul Calandrino*

Cornelius Hackel . . . . . . Marlon Ragsdale

Barnaby Tucker . . . . . . . Kevin Bowman*

Irene Molloy. . . . . . . . . .Judy Barton

Minnie Fay . . . . . . . . . ..Wendy Mycroft

Ermengarde . . . . . . . . . .Lynda Pate

Ambrose Kemper. . . . . . . Grey Shay

Ernestina. . . . . . . . . . . . Carol Crawford

Rudolph. . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Wygant*

Judge. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jimmy Lee Feinstein*

Mrs. Rose. . . . . . . . . . .. Erika Schuerer

Court Clerk. . . . . . . . . ..Mark Simmons*

Horse. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Laura Pate & Hilary Gold


* Member of International Thespian Troupe 2689


Alumni Spotlight!

Claire Biancalana, Class of 64'

Soquel High School retainsaplaquecalled "Alumni Hall of Fame", it reads"CLAIR BIANCALANA,FOR OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN HER CHOSEN FIELD FOR EDUCATION". Shewasinducted February 8, 1989.

She has brought radiance to the Santa Cruz community with her active participation and teamwork in endless programs, ranging from community to statewide activities. Clair graduated from Cabrillo College with an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts and a B.S. and M.S. in Home Economics fromPolytechnic University. She has served Cabrillo College as Dean of Instruction from 1981 through 1992, when she became Cabrillo's Vice President of Instruction.She has served the Santa Cruz Community as director of the Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital Board, the Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce Board, the Cabrillo Music Festival, and the Santa Cruz United Way Board.Private Industry Council and the Santa Cruz Office of Education Regional Occupational Programs Advisory Committee. Clair is a vital member of our community and we are fortunate to benefit from her efforts.


What Happened to:

Are you wondering what the future brought for one of your alumni?Email the names and we willsend out a request in thenext Newsletter!

Nate Smith Pro Golfer!!


Nate Smith is now a professional golfer! Smith played at Soquel High School his freshman and sophmore years and then went on to Stevenson High and Duke University. He earned his PGA Tour card in his last chance of the season at the final stage of Qualifying School. "It feels pretty awesome," said Smith 27 who is a rookie on the Nationwide Tour this season. "Obviously, this is the biggest moment of my life. I've had some pretty cool stuff happen to me, but this may be one of those life-changing events."


The Drowsy Chaperone

Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar


Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison

May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011

Curtain on Friday and Saturday-7:30 PM, Contact Maggie Kline, Director


831 429-3909 x158


Sunday Matinees-3 PM

Tickets are $12.00-general admission



The Drowsy Chaperone started as a spoof of old musicals written by friends for the wedding of Martin and his wife, Janet. It is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, examining the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them. The Man in Chair, seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness," listens to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens, the characters appear in his dingy apartment, and it is transformed into a Broadway set, complete with sparkling furniture, painted backdrops and glitzy costumes.

The concept is that the audience is listening to the musical on an old LP. With mix-ups, mayhem and a gay wedding (fun), that's just what this show is-fun! The story is hilariously predictable, silly and sassy and with the marriage performed by an aviatrix. One can leave the theatre feeling terrific, humming memorable tunes or whistling the overture.



Soquel High's Time Capsule

Watch for the opening of the time capsule!



2011 Soquel High Knights

Winter Sports Review



Girls Basketball-

Finished second place (20-8,10-2) in league and lost in double overtime to St.Francis in the championship game of the league tournament.Lost to Notre Dame-Belmont (eventual champion) in the semi-final of CCS.


First Team:Ragine Graves

Second Team:Madison Rocha, Maddy Woodward

Honorable Mention:Tess Dominguez

Boys Basketball-

Finished 4th in league (10-16, 5-7).Lost to Santa Cruz in semi-finals of league tournament.


Second Team:Tucker Wiget

Honorable Mention:Sam Walters, Alex Shearer


Our wrestling team featured quality over quanity this year.Because of the small numbers we failed to win a dual meet but had 7 top 10 finishes in tournaments. We had 5 wrestlers qualify for the CCS tournament-Casey Sparkman (SCCAL Champion), Sonny Torres (CCS Champ), Bobby St. Pierre, Shane Torres and Will McTighe.

Girls Soccer

Finished 3rd in the SCCAL(13-5-2).Won 1 CCS playoff games and lost to Live Oak in the CCS quarter-finals.


First Team:Taylor Mihelic, Chrissy Foster, Bella Gentile-Montgomery

Second Team:Madline Diaz, Katie Macy, Kendra Bonsall

SCCAL Defender of the Year: Becca Herndon

Boys Soccer

Finishedin the SCCAL (12-8-1).Won 3 CCS playoff games and lost in the CCS semi-final to Live Oak 2-1.


First Team:Lyndon Gooch, Tate Sprague, Shane Frazier, Kyle Cohen

Second Team:Enrique Fragozo, Noe Cruz, Javier Garcia




Benefit for Soquel Music!

Calamari Dinner Fundraiser
for SOMU

May 7, 2011 Save the date!



Key Club

There is a tremendous need for donations to the Soquel High Fund.
A good educationfor these students will meanso much to ours as well as theirfutures. These students willbe running our government and oursociety one day. We need to give the very best opportunity we can to each and every one of the students.If you can give even a small amount it would help.Just simply go to, it will make a difference.

Dear Soquel High Alumni and Friends::


Soquel High Fund Board members, Janet Edwards and Diana Susoy


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 updatingyou on former classsates, sports statistics, reunions and great events!. If you would liketo submit Alumni Achievementsto spotlight accomplishmentsor have any ideas for the Alumni Knights Newsletterplease email
[email protected]
.We hope each member willfeelpart of theschool and have asense of community.
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