Alumni - Mar 2012


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March 2012
Start the day off Friday May 4th at the 8th Annual SHS Annual Golf Tournament, then
Sat. May 5th -SOMU Calamari Dinner, silent auction & entertainment!!
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Or join us for the BBQ dinner!
For more information contact  [email protected]

Alum- Woodlief to continue football career in Germany 

Justin Woodlief is taking his football talents overseas. Woodlief, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker, signed a contract to play and coach for the Kempton Comets -- 2011 champions of the German Football League.

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The Pirates of Penzance

piratesSave the Dates! May 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 2012 for a wacky & irreverent SHS version of The Pirates of Penzance, in this fresh take of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular comic operetta. This hilarious farce has sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the ridiculous dictates of honor and duty. Can catastrophe be averted? Will love prevail? Of course, but not before Gilbert and Sullivan fire a few broadsides at social stuffiness in this rollicking musical that has music, paradox and silliness delivered with wit as sharp as a pirate's cutlass.Tickets  available from cast members or at the door-General admission-$12/ seniors/ASB-$10. Reserved seating $15. Contact Maggie Kline, SHS, for more information: 831 429-3909x158.

KUDO'S Farley's Kickboxing Academy 


WRESTLINAt the outset of the season, Soquel High's wrestling team had its back pinned against the wall, figuratively speaking. It was coachless and, therefore, homeless. Talk about a late reversal. The small-roster Knights wound up getting a pristine off-campus facility --" one with professionally cleaned mats --" and a top-notch coach. Enter the saviors of the program: Francis Farley and Jimmie Walker. Farley had the means to house the team at his gym --" Farley's Kickboxing Academy on South Rodeo Gulch Road in Soquel --"  and Walker, had the wrestling know-how.



Mark Bidelman Retiring after Three Decades

Soquel High School's choir director Mark Bidelman told this year's senior class 4 years ago that he would be leaving the school with them, but after 30-plus years, his pending retirement still doesn't feel real."I've got so much to do between now and the end of the school year, I can't really think about it," he said recently. He'll be leading his students at festivals and performances from Columbia to Reno, not to mention an upcoming trip to Los Angeles or the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival at Cabrillo of which he is the festival director.   See the full story 
Schell signs letter of Intent to attend CAL.

Max schellMax Schell's family, for the most part, bleeds blue & gold.Yale Blue & California Gold, to be exact -- the school colors at UC Berkeley.

His sister, Elizabeth, went to Cal to play water polo & compete in crew. His brother-in-law, Brad, played rugby there. And, his father, Mike, had a spot on the Golden Bears football team roster. A standout water polo player -- and arguably the most decorated to graduate from Soquel High -- Schell has become a 4-time 1st team CCS selection in addition to collecting 3 MVP awards in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League and 1  in the Tri-County Athletic League. He was named CCS Division II MVP in the fall after leading the Knights to a 16-9 overall record and their 17th straight league title. He was Freshman of the Year in 2008-09, Senior of the Year last fall, and was a 2-time All-American through the Junior Olympics in 2010 & 2011.He scored 92 goals, contributed 33 assists and had 39 steals in 25 games for Soquel last season.  Click to read more on Max

Calamari Dinner & Silent Auction     

SOMU- Saturday May 5th  

6:30- 9:00 pm $15 per Person







Jazz Choir, Band, Honor Choir and Jazz Combo will be per-forming Many, many exciting auction items- Bring Mom for an early Mother's Day! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year-please join us!

Click here to go to our facebook page view exciting auction items!

Pro Soccer Deal!

Former Soquel High star Lynden Gooch, 16, has signed a pro-fessional soccer contract with Sunderland AFC of the English Premier League. A former member of the U.S.' U16 national team, Gooch reports to Sunderland in July.As a Knights freshman last season, Gooch led the team in scoring with 19 goals & 10 assists, helping Soquel reach the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs. Older brother Anthony, who also played at Soquel, completed his redshirt freshman season for San Diego State.


Catch the ending of the game!

          Soquel Vs Mercy

1st CCS Championship Title!!

CCS Girls Basketball: Soquel vs. Mercy-SF


Our Girls' Basketball team ended its championship season with a so-close loss to McKinleyville. Great effort ladies! Coach John Wilson earned SCCAL Coach of the Year, and senior Ragine Graves is the MVP. Also receiving SCCAL honors are junior Madison Rocha (first team), junior Tyler Stewart (second team), junior Keahna Clark and sophomore Tori McBride (third team), and junior Mariia Azua (honorable mention).  Congrats to all!

Santa Cruz Eddy Foundation

The SC Education Foundation is accepting nominations for this year's Eddy Awards. These awards provide an opportunity for the community to recognize the outstanding commitment made daily by the dedicated educators, staff & volunteers of Santa Cruz City Schools. SHS community members are invited to nominate a teacher, staff member, or volunteer worthy of this honor. Click here for Nomination Form Last year our Green Mechanical, Engineering, and Construction Academy (gMEC) won the Innovation Award, & Janet Edwards won the Unsung Hero Award in 2010. SHS is very proud of its 2 awards, and we would like to see more of our community honored. Please take a few minutes to consider honoring a favorite teacher, staff member, or volunteer at Soquel High. All nominations must be returned by March 30. 

Your Help Is Needed 
A big part of this newsletter is getting the word out to fellow alumni's. We can use your help-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 to the list. We don't want anyone missing out on a Reunion, or News!
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 planning a 70's class event August 23, 24 and a main 1972 class reunion August 25th, this summer. We'd appreciate help finding any & all 1972 alumni, please. See the 1972 Soquel High Class page or the SHS on Facebook page

or e-mail [email protected]  for more details!!


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.


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
They are also having pre-reunion meeting Sat. March 24th at Michael's on Main -

 5 PM - 2591 Main Street Soquel, CA 95073- RSVP to Coleen [email protected] or post to our class Facebook page.


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


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




Lynn Beebe,class of '82 a longtime county educator, basketball

coach and  mentor to aspiring college students passed away after a prolonged struggle with cancer. Serving young people was a recurring theme in Lynn's life. In her nearly 30-year career in education, Lynn served as a parks and rec leader and program supervisor; substitute teacher; instructor of gifted and talented children; single-subject classroom educator; basketball coach and athletic director; and junior high guidance counselor. At Soquel High Lynn blossomed into a standout basketball player, leading the Knights to numerous championships, and making the all-league team in 1982.  In 2010, Soquel High retired Lynn's number 32 jersey and it hangs permanently in the school's gymnasium. Until 2010, Lynn was the tallest girl ever to play hoops at Soquel High.After graduating from Soquel High School, Lynn continued her academic and athletic pursuits at Cal State University Fresno. More on Lynn

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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