Alumni - Mar 2013



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March 2013
"Fifty Years of Pride"

Save the date! May 3rd, 2013

9th annual golf tournament photoEnjoy a day of golf with Soquel High Families, Friends and Alumni. Registration begins at noon,shotgun tournament starting at 1:00 pm, BBQ dinner following the tournament. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information contact Juli McDermott
  SCCAL Boys Basketball 

Behind a 3-pointer in the final minute from Tucker Wiget the Soquel High boys basketball team outlasted Santa Cruz 54-53 in overtime (View video)

SCCAL Boys Basketball: No. 1 Soquel vs. No. 2 Santa Cruz


during Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Tournament championship at Kaiser Permanente Arena Full Story.

Players of the Year: Sam Walters and Cole Welle (Aptos)First Team:Cody Valcarcel,
Tucker Wiget,
Second Team: Scott Akrop, Lucas Cordoza 
Stu Walters was named Coach of the Year after leading the Knights to an 11-1 record in the SCCAL and both the regular season and tournament titles. After falling to Aptos 63-61 Soquel won 7 straight games to close out the regular season and SCCAL Tournament.
Former Knight Ragine Graves Honored
Former Knight Ragine Graves honoredFormer Soquel High  girls basketball standout Ragine Graves may have eclipsed 1,000 points in her career during her senior campaign last season, but she wasn't officially honored until Wednesday night in Soquel. Coach John Wilson presented Graves with a framed No. 4 jersey during a brief ceremony prior to the Knights' Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League opener against visiting Aptos.Full Story

SHS cheerleaders & SF giants tropy 3/13Soquel High

had the honor of hosting the San Francisco Giants' World Championship TrophyTour The event featured both the 2012 and 2010 trophies.

 SH Cheerleaders,Baseball team  Baseball team& SF giants tropy 3/13

along with avid fans had the chance to have their photos taken with the trophies while supporting their local Junior Giants Baseball League.

The most wonderful thing just happened. A gentleman (who prefers to remain anonymous )came to the Giants trophy event said he saw our American flag at the school and though it should be replaced. So he came in with a new flag. The flag is in the name of the Class of 1993.  Thank you!   
Read about Boys & Girls Soccer Awards Click here  Awards info

SPORTS ROUNDUP-Girls Basketball

 SCCAL FINAL-We are the Champions!!!! Lady Knights defeat Scotts Valley, 53-50, in overtime at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in the SCCAL Finals!!!! Led by seniors, Zuelica Rodriguez, Keahna Clark, Madison Rocha, and Tyler Stewart,Lady Knights banded together and marched back from a 20 point 4th quarter deficit to secure the tournament championship and a perfect 14-0 SCCAL record!! View video !

SCCAL Finals: Soquel vs Scotts Valley 2/16/13 SCCAL Girls Basketball: Coaches name Soquel High's Natalie Diaz league MVP and Coach John Wilson, who was named Coach of the Year for the 2nd consecutive season after leading the Knights to a 24-2 overall record and an outright league title after Soquel won the SCCAL Tournament. All-SCCAL Basketball First Team: Madison Rocha, Tyler Stewart. Second Team: Keahna Clark,Tori McBride.Honorable Mention: Zulieca Rodriguez. Full Story


reunion clip

Grad Class of 1973!

We are set for our 40th reunion August 17th at the Dream Inn. Spread the word, join the group, post photos on our 

 Facebook Class of 1973 Reunion Page 


Grad classes 1977 & 1978 are having a combined 35th reunion, we'll be rocking the 70's on Oct 19, 2013 at the Elks Lodge. Information can be found on the Facebook pages-
Class of 77 FB  page & Class of '78 FB pagepeople are up to now. We have photos from our senior yearbook !If you know someone from these classes who isn't on Facebook please have them contact the reunion coordinators at 
If you haven't joined the group come and see what

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Class of 1983 30th Year Reunion!
Michael's on Main- Saturday, October 12th,2013 

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Facebook Class of 1983 Reunion Page

Jeremy Montes

J MontezJeremy Montes is  known to     his friends and classmates as

a serious fighter with a fourth-degree blue belt in jiujitsu. When he was diagnosed with leukemia in December, his classmates and fellow athletes jumped into action to support him in the fight. Soquel High School students launched a sports tournament to raise more money for the cause. Montes' friend and classmate Tyler Ayers-Nusbaum organized the event, with help from Red Cross Club presidents Hanna Hutchison and Lila Villigran. More on Jeremy Story.

In Remembrance -Gregory Melendy 

Greg Melendy
Greg Melendy was one of the most inspirational people to ever grace the earth. He touched multitudes of people with his love for life, humor and music. Greg's love of music was expressed through his desire to spread the joy of song. Diagnosed with cancer at age 16, made Greg eligible for a wish from Make-a-Wish. Instead of taking a trip to Disneyland for himself, Greg decided to use his "wish" as an expression of generosity and gratitude and asked "Make a Wish" to donate a grand piano to the music program at Soquel High School.After a long battle with cancer, Greg left his body but shared with us his desire to spread his music, love and laughter. 

 More about Greg   The Greg Melendy Music Scholarship will be awarded each year to a high school senior wishing to continue the study of music in a college, conservatory or through performing arts. The intention of the scholarship is to spread Greg's creativity and love of music to other aspiring musicians for years to come.

Dr. Austin Jelcick Class of 2003

Austin Jelcick 2003

Following his graduation from Soquel High he attended and graduated from California State University, Stanislaus, class of 2007. Austin went on to receive his PhD in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and is now Dr. Austin Jelcick, and a research scientist at Hennessy Research Associates in Kansas. He is also the biologist, or as he puts it, "Science dude" at Dark Horse Distillery in Kansas.

Thank you!

Special thanks for all the hard work from retired teacher John Wasserburger who reached out to the alumni teachers, staff and our community to fund the alumni coordinator position! It allows us to continue our SHS alumni newsletter and building our alumni database.John has also donated to the scholarship fund and encouraged more alumni to do the same! Thank you John and thank you to all who donated to keep our alumni community alive and well!

Thank you to the following Alumni for contributing:



                       Caren business card                Richard business card 

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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