Foothiller Spenser Little and Megan Little, Class of 1991, Bring Their Art Work to a Reeling La Mesa Community

Sunday, May 31, 2020, La Mesa residents and community faced the reality of peaceful protests that had turned violent the night before.  However, community members and artists offered to use their art to begin the healing.  Two of the artists were GHS Foothillers, Spenser and Megan Little.  Spenser organized his artist friends to tranform the horror of the night of vandalism into works of art.  Spenser is a local renown wire artist and sculptor.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/east-county/la-mesa/story/2020-06-03/la-mesa-muralists-add-color-and-hope-to-a-city-looking-for-a-silver-lining

For more about Spenser's art, please visit these websites:

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2019/09/wire-portraits-by-spenser-little/

https://www.kpbs.org/news/2016/aug/10/spenser-little-wire-artist-san-diego/

 https://www.collater.al/en/spenser-little-sculpture/

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Steven Brault, Class of 2010, Pittsburgh Pirate Pitcher and Broadway Show Tune Singer

Steven's first album "A Pitch at Broadway" was recently released.  Steven is not only a professional baseball player, he can sing...really well.   A Vocal Performance Major at Regis University, Steven also played baseball, leading to his developing "a skill for juggling his two passions that hasn't deserted him yet."

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/columnists/story/2020-04-03/column-on-his-debut-album-pittsburgh-pirates-pitcher-and-san-diego-native-steven-brault-is-all-about-broadway

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Remembering Edna Swink Kouns, Class of 1932

            We received word  of Edna's passing at the age of 105. 

            A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, February 29th, 2020,  at 11 am in El Monte Park, Area 1.

            Edna helped us celebrate our 90th Anniversary in 2010 and was the first alumnus to look into the cornerstone before the contents were removed.  With her help fundraising, we were able to restore and display the contents in the GHS Museum.  

            4 years ago, GHS Alumni and current GHS teachers Don Ginn and Jeremy Cooke, and Connie, visited Edna in her home and recorded an interview with Edna as she shared her GHS memories.  

            Edna was a remarkable woman who enjoyed life and inspired others.   We were fortunate to call her a friend and enjoyed chatting with her over the years.

              

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Tommy Rutherford, Class of 2016, UCI Basketball Four Year Starter

After an abrupt ending to another remarkable season, Tommy was celebrated on the UCI Basketball website in  this article reflective of his successes on and off the court.

https://ucirvinesports.com/news/2020/4/14/mens-basketball-rutherford-engineers-academic-athletic-success.aspx

Senior Tommy is a four year starter for UC Irvine's Basketball team.  Last year the team were Big West League  and Big West Tournament Champions; then, they won their first game against 4th seeded Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament.

Recently, UCI played at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion,  and the large group of Foothiller Tommy fans, family, friends, and teachers were thrilled to see him playing again at "home".   Tommy scored 16 points (6 of 7) with 6 rebounds!

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/college/story/2020-02-04/alumni-report-seeking-second-chance-at-big-dance

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/toreros/story/2019-11-04/basketball-irvine-tommy-rutherford-usd

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/toreros/story/2019-11-05/anteaters-erase-toreros-first-lead

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Footprints on the Moon: GHS's 3 Astronauts

In honor of the 50 anniversary of Apollo 11's flight and walk on the moon, the San Diego Union-Tribune analyzes the contributions of the San Diego region on the space program, highlighting in the headline "3 astronauts who graduated from Grossmont High School", with a brief discussion of each astronaut, Bill Anders, Class of 1951; Ellen Ochoa, Class of 1975; and Rick Sturckow, Class of 1978.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/science/story/2019-07-19/apollo-11-retrospective-story

 

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