Foothiller Footsteps, August 2017 Gold Ribbons And Preparing For College
The students and staff of Grossmont High School are quite proud of some recent achievements by the Foothiller students, staff, and community. If you would like to contribute to future Foundation scholarships, please visit the GHS Educational Foundation website.
Gold Ribbon School Award
We are proud to announce that GHS received the Gold Ribbon School Award, which is the new California State Distinguished School Award; GHS received the award due to the excellence of its student support programs.
After the validation team’s visit, Principal Dan Barnes shared the news with the staff and students: “Congratulations, GHS! Over Spring break, it was announced that Grossmont High School was being recognized as one of the California Gold Ribbon Schools for 2017. Due to our success in the classroom and the work we have done in social emotional student support, we were given the opportunity to apply to the CDE schools’ recognition program. Way to go, GHS! Keep up the great work in our school wide programs, GHS PRIDE, GRC, Mentors, G-crew, ASB, and for providing unlimited opportunities in and out of the classroom for students to reach their full potential.”
GHS Counseling Department Honors College Bound Seniors
On April 28th, the GHS counseling team held their 2nd annual college signing day celebration. This day honors seniors who have met their A-G requirements. This year's event took place at lunch in front of the Old Gym; the theme was "The Future's So Bright, You Gotta Wear Shades." The students who completed the A-G college course requirements was given a pair of shades (sunglasses). Each student then announced his college plans over the PA system and put a tag on our map with his name and college choice. The map is now displayed in the career center!
GHS Educational Foundation Senior Scholarships:
One of the highlights of the year for the Foundation is awarding scholarships to seniors planning to attend college or training schools. The money is raised by the Foundation through memberships and donations as well as annual interest from the GHS Endowment Fund. The winners were announced by President Tony Lawrence at the Senior Award night in May:
$500 Foundation scholarships were given to 5 students in 4 categories:
Alumni: Kaeli Thompson
Athletic Challenge Overcome: Christopher Laethem
Academic Improvement: Kou Okura
In addition, this year, in memory of student Ryan Wilcox, the Grossmont High School community contributed to a Go Fund Me scholarship account to honor two graduating seniors. (https://www.gofundme.com/RyanStrongScholarship) The account was established on March 3, 2017, which would have been Ryan's 19th birthday: The Ryan Wilcox Memorial Scholarship Fund is managed by the Grossmont High School Educational Foundation.
These scholarships are awarded to students who have overcome their own personal obstacles - financially, emotionally, or physically - yet have still kept a positive outlook throughout their challenges. They also have a love for Grossmont High School community and have the Foothiller spirit that Ryan so treasured.
Ryan’s parents, Mike and Amy Wilcox, shared, “We are so proud and honored that Ryan's memory and sweet spirit live on at Grossmont through these very special scholarships. Ryan loved his Grossmont family, and his positive attitude, perseverance, kindness. and compassion for others exemplified the true meaning of why "It's Great to Be Young and a Foothiller.”
This year’s Ryan Wilcox "Ryan Strong" Memorial $1000 Scholarships were awarded to Jessica Brown and Dylan Holub.
Upcoming Foothiller Reunions
Classes of 1971 and 1972 Reunion on September 23, 2017
Class of 1977’s 40th Reunion on September 23, 2017
Class of 1987’s 30th Reunion on August 4, 2017