June 2018 Foothiller Good News

As graduation nears, Grossmont High School has much to celebrate for the second semester.  

Outstanding Teachers

Congratulations to two outstanding teachers who were recognized by the students and teachers.

2018 Golden Apple Teacher was Math teacher and Water Polo Coach Marcy McLaughlin who was selected by the students. One student shared, “What makes Mrs. McLaughlin so amazing is her unconditional love for her students. She has a genuine interest in each of her students and cares about making a connection with them.”

GHS Teacher of the Yearis ASB Advisor and Social Science teacher Jeremy Hersch, chosen by his peers to represent Grossmont; Jeremy later was selected as one of two GUHSD teachers to compete for 2019 SD County Teacher of the Year. (This is the second year in a row a GHS teacher has been selected to represent the district.) One student’s comment about him was “I am grateful to have Mr. Hersch as a teacher because he truly cares about his students; his real-world teaching approach is helping me to prepare for life after high school.”  

Dave Rice, GHS Gold Star Volunteer

Since 2001, Dave Rice has been a volunteer to the Grossmont High School Athletic Program.  Dave is a vital support system to the baseball and football programs.  Since 2001, it’s estimated that he has volunteered over a thousand hours:  repairing broken bases and the pitcher’s rubber countless times, as well as sprinklers, the lawn mower, the golf cart, or running a thatching machine. Dave is an amazing volunteer that represents the high quality support Grossmont High School receives from our community.

JNROTC Academy Appointments

Congratulations to lifelong friends and JNROTC Cadets Nicholas Ghosn, who will attend the US Naval Academy, and Cadet John Flaherty, who will attend the US Military Academy at West Point. During their years at Grossmont, these young men distinguished themselves with their academic and athletic achievements.  According to Senior Naval Science Instructor, CDR Brent Lapp, “Both gentlemen had remarkable achievements at Grossmont, including success in football, wrestling, CA Boys State, and, of course, academics.  Their achievements culminated in FOUR service academy appointments and THREE full ROTC scholarships!”

Education Pathway

educators rising2018 Educators Rising California State STEM Competition: Senior Paige Telliard won first place at Grossmont HS, first place in our region, and then third place in State.  She’ll now compete at the national level in Florida in June.  The Grossmont HS Educational Foundation and Grossmont Community College Foundation are funding 100% of her trip.

English for Business 

Senior Brenda Flores was one of 20 in the SD County to participate in USD’sBoot Camp. After participating in marketing classes and homework that ended with a presentation, Brenda won a ThinkPad laptop and also received a job offer from one of the panel’s “Sharks” as an intern writing apps.

Junior Achievement: Briareus Castillo, Natan Shafran, Elijah Shtayfman,Taha Yacoby and their company “First Steps for Immigrants” won second place in the Junior Achievement Company Program Regional Competition. 

varsity tennisBoys Hills League Tennis Champions

Head Coach Paul Hedberg shares, “The 2018 Grossmont Boy's Tennis Team has been the most successful team in recent history by competing in the CIF Open Division Playoffs, winning the Grossmont Hills League season for the third time in the past four years, as well as tournament championships and qualifying five players for the CIF Tournament.”

2018 trackBoys and Girls Valley League Track Champions

Congratulations to the boys team for winning the league for the second year in a row! Boys Head Coach John “Mo” Mozerka thanks “all the student-athletes that have made the 2018 Track and Field season one of the most successful and memorable in school history. Both the Boys and Girls Teams captured Valley League Championships as well as setting numerous school records in various events.”

Photography Students

3 of GHS’s photo students won awards at the Helix Water District Photo Competition: Amanda Dougherty (advanced photo) won Honorable Mention for her piece, Samuel Guzman (beginning photo) won Honorable mention for his piece, and Lena Roberts (advanced photo) won 2nd place for her piece. 

Art Department

The Art Department excelled at the 2018 GUHSD District Art show. They won more than 20 awards across 22 different categories: 11 beginning and 11 advanced. Grossmont received more awards any other school in the district; the students created some truly amazing art.

Grossmont students have amazing opportunities to explore their interests and to develop lifelong personal and academic skills, both within the classroom and through extra curricular activities.