Encina High School Alumni
Alumni and varsity teams
#1 Aaron Johnson, #2 Dajon Green, #3 Dominique Kirvin, #4 Vadim Golovey, #5 Keontay Lee, #10 Kevin Largo, #11 Latroy Andrews, #13 Ricky Gregor, #15 Donavan Miller, #21 Adam Cisneros, #22 Quentin Strickner, #24 Kimani Ingram, #32 Daquan Bryant, #33 Nate Jefferson, #41 Datwon Bryant, injured Elias OreHana
Head coach: Freddie Bryant, Assistant Coaches: DeWayne Norris, Bobby Clark
Back row: #95 Thomas Henderson '05, #50 Phil Johnson '06, #60 Andre Koryaka '07, #63 Bob Goosmann '74 (coach), #80 Greg Grant '75
Front row: #70 Greg Davis '87, #75 Julian Jefferson '01, #55 Ryan Conner '92
Message from Bob
In light of the drubbing administered by the Varsity to us Alumni in 2011, I brought in three young stars from the Varsity teams of 2005, 2006 and 2007 to assist us older guys this year. Early in the first period we were down 15-4, I called timeout, and I thought "oh no." But the guys responded with some great play and we were actually ahead by a point at halftime. Tied after three quarters, and we pulled away during the exciting finish. We were definitely inspired by the amazing enthusiasm of the large alumni crowd.
My understanding is that we have now raised approximately a half million dollars for Encina over the past 12 years. Thanks to everyone who donated this year and in past years--your generosity is astounding.
Bob Goosmann '74
Message from Steve
WHAT A GAME AND WHAT A NIGHT ! The 12th Annual Encina Alumni Challenge was a huge success!
The Alumni team struggled at the start, but quickly came fighting back to win! The energy in the gym in the last few minutes was incredible.
We had more alumni, parents AND more students at this game than ever before, including those from Encina's first graduating class and our most recent 2011 graduates! Although I didn't get to visit long, I enjoyed meeting and seeing so many alumni from our 50+ years of graduates at the BBQ and game.
It was great to have Coach Don McCormick there for induction into the Hall of Fame and wonderful that his family and so many former players could be present, including Peter Boam '63 to MC the event and General John Goodman '63 to present Coach McCormick his Hall of Fame plaque. We also had a nice showing from our Golden Anniversary class of 1962!
Kerry Shearer '72, pulled a rabbit out of his hat (and lots of gear out of his bag) and streamed the game live! We'd love to hear if you watched from home. Could you feel the energy?
THANK YOU ALL for your generous support of Encina students. I don't have final pledge figures, but we're VERY close to our $40,000 goal for this year and the $500,000 mark for the 12 years of the Alumni Challenge. We should ALL be very proud of our work toward helping Encina and our fellow Encinians.
I spend time on campus and get to meet students and teachers and see the direct benefit of your generosity. In the past we've provided examples via Encina Updates. In the coming months, we're going to produce short video segments showing how your donations help Encina students and make a difference on campus.
Finally, a SPECIAL THANKS to Harlan Lau '73 who makes it possible to reach so many alumni, gaining their support for OUR school. None of this would be possible without his MANY hours of work and dedication.
We are Encina, and no one could be prouder... !
Class of 1974
Alumni Challenge Co-organizer
Treasurer, Encina High School Booster Club
Alumni Challenge BBQ and Game
Friday, April 27, 2012
BBQ Dinner, 5:30 - 7:15 pm
As always, a delicious free BBQ dinner will be served in Encina's cafeteria prior to the basketball game. Award-winning Texas West BBQ will serve chicken, ribs, salad and side dishes, drinks and dessert. Join us to share memories and favorite stories, meet old friends and make new ones! In addition, student body leaders will be on-hand to give campus tours.
Encina Hall of Fame Ceremony
We're VERY excited to announce the 2012 Encina Hall of Fame inductee, Coach Don McCormick. Coach McCormick was Encina's first Head Football Coach and lead Encina first varsity team to an UNDEFEATED season including five shutouts! Not only was Coach McCormick Encina's first Football coach, but is a World War II Marine veteran, coached college and professional football and much more! Coach McCormick will be inducted in a ceremony during halftime at this year's Alumni Challenge basketball game.
Please join us in celebrating Coach McCormick's life and contributions to Encina and San Juan Unified School District. We would like to have as many of Coach McCormick's former players in attendance as possible, so spread the word!
Class of 1962 Golden Graduates
Join us to celebrate Encina's Class of 1962--with special remembrances, Class of 62 alumni, faculty and a special "50 Years" Birthday Cake!
Alumni Challenge Basketball Game, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Dinner will be followed by the always-exciting basketball game between Encina Alumni and the current Boy's Varsity team. This extremely competitive series has the Varsity Team with six wins to the Alumni Team's five, so the Alumni Team will be extra motivated to bring home a victory this year.
After the Varsity's domination of the Alumni last year, this year's Alumni team will feature arguably the most talent ever. Players will include the Varsity team MVPs from 2005 and 2006--Philip Johnson and Thomas Henderson--along with Ryan "The Blur" Norris '89, who has averaged nearly 30 points in each of the two previous games in which he has played. Our professional announcer, Peter Boam (Class of 63) will call the game and be Master of Ceremony for the event.
All Proceeds Help Encina and the Students
The Alumni Challenge is one of the most successful high school fundraisers in Sacramento history. Last year we raised over $40,000, and our goal this year is to top $45,000! Even if you cannot attend the event, please consider a donation on behalf of your graduating class. Your donation helps fund equipment and tournament fees for sports, academic programs, field trips, scholarships, college campus tours, and much more at Encina. Most of these programs and projects get no funding from the school district or other sources, but make a big impact on campus.
We look forward to seeing everyone at this year's Alumni Challenge!
Steve Palmer Bob Goosmann Harlan Lau
Class of '74 Class of '74 Class of '73
Bob Goosmann '74: captain
Andre Koryaka '07
Phil Johnson '06
Thomas Henderson '05
Julian Jefferson '01
Ryan Connor '92
Greg Davis '87
Greg Grant '75
Robert Bataille and crew
Webcast: Kerry Shearer 72
M.C.: Peter Boam 63
National anthem: Whitney Houston (recording)
What is the Alumni Challenge?
Here's an excerpt from the Encina "Bulldog Barks" parent newsletter describing the Alumni Challenge:
"If you have not yet attended an Alumni Challenge, you are in for a REAL treat.
"What is an Alumni Challenge?" you might ask.
It is a basketball game, where the current Encina varsity basketball team plays a full basketball game against the alumni from the class of 1961 (Encina had its first graduating class that year) to alumni as current as five years ago.
You need to know that this is not a slam dunk! The Alumni have won four (4) out of the last six (6) games, playing our varsity boys team. So, this is an event you don't want to miss. The evening starts off with a free dinner at 5:30 p.m., and admission to the game is free as well. The game starts at 7:30, and there is a rousing half time event scheduled.
Why would the alumni put themselves in such a position? This is a fund raiser they started to help the Encina Booster Club raise funds to support ALL the students and programs here at Encina High School. Over the years, the funds raised have supported our sports, reading, visual and performing arts, Encina Broadcast System (EBS), tutorials, just to name a few.
The fund raising component to the Alumni Challenge is the donations received through alumni class pledges. An example is an alumni will pledge dollars per point, or per three point baskets, or per the number of points a specific player makes, or perhaps a flat donation. Current students and families can pledge as well, as a way of cheering on the current varsity team.
This game is a very entertaining event and gives our students and families a chance to meet past Encina students. It has become a rivalry between the Apaches/Bulldogs (Encina changed its mascot to the Bulldogs in 1991) and the Bulldogs. Please come out, have dinner and enjoy a GREAT family fun night."
Who is eligible to play?
"CALL FOR PLAYERS: any alumni who graduated at least 5 years ago or earlier and played basketball for Encina is eligible to play on the Alumni team. Preference will be given first to those who have not played in a previous Alumni Challenge. All players must be available for Saturday practice (at Encina) during the weeks leading up to the event. They must also be in reasonable condition--the game is very competitive and we are competing against players half (and in some cases one-third) our age. If you are interested in playing, contact Bob Goosmann at email@example.com."
I understand we have some fairly recent grads who are interested in playing this year. If you are in contact with your basketball playing classmates, please let them know about the alumni challenge and encourage them to play. Several years ago the high scorer for the alumni team was Norm Siefkin from the class of 1963!
Every year we receive inquiries from female alumni who would like to play. Unfortunately, the alumni team is not co-ed. In order to field a women's team, we need someone like Bob to captain/coach/organize a women's team.
What are we raising money for?
Encina gets money for the traditional "core" classes such as math and reading . We (alumni) are providing assistance for many of the extracurricular programs, elective classes, clubs and other programs that help to enrich students' experience at Encina.
The money goes to the Encina Booster Club, who allocates the funds based on requests from students and faculty. While much of the money is allocated to sports as you would expect from a booster club, a lot of the money also goes to non-sports programs.
Here are some testimonials from recipients of the alumni challenge pledges.
Here are some of the projects funded by the Encina Booster
club in the past year from Alumni Challenge monies:
Viet Nam Memorial
All Sports (uniforms, tournament fees, bleachers, transportation, stipends, supplies, etc.).
Business Academy End of the Year Luncheon for Seniors
CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam) tutoring and incentives
Wish Lists for staff (this is open to ALL staff to submit items that are not covered by district nor department funds). Some of the items purchased were box converter for VHS to DVD, supplies for counseling for welcome bags for new students,
Alumni Challenge expenses
Undergraduate Awards Program
Business Academy Mentor Meeting supplies
Friendship Day (Mix It Up) supplies (4 times per year)
STAR testing incentives
CSF Fieldtrip to UOP
Controllers for Interactive Education
Spanish games (verb conjugation, etc.)
Computer programs, guides and graphics for journalism, French and English
Prizes for Open Enrollment Parent Night
Gift cards for a drawing for Take Your Parent to School Day
Special Ed Students field trip to San Francisco
Incentives for PBS (Positive Behavior Systems)
Here is a list of some of the programs funded in the past:
New Student Welcome Program through Counselors
Encina Art Gallery (Art Opening Receptions)
Performing Arts (Students attending local plays)
Freshman Feast (a Freshman event with Senior peers/guides)
Encina Broadcasting System (EBS) (equipment and supplies)
Every 15 minutes (drug/alcohol intervention)
Alumni Challenge event
The encinahighschool.com Website
SAP (Student Assistance Program)
Student to Ashland to participate in Shakespeare Festival
After school tutoring
Drama department (students) trip to Ashland
Several alumni have asked whether there is any financial oversight for all the money donated to the Encina Booster Club. Whether there is anything which prevents the funds from being misused or even embezzled.
Steve Palmer 74 realized very early on, that the Encina Booster Club lacked such oversight and worked with Encina to implement sound financial practices. Here is Steve's description...
"I am happy to talk about Encina's Booster Club financial oversight. I sat on the Booster Club as "Auditor" for several years and have been Treasurer for the last three years and was re-elected for the 2011-12 school year. I attend most monthly meetings which are held at 5:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month except July and August.
Funds that are collected by the Booster Club are deposited into a Bank of America account. Heddy Crowder, Encina's Community Liaison, records how much is received from whom (photocopies incoming checks, snackbar sales records, etc). She emails Harlan and me with Alumni donor name, date of receipt and amount. While Harlan does not usually see snackbar, t-shirt sales and such, I do. The majority of our funding is from Alumni Challenge pledges. As treasurer, I reconcile each month's bank statement with our Quickbooks records and provide a detailed transaction journal, spending vs budget and balance sheet at each monthly meeting. Treasurer's records are reviewed at each meeting at which time we also make disbursements for approved expenses. All personal who handle money are bonded.
Each year, Principal (Dan Kenley) , Booster Club President (Angie Kerr), Encina Community Liaison (Heddy Crowder) and I build a proposed budget to be approved (with modification/changes) by the membership. We allocate funds to Encina programs based on department need with about 50% going to sports and 50% going to academic programs, scholarships, Alumni Challenge expenses, and such. Each semester we ask staff to submit requests for program and project funding. We fund those that are believed to provide the greatest positive impact to Encina students.
We hold about 15% in reserve from one year to the next and for "emergency" requests. For example, this year Encina fielded a Girls' Softball team for the first time in many years! The Booster Club (because of Alumni generosity) was able to purchase uniforms and equipment.
Please let me know if you'd like more detail or additional information.
Alumni, thank you for supporting Encina's students and future alumni!
How do I pledge?
Send your check to:
Encina High School Booster Club
Encina High School
Attention: Heddy Crowder
1400 Bell Street
(please note your class year and whether you want pledge to be anonymous)
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes, your contribution is tax deductible. Please take advantage of your company's matching funds program if you have one to double your contribution as I do. Encina will send you a tax letter.
How effective is the Alumni Challenge?
In the past ten years the alumni challenge has raised over $460,000 for Encina!
While this is due in no small part to the generosity of alumni benefactor Paul Bonderson 70, last year we had tremendous participation with almost 400 individual alumni pledges. These pledges ranged from a few dollars to thousands of dollars. No pledge is too small, nor too large <g>.
Alumni Challenge plaque
The alumni challenge plaque recognizes the five classes who:
1. pledge the most money
2. have the most pledges
Can I pledge anonymously?
Certainly. When you write, say your pledge is anonymous. However, please let me attribute your pledge to your class so they receive credit.
Why should I contribute?
Well, I can't speak for all alumni, but I give because it makes me feel good <g>. I enjoy supporting the next generation of Encina students, the interclass competition, the funny pledges (Tom Clark 70 gave $50 for a 3 pointer I made before the last game), the pride of supporting my classmates, and the feeling that we, as Encina alumni, are doing something special for our school and the community...
So do it for the kids! And do it because it makes you feel good...
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