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September 15, 2023

Bi-Weekly Newsletter for Garces Families, Students, Alumni & Friends

Important Dates

Sophomore Retreat

Sept. 19-20

Club Day

Sept. 21

Homecoming Week

Oct. 2-6

Homecoming Game vs Frontier

Oct. 6

Homecoming Dance

Oct. 7

Holy Smoke Fall BBQ

Oct. 12

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Message From Admissions Office

Blessings Garces Families and Future Ram Families, 


I am beyond excited and honored to be in my new position as Director of Admissions. I have already met some amazing new families and students who made the decision to come to Garces. My goal is to ensure our future Rams and their families have a clear understanding of the value of a Garces education.  


Before the beginning of the school year, I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful young man who came in to take the Freshman Placement Test. This young man has no other siblings attending or who attended Garces. He would be the first from his family

to attend. I asked him why Garces? His response

was “because this is where I belong.”  


Isn’t that what it's all about? We strive to have our students and their families feel that sense of belonging. To be a part of a supportive community that celebrates their accomplishments and lifts each other up when times are challenging. To help them navigate through their high school years and come out on the other side as well-rounded, confident and ready to move into the next chapter of their young lives. That is what makes Garces Memorial unique. Making sure our students succeed when moving on to college and careers. Not just academically, but as good Christ-like individuals who know the importance of balance in their lives. 


As we begin to welcome more students to our campus for our 2024-25 school year, starting next month, we will be hosting our Shadow Days for next year’s freshmen class and any student currently in

high school interested in transferring. If you or someone you know has a student who would like to shadow a current Garces student, click here to complete the inquiry form and select the Shadow Day that works best for you and your student. On Tuesday, Nov. 14 we will host our Ram for a Day. This is the day when we invite current eighth-grade students from across our community to join us for a fun and informative events on campus led by our current students, faculty and staff. Click here to register an 8th grader for Ram for a Day.


Our best ambassadors are you, our current families, alumni and families of graduates. If you know of other families considering Garces, send them my way. Let's give them the chance to belong to the incredible community we call Garces Memorial High School. 


Tonya Abbott 

Director of Admissions

Student News

Freshman Retreat

Last week, all 150 excited freshmen attended their first high school retreat at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church. Our wonderful staff and faculty welcomed them in the youth center for testimonies, fellowship and going to Holy Mass and prayer. The theme of the retreat was “The Good Shepherd." The students reflected on John’s Gospel, Chapter 10.

Mr. Dignan, Mr. Carrisalez and Mr. Hickey shared their witness on how to avoid false shepherds, follow Jesus the Good Shepherd and how to live the “Herd” in community at Garces Memorial. There was even time for confession thanks to Fr David Lopez! The retreat was full of joy and we made many great memories playing and praying together.

Garces Parent Club

Garces Parent Club had the first meetings of the year on Wednesday. This year we are offering meeting times at noon and 5pm to help coordinate with parents' schedules. We had a great turnout in both meetings and had very valuable discussions on how to create a sense a belonging among all Garces parents as well as welcoming new parents to the Garces community. Our next meetings are scheduled for October 25. We welcome all parents to join us. If you are interested in a Garces Parent Club Board position, please click here.  An invitation to the next meeting will be emailed out to all parents in October. Thank you to all the parents who joined us this week!  

Garden Pathways On Campus

On Wednesday, Garden Pathways came to speak with students interested in completing their service projects. Garden Pathways set up this orientation in Mrs. Zasoski’s classroom and is for Garces Memorial students and is essentially a service internship.

This year, the juniors are tasked with serving vulnerable populations in our community as part of their sacramental theology course. Garces Memorial has paired with many organizations, like Garden Pathways, that benefit our students and the community.

Company G Presents

Company G is excited to announce the fall play! It’s murder, mayhem and the tide is high in “Costa Atlantica: Murder on the High Seas!"

It’s a dinner and a show!

The audience participates as cruise guests while the cast creates the murderous scene along side them. The show will be November 16 & 17 at 7 p.m. in MLH.

We hope you’ll join us! 

Black Student Union

The Black Student Union is excited to kick off the year with the Haunted Halloween House. Stay tuned for more details! Make sure to check out the BSU table on Club Day, September 21 at lunch, for more exciting news on club events. See any of the officers for any details. The club moderator is Mrs. Silver Edwards.

And congratulations to the club officers this school year.

President - Jayla Ward

Vice President - Cage Williams

Secretary - Rickey Johnson

Treasurer - Robert Martinez Scholarship Officer/Service Director - Michael Smith

Latina Leaders Officers

Congratulations to the 2023-24 Latina Leader Officers.

President - Bella Arias

Vice President - Addi Rubio

Secretary - Cynthia Ramirez

Treasurer - Madi Garcia

Public Relations / Media - Gabby Hernandez

Community Service Director - Zahely Ruiz-Guzman

Advancement / Scholarship Officer - Mia Arreola

Assistant - Catalina Arias

The Latina Leaders are excited to host their first event which was today at lunch. The LL will kick off Hispanic Heritage month with a special surprise guest and fun treats! See any of the officers for any details. The club moderator is Mrs. Silver Edwards.

Kairos is Coming!

'Kairos' is a Greek word meaning 'right or opportune moment' and is used in theology to describe a time with grace potential. 'Kairos' means holy or God-given time, laden with meaning and choice.

This four-day retreat is open to our junior and senior students. Space is limited, so priority will be given to seniors who did not attend Kairos last year.

Please contact Ms. Abbott, Kairos Coordinator with your date preference and to receive your retreat registration information.

School Photo Retake Day

This week in Garces Athletics

Cross County

Last Saturday, the cross country teams competed at the Morro Bay Invitational. On the girls side, Michelle Antongiovanni led the Rams in a time 18 minutes, 49.2 seconds, which was the second-fastest time for a freshman. The girls are now ranked No. 5 in Division V in the Central Section. Next up for the Rams is the Del Oro Rising Suns Invitational on Sept. 20 at Hart Park.


The Rams put together the best effort of the season in a resounding 31-12 win over visiting Thousand Oaks last Saturday at Sam Tobias Field. It was the first win of the season for the Rams (1-3) after two consecutive losses by one possession. Gunter Golla threw for 193 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown pass to Michael Smith on the opening drive as the Rams led 24-0 at halftime. Smith and Austyn Hernandez both had interceptions against the Lancers. The Rams are on the road this Saturday against Porterville-Monache at Strathmore High School with JV at 4 p.m. and varsity at 6:30 p.m.

If you plan to attend Saturday's game, please be sure to bring lawn chairs, there is limited bleacher space for visiting fans at Strathmore.

The Rams next game will be the league opener at Liberty on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Girls Golf

The Rams finished in second place behind Liberty in the River League meet on Monday at North Kern Golf Course. Ashlee Kresha led the Rams with a 5-over-77 as Malia Giumarra shot 81. Both team shot 473, but the Patriots were awarded first place points via tie-breaker rules. Garces and Liberty are now tied for first place in league standing after two league tournaments.

Girls Tennis

The Rams overcame a tight 5-4 loss to Liberty on Tuesday with a resounding 9-0 victory in the first home match of the season over Frontier on Thursday. Led by seniors Kelsey Abraham, Jocie Sala, Gemma Eddy, Jade Jamieson and Maddie Tobias and along with junior Julia Maristany in singles play, the Rams (5-2, 1-1 River League) defeated the Titans in less than two hours.


The Rams are riding a 16-game win streak heading into Tuesday's league opener at Liberty. After the Rams (16-1) won the Highland Tournament last Saturday, all three levels defeated Porterville at home on Tuesday. The varsity team swept the Panthers in three sets as Emma Machado led the Rams with 10 kills. Gabby Martin had six aces and Jessica Hernandez added four aces. Kat Wulff-Smith had 31 digs and Reegan Launer had 23 assists.

Water Polo

Last weekend both varsity water polo programs were in competition as the girls went 2-2 at the St. Francis Invitational in Mountain View. The Rams defeated Santa Maria-Righetti and San Jose-Leigh. The boys were at the Santa Barbara Invitational, going 3-1 with wins over Irvine-Crean Lutheran, Santa Barbara and Arroyo Grande. The boys are at the St. Francis Invitational this weekend and the girls will be in Roseville next weekend (Sept. 22-23) at the Sierra Shootout.

Be sure to follow Garces Athletics on social media @GarcesAthletics for updated information and scores.

Holy Smoke Fall BBQ




The student BBQ Ticket Sales Contest begins on Monday, September 18, and runs for two weeks. For every ticket sold, students will have their choice of a "free dress pass" or $5 Student Store Ram Bucks. The top three student ticket sellers will also win bids to Sadies and/or Formal. Students will receive all the information in their homerooms on Monday and the top homerooms will also win lunch.

BBQ tickets include an open bar and a NY steak dinner. There will also be dancing to a live band, Valley Fever. Tickets are $75 for one, $125 for two and each additional ticket is $60. You can also sponsor a Garces teacher BBQ ticket for $40.


For the last few years, BBQ tickets have been $50 a person, and drink tickets were sold separately. We decided to combine the cost into one ticket price - eliminating the need to wait in line to purchase drink tickets. The cost is relatively the same as it has been in the past because now your BBQ ticket includes your drinks and, hopefully, a lot less time waiting in lines.


  1. Go to the Garces website and purchase tickets. There is a space for you to list your student's name so he or she will receive credit. We will mail you your tickets.
  2. Fill out the form from your student and send it back with a check payable to Garces. We will mail you your tickets.
  3. Click on the link, fill out the form, and drop it off at the office. You can pick up your tickets at the same time. Link: Student Contest Form
  4. If you are a sponsor, your student will be credited for the number of tickets associated with your sponsorship level.
  5. Ticket sales credit can be split between siblings.


If you are interested in having access to the VIP section, we still have sponsorships available. The VIP area offers you "runners" who will go and get your dinner and drinks so you will not have to wait in line.

For more information about purchasing tickets or being a sponsor, you can visit our website at or email Lou Ann Durrett at or Jenny Asaro at

Purchase BBQ Tickets

Thank You to Our Newest BBQ Sponsors!

Since our last newsletter, the following have generously agreed to sponsor the Garces Holy Smoke Fall BBQ. Thank you so much to everyone helping us underwrite a great night on our campus to support our mission. Sponsorships are still available, and our sponsors will enjoy the VIP section!

  • Clerou Tire
  • Bernadette Root
  • PCL Industrial Services
  • Bruce Beretta & Melissa Fortune
  • Dignity Health
  • Ordiz-Melby Architects, Inc.
  • George & Cindy Meek
  • Dewar's Candy & Ice Cream Shop
  • Chris & Kristin Hagan
  • Trevor & Annalia Townsend
BBQ Sponsorsr Info

Thank You to Our BBQ Sponsors To Date

Mission Bank

Kathy Gargan

SC Anderson, Inc.

Paul Dhanens Architect, Inc.

Ordiz-Melby Architects, Inc.

Robert Grimm Family Foundation

JoRonCo Rentals Inc.

A.S.I., Inc.

Domenick & Edith Bianco

Jim's Supply Company

Mary Trichell

Sunview Vineyards

Ponder Environmental Services

B & B Surplus

Teri & Shawn Shambaugh

Christopher D. Hamilton, MD

A+ Shredding, Inc.

Terri Collins Team

The McDermott Family

Hoekstra & Associates, Inc.

Monique Rogers

Sierra Printers

John & Kristin Moore Family

Wegis & Young

Lazzerini Family Foundation

Supervised Control Service

Alvin & Barbara Sandrini

Bruce Beretta & Melissa Fortune

Dignity Health

Pyrenees French Bakery, Inc.

Wool Growers Restaurant

Casa Munoz

Jake's Original Tex Mex Cafe

Dewar's Candy & Ice Cream Shop

Geoff & Lisa King

Gold Dust Almond Ranch

Tom & Judy Franconi

Jim & Debbie Sakowski

Sill Properties, Inc.

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Oblates of St. Joseph

Eagleson Body Works, Inc.

LeBeau-Thelen, LLP

Wells & Dunlap, LLP

Bernadette Root

Clerou Tire

PCL Industrial Services, Inc.

George & Cindy Meek

Chris & Kristin Hagan

Trevor & Annalia Townsend


The planning for the Garces Gala is already underway and a theme has been selected - "The Magic of Garces". We all know there are so many things that make our school a "magical" experience for our students and we think this theme is going to make for an extraordinary night for our Gala guests.

2024 Garces Gala

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Monsignor Leddy Hall

In Our Prayers

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

Larwrence "Larry" Renzi

 Father of Lori (Renzi) Hale '74, Mike Renzi '81, and the late Tina Renzi '75;

Grandfather to Stephen Hale '07, Kevin Hale '10, Joseph Renzi '14, and Matthew Renzi '17.

Alumni News

2023 Hall of Honor

Thursday, November 16th

Luigi's Warehouse

Save the date for the 2023 Hall of Honor. This year's inductees are:

  • Damon Culbertson
  • Steve Lewis '64
  • Rich Romo '70
  • Jeremy Tobias '84

The Alumni Award recipient is the Mike & Laura Etcheverry Family.

The Garces Alumni Board is hard at work to make it a memorable evening. Members of the Alumni Board are Chairman Gregg Gunner '66; Cindy (Duncan) Lynch '68, Mary (Loken) Cornett '68, Tom Swertfager '69, Jim Sakowski '70, Melissa Fortune '72, Carolyn Antongiovanni '72, Mike Georgino '75, George Clerou '76, Katie (Anspach) Whittington '77, Bernadette (Eyherabide) Root '78, Raji Sanghera '87, Maria (Bernal) Toretta '88, Courtney (Kirschenmann) Tobias '92, Lexi (Antongiovanni) Clerou '06, and John Moore III '07.

Sponsor & Ticket Information

65th Class Reunion

Class of 1958

Calling all alumni from the Class of 1958! Richard Ceccarelli and Celeste Haynes are planning your upcoming reunion for October 12th. The reunion will be at Wool Grower's Restaurant on Ocotber 12th at 1:00 PM. The cost is $40 and will be payable at the reunion. Please RSVP by October 9th. Contact Richard or Celeste for more information.

Richard Ceccarelli


Celeste Haynes

(H) 661-589-0379

(C) 661-331-7778

60th Class Reunion

Class of 1963

Calling all alumni from the Class of 1963! Nanette (Thomas) Lynch, Marianne (Wortiska) Malenk, and Jack Swertfager are planning your upcoming reunion for November. More details to come. Please contact Nannette for more information.

Nanette (Thomas) Lynch


55th Class Reunion

Class of 1968

Calling all alumni from the Class of 1968! Cindy (Duncan) Lynch is hard at work on organizing your 55th class reunion. It's going to be on Saturday, October 21 at Luigi's Restaurant. Please contact Cindy for more information.

Cindy (Duncan) Lynch


50th Class Reunion

Class of 1973

NEW DATE! Calling all alumni from the Class of 1973! Dianne (Grifffiths) Riley is hard at work on organizing your 50th class reunion. It's going to be on Saturday, November 4th at her home. Please contact Dianne for more information.

Dianne (Griffiths) Riley

Cell: 661-204-1271

40th Class Reunion

Class of 1983

Calling all alumni from the Class of 1983! Kristine and Monica are busy planning your 40th reunion. It's going to be on Saturday, October 28 at Luigi's Warehouse and it's going to be a blast! So spread the word and let Kristine or Monica know if you plan on attending. More details to come!

Kristine (Owens) Morton


Cell: 661-549-5174

Monica (Valpredo) Sacco


Cell: 661-703-7028

40-ish Class Reunion

Class of 1982

Calling all alumni from the Class of 1982! Diana Bates is busy planning your 40th reunion. It's going to be on Saturday, October 28 at Luigi's Restaurant and it's going to be a blast! So spread the word and let Diana know if you plan on attending. More details to come!

Diana Bates


Cell: 310-422-9202

20th Class Reunion

Class of 2003

Save The Date! The 20th reunion for the Class of 2003 will be on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Luigi's.

For more information and updates, please visit the website dedicated to the reunion.

10th Class Reunion

Class of 2013

Calling all alumni from the Class of 2013! Tyler Ramirez and Avery Andrew are busy planning your 10th reunion. It's going to be on Saturday, November 11th at Luigi's Restaurant and it's going to be a blast! So spread the word and let Tyler or Avery know if you plan on attending.

Tyler Ramirez 661-496-7651

Avery (Andrew) Richmond 661-912-4354