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May 5, 2023

Weekly Newsletter for Garces Families, Students, Alumni, & Friends.
Important Dates

May 6th

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

May 8th


Senior Farewell Mass

May 11th

FFA Banquet

May 15th

Baccalaureate Mass

May 16th


May 17th


May 24th


May 25th & May 26th

Spring Musical

"Beauty & the Beast"

Final Exams

May 30th

Periods 5 & 7

May 31st

Periods 2 & 4

June 1st

Periods 1 & 3

June 2nd

Period 6

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Garces Memorial 75th Anniversary

75th Anniversary Wing-Ding

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 75th anniversary Wing-Ding a success! It was so much fun to have so many people on campus. We had alumni who were here when the school opened, families who are currently sending their children to Garces, and everyone in between. Thank you to Bishop Brennan, Garces Rector Fr. David, and Fr. Theo for coming and celebrating our 75th. We are so grateful to the Hail Mary Club, the Garces Alumni Board, and the 75th Committee for helping to organize a great night on our campus. Members of the committee were Steven Antongiovanni, Jon Barnes, Joan (Haller) Finch, Raji Sanghera, Eric Sill, Bernadette (Eyherabide) Root, Jenny Etcheverry, Cindy Meek, Shannon Campbell, and Lou Ann Durrett. A big shout out to Shelly Stricklen-Phoenix and the Class of 1993 who had their high school reunion at the Wing-Ding and to John Etcheverry & Nanette (Campbell) Etcheverry for all their help before, during, and after the event. We want to especially thank our sponsors who helped to underwrite a wonderful event for the Garces community:

Mission Bank

GMC Motor City

Bruce Beretta & Melissa Fortune

Edith & Domenick Bianco

Jasmine Vineyards

McMurtrey Lince, Inc.

Colombo Contruction

Knight's Site Services

Dewar's Candy Shop

Check out the 75th Anniversary Wing-Ding highlight video below to hear some great interviews, including one with the Bishop:

Student News

2023 Valedictorian & 2023 Salutatorian

Congratulations to Randall Giumarra and Joshua Braun! Randall is the 2023 Valedictorian and Josh is the 2023 Salutatorian. Josh will give the benediction at the commencement ceremonies and Randall will give the keynote speech. Their hard work, dedication, and commitment to a rigorous and challenging course schedule paid off! Randall will be attending UCLA this fall and Josh is attending Cal Tech. We are very proud of them and their accomplishments.

2023 Valedictorian - Randall Giumarra

2023 Salutatorian - Joshua Braun '23

Happy Retirement

Mrs. Richardson!

We will miss you!

Registrar and longtime employee Joan Richardson will be retiring after 31 years of service to the students and families of Garces Memorial. On Friday, the students surprised her during lunch with flowers and hugs. They wanted to let her know much they love her and to thank her for all she has done to support them.

Joan began helping at Garces Memorial when her oldest daughter, Shannon Campbell, attended Garces. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, families received a small break in their tuition by volunteering to help in the school cafeteria. Joan enjoyed the friendships she made while helping so much that she eventually began working full-time in the cafeteria. 

In 1991, the new Principal/President, Ed Hearn asked Joan to assist him with his transition and take on the role of Registrar.

All four of Joan’s children, Shannon Campbell, Stephanie (Campbell) Napier, Nanette (Campbell) Etcheverry, and Mathew Campbell attended Garces. Eventually, Joan’s two stepchildren, Kyle Richardson and Eric Richardson would also attend Garces. She has had one grandchild graduate from Garces, Caroline Napier, and has two graduating this year, Kaitlyn Etcheverry and Jimmy Napier, a current grandchild who is a junior, Tessa Etcheverry, and a sophomore, Luke Napier. Joan’s sons-in-law Mark Napier and John Etcheverry are also graduates of Garces Memorial.

Joan has dedicated her time here at Garces assisting the administrative team, students, and co-workers.

She has been and remains an advocate for Catholic education in our community. Always a team player and willing to help when asked. A mainstay in our Garces Memorial community.

Co-worker and friend Sherry Burns had this to share. “I do believe God places people in your life for a reason. Joan started as a co-worker but soon became one of my closest and dearest friends. I know how hard of a decision this was to make when someone like Joan has put her whole heart and soul into Garces and touched so many people along the way. Garces is not just a workplace for her, it's her second home. Joan now is your time to enjoy retirement with your family. As I say goodbye to my friend, I will miss our morning coffee talks most. I will not say goodbye to “my true-blue friend” as Joan would say, instead I will say enjoy life you have earned it. I will miss you.”

Click to read the message from Ed Hearn

Class of 2023 Senior Awards

On Tuesday, Garces held its Senior Awards Assembly and where we celebrated our seniors with the awarding of college scholarships and recognition for being outstanding in their class. Thank you to Dr. Ashley Pavletich for all her hard hard work in coordinating a beautiful morning on our campus! A full list of the awards and a link to all photos taken by Ms. Jessica Pavletich will be available in next week's newsletter.

Congratulations Joseph Deniz

Garces FFA held its first SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) Showcase on Tuesday. Every FFA member had their SAE project specially recognized by ten judges. Nine amazing projects moved on as finalists. The overall winner was Joseph Deniz! FFA Advisor, Mrs. Rossi would like to give a special thank you to the judges, "this event wouldn’t have been possible without our impactful industry professionals and community members surrounding us with support!"

Band Spring Awards Concert

Thursday night was the Garces Band Spring Award Concert in MLH. Our band directors, Mr. Chili Ortega and Mr. Zelas Williams recognized all of the band members along with special recognition for each senior. As usual, the musical performances were exceptional! We are blessed with so many talented Rams and we love hearing them perform. Congratulations to our band members on a great night and a shout out to the students recognized as top performers: top woodwind was Mark Ayllon, top brass was Julien Rodriguez, top percussion was Erin Rowley, most improved was Thomas Guanjie, and most outstanding was Benjamin Jimenez.

Mental Health Month at Garces

Mr. Golla, working with Mrs. Thompson, has a four-week program to highlight mental health at Garces during the month of May. By promoting mental health awareness and reducing the negative stigma around mental health issues, Garces hopes to help students improve their mental health and well-being. Each week will have a theme and activities to reinforce the importance of mental health as it relates to teenagers. There are daily announcements and weekly activities the students will participate in. The weekly themes are:

  • Week 1 - Depression
  • Week 2 - Anxiety
  • Week 3 - Body Image (Self-Love)
  • Week 4 - Social media (Self-Talk)

This week the students focused on gratitude and one of the activities had the students posting what they are thankful for.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

The Hispanic/Latino Culture Club is hosting its first annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on May 6th from 7:00-9:30 pm! The fiesta will take place at the Quad and include dancing, tacos, aguas frescas, and more. Tickets are $35 at the door. No outside guests are permitted.

Uniform Sales

Uniform sales are now through June 6th in the student store, all hours that students are here in class (i.e. 8:00 to 3:05 on Green Day’s). Place orders or pick up items while supplies last.

Norman’s will be in the MLH on June 6th (one day only) from 2:30 to 7:00 for all skirts, shorts and pants.

The student store will be open June 5th and 6th from 2:30 to 7:00 for all other items needed for uniforms or spirit dress items.

June 6th will be the last day to pick up or order items before school starts in the fall. All ordered items will be available for pickup the first week of school in August.

Please bring all used uniforms, spirit wear and books to the student store. We will be organizing all of these items before the June 5th sale day in the Student Store.

Graduation Photos

Matt Reynolds of Reynolds Photography will be at Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation. To order photos of your graduate, please go to his website or email him at

Reynolds Photography

Garces Summer School

Ten Unit Courses June 1st - July 7th

Middle School Courses June 1st - June 30th

The Garces Summer School website is up! Please click on the link for the courses we are offering this summer. You can also begin registering for classes.

Garces Summer School Website

Employment Opportunity

Teachers Needed

Garces is looking for a Chemistry teacher and an Algebra 1 teacher for the 2023-2024 school year. The job descriptions are available on our website. All interested candidates should contact Mrs. Denise Limi for more information.

Teaching Jobs

Garces Athletics

Five Senior Student-Athletes Sign NLIs

In the gym on Wednesday at lunch, five Garces Memorial senior student-athletes were honored during a signing ceremony as they future college athletes at their National Letter of Intent ceremony. Andrew Boyd, our co-ASB president, signed with Hamline (Minn.) University’s football program. Kaydence Boyd became the first Garces girls wrestler to sign with a college program as she will be a member of the Colorado Mesa women’s wrestling program. Josh Braun, our salutatorian, signed with the Cal Tech men’s water polo program. Mia D’Amato signed with Whitter College’s women’s volleyball team and Kylee Limpias, who helped lead the Rams to consecutive D-I girls tennis championships, signed with the women’s tennis program at Cal Lutheran. All four have a GPA above. 4.10 and together, the average is 4.41.

Congratulations Boys Golf!

Tuesday was a day for Garces Memorial boys golf. The Rams shot a 379 as a team at Sundale Country Club and are the River League Champions! Pictured are Jackson Thorn, Ryan Surgener, Bennet Michaud, Carson Sorci, and Aidan Sorci.

Girls Water Polo Honored

The Garces Memorial girls water polo team was honored on Tuesday in the quad at lunch as the players received their rings for winning the Central Section Division II championship in November. The Rams were led by a trio of seniors in Evie McCarthy, Abigail Schechter and Gianna Garcia. Both Schechter and Garcia were freshmen standouts on the D-II championship team in 2019. Members of the team are Olivia Galanski, Gianna Garcia, Stella Holland, CJ James, Alexis Jensen, Cindy King, Evie McCarthy, Katie McCarthy, Myley Mendiburu, Emme Roberts, Sara Santa Cruz, Abby Schechter, and Marie Zaninovich. 

This Week in Garces Athletics

Provided by Trevor Horn, Sports Information Director


The varsity baseball team has won three of the past four games and is playing through the most successful stretch of the season. Last Friday at home, Griffin Garcia pitched a complete game shutout and Thomas Buckley hit the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the sixth in a 1-0 win over Bakersfield Christian, the No. 5 ranked team in the Central Section. Then on Wednesday at home, Buckley’s fourth-inning grand slam highlighted an 8-4 victory over No. 16 Centennial as Dom Banducci had three RBI and Bradley Horton pitched six innings and added an insurance run with an RBI single in the sixth and a diving catch in right field in the seventh with Luke Shaw on the mound. The Rams are at Centennial at 4 p.m. today.


Boys Golf

The Rams secured the inaugural River League title with a huge win at Sundale Country Club in the final regular season league tournament on Tuesday. Carson Sorci led the way with a 4-under-68 and Aidan Sorci, who had the top overall average this year, shot a 69 as the Rams scored 379 as a team and will bypass the Area tournament and will compete as a team at the section championships.



The Rams lost a heartbreaker on Wednesday against Centennial 12-0 in five innings and look to snap a four-game losing streak today at 4 p.m. at Centennial. The Rams wrap up the regular season with two games next week against Stockdale with Senior Night for Taylor Crider at 4 p.m. next Friday.


Swim and Dive

Addison Roberts and Claire Banducci both advanced to the Central Section state-qualifying dive championships at Clovis West on Thursday after Roberts finished second in the section D-II championships and Banducci finished third on Wednesday. Roberts finished sixth overall in the section. The D-II swim championships begin today at the KHSD Aquatic Complex today with 18 Rams in competition, including freshman standout Charlie Potter, who was recognized as one of the five “Swimmers to Watch” at the section championships this weekend. Potter is the top seed in the boys 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. His time of 4 minutes, 42.62 seconds in the 500 at the league finals set a meet and school record while fellow freshman Jett Kalmikovs also set a school record in the boys 100 backstroke in 1:41.32. On the girls side, the Rams are led by another freshman, Katie McCarthy, who won the league title in the girls 200 free (2:03.40) and also took second in the girls 500 free (5:31.85).


Boys Tennis

Three boys tennis players advanced to the South Area qualifying tournament at Wasco this week. In doubles action, No. 4 seed Nico Fanuuchi and Brysen Limpias defeated their opponents from Taft 6-0, 6-0 and can advance to the section championships next weekend at Reedley-Immanuel for a second consecutive season with two wins today beginning at 1:30 p.m. Michael Garcia lost his opening round match on Thursday at Area.


Track and Field

Led by two third-place finishes in both boys relay teams, the Rams finished third on the boys side at the league championships at Liberty on Wednesday. David Smith, Julian Smith, Nathaniel Wallace and Ian Harrison ran the 400 relay in a time of 44.36 seconds as Jules Struzyna, Harrison, Wallace and Julian Smith finished third in the 1,600 relay in 3:49.38. 

Giving to Garces

Thank you Annual Fund Drive Donors

Thank you to everyone who has supported this year's Annual Fund Drive. If you have contributed in the past, and haven't had a chance to give this year, you can still make a difference in the lives of our students.

Click here to donate to the Annual Fund
Annual Fund Drive Donor List

Alumni News

In Our Prayers


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

May they rest in peace. Amen.

Matt Pandol Jr.

Husband of Linda Pandol; father of Matt Pandol III '15, Stefanie Pandol '13, and Mark Pandol '19

Marie Sakowski

Thursday, May 11th

St. Francis Church

Rosary 9:30 AM

Mass 10:00 AM

Mother of Jim Sakowski '70, Susan (Sakowski) Swertfager '71, Mary Ellen (Sakowski) Thomas '74, Steven Sakowski '76, Thomas Sakowski '76, Vincent Sakowski '79, and Sally (Sakowski) Goodman '82; Grandmother to Melissa Sakowski '98, Zach Sakowski '00, Amy (Sakowski) Wolensky '01, Greg Swertfager '03, Jenna (Sakowski) Moore '07, Nick Sakowski '11, Peter Sakowski '11, Chris Sakowski '13, Patrick Sakowski '13, Paige Sakowski '15, Matthew Sakoski '16, JohnPaul Sakowski '17, Sam Sakowski '19, and Jack Sakowski '25.

Services Pending

Jeff Mulhoffer '92

Husband of Jennifer (Bachman) Mullhofer '03 and brother to Brian Mulhoffer '97

2023 Hall of Honor

Congratulations to the 2023 Hall of Honor Inductees! The inductees will be celebrated on Thursday, November 16th at Luigi's Warehouse. Mark your calendars and plan on joining us to celebrate all they have done for our little school on the hill!

  • Damon Culbertson
  • Steve Lewis '64
  • Rich Romo '70
  • Jeremy Tobias '84
  • The Laura (Murray) Etcheverry '77 & Mike Etcheverry '77 Family

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 21st at Luigi's Restaurant. Please contact Cindy for more information.

Cindy (Duncan) Lynch


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 28th at Luigi's Restaurant 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