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September 29, 2023

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

Important Dates

End of 1st Quarter

Oct. 6

Homecoming Week

Oct. 2-6

Homecoming Game vs Frontier

Oct. 6

Homecoming Dance

Oct. 7

Fall Awards

Oct. 11

Holy Smoke Fall BBQ

Oct. 12

Catholic Ed Convention

October 13th


October 13th

PSAT All-School Testing

Oct. 18

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Message From Asst. Principal of Student Life

Dear Garces Memorial High School community,

I hope this message finds you well as we dive into another exciting school year filled with opportunities for growth and achievement. As the newly appointed Assistant Principal for Student Life, I want to emphasize the significance of student life in our educational journey. At Garces, we believe that a well-rounded education extends beyond the classroom. It encompasses the rich tapestry of experiences and interactions that shape our students into compassionate, responsible and confident individuals. Our vibrant student life programs, clubs and extracurricular activities provide the foundation for personal development and the cultivation of life skills. These activities foster teamwork, leadership and a sense of belonging that enhances their high school experience. We encourage every student to get involved, explore their passions and forge lasting friendships that will be cherished for years to come.

Speaking of getting involved, our recent annual Club Day showcased the wonderful array of service, special interest and cultural clubs we have to offer. Don't miss out on upcoming events like our holiday-themed Homecoming during the week of October 2-7. Join us on Oct. 6 for our homecoming football game, where we will honor our homecoming court and showcase our halftime performances. Our students have been hard at work creating entertaining skits based on our homecoming holiday themes, which will be performed at halftime.

Another exciting event on the horizon is our inaugural Ramchella Visual and Performing Arts Showcase. Join us in the quad on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. as we celebrate the diverse talents within our student community. In addition to the showcase, our FFA chapter will be hosting a farmers market with various goods, so don't forget to bring some cash to support their initiatives.

If you'd like to stay more connected with the vibrant world of student life at Garces, be sure to follow us on Instagram @garcesasb. Together, let's make this school year one filled with unforgettable moments, personal growth and a sense of belonging.

Caitlin Thompson

Assistant Principal for Student Life

Student News

Sophomore Retreat

The sophomore class had their annual overnight retreat at Three Rivers last week.

The students stayed at Santa Teresita Youth Center. The boys and girls were separated and had two days full of fun, prayer and fellowship.

Our students got to spend time getting to know each other and also dove deeper into the God-given gift of authentic femininity and masculinity. Everyone got a chance to deepen their relationships with our Lord, each other and to go to the sacraments of reconciliation and attend Holy Mass.

For those sophomores that stayed back on campus because of prior commitments, they spent the two days on an on-campus retreat with Principal Leon.

Club Day

Club Day was a huge success. With roughly 40 clubs set up around the quad at lunch last Friday, it was a wonderful opportunity for our students at Garces Memorial to find interests that will help expand their horizons and make their high school experience that much more fulfilling.

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! 

Helping Hands Club

The Helping Hands Club met on Monday and made sack lunches for the St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Center. They made close to 150 lunches for the Homeless Center to distribute to those in need in our community.

Latina Leaders Club

It has been a busy month for the Latina Leaders. Started Hispanic Heritage month with a special kick-off day with a performance by Mariachi Oro y Plata de Bakersfield. In addition, they sold traditional plates during foodapalooza. Agua frescas and latin candies were sold during lunch time throughout the week and at club day. The Latina Leaders continued celebrating by hosting a 3v3 futsal tournament during lunch and morning announcements of famous latin leaders. The Latina Leaders will finish the month with a historic event, with a special presentation by Dolores Huerta, the co-founder of the United Farm Workers Association and one of the most influential labor activists of the 20th century. The event will take place on Monday, Oct. 9 at 2:30 p.m. in MLH. All are welcome! The Latina Leaders would like to thank the Dolores Huerta Foundation for this event. For more information, please contact club moderator Mrs. Silver Edwards at

Black Student Union

Black Student Union leaders and club members attended Thompson Junior High on Wednesday to assist J.C.W Kicks for Kids. J.C.W Kicks for Kids is a non-profit organization whose mission is to impact the less fortunate youth with the blessing of shoes. They assisted with “The Importance of Showing Up” rally for the students at Thompson and helped with the rally games.

"The rally was a great experience for everyone involved, we had a great time with the kids and playing games," said BSU president Jayla Ward.

BSU begins to plan their next event, which is the Haunted House, held on Friday, Oct. 27. More details to come. See any BSU leader for more 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.

CSF Spring Honors

This week in Garces Athletics

Cross County

The Rams competed in the first River League meet at Hart Park on Wednesday. Freshman Michelle Antongiovanni led Garces with a seventh-place finish in a time of 21 minutes, 2.85 seconds, the top time for freshmen girls and was helped by Sophia Moody, London Shoffner, Lola Rodriguez and Isabel Lopez as the Rams are inching closer to the top spot in Division V in the Central Section. The cross country team is back in action at the Ted Oliver Invitational Saturday at Pyles Boys Camp.


In the final non-league game of the season, Gunter Golla broke three program records in a 47-13 road win over Porterville-Monache on Sept. 15. His 407 passing yards broke the previous record of 370 by Cruise Adams in 2012. Golla also ran for ran for 55 yards, also breaking a record for passing/rushing at 462 yards in a game. That previous record was set in 1956 by Joe Hernandez (413 yards). Golla also broke the school record for passing yards in a game with six.

The Rams lost Thursday night on the road to Liberty 41-13 in the league opener. Austyn Hernandez led the Rams with 120 rushing yards while Rickey Johnson recovered a fumble for a touchdown.

Girls Golf

The Rams finished third on Thursday in the River League Meet No. 4 at Sundale Country Club. The Rams remain in first place in league standings with three league tournaments left in the regular season.

Girls Tennis

Garces finished off the first half of league play with an 8-1 win at Stockdale on Tuesday. In the rematch with Liberty at home on Thursday, the Rams won two of the three doubles matches but fell to the Patriots 5-4.


Last Saturday, the Rams took third at the Redwood Invitational in Visalia before home losses this week to Bakersfield Christian and Centennial. The Rams are 21-6, the second-most wins before October for the program in more than two decades.

Water Polo

It was a fun first week of league play for the water polo program as all four teams defeated Liberty and Frontier at home. Freshman Eden Coughran led the varsity girls with 10 goals in a 25-2 win over Liberty on Monday and followed that performance with eight goals in a 19-1 win over Frontier on Wednesday.

On the boys side, senior Johnny Mendiburu had seven goals against Liberty in a 29-1 victory while Johnny Starr led the Rams with seven goals in a 20-3 win over Frontier.

The varsity boys will be in Pomona on Saturday taking on Rancho Cucamonga-Alta Loma in non-league action before the varsity teams host Bakersfield Christian on Monday.

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

FFA At The Fair

It was an incredible two weeks for the Garces Memorial FFA chapter at the Kern County Fair. The Rams came away with two grand champions in Analeina Lugo and Braden Turman.

In total, 11 major awards were handed out to Garces Memorial students with more still to come as multiple buckles and banners were achieved.

"God has truly blessed this chapter with amazing young leaders and exceptional families," FFA advisor Ashleigh Rossi said. "Every single one plays a role in the success of the team."

Teacher Tuesday

In a weekly installment that will run the rest of the school year, we will honor a faculty member here at Garces Memorial every Tuesday.

First up, Ms. Jessica Pavletich.

An alum from the class of 2011, Ms. Pav is in her eighth year teaching at Garces while also in her second stint as the boys and girls swim coach.

Holy Smoke Fall BBQ Tickets





Tickets for the Garces Holy Smoke Fall BBQ are on sale on our website and at the office.

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.

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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.

  • The Jeremy & Lauren Helper Family
  • Jessica Pounds
  • The Hail Mary Club
  • Phil & Lisa Cerro
  • Dewar's Candy & Ice Cream Shop
  • Michelle Pisano
  • Sangera Automotive Group
  • Marantha Gardening & Landscaping
  • Payless Towing

Thank You to Our BBQ Sponsors!

Mission Bank

Kathy Gargan

SC Anderson, Inc.

Paul Dhanens Architect, Inc.

Ordiz-Melby Architects, Inc.

Robert Grimm Family Foundation

JoRonCo Rentals Inc.

Hail Mary Club

A.S.I., Inc.

Domenick & Edith Bianco

Jim's Supply Company

Mary Trichell

Sunview Vineyards

Payless Towing

Dewar's Candy & Ice Cream Shop

Michelle Pisano

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

The Jeremy & Lauren Helper Family

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

Sanghera Automotive Group

Jessica Pounds

Phil & Lisa Cerro

Marantha Gardening & Landscaping

Check Your Mail!

The first wave of letters has gone out to our parents and past donors for The Garces Fund. The fund drive will run until December 31, 2023. Our goal is to raise over $200,000 to support student programs at Garces Memorial High School for the current school year. We are asking our families, donors and alumni to regard The Garces Fund as their first giving priority.

View Bridge the Gap Brochure

View list of 2022-2023 Donors

Donate to The Garces Fund

In Our Prayers

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

May they rest in peace. Amen.

Janet Marie Borda Erassarret


Alumni News

2023 Hall of Honor

Thursday, November 16

Luigi's Warehouse

Get your tickets 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.

Thank you to our sponsors to date:

  • Bruce Beretta & Melissa Fortune
  • A+ Shredding/Joe Antongiovanni
  • Jim & Debbie Sakowski
  • Jenny Poncetta & Christiane Camou
  • Jennifer Lewis
  • Mike & Shelley Georgino
  • Gregg Gunner
  • Steven & Janet Antongiovanni
  • Raji Sanghera
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 12. The reunion will be at Wool Grower's Restaurant at 1 p.m. The cost is $40 and will be payable at the reunion. Please RSVP by October 9. 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 4 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

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