The Ram Page
February 11, 2022
Weekly Newsletter for Garces Families, Students, Alumni, & Friends.
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Community Category:
  • Best Private School
  • Best Place to Work
Arts & Entertainment
  • Best Non Profit Event - Garces Gala 

Important Dates
Progress Reports
February 11th 

Girls Soccer Senior Night
February 11th

No School
February 14th
Prayer & Pizza Night
February 16th

No School
February 21st

FFA Week
February 22nd - 25th
Pet Blessing
February 24th

FFA Barn Dance
February 25th

Sophomore Retreat
March 4th
Catholic Schools Week Photos
It was so great to have so many grandparents and parents on campus last week. If you stopped and took a photo, the links to the photos are below. The links are to a Google Drive folder and can be downloaded. Check out our video recap of the great week we had on campus!
Student News
Robotics Winner - Allison Barker
The Society of Women Engineers Innovate Award was given to Allison Barker at the Vex Robotics Cal Poly Tournament in San Luis Obispo last Saturday. The Innovate Award winner is selected from a "girl-powered" team that comes up with an innovative idea.
Garces FFA - World Ag Expo
Submitted by FFA Chapter Reporter, Jordan Van Skike
Wednesday, Garces FFA was able to experience the wonderful world of agriculture at this year’s World Ag Expo! There were endless exhibits and educational booths, and students were able to explore anything that interested them, from the college they plan to attend to the industry they may pursue, and so much more. Future beef exhibitors even had the opportunity to watch a cattle fitting demonstration, thanks to Cal Youth Expo. We were also excited to see our state officers again and we can’t wait for State Conference! Our entire day at the World Ag Expo was a day filled with learning and tons of fun!
Meals With Love Club
The Meals with Love Club makes dinner each month for the families at the Ronald McDonald House. Alyssa Hurtado came up with the idea to not only prepare dinner, but to deliver some toys that can be used by the families during their stay. Olivia Michaud and Jordan Van Skike agreed it was a great idea and the three of them gathered toys and delivered them on Wednesday.
75th Anniversary Logo Contest
Next year Garces Memorial High School will celebrate its 75th year of providing Excellence in Catholic Education. We've asked our students to design the anniversary logo. Students will submit logos and the entire student body will vote for the winning logo. The winner will be announced at the Spring Rally on March 25th and will receive $100.
FFA Week - February 22nd - 25th
Submitted by FFA Chapter Reporter, Jordan Van Skike
FFA Week is upon us! February 22-25 we will have a week filled with agricultural fun! Each day has a theme based on agriculture. Some events you should look out for: daily bake sale, bids for kiss a pig, egg toss, food eating contests, pet blessings, Ag Business/College booths, hamburger sale on Thursday, and karaoke! Also, we encourage everyone to wear their best Western Dress on Friday!

We want to celebrate you! Our FFA chapter wants to promote your companies at our local love day on Thursday the 24th! We are looking for sample products and marketing materials to display at our booths! If you are interested, please contact Kaitlyn Etcheverry at or James Napier at
This month our FFA chapter is selling wool growers dinner tickets! Tickets are sold at $20 each with your choice of fried chicken, scampi or tri-tip. Dinner pickup is February 22-24th at Wool Growers between 2:30 - 5:30 PM. Tickets are available from FFA members. Proceeds from this fundraiser go towards helping our members with State Conference fees.
Our FFA chapter needs bake sale donations for the FFA Week bake sale! Easily served treats will be sold everyday during break and lunch. By donating baked goods (wrapped or unwrapped), parents can earn 1 hour for every dozen items they bring! Proceeds will go towards our Barn Dance decorations and setup.
FFA will be holding its annual pet blessing February 24th at 8:15 in the quad! We hope to see you and your furry friends there!
Giddy up Garces! Our FFA Barn Dance is February 25th in the MLH. Tickets are presale all week long for $10 and $15 at the door. We are taking song requests all week long on our FFA Instagram. See y’all there!.
Campus Ministry
Student Community Service Hours
Remember that all student community service hours must be logged using the MobileServe app! If you haven't already done so, please download the app and enter your hours!

Prayer & Pizza Night
Campus Ministry will host Prayer and Pizza Night on February 16th from 5:30-7:00 P.M. We will have special guest, Francis Cabildo, lead us into a time of praise and worship before the Lord. 
Sophomore Retreat
Campus Ministry will host the Sophomore Retreat on March 3. The retreat will be from 8:20 AM - 2:30 PM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Ms. Perez will send an email to all 10th grade students and parents with more details.  
Admissions Updates
Tuition Assistance/Financial Aid
Foundation Scholarships through the Bakersfield Catholic Education Foundation
With more than 20 scholarships available through the Bakersfield Catholic Education Foundation, there is bound to be one that's fit for your student. We encourage you to apply! These scholarships, along with tuition assistance, can help offset the cost of tuition for your family. Students will be required to write an essay specific to each scholarship and submit the application no later than March 1, 2021. More information can be found at the link below:
Financial Aid & Tuition Assistance
It's that time of year again to apply for tuition assistance and financial aid. Request for financial aid and tuition assistance is an annual process. Your FACTS Grant & Aid account will need to be updated with your 2021 W2 or 1099 and 2020 Tax Return. Log into your account to complete the application for 2022-2023 no later than February 19, 2022. FACTs is required to apply for a scholarship.

Click below to log into your FACTS account:
Garces Alumni Scholarship
The Garces Alumni Scholarship is available to incoming students who are children, or grandchildren of Garces Alumni. For more information and a copy of the application, please click on the link below:

Garces Athletics
College Signing Day
On Tuesday in the gym, we celebrated seven senior student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent to play their sport in at a four-year college. Fletcher and Palmer Bank are headed to Stanford to play men’s soccer for the Cardinal. Rory Begin has been accepted to the Naval Academy and will play men’s water polo for the Midshipmen. Two other water polo players signed, with Jordan Northcutt signing with UC San Diego and Mary King to Cal Baptist. Blake Allen and Ian Jernagin signed with the football program Friends University, an NAIA college in Witchita, Kansas.
What a week it was for Garces Athletics as a total of 62 Rams earned BVarsity All-Area honors, the most for any school in Kern County for fall sports. The first water polo All-Area team was announced and Garces had four players of the year in Rory Begin, Jordan Northcutt, Abby Schechter and Logan Wimbish while head coach Eric Marsh was named girls coach of the year. In girls tennis, Kesley Abraham was named player of the year and Jocie Sala and Kylee Limpias repeated as the doubles team of the year while head coach Marc Gomez was named coach of the year. Girls golf coach Armando Robles was named coach of the year and Logan Bowers was named the football defensive player of the year. 
2019 State Championship Soccer Team Honored
To honor the three seniors on this year’s boys soccer team that were on varsity their freshmen year were able to see a new banner for the Rams 2018-19 CIF State SoCal Regional state championship erected on top of the boys soccer field house. The banner was in place just in time for senior night before last Friday’s overtime win over Bakersfield High and represents the first state team title for Garces in school history.
Winter Sports Teams Recap
The regular-season finales for basketball and soccer are tonight with the Central Section playoffs beginning tonight, while wrestling is at the Divison IV championships in Madera today. The playoffs for basketball and soccer will be released Saturday afternoon. Follow Garces Athletics on Twitter (@GarcesAthletics) for updates over the weekend.
The baseball team is the first spring sports team to begin the season this week with a road game at Kerman at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The boys tennis team, softball, swim and dive, and track and field will open up the season next week.
Boys Basketball
The Rams regular-season finale is tonight at Stockdale with F/S at 4 p.m., JV at 5:15 and varsity at 6:30. The Rams have played a tough schedule this season and are looking forward to seeing where they place in the section playoffs that will be released on Saturday.
Girls Basketball
The Rams lost a heartbreaker on Wednesday in overtime at Centennial and will play the last regular-season game tonight at home against Stockdale at 6:30 p.m.
Boys Soccer
The Central Section projections came out earlier this week and the Rams are projected as the No. 1 seed in D-III after earning the top seed the previous three years, winning titles each of those seasons. The Rams defeated Ridgeview on Monday 3-1 and Fletcher Bank scored five goals as Christian Chase added a hat trick in a 12-1 road win at Centennial on Wednesday. Tonight, the Rams host Stockdale at 6:45 p.m.
Girls Soccer
Tonight before the 4:45 p.m. regular-season finale, we will celebrate 10 seniors for the Garces Memorial girls soccer team that have played together on varsity for all four years. The Rams can secure fourth place in league with a win over Stockdale tonight and could set themselves up for a high seed in the D-II playoffs.
The Rams are currently at Torres High in Madera in the Central Section Division IV championships. There are 13 Rams in competition as Garces seeks the first section divisional title in program history. 
Giving to Garces
Parent Service Hours
“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” We serve and volunteer confidently, knowing that God has prepared the way for us!" - Ephesians 2:10

As parents and guardians of our Garces students, we require families to dedicate a minimum number of ten (10) hours of service to the school. Examples of service; volunteering for Garces Memorial fundraising activities, serving on a school committee or board, helping as a team or club parent, or making a monetary donation to the school in the form of product, services, participating as event sponsors, purchasing tickets to one of our fundraising events, or a gift to the Garces Fund Drive.

Parents/guardians must log those hours using the MobileServe app. All hours must be completed and logged into MobileServe by March 31st. After March 31st, families will be charged $15 for every hour not completed.

Please note families receiving tuition assistance have been assigned specific activities and responsibilities in place of the parent service hour requirement.

Click here for instructions on how to download and use the MobileServe app.
Garces Gala
Important Gala Dates
Look for your "official" Gala invitation soon!
If you don't receive an invitation in the mail, and would like to attend, please contact Tonya Abbott, Director of Advancement, or either of our Gala co-chairs, Stephany Napier or Melissa Alsop, or you can click here to go to the Gala website and purchase your table of ten, table of eight, or individual tickets. You can even view sponsorship information and donate an item for the Gala auction on the website!

Next Planning Meeting
Tuesday, February 22nd - 1:00 pm @ Garces

Student Gala Contest
March 1st - 11th
Look for more info in the next newsletter

Gala Gathering Parties
We are looking for hosts for our Gala Gathering Parties. If interested in hosting a casual gathering in your home, click here for more information.

Volunteers for Set Up and Night of Gala
April 1st - 2nd
We need volunteers to help with the set up on Friday, April 1st and volunteers to assist during the event on Saturday, April 2nd. If you can't attend the event, but would like to help as a volunteer, please contact Tonya Abbott, Director of Advancement.
Garces Alumni News
In Memoriam
We ask our Garces community to keep the families of the Garces alumni and friends who have gone to be with the Lord in your prayers. 

Garces Alumni Board

The Garces Alumni Board met on Monday, February 7th and welcomed four new board members: Carolyn Antongiovanni '72, Bernadette (Eyherabide) Root '78, Courtney (Kirschenmann) Tobias '92, and Lexie (Antongiovanni) Clerou '06. They join Gregg Gunner '66 (Chairman), Cindy (Duncan) Lynch '68, Mary (Loken) Cornett '68, Tom Swertfager '69, Jim Sakowski '70, Melissa Fortune '72, Mike Georgino '75, George Clerou '76, Katie (Anspach) Whittington '77, Raji Sanghera '87, Maria (Bernal) Toretta '88, and John Moore III '07 to make up the 2021-2022 Garces Alumni Board of Directors.
Alumni Directory

Garces is in the middle of collecting alumni contact information for an updated Alumni Directory. By now you may have received a postcard or an email from the company Garces has partnered with, PCI.

If you haven't called the toll-free number yet to verify your information, or to provide an update, please do so. We want to stay in touch with our alumni and share with you any news about Garces. If you haven't received anything, please call and let them know so your information is included in our update. The number is 1-866-497-7088.
2022 Hall of Honor Nominations
2022 Nominations Due by March 31st
If there is an alumnus or a Garces supporter whom you would like to see honored at the next Garces Hall of Honor, please nominate them for induction into the 2022 Hall of Honor.

Community Events
Catholic Prayer Breakfast
Kern Catholic's 4th annual Prayer Breakfast is March 24th at St. Francis. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Mario Enzler. Dr. Mario Enzler has a rich and diverse academic and professional formation. After finishing his studies in Milan, he joined the Swiss Guard and served under St. John Paul II for three years in the double capacity of soldier and conductor of the Swiss Guard Band. Following his time of service at the Vatican, he joined UBS and worked for eighteen years in investment banking and corporate finance. While traveling around the world working in the banking industry, he received professional formation and obtained the CFA and the IAF. He then left the financial world for full-time work in Catholic education. He can be often found speaking at conferences or men's retreats where he shares about the role Saint John Paul II had in helping him into a better man, executive, and leader.