PointLomaHigh School Foundation and Alumni Association
eUpdate June 2008
It is hard to believe that
the 2007-2008 school year is over. Today
we welcome the Graduating class of 2008 to a family of Pointer
alumni that goes back 82 years. They continue the proud legacy
of Point Loma High that we all share. Once a Pointer, Always a
In this Issue:
scholarships to graduating seniors.
~Interview with rising
stars The Reading
(Eric and Chris
Have a wonderful summer!
Kim Melhorn Jessop '73
Executive Director PLHSFAA
Pointers Awarded PLHSFAA Scholarships thanks to donors!
congratulates Blaise O'Dell (SDSU), recipient of the first
annual Zeiger Scholars award.
Many years ago, the PLHS Alumni
Association began a long-standing tradition of awarding scholarships to
graduating seniors. Today, the PLHSFAA has remained committed to this
important way for Pointers to connect past, present and future, and each
year the number of scholarships we are able to award has
increased. In addition, more and more Pointer alums are
being remembered or honored through Commemorative Scholarships donated by friends and
family and administered through the PLHSFAA. (If you have questions
about bequests or commemorative giving, contact Kim at PLHSFAA Office).
On June 5, 2008 the PLHSFAA was proud to award over $12,000 in
scholarships to the following Pointer seniors:
PLHSFAA 4-year College/University Scholarship ($1000) Dareatha Odom (SDSU)
Rebecca Holman (RIT)
Carolynn DuBois (Univ. of Redlands)
Laurel McKay (Cal Poly)
Jonathan Cardeiro (Cal State Pomona)
PLHSFAA 2-year Community College Scholarship ($500) Megan Clauson (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising)
Lacey Peacock (Mesa College)
Charles Lopez (Mesa College)
Rosalia Ubando (Grossmont College)
In addition, Commemorative Scholarships were awarded to: Alex Blair (SDSU) - $1000 Donald Fuller '65 Memorial Scholarship
Devon Zink (Santa Barbara City College) - $445 Donald Fuller Memorial
Briana Hernadez (St. Mary's College) - $1500 Joe and Jackie Kovic
Daniel DaVila (USC) - $1000 Jeremy Dawe '96 Memorial Scholarship
Thomas Dobbs (UC Berkeley) - $1000 Bennie Edens Memorial Schol. (first
Blaise O'Dell ( SDSU) - $500 Larry Zeiger Scholars Award (first annual)
You CAN make a difference in the
life of a fellow Pointer by helping them achieve their
academic goals beyond high school. Donate to the PLHSFAA Scholarship fund
at. Scholarships (Donations
are still being accepted to the Bennie Edens Memorial
Scholarshipand Larry Zeiger Scholars funds in addition to the
General Scholarship fund.)
To establish a Commemorative
Scholarship (as an individual or by coordinating efforts of a group of
classmates), please contact Kim at the PLHSFAA office: PLHSFAA Office
awards first annual Bennie Edens scholarship to Thomas Dobbs (UC Berkeley)
Brothers, Chris and Eric '86 an interview by Larry
month the Point Loma community enjoyed a very special concert by Pointer
alums Chris and Eric Reading '86, fast rising professional musicians now
living in Nashville.
The PL concert was one stop in a cross-country tour hosted by Borders
bookstores to benefit Multiple Myeloma Research, a cause near to
Having the Readings
perform back in their hometown was a special treat for all. Former
teacher Larry Zeiger interviewed them for this eUpdate.
Larry Zeiger - WHEN DID YOU FIRST DEVELOP A PASSION FOR THE ARTS -
PARTICULARLY MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE?
ERIC - Our father is musical and is a lifelong piano player and singer.
The love of music was instilled early on, listening and singing
along to soundtracks like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles. Once we
found a way to tap into our personal strengths and interests, we were
CHRIS - We always loved singing, but never really knew we could could.
I started really wanting to sing during my senior year of college.
I formed a band and formally took lessons in San Diego in 1993 - the rest is
history!!! My best moment was when I realized a song we created elicited
emotions from our audience - that is really what a
song should do.
LZ - When did you develop a passion for the arts?
ERIC - It was the life-changing moment of losing our mother to Cancer
which made us decide to pursue our goals of music passionately - that moment really solidified our desire to
explore our creative lives.
LZ - What is your greatest accomplishment
or personal accomplishment?
CHRIS - My greatest inspiration is everyday life - my kids, my family,
and my environment.
Eric - My relationship with my family.
LZ - Your National Tour sponsored by Borders Books raised tens of
thousands of dollars for Multiple Myeloma Research. What will you
remember most about the tour.
CHRIS - Seeing the Tour come to fruition and meeting the people we
touched was the greatest joy. ERIC - I will remember the look in the
eyes of the people who are going through the battle of their lives, or
supporting someone who is. They were as touched as were we.
LZ What are some of the greatest memories you have of Point Loma High
when you attended?
ERIC - The greatest memories all involve spending time with the lifelong
friends we made at PL. Often times, it was the last few minutes of
each class when we had time to relax, laugh, and interact, before we were
off to the next class. The football and baseball games,
especially when we were competing was a unique experience.
And of course, Larry Zeiger's class production. We were
playing baseball and had many friends in the show, and we were able to
come after practices to help out on the show. It was amazing to see
so many friends express their creative and musical talent.
CHRIS - Point Loma memories - too many to list!!! It was a good!
LZ - What would you like to tell the students of today who are currently
enrolled at Point Loma High?
CHRIS - Genuinely believe in yourself. Take chances. Don't
let the fear of failure paralyze you. And always remain humble - it
keeps you working for more.
ERIC - To the students of today - believe it or not
- you are on one of the earliest rungs of the ladder of
life. Some decisions you make now may have a huge impact on your
life, good or bad. Do your best to understand the difference - and
then simply take a little leap of faith.
Reunion chairs are busy making plans for summer and fall events! Go
the most current information.
If you have not heard from your event
coordinators they may not have current contact information for
you. Please send your current info to the Reunions address above.
(If you know of an event being planned for a class
year not listed here please have the event coordinators contact us so we
can help get the word out!)
Foran '45 Frederick M. Leon '44 Roxanne Pike '70 Rose Meza Ferguson '50 Robert Beyrer '57 Amy Temple Ridpath '42 Barbara Kathryn Blee Carlyle
'53 Mary Lord '77
Pointer, Always a Pointer.
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