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Volume 20 - Issue 4"3 Wednesday June l5,2005 Julian, CA Change Service Requested Julian News PO Box 639 Julian, CA. 92036 Permit No. 30 (47 + tax included) Let the caps fly/ The class of 2005 celebrates their ascendency into the real worm with a whoop and a toss. Congratulations to all the graduates and good luck/ Julian Junior High School Award And Scholarship Recipients Superintendent's Award Jaron Mercer Principal's Award Emily Hanson- Athletic Participation Awards Emily Hanson Stephanie Klucewich Jenny Rainey Alexis Woods Kelsey Johnston Larry Olsen Mick MacGregor Jaron Mercer American Legion Award Katherine Thompson Lion's Club Award James LaChusa Zach W'essely Triangle Club Award Stephanie Klucewich Alexis Woods Borrego High School Basebafl Coaches Association Award Dakota Savage James LaChusa Casey Peyakov Stephanie Klucewich Jenny Rainey Larry Olson Jaron Mercer Art Award presented by Julian Arts Guild Claire Kinder Nicole Ludtke Allison Cauzza Jacob Allen Grace Lindsey Jenna Madeyski Carlos Hinojosa Shane Wright Julian Historical Society Awards Justin Byrne Jacob Allen. Julian Elementary Teachers Award Jenny Rainey Courtney Hartung Sara Stormont Mike Wessely Outstanding Student Award 1st semester Jaron Mercer Colleen Lemon 2nd semester Justina Byrne Jenna Madeyski Congratulations to all Junior High School Graduates! Principal Brian Duffy welcome the parents and friends to the Julian Junior High School Graduation Ceremonies on Wednesday night (6/8). Left To Right - Senior Class President and Salutorian; Heather Tyndall, Valedecitorian; Tessa Ridgeway and Tracy Skinner who presented the Class of 2005 History Julian Lions Donate $2300 To Students The Julian Lions Club on June 8 awarded many scholarships and awards to both Julian Junior High and the Julian High School students. Incoming President Joe Connelly presented to Heather Tyndall and Amy Newton scholarships of $500.00 each. The Carl Haase Math and Science Scholarship of $300.00 was presented to Miranda Smelser by Carl's grancJdaughter Terry Redmond. Presenting the Ray Redding award was his son Robert Redding in the amount of $1000.00 to Bria Morgan. Outgoing President Tim Heinlein presented plaques for Outstanding Community Service to Julian Junior High Schoolers James LaChusa and to Zachary Wessely. The Julian Lions Club is proud and honored to support the students and applaud their efforts and accomplishments. Miss Julian Pageant Update Some additional thank you to businesses that contributed to The Miss Julian Pageant 2005 Julian. Family Hair Salon Angels and Inspirations Enrichments Thank you to all who made this years pageant a huge success! Julian High Loses 36-year Institution and His Name is Tom by Bob Stuart, Senior Contributing Writer Julian-High School and the community it serves has been fortunate to have a highly dedicated teacher educating it kids for the past 36 years. He came to our high school righ out of San Diego State University (SDSU) and he has never taught anywhere else. His name, fo " those new to the area, is Tom Helmantoler and he says, "1 always wanted to teach m a small school." He says, "Teaching here has prolonged my life. A lot of my former students are close friends of mine," with whom he keeps in frequent contact. He was lucky enough to secure a position with the Julian Union High School District in September of 1969. He graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1964, from Palomar College with his AA degree in 1966 and from SDSU with his BA in 1968 with a History major and a minor in Economics. He earned his teaching credential in 1969, just before beginning his tenure with the local high school. In 1975, he earned a masters degree in Education from Pepperdine University. Tom and his wife Sandy, who =s an administrator for the San Diego City schools, have a home in Scripps Ranch in the north part of San Diego. One of the reasons Helmantoler is retiring now is because he has been staying in ,Julian during the school week and he misses being with his wife on a daily basis. He will be turning 59 this coming September. He states that many of his former studer s have pleaded with him to not retire until after he has taught their children. Tom says, "If I did that, I'd probably drop dead in the classroom, and that wouldn't be pleasant for anyone." When asked to recount the worst time during his tenure at the school, Helmantoler did not hesitate to indicate that it was during the tenure of a fairly recent Superintendent he chose not to name. That administrator was terminated by a former Board of Trustees. The best time was in 1988, when the school's baseball ,team he coached won the Class A CIF title. He says, "My feet didn't hit the ground for six months." Helmantoler says that the best part of the job was working with the kids. During the entire 36 years, he has taught Social Studies. However, in addition to regular classroom activities, he has served as Yearbook Advisor for 10 years, Athletic Director for three years, Dean of Students for the past year, baseball coach for 14 years, girls' softball coach for five years. JV basketball coach for three years and assistant varsity football coach for one year. "His favorite sport is baseball, which is reflected in his sharing season tickets with his brother John (also a teacher) and other friends. Their current seats at Petco Park are right behind the Padres dugout. Tom and Sandy attend 16 home games each season. Tom became a grandfather on April 12th. The baby's name is Marley and he is the son of Tom's oldest boy Eric. His Other son Mark is a UCSD graduate.- These sons are the result of a prior marriage. Sandy also has two children from an earlier marriage. Paul is attehding UC Santa Cruz and Tara is a junior at Santa Clara University. When asked about his experiences with Superintendents for the school, Helmantoler indicated that there have been 22 during his 36 years at JHS. He states that the school's current administrator, Brian Bristol, is among the best. Helmantoler was a member of the Search Committee that recommended Bristol to the school board. Tom says he is amazed by Bristol's incredible energy. He indicates that Bristol can be tough but compassionate at the same time. Helmantoler has observed this in the Superintendent's relations with teachers, office; staff and students and says Bristol is respected by the students and well liked by the teachers and other staff. Bristol is working toward obtaining his doctorate and Helmantoler feelshe is largely responsible for the school's recent academic achievements. Also contributing to JHS becoming stronger in academics is the changing character of the community, with more residents being in the professions and having higher incomes and educational credentials. Helmantoler says that the academic achievements of children are normally linked to the values and backgrounds of their parents. This can be observed in other areas of the County, such as Coronado, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe and other similar communities. Other persons influencing Helmantoler as an educator were former Superintendents Nolan Wynn, Jim Ketcherside, John Mann, Chet Francisco and Chadie Garten. They challenged him to get the most out of himself and his students. Another person Tom mentions as being an important mentor is "Rik" Rikansrud, a retired JHS teacher, who is now 91 years of age. Helmantoler says that when he was a young teacher, Rikansrud taught him how to behave in a professional manner. Helmantoler not only has his bachelor's degree in History but also has a strong persona| interest in it. His groat, great grandfather was a Union soldier in the Civil War. That entitles Tom to membership in the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil J War. He also is active in an organization known as Sons of Veterans ReserVe, which is part . of the first group. He participates with the Reserve in parades and special occasions wearing a civil war uniform he has purchased. Research revealed to Tom that ,his great, great grandfather had been entitled toe Civil War medal for veterans from West Virginia, which he never received. The medal was made in 1866. After proving his family connection, Tom was given his ancestor's medal in March of 2000. Helmantoler is also a member of the Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge. He has visited battlefields of the Civil War at Gettysburg, Bull Run and Antietam and he plans to visit more in the future. Tqm also intends to do more reading in his" retirement. He owns a home in the Kentwood- in-the-Pines neighborhood and' says they will continue to use it t as a weekend retreat. Helmantoler says, "When I came here for my job interview, I never dreamt I'd spend my entire professional life here." However, he gives no indication he regrets the way his life has gone and emphasizes the important role that Julian and its children have played in it. Resource Center Set To The Julian Resource Center will be closing its operations behindWynola PizzaonThursday June 30, 2005. However, Teresa Manley and Chds Tuthill will still be working with fire survivors in the Julian area. You cfin contact the center for an appointment at 765-1216. All fire survivors need to be aware that there is still additional assistance available to families who need building and/or contents assistance.This includes both insured and uninsured fire survivors. Please contact us for more details at 765-1216 d