By Bruce Auld News Review Correspondent–
Zoe Stanford isn’t going to Stanford, although likely she could have any other world-class university. Receiving appointments to the Coast Guard Academy and the Air Force Academy, Zoe is the latest Burro to accept an appointment to the US Naval Academy. Zoe joins the ranks of twelve Burros who have attended the US Naval Academy, including current fellow Burroughs midshipman Thomas Bui. As with Thomas Bui, Zoe was a Burroughs swimmer, and demonstrating athletic versatility, Zoe received the Matthew Armstrong Memorial Award for soccer. A three-sport athlete, Zoe was a captain of the volleyball team. The class of 2023 named Zoe a Homecoming Princess and, along with Kyle Curtis, was named “Best to Take Home to Mom and Dad.” A California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Life Member and an SSUSD Board of Education Scholar, Zoe was recognized by numerous organizations for her achievements in a wide variety of endeavors. (Burroughs Blockbuster and El Burro)
Most recently, Zoe received the 2023 Merit Award from Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy. Burroughs counselor, Mr. David Vigneault, received the 2023 Inspirational High School Educator Award. (Congressional District 20 News Release)
Fellow swimmer and honor student Douglas Bui has been appointed to the US Merchant Marine Academy.
The beauty of publishing with Amazon is that the ebook version can be updated at will. I will publish my first ebook edition of the Burros Book in July of this year. Here are a few 2023 Burroughs updates:
Avery Vigneault applied for national Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships with the US Air Force and US Navy. She was awarded both. In October 2021, Avery received a call from Lieutenant Colonel Theriault at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC) Air Force ROTC program, offering Avery a full four-year Commander’s scholarship. Avery was accepted to UNC as a top ten honor student at Burroughs. Avery recently received word that she has been accepted at the US Air Force Academy. This summer, Avery will be moving from North Carolina to Colorado Springs. Avery is studying Biomedical Engineering. (Dave Vigneault)
Jocelyn Hoggard was voted “Best Hair” along with Carson Palomino by the BHS Class of 2023, joining Burroughs 1990 graduate Mark Hoppus of Blink 182. Jocelyn, a Life Member of the California Scholastic Federation (CSF), joins an elite Burroughs “throwers” group by committing to the CSU Northridge Matadors. Burroughs throwers (shot put and discus) started with coach Alan Stevens and Jay Kovar (BHS 1978), who qualified as an alternate to the 1984 Olympic team. Dr. Lacy Barnes-Mileham (BHS 1983), the only Burro Olympian, competed as a thrower in the 1996 Atlanta Games. Jocelyn, the BHS 2023 Athlete of the Year, was coached by Charles Novascone. Jocelyn will study physical therapy. (BHS Blockbuster)
Ann and I were recently privileged to have lunch at Casey’s with Terence Haywood, Burrough’s 6’7” basketball center and 2023 graduate. Terence has committed to a full-ride basketball and academic scholarship at Sonoma State University (SSU). We are familiar with SSU, as three family members are alumni, and three more are currently attending. According to Terence, “SSU has a hometown feel.” Although missing five games resulting from a midseason ankle injury, Terence was voted to the Mojave River League “first team” and “Senior Athlete of the Year.” He was voted by the Class of 2023 with Tiara Manns as “Born to be on ESPN.” (Burroughs El Burro)
I enjoy learning the student-athlete’s path to their next level of play. Terence’s path is exciting. In April, Terence attended the SoCal Basketball Showcase, which features eighty uncommitted basketball players in front of college scouts and caught the eye of SSU head coach Rich Shayewitz. Then the unlikely happened. The head coaches of Mojave River League opponent teams Oak Hills and Hesperia lobbied on behalf of Terence. Coaches recognize true talent and “connect the dots.”
SSU, the “Sea Wolves,” compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Terence will major in Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance.
For the first time in school history, California State University, San Bernardino, competed in the NCAA DII baseball tournament as a final 8 team. Conner Batzner (BHS 2022) was in Cary, North Carolina with his team. Falling to Rollins College 7-1 in the first round, Conner got the win in relief over Millersville 6-5. CSUSB must beat Rollins twice to make the finals.Arguably, swimming is Burroughs most successful athletic program, with four CIF state championships. Danny Dye (BHS 1983) is the youngest of a China Lake family of swimmers. Danny’s mother, Doris (Pierson) Dye, was a member of Burrough’s first graduating class (1946) and the first editor of the El Burro (yearbook). Doris was a longtime teacher at Faller Elementary School.
After graduating from Burroughs, Danny joined a long list of Burrough’s athletes competing for the Bakersfield College Renegades (BC). Danny swam freestyle for BC and at Coe College (Iowa). Currently, Danny’s day job is teaching fourth and fifth grades in the Cupertino Union School District. He also serves as a youth minister for the Lutheran Church. In the coming year, Danny will commence his 20th year as Palo Alto High School’s head swimming and diving coach. Under Danny’s leadership, the Vikings are 259-25-1, a .910 winning record. Danny was recognized by the California Coaches Association in 2017 as Girls Swimming Coach of the Year.
Sabaa Tahir (BHS 2000), the best-selling author of the Embers in the Ashes series and All My Rage, her account of growing up in a motel in Ridgecrest (former Yucca Inn on Balsam), was invited to an event at the White House. “The gardens were beautiful, the food good, and the speeches not too long.”
Pete Carton did not graduate from Burroughs, yet Pete Carton was singularly responsible for establishing the Inyo-Kern Schools Financing Authority, bringing some $40 million to Sierra Sands over some thirty years. Too complicated to explain here. For decades, I have had a mail subscription to the Bakersfield Californian. Pete occasionally contributes to the op-ed page in his mid-eighties and after suffering a stroke. A juvenile polio victim, Pete was deprived of athletic participation, yet he has countless hours as a youth coach. His most recent letter: “Our AYSO 73 used to designate a Silent Saturday. No one on the sidelines could talk. Just watch. One astonished Mom after the match said: ‘I never knew that the players on the field talked to each other.’ An annual reminder, it’s the kid’s game. Not the parents, the spectators, coaches or officials. Just the kids.”