While reading through the 1959 Galaxy yearbook, the reader notices a handsome young man named Ronald Beaman with the word “bookkeeping” printed under his name. The football section begins with his photo; he wears #22 and stands with two other players listening to Coach “Turk” Eliades. He stands next to Vernon Burke, Bob Norris, Don Tidmore, and Herb Cowan in a varsity baseball photo. The Sports Honors section describes Ron as a sports enthusiast and the outstanding scholar on the football team.
A scholar-athlete, Ronny Beaman played baseball and football for North High School before graduating in 1959. He played baseball for the B.C. Renegades for one year and then attended Pepperdine University where he also played baseball. He returned to Bakersfield and was drafted in the U.S. Army; he distinguished himself, rising to the rank of Captain, Green Berets, 5th Special Forces. He served three tours in Vietnam.
On June 27, 1969, he and a SFC soldier under his command went out to retrieve the body of a fallen infantryman. Both Ronny and his fellow soldier were killed during the operation. The Army awarded Ronny a Silver Star for his gallantry in action (our nations third highest military award, three Bronze Star’s for valor, the Purple Heart, along with other service medals. Ronny Beaman, a scholar-athlete and patriot, made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
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Letters of Reference
Shannell Ciruso is an outstanding young lady who currently holds a 4.148 GPA earned by taking the most rigorous courses offered at North High School. She is currently ranked nine in her graduating class of 393 and has earned a position on the principals list all four years of high school. Shannell is a well-rounded young lady who excels not only in academics, but in athletics and extracurricular activities as well. She is a two sport athlete, running cross country her sophomore through senior year as well as track and field all four years of high school. Besides sports, Shannell excels in North High’s color guard team where her hard work and leadership abilities earned her the captain position this year. As if all this was not enough, Shannell also participates in various clubs including Interact, MAYA, and Wildlife. She is one of those unique individuals who can do it all and do it well. She aspires to become a doctor and focus her efforts on curing neurological diseases. Shannell was accepted to various 4-year colleges and universities, but has chosen to attend Bakersfield College with the ultimate goal of transferring to a University of California campus where she plans on majoring in Neuroscience and eventually attending medical school at John Hopkins University. There is no doubt in the minds of anyone who has ever met Shannell that she will achieve all of her goals. We are proud to award Shannell Ciruso the 2014 Ronny Beaman Scholarship for her hard work and achievements.
With a 3.556 GPA and a position on the Principal’s List every semester while taking some of the most rigorous classes we offer at North High School, Karlee has shown that she isn’t afraid to challenge herself scholastically. More impressive than Karlee’s grades are the athletics and activities that she has been involved in while earning those grades. Karlee is a two sport athlete, running varsity cross country her freshman through junior years and playing varsity basketball all four years. Karlee has been in the Associated Student Leadership (ASB) beginning with her freshman election to Vice President of the freshman class and leading to her current tenure as President of the ASB. It is not uncommon for teachers and counselors to seek out Karlee for ASB activity approval before they even seek out our adult activities advisor. Karlee is always on top of her game and organized. Karlee volunteers every summer at Beardsley Junior High helping with the music theory and knowledge class which runs for four weeks. She also works with foster kids through the Legacy Agency. Karlee is an example of the best we have at North High.