Wednesday, September 14, 2011

PHS Donation

Hello Bulldogs! With people pitching in $5, $10 and $20 here and there we were able to pull together a $450 donation to PHS for their fundraising drive this year. Thanks to all those who helped!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

PHS $100K for 100 Years

Dear Provo High Alumnus/Booster/Friend:

This year at Provo High, we're celebrating our centennial anniversary. That's right. One hundred years ago, in 1912, Provo High was first accredited as a high school. In order to honor our proud history and lay the foundation for a great next century, we're embarking on a unique fundraising campaign we have dubbed "100K for 100 Years." We plan to raise one hundred thousand dollars this year to improve physical facilities across campus, but we're putting a twist on things by focusing on three areas during our campaign: raising money, strengthening ties with our community and alumni, and service learning.

In connection with our faculty, staff, and student government, the Provo High administration is putting together a series of four fundraising events that we believe will address all three of these areas. These events include an all-school dance, a cultural night, a talent night, and a charity bike ride. For each of these events, we will open our doors to Provo City and our alumni by inviting you in to see what we're doing here at Provo High and by asking you to celebrate with us. We want our community to be welcome here and to join with us in making Provo High the best high school in Utah. Prior to each fundraising event, the student body will participate in a service project in the community - our way of giving back and saying thanks.

We hope, by engaging in this ambitious and unique fundraising effort, to make Provo High better, to make Provo City better, to strengthen our bond with our community and alumni, and to teach our students the importance of giving back. We're excited about the journey we're embarking on and we invite you to come along for the ride. Together we can do great things this year! "100K for 100 Years" - a better Provo High, a better Provo City, a better us.

Best regards,

Kyle D. Bates
Assistant Principal


You can donate now through August 28th by clicking the "Donate" button on the sidebar.

As we mentioned at the reunion dinner, we would like to get together a large donation as our gift to PHS to get them going on their fundraising campaign this year. We've got $300 so far, and would like to present the school with at least a $1000 donation. Please donate! If everyone who reads the message we are sending out via email donates $20, we will be able to donate over $4500 to them. Please be a part of this donation!

Reunion Planning Committee

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ryan Johnson

For the past 13 years I've been married to the beautiful and talented Amber Johnson (via Vancouver, Washington). We met while I was earning a degree in Communications from BYU. We have two children, Blake and Maya. For the past 8 years we've lived in Alpine, Utah. We love it here but constantly toy with the idea of living other places, maybe even overseas.

I currently work as a consultant for large companies that need help managing contract relationships so they don't over-pay for goods/services. Throughout my career I've had to spend 25-30% of my time on the road. Though it has its down sides, the travel has provided many interesting and unique opportunities to see cities and sites all over the world. My hobbies and interests are constantly changing, but I enjoy the outdoors, sports, and spending time with my family.

Amber is enormously creative. She spends most of her time (when she's not being a fantastic mother) quilting and blogging about quilting (and about all of her other projects, activities, and adventures - When she first started quilting, about 6-7 years ago, she told me it was her dream to fill a large cabinet in our entry with quilts. What I thought would take a lifetime took only 4-5 years. She is now designing quilts. Last year she started a business (Gigi's Thimble) and sells her patterns to quilt stores and distributors all over the country. Her latest project is a quilting book.

Blake is nearly 9 years old and will start 3rd grade this fall. He's 10 times smarter than his dad ever was. He loves soccer and any kind of sport. I'm biased, but I'm pretty sure this kid is going to do amazing things.

Maya (6 years old) is Daddy's girl. She is sugar and spice. She is also very bright and will start 1st grade this fall. We love her fun, energetic personality. She is very social. She enjoys gymnastics, soccer, and singing throughout the house.

When I was 16 years old I moved from Minnesota to Provo. I attended PHS my Junior and Senior years. There are many in our class I never got to know, but I'm grateful that so many of you reached out and were good friends to me. I have many great memories of these years.


Brenda Beardall

I began Taekwondo 2000. I began competing just 2 weeks into my training at the Utah State Tournament. As a white belt I was competing against blue belts and winning. I was fighting and defeating International Black Belts 3 months later. As a green belt, I fought the 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, and lost by only half a point. Had the scoring been as it is today I would have won by three points. Now a 2004 National Taekwondo Team Member, I have trained with many Grand Masters, Masters, and Olympians at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I trained with the 2000 / 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Steven Lopez and the U.S. Olympic Coach, Jean Lopez in Houston, Texas, as well as Michael Parr, co-founder of World Taekwondo Institute.

I have earned several State, National and International Titles. Most notably, I competed in the U.S. National Team Trials in October 2003 where I became the 1st person from Utah to make the AAU U.S. National Taekwondo Team. In August 2002, after training only 2 years, I represented Utah in the USTU National Team Trials, a first in the sport of Taekwondo. In 2004, I competed in Korea at the Korean Open, as well as fulfilling National Team Member Duties in Maryland. I have completed the training and am a Certified Instructor for the Protection System, a key-like device that can be used as a weapon for self protection. In December of 2004, I purchased Elite Academy of Taekwondo and runs the school in Orem, Utah. In 2005, I created the Elite Foundation for Empowering Life, a non-profit organization, created to transform lives through the instruction of Taekwondo, and opening this opportunity to many that otherwise would not be able to participate. On April 8, 2006, I achieved her 4th Degree, becoming a Master Instructor.

Besides Taekwondo, I enjoy many other activities, such as training and riding horses, dancing, writing poetry, drawing, painting, photography, and water sports Motto Cross. I have competed and won many awards in dance, horse-back riding, and poetry. I also enjoy going to concerts, as well as composing and playing music that is currently in a national competition. I have also worked as a model and actor in Movies and Television. National magazines such as Glamour and Parade Magazines have used my modeling photographs. Currently I sell Mary Kay Cosmetics. Coming from a 15-year background as a dancer, model, and actor, I started Taekwondo at age 27. I am now a 4th Dan Kukkiwon now certified black belt and teach at my martial arts school Elite Academy of Taekwondo in Orem, UT. I now own Elite of Taekwondo is now the central focus of my life and my goal is to win an Olympic Gold Medal. I am the only Taekwondo National Team member from Utah. I was inducted into the Martial arts Hall of Fame as Martial Arts Master Competitor of the Year 2006 and Martial Arts Hall of Fame International School of The Year 2007, 11 out of 76 inductee’s are from the Martial Arts Hall of Fame There was only 76 Inductee, One of my strong points is living the integrity and honor, integral to the martial arts.

I am now enrolled at Provo College in a medical assisting program. I have also been married and currently I am divorced.

Film & Television

Cowboys and Angels - Featured-Security Guard Smokin Dawgs LLC

The Runner - Featured-Casino Dealer The Runner Prod

Next to You - Featured-Dancer Grandmarch Prod

Networth - Featured-Mother & Missionary Networth Prod

SLC Punk - Featured-Punk Beyond Film Prod

Virtual Obsession - Stunt Double-Judge Host Prod

Touched by an Angel - Featured-Security Guard Caroline Prod

Promised Land - Featured-Principal’s girlfriend Merlot Prod

Theatre & Dance

Annie Get Your Gun, Lead Dancer and Choreographer

Entertainer of the Year, 4 years Champion, UT Western Line Dance

State competition-Angels Drill Team Champion

WA Western Line Dance Solo Queen, 2 years

Tae Kwan Do

AAU National Team Member 2004 3 Bronze Medals, Korea Inter Open

Martial Arts Hall of Fame, 3 years 4 Gold Medals, Las Vegas Inter Open

2 Gold Medals, AAU CA State Championship 2 Gold Medals, No American Open

2 Gold Medals, U.S. National Championship 2 Gold Medals, US Open

15 Gold Medals, Utah State Championship US National Team Trials


Acting & Film workshops, Marc Anthony Jazz, Becky Lyman

Drill, Funk, & Ballet, Denna Robertson Gymnastics & Tap, Jeanne Lyman

Modern & Ballet, Susan Baker Ballroom, LeGene & Emerson Lyman

Special Skills

Jewelry maker

Famous Poet of the Year Famous Poet Society of Hollywood

Horse: Vaulting, barrel racing, & trainer, Singing, drawing, & painting

Hair & make-up artist, Canoeing, Archery, & Marksmanship

With Roma Downey - Touched by an Angel

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thank You

Thank You '91 Bulldogs for your wonderful support of the 20 Year Reunion!

It was a wonderful time to see everyone - old friends and even new! I really want to THANK all the Reunion Planning Committee members - Kevin and I would not have been able to do it all without their support too!

They were: Kevin Merrell, Melissa Taylor Lybbert, LeRita Reynolds Willden, Brent Orozco, Marnie Smith Meredith, Nick G. Kogianes, Lisa VanLeuven Garrett, Sara Ostergar Ballentine, Shawn Matheson, Amy Ashworth Biedel, Cindy Burningham Larsen - and any others I may have forgotten - every little bit of help that all these people have done helped us have the Best 20 Year Class Reunion Ever!

Remember - the Blog is still going - so send in your Blurb and recent pics - we will be adding video and pics from the Reunion soon! I'm still on the road and with limited internet access - but watch in the next week for more!

Also - please email in any pics that those that attended took - that we can add to the Blog and here also! Again - Thank You for a wonderful day!
Hope to see all of you again and more the next time around!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ready to Party!!

PHS 1991 Alumni
20 Year Class Reunion
Saturday, July 30, 2011

Come spend an Entire Day of Partying, Remembering, and Re-Connecting!

Family Picnic in the Park
Saturday, July 30th, 11 am - 2 pm
Rock Canyon Park, 2620 North 1200 East, Provo UT - Pavilion #2; middle pavilion on the west side of the water tower - Look for Green & White Balloons!
No Charge
Bring your own food, kids and cheerful dispositions
Drinks, Desserts, Misc. Games provided
This will give everyone a chance to meet up with anyone who may not otherwise be able to make it to the dinner event. Also a chance to show off your kids! Please RSVP how many will be attending!

Tour of PHS
Provo High School - meet up front - 4 pm

Alumni Dinner & Program
5 - 6:30 pm Social Hour
6:15 pm Alumni Class Photo
6:30 pm Dinner & Program following
* Tickets not long for sale - but email us if you still want to try and make it and we'll see what we can do!
Dress: Cocktail Casual (anything but Formal or Casual!)
Fully Catered Dinner, Program, Entertainment, Cash Bar

Please send an update and pictures of what you have been doing in the past 20 years for our Blog.
This is for all classmates, whether or not you can make it to the reunion.

Reunion website:
Facebook Group: Provo High School 1991 Alumni
Reunion Email:

We hope to see you at the reunion,

Reunion Planning Committee

Spread the word, this will be a night to remember!
Let's Party '91 Bulldogs!

LeRita Reynolds - Willden

After graduating from Provo High, I started college at BYU. During my second year, I met my husband to be, Jeremy Willden. My brother set us up on a blind date. They knew each other because they were both in the BYU percussion section of the marching band. Funny though, after all of my involvement with being in band, I never had the chance to be in band after High school. However, band and the love for music is what brought us together and how I met my husband. We both love music and love to sing together. We have performed together on occasion, and love that we have this in common.

We both served missions at the same time after we dated for a while, and then we wrote each other throughout our entire missions. After we returned home, we got married in the Salt Lake Temple. (I know, cliché huh?) We have been married for 15 years. My husband served his mission in Portland, Oregon, and I served mine in New York, New York (South mission - Spanish speaking). My mission was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but one of the most rewarding; well, almost as rewarding as being a Mom (-:

While being married, we both worked to put ourselves through school. My husband had several jobs, but his favorites were working for KBYU and being the BYU marching band announcer. I had several jobs too, including being the supervisor for the BYU lost and found (it's amazing how many honest people there are at BYU!) My favorite job however, was working over at the Oakridge school being a seminary teacher for mentally challenged youth. I also was able to teach seminary for mentally challenged youth at the Springville Junior high and the High school as well for 3 years. I am grateful that I had this opportunity to teach, because it taught me a lot.

We finished our degrees (My husband in Electrical Engineering - minored in Math, and I in Family Science - minored in ASL), and then moved to Austin, Texas for 5 years to work for a company called National Instruments. We loved Texas, but decided to move back to Utah to be closer to family. My husband now works for a company called Ad Hoc Electronics where he is the Chief Systems Architect and he makes wireless radios and energy saving gadgets. (don't ask me, it all goes over my head!) We have lived in Pleasant Grove for the last 7 years and love it.

We have three children, a 12-year old son and two daughters, 9 and 7. I feel very blessed to be able to be a stay-at-home mom. We keep very busy with our callings and life, especially now that my husband is in the Bishopric and I'm over the Cub Scouts. But, we love how we feel when we are serving others. We enjoy spending time together as a family – singing, playing games (including the Wii) working on our individual hobbies, spending time with friends & extended family, dressing up "to the hilt" whenever costumes are needed, (thanks Rick Ostler for the reminder!) traveling, and watching movies.

I have fond memories of High School and the friends that I made there. I still have close friends to this day from High School, (Brenda Tuft Hendrickson & Melissa Taylor Lybbert, to name a few) and we still do stuff together whenever we get the chance. Thank you to all of you who have had the courage to share stuff about your family and your life on this blog. You have helped me to have the courage to do the same. It has been really fun to read all of your accomplishments and to see what you have been up to these last 20 years. You are all quite a great group of people! We are looking forward to visiting with you all at the reunion.