"Fall 2004 Newsletter - Arvada Alumni Association Help celebrate "
Fall 2004 Edition1 Welcome to the first newsletter for the Arvada High School Alumni Association. Every month you will receive the latest news around upcoming activities, information about your fellow Arvada High School classmates and a fun activity center with games such as crosswords and word search. We are constantly looking for new ideas and information for our newsletter so please feel free to contact our suggestion box. Alumni Hosts First Annual Golf 1st Annual Alumni Weekend Tourney The first annual alumni weekend was August 27, 28 and 29th starting with an The alumni committee open house at Arvada High hosted the first annual golf School. tournament at Indian Tree Golf Course on Saturday, The class of ’64 was there August 28th. for the festivities and donated $1040 that night! There’s a challenge for the other classes! The turnout was wonderful as over 40 people attended the tournament. The committee set up a very nice welcoming table as well as appealing refreshment spread. Arvada Alumni Participates in Arvada Almost Sneaks by Arvada Harvest Festival Mountain View at Homecoming Game The Arvada alumni Arvada remained group participated in the strong against Arvada Harvest Festival Mountain View, parade with pride. however, Mountain Arvada High school View held off Arvada Principal, Robert Lopez to a 16-14 loss at our drove the float with homecoming game on children of the alumni. Other alumni members handed Friday, September 24. out information and magnets to the crowd to try to generate membership. A 7 yard pass from Mike Rosales to Kyle Rice in the 4th quarter held Arvada’s hopes high, but a 24 yard The crowds cheered for the alumni group as they field goal from Mountain View sewed up the victory participated in the first of many festival parades. The for them. alumni group hopes to set Homecoming up a booth next year at royalty adorned the the festival so that field at halftime members can come by and the and talk and sign the guest cheerleaders and book. pon pon girls led by retired teacher Tom McCormick performed. The class of ’94 shared their reunion weekend at the game and cheered on our Reds. The alumni committee set up a table to hand out flyers, magnets sell t-shirts. Alumni of all ages came by to visit and sign our guestbook. The homecoming dance was held on Saturday, September 25 and was attended by over 1000 students. Bill Johnson, Volunteer Extraordinaire Alumni News Bill Johnson was born in Denver, Colorado in 1934. His family was poor and his parents were out of work when Rick Durant, class of '82, recently coached the State they moved to Arvada. It was the Great Depression and Cross Country Champion, Steven Weeks. Steven is a the family lived in a chicken house with a dirt floor. sophomore at Arvada. Rick is the Technology guru at Later they moved to Englewood and lived in a converted Arvada High School. He is married to Lisa corrugated grain bin. The family later moved back to Bronk and they have 2 children. Arvada and Bill attended Arvada High School and graduated in 1952. Bill can list 292 people who helped Robert Lopez, '86, is in his 4th year as principal of him in some way by making a positive impact on his life Arvada High School, and is married to Abby Edwards, up to that time. One such person was Ray S. Fitzmorris, also '86. They have three elementary aged children. (Fitzmorris Elementary School), who was Bill’s math Robert was recently featured in "A Million Stories" on Ch. teacher and the principal of Arvada High School. Mr. 8. Fitzmorris was instrumental in helping Bill obtain a half tuition scholarship to the University of Denver. Bill took Jeff Wasinger, '77, teaches business at Arvada High time out from college to serve in the Army for three School and coaches golf and track. He reports that "all years, and then returned to DU on the GI Bill to earn a those rumors are definately unfounded!" bachelor’s degree in 1960. Robert Ludwig, '69, retired from Arvada High School in Bill’s educational career spanned thirty years and several '03, after teaching both English and Social Studies for 26 schools. He taught social studies and math, and later years, became assistant principal at Arvada Craig Wilkie, '69, retired from Arvada in '03 after Junior High. He teaching Social Studies for 30 years. retired in 1992 and then began his Suzanne Scaglione Cauble, '74, has been the reigning volunteer career campus security guard at Arvada for over 20 years. Suz doing what he reports that her centerfold spread will be in the next loves—working Alumni News. with young people. Bill is the primary Dianne Schneider Maxfield, '69, and Jack Maxfield, creator of the Read to Me program, which puts books in '66, own an American Family insurance business in the hands of Arvada elementary students, and encourages Arvada. Their sons, Joel, '01, and Jonathon, 03, are both their parents to read to them 15 minutes each night. In college students. Joel spent nearly a year in Hollywood addition, Bill helped form the Arvada/Wheat Ridge exploring acting options. Service Ambassadors for Youth, a program through the Optimist Club which raises money and gives scholarships Angela Vaiana, '01, is in Hollywood and working toward to students who have overcome hard times. Bill an acting/singing career. currently volunteers in the Arvada High School Counseling Center helping seniors look for scholarships. Lynn Davenport, '71, owns LHP Flooring in Arvada. Bill was named Arvada Man of the Year two years ago and Judy Head Schneider, '71 and Doug Schneider, '71, are this year was chosen as one of three volunteers to receive the grandparents of six little ones. Judy is an Arvada Fire the American Institute for Public Service Jefferson Award. Department dispatcher and Doug is a fireman. He was He will travel to Washington D.C. to be honored later this recently "Mr. August" in the annual Firemen's Calendar. month in a national ceremony. Fun and Games Alumni Scholarship Fund Arvada Alumni and Friends Several months ago we sent out a letter to all of the alumni who are registered on the alumni page. The letter generated interest from several alumni and there are now ten committee members of various classes serving on the newly formed Alumni Committee. The primary function of the committee is to raise money for the Arvada High School Alumni Scholarship program. Thanks to the generous contributions of two family members, we were happy to be able to award the first alumni scholarship to Ms. Stephanie Webb at the May 5th awards night. Our ultimate scholarship goal is to collect enough money for self- sustaining scholarships (approximately $20,000 per award) and for that we need your help. On May 24, 2004, Arvada High School celebrated its 100th graduation, and what better way to celebrate than to offer the next generation college financial aide. If you are able to give financial support in any way, please mail your tax- deductible checks to the Jefferson Foundation, with Arvada HS Alumni on the memo line to: Arvada Alumni Association c/o AHS 7951 W. 65th Ave Arvada, CO 80004 Arvada Alumni Association Questions? Contact 303-982-0113 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit our website at http://www.arvadaalumni.com Suggestion Box Email us at email@example.com