September 2020 Newsletter

Atwater Alumni Association September 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the Class of 2021. As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times, we want to extend our best wishes to the new group of future alumni. It may not be the start you had expected but with dedication and safe behavior your actions, and those of our community will allow for a more traditional finish. All of us applaud the actions and leadership of the faculty and staff at AHS for their efforts during a time where there was no playbook. All alumni support you and the school and look forward to another year of great accomplishments from the Falcons. Stay safe. Stay proud.


Reunion Updates

 The Class of 1970 has announced that due to the current condition they will delay their 50th Year Reunion originally scheduled for Friday July 3, 2020. They are looking at dates in the September time period. So, stay tuned more information to come.

The Class of 1975 has announced that their 45th Year Reunion originally scheduled for September will be moved to 2021, dates to be announced soon. If you had already sent in your registration you can either have the committee cancel or return your checks or you can apply it to next year’s event, contact the committee to advise you choice. 

The Class of 1980 has announced a change in the date of their 40th Year Reunion originally scheduled for Labor Day weekend 2020.The new date will be Labor Day Weekend 2021.  Mark your calendars, more information to come.

The Class of 1990 has established a Facebook group page Atwater High School Class of 1990 30 Year Reunion. A reunion will be held, but due to the current vises conditions an exact date has not been established. Alumni who are interested would like to update on future plans are encouraged to go to the Facebook site.

The Class of 2000 Reunion Committee has announced the 20thYear Reunion originally scheduled for June 13, 2020 has been moved to June 19, 2021.  More information to come, mark your calendars. Information available on the Atwater High School Class of 2000 Facebook group page.

A group of alumni is working on organizing a multi class reunion for those who attended AHS Classes 1958 to 1965. This includes the original class at AHS and the first four-year Senior and Junior classes. They are looking for classmate information in order to contact them. If you were at AHS during this time and are interested in this event, please send your contact information to the association or to Geri Freitas through her Facebook Messenger site. The committee has decided to push this event back to next year and have set the date as October 9, 2021. So mark your calendar and if you have not contacted Geri and the group with your contact information its not to late.

If your class year ends in a 1 (71, 81, 91, 01, 11). or 6 (66, 76, 86, 96, 06, 16). now would be a great time to organize a committee, have some fun and start planning for a reunion this year.  The Alumni Associate is willing to help, and we have some experts who have had experience in the organizing of these events and will be happy to share some best practices with you.


Milestone Year Events

The following class years are celebrating milestones this year. Here are some interesting things that happened during the months and year they graduated.  There were many interesting events in every month, and these were selected as only one interesting and, in some cases, fun example.


1965 – Sep. 11 – Beatles “Help” album goes to #1 and remains there for 9 weeks.

1970 – Sep. 11 – Ford announces the rollout of the Pinto, base priced at $1,919. First sale goes to teach Mr. Pinto who lived in Pinto, Maryland.

1975 – Sep. 5 – Lynette Fromme attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in Sacramento.

1980 – Sep. 5 – Mothers Against Drunk Driving was formed by Candy Lightner in Fair Oaks, CA.

1985 – Sep. 14 – “The Golden Girls” staring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty debuts on NBC.

1990 – Sep 13 – “Law and Order” created by Dick Wolf premiers on NBC.

1995 –  Sep. 5 – eBay was found by Pierre Omidyar in San Jose, CA.

2000 – Sep 15. – The XXVII Summer Olympics opens in Sydney Australia.

2005 – Sep. 29 – John Roberts is confirmed as the 17th Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.

2010 – Sep. 12 – Lady Gaga wins eight MTV Music awards including Video of the Year for “Bad Romance”

2015 – Sep. 1 – Pope Francis releases a letter granting priest the ability to grant absolution to woman who have received an abortion.


Alumni News

Sorry to report the loss of AHS alumni Jerry Brock (65). Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and classmates.

Sorry also to report to passing of Cindy Casey Cunningham (86). Our thought and prayers go out to her family, friends, and classmates.

Congratulations to Angela Jackson (93) and her husband John on celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary.

Congratulations to Michele Uribe (93) and Daniel Uribe (96) on their 3rd wedding anniversary.

Congratulations to Carolyn McMillian Chandler (65) and her husband John on the celebration of the 53rd wedding anniversary.

Congratulations to Sandra Sackett (92) and her husband David on their 16th wedding anniversary.

Congratulations to Josh Edrington (96) and his wife Jennifer on their 15th wedding anniversary.

Congratulations to Chelsea Stephens Herrera (93) and her husband Carlos on the celebration of their 8th wedding anniversary.

Congratulations to Becky Alanis-Albright (92), and Frank Albright (87) on the celebration of the 24th wedding anniversary.

Congratulations to Tommie Moon (76) and his wife Renel on the celebration of their 26th wedding anniversary.


AHS News  

  1. Congratulations to FFA member Alyssa Carrillo on placing second in the state in Prepared Public Speaking.
  2. Congratulations to Maricela Perez, recipient of both Merced Union School District and Merced County Office of Education Classified Employee of the Year Award.