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Class of 1970 - WHS/Aptos/Mora 50th Class Reunion - September 2020

May 6, 2019 by Darlene Stracener Amark (Register to contact)

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Class of 1970 WHS-AHS-MHS 50th Reunion will be held September 19, 2020 at the Seascape Golf Club from 6-11 p.m. Tickets go on sale soon so please register at our website http://www.*****/****
We need your help in finding classmates who have moved away. If you keep in touch with other 1970 grads, you can post their information in the "Missing Classmates" section of http://www.*****/**** after you register. Please include as much info as possible including email, mailing address, phone numbers, and maiden name/married name, and the specific high school attended. Hope to see you ALL at next year's Fabulous 50th Reunion!

Class of 1970 - WHS/Aptos/Mora 50th Class Reunion - Summer 2020

February 25, 2019 by Darlene Stracener Amark (Register to contact)

We're starting to work on our 50th high school reunion. Stay tuned to this site, to Facebook groups mentioning Watsonville for more info!

Multi-Class Reunion for WHS hosted by Class of 1967

April 16, 2012 by Louita Berry (Register to contact)

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Multi-Class Reunion happening September 29, 2012 at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom. Class of 1967 invites WHS and Mora HS Classes 1963 thru 1969. Contact Louita (Clemons)Berry for further information. *****@aol.com

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Watsonville HS Students Master Agriculture, Horticulture Classes  Watsonville, CA Patch

Watsonville HS Students Agriculture Horticulture - Watsonville, CA - A total of 86 certifications in these areas of study were handed out during the academic ...



County gearing up for Fireworks sales  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Fireworks booths are sprouting up throughout Watsonville, and Fourth of July revelers are preparing to set them off in that city and Capitola ...



Watsonville High School students protest climate change inaction  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — At 9:46 a.m. on May 24, a bell sounded at Watsonville High School and students flooded out of their classrooms. But instead of grabbing a ...



Robert Edward Atwood  Register Pajaronian

Robert Edward Atwood was peacefully and gently welcomed into the arms of Jesus on June 20, 2019. He was at his home in Corralitos with the love of his life ...



Watsonville High's spring musical opens Wednesday  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville High School drama department has been hard at work for the past few months rehearsing for its upcoming spring musical ...



Watsonville High graduating class full of stars, stories  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Like many kids today, Cesar Parra has spent numerous hours in front of a screen over the last two years. Those hours, however, have been ...



Watsonville, Mora high classes hold a reunion | Coast Line  Santa Cruz Sentinel

Watsonville High School and Mora High School classes of 1969 will hold a reunion from 5-11 p.m. Aug. 23 at Severino's Restaurant inside the Seacliff Inn, 7500 ...



Watsonville HS placed on lockdown after 4 teens burglarized nearby home  KSBW Monterey

Police say that all four teenagers have been arrested after a short chase. While police were responding to the incident Watsonville High School was placed on lo ...



Bill Sunderland Auto Shop named for former longtime teacher  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Almost a half-century after Bill Sunderland began teaching auto shop at Watsonville High School, his former classroom will now bear his ...



Spelling out the drama  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — On a rainy Monday afternoon, just after the final bell had rung at Watsonville High School, a small group of students gathered in the school's ...



Teens arrested for burglary  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Four Watsonville teens were arrested Monday after allegedly burglarizing a residence on Lakeview Road, abandoning their vehicle near ...



Pajaro Valley Unified investigates two Watsonville High teachers’ alleged conduct  Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE >> Pajaro Valley Unified School District authorities are investigating complaints made against at least two Watsonville High School teachers, ...



WHS alumni golf tournament continues growth  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Watsonville High School's Alumni Golf Tournament is heading into its 11th year, and, like the school's mascot, it is doing so with a fierce roar.



At long last: Construction to begin on PV High athletic field  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — For nearly 15 years, Pajaro Valley High School students have played “home” games at rival schools, and practiced on a misshapen field ...



Margaret “Peggy” Ann Ernst  Register Pajaronian

Born March 8, 1948 and Peacefully entered rest February 20, 2019. Peggy was born in Hendricks, Minnesota to Dale and Dorothy Fuhs. In the third grade they ...



PVUSD Celebrates Signing Day  Patch.com

From PVUSD: May is college acceptance season and today, PVUSD, in collaboration with UCSC's Educational Partnership Center, celebrated college bound ...



Santana lead singer visits WHS, launches fundraiser  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — After Andy Vargas graduated from Watsonville High School in 1995, he immediately began to pursue his passion for singing. Four years later ...



PVUSD holds second annual College Signing Day  Register Pajaronian

APTOS — The Pajaro Valley Unified School District on May 17, in collaboration with UC Santa Cruz's Educational Partnership Center, celebrated more than 200 ...



Nearly 70 Innovators Honored At Pajaro Valley USD  Watsonville, CA Patch

70 Innovators Honored At Pajaro Valley USD - Watsonville, CA - Peers and family members turned out at Watsonville High School Mello Center to celebrate the ...



Longtime teacher celebrates 100th birthday  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Jean Pogue, who taught thousands of Watsonville High School students math from 1944 to 1982, turns 100 Friday. Friends and family ...



Teachers' impact and unfair circumstances  Register Pajaronian

Teachers should earn a higher salary. Doing a difficult job, such as attempting to properly educate young adults, demands a lot of patience and hard work.



Local students succeed at MESA championship  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE—Every Monday at lunchtime, a group of Watsonville High School students file into a small classroom on the edge of campus to talk math, ...



Coach Accused Of Soliciting Provocative Photos From Student  Watsonville, CA Patch

Coach Accused Of Soliciting 'Provocative' Photos - Watsonville, CA - Police said Pajaro Valley High School employee Matthew Davis, 36, was arrested ...



PVUSD a step closer to purchasing The Towers  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — If a plan approved Wednesday by the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees comes to fruition, the district could soon own its ...



PV trustees end drug-sniffing dog program  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday ended its policy of bringing drug-sniffing dogs into classrooms, ...



Words of wonder  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE—For years, Watsonville High School P.E. teacher and coach Nikki Lewen wrote only for herself and those closest to her. Not many of her ...



Field goal: PV High begins construction on long-awaited athletic facility  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Dozens of people gathered in a grassy field abutting Pajaro Valley High School Monday for a groundbreaking ceremony to herald in the ...



Putting a CAP on their education  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — From the time they set foot on campus as freshmen, Watsonville High School's students become a part of their community. It's a giant ...



Watsonville High students sign up to vote after walkout  KSBW The Central Coast

While other school districts hesitated about student walkouts and slapped students with unexcused absences, there was none of that from the Pajaro Valley ...



District sets groundbreaking date for PV High sports field  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Nearly 15 years after students first walked onto its campus, with generations of athletes forced to practice at other schools, Pajaro Valley High ...



Annual literacy event held at Starlight Elementary  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Groups of elementary students, many in their Halloween costumes, gathered in Starlight Elementary School's quad Wednesday for the ...



PVUSD Area 4: Two newcomers challenge board veteran  Register Pajaronian

Editor's note: This is the final installment in a series of interviews with candidates running for seats on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees.



Meet Watsonville's New Semi-Pro Soccer Team  goodtimes.sc

Ville FC, a new semi-professional soccer team launched this spring in Watsonville, plans to compete in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).



Dodge beats Yahiro in PVUSD race  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Daniel Dodge Jr. has clinched the Trustee Area 4 seat on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, ending the 28-year run ...



PV Chamber announces annual awardees  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Alex Solano has always been the man behind the scenes, helping out fellow veterans, students and any community member in need.



PVUSD Welcomes New School Administrators  Patch.com

PVUSD Welcomes New School Administrators - Watsonville, CA - The Mission of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District is to educate and to support learners ...



HS Football, Week 3: Aptos' Reyes could make history against M.V.C.  Register Pajaronian

(Aptos High School senior running back Marcos Reyes is set to break his school's record for career rushing yards tonight against Monte Vista Christian School.



About Town, Week of April 22  Register Pajaronian

April 26, 2019: Tarmo Hannula: If you're out driving around Watsonville today, and plan to in the next several days, be aware that there is construction going on ...



What's going on? | May 4-10  Register Pajaronian

Weekly events calendar for May 4-10. Saturday, May 4. Special events. Free comic book day. Atlantis Fantasyworld in Santa Cruz is hosting its 18th annual Free ...



PVUSD announces new admins  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Thousands of students across Pajaro Valley Unified School District will return to class Wednesday, beginning a yearlong journey of new ...



Watsonville Community Band prepares for spring concerts  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Longtime Watsonville Community Band member Eugene Smith currently lives in Calaveras County, a some 200 miles from his hometown of ...



PVUSD bids farewell to longtime board members  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE ‑ The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday said farewell to members Willie Yahiro, Leslie De Rose and Jeff ...



Omar Melgoza-Cortes  Register Pajaronian

Omar Melgoza-Cortes died on June 3 at Mission Hospice. He was 26. He was born in Michoacán, Mexico to a loving family who moved to California after he was ...



Seniors CAP their year  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — At the end of the school year, Watsonville High School's seniors unveil the projects that cap their final year and serve as a legacy to their ...



Firefighting his 'calling': Former Division Chief takes Watsonville Fire's top job  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — When he was about 8, Rudy Lopez plied the streets of downtown Watsonville, a shoeshine box under his arm, as he tried to earn money at ...



Students cry: 'Enough!'  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — The walkout at Watsonville High School Wednesday began at 10 a.m., when a small group of students walked through campus, shouting ...



Watsonville councilman asks for murder suspect’s release  Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ — A Watsonville city councilman on official letterhead asked for a former neighbor, student and Future Farmers of America affiliate charged with ...



What's going on? | June 15-21  Register Pajaronian

Saturday, June 15. Special events. 13th annual Father's Day Celebration. Papás Annual Father's Day Celebration returns for its 13th year at Ramsay Park from ...



About Town, Week of May 20  Register Pajaronian

May 24, 2019: Johanna Miller: On Wednesday E.A. Hall Middle School will host a free event: the 2nd Annual “Oscars Night” Student Film Showcase, hosted by ...



Watsonville City Council, District 5: Incumbent faces challenger  Register Pajaronian

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of interviews with candidates running for the Watsonville City Council. WATSONVILLE — Incumbent Rebecca Garcia ...



A 'real-world' lesson  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — With music playing softly in the background, a group of students at New School Community Day School on Friday was focused on piles of ...



About Town, Week of Feb. 4  Register Pajaronian

Friday, Feb. 8: Tarmo Hannula: On the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf a crew from Coastline Environmental Demolition of Watsonville was busy Friday morning ...



Smokescreen  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — For several decades, public health officials battled cigarette smoking by young people, and by many accounts, those efforts have been ...



Election 2018, City Council: Parker receives majority of votes in three-person District 7 race; Garcia, Estrada pull ahead  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Ari Parker garnered more than 52 percent of the vote in the three-person race for the District 7 seat on the Watsonville City Council.



Riots in 1930 revealed Watsonville racism: California apologizes to Filipino Americans  Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE – Hundreds of white men armed with pistols and clubs roamed the streets of Watsonville for five days in January 1930, beating Filipino field ...



Teacher earns Ph.D. in front of school audience  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — When Watsonville High School government and economics teacher Sara Roe received her Ph.D. on Oct. 2, she defended her dissertation in ...



Watsonville High stages musical ‘In the Heights’ with cast from five schools  Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE >> Watsonville High School and Pajaro Valley High School will present the modern musical “In the Heights” starting Friday this weekend and ...



Andy Vargas to hold holiday benefit concert this weekend  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Watsonville native and Santana lead singer Andy Vargas will bring his band to the Henry J. Mello Center Saturday for a holiday benefit ...



Watsonville, Seaside students join National School Walkout Day  KSBW The Central Coast

Thousands of students walked out of their classrooms across the country Wednesday to demand stronger gun control laws and to honor the 17 students and ...



City, school district launch summer internship program  Register Pajaronian

(Andrea Curtis (left), executive assistant for the City of Watsonville, gives Watsonville High School seniors Juan Vargas and Yannely Collazo a run-through of the ...



Felix Arnaz  Register Pajaronian

On June 3, Felix Arnaz died surrounded by his family in Santa Clara, California. He was 76. Mr. Arnaz was born Nov. 16 1942 to his parents Nancy McGuire and ...



What's going on? | May 18-24  Register Pajaronian

Weekly events calendar for May 18-24: Saturday, May 18. Special events. Centennial of the Concrete Ship's Launch. Come to Kevin Newhouse's presentation ...



Crystal Marquez Galper  Register Pajaronian

Crystal Marquez Galper was surrounded by loved ones when she lost her seven-year battle with breast cancer on March 25, 2019. She was 53. She was born ...



Nathan Jay Sorensen  Register Pajaronian

October 28, 1937 – November 3, 2018. Nathan Jay Sorensen, 81, was born to Nick and Helen Sorensen in Salinas, and moved with his family to Watsonville, ...



PVUSD election season kicks off: A look at Trustee Area 7  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — With three seats up for reelection, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees could see its biggest shakeup in years. Several ...



Letters to the Editor; April 26, 2019: In response to 'Mobile Order Madness'  Register Pajaronian

I just finished reading what you wrote about how Starbucks has changed—not for the better. Though I must admit I am not a Starbucks customer, at least not ...



What's going on? | June 1-7  Register Pajaronian

Events calendar for June 1-7: Saturday, June 1. Special events. S.S. Palo Alto Centennial Celebration. California State Parks will celebrate the centennial of the ...



Take the plunge  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — The Parks and Community Services Department Summer Aquatics Program, held at the Watsonville High School pool, is up and running.



A life-changing trip  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Even before he joined several of his peers on a cross-country trip to see some of the top universities in the U.S. in late September, Pajaro ...



Gonzalez sworn into city council  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — As Aurelio Gonzalez was sworn into the Watsonville City Council, Charles Montoya handed the reins to new City Manager Matt Huffaker ...



Julie Hernandez (Ibarra)  Register Pajaronian

Julie Ann Hernandez (Ibarra) died on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 at home surrounded by her beloved husband, children and grandchildren by her side after bravely ...



Woman's Club awards scholarships  Register Pajaronian

(Chloe Deleissegues (from left), Victoria Otvos and Emily Kwok are three of six recipients of scholarships presented by the Watsonville Woman's Club at a ...



County supervisor, Cabrillo trustee seats join busy city council race on ballot  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Incumbent Greg Caput is facing off against Jimmy Dutra for the Santa Cruz County Supervisor District 4 seat after the pair finished in the top ...



James Edward Asai | Obituaries  Santa Maria Times

James Edward Asai was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 18, 1955 passed away peacefully at his residence November 28, 2018. His early years were ...



City approves PV High's long-awaited sports field  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Pajaro Valley High School is the closest it's ever been to building its long-awaited athletic field. And after Tuesday night, it just needs to wait a ...



UC Santa Cruz students study social justice in Watsonville  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — The Commercial Kitchen Incubator is normally a busy place, bustling with workers preparing their culinary creations. The space was even ...



WPD officer awarded for recovering 12 stolen vehicles in five months  Register Pajaronian

(Watsonville Police Chief David Honda (left) and California Highway Patrol Sgt. Ryan Monohan (right) are present Thursday to congratulate Watsonville Police ...



Kristine Michelle “Krissy” Taylor  Register Pajaronian

August 20, 1963 – August 14, 2018. Native of Watsonville. A memorial mass will be celebrated in Corralitos for long time resident Krissy Taylor who passed ...



About Town, week of April 15  Register Pajaronian

April 19, 2019: Johanna Miller: On Wednesday the Watsonville Drama Department had the opening show of their spring musical production at the Henry J. Mello ...



Big little leis: California graduates don money leis as tradition, side hustle grows  The Salinas Californian

"It bonds people. It reminds us that money is symbolic, it's not just a piece of exchange."



Laurel Ruth Gephart  Gilroy Dispatch

Laurel Ruth (McDill) Gephart entered the Kingdom of Heaven on December 06, 2018 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Born in Chicago IL on January ...



Inspiring young students to branch into STEM  UC Santa Cruz

April 26, 2017. By Dan White. Share this story:TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedInReddit. Watsonville High.jpg The visiting Watsonville High School students ...



Santa Cruz, Harbor, Watsonville, Aptos football games canceled due to wildfire smoke  KSBW The Central Coast

Air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups because of several massive wildfires burning over 100 miles away, in Northern California.



Gonzalez looking to fill vacant council seat  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Aurelio Gonzalez is vying for the District 2 seat on the Watsonville City Council. He will face off against Jenni Veitch-Olson in the June 5 ...



College-bound students celebrate at the Civic Auditorium  UC Santa Cruz

May 02, 2019. By Jennifer McNulty. Share this story:TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedInReddit. csd-obama_400.jpg Former First Lady Michelle ...



Full of cheer  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — On a cloudy Tuesday evening recently, about 40 girls, their parents and six cheerleading coaches gathered on the front lawn at Linscott ...



PHOTO: Revved up  Register Pajaronian

The Watsonville High School varsity football team prepares for the school's homecoming parade Thursday in downtown Watsonville. The Wildcatz were ...



WHS Hall of Famers honored  Register Pajaronian

(Photo by Mas Hashimoto). WATSONVILLE — Hundreds of students filled the Henry J. Mello Center Friday morning to see four people join the ranks of their ...



Aptos students win scholarships | Photo  Register Pajaronian

Vanessa Segura, left, and Lauren McBride of Aptos High School were awarded a $2,500 scholarship by the Corralitos Woman's Club. Both will attend UC ...



Man extradited, accused of murdering Watsonville student  KSBW The Central Coast

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell announced Thursday that a suspected Watsonville killer who was on the run for 14 years has been extradited ...



Mark Davis  Gilroy Dispatch

Mark Davis, 67 of Gilroy, CA passed away April 12, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. Born August 9, 1951 to Gordon “Bud” and Frances (Lopes) Davis of ...



Alton "Blaine" Carpenter | Obituaries | hanfordsentinel.com  Hanford Sentinel

Alton 'Blaine' Carpenter. February 17, 1937 - October 17, 2018. Alton 'Blaine' Carpenter was born on February 17, 1937 in San Jose, CA. He was the middle of ...



Remembering the veterans  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Richard Montalvo was born and raised in Watsonville, and graduated from Watsonville High School in 1967. Robert Swinn lives in Scotts ...



A musical homecoming  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — When singer Andy Vargas heard that the City of Watsonville would be celebrating its 150th birthday in 2018, he knew he had to somehow be ...



Susumu 'Sus' Nagai  Register Pajaronian

Susumu “Sus” Nagai of Watsonville died on Friday, July 13, 2018 after a brief illness. He was 81. Born on Jan. 24, 1937 in Los Angeles, he lived in Watsonville ...



Charter School Joins Watsonville High Campus  Patch.com

Watsonville, CA - Ceiba College Preparatory Academy will open a ninth-grade program in the fall.



Blazing a path for women  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — For 21 years, Maria Campos has helped women who are victims of domestic violence get through a difficult time in their lives. As a domestic ...



New mayor to be sworn in  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Watsonville will get a new, but familiar, face as its next mayor Tuesday. Lowell Hurst will be sworn in as mayor for the third time in the city's ...



Safety on the streets  Register Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — Thanks to an innovative educational program, grade school students in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties are learning the basic principals of ...



Immigrant brothers go from Watsonville to Ivy League  Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE >> The Ivy League is a long way from Michoacan, Mexico, but brothers Edgar and Cesar Garcia Lopez charted the course. Cesar, 17, graduated ...



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