Debbie LaPlant Moseley - Class of 1973

debbie laplant moseley thumbThe Class of 1973 alumni remembers Debbie LaPlant Moseley as involved, enthusiastic and always smiling. She exhibits that same exuberance for life and community involvement today. In both junior and senior high, Debbie was involved in many activities, including cheerleading, Drama and Student Government. During her senior year at PV, her teacher, Marge Willis, took eight students to Hawaii for a Drama convention. Exposure to the sun and surf culture of Hawaii provided Debbie with a new passion as well as a new career path. As a public relations student, Debbie continued to travel to Honolulu each summer where she worked and learned more about the Hawaiian culture.

In 1977, Debbie relocated to Newport Beach, immersing herself in the beach lifestyle.While in Southern California, she worked with industry leaders in the promotion of active apparel lines producing and directing special events.Projects included working with Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the Major League Baseball Player’s Alumni Association, Professional Athletes Alumni Association, Children’s Trade Expo West, City of Hope and others.

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Master Sergeant Michael Trost - Class of 1982

michae trost thumbThough U.S. Army Master Sergeant Michael Trost has traveled all over the world, some of his fondest memories are of Chico and his friends from high school days. Michael moved from southern California to Chico in 1977, attending Chico Christian and Bidwell Jr. High before graduating from Pleasant Valley in 1982.

His involvement in cross country and Student Government while at PV was an important leadership primer for his future military career. As a senior Michael was the regional president of the California Association of Student Councils and traveled with Activities Director Tom Needles to speak with area schools on leadership and anti-violence.

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Steve O’Bryan - Class of 1973

steve obryan thumbIf you have ridden a bicycle in Chico, you have benefited from the tireless activism of Steve O’Bryan. Steve and his wife, Katy, have owned and operated Pullins Cyclery since 1984. One of the oldest bicycle establishments in Northern California, the shop was originally purchased by Vern Pullins in 1918. Steve worked for Vern Pullins through high school while participating in cross country and the Letterman Society at PV. After graduating in 1973, Steve attended Butte College and became active in Chico’s fledgling cycling community.

Steve has been a part of Chico Velo Cycling Club since its inception in 1980. He has served on the Bicycle Advisory Committee, advising the City Council on the implementation of the City's Bike Plan and promoting bicycling and bicycle safety in the community. The Bicycle Advisory Committee has also played an integral role in obtaining grant funding for the creation of bike paths around town and schools, allowing for safe and fun bike travel through Chico. Voted Chico's Best Bike Shop seventeen times over the years, Pullins Cyclery has supported multiple non-profits with bicycle and merchandise donations.

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Randy Gilzean - Class of 1977

randy gilzean thumbGrowing up in Chico, Randy attended Sierra View Elementary, Bidwell Junior High, and Pleasant Valley High School, graduating in 1977.  He credits his many outstanding teachers throughout his childhood as well as two parent educators for his interest in pursuing a teaching career.  After completing his BA Degree at CSU-Chico, Randy returned to Bidwell Junior High for student teaching and where he began his coaching profession.  Later he was hired as a full time instructor at Chico Junior High School where he taught History, Geography, Physical Education, and Human Biology.  It was during this time that he helped inaugurate and coach the girls’ volleyball program at Chico High School. 

In 1993, when ninth graders were transferred from the junior highs to the high schools, Randy began teaching at Pleasant Valley as well as serving there as Athletic Director.  Randy spent 15 years in this position and during this time was elected President of the Northern Section Athletic Directors Association.  When he transferred to PV, Randy began coaching girls’ varsity volleyball there, serving 11 years as a head coach.  He also worked for 10 seasons as an assistant for boys’ varsity basketball with Coach Denny Varley, whom he considers the most influential person in his career. 

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