Alicia Mercer Barr – Class of 1991

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Alicia attended Bidwell Junior High School and Pleasant Valley High School, where she was an honor roll student and active in Student Government. She was a 3–sport athlete at PV, garnering multiple All–League accolades in cross country, basketball and track and field. After graduating in 1991, Alicia attended Cal Poly SLO as an Aeronautical Engineering major. She also continued her pursuits in track and field, garnering an All–Conference award in the 400m hurdles while at Cal Poly.

The summer after her freshman year, she came back to Chico to visit and quickly realized how much she missed the town and sense of community. By the end of summer, her mind was set, and she transferred to CSU, Chico as a Mechanical Engineer. While attending CSUC, Alicia became very active with the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and she earned three more All Conference titles in the 400m hurdles. She graduated from CSUC in 1996 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Organizational Communications. CSUC recognized her achievements by awarding her the College of Engineering Outstanding Student Award and the CSUC Outstanding Student Leader Award.

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Norm Rosene – Class of 1975

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Norm graduated from Bidwell Junior High in 1972 and Pleasant Valley High School in 1975. While at PV, he participated in football all three years, as well as junior varsity basketball and golf. As a senior, Norm was the recipient of the Lion’s Club Outstanding Science Student Award, NROTC Scholarship, and was a California Scholarship Federation member.

After graduating from PV, Norm attended UC Davis. He played varsity lacrosse during his tenure there, twice being selected to play on the California Collegiate All–Star team. He graduated with honors with a B.S. in Zoology and then continued his education at UC Davis, receiving a master’s of science degree in Physiology in 1981. He then moved on to the UC San Francisco School of Dentistry, graduating in 1985 as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. His diligence and hard work placed him as a finalist in the Block Drug Company Outstanding Essay Award and earned him the Eissmann Restorative Dentistry Award.

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Michelle Power – Class of 1988

michelle power thumbMichelle was born and raised in Chico, where she attended three outstanding, local schools: Chico Christian, Bidwell Junior High School and Pleasant Valley High School. During her years at Pleasant Valley, Michelle was very active in Student Government and cheerleading. After high school graduation, she attended California State University, Chico, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology along with a minor in Human Resources. Soon after receiving her degree, Michelle married her husband, Gentry Power, at Bidwell Presbyterian Church.

She was interested in pursuing a career in retail so they moved to the San Francisco area. She began as Assistant Manager for GapKids, followed by a promotion to store manager. Michelle managed several stores for GAP and was then promoted to District Manager.

For several years Michelle served as District Manager for GAP until she was recruited to Pottery Barn where she ran their flagship stores at Stanford. She was then assigned to run both the Northern Los Angeles market for a period of time in addition to the Bay Area markets.

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Gage Chrysler – Class of 1971

gage chrysler thumbGage graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 1971. He played on PV’s golf team and won 2nd All League in 1969 and 1970, and 3rd All League in 1971. He went to the NCIF Northern Section Championships two years and qualified for the state championships one year. Prior to attending Pleasant Valley, Gage attended Sierra View, Aymer Jay Hamilton elementary schools; and then Chico Jr. and Bidwell Jr. High Schools.

After graduating from PV, Gage spent a year in Germany as an exchange student. Upon his return to Chico, he enrolled at California State University, Chico. He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

After college, in 1978, Gage began working in the family business, Modern Building.

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