In keeping with its mission “to promote and support opportunities and programs for the benefit of AHS students,” the Anaheim High School Alumni Association named senior Kimberly Alvarez as its first Colonist Spirit Award winner. Kimberly, who received a $1,000 scholarship toward her four-year degree, was selected from a field of 34 applicants for her well-rounded background in academics, extra-curricular activities and pride in being a Colonist.
Two other Anaheim High graduates who benefited from alumni-funded scholarships were Luis Amaya and Melissa Mateos, male and female athletes of the year. These students were selected by their coaches to receive the Bud Fassel Memorial Scholarship. Each received $1,000 toward their educational expenses.
A 1936 grad, Fassel was the football team manager and basketball captain. He returned to his alma mater in 1956 as the first full-time equipment manager at the high school level and was an important member of Anaheim football program for the next 25 years. He greatly influenced the career of his son, ’67 graduate Jim Fassel, a Colonist football star who went on to quarterback for the Chicago Bears and coach the New York Giants. Both father and son are inductees of Anaheim High’s Hall of Fame.