The coronavirus pandemic has postponed the ceremony for a year. For the members of the Edison High School Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2020, however, it was worth the wait.
William Wang, Dan Kerins, Lisa Guerrero, Kelly Gallagher, Erin Tomblin Appleman and brothers Roger and Scott Wojahn were introduced in a ceremony on Wednesday evening in the Edison cafeteria. Tomblin Appleman and Roger Wojahn were unable to attend, but their recorded speeches were shown.
The event, which was chaired by former Edison sporting director Bruce Belcher, was broadcast live by Edison. Guerrero, known as Lisa Coles when she graduated from Edison in 1982, is used to speaking on camera. She is the lead investigative correspondent for Inside Edition and previously served for more than a decade as a nationally recognized sports reporter, broadcast on seven Super Bowls and five World Series.
She said her nickname in Edison was “Q-Tip,” and she was bullied for a while when her mother died when she was 8 years old. But she found a job as a member of the Chargers’ drilling team and eventually became a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader.
“I wonder what I would say to my freshman self,” said Guerrero. “I would say, ‘Q tip, Edison is going to be tough.’ But you will find success, you will find success, you will find your tribe and you will make it … I am so proud to be a Charger. “
Kerins, Edison class from 1979, has also made a name for itself in the sports world. Specifically, he has run a soccer pool for about 30 years that has raised nearly $ 83,000 for past and current chargers and members of the South Huntington Beach community.
Wang, a 1982 Edison graduate who lives in Newport Beach, has had a remarkable career in the electronics industry. In 2002 he founded the television brand VIZIO in Fountain Valley.
Gallagher (1976 class) is an award-winning writer and teacher who taught English at Magnolia High in Anaheim for 35 years. Appleman (1985 class) has coached Yale University’s women’s volleyball program since 2003, winning 10 Ivy League championships during that time.
Appleman said in her recorded speech that her father told her in eighth grade that she could play tennis or golf “because they make money.” But she played volleyball with Edison, where she was coached by the late Dave Mohs, who has now named a tournament after him.
“Volleyball is what I chose and luckily I made a career out of it,” said Appleman.
The Wojahn twins, who graduated from Edison in 1974, formed Wojahn Bros. Music together in Santa Monica. You have written and produced music for national and global companies as well as artists such as Vince Gill, Buddy Guy and Shawn Colvin.
Scott Wojahn, who now lives in Cincinnati and said he is returning to campus for the first time since graduating, gave special thanks to Belcher and longtime Edison teacher and soccer coach Dave White.
“In seventh grade [White] One day after school taught me how to make Nestle’s strawberry milk, ”said Wojahn. “That was pretty much instant friendship.”
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