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2019 Hall of Fame Candidates Canyon High School Foundation Christian Colon: Alumni Class of 2007 Christian was the male Athlete of the Year and Rawlings All-American in 2007. He was a member of CIF Runner-Up Baseball team and was the CSUF starting shortstop and All-American at CSUF. He was on the USA Baseball National Team and was the 4th pick overall in MLB draft by Kansas City Royals and hit in the winning run in the 2015 World Series. Zach Cooper: Alumni Class of 1990 Zach was a 2X State and CIF Wrestling Champion with an undefeated record his junior and senior year. He earned All-American Honors at Nationals. Cooper was a Sr. National Champion and was selected to the AWN Magazine and WUSA Dream Teams. He wrestled at Harvard and earned All-Ivy Second Team Honors and he currently works in the financial industry in New York. Rob Deer: Alumni Class of 1978 Rob was All-League in both football and baseball and was drafted in the 4th round of MLB by the San Francisco Giants out of high school. He was the first player to be drafted out of Canyon into Major League Baseball and he played for 12 seasons. He continued to be a part of Major League baseball as a hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs. He currently lives in Arizona and is the owner of Rob Deer Baseball Camps. Eric DeGraw: Alumni Class of 1985 Eric was named Male Athlete of the Year in 1985. He was a member of the 1984 CIF Championship Baseball team. He earned the Greg Jones Memorial Scholarship. He earned a full scholarship to Stanford University and was a member of the 1997 and 1998 College World Series Championship teams as the centerfielder. He now works in New York as the Vice President for IAC working with clients on taxation matters. Ken DeShano: Alumni Class of 1979 Ken was a 3-sport star and was voted Canyon Athlete of the Year in 1979 and was part of the CIF Runner-Up Football team. In his sophomore year, he was 2nd team All-League and 1st team All-League in his Junior and Senior Years. He was an All-Orange County Football player and was awarded a full scholarship to the University of the Pacific. He played for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1984 and is currently Vice President for Cimarron Oil Drilling Technologies. He lives in Montgomery, Texas with his wife and children where he is an active member of his community coaching Pop Warner.
2019 Hall of Fame Candidates Canyon High School Foundation Ray Dunne: Former Faculty Ray worked at Canyon for 17 years as a teacher, activities director, and assistant principal. After Canyon, he became the principal of Servite High School for 15 years. He is currently the Principal of Santa Margarita High School. Christina Haack El Moussa: Alumni Class of 2001 Christina is the widely successful television show host of "Flip or Flop". Christina attended San Diego State University and earned her real estate license while in college and went on to become the owner of her own real estate company. Most recently, Christina will be the subject of her own spinoff show, "Christina on the Coast". Christina and her business partner created "Success Path Education", a real estate investment seminar series held at locations across North America for aspiring investors. Christina is still a part of the community and recently was "Principal for a Day" at Canyon High School. Kiana Henry: Alumni Class of 2011 Kiana was a 4-year Varsity Track athlete and the Century League Most Valuable Track Athlete in 2011. She was a Century League Champion in Long Jump and 4x100 Relay. She was Canyon's Most Valuable Track Athlete. In addition, she was a Song Girl for 4 years and also the team captain in 2011. She was part of the 2013 USC Track Team and a USC Song from 2014-2015. Bob Hughes: Retired Faculty and Coach Bob earned his BS and MS degrees from UCLA. He was an inaugural teacher and football coach at Boron High School. In 1969, Boron was CIF Football Champions and Bob earned Coach of the Year. In 1970, he was hired to coach and teach at Villa Park High School and his team was CIF Champions in 1977. In 1979, he joined the Canyon Staff and he was the Anaheim Bulletin’s Coach of the Year in 1981. His teams reached the CIF Playoffs four years in a row. Bob coached the North-South All-Star Game. Bob was a fixture on the golf course as Canyon’s Assistant Coach for 17 years. Bob retired from teaching in 2004 but continued to coach at Canyon for 10 more years.
2019 Hall of Fame Candidates Canyon High School Foundation Kevin Kieran: Alumni Class of 1977 Kevin has coached girls and boys basketball in Orange County and is currently in his 12th season at Mater Dei High School as the women's basketball coach. Kiernan has won two National Championships, three State Championships, four CIF Championships and six Southern California Regional Championships. In 2006, Coach Kiernan was named the WBCA High School Coach of the Year and USA Today named Coach Kiernan its National Coach of the Year in 2010. Coach Kiernan was selected in 2011 as the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times Coach of the Year, as well as the CIF Division 1AA Coach of the Year and the National High School Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Denise Koyama: Alumni Class of 1982 Denise is an extremely successful Hollywood storyboard artist for animated films and TV Series. Just a few of her credits include Hotel Transylvania 1, 2, and 3, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Smurfs 2, Shark Tale, The Tigger Movie, Open Season 2, Over the Hedge, Surf’s Up, Tarzan & Jane, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (TV Series), and many, many more. She has received multiple Annie Awards for her outstanding work in the field of animation. Jeff Leuenberger: Alumni Class of 1997 Jeff was Canyon Athlete of the Year in 1997 and a contributing member of the 1996 CIF Championship Baseball team. He was the CIF Player of the Year recipient. He was also a member of the Century League Championship teams in 1995 and 1996. He earned the MVP award in 1997 and he was selected to the All-County Team and OC All-Star Team that same year. He earned a scholarship to Cal State Long Beach for baseball and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers. Jeff is currently a Senior Business Executive for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and he is actively involved with the Canyon Baseball team giving back through his time and donations. Troy Mills: Alumni Class of 1996 Troy was Century League Athlete of the Year and Canyon Athlete of the Year in 1996. Troy was a contributing member of the 1996 CIF Championship Baseball team and he was also a member of the Century League Championship team in 1994, 1995, and 1996. Troy was the recipient of the Greg Jones Memorial Scholarship and continued his baseball career at Santa Ana College and won the McDonald's Bowl. He graduated Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Business Administration. Troy married his high school sweetheart and has 3 boys and still lives in Anaheim Hills. He is now the successful owner of China Pacific Carbide Company and spends his free time coaching youth sports for his children.
2019 Hall of Fame Candidates Canyon High School Foundation Jacquelyn Nelson Walburn: Alumni Class of 1979 Jacquelyn was the 1978 CIF-SS Track and Field Champion for Shot Put. She was a member of the 1977 and 1978 CIF and League Champion Track Team. Jacquelyn attended Cal Poly Pomona where she was the National Collegiate Javelin Champion and an All-American. She participated in the Olympic Trials twice. Jacquelyn was a science teacher at Villa Park High School and is a Condition Specific Nutrition Coach and a published author. Chris Snitko: Alumni Class of 1991 Chris was a Parade All-American in 1995 as Canyon's goalkeeper, a position he held for 4 years. In that same year, he was also part of the CIF Runner-Up for the Baseball team. Chris earned a full scholarship to UCLA for Soccer and went on to earn Goalkeeper of the Year from the International Soccer Association. In 1996, Chris was selected by the Kansas City Wizards in the first round of the MLS Draft, as the fifth pick overall. Chris deferred his MLS career to play for the 1996 USA Olympic Soccer team in Atlanta. After the Olympics, he went on to play six seasons in the MLS. Chris became a soccer coach at the collegiate level and now volunteers his time for youth organizations. He is the principal owner of a real estate company in Irvine where he lives with his family. Eric Valent: Alumni Class of 1995 Eric was an All-American baseball player while at Canyon. He was also a member of the California All-State Team in 1995. Eric was drafted by the Detroit Tigers while in high school but instead, accepted a full scholarship to UCLA. He had a standout career at UCLA and held the record of most career home runs in the PAC 10. He helped lead the Bruins to the College World Series in 1998 and was voted the PAC-10 Player of the Year in 1998. Eric was selected in the first round of the draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and had a five-year career in Major League Baseball. He transitioned to a hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies and then a scout, where he most recently became a scout for the Miami Marlins. James Vanderbilt: Alumni Class of 1983 James Vanderbilt was elected to the Anaheim City Council in November 2014 and represents the city at large. Vanderbilt holds a bachelor’s in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and a master’s in Public Administration from Cal State Fullerton. Vanderbilt has an extensive history serving Anaheim residents. At Canyon, he was a member and president of the Key Club service organization. Since 1992, Vanderbilt has served on the Anaheim Community Services Board (seven years as a member), Anaheim Planning Commission (five years as member and chair), and Anaheim City School District (10 years as a board member and president). Vanderbilt is a former Naval Reservist and currently serves as a reserve Captain with an Army Combat Support Hospital. A decorated veteran, he was twice honorably discharged following recall and deployment for Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. Vanderbilt is a member of the faculty at Cal State Los Angeles, where he teaches public policy and state and local government courses.
2019 Hall of Fame Candidates Canyon High School Foundation Erin Volcan: Alumni Class of 2002 Erin was a four-time Canyon Swim Team MVP and Century League swimmer of the year. She holds 6 out of 8 individual event school records and was a Century league champion for four years in four events. She was the 200 free CIF Champion in 2001 and 2002 and she broke CIF records two years in a row. Erin never lost a race in a Canyon dual meet or league meet and earned a full scholarship to Auburn University. She participated in the Beijing Olympics as a Venezuelan athlete. She is a former South American record holder and current Venezuelan record holder. Amanda Wyatt: Alumni Class of 1992 While in high school, Amanda worked at Disneyland. Her experiences there helped her build a career in the Gaming Voice-Over Industry where she is now an extremely successful casting director in Los Angeles. Some of the titles she's directed are the Assassin's Creed franchise, Halo 4, Skylanders, Call of Duty Online, etc. She hosted an "Inside the Voice Over Actor's Studio" event at the San Diego Comic Con and spoke at Canyon's very first Future Business Leaders of America Club's first meeting about her experiences in the gaming industry and her path to success.
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