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GV High Foundation honors Hall of Fame inductees


Joy, laughter, and a few tears were shared during the Hall of Fame Dinner for Outstanding Alumni and Staff at Golden Valley High School last Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Merced County Fairgrounds.

Created and organized by the GVHS Foundation, the annual event — now it its third year — serves to recognize not only the school’s top athletes in history, but also those alumni and staff members who have made significant contributions to the GVHS legacy, their communities, and professions.

This year’s Class of 2024, included:
  • Mike Landers, pole vaulting champion and GVHS record holder (17 feet). Landers, one of the most decorated athletes in GVHS history, would go on to the UCLA Div. 1 Track and Field Team, 2002-07.
  • Dr. Matt Lee, varsity baseball player and student government leader who went on to graduate from UCLA and pursued a career in optometry. He is the owner of Dr. Lee and Associates Eye Care right here in Merced, as well as a staff physician at Mercy Medical Center.
  • Melissa Arroyo-Davis, GV Athlete of the Year, volleyball, softball and soccer. Arroyo-Davis graduated form CalPoly with a degree in Business Administration and embarked on a distinguished 24-year career in the financial services sector at Wells Fargo Bank. She is a partner in the family-owned San Marcos Glass and GV Glass.
  • The late James Hsu, Class of 96, was remembered as Golden Valley’s first valedictorian. He went on to UC Berkeley, and then Stanford University. Tragically, Hsu died in 2004 while vacationing in Thailand when the devastating tsunami struck, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. (His friend Grant Rowan gave the most moving speech of the night while a few tears were shed.
  • Brandon Boothe, basketball and baseball champion, all-time GV rebound leader. He went on to play D1 baseball at BYU, and then earned a doctorate of chiropractic medicine from Palmer College. Booth established PROCARE Spine and Sports Therapy in Scottsdale, Arizona; and today works with some of the world’s best athletes. During his acceptance speech, he said he would show off his Hall of Fame jacket to his friend Howie Long, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.
  • Jeanette Carey, who served 33 years as the Student Services secretary at GV High and with the Merced Union High School District. She was also served as a commissioner of the Parks and Recreation Board for the City of Merced.
  • Cristen Razzari Fazal, GV Water Polo MVP, UC Berkeley Water Polo Team, and Gold Medalist at the Pan American Games in Cuba in 1998.
  • Josh Pedrozo, GV football, senior class president, FFA standout. Pedrozo went on to teach history at Merced High, as well as serve nine years on the Merced City Council. He currently serves on the Merced County Board of Supervisors.
  • Christie Bryant, volleyball and basketball, CCC MVP, and prominent member of AVID and the Black Student Union. She went on to earn her doctorate in physical therapy from Western University of Health Sciences. She has opened two practices in Atwater and Merced in the name of Bryant Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy.


The Golden Valley High School Foundation was established in 2019 to extend the school’s positive influence in the lives of its alumni, and to elevate the aspirations of its current students. One of the ways the Foundation has achieved this mission is by establishing the Golden Valley Hall of Fame.

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