10 famous ARC alumni

ARC is known for its athletic alumni, but take a look at its other notable alumni


Guy Fieri is a known celebrity on the cooking scene and attended ARC briefly. He was also a part of the culinary program while attending ARC. In 2015, he helped expand the college’s culinary arts building. (File Photo)

While many people may be familiar with some well-known athletes who attended American River College, such as Dusty Baker, there are other noteworthy people, such as Guy Fieri, who have attended American River College. Read on for a list of notable alumni. 


  1. Dana Sabraw 

Dana Sabraw is the Chief United States District Judge for the Southern District of California. A Bay Area native born in San Rafael, Calif. he then moved to Carmichael and attended ARC. He later transferred to San Diego State University and obtained a bachelor’s in science, according to his Wikipedia page. 


      2. Justina Sharp  

Justina Sharp is a famous blogger and former editor of the Current at ARC. Sharp has 91,000 followers on Instagram and is verified on the platform. Sharp is a Sacramento native who attended ARC before eventually transferring to California State University, Fullerton. According to her Wikipedia page, she is a fashion influencer who has worked with various famous brands such as Ikea, American Eagle, and Smashbox through her blog “A Bent Piece Of Wire.”


      3. Guy Fieri 

Guy Fieri is a famous chef, restaurateur, writer, and host. Fieri is a well-known chef and TV personality known for his various TV shows on the Food Network, such as “Diners Drive-ins and Dives,” where he tries various special foods offered by well-known restaurants in certain cities. Fieri attended American River College and the College of the Redlands in his younger years and was a part of the culinary staff for both schools before attending the University of Reno, according to his Wikipedia page.


      4. Anthony Padilla 

Anthony Padilla is a YouTube star, digital star, and comedian who attended American River College for two years before dropping out to focus on his YouTube career full-time. He created the famous Youtube channel, Smosh, with then friend Ian Hecox. Later on, Padilla and Hecox had creative differences resulting in Padilla leaving the channel in 2017, according to Variety.com. Padilla and Hecox also attended American River College briefly before the success of their channel, according to Padilla’s Wikipedia page. 


      5. Mandisa Huntley

Mandisa Huntley is an American gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist. Huntley is a Sacramento native and attended American River College where she studied vocal jazz. Later on, she attended Fisk University in Tennessee where she got a bachelor of music degree with a concentration on vocal performance. Huntley was a contestant on “American Idol” in 2006 and placed in the contest’s top 10. She turned her on-stage appearance into a singing career in which she won a grammy for Best Contemporary Christian album in 2014, according to her Wikipedia page. 


      6. Anthony Swafford

Anthony Swafford is a writer and former U.S. Marine who attended ARC after his deployment. While attending American River College he published in and wrote in the American River Review, the college’s award-winning literary magazine. Later on, he received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Davis. Swafford is best known for his book “Jarhead,” which focuses on the perspective of a soldier during the Persian Gulf war, according to his Wikipedia page


      7. Larry Rippenkroegor

Larry Rippenkroegor is a stunt double in the film industry and was previously a jet-ski champion. Rippenkroegor attended ARC but shortly after attending he began to pursue a career in stunts and jet-ski riding. Rippenkroeger has done stunt work for actors such as Bruce Willis and others. His work also includes stunts for Marvel movies such as “Iron Man,” “The Avengers,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and “The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2,” according to his IMDB page. 


      8. Brian Posehn

Brian Posehn is a comedian, voice actor, musician, and writer. He is known for his roles as Jim Kuback on the TV show “Mission Hill,” and Brian Skukowski on Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program.” Posehn is a native of Sacramento who attended American River College before transferring to California State University at Sacramento, where he didn’t finish school, according to his Wikipedia page. 


      9. Adrian Lamo 

Adrian Lamo was a well-known hacker known for breaking into various companies’ computer networks, including those for the New York Times, Microsoft, and Yahoo!. Lamo first started hacking games on the Commodore 64 and then started hacking into websites to test their security. Lamo later attended ARC and wrote for the Current. He is also known for helping report former United States Army soldier Chelsie Manning to the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command for acts of Espionage and other things, according to his Wikipedia page. Lamo died March 14th, 2018 in Wichita, Kansas.


      10. Maryama Mirbagheri 

Maryama Mirbagheri is an Iranian-American singer, songwriter, composer, and music producer. She attended American River College where she studied jazz voice and composition. She then transferred to the California Institute of Arts where she obtained a bachelor’s degree and Master degrees in Fine arts in musical composition and Film music. Mirbagheri has also won the Jazz Downbeat award with the ARC Vocal Jazz ensemble. During her time at CalArts, she performed and studied with Pirayeh Pourafar, Ulrich Krieger, Joe LaBarbera, and Miroslav Tadić, according to her Wikipedia page.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correct a reporting error. Dana Sabraw is male, not female. The Current regrets the error.