Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Homecoming!! The sounds of fall, the early darkness, and the on-campus festivities- ever-present this year as any other! Warriors celebrated Homecoming week with their spirit days-

Monday was Dynamic Duo day- Warriors "twinned" with their BFF's or came as a pair!
Staff Twins Kelly Perkins and Kelly Cooper

Students Kayteeand Vivi

Staff Duo from the Health Academy Shannon Carr and Bethan Lamb

JV Cross Country Runners- Sofia Campos and Cambra Lutz- Sofia placed 4th at this DVAL meet! 

Tuesday was Mardi Gras day- YV was decked out in green, gold, and purple, channeling their inner cajuns, and beads were a'plenty around campus.

Wednesday was Breast Cancer Awareness day- bring out your pink and honor our fighting Warriors in our lives

Thursday was Aloha day, with the flower prints and tropical leis all around the Warrior Ohana, capping off the events with our annual Homecoming Rally!

The Rally was one to remember, opening with an outstanding performance by our Concert Choir, led by Mr. Geoff Carter, as the Warriors sang "Minoi Minoi" 

There were some fun rally games and a lot of school spirit

Dance 3 performed a Polynesian number choreographed by YV alum Aivi Alatini (Lamipeti) who donated her time and expertise to get the Warrior Dancers ready for the theme. See their performance here...

Dancers with Choreographer alum Aivi Lamipeti-Alatini- and Leila Fa Class of 2009 

Finally, all of the homecoming court nominees were honored, and the senior nominees performed their hilarious skits.

Friday night the Warrior Football team took on College Park for their homecoming game - While they fought a hard battle, the score ended with the Warriors losing a heartbreaker to the Falcons 26-54.

Also at the game, during half time- our 2014 Homecoming Queen and King were crowned- Priscilla Arredondo and Speedy Lopez! 
King Speedy and Queen Priscilla shown here with 2013 winners Nargis Safi and Patrick Valencia

Saturday night YV came back and danced beneath the gardenias for their tropical themed homecoming dance.

What a great week! Thank you to ASB and Corissa Stobing for planning and executing these great events for our YV community!

Coming up! 

Fall Concert and Volleyball Senior Night THIS THURSDAY

Warrior FB meets up at Mt Diablo to take on the Red Devils at 7pm Friday

Then Next Week YV hosts the District College Faire on Tuesday, the All District Choir Festival on Wednesday! Don't miss them! 

Monday, October 13, 2014


It's a great time in Warrior Territory as baseball goes to playoffs (with all California teams making it to post season - wahhhh??), Hockey season begins, Football is in full swing, and the weather... well, remains unchanging for now. Homecoming brings back the alums, and everyone gets excited for the first dance of the year!

But what's been happening?

"GOOD MORNING WARRIORS!" That's right, you have now starting hearing two smooth young voices every Monday, bringing you the latest in Warrior news over the intercom- those two bright stars are Seniors Josiah Cisler and Michael Mendoza! They are now reading the announcements every Monday and keepin us all informed. Both young men are on our cheer team (Michael is Captain), both are active in our ASB Leadership class, and both are simply put, awesome.

Sports Med Gives Back
Last week after a particularly messy day at YVHS, and before three games that the Warriors would be hosting that evening, the sports medicine class decided enough was enough and took to the quad.. and the basketball courts, and the front of the school, the lawn... A quick trash cleanup did the trick- and here's hoping for a more long term solution, as the trash is getting a bit out of hand. Ideas?

Varsity Volleyball gives CHS a run
The Girls Volleyball team was not going to just roll over for the Minutemen as they probably expected- the Warriors took the team to 4 games, keeping them close, and keeping up a great fight in their game against Concord High last week. Look for the Warriors to take on College Park at CP this Tuesday, before hosting the Mt Diablo Red Devils on Thursday. 

Health Academy visits Contra Costa Fire
The Health Academy sophomores went on their first field trip on Thursday. It was their first experience representing the Health Academy in their suits, the looked great!
Half of the class went to the Contra Costa Fire Station and met with the firefighters on duty. They learned about the many career paths available to firefighters and the training and education needed. They were given a tour of the medical equipment used at medical and fire emergencies. Over 90% of calls firefighters respond to are medical! The students were able to try on the gear and explore the technology available to fight fires. The firefighters were so welcoming and helpful. The other half of the class will attend on December. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The Warriors have gone pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Did you know 1 in 8 women in their lifetime will develop breast cancer? And that ratio is getting higher. Warriors band together to remember those who have fought and honor those who are fighting now. We have several survivors on campus, including Ms. Sharon Thompson, who just passed her 10 year cancer free mark this month! Congrats Mrs. Thompson! 

The Football and Cheer Teams have gone pink for their games, while the ASB Leadership class sold Warriors Fight for the Cure shirts for the student body, and the Renaissance Leadership class is hosting a ribbon signing to post up on campus. 

Together we can make a difference! 

ASB Leadership heads to the Area A Conference
The ASB Leadership class went out to YOLO county this past week to collaborate with other leadership classes in the Area, hear from some motivational speakers, and get some ideas for the year. Inspiration is the spark for a great year in Student Activities, and our class has been a leading class in the state for excellence for the past 5 years! Go Warriors! 

Guitar Concert for the Fall
The Intro and Advanced Guitar classes held their first Fall Concert this past week in the Multi Use room, playing songs together and as individual groups for a rapt audience. Led by Mr. Geoff Carter, the class learned what stage fright was and overcame it as they played their tunes for the crowds. Look for this talented group at the upcoming Carols by Candlelight show with choir and dance in December! 

Cross Country to Newhall Park
Our Cross country team made a great showing last week at Newhall Park vs College Park and Concord High School, with our own 11th grader Jorge Bernabe Velzaquez coming in 3rd place in the race. 

Go Warriors! 

and the Band Marches On
The Golden Warrior Marching band took to the streets of San Francisco for the Annual Italian Heritage Parade yesterday in honor of Christopher Columbus day. Another great performance for the Warriors, be looking for the band at Homecoming this week! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Building a community

Senior Picnic
On Tuesday Sept 16th, Seniors embarked on their annual trip together, the senior picnic- at Little Hills in San Ramon. They were treated to amazing weather, an outstanding student turnout, lots of activities, and a lot of fun. The Senior class proved to be one of the best in recent history, getting compliments from park staff on their congeniality and manners. They enjoyed basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, tug of war, water balloon tosses, rock climbing, swimming, and even some organized cannon-balling! 
See video here-

Good time had by all and big thanks to the ASB Senior Class officers led by Ms. Corissa Stobing for organizing such a great event! 

Breaking Down the Walls
The week of Sept 22-25 marked a first for the Warriors, through the funding of the Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies Grant, when the Warriors participated in Breaking Down the Walls, a program designed to foster community and prevent bullying and strife. 

The event began Monday with guest speaker Tyler Durman, from southern California, who spoke about needing each other and how it is "hard to hate someone whose story you know." The students were completely engaged in the talk and Mr. Durman was very well received that day. 

The rest of the week included smaller group workshops with about 150 students each day participating, and 3-5 staff as well. Participants were guided through various activities to get to know one another and to let down their guard, and the day culminated with some true and difficult confessions, the result being as promised, a greater community feel, and participants learning that they are in no way alone with whatever they might be dealing with at school, home, work or in life. Students have described the day as one of the best days of their time here, and some subtle changes were seen on campus in the time after, with people greeting each other, even hugging each other, who had never really crossed paths before. 

Warriors #winning
Both the Volleyball teams and the Varsity Football team scored victories this week, with VB defeating Mt Diablo, and Varsity FB taking down De Anza High School. Our Marching Band, led by Drum Major Claire Rader, also took home a victory, earning a solid 2nd place for both the Marching Band and Color Guard. It should be noted that after a long 12 year absence, this is the 2nd year that the Marching Band has been back at our home football games, pepping up the crowd and bringing the atmosphere to a new level, and it has been an incredible and welcome re-addition. Thank you to our outstanding band director Zach Pattison for bringing back the tradition! 

See Marching Band HERE-

See Drumline HERE-

The stadium got a great upgrade as well, through a generous donor, with brand new 100 foot banners all around including "Welcome to Warrior Country", "Ygnacio Valley High School" and "Welcome to the Jungle" 
Congrats and thank you to our Athletic Director Mark Tran for raising the playing field literally with the new look! 

After an 8 year dry spell, the Varsity Cheerleaders competed for the first time in a USA Cheer competition this weekend in Santa Cruz. The Warriors looked sharp in their performance, hitting stunts and keeping the choreography tight. They took 4th place in their division, and won a bid to Nationals! We look forward to a new competitive era for cheer, and congratulations to coach Ashley Alvarez, serving in her 3rd year for the Warriors! 

Warriors Remember
Last week the YV Community came together to withstand the pain of tragedy, as it was learned that YV Grad Ignacio 'Junior' Avila ("Nacho") passed away from injuries sustained the week before in a confrontation. Junior was a football player for the Warriors (#78) and a wrestler, and was training for the Marine Corps. He is remembered as a sweet, giving and loyal individual with friends who call him "family" and a heart of gold. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him and by the YV community. Coach Puentes, the coaching and athletic training staff,  and the Varsity Football team honored Junior with decals for their helmets and equipment that read "JR 78" that they will wear the rest of the season in honor of our fallen Warrior. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends in this sad time. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Welcome Back Week

Sept 8-12
This was the first full week of school and classes, and Warriors spent the week showing their Warrior Pride with spirit days, music lunchtimes, and getting ready for Friday's ASB Welcome Back Rally. 


Welcome Back Rally
With the theme of 'Game Shows', the ASB class took the rally and made a great event for the Warriors to get excited about the year with. Highlights included a minute to win it game between Freshmen and Sophomores, where our 9th grader showed us how to quickly and efficiently unroll toilet paper, easily taking the victory from the Sophomores. The Seniors and Juniors competed in a So You Think You Can Dance competition, where they had to test their knowledge on how to do the Dougie, the Wobble, the Bernie, and more... 

Dance 3 closed the rally with their performance inspired by Dancing with the Stars, doing the Jive and the Samba. 

First Cross Country Meet for the Warriors
 The Warriors converged on Newhall Park to compete in their first meet this season, coached by Elizabeth Frazier. The number one runner for the Warriors was sophomore Jacob Samuels, seen below in the middle with teammates Sophomore Grant Kamita and Senior Andrew Hayes. Congratulations Warriors on a strong finish! 

The Golden Warrior marching band competed at the Walnut Festival this weekend, and  the Warriors TOOK THE TITLE!! Led by Zach Pattison, in his Second Year as a Warrior, the Marching band AND the Color Guard both took home the Championship Nut- See their celebration HERE- Congratulations Warriors!!
Golden Warrior Marching Band at the Walnut Festival
Class of 1974 Meets for their 40th Reunion! 


Friday Night Lights

Week 2 down, not that we are counting! It's been a great week of celebration- let's recap!

Former YV Vice Principal, Rianne Pfaltzgraff, as new Principal of Concord High School, accepted an ice bucket challenge in front of her student body, fully suited, and then told our own VP, Mr. Efa Huckaby, to accept the challenge as well. For the cause of donating money and raising awareness for ALS, (Lou Gehrig's disease), Mr. Huckaby likewise went out in his shirt and tie in front of the Warriors and accepted the challenge without flinching. Check out the video HERE! Way to go, Mr. Huckaby!

Huckaby a little cooler after Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness

The football team has a strong frosh line and is back in business! They played their first game against Livermore. They took pretty good hits and unfortunately did not win this one, but they will be back for more this Thursday against Madison Park Academy! Come out and support the team!

You know who else is out there and ready? The Sports Medicine Team! Comprised of 40 senior health academy students, this group is getting trained in caring for athletic injuries and the prevention of further injury. 

Led by Head Trainer, Kelly Cooper, the Sports Med Team is ready to work!

The Link Crew with the collaboration of Allyn Monzon and the CARES After School Program threw a successful first freshman event, our annual tailgate party! All freshmen were treated to hot dogs, snacks and water, and then encouraged to go watch our first JV and Varsity games of the season! Thanks for a great event Warriors!!

Friday Sept 5th 2014
Marked a great day in Warrior Football history, as the Warriors took on the Bears from Mission San Francisco, in the first football game under the permanent stadium lights. The Warriors took the opportunity to show their appreciation for staff on campus by asking a staff member to wear their jersey all day, and walk them out on the field that evening. The Alumni and Athletic Boosters hosted an alumni reception and a field dedication party, as the stadium was renamed the Coach Richard Ryan Stadium, after the first YV football coach, Dick Ryan, who was present at the ceremony. Coach Puentes led the team to their first victory of the season, 18-14, and the Warriors enjoyed the alumni visits and support from all years of YV history. It was a night for the books! 

Senior Sunrise
This year marked the second annual senior sunrise, hosted by the ASB Senior Class Officers, where seniors came to school extra early to enjoy time together, have some breakfast, and mark the opening of their senior year. The senior year will close in June with the Senior Sunset... and a lot of fun in between! 
 First Annual Family Day for Education Academy
Saturday Sept 6th marked the first annual family fun day with the Education Academy, led by Thatcher Palmer. The Academy invited families to come out and play and barbecue together, and the event was a great succcess in starting the year off right. 


Monday, September 1, 2014

It's a New Year Warriors!

Warrior Good News
Week 1
August 25

Aaaaaaaaand we're off!! Warriors are back and ready for a brand new year- Students came onto campus Monday with bright eyes and new goals, and were greeted with a new first day of school, revamped and designed by a committee of teachers and administrators with the goal of starting the year off right, getting the students welcomed and acquainted, and creating a culture of community on campus from day 1! 
The freshmen were brought into the gym for the traditional Link Crew orientation, beginning with the entire class and the link crew leaders with some ice breakers and first day of school inspiration, and then they broke off into smaller groups of 10-12 with two upperclassmen link crew leaders each with them, and the groups worked further into teambuilding and getting to know each other, creating a small community of welcome and comfort. They ended their journey back in the gym with further inspiration about how to make the most of your year (INVEST in each day Warriors!) and then joined the rest of the school for an extended lunch period. 

Class of 2018 ready to go!!

Link Crew Leaders doing their own team building

Link Crew Leaders After their Hard Work!

The rest of the Warriors were brought into classrooms for workshops given by teachers about RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY and COMMUNITY. They were then given a huge treat with a guest motivational speaker, Laymon Hicks, all the way from Florida, who gave the message that if they want something, they need to get up and go get it, not letting distractions take them away from what's important to them. While the day was definitely a break from tradition, the Warrior Team is hoping that this new tradition will be a step in a great direction on campus. 

New Year- New Flooring! 
The old weight room behind the gym has been re-floored, and after 50 years of having a successful and productive dance program, we are finally going to have a beautiful Dance Studio! The room should be ready by the second semester, with painting, sound, mirrors and ballet barres still needed to complete it, but the room is going to be an amazing addition to an already thriving performing arts program! Ms. Cooper, the dance director, couldn't be more excited about the space, and what it means for the program in terms of growth and commitment. Go WARRIORS! 

This Friday will mark the first Football game under the new lights, as the Warrior football team takes on Mission San Francisco! The stadium will be getting dedicated to Coach Dick Ryan approximately 7pm, who was the first Football Coach for the Warriors back in 1962. Come out and celebrate this landmark event! Kickoff is at 7:00. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Don't call it goodbye...

The end of the year activities have kept us hopping! It's unbelievable that tomorrow we say 'good luck' to our class of 2014. Lets catch up on the last two weeks in Warrior Territory.

May 21- Dr Victor Rios
Dr. Rios, a renowned motivational speaker whose own story is inspiring, came and gave two assemblies for our warriors, and then one for the staff. His message was one of listening to your heart and never letting your fate be determined by where you start in life. It was a beautiful and inspiring gift for the students to hear him speak. 

May 23- Dance Show
The Annual Dance 3 show was a great hit and a lot of fun for the dancers to showcase their own choreography on stage. Their pieces ranged from Broadway to lyrical, jazz to hip hop, and the dancers shined as they displayed their creativity they've cultivated throughout the year. 

May 27- Performing Arts Awards night
YV's own version of the Tony Awards was a third annual success! Each discipline performed some of their works from the year, and students were honor for their years in the advanced programs, for their dedication, and for excellence. The perpetual awards will go into banners that are hung in the multi use room- Singers of the Year Nicolas Hutchins and Danielle Tortolani, Musician of the Year Andrew Buscemi, Dancer o the Year Audrey Boer and Amec Lujan, and Performer of the Year Danielle Tortolani and Mckenna Duncan. 

May 28- Spring One Act plays
The drama club pulled together two outstanding one act plays for spring performances, and raised money for the program next year. The club has been very successful this year and looks forward to continued work and meeting new goals next year. 

June 3- Senior Awards night
Seniors and their families were invited to celebrate their successes and honors with awards and scholarships at senior awards night. Scholarships were awarded to many students from the Rossmoor Foundation, the Rotary Club, the class of 1976, the PTSA, John Muir Health, the Timothy Washington Memorial Foundation, and the Better World Scholarship. Our outstanding seniors were honored with the Top Ten being given medals, and some seniors who go above and beyond and maintain their GPA were given the Presidential Certificate of Achievement with a letter from President Obama. It was a wonderful night and our seniors make us proud! 

June 6- Goodbye Rally
The ASB leadership class treated the entire school with a wonderful Moving Up and Goodbye Rally, with skits, performances and the Golden Warrior and Athlete of the Year awards. Golden Warrior Scholars were Daipeng Yang and Shannon Kitchell, (GPA's of 4.33) Citizenship went to Hannah Curtis, Leadership to Aaliyah Minor, and the Golden Warrior is Stephanie Martinez. 

And then later... Senior Sunset
That evening ASB coordinated our first ever senior sunset and more than 200 seniors arrived to watch it together as the sun set on their high school careers. Next up- graduation! 
Alumni Events 
Our alum have been busy too! Just this weekend marked th graduation and life events of so many- here are just a few! 

Earlier this year we highlighted musician alum Adam Schuman- he just got married! Congratulations Adam! 
Along with Haley Rader
Greg Hanks
And Emerson Croxton
And congratulations to some college graduates, including 
UCLA grad Steven Lam
CSU Stanislaus Katie Mitchell

UC Davis William Quach (in less than 4 years!)

And UC Santa Cruz - now licensed to practice dentistry, Dr Melanie Reyes Gaglioti!