Students of the MONTH

Monday, October 27, 2014

Getting Darker these Days...

As fall darkens the skies, the Warriors march on- here is what happened last week- 

The Band Takes on Santa Cruz
The Golden Warriors marched on Santa Cruz for the annual Band Review, where the Color Guard took the honors this time around in 3rd place. Excellent work, Warriors! 

ASB Cleans the Campus
In an impromptu service project, the ASB team while cleaning up from the homecoming dance, found the campus to be riddled with trash- best way to make change is to start within, so the class decided to run a quick campus cleanup. Great job Warriors, and thank you! 

Ed Academy Bonding
The Education Academy took a day on Wednesday to work on their cohesiveness and tolerance between grade levels as they went to the field for the day and did team building with a barbecue. They enjoyed field games, food, and then got a little deeper as the day went on, getting to know each other on another level. Kudos to Ed Teachers Thatcher Palmer, Leslie Addiego, Nicole Kipnis, and Jim Lyon for bringing the kids together and running this great event! 

"Lights Out" for the After School Program
The After School Program, led by Allyn Monzon, led their second annual "lights out" event, this time hosted by Sun Terrace Elementary School. There, programs throughout the district were able to highlight what they had to offer, coming just weeks after California was awarded with the Best After School Programs in the country. This valuable program continues to serve our students with Breakdance Club, Cheer, After School tutoring, Homework Center, Madrigals, Warrior Chef, and more. 

Senior Night for Volleyball
The Lady Warrior Volleyball team played their last regular home game this Thursday against Northgate High School. Seniors Kia Howell, Kyedda Gabuat, Maddie King, and Ariana Whitmarsh were honored, and the Warriors fought the Broncos valiantly, ultimately falling to them in three sets. The Ladies will end their season on the road this Tuesday against Concord High School. 

Fall Concert
The Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble and Choirs brought music to the MU Thursday with their annual fall concert. Audiences were treated to some delightful sounds, and Mr. Carter even sat in with the jazz band to play keyboards on a number. All thanks go to Mr. Pattison for the instrumental music excellence, and Mr. Carter with the choir- great job! 

JV Football with a Resounding WIN
Friday, Jv and Varsity Football met up at Mt Diablo High School to face off against the Red Devils. The JV team dominated their game and beat the Devils easily. The Varsity team fought and were up at half, only to work hard in a nail biter down to the last 10 seconds, losing by a narrow margin of 34-31. 

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!