Thursday, March 23, 2017

Golden Warrior Nominee- Max Loth!

Max Loth




Matriculated from: Sequoia Middle School


Future Path Plans: To study Physics at Western Washington University

Favorite Subject: Physics- because it is at the fundamental level of everything that we do and interact with.

Most Challenging Class this Year: AP Calculus



Something he has always wanted: to be a firebender. Or a dinosaur. or both.  

What he likes most about being a Warrior: The community  

Favorite Weekend Activity: Longboarding

Favorite Place to Eat: Buttercup Pantry



Favorite Place to Vacation: With friends- anywhere. 



One skill he could teach anyone: How to become a memelord. 

If he could do high school all over again, the one thing he would change would be... Everything I am doing now, but I would have started earlier. 

Best tip for success to Underclassmen: Find something that you love doing and get good at it. 

Inspirational Figures in his Life: Mr Sacco because he gives good advice and has great life stories. 

His Top 5 Contributions to the School and Community: 
  • All American Drum Major
  • Eagle Scout
  • Varsity Swimming 4 years
  • Spring Musical 2 years
  • YVHS Interact
What he feels makes a great leader: A great leader is someone who can bring people together.   

Something that YVHS does really well: Diversity and giving opportunities to students 




Two ideas to improve things here at YVHS: We could stand to do better at advertising some of our clubs and sports, and we should do winter drumline. 


Something he would like to improve about himself: I want to continue to improve in music, and to keep playing in college. 

One Staff Member he will never forget: Mr. Zachary Lee Pattison, because he is a very relatable person and he has the best quotes. "I relish the tears of my students." "This is not a democracy!" and "I am the Senate." 

Quote of the Moment: "The world is but a canvas to our imagination." ~Henry David Thoreau

Friday, February 24, 2017

Golden Warrior Nominee- Hunter Caldwell

Hunter Caldwell




Matriculated from: Oak Grove Middle School


Future Path Plans: Move to Quincy, CA and attend Feather River College

Favorite Subject: Leadership and Science- science always come very easily to me and learning how the world works is fascinating

Most Challenging Class this Year: Math! It just sucks. Sorry Ms. Huie. 

Career Goals: "I want to graduate in four years with a bachelor's in Equine science and hopefully in 5 years I will be beginning to build a horse training business and opening a barn."  

Something she has always wanted: To move away  to college and be able to be successful on my own. 

What she likes most about being a Warrior: the family feeling of going to a school small enough that we are able to know so much of the student population 

Favorite Weekend Activity: hanging out with my boyfriend or my sister or working with my animals. 

Favorite Place to Eat: Wing Stop and Panera are my one true love (s) 



Favorite Place to Vacation: Hawaii! 



One skill she could teach anyone: How to lead/be a good leader. How to efficiently organize themselves or an event. 

If she could do high school all over again, the one thing she would change would be... I would try more things like dance 3 or the musical earlier in high school, or maybe even try out for soccer. 

Best tip for success to Underclassmen: Always try your best, don't worry about what other people say, and always do what makes you happy. 

Inspirational Figures in her Life: Ms. Stobing! I've been with her for all of high school and she's the one who saw the potential in me and molded me into the person I am today. 

Her Top 5 Contributions to the School and Community: 
  • Class President for Two Years
  • ASB president currently
  • Wrote the application for outstanding activity award and won for the last two years
  • Volunteered with Target, chaperoning kids to see theatre performances and exposing them to the arts. 
  • Horseback riding instructor for children for the last 5 years
What she feels makes a great leader: Humble, yet confident in their abilities, pride in their cause, loving, responsible, and caring.  

An example of a great leader: My best friends Natalie and Lauren both embody these qualities

Something that YVHS does really well: Loves its students and takes care to recognize everyone that deserves it. Plus our rallies are pretty bomb!  




Two ideas to improve things here at YVHS: More volunteer opportunities, having all of the different leaders from around campus collaborate more often. 


Something she would like to improve about herself: Not procrastinating so much and not being so lazy

One Staff Member she will never forget: I have two- Ms Stobing and Ms Cooper. Stobing always takes care of me and helps me and I can go to her for anything. Cooper always brightens my day with her humor and she has given me the confidence to try new things on campus such as Dance 3 and the Musical! 

Quote of the Moment: "The only thing worth doing is what we do for others." 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Golden Warrior Nominee- Jacob Samuels!

Jacob Samuels




Matriculated from: Oak Grove Middle School


Future Path Plans: 4 year University, to major in communications

Favorite Subject: Math, because it is used a lot in sports

Most Challenging Class this Year: AP Psychology



Career Goals: "I want to work for a major league baseball team or a sports broadcasting network." 


Something he has always wanted: To run fast

What he likes most about being a Warrior: unlimited opportunities  

Favorite Weekend Activity: watching sports

Favorite Place to Eat: Yokoso Sushi



Favorite Place to Vacation: New York



One skill he could teach anyone: How to hit a baseball

If he could do high school all over again, the one thing he would change would be... I would have gotten involved in school activities as an underclassmen

Best tip for success to Underclassmen: Participate in as many clubs and activities as you can. 

Inspirational Figures in his Life: Gary Cohen because he is a huge Mets fan (like me), went to Columbia (where I applied), and now he announces Mets games (my dream job) 
His Top 5 Contributions to the School and Community: 
  • Announcer for football and basketball games
  • CSF President and VP of Interact
  • Varsity baseball and cross country
  • Sports featured columnit for the Concord Pioneer
  • Volunteer for the Special Olympics
What he feels makes a great leader: Inspiring, hard working, intelligent, dynamic, a team player  

An example of a great leader: Derek Jeter

Something that YVHS does really well: Creates a family feeling, and excellence in the performing arts 




Two ideas to improve things here at YVHS: More attendance at sporting events, and less littering


Something he would like to improve about himself: I want to talk less in class

One Staff Member he will never forget: Mr Carter- he taught me how to play the guitar, he convinced me to join choir and mads, and I have known him since middle school

Quote of the Moment: "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination." ~Tommy Lasorda

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Golden Warrior Nominee- Ruby Mendoza!

Ruby Mendoza




Matriculated from: Oak Grove Middle School


Future Path Plans: 4 year University, then grad school

Favorite Subject: I like History, because you realize how many battles, challenges, and sacrifices alot of people have made to create today's society. 

Most Challenging Class this Year: English



Career Goals: "I want to graduate from college, have a stable job, and assist my parents with their expenses." 


Something she has always wanted: A guinea pig

What she likes most about being a Warrior: Being a part of a program and I like that we are a close community.  

Favorite Weekend Activity: Going out with my sisters to the mall or to specific events for their work.

Favorite Place to Eat: Best Burger or Panda Express



Favorite Place to Vacation: Mexico



One skill she could teach anyone: How to look at things from a different perspective

If she could do high school all over again, the one thing she would change would be... I would ask questions in subjects I struggled in, so I wouldn't have gotten a low grade. 

Best tip for success to Underclassmen: Don't leave everything to the last minute- you will regret it - and Freshman year DOES count! 

Inspirational Figures in her Life: My mother, because each day she gets up and doesn't let anyone or anything bring her family or herself down. 

Her Top 5 Contributions to the School and Community: 

  • Link Crew Leader
  • Volunteered at the White Pony Express
  • Volunteer at East Bay Animal Rescue
  • Volunteer with the After School Program
  • Volunteer and work with the Junior Giants Association
What she feels makes a great leader: "A great leader is someone who takes risks for others knowing that at the end it might not be what they expected and they are happy with it."    

An example of a great leader: Ms. Yu embodies these qualities of a great leader. 

Something that YVHS does really well: YV Teachers and staff work closely with and support students. We also have a tremendous spirit to prove others wrong.   




Two ideas to improve things here at YVHS: One idea would be that staff should link up with students to do proactive movements so we can all see a glimpse of what life truly is. Another idea is to start a student government with staff to improve on disciplinary consequences. 


Something she would like to improve about herself: I want to improve on my eating habits. 

One Staff Member she will never forget: Mr. Arroyo- for helping and encouraging me to apply to a 4 year University. I am happy that he's my counselor because I am grateful for everything he has done for me these past two years. 

Quote of the Moment: "Prefiero ser pobre haciendo algo que amo que ser rico haciendo algo que no me gusta." ~Yoandri Cabrera ("I would prefer to be poor doing something that I love than to be rich doing something that I hate." 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Golden Warrior NOMINEES 2017

Congratulations to
Our 2017 Golden Warrior Nominees! 
Highlights and Bios to come soon! 


John Delizo

Darius McVay

Dalhya Gomez

Hunter Caldwell

Lauren Curtis

Matthew Tortolani

Max Loth

Ruby Mendoza

Jonathan Negrete

Paige Oka

Jacob Samuels

Gabriel Wence

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Golden Warrior Selection 2017

The Golden Warrior award is the longest running tradition in student recognition at Ygnacio Valley. Golden Warriors of the past are all honored in the main office on a perpetual plaque, in four categories. 

Scholarship
In the past, this award was simply given to the top 10 students of the senior class, with no perpetual plaque or fanfare, based on cumulative GPA by the Winter semester of the senior year. This tradition felt redundant, as there is a separate award and medal given to the top ten GPA students already. Several years ago, the award process was changed, and the Golden Warrior scholarship now goes to the Valedictorian, the student with THE highest GPA in their class, or two students, as was the case for the class of 2014. A perpetual plaque was started as well, so that these students could be commemorated and honored for their achievements. 

Citizenship
The Golden Warrior Citizenship award goes to the senior who has demonstrated extraordinary good character on campus and off, gives freely of their time, and is known to all for their demeanor, good nature, and service heart. They participate in school events and activities and are ingrained in the campus community in one way or other, modeling the Warrior Way and showing the community at large what we hope all of our students to strive for. 

Leadership
The Golden Warrior Leadership award goes to the senior who rises to the occasion at school and off campus in the community, taking charge where necessary, and living and behaving in a way that others want to follow them. They take the initiative, they are involved in the YVHS campus, they are the ones that MAKE things happen instead of WATCH things happen. These Warriors are often seen throughout the year volunteering their time to a variety of campus happenings, and of course exemplify and model the Warrior Way. The Leadership award is for those students who are not only integrated in the campus community for their involvement, but are seen as natural leaders in their pursuits and among their peer groups. 

GOLDEN WARRIOR
This award goes to the senior who exemplifies all of the traits we honor in our Warriors, Scholarship, Citizenship, and Leadership. They are involved in the school community, and for the community at large they are proud to be a Warrior. They help others and serve as examples to underclassmen, they work hard for success academically, and they overcome adversity with grace and perseverance. 

Nomination Process
When the nomination window opens, teachers and staff at Ygnacio Valley are invited to nominate outstanding seniors for this award. The nomination form, on google forms, leaves space for the staffulty member to lobby for their candidate and explain why they have chosen them for that particular award. Several reminders go out, particularly to the staffulty leaders of clubs, academies, performing arts, and athletics where they might have a more in depth view of the senior as a community member and in leadership roles. 

Once the deadline has arrived and nominations are in, a committee of staff and members of the junior class gather to discuss candidates and look over senior class rosters to be sure that no one feels as though a student was overlooked. Nominees are listed with their involvement on campus and contributions throughout the campus and off campus community. All nominees are vetted to be sure they meet the minimal qualifications of being a student at Ygnacio for more than 2 years, being a senior on graduation track with credits, and having a minimum of a 2.0 GPA. 

A final list of nominees is then developed from this meeting and the online nomination process, with no minimum or maximum number of nominees possible. 

The nominees are all notified at school, and announced through the media outlets. Throughout the winter and spring, nominees are highlighted on campus, on the web, and in bulletins to allow the community to learn more about their contributions and the reasons they were recognized in the first place. They will be recognized at the Winter Rally as well. Each nominee will be asked to speak at the Golden Warrior Dinner, allowing the school community to see these outstanding students in action. 

In May, staff and faculty are invited to VOTE for the Golden Warrior awards, using the criteria above. The Golden Warrior Scholar is determined, and then a student is selected for Citizenship, Leadership and the Overall Golden Warrior is selected as well, and these student winners are then announced at Senior Awards Night, and honored again at Graduation. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

2016 Golden Warrior WINNERS

Golden Warrior Scholar
The seniors with the top cumulative GPA’s were honored all year as golden warrior candidates. Our top senior, the Valedictorian of the Class of 2016, is our Golden Warrior Scholar. With a cumulative GPA of 4.38, 
Alexandra Johnson.


Citizenship
The Golden Warrior Citizenship award goes to the senior who has demonstrated extraordinary good character on campus and off, gives freely of their time, and is known to all for their demeanor, good nature, and service heart. They participate in school events and activities and are ingrained in the campus community in one way or other, modeling the Warrior Way and showing the community at large what we hope all of our students to strive for. 

This year, our Golden Warrior Citizenship award goes to a senior who has been a leader in every program she is a part of. She conducts the pep band at football games, and has been our award winning drum major for two years. She is a link crew commissioner, part of interact, a volleyball captain, a leader in Madrigals, and took the lead role of Mary Poppins for the Spring musical. She has been involved on campus since her freshman year, and has excelled in academics, arts, music and athletics. She is the President of Renaissance Leadership and has contributed countless hours to making YVHS a better place. Next year, she will be headed off to BYU Utah to study Chemistry- 

Claire Rader.



Leadership
The Golden Warrior Leadership award goes to the senior who rises to the occasion at school and off campus in the community, taking charge where necessary, and living and behaving in a way that others want to follow them. The Leadership award is for those students who are not only integrated in the campus community for their involvement, but are seen as natural leaders in their pursuits and among their peer groups. 

This year, our Golden Warrior Leadership award goes to a senior who serves as a leader on and off the field, as your Senior Class Vice President and the captain of the football and baseball teams. He leads with integrity and he leads by example, and is dedicated, loyal to the YV community, and gives freely of his time. He has stepped up time after time in the face of adversity and is a guy who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way each day. Next year he is headed off to Cal Poly SLO to study Business- 

Cristian Ramirez  



GOLDEN WARRIOR
This award goes to the senior who exemplifies all of the traits we honor in our Warriors, Scholarship, Citizenship, and Leadership. They are involved in the school community, and for the community at large they are proud to be a Warrior. They help others and serve as examples to underclassmen, they work hard for success academically, and they overcome adversity with grace and perseverance. 


This year, our Golden Warrior is someone who has been serving the community and the campus since her freshman year. She is universally well-liked by her peers, teachers, and staff. She leads with grace, integrity and fairness, and she strives and excels in academics, athletics and character. She is the captain of the soccer and lacrosse teams, the President of HOSA, a sports medicine and John Muir volunteer intern, a youth leader for her church, and a truly golden Warrior. Next year she will be attending Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado to study public health. Our 2016 Golden Warrior- 

Sofia Campos