Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Congratulations to our Golden Warrior Winners of 2017!

The Golden Warrior award is the longest running tradition on campus, with outstanding seniors being honored and remembered on a perpetual plaque in the office since the school opened.
These outstanding Seniors were nominated by staff, community members and members of the Junior class.

Our first award is the Golden Warrior Scholar. This is the valedictorian of the class, the student with the highest cumulative GPA here at YV. This year, this student is remarkable in many ways - not only did he maintain a 4.32 GPA average during his time here, but he was involved in so many ways- He ran cross country, announced at football games, announced at basketball games, served as an intern in sports medicine, was a captain for the baseball team, sang in Madrigals and choir, played advanced guitar, served as CSF President and Interact VP, and is a featured sports columnist for the Concord Pioneer. He is heading off to UCLA next year- Jacob Samuels.


Our next award is Golden Warrior Citizenship. This is the warrior who gives freely and selflessly of their time, both to the community and the school. Our winner this year has a 4.09 cumulative GPA and has served as a leader on campus being involved in the Health Academy and HOSA. She has served more than 100 hours with our athletic teams as a sports medicine intern, and volunteers freely of her time with Interact, having assisted with planting a memorial tree, painting our school benches, organizing a toiletry drive for the homeless, a winter clothing drive, and blankets for buddies, for animals in the shelter. She was recently awarded the Innovation Scholarship, which will allow her to take classes this summer at Stanford before heading off to UC Irvine to study Neurology.  Dalhya Gomez


Next up, our Golden Warrior Leadership Award. This goes to the Warrior who has served as a leader in the classroom, the school and the community. The walk and talk the Warrior Way and give freely of their time to make their community a better place. This year, we have a tie.
Our first winner of the Leadership award is a leader on and off the field. He serves as leader on our football team, being awarded 1st team all league strong safety two years running. He serves as an Ed academy leader, and serves as an intern at Oak Grove Middle school. He volunteers on campus for sporting events, and serves as a campus ambassador, with his friendly and confident demeanor. He will be heading to Concordia University in Nebraska to study Religion and hopes to become a pastor. Darius McVay!


Our second winner has been in Leadership for 4 years. She has served as a class officer for two years and this year she is your ASB President. She is seen on campus after hours planning events and volunteering her time, and she wrote the application for the state outstanding leadership award and won the last two years. She volunteers at Target for the Arts, chaperoning kids to the theatre, and she teaches kids to ride and care for horses. She is in Dance 3 and the musical. She organizes and leads not only the ASB class but events on campus for us all to enjoy. Next year she plans to attend feather river college and study equine science. Hunter Caldwell



And now, our Overall Golden Warrior. This is the outstanding senior who exemplifies excellence in all three categories- academics, citizenship, and leadership. Our winner this year has a 4.18 GPA. She is a leader in every group she is a part of. She has been in ASB leadership for four years. Serves as a peer leader in Dance 3, Choir, and took the lead in this year’s musical. She helped start up our ladies golf team and has served as a captain for the last couple of years. She is our Link Crew Commissioner, and our Rally Commissioner, the secretary of Interact, and a correspondent for the Concord Transcript. She has volunteered her time with the Special Olympics, campus cleanups, Interact events including memorial tree planting and bench painting, as well as painting murals for our elementary school. In one month, she will head off to BYU with an early admission to get started with her nursing degree. LAUREN CURTIS!



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Golden Warrior Nominee- Gabriel Wence!

Gabriel Wence, Jr




Matriculated from: Oak Grove Middle School


Future Path Plans: Attend DVC

Favorite Subject: History, because I love learning about the past and how we used to live. 

Most Challenging Class this Year: Calculus



Career Goals: Civil Engineering


Something he has always wanted: A Ford Mustang

What he likes most about being a Warrior: The diversity and community feeling at YV 

Favorite Weekend Activity: Playing video games

Favorite Place to Eat: In N Out


Favorite Place to Vacation: Disneyland



One skill he could teach anyone: How to stay calm

If he could do high school all over again, the one thing he would change would be... I would join baseball and marching band my freshman year

Best tip for success to Underclassmen: Don't avoid something just because it's hard, accept the challenge because it's hard. 


Inspirational Figures in his Life: Elon Musk, he is like the real world Tony Stark- He's a billionaire, and has done things that people have said would not work and has proven them wrong. 

His Top 5 Contributions to the School and Community: 

  • Puente Program leader
  • Baseball player
  • Marching Band
  • Volunteer for Special Olympics
  • Volunteer for Junior Giants
What he feels makes a great leader: "Kind, smart, appreciative and respectful"   

An example of a great leader: My mother

Something that YVHS does really well: Accepts people for who they are and encourages them to do what they want to do.  

Two ideas to improve things here at YVHS: Students can always be more respectful and encourage others

Something he would like to improve about himself: Getting my work in on time

One Staff Member he will never forget: "Mr Pattison, because he has been with me since before high school and through some of my best moments in high school." 

Quote of the Moment: "If you can't make it good, at least make it look good." 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Golden Warrior Nominee- Darius McVay!

Darius McVay




Matriculated from: Oak Grove Middle School


Future Path Plans: Attend Wheaton University in Chicago to play football and study religion and African American Studies

Favorite Subject: English- it's easy!

Most Challenging Class this Year: Spanish 2

Something he has always wanted: A chain that says D-Money. And Athlete of the Year

What he likes most about being a Warrior: Getting to beat other schools who think we're the worst. 

Favorite Weekend Activity: Relaxing





One skill he could teach anyone: Press technique

If he could do high school all over again, the one thing he would change would be... Nothing. I regret nothing. 

Best tip for success to Underclassmen: Get involved and remember "it's just high school." Grades are the only thing that matters. 


His Top Contributions to the School and Community: 
  • Ed Academy Leadership
  • 2 time 1st team all league Strong Safety
  • Volunteer work for campus for sporting events
  • Intern for elementary school
What he feels makes a great leader: Integrity, selflesness, and being quick to take the initiative  

An example of a great leader: Mr. Palmer

Something that YVHS does really well: Supports and encourages their students 




Two ideas to improve things here at YVHS: more public events and advertising for sports to come watch  


Inspirational Figure: Chad Johnson (Ocho Cinco) because his lifestyle and attitude are just inspiring to me. Never seen a happier man that had the same dreams as I do.

One Staff Member he will never forget: Mr Lyon and Mr Palmer- they believed in me the most. 

Quote of the Moment: "The furthest from finished are the ones who make it closest to their dreams." 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Golden Warrior Nominee- Jonathan Negrete!

Jonathan (Jony) Negrete




Matriculated from: Oak Grove Middle School


Future Path Plans: Getting my bachelor's degree from Dominican University while playing college soccer

Favorite Subject: Sports Medicine- I love learning about the human body and how to treat injuries

Most Challenging Class this Year: Pre Calculus Honors




Something he has always wanted: To go to outer space and walk on the moon 

What he likes most about being a Warrior: Our diversity at the school and how we all get along  

Favorite Weekend Activity: soccer games

Favorite Place to Eat: China Wall buffet


Favorite Place to Vacation: El Rincon, Jalisco, Mexico



One skill he could teach anyone: How to kick a soccer ball

If he could do high school all over again, the one thing he would change would be... I would like to have learned to play an instrument like piano or guitar

Best tip for success to Underclassmen: Always be the hardest worker in the room. 


His Top 5 Contributions to the School and Community: 
  • Soccer Captain, NCS Champions 2016- first in school history
  • Cross Country captain
  • Health academy and HOSA
  • Sports Medicine Intern
  • Track athlete
What he feels makes a great leader: Leading by example while maintaining a positive attitude  

An example of a great leader: My mom, because she's a hard worker and always has a smile on her face

Something that YVHS does really well: Safety and recognition  





Two ideas to improve things here at YVHS: Have more school events to bring us all together and have campus clean up days for the whole community to participate in. 


One Staff Member he will never forget: Steve B, 'Pumas', because he's a cool guy and he is a big YV soccer supporter - he attends all of our soccer games. 

Quote of the Moment: "If plan A didn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. Keep trying!" ~Claire Cook

Monday, May 8, 2017

Golden Warrior Nominee- Dalhya Gomez!

Dalhya Gomez





Matriculated from: Oak Grove Middle School


Future Path Plans: Go to college!

Favorite Subject: Chemistry - it was really cool and interesting to realize how the chemicals found in life and all around us come together to make something 

Most Challenging Class this Year: AP Statistics



Career Goals: Neurology, if not science in general


Something she has always wanted: To see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) 

What she likes most about being a Warrior: Friendly competition  

Favorite Weekend Activity: watching movies with my sister

Favorite Place to Eat: Benihana's



Favorite Place to Vacation: Jalisco, Mexico



One skill she could teach anyone: how to be friendly

If she could do high school all over again, the one thing she would change would be... take the initiative and be less shy... much less

Best tip for success to Underclassmen: Don't fall behind in your classes

Inspirational Figures in her Life: Ghandi - even though he saw mistreatment and the pain of others, (and felt it too) he never gave up on humanity and always tried to understand them. He knew who he was and what he believed in. 

Her Top 5 Contributions to the School and Community: 

  • Helped plant a tree in the memory of Mr. Glaser
  • Helped repaint our school benches
  • Helped organize a toiletry drive for the homeless
  • Helped organize the winter clothing drive for the homeless
  • Helped organize a blankets for buddies, for animals in the shelter
What she feels makes a great leader: "Confidence, ability to empathize, positive outlook."   

An example of a great leader: Naasan Joaquin Garcia

Something that YVHS does really well: Makes people feel included, and lets you explore everything here- sports, clubs, academies.  




Two ideas to improve things here at YVHS: Instead of putting people down, why don't we try to support them? Ignore the differences. 


Something she would like to improve about herself: I want to become more confident and be more social

One Staff Member she will never forget: "Ms Nassrallah- She has always been very supportive and didn't mind the amount of time it took for her to help not just me but everyone in general as well. She always puts her heart in her work." 

Quote of the Moment: "Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it." ~Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, May 1, 2017

Golden Warrior Nominee- John Delizo!

John Delizo




Matriculated from: Oak Grove Middle School


Future Path Plans: Attend a 4 year University 

Favorite Subject: ROP Sports Medicine because it provides assistance to our athletes and it's an awesome experience in and out of the classroom. 

Most Challenging Class this Year: AP Statistics




Something he has always wanted: To visit my friends and family in the Philippines that I haven't seen since I was 9.  

What he likes most about being a Warrior: Creating strong relationships with everyone by taking advantage of opportunities offered like academies, sports, clubs, etc.   

Favorite Weekend Activity: Work at Noah's bagels

Favorite Place to Eat: Ozora Ramen



Favorite Place to Vacation: Philippines



One skill he could teach anyone: I can teach anyone how not to procrastinate and how to manage their time

If he could do high school all over again, the one thing he would change would be... I would try out for every sport or club that I was interested in during my freshman year. 

Best tip for success to Underclassmen: try things out and be open to opportunities

Inspirational Figures in his Life: My mom because she had to sacrifice not being with me to provide a better life for me. 

His Top 5 Contributions to the School and Community: 
  • Built a memorial tree
  • Painted our school benches and counter
  • Serve as a volunteer at John Muir Medical Center
  • Sports Medicine Intern with over 100 hours serving our athletes
  • President of our HOSA chapter
What he feels makes a great leader: I think the qualities of a great leader are communication, confidence, empathy and passion.  

An example of a great leader: Captain America embodies all of these qualities

Something that YVHS does really well: Building strong relationships between staff and students, using tools like the Breaking Down the Walls assembly. Another thing is making YV an enjoyable, clean and safe environment for everyone.  




Two ideas to improve things here at YVHS: Create a fun weekly dance-off in the quad every Friday and rallies that consist of students and teachers in the same skit or dance. 


Something he would like to improve about himself: Organization

One Staff Member he will never forget: Ms Carr, because she greatly impacted my high school experience by accepting me into the Health Academy

Quote of the Moment: "Nothing will work unless you do." ~John Wooden

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Golden Warrior Nominee- Lauren Curtis!

Lauren Curtis




Matriculated from: Sequoia Middle School


Future Path Plans: Go to BYU to study nursing

Favorite Subject: Sports Medicine or Physiology - I want to go into the nursing field so these classes have fulfilled my interest in the physical body

Most Challenging Class this Year: AP Calculus



Career Goals: Labor and Delivery Nurse


Something she has always wanted: a photographic memory

What she likes most about being a Warrior: The opportunity to participate in so many sports, clubs, and classes, and the family you create within those activities.   

Favorite Weekend Activity: Spending time with friends.

Favorite Place to Eat: Fenton's 



Favorite Place to Vacation: Disneyland



One skill she could teach anyone: Organization

If she could do high school all over again, the one thing she would change would be... I would've stepped outside of my comfort zone earlier on. 

Best tip for success to Underclassmen: Always, always, always do extra credit

Inspirational Figures in her Life: Walt Disney- he never gave up on his dream, no matter what trials or rejections he faced. 

Her Top 5 Contributions to the School and Community: 
  • Secretary of Interact Club
  • Head commissioner of Link Crew
  • Rally Commissioner, ASB
  • Concord Pioneer Newspaper Correspondent
  • Participate in multiple sports teams and performing arts groups
What she feels makes a great leader: "Someone who is willing to step up and do what they're asking others to do as well as go the extra mile to accomplish a task."     

An example of a great leader: Mr. Searfus

Something that YVHS does really well: Creating a family atmosphere and allowing anyone to participate in any activity on campus.  




Two ideas to improve things here at YVHS: Positive thinking and speaking and giving back to those who help you through out your life. 


Something she would like to improve about herself: Get in better shape and prepare for the Freshman 15

One Staff Member she will never forget: Mr. Hubbell - he always shares stories about his time serving in Africa and he never ceases to make us laugh. 

Quote of the Moment: "Throw kindness around like confetti." ~Anonymous