2 National Champion Titles in 1 Weekend for our CIHS Short Flags
Our very own Channel Islands Short Flags have just come back from an EPIC weekend in Anaheim, California.
They have won two National Champion titles, one for their 2-Flag routine and the other in their 1-Flag routine. And this year is another 3-PEAT to add to our team’s history, as we have won in the 2-Flag division consecutively in 2016, 2017 & 2018!!
We were also featured via video montage on the Varsity Spirit Twitter, which is followed by 84.7k followers, and is the parent company of the majority of companies that hold all the National events around the country. I included a link to that below. Short Flags (also known as Pep Flags) is predominantly competitive only within California, so many other teams are amazed when they first see us perform (or even practice).
For juniors, Captain Kayla Baladad and Jennaci Feria, this is their 5th National Title!!! They won both their freshman year, 2-Flag last year and both titles again this year. If they stay on the team for their senior year, they are set up to be the most decorated Short Flag members in all of our history. The most titles any one member has earned on the team is 5.
Our returning old members, sophomores Michelle Segura, Vanessa Martinez and co-captain Arella Apiado now have 3 titles!
And the lucky three new members, senior Matthew Baumgartner, junior Adela Juarez and freshman Kathleen Doctolero, are now newly crowned 2-time National Champions!
These members have been working hard since Summer of 2017 and all their hard work has paid off. If you have any of these amazing students in your class, please feel free to congratulate them!
Great job to Coach Mark Raquedan for your leadership and the team’s long hours and dedication !
Isle File visits Los Angeles Times
The Isle File and several members of the Yearbook staff took a visit to the Los Angeles Times on Friday, Feb. 23. The first stop was at the Times’ Olympic printing facility, where the students got to see towers of newsprint and the four-story press in action. After a short bus trip, the tour continued at the Times’ downtown editorial offices at the corner of historic First and Spring streets. Students learned about the history of the newspaper, in circulation since 1881, and heard stories about many of the Times’ 42 Pulitzer Prizes. Mr. John Grennan, journalism adviser, and Ms. Kimberly Tahsuda, teacher-librarian, accompanied the students. Fun fact: Mr. Grennan and Ms. Tahsuda were both journalism majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and wrote for The Mustang Daily, although some years apart.
Girls & Boys State Programs are nationally recognized summer camps which have been in place for 85+ years, brought to us by The American Legion (ALA). Students learn about the inner-workings, structure & responsibilities of state & local government, as well as about themselves. The program is essentially free because the ALA raises about $400 for each student to attend. Approximately, 500 girls & 1,000 boys are chosen from all over California to attend. All nominations & participants are amazing, out-going & communicative. Alternates may attend the summer program, in the event openings become available. All candidates are nominated by our faculty & staff, the top 5 participate in a group interview & can list this opportunity on college applications.
Girls State will be held at Claremont College:
- Desirae Barragan, as she was chosen to be our CIHS Delegate & will represent us this summer.
- Jacqueline Cosio was chosen as the 1st alternate.
- Angelina Leanos is our 2nd alternate.
Boys State will be held at Sacramento State University:
- Jonathan Carranza was chosen as our CIHS Boys State Delegate & will represent us this summer.
- Miguel Marquez was chosen as the alternate delegate.
Students in Ms. Melnick and Ms. Gonzan’s 9R4 class created an ode poem on Valentine’s Day. Students chose their topics and got to decorate their heart. They wrote to their pets, favorite foods, and of course, their phones.
2018 Seymour Award South Central Region Finalist
Congratulations! Roselyn Romero has been selected as a South Central Region finalist for the CSF 2018 Seymour Memorial Award.
Ten nominees from South Central Region have been selected as finalists. Each of these finalists will be awarded $2,000.
At the South Central Region conference, Roselyn will be interviewed to select the recipient for the region. Each region’s recipient will receive an additional $3,000.
County 1st place in Poetry out Loud
Representing CI at the Ventura County Poetry Out Loud contest on Tuesday February 27, junior Angelina Leanos took 1st Place against many prolific opponents! She memorized and recited two poems, “The Albatross” by Kate Bass and “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou. She is the first CI student to win the county contest, and she will represent CI at the State Competition later this month!