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CIHS Weekly Update 3.8.19

Women swimming team

Mock Trial

On Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26, the CIHS Mock Trial competed at the Ventura County Courthouse against Newbury Park, Ventura, Westlake and Oxnard High Schools in this year’s mock trial on a false text-a-tip sent in to SWAT an innocent person. We ended our season going 2-2, but not without coming home with a great amount of awards. Anthony Farfan placed 2nd in the county for his skills as a pretrial prosecution attorney, Yajaira Arroyo placed 2nd in the county for her skills as a pretrial defense attorney. Julina Hwee placed 2nd in the county for her portrayal of the defendant. Alejandra Orozco placed 2nd as the courtroom artist. Jonathan Lopez placed 1st in the county as a restaurant owner and character witness. Alejandro Ocotecatl placed 1st as a bailiff. Last but not least, Ayako Plascencia placed 1st as the number one defense attorney in our county receiving the highest scores of all 98 competitors.  We couldn’t have done it without our great attorney Coaches Gay Zide and Susan Elston. Thank you all for your support and specifically all the alumni and CI Staff that went to the competition – Mr. Adams, Ms. Ramos, Mrs. Scott, Mr. Corona, Mr. Prum, Mr. Cardinez, Ms. Sanchez, Mr. Roque (Mock Trial Alum), and Mr. Bankert.


This past Saturday, 14 of our MESA students attended UCSB’s 20th Annual Science and Technology Day. Students took part in campus tours, workshops, and the MESA Prelim Competitions.

Students attended grade-level specific lectures on college readiness: A-G Completion, Financial Aid, Transferring as an Undergrad. Several CI alumni were there to greet our students and advisors; some even judged events and gave advice at the closing ceremony. Workshops attended included soldering, building a speaker, and Women in STEM.

In our competitive events, five students secured first place in their events and will move on to Regionals at UC Riverside in April. Jazel Pasion and Cayel Lubid built the balsawood bridge with the most load-to-weight ratio in the 9th/10th grade level. Alessandra Gotico, Jesus Ramos, and Jasmine Escobedo had the best pitch at the 9th/10th grade level for a new MESA Competition. Evelyn Bermudez and Lizbeth Lopez won second place in the 11th/12th grade level; this is the second year in a row this team wins in their level for the bridge. We wish them the best as they go to represent a long tradition of CI victories at Regionals. As a farewell, our Club Co-Presidents and long-time members, Cecilia Lopez and Lizbet Alvares, competed in the Ultimate Disc competition. While their cement disc was disqualified for being too heavy (uncalibrated scales in the school workshop), they were allowed to throw it and made a strong showing of their school.

Student Intervention Specialist

Attendance check-ins take place in front of the school each morning. Staff remain visible at the main entrance greeting students as they walk on campus. The purpose of the attendance check-ins are to 1) reduce tardies 2) reduce absences 3) keep the school safe by remaining visible to students and parents. 


Our swimmers started off the year by winning our own relay meet, the Raider Relays. This was a big jump from last year, where we finished fourth out of four teams, to this year, where we took first out of six teams! Scores at all four levels (JV girls, JV boys, Varsity girls, Varsity boys) were added together for the overall team scores. Our team won by making the extra effort to fill relays, even if it meant kids swimming strokes that weren’t their favorite, or talking one more guppy (our newbies) into swimming an event.

Highlights included first place finishes in:

Varsity girls 8×50 free relay (Brianna Vasquez, Karen Lucas, Jasmin Rivas Orozco, Arleth Rodriguez, Maria Diaz, Ceci Lopez, Leslie Cortes, Jessica Carballo)

Varsity girls 4×50 fly relay (Karen Lucas, Gabi Chavez, Leslie Cortes, Ceci Lopez)

Varsity boys 4×100 medley relay (David Rodela, Francisco Contreras, Ivan Romero, Adrian Garcia)

JV girls 4×50 medley relay (Sabrina Streeper, Abby Ong, Samantha Moran, Karla Ortiz)

JV boys 4×50 back relay (Andres Ordaz, Miguel Lopez, Benji Serrano, Deegan Villanueva)

JV boys 4×100 free relay (Benji Serrano, Narcisco Garcia, Miguel Lopez, Deegan Villanueva)

Final Scores:

  1. Channel Islands  208
  2. Santa Paula         194
  3. Fillmore               192
  4. Carpinteria          116
  5. St. Bonnie            113
  6. Hueneme             112
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