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CIHS Weekly Update 3.6.20

Students posing in front of fountain

Open House

Open House at the Islands was terrific, our families enjoyed the showcases, talking to staff, food, and entertainment. CI is truly a community coming together for our students and each other. Great Job everyone!!

Huge thanks to our Open House committee, ASB and all who made this event a success.

Special Olympics

Successful Basketball games of the Season for our Special Olympics Basketball Team! Thank you to everyone who came out to support our students we couldn’t do it without you! Kudos to coach Kevin Henry and his team for some great games!


This past Saturday, 23 of our MESA students attended UCSB’s 21st 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 Nicole Mendoza built the balsawood bridge with the most load-to-weight ratio in the 11th/12th grade level.
  • Alessandra Gotico, Jesus Ramos, and Jasmine Escobedo (“the Golden Trio”) had the best pitch at the 11th/12th grade level for the MESA Think Tank competition, where they pitched a new MESA competition; this is their second year in a row achieving first place at the Prelim level.

We wish them the best as they go to represent a long tradition of CI victories at Regionals.

Nikki Sincero and Melocris Sabilla’s bridge earned them the second place spot in the Balsawood Bridge. Kimberly Vasquez and Maritsa Hernandez medaled third.

Natalie Leon and her partner Matthew Albavera competed in the MESA Think Tank and earned second place for their presentation.

Our Seniors, Evelyn Bermudez, Marcus Lagman, and Lizbeth Lopez won third place in the Math Escape Challenge. Their math teachers would be proud of their speed and problem-solving skills. This is a fitting farewell as Evelyn and Liz are our Club Co-Presidents and have medaled every year.

USA Spirit National Champions

We would like to congratulate our Short Flags and Song Pom squads for their wins at USA Spirit Nationals this year. Song Pom has won their first national title in the Large Varsity Song/Pom Novice division and Short Flags has again won in both the 1-Flag and 2-Flag divisions. 

With our Song Pom only in their second year of existence, it is amazing to see how far they have come in such a short period of time, in a style of dance that is far from the hip hop movement they are used to. The majority of schools’ Song/Pom teams are primarily female, so to compete with a coed team is very unique to our school and the energy in the Anaheim Convention Center was electric when they performed. 

The Nationals stage is nothing new for our Short Flags though, with their legacy preceding themselves. These are the 6th and 7th USA National titles for our senior captain, Arella Apiado and our senior co-captain, Michelle Segura. Junior treasurer, Kathleen Doctolero, will go into her senior year with a chance to win USA Nationals titles for a record 7th and 8th time, which would be the first in our history. 

All our other squads will have their chance to win a USA Nationals title next month, March 20 & 21, at the USA Dance Nationals event, again held in the Anaheim Convention Center. 

Thank you for all your support in our squads and if you ever have a free Saturday, competition season is January-March every year. The kids enjoy seeing their teachers at competition, supporting them! Shout out to Ms. Plascencia, who consistently comes out to at least 1 or 2 competitions a season and see our kids in action!

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