Kephyan Sheppard

God’s Kitchen

By Kephyan Sheppard / August 19, 2018

God’s Kitchen Hunger hurts. It denies dignity and can impair ability to achieve. We seek to provide life-sustaining meals and other resources to those in need. We work with other nonprofits to improve their (the less fortunate) quality of life. We provide and supplement food to those in need. Our mission is based on extending…

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DHSHS Dancers

Our High School Dance Team … a League of Their Own!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Let’s SHINE Bright! Did you know that our Golden Eagle dance team recently made history? Led by instructor Phoenix Henderson, our dance team known as “the crew” placed second in the Medium Hip Hop category at the state championship!   Last month, dozens of organizations within our city collaborated to award our academically esteemed seniors…

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Commander Paiz of DHSPD

Commander Paiz of our DHSPD!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Just a quick celebration of our very own Commander Paiz! A law enforcement career that began here 17 years ago has evolved into an exemplary record of service. Commander not only patrols are communities, he is active within them. He and his beautiful family are truly an asset to our city. Congratulations again and thank…

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Eduardo Contreras Tennis Champ

The Valley’s #1 High School Tennis Player is…

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Eduardo Contreras Our Tennis Champ. A story of resiliency…one that shows the true heart of a champion. A reminder that when your mind is set, and you’ve prepared like no other, victory is attainable! The story of resiliency has been the reality for Eduardo Contreras. Eduardo recently represented Desert Hot Springs High during the league…

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Desert Hot Springs High School

The Future is Bright For our Golden Eagle Graduates!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Desert Hot Springs High School class of 2018! This street sign was installed in honor of our High School Valedictorian Esmeralda Salazar! Photographed here with family and city officials, her celebration was very well deserved. Achieving class valedictorian is no small feat…. especially when you lead the way with a 4.62 GPA! According to several…

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Kihon MMA in Desert Hot Springs CA

Kihon MMA: DHS Based, Nationally Known!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

With the ever increasing popularity worldwide of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), we are proud to showcase something HUGE in our own backyard! Led by our own Eddie Bates, Kihon MMA began nearly 19 years ago and has now been positioned as a national powerhouse! Few realize that here in this city, we have national cham0ps…

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DHS – Where Education Matters!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela With several elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and a high school, our city has plenty to offer education wise. We not only have two current Riverside teachers of the year (Painted Hills Middle School Director of Bands Dr. Brian…

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DHS Little League

Baseball Anyone?

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Today I had the honor of speaking with the Desert Hot Springs Little League baseball president Al Gonzalez! Mr. Gonzalez has been a board member for the last 15 years and became president just two years ago. It’s always a great thing to converse with someone who has a heart for the youth in our…

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OUR BUSINESS OWNERS CARE!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

This week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Floyd Barton and Kent Helser. Together, they own and operate the UPS store of Desert Hot Springs. However, their contribution to the city goes above and beyond printing and mailboxes. “We love DHS because when we purchased this store we were received with open arms; we…

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Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce- DHS!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Kimberly Krause, Account Executive at the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce. With four other sites throughout the valley (Indio, La Quinta, Coachella, and Cathedral City), she is a part of the group that will bring an office here to Desert to Hot Springs. “We want…

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More From Advancing Desert Hot Springs...

Veteran’s Day and Beyond!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | November 9, 2019

Principal Arseo Meet principal Arseo! She has been served as principal at Bella Vista since the school opened in January of 2014. (She previously served as the principal at Edward Wenzlaff for two years.) She has a passion for Bella Vista, one that is evident every time you see her walk through the halls and…

Diversity DHS!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | October 19, 2019

A while back, we presented Diversity DHS to some of you in an effort to highlight the many things they do to Advance DHS. This week I was able to catch up with Sam Messler, the groups co-founder and dicussed their growth and plans for the immediate future. Groups like Diversity DHS are part of…

Our Wonderful Historical Society

By Kephyan Sheppard | October 12, 2019

A Historical Society (sometimes referred to as a preservation society) is an organization that aims to preserve, collect, research, and interpret historical information or items related to (in this case) a city’s history. These society’s play an integral role in protecting and preserving records while interpreting and presenting things of the past to the general…

A 4 Time Emmy Award Winner Calls DHS Home!

By Kephyan Sheppard | September 21, 2019

Ask anyone in Hollywood and they will tell you that the Emmy Award is an award of prestige. An Emmy Award (Emmy), is an award that acknowledges excellence in the television industry. This award is coveted by many, and bestowed upon few. Now I know you may be asking the question, “What in the world…

Once Again, DHS High Leads the Way!

By Kephyan Sheppard | September 15, 2019

A few weeks ago, I sat down with Principal Cota of Desert Hot Springs High School. Not only did she impress me, but based off of the responses I have received, she has impressed many of you. We are extremely fortunate to have what I believe to be the most innovative principal here in the…

DHS STAND UP!

By Kephyan Sheppard | August 31, 2019

What a beautiful time to be in DHS!!! The summer season is coming to a close, our version of Friday Night Lights will kickoff soon as our Golden Eagle Football team will soon take the field, and of course our beautiful view hiking trails will be prime for enjoyment. This week I asked a simple…

DHS CARES!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | August 17, 2019

Homelessness numbers are in the rise throughout the state of California. It has been well documented that varying factors such as drug abuse and cost of living issues have and will continue to impact those without shelter. Many analysts have forecasted that the numbers will continue to rise, and although our numbers here in the…

Danny Holt, “I Chose DHS!”

By Kephyan Sheppard | July 27, 2019

I really appreciate hearing from you! The response last week from our opening, “I Chose DHS” segment was so great that this week I have another one! A while back (In January), I was able to speak with Danny Holt, the accomplished classical musician who launched a series of classical music concerts here in DHS…

Dr. Sandra Lyon:Superintendent of PSUSD

By Kephyan Sheppard | July 6, 2019

As noted in previous publications, we believe that some of the finest schools in the valley are right here in Desert Hot Springs. I have had the honor of interacting on a majority of our campuses and it’s amazing to see educators who not only love to teach, but love the communities they teach in.…

Principal Caroline Cota: Shining Bright in Our City!

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 15, 2019

“The many experiences you had in school and in your community have stretched your mind to its current dimensions, but it is only the beginning. Whether you continue with formal education or not, you are not done learning. So as you go out into the world, take chances, travel, read, be open to other people,…