Kephyan Sheppard

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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World Gym has a location here!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

https://www.worldgym.com/deserthotsprings/home World Gym has over 215 ultimate fitness destinations across 20 countries and 6 continents. One of those fitness destinations is located right here in Desert Hot Springs on the corner of Palm Drive and Acoma. This week, we place the spotlight on owner Andrew Levine. Owner Andrew Levine (left) has been a mainstay in…

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More From Advancing Desert Hot Springs...

We are in this TOGETHER!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | March 19, 2020

Admittedly, this edition is a few days late. Several times I began typing and several times what I typed, I deleted. A week ago, our website received anonymous note asking if I would address COVID-19 and the outpouring of fear and concern that has swept throughout our city. With the increasing numbers of those affected…

DHS IS ADVANCING!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | February 28, 2020

Desert Hot Springs Celebrates Black History Month! As you drive into the city across gene Autry from the freeway, you will notice a distinct lighting pattern across the palm trees. Thanks to our city staff, our trees have been adorned with red, yellow, and green lighting to commemorate Black History Month. Black History Month is…

Watch Them Soar: DHS High

By Kephyan Sheppard | February 8, 2020

DHS High should be celebrated! Not only because it’s a great school, but because of the innovative approaches that Principal Cota and her staff employ daily. Over the course of the last year I have witnessed academic excellence, school pride, and exemplary professionalism from students and staff. However, I have now become aware of some…

DHS Celebrates Dr. King!

By Kephyan Sheppard | January 23, 2020

He stood for equality, he marched for peace, he died sharing the vision of a day that he knew he would never see in his lifetime…Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a true hero. This weekend as hundreds of thousands of people marched and celebrated his legacy worldwide, you were able to catch a glimpse…

The Ophelia Project

By Kephyan Sheppard | January 4, 2020

Imagine a program that aims to help young girls achieve all they can in life, one that meets them right where they are and is committed to ‘rescuing their potential’. That program does exist, it is called The Ophelia Project. After years of operating on campuses throughout the Valley, the program will officially launch through…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | November 25, 2019

Youth sports are a staple in every growing city. The notion that we must keep our youth busy year round is one that is well received nationwide. Here in DHS, our Junior All American Football and Cheer program has proven to be a successful model of consistency for our youth, but has also served as…

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…