Youth

Our Homecoming King!

By Kephyan Sheppard / September 29, 2019

Four years ago a young man beaming with intelligence stepped foot on the grounds of Desert Hot Springs High. After becoming a local celebrity for winning the Riverside County Middle School Spelling Bee, Tre Terry set his sights on greater things. To have watched him mature from the shy and unassuming freshman he was 4…

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Saigo Iñiguez is Not Your Average 14 Year Old!

By Kephyan Sheppard / August 10, 2019

Good morning readers! This week I have quite the story for you! A story about a young man who chose DHS High after researching every high school n the west valley. This young man/s name is Saigo Iniguez. This week I was able to catch up with he and his mother Mika and let’s just say…

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The City of Champions! #dhsstandUP!

By Kephyan Sheppard / August 3, 2019

Many may not realize but with an estimated 449 million followers worldwide, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is often referred to as the world’s fastest growing sport. Founded in 2012 ,the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and the World MMA Association (WMMAA) merged together to  bring a governing body to the sport and quickly formed into one of…

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Hope Scott and the SPH Creative Arts Club!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 13, 2019

Our youth are not only our future, but they’re our present. Here in DHS we encourage, promote, and celebrate those who champion causes to encourage and pour into our kids. Hope Scott is one of the leaders of the SPH Creative Arts Club. This program is one of a few that go above and beyond…

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Desert Hot Springs Stands Tall!

By Kephyan Sheppard / June 22, 2019

(Pictured above: a few familiar faces from DHS seated with my wife and I) Recently here in the Coachella Valley, BRAAF (Building Resilience in African American Families) hosted their annual Juneteenth Celebration. This event is the annual celebratory of the culmination of their Afrocentric Youth & Family Rites of Passage Program (ROP), a program that…

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Cabot Yerxa Elementary!!!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / May 4, 2019

Meet Amber Gascoigne, Principal Rotary Big Hearts Principal of the Year “I love DHS because we are a community working hard to do better for our youth. I’d always “heard” about DHS and was terrified when I came to work up here. The truth is the families and community members are some of the kindest…

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ROTARY PART 2: RYLA

By Kephyan Sheppard / March 23, 2019

Here we are again with the second look at our local Rotary Club! As noticed last week, “Service above self” is not merely a slogan, but it’s become a lifestyle with this club. After looking at the elementary school EarlyAct club last week, this week we will discuss their high school effort: InterAct. Interact clubs…

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DHS Rotary… EarlyAct!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / March 16, 2019

DHS ROTARY-ADVANCES DHS! Part 1 Many may not realize that Rotary is a world leader in humanitarian service. They are comprised of a diverse global network of community, business, and professional leaders who have accepted the call to address “relevant social causes, change lives, and build goodwill and peace at home and abroad.” With over…

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A School of Excellence!

By Kephyan Sheppard / February 23, 2019

Desert Hot Springs High School Welcome to Excellence        One of the many highlights in DHS just happens to be our high school. From our blossoming athletics department, to our award winning marching band, wonderful educators, and our brilliant students (last year’s valedictorian and salutatorian both had GPA’s over 4.2!!!) More than the aforementioned, being a…

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Scott Saban!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / February 2, 2019

Scott Saban, One of our Coaching Heroes In Desert Hot Springs we take pride in our student athletes! We are home to some of the valley’s finest, and that’s only made possible through quality coaching. Scott Saban happens to be one of those coaches. How much of an impact is he making? His reach begins…

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From Dr. Sandra Lyon

By Kephyan Sheppard | August 10, 2020

As previously stated, our students have returned to school. However, due to COVID protocols, they have returned to school virtually. Virtual learning has proven to be a challenge, and from the responses we have received, everyone is adjusting. I recently reached out to our District Superintindent for additional perspective: “As we begin the year in…

Back 2 School!

By Kephyan Sheppard | August 4, 2020

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela Happy new school year Desert Hot Springs! As we prepare to launch the school year this Wednesday, many of us have become inundated with questions concerning our uncertain, yet immediate future. Because of COVID-19 and all of the safety…

Let’s Be Productive During this Pandemic

By Kephyan Sheppard | July 14, 2020

“A Pessimist Sees The Difficulty In Every Opportunity; An Optimist Sees The Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” – Winston Churchill          Unless you have been sitting under a rock, you have become overwhelmed with news concerning COVID and its current outbreak leading to an astronomical increase in infections in several states. Here in California, we are once…

A Teacher’s Perspective & Beyond!

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 28, 2020

As the 2nd semester of the school year got underway, I’m sure most of our educators were beginning to set plans for the summer. Vacations, completing ‘to do’ lists, and rest were more than likely prioritized. Fast forward to March, and COVID19 became the dominant thought, causing many of them to scrap lesson plans and…

This Graduating Class is Something Special!

By Kephyan Sheppard | May 23, 2020

As we shift gears and begin to prepare for the return of some normalcy, it can’t be understated enough that for some normal may never return. For some the opportunity to take part in once-in-a-lifetime events has been taken away. Our graduation plans, especially for our high school students have unfortunately become casualties to unintended…

Family Engagement Center

By Kephyan Sheppard | April 27, 2020

From ’91-96, I lived here in DHS for the final year of middle school and a majority of my High School Years. I was one of many students who were transported via public transportion from our city to Raymond Cree Middle and Palm Springs High. I may be dating myself, but my school years as…

Little League Baseball

By Kephyan Sheppard | April 4, 2020

Opening day across the Nation has been postponed. COVID-19 has impacted nearly every area of our lives, and even our National past time has taken a blow. With Major League spring ball season at a standstill, our own local Little League program is also influx. Little League baseball has been a fixture in our community…

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…