Desert Mirage HS 2020

86-150 Ave 66 Thermal CA 92274 760-397-2255

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Always Connected Gen Z

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Theme

We are Generation Z , from the minute we enter the world we connect to everybody, nobody and nothing is left out. We are Generation Z , a generation that since 1995 has learned to proliferate connections with the flourishment of the digital age. We are Generation Z through beginnings, to its zenith in 2015. Making interpersonal one on one associations, social, and instantaneous media relations is an innate skill we possess. Flashback: Our innate ability to relate with each other begins in our brightly colored classrooms not to be the first one to grab the 64 pack of crayons, but rather the first ones to place our fingertips on the keys of the computers, with the giant screens. By working together there in our classroom we learn how to manage and maneuver the online game, Ticket to Read. Gaining electronic points to create the best clubhouse we can imagine. We learn what being connected means before we can spell it. Later at middle school, we learn from our friends how to text. We teach each other to introduce our faces to Retrica. We get A’s on live online games that we play with

opponents in opposites sides of the globe, instead of paying attention during PE class where we end up with a C for not listening to our teacher. And finally, at Desert Mirage, we are professionals at Tweeter and Facebook, sneaking a reply on our mobile device, in between Ms. Rochin’s Spanish lessons. We spend our weekends socializing with our fellow “Homelanders” posting complaint memes about the scorching heat everywhere from Thermal to the Salton Sea, and anywhere in between. Sitting on our front lawns, waiting for the sound of the ice cream truck to buy a paleta, or making runs to our local Patty’s for a “raspado” If we don’t have too much homework from our favorite English teacher, Tafoya. We message and post pictures for everyone to see that we are dipping our feet at the community pool, surrounded by its bright blue rod irons and neatly decorated with a painting of “Welcome to Mecca,” or enjoying a game of basketball in the cool AC at the Mecca Boys and Girls club. We aren’t detached, not acquaintances. We are all linked because we are Generation Z.

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Table of Contents Autumn 50-85 Autumn Divider 50-51 Student Life 52-69 Sports 72-85 Winter Fashion 86-115 Winter Divider 86-87

Theme 1-5 Title Page 1 Theme 3-5

Portraits 140-179 Portrait Divider 14-141 Staff Portraits 142-145 Junior Portraits 146-155 Sophmore Portraits 156-165 Freshman Portraits 166-179

Seniors 6-33 Student Life 6-16 Senior Portraits 17-33

Student Life 88-93 Academics 94-97 Sports 98-115 Spring Fashion 116-139 Spring Divider 116-117

Clubs & Sports 180-207 Closing 208-224 Dedications 210-213 Index 214-219

Summer 34-49 Summer Divider 34-35 Student Life 36-49

Student Life 118-123 Academics 124-125 Sports 126-139

Yearbook 220-221 Fairewell 222-224

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Theme

Bridged Connecting is integral for human existence. And connecting, just like breathing is an innate exercise that all humans on some level at some point in their lives do. Rams are no exception and when we connect we do it with a purporse and do it to help one another prosper. We Rams connect in diverse manners, by giving a smile, capturing a momment digitally, or chuckling together. We connect to bring wealth to the lives of others. We believe that connecting everyone in the world is one of the greatest challanges of ours and prior generations, and that is why we are happy to contribute positively in whatever small part we can. Connected. Theme 5 Linked Fused Bonded Roped

Seniors

RISE

Seniors at Desert Mirage gathered early in the morning at the baseball field, carrying on the annual school tradition where they watch the sunrise. In celebration on the start of their final year of high school. The purple sky with orange undertones glazed over the ram field while the seniors waited to be with their friends and classmates; who gathered to make unforgettable memories in their final year of high school. Senior Alejandra Tejas says, "I enjoyed being able to experience one sunrise with a group of friends that meant a lot to me. They have always been there to boost me in difficult situations and bring joy into my life." As senior year begins the realization that even though school let out for the summer, we all knew we would be back next year

was felt for the last time. Moments that are experienced as seniors are the final moments together as a class and as friends. Senior year is the "last first day," and an endless series of lasts. The last homecoming, the last prom, the last year of not having an overwhelming amount of responsibilities, the year we find ourselves. Senior Andrea Hernandez says, "as senior year began I was excited for activities like the sunrise because these are the moments we will remember as a class and as friends." Many will pursue careers and maybe move out of the Valley but the connections that Generation Z made at Desert Mirage High School, the Senior Sunrise, even this picture will be what brings everyone back together in a not so distant future. Story By Stephanie Campos.

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Senior Sunrise

Rise and Shine Accompanying the sunlight were the delicious doughnuts, senior Marisol Flores says, she woke up early to enjoy the sunrise but the doughnuts made her happy and the experience perfect. "Being with my friends for the sunrise made me realize that I'm finally a senior!" As the new school year begins, Seniors wanted to make everlasting high school memories and the sunrise was the perfect way to achieve this. Senior Gabriela Barrozo says "I enjoyed the sunrise because I had the opportunity to experience it with my friends. In the future, I will look back to this day and remember I had a total blast. " Pictures are what take us back to "the good old days." It is why Senior Itzel Barajas says, "I truly enjoyed my first and last Senior Sunrise. I had the beautiful colored sky to take phenomenal pictures along my friends. We all had fun gliding through the wet grass and getting our shoes dirty because it reminded us of our childhood."

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Senior Sunrise

Diego Magana " It was an unforgettable and fun night for me. This being the last game pushed me to play with the utmost instensity. "

Jose Felipe "It was was my first year playing football and it was very memorable and having my parents there with me that night made me appreciate them even more."

Dayana Gonzalez

“Senior night was special and successful because our whole team performed with our finest ability. We were able to show our potential and hustle for one last time in the season. Perhaps it was a bit emotional to process that I will never get to relive that experience once more. However, I will treasure it Forever And always remember my team who became a family.”

Saira Garcia

"Seeing my parents on the bleachers ready to walk me on my last game of the year made me super emotional in a happy way. It was my moms third time watching me play and my dads first. Win or lose I was grateful they were able to watch me play one last time."

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Senior Night

First, Last One

It was an emotional moment for many seniors who were doing what they loved the most for one last time. Gissel Garcia was no exception, this moment made her feel overjoyed because of the insurmountable love and support she received from her dad and her cheer sisters who were with her for her first and last Senior Night supporting her. "Walking with both my parents, but knowing I only had one physically there is what hurt the most. Yet, walking down the lane of raised helmets that the football players raised as a sign of respect was something I really appreciated, and just having the coaches cheering for me is something I will never forget, because it is very difficult wishing I had both of my parents with me. In the beginning of the cheer season I did this all for my mom because I knew she would have been proud of me to be a part of something that I love." Gissel's giant smile showed the happiness and pride she had for being able to walk arm in arm with her dad and listen to the overwhelming warmth of her Ram family. On that day many seniors realized they did everything for the last time. They had arrived at the end of their high school journey.They stopped and thought for just a second. It was last time they shot that winning point, the last time they ran that suicide, the last time they made that serve, and that best of all sports moments, the last time on the bus after the game laughing together with pals that they may or may not ever see again after graduation, on the ride home. Memories we will always cherish. Story by, your fellow senior signing off, Armani Chavez with my first, last time.

Josue Gamboa "Senior night was fun. We had a big home crowd and the school spirit was real for the first time in a while. it was great to see portraits across the gym of my teammates who I’ve played with since my freshman year. It was nice to start well and end well with the team."

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Senior Night

Band Trip

Joining clubs, academies, and different activities enhanced the positive school experience for many like Senior Adilene Jimenez who said, "I remember joining band and having the opportunity to not only preform at Disneyland but we also got to spend an entire day there."

Homework Who?

Students who joined school academies like Avid made many memories and were also involved in much activities at Guadalupe Torres "I liked it back when I was a freshman because I had way less homework than what I have now." Avid Life times more so than other students. Senior Nancy Hernandez said, "Joining Avid freshman year was the best decision I made because I created a family that helped us not just with school work but also with our personal problems and our bonds became powerful." Many seniors enjoyed their freshmen year because teachers were less strict with homework, like Senior

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Way Back When

Way Back

Swim Class

Freshmen year is when we start to experience new things like a swimming class. Senior Marcelo Molina said, "going into swim class was a cool experience especially because swimming with my homie Rosario we would goof around and just have fun."

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Todays moments became yesterday's memories. With that said, Senior Bryan Hernandez, recalls "...back when Donald Trump was running for president, we joined the 'One Day Without Immigrants' protest." Although band students had to be at band practice at six in the morning a few still found a way to join the political protest. "Every gate in school was guarded by securities except the back door, so we went out through there, then to the parking lot and our friend's mom gave us a ride to the front of the school were the Sun Bus was at. We waved it down, stopped it and jumped on because we were about to miss it," said Senior Jose Cruz Garcia. "We will always remember our adventure, all for trying to be a part of the political protest" said Senior Jose Cruz Ruiz. Seniors were a big factor on how the underclassmen viewed substitutes because they had already experienced multiple substitutes rating them from really chill, to mean, or "good". When seniors got the mean substitutes they complained and talked not too nicely about them, but when they got the really chill substitutes they spread the word and quickly the underclassmen welcomed them. Nonetheless, there were those substitutes that made learning fun like Ms. Soto. She made her students write a song, partake in hands-on lessons, and learn so students like Senior Rosa Delgado enjoyed her class. Subs however weren't the only fun memories, seniors had a way of making their own. Mariani Torres was one of the students who did not often get into trouble but the day she did it was one for the books. Her best memory was when she decided not to get dressed for P.E. and her teacher, Mr. Chaves called her dad, let's just say that was a rapidly learned lesson. Story by Jose Antonio Martinez

We've all had our favorite substitutes and for Senior Tammy Torres it was Ms. Soto. "I never expected to have such an amazing sub like Ms. Soto, she made my freshman year super fun and always gave me a great vibe!" Substitute Mayhem

PE Consequences

Senior Mariani Torres learned from her freshman year experiences and proudly represented our school in the Honor Guard. She worked hard to get to where stands, "Shout out to Mr. Chavez for giving me one of my

first important high school lessons."Mariani Torres

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Way Back When

Spread By: Jose Antonio Martinez

Representing Seniors Alejandro Leon and Paul Diarte said ,"Being part of the Honor Guard was a unique experience because we proudly represented our school and we had the opportunity to be together and give the seniors a final goodbye."

The Big Ceremony

Being part of Honor Guard may have seemed like a simple task but as Senior Ana Pompa said, "I underestimated the work that goes into preparing for the big ceremony. The arcs were not easy to carry especially when trying to keep balance of them."

Inspiration

There were always thoughts and wonders of what our own graduation would look like Senior Stephanie Campos said, "being part of the Honor Guard gave me a chance to visualize the event of graduation firsthand and inspired me to continue working hard for my own diploma."

Juniors to Seniors

Dear Honor Guard,

Honor Guard Coordinator and school Registrar Veronica Rivera said, "It was an honor being the advisor of an excellent group of students" and "Honor Guard 2019, now Grads of 2020 go to the world and make your dreams come true. Always remember you have the Ram family wishing you the best, with love Mrs. Rivera."

The stress "Being in Honor Guard was the most stressful thing when it came to finding the perfect white dress, but not everything was rough because getting glamed up was tons of fun."Senior Jailine Chavez.

The Experience Honor Guard was not only about saying goodbye. It was also about the experience. Senior Alexander Munoz says," Honor Guard was a great experience that I had the opportunity to take a part of. It was neat to participate in the ceremony."

Accomplishment I had a fun time being in Honor Guard especially knowing that I was part of the top of my class. Since my freshmen I had not really participated in school activities, but Junior year I changed that. I felt accomplished in being a part of something so big and important." Senior Jose Martinez.

Insight I enjoyed being part of the Honor Guard crew because I was able to walk down my Senior friends and we got a little insight on what to expect for our own graduation walk Senior Jasmine Gamboa.

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Honor Guard

Honor

GUARD

Graduation is and was the final and most monumental event for Seniors ending last school year 2019 and will be the upcoming milestone for the class of 2020. Our Desert Mirage Honor Guard participants represented the school's finest students. The students who work hard to reach the top of their class, and feel confident in representing their school. Senior Rosa Benito said, " I looked forward to the day that I could be part of the Honor Guard because I wanted to proudly

represent my school and give the Seniors a final goodbye."As the 2019 Class walked out in their caps and gowns, they were led by top Juniors class of 2020. These juniors have the prestigious job of guiding the Seniors to their seats while holding the arc of roses. Senior Dalia Rangel said, "leading the graduates at graduation really sets the standard and set us up for what we are going to become." Story By Stephanie Campos.

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Honor Guard

Get the Party Started: Armani Chavez Be a DMHS Teacher: Abigail Angel

Be a Reality Star: Ashley Rain

Become a Pro-Musicician:

Manuel Alcocer (Lavi$h Prod.)

Write the Next Harry Potter: Jose Martinez

photo / Photographer’s Name

Be an Olympian: Jazmine Gamboa

Be President: Alejandro Leon

Spread By: Alejandro Leon

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Senior Superlatives

Always be Remembered and Loved: Miguel Bautista

Be a Hacker for the CIA: Dominic Lopez

Most Likely to...

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3.Be Late to Graduation: Juan Romero 2. Cure the Common Cold: Raul Jimenez 1.Win the Lotto and Lose the Ticket: Paul Diarte 1

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Senior Superlatives

S ENIOR

STATUS One first and last, Senior Night for Alejandro Palomares. A much anticipated moment for him as it was for many other Seniors. "These past four years have been a long amazing journey. Realizing I was doing everything for the last time made me reminisce on the past graduating classes and think about all the mixed emotions they must have felt." These last first moments of senior year will always be remembered by the lessons learned by senior students from them Lessons that helped them grow and mature. Alejandro's mother, like perhaps many parents, was a proud supporter of her son, even more excited to see him excel at DMHS, and be able to walk next to him on his special Senior Night. Alejandro stressed that "a lot of seniors are in the same postion" trying to figure out the future while exploring the different roads there are in this life. The changes we all saw within ourseleves were inevitable. We grew together unexpectedly, and in a blink of an eye, time turned into memories, and in the best of ways. It's time to wrap it up seniors, adventure awaits.Story by; Armani Chavez

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My Future Connections

HOW WILL YOU

ALWAYS STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR ROOTS?

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1. I WILL ALWAYS EAT CARNE CON CHILE, UNTIL MY LAST BREATH. -Armando Lopez 2. I WILL ALWAYS LISTEN TO SPANISH MUSIC. -Neida Garcia

Monzerrat

Saul Acosta

Bethany Aguiar

Fabian Aguilar

Jonathan Aguilar

Oscar Aguilar

Franya Aguilar Avila

Lizette Aguilar Garcia

Heber Obed Aguilar

Susana Aguilera

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Senior Portraits

Diego Alaniz-Rodriguez

Dasia Alcala Orozco

Manuel Alcocer-Huante

Andres Alonso

Angela Alonzo-Lorenzo

Valeria Guadalu Alvarado Merary Alvarado-Campos

Zarahi Alvarez-Torres

Cristian Amador-Acosta

Abigail Angel

Jesus Angulo Perez

Sara Arceo-Tirado

Angel Arellano

Guadalupe Arias Villanueva

Jose Armenta

Paola Armenta-Villa

Jesus Ayon-Sampayan Luis Miguel Bacilio Vargas

Itzel Barajas Urbina

Denise Barrera

Gabriela Barroso

Luis Angel Basilio

Jose Javier Basilio Zacarias

Tehya Becerra

Noe Bedolla

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Seniors Portraits

Francisco Beltran

Isela Beatriz Benavides

Karen Benavides

Katie Benavides

Isabel Benito

Rosa Martina Benito

Barbina Benito-Pasqual

Evelyn Biarco

Mauricio Bravo

Maria Campos Meza

TO WHAT DID TECHNOLOGY CONNECT AND DISCONNECT YOU TO?

1 . "WHILE IN SCHOOL I KEPT CONNECTED TO MY SISTER THROUGH MY PHONE ON THE OTHER HAND, MY PHONE DISCONNECTED ME FROM THE PEOPLE AROUND ME." 2. '"TECHNOLOGY KEPT ME CONNECTED TO MY FRIENDS THROUGH VIDEO GAMES AND KEPT ME AWAY FROM DOING MY CHORES." 3. "IT KEPT ME CONNECTED TO MY FRIENDS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA AND HELPED ME STAY DISCONNECT FROM MY ANNOYING SIBLINGS." 2. ELTON CERVANTES Senior Portraits 19

Michelle Cardenas

America Carlos

Yesenia Carrera-Hernandez

Marcela Carrillo

Josue Castillo

Josue Castillo

Brian Castro

Michelle Castro Arreguin

Maria Castro-Cruz

Leslie Cecena

WHICH SONG CONNECTS YOUR FEET TO THE BEAT?

2. ELIASAR MONTES

3.JUAN LOPEZ

1. JOSE TORRES

1 . THE CUMBIA, "LA VIDA ES UN CARNAVAL" BY CELIA CRUZ 2. "NUNCA ES SUFICIENTE" BY LOS ANGELES AZUL 3. "JIMMY EATS WORLD" BY THE MIDDLE

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Senior Portraits

Elton Ceja-Cervantes

Diego Ceja-Gudino

Ulises Ceja-Mendoza

Oscar Centeno-Caudillo Gonzalo Centeno-Perez

Armani Chavez

Jailine Chavez

Juan Chavez-Garcia

Carlos Cisneros-Cruz

Edna Contreras

Omar Contreras

Angel Cordero

Morelia Cortes-Calderon

Anastasia Cruz-Avalos

Jose Cruz-Ruiz

Jocelyn Cuadras Herrera

Melanie Del Cid

Katia Delgado-Corvera

Rosa Delgado-Torres

Jose Deras

Jackie Diaz

Nayeli Naomi Diaz

Tania Duenas-Cruz

Leslie Eseberre

Juan Espinoza Senior Portraits

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Jaime Espinoza-Molina

Jose Esquivel

Maria Esteban

Nancy Estrada Sanchez

Jose Felipe

Yazvelie Felix

Lizbeth Figueroa

Daniel Figueroa Ramirez

Anahi Flores-Benitez

Luis Frias-Gonzalez

Jacob Frias-Lopez

Adrian Galvez

Natalie Galvez

Maria Galvez-Arellano

Jazmine Gamboa

Josue Gamboa

Cristian Gamez-Smith

Edith Gamino-Frias

Alan Garcia

Jocelynne Garcia

Jose Angel Garcia

Luis Garcia

Yahir Garcia Lopez

Hannia Garcia Torres

Daniel Garcia-Beltran

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Senior Portraits

HOW DID YOUR RAM PRIDE CONNECT TO THE RAM SPIRIT?

2.JOCELYNNE GARCIA

3.SANDRA CURIEL

1.ROBERT RIVER

1 ."I HAVE A LOT OF PRIDE IN MY RAM SPIRT, SO MUSH PRIDE THAT I LOVE TO SHOW IT OFF BECAUSE I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT I'M HERE AND READY TO SCREAM MY LUNGS OURT FOR OUR SCHOOL!" 2. I MAKE SURE I KNOW ALL THAT WORDS TO THE CHANTS AND SCREAM THEM OUT UNTIL MY THROAT HURTS, I KNOW IM DOING A GOOD JOB WHEN I START TO GET AN ASTHMA ASTTCK FOR SCREAMING TOO LOUD". 3." TO SHOW MY RAM PRIDE I MADE SURE ALL OF MY FRIENDS WERE SCREAMING AND CHEERING TOO, THIS HELPED US CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER AND THE SCHOOL DURING PEP RALLYS".

Saira Garcia-Eseberre

Neida Garcia-Gonzalez

Daniela Garcia-Torres Victoria Garcilazo-Villicana

Samantha Glenn

Erik Gomar

Laura Gonzales-Soriano

Dayana Gonzalez

Kimberly Gonzalez

Stephany Gonzalez

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Senior Portraits

Valeria Gonzalez

James Gonzalez Martinez

Hugo Gonzalez-Cantu Christopher Gonzalez-De La

Pedro Granados

Diego Gutierrez

Leonardo Gutierrez

Lizi Gutierrez

Alma Gutierrez-Centeno

Bryan Hernandez

Andrea Hernandez Garcia Flor Hernandez-Govea Nancy Hernandez-Govea Francisco Hernandez-Rojas

AaliyaH Herrera

Dalia Hipolito

Natalie Houston

Marlene Hurtado-Vizcarra

Juan Ibanez

Oscar Iturriaga

Kaycee Jack

Jasmine Jaimes

Adilene Jimenez

Hector Jimenez

Pedro Jimenez

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Senior Portraits

Raul Jimenez

Karla Juarez Flores

Anitza Juarez-Reynoso

Luis Leal Rosas

Joseph Leon

Alejandro Leon Figueroa

Bianse Llanes

Ariana Lopez

Armando Lopez

Daisy Lopez

HOW DID SENIORITIS CONNECT TO YOU?

JOSE DERAS

CHRISTIAN CESENA-GALARZA AND DANIELA GARCIA TORRES

SAUL AGUILAR

1. "IT CONNECTED TO ME BECAUSE I COULD NOT DISCONNECT MYSELF FROM ANIME." 2. "SENIORITIS DISCONNECTED ME FROM THE ACTION WORLD AND TURNED ME INTO A SEDENTARY FIGURE." 3 "STEPHANIE CAMPOS, INFECTED ME WITH SENIORITIS SHE AFFECTED MY MOTIVATION TO COMPLETE MY ASSIGNMENTS."- CHRISTIAN

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Senior Portraits

Dominic Lopez

Jesus Lopez

Lala Lopez

Yamile Lopez

Miguel Lopez Calderon

Gisselle Lopez-Garcia

Brian Lopez-Gonzalez

Juan Lopez-Magallon

Alexia Lozano-Heredia

David Lujan

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO STAY

CONNECTED TO YOUR FRIENDS AFTER GRADUATION?

2. SANDY RODRIGUEZ

1. DANIELA RODRIGUEZ

1. "I WILL STAY CONNECTED TO MY FRIENDS BY TEXTING, FACETIME, AND HANGING OUT WITH THEM." 2. "I WILL STAY CONNECTED TO MY FRIENDS BY CREATING A GROUP CHAT AND VISITING THEM EVERY NOW AND THEN."

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Senior Portraits

Cristian Maduena-Zamudio

Angela Magana

Esmeralda Magana

Diego Magana-Garcia

Alexsandra Maduena-Zamudio

Ashley Martinez

Israel Martinez

Jose Antonio Martinez

Karla Joany Martinez

Jiselle Martinez-Serrato

Clarissa Martinez-Vicera

Briana Mateo

Ana Matias-Garcia

John McAllister

Jorge Medina-Campos

Yadhziry Medrano

Daisy Mejia-Torres

Oswaldo Melendrez

Cristian Melgoza Jaime

Maribel Mena

Leslie Mendez

Rogelio Mendez

David Mendez-Bautista

Andrea Mendez-Gudino

Emeline Meza Senior Portraits

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Marcelo Molina-Garcia

Janet Montano

Angela Montellano-Morales

Eliasar Montes

Alexis Morales

Gabriela Morales

Jose Rodolfo Mosqueda Alexander Munoz-Maldonado Fernando Murillo Sanchez

Aylin Nunez

Jimena Ordaz-Meza

Erick Ortega

Alejandro Palomares

Jennifer Partida-Sanchez

Rafael Pascual Alonzo

Juan Jesus Pena-Galarza

Unity Perez

Linda Perez-Bautista

Ximena Perez-Dagnino

Alejandro Perez-Garcia

Victor Perez-Garcia Senior Portraits

Jessica Perez-Pacheco

Juan Picazo

Crystal Pineda

Jordan Pinney

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WHICH SCHOOL OFFICIAL HAVE YOU CONNECTED WITH THE MOST?

2. Barbina Benito

1 Monica Rivas

1. MR. SANDOVAL IS THE TEACHER I HAVE CONNECTED WITH THE MOST BECAUSE HE MOTIVATES EVERYONE TO BE SOMEONE BETTER AND HE ONLY SAYS WHAT IS REAL 2. MS. DABBS IS THE TEACHER I HAVE CONNECTED WITH THE MOST BECAUSE SHE TAKES TIMES TO HAVE EVERYONE UNDERSTAND WHEN SHE TEACHES, SHE'S REALLY NICE, AND SHE MAKES TIME FOR EACH STUDENT.

Jesus Poblano Gopar

Roxana Polio Diaz

Ana Pompa Magana

Danys Portillo Espinoza

Luis Quezada-Cuevas

Alan Quiroz-Martinez

Diego Ramirez

Rosario Ramirez

Jacqueline Ramirez-Solis

David Ramos

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Senior Portraits

Dalia Rangel

Mariana Rangel Rico

Jessy Regalado

Luis Reyes

Samuel Reyes Soto

Monica Rivas

Denise Rivera

Roberto Rivera-Gonzalez

Sonia Rivera-Meza

Xiomara Robles-Villalobos

Jesus Rocha

Azucena Rodriguez

Camila Rodriguez

Daniela Rodriguez

Juan Rodriguez

Victoria Rodriguez

Giovanna Rodriguez Becerra Maritza Rodriguez Martinez Sandy Rodriguez-Hernandez Francisco Rodriguez-Mendez

Steven Rodriguez-Portillo Maria Rodriguez-Ramos

Juan RomeroVelazquez

Gema Rubio

Oscar Salazar

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Senior Portraits

Jonathan Salazar-Lozano Ernesto Saldana-Maciel

Brenda Salmeron-Molina

Esmeralda Sanchez

Jose Sanchez Alonso

Cindy Sanchez-Gomez

Juan Sandoval

Willian Yovany Sandoval Guevara

Erick Serrano Castillo

Marco Serratos Lopez

WHICH SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM IS YOUR FAVORITE TO CONNECT TO YOUR FRIENDS WITH?

1.Morelia Calderon

2. Natalie Galvez

3. Dalia Hipolito

1. SNAPCHAT IS MY FAVORITE BECAUSE I CAN INSTANTLY SHARE MOMENTS AND I CAN TEXT NOT JUST WITH WORDS BUT WITH MY SNAPS AND STREAKS. 2. I LIKE TO USE FACEBOOK BUT MOSTLY I LIKE TO USE MESSENGER TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH MY FRIENDS. 3. SNAPCHAT IS MY FAVORITE PLATFORM BECAUSE OF ALL THE SNAPS THAT CAPTURE OUR MEMORIES AND TEXTING WITH SNAPS IS BETTER THAN JUST TEXTING.

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Senior Portraits

Andres Solorio-Valencia

Giovanni Torres

Guadalupe Torres

Hector Torres

Margarita Torres

Tammy Torres

Jose Torres Gudino

Liliana Torres-Hernandez Denisse Valdes Moreno Asuzena Valdez-Alvarez

Martin Valencia-Alvarez

Cindy Vargas

Angelica Vargas Torres

Wendy Vasquez-Quiroz Jonas Vazquez-Zaragoza

Jazmin Vega

Jazmine Vega

Julia Wise

Christina Zacarias-Mulato

Israel Zamora

Rubie Zamorez

Diana Zamudio

Jose Zaragoza

Jose Zavala-Cervantes

Alfredo Zuno

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Senior Portraits

WHAT IS A MEMORY THAT KEEPS YOU CONNECTED TO YOUR KINDERGARTEN YEARS?

Sizzle

Summer

Summer is not only the best time to visit the beach, but the best time to go to visit the paletero for some nice refreshing ice pops." It's my favorite time of the year when the thought of a cold treat just makes my mouth drool and a dip in the ocean sounds better than school" says Junior Jessica Aquino. The "paletero," or icecream man is the G.O.A.T when it comes to beating the heat. Story by Paul Diarte

GROUPS

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Summer Fashion

Summer is the perfect time to visit the beaches and show off your new swim suit. The beaches get packed with students and curious tiourists who want to experience the California sun. Senior Ashley Rain says, "I really like summer, I love the hot sun and summer vibes. The hot summer beach days are my favorite." The beach will always be the most popular summer location. Summer vacation, "the best vacation," where school is not even a thought in your head.Where your time is all your time. "My favorite part of summer is the fact that I don't have any responsibilities and nothing to stress about. I can sleep all day and no one can judge me. My birthday is also during summer so I always look forward to the celebration." Senior, Victoria Rodriguez. The students of Desert Mirage make use of their vacation time to destress and leave all the worries and stress at school.

The blazing sun rays are the best to brighten up a good outfit or simply fill the days with great joy. Senior Steven Rodrigez says, his favorite part of summer is, "the vibes, the family trips, and t he outfits. Summer is a tme to enjoy yourself and make memories.

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Summer Fashion

of him and went the extra mile to help him get his work done in class. J.T.returned the favor by making Brandon laugh and his day brighter. Together the boys showed us that linking went beyond working on an assignment together in class. Linking up meant being a real friend, giving others a word of advice, guidance on where to go next or simply planning your next future step. These are the connections that we take on even after high school because people don't work in isolation: We need to be working together! Story By Stephanie Campos

Relationships are the building blocks for all school, community, and interpersonal connections. Whether you want to organize a pep rally, a festival, a time to hang out with your buddies, or even a college kick off day, teacher and students need to rely on one another and bring these events to life. Because the relationships we make with others are the means to reach our goals. The embodiment of connectivity this school year were Seniors Brandon Maldonado and J.T. Torres, they have held a strong bond for four years now. Brandon looked out for J.T, took care

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Linking Up

The idea was to be able to assist freshmen to be successful in their first year of high school and guide them through work, and give them a sense of direction for the future, think of it as tutoring and mentoring the future. Throughout my years that I've taught at Desert Mirage, I have never witnessed a better Senior to Freshman bond, since we also work on character building. Said Mr.Beck as he and Senior Robert Rivera, worked on strategies and future activities t continue on building bonds throughout the school year.

Future Planning

As the beginning of the senior year came,Seniors Mauricio Bravo and Samantha Glenn like many others began to prepare for the next chapter of their lives: college. The college kick off day provided choices from public, Mauricio Bravo said, "I viewed every booth as an opportunity for me, so I walked up to Carreon Foundation and applied for a scholarship." private,liberal arts and also scholarship opportunities.

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Linking Up

Treat Time

Junior Ivan Maldonado as a part of a Halloween class activity passed out candy and connected with individuals who he may not have as teachers or classmates. Luckily for Ms. Miguel she was a fortunate one, who not only got to meet a new face but also received a tasty treat from Ivan.

Links

Networking

For college and career readiness day, students were able to network and meet individuals in different careers. Students received advice, and important information about future careers they may be interested in. It was a day in which everyone was able to connect with someone.

Teacher Links

DMHS Alumni and former students of Mrs. Marquez,

Agustin Arreola who graduated from UCLA and Ricardo Ramirez from CSUSB. Are now both working for non profit organizations like "Lift to Rise" and "One Future" part of their job is coming back to visit students at DM to inspire them and give them advice on career and college options specially for Seniors.

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Linking Up

Think

H2O

Junior Leslie Dominguez said, ''I feel like sports drinks make you more tired and make your throat dry, that's why I prefer water over sport drinks.'' Drinking water isn't the only way to stay hydrated during the hot summer days. Going to the beach or lake can also help you stay refreshed and hydrated "I enjoy going to the beach during summer when the temperature rises up to 105 degrees" said senior Alex Rodriguez. Many of the students also joined the Surf Club because they traveled to the beaches where the temperatures was not as hot. "I loved being a Surf Club member because I got to get away from the heat in this desert and enjoy cooler weather at the beach."

As summer approached the temperature rose and getting enough water was important whether you were playing sports, waiting for the bus, or just sitting in the sun. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart pump blood through the blood vessels and into the muscles. Freshman Hernan Nieblas said, "During football practice I become weak and I get blurry vision and thats how I get dehydrated." Sport drinks can also be helpful if you're planning on excessing at higher than normal levels for more than an hour. They contain carbohydrates and electrolytes that can increase your energy and helps your body absorb water. However not all agree.

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Staying Hydrated

Eco Friendly

Caring about the earth should be part of our daily routines. Junior David Nunez said "I've been carrying a reusable watter bottle because I benefit in staying hydrated during the hot days and help the earth by using less plastic because its ECO friendly ."

Healthy Habits

Teachers end up drained after long periods and they also need to stay hydrated. "Its important for me to stay hydrated because the body needs water to get though the day and keeping it healthy as well." said Mrs. Gilbert

Keeping iI Cool

During summer the temperatures can rise up to more than 100 degrees. Senior Alex Rodriguez said, "The freshness of the waves and the dripping clothes where all worth forgetting the summer heat of our desert area."

Summer Splashing'

Drinking water is not the only way to stay hydrated there's many ways such as going to a beach. Senior Victoria Rodriguez said "Being a Surf member gave us many advantages like getting out of the hot desert and going to beaches where it was fresh."

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Staying hydrated while playing a sport is essential. Freshman Hernan Nieblas said, "During football season everyone knew the importance of staying hydrated especially in the hot weather or we would of had week players. ."

The body needs water to help regulate its

A perk of using a reusable water bottle is that you can drink water throughout the day without constant refills. Sophomore Alan Martinez said, "I've been carrying my hydroflask because the school water is not my favorite. Plus I've benefited because I've been drinking water whenever, without having to ask for permission and go out to the water fountain."

Dehydration can be very dangerous especially during the hot days Junior Teresa Aquino said, ''When I did not get enough water during soccer practice I became dizzy and I got a massive headaches which affected my performance."

temperature. Junior Leslie Dominguez said, " I have stayed hydrated because I don't like to become fragile or suffer from dehydration."

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Staying Hydrated

Be True to Yourself

"Only you are responsible for the person you become so make wise choices." Senior Andrea Hernandez.

Be Wise

"High school is not only about studying, go party and have fun but always make sure you take care of business first." Senior Rafael Pascual

Be Friends

"Become friends with at least two teachers so you have options of where to distress, it's very helpful especially if you did not study for a test the day before." Senior Armani Chavez.

Be a Scholar

"Its never to early to start COD courses and get college transferable credit, and apply for scholarships. Do not sleep if you're tired do something worthy of your time so when you're a senior you can have fun and relax." Senior Christian Cesena.

Wise Advice

Be Determined

Be True

Be Curious

Get it Done Right

#Positivity

Senior Jose Martinez- If your

Senior Nancy Hernandez-" Be 100% yourself and do not change into a person you are not. Its exhausting being someone else for the rest of your high school years."

Senior Camila Rodriguez- "Be unique, do not be scared to go out there and try new things because that's what high school life is about."

Senior Aaliyah Herrera- Do not give up no matter how hard your classes may be because time flies. Make sure you make your time count because if you do not you might regret it.

going to be absent, be

absent the right way, wink wink."

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Senior to Freshman Advice

More than

Words

The transition from middle school to high school is scary, everyone has been there. However with trusty advice from upperclassmen its much less complicated. Senior Alex Angel said "When you become a senior it hits you, many people pressure you and ask, what do you want to be when you graduate? To be honest it's okay to not know what you want to do for the rest of your life." Many people think graduation is a deadline to have your life planned out. Some may have it all figured out, but if you do not than don't worry. You may find your passion in college or at any time in your life. But first make sure you follow the golden rules to survive high school: 1. "Never forget your earphones" -says Senior Armando Lopez 2. "If you want school spirit, it starts with you; make a move and be heard" - says Senior Juan Lopez 3. "You really don't want to mess with Ms. Tafoya" -says Senior Oscar Salazar 4. "Don't talk back to teachers" - says Senior Oswaldo Melendres High school is not just about having fun, make sure to explore your options and the most important never forget to pursue your dreams because the only limit is you.

Story by Rosa Delgado

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Senior to Freshman Advice

Wrapping it Up Chatting &

Forever

"The past four years have been great. I have met new people and kept the real ones always by my side. Lastly, I created memories that I will treasure forever," -Senior Jazmin Vega .

The lives of our students in Desert Mirage High School may be complicated and stressful, but there was always a time when they could all relax, talk, gossip, and even more gossip: lunchtime. This year conspiracy theories were popular among almost all students. Conspiracy theories have emerged to become one of the most fascinating sensations of all time. No matter if it was questioning events or believing in the unknown, this became the phenomenal conversation starter among friends and strangers. This year the biggest conspiracy controversy that was talked by most of the friends during lunch was the dark side of cartoons such as Mickey Mouse, Teletubbies, and Spongebob Squarepants. They are some of our favorite childhood cartoons that we think are innocent. "It was really scary to see that these cartoons have a cynical side that children should not know about in such an early stage of life," Junior Fernando Prado said. "Every time a new conspiracy theory is uploaded, I felt surprised and mind blown because it was something new every time. I couldn't wait to socialize with my friends during lunch to hear every new conspiracy they had heard or seen," Senior Monica Rivas said. For this reason and many more, friends and even strangers enjoy talking and eating their meals. "I always look forward to spending lunchtime with my friends, from the moment I wake up in the morning. It was a time where my worries about my classes were gone and my friends made it all better," Senior Gonzalo Centeno said. Overall, lunchtime is a time where friends create memories that'll last forever. Talking about anything from aliens existence and showing our friends memes is what truly connects us as a generation and obviously as friends. -Story by Elizabeth Esteban

The Answer "The wanting to know the answer and the thrill of the hunt is what makes conspiracy theories fascinating," Sophomore Judith Zarate said. "Never trust anything or anyone."

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Student Life

Kindness "I love being social among anyone. It doesn't matter if they are a stranger or not. I believe that building connections with anyone and complementing them was a positive thing that will brighten their day. Being kind to each other is the base of forming a positive connection." Senior Juan Picazo

Keeping it Cyber "Technology and lunch time connected us by helping us keep in touch with one another, for example if you have not talked to someone in years you can simply message them and catch up. Creating a way that helps us strengthen our bonds." Senior Christian Cisneros

Cartoons

One of the most controversial conspiracies is that "Cartoons are brainwashing children," Junior Fernando Prado said. "Cartoons these days have set morals to them that change, or temper, the way children think. This causes them to gain these ideologies which can hinder their way of thinking later on when they grow up." "Illuminati confirmed," Senior Monica Rivas said. "There are many mysteries and questions about secret societies that influence powerful people. We can't trust our own government because they have mind control programs and who knows what they are used for. The only thing I know is that all this gives me chills."

Conspiracy

Then & Now

"My freshmen year was easy compared to my senior year. I believe that in my freshmen year I felt relaxed and no pressure at all. Although, this year the most complicated thing of all was applying and getting everything

ready for college" Senior Gonzalo Centeno .

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Student Life

Go GETTERS

our family expenses." Even kids notice the sacrificed their parents make for them, which in turn motivates them to strive and achieve their goal. Many Desert Mirage students are not satisfied with the bare minimum and do anything in their power to get more experiences, better grades, club memberships, or community service, which will help them prepare for life. "My inspiration are my parents. They push me to do great in school so I can get into a good university. I want to pay back to them for everything they have sacrificed for me." said Junior, Teresa Aquino who among many students at Desert Mirage High is an inspiration to others. Story by Juan Romero.

A role model is a person that someone else looks to as an example to be imitated. Ironically role models themselves may not have though of himself/ herself as a leader, but others will. In other words you have characteristics of a leader, are confident, have the ability to create goals and achieve them, diligent, and amongst other qualities you are kind and able to communicate effectively with others. With that said, when holidays are approaching, love and money are essential. Some students in order to not burden their parents financially take up jobs, to help ease the load on their parents shoulders and contribute monetarily. Hence, instead of expecting gifts they give gifts to their families. Junior Teresa Aquino says, "I decided to go work picking chilies because the holidays are coming up. I wanted to buy gifts for my parents, be more independent to buy my own things, instead of them having to buy for me. Working also allows me to help buy my siblings gifts so my parents can use their money for

Leader

Do not wait for the world to recognize your greatness, live it and let the world catch up to you. Jazmine has been a natural leader in anything she put her mind to. She was the 2020 Valedictorian and excelled on the Varsity Basketball and Track Team. She broke and set multiple high school records. "I have always pushed myself to do better and become a better person, in whole, to reach my full potential. " Senior, Jazmine Gamboa. When a human realizes his littleness his greatness can appear.

Confident

"I have never liked school, I only go because I know it will give me more options and open more opportunities. I thank God my parents always implemented that mindset of I have to work for something to deserve it or how they would tell me "Hay que batallar para merecer" As I have been growing up I decided school was not for me and I do not think of going to college, but rather pursue my passion which is cutting hair. I am 17 years old making money off of cutting hair and I am here to tell you college is not the only way, follow your passion. -Alfredo Zuno Gonzalez AKA; Freddy Fadez

Defining your Life "In all honesty I do see myself as a role model. I might not be the valedictorian but I have acquired 20 college credits which will help me graduate from a university faster. Growing up my experiences made me mature at a young age. My brother would hang around bad people and at times was influenced by them to do wrong doings. As a kid I remember having to miss school to go visit my brother in prison and go to the court houses to translate for my mother. I knew I had to become someone successful to show the world that it is up to oneself to change the future." Senior, Juan Romero

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Role Models

Diligence "I have always been naturally smart at taking test, yet I accept I can also be a bit lazy when it comes to school work. My grades are average a 2.7 GPA I do the minimum to get by high school, but I love working with cars. I actually work at a mechanic shop after school. There is many opportunities for one. You just have to find out what you like to do and pursue your passion. "said Senior Eliasar Montes

Creating Goals

All of us get broken in some way, but what really matters is how we get back up and put the pieces back together. "There was a point in time where I felt completly challenged. I went to Catholic school when I got expelled from other schools. My religion saved my life because it gave me faith. I did not trust my friends, family, literally no one because of my rough childhood. Once I starting trusting people is when my life

changed and that is why I turned to teaching" said, Mr. White

Perseverance

"There were times when it seemed impossible for me to juggle my responsibilities. I had to go to wake up very early go to school, work right after school, do all of my AP homework, get about 4 hours of sleep, and then wake up and do it all over again the next day. But I survived. And I never let it show that I was extremely tired. I realized I needed to keep being happy, and keep being kind to

everyone, in order to make it through"Senior Abigail Angel.

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Role Models

Self CARE

Self care ranges from yoga, meditating, painting or even writing endlessly in your journal about your woes. But self care only works when you listen to your body, and do what you want without resistance. Senior Cindy Sanchez said, " Self care for me has been letting myself do whatever the heck I want to do. I've been focused on my own well being by involving myself in activities like yoga and the East valley Dance team." Taking care of oneself is something that refuels us, rather than takes from us. It is something that should be done for personal advantages to lead a happy life. That is why Senior Jacqueline Ramirez said, "Self care to me has never been about material things, rather about treating myself to be a happier person mentally. Yoga has been

a favorite exercise for me. It really helps me feel less tense, and get me ready to tackle the trenches again the next day."

Anything that makes you feel safe and happy, is taking care of yourself.

Rams at DMHS know how to reward themselves.Some students may do activities like reading, walking thier dog, or simply giving oneself a facial. Life is fast and busy, which is why it is even more essential to pay attention to yourself and take care of your body, because we only have one. Story by: Alex Angel

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Self Care

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