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Yuma Union High School District’s Governing Board approved significant increases in compensation for employees during its special meeting on Monday, February 26, 2024.

Yuma Union High School District’s Governing Board approved significant increases in compensation for employees during its special meeting on Monday, February 26, 2024.

The increases, which include a $3 per-hour increase for classified staff members and a 6-percent base salary increase for certified staff members, goes into effect after July 1, 2024.

"These increases are one way for us to show that the hard work of Yuma Union High School District employees is recognized and greatly appreciated,” YUHSD Superintendent Tim Brienza said. “We cannot reach our goals of having EVERY student college, career, and community prepared without EVERY single employee playing an integral role. Our Governing Board members approving these salary increases helps position our district as one of the premier workplaces in Yuma County. I would like to thank them for their continued support of EVERY student and EVERY employee in YUHSD."

Several other compensation-related items were approved by the Governing Board. The position of assistant manager of student nutrition will receive an increase of $4 per hour, teachers who teach additional classes will earn a stipend of $8,500, and the base wage scale for new teachers was increased as well.

For the 2024-25 school year, starting salaries for new teachers will be as follows:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: $42,500
  • Bachelor’s plus 40 additional semester hours / Master’s Degree: $44,500
  • Master’s plus 30 additional semester hours: $48,000
  • Master’s plus 60 additional semester hours / PhD: $51,000

In addition to base pay, teachers also receive twice-annual Prop 301 performance pay. In the 2022-23 school year, the total payout for Prop 301 amounted to $18,250.

Since 2017-18, including the most recent raises, YUHSD’s Governing Board has approved a cumulative 44-percent increase in teacher’s salaries. Additionally, classified employees have seen wage increases each year, ranging from flat dollar amounts to percentage increases.

YUHSD is currently hiring for numerous positions for the 2024-25 school year. Learn more here: https://yumaunion.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx or attend the district’s annual job fair on Thursday, March 21 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the district board room. RSVP here: https://forms.gle/LrfzvAy5a2zVqGBV6

To learn more about the district’s salaries and benefits, visit the Human Resources section of their official website here: https://www.yumaunion.org/human-resources/employee-benefits

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GRHS spiritline competition team at nationals with trophy.

The Gila Ridge High School spiritline competition team earned fifth place in the 2024 USA spirit nationals in Anaheim, CA from February 16-18, 2024. 

The Gila Ridge High School spiritline competition team earned fifth place in the 2024 USA spirit nationals in Anaheim, CA from February 16-18, 2024. 

During preliminary rounds, the team had zero deductions and a score of 87.6 out of 100. This was enough for them to advance to the final rounds the next day where they competed against six teams and earned fifth place in the crowd-leader division. 

“Making it to finals felt amazing because I was so proud of all of us and how much work and time we put into the routine to go perform on the Nationals mat and it really made it worth it,” GRHS Spiritline Point Flyer Emily Firasek said. “Nationals was a lot because it was extremely nerve wracking and it kept me up so many nights stressing about it but right before we got on the mat I realized it was going to be okay because of my team.”

After all of their hard work, the team celebrated at Disneyland before returning home. The 2023-24 spiritline season concludes on March 8, with their end-of-season banquet. 

“I am extremely proud of these girls, our score improved and we weren’t last so to me that’s a win,” GRHS Spiritline Coach Jenae Bailey said. “Every step we’ve taken has been in the right direction, moving us one spot up at a time.”

The Gila Ridge High School spiritline team earned first place at the USA Virtual Spirit Regionals in December of 2023. They were also fifth in state at the Arizona Cheer and Pom tournament in the 2022-23 season and won the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) show cheer state championship in 2021.

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Student during FCCLA Regional Competition 2024

Cibola High School's Vocational Culinary Arts program showcased its talent and skills at the FCCLA Regional Culinary Arts Competition held on February 13-14, 2024. The event included Gila Ridge and Yuma High as well. 

Cibola High School's Vocational Culinary Arts program showcased its talent and skills at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Regional Culinary Arts Competition held on February 13-14, 2024.

The event, hosted by Cibola, which saw participation from Gila Ridge High School and Yuma High School's vocational culinary classes, provided an opportunity for students to compete in various categories against other schools in the county.

The competition featured a diverse range of events including Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, Chapter Service Project Display, Food Innovations, Leadership, Nutrition and Wellness, Sports Nutrition, and Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation. Each category allowed students to demonstrate their creativity, culinary expertise, and teamwork.

Local judges, well-versed in the culinary arts and related fields, lent their expertise to evaluate the projects and performances of the participants. Each event was judged individually, providing ample time for the judges to interact with each group and assess their presentations thoroughly.

For the competitors, Regionals served as a valuable learning experience, offering them the chance to hone their public speaking skills and gain insight into the dynamics of competitive events. 

Participation in the FCCLA Regional Competition not only allowed students to showcase their talents but also fostered camaraderie and sportsmanship among the participating schools. 

The success achieved at regionals serves as a testament to the dedication and hard work of both the students and their instructors, setting the stage for continued excellence in culinary arts education.

With Regionals behind them, participants are now gearing up for the state competition, where they will have the opportunity to further demonstrate their skills and represent their school with pride. 

The FCCLA Culinary Arts state competition takes place in Tucson, AZ at The Westin La Paloma Resort on April 1-3. 
 

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Several wrestlers pose with a trophy on a black and gray mat.

Three wrestlers from Yuma Union High School District schools won individual Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) state championships in their respective weight classes.

Three wrestlers from Yuma Union High School District schools won individual Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) state championships in their respective weight classes on Saturday, Feb. 17. All three were first-time winners.

Kofa High School’s Adrian Calleros won the 165-pound boys division, while Gila Ridge High School’s Kennedy Farrar won the 100-pound girls division and Cibola High School’s Camille Torres won the 120-pound girls division.

Kofa placed second in the Division 2 boys team standings with 160.5 points. It is the highest Kofa has finished since 2007, when they also placed second. They finished third in 2023.

“Our team this year dealt with adversity all season long,” Kofa boys head coach Airam Moreno said. “We dealt with many injuries and uncertainty, but we decided as a team we would embrace the adversity. As the season progressed, we grew stronger and our belief in each other grew a special bond. The buy-in we had from everyone along with the friendship and bonds we had with each other made this a special team. It was a special season and it took a village. From booster club parents, assistant coaches, to [Athletic Director Joe] Daily, we could not have done it without everyone.”

Kofa sent 11 individual boys to state, including Calleros, who had not won a tournament in high school prior to last week’s sectional. They had three second-place finishers and one third-place finisher among the group.

Overall, YUHSD schools had 36 boys and girls wrestlers make the state tournament. Eleven of them placed in the top 3. Gila Ridge (12th), with 11 state qualifiers, and Cibola (13th) were among the top 15 finishers in the Division 1 boys team standings.  

Here are all YUHSD wrestlers who finished in the top 3 at the AIA State Championships:

Cibola High School
Boys – Division 1
Diego Camarillo (113 lbs), second place; Justin Torres (120 lbs), third place

Girls – Division 1
Camille Torres (120 lbs), first place

Gila Ridge High School
Boys – Division 1
Zavian Geranimo (126 lbs), second place

Girls – Division 1
Kennedy Farrar (100 lbs), first place

Kofa High School
Boys – Division 2
Adrian Calleros (165 lbs), first place; Daniel Alire (106 lbs), second place; Jose Gael Moreno (132 lbs), second place; Loren Phillips(190 lbs), second place; David Elias (126 lbs), third place

Yuma High School
Girls – Division 2
Divina Rios Diaz (100 lbs), second place

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Regional Officers speaking on stage in front of SkillsUSA students

More than 360 Yuma Union High School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) students competed in the SkillsUSA Region One competition from Thursday, February 1 to Friday, February 2, 2024 at Arizona Western College (AWC).

More than 360 Yuma Union High School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) students competed in the SkillsUSA Region One competition from Thursday, February 1 to Friday, February 2, 2024 at Arizona Western College (AWC). 

Region One includes AWC, Antelope Union High School, and middle school students. 

Students competed in 40 events where they were able to show their skills in areas such as stagecraft, prepared speech, job interview, video production, welding, automotive technologies, and many more. 

“For me, SkillsUSA is about being able to meet different people, getting to experience new things, and learning so much,” SkillsUSA State Secretary and KHS senior Hunter Daniels said. “It’s been a good growth experience for me. I’m excited for the state competition this year and I’m going for gold.”

More than 80 percent of the students who participated in regionals, including Daniels, advanced to the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on February 28-29. 


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VHS Class of 2023

Vista High School held its annual winter graduation on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 in Snider Auditorium on the Yuma High School campus.

Vista High School held its annual winter graduation on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 in Snider Auditorium on the Yuma High School campus.

Yuma Union High School District Governing Board President David Lara confirmed the group of 55 graduates prior to the distribution of their diplomas. YUHSD Governing Board Vice President Carlos Gonzalez, Board Member Christy Cradic, and Superintendent Tim Brienza were also on-hand to represent the district.

“This is a very helpful school,” VHS student Ruben Garza said in a speech during the ceremony. “We had teachers who had faith in us and never gave up on us, and helped us throughout our journey to get here.  

Garza along with Nalani Acosta gave student speeches during the event.

VHS Principal David King also encouraged graduates by saying, “I’m proud of the gift that each of you will be to our community. Each of you has accomplished something amazing and today is a celebration of that hard work and commitment to your success.”

The commencement ceremony can be viewed in its entirety on YUHSD’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/VzHX_Tbpjsg

Here is complete list of this year’s VHS winter graduates: 
Nalani Acosta, Jesus Aramburo Felix, Alaysiah Arviso, Roberto Badachi, Pedro Barraza, Zavian, Beverly-Yoakum, Alicia Bravo Hernandez, Nikea Cachora, Yahir Caiazzo,Henry Casanova, Harvey Castillo, Alejo De La Rosa, Raul De La Torre,Andrew Duarte, Gabriel Micheal Estrada, Adan Felix, Ruben Garza, Manuel Gill, Jose Gomez, Damien Gomez, Jalina Gonzalez, Destiny Guerra, Salvador Gutierrez, Freddy Hernandez, Angel Hernandez Montoya, Michelle Hernandez Reyes, Brian Hernandez-Serrano, Kyra Hollis, Jose Ibarra Garcia, Karina Jackson, Evan Lee, Iran Maciel, Allen Magallanes, Hailey (Cameron) Magarelli, Adriana Martinez, Uzziel Medel, Alberto Medina Mendoza, Jazmin Mendez, Juan Florencio Montijo, Emanuel Negrete Hernandez, Calise Norton, Alberto Pimental, Ethan Reta, Syden Rios, Arely Rivera Morales, Marla Rodriguez, Mayah Rodriguez, Florencio Salazar Garnica, Matthew Tamayo, Kaitlin Tesson, Mauricio Tirado, Gilberto Oleff Torres Rivas, Matthew Umlah, Federico Vega, Vianna Lea Young

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A soccer team in a group photo on the pitch with fans in the bleachers behind them.

The No. 2 Sidewinders face No. 4 Perry High School for the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) State Championship. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa High School

San Luis High School has been here before. To some extent, it may even feel a bit like déjà vu.

They are one of the premier soccer programs in the state and have been on the doorstep too many times in recent years. Yet, the first state championship in school history has remained elusive.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, for the second year in a row, the No. 2 Sidewinders will get a chance to break through in a rematch with No. 4 Perry High School for the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) State Championship. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa High School.

It’s the fifth time in school history San Luis (11-0-1) has advanced to the title game, and the third time in the past four years. This time around, they are looking to avenge a 2-0 loss to Perry in the 2023 finals.

“I am extremely proud of my players,” said SLHS soccer coach Jesus Rojas, who is in his seventh season leading the program. “Their dedication has paid off with a great season, but the homework is not complete yet.”

The Sidewinders have not lost a regular-season AIA game since January 2020 (1-0 in extra time to Cibola) and have scorched through the 2024 postseason with an 8-0 goal differential. They have shutout their past four opponents, dating back to the end of the regular season. Junior goalkeeper Nelson Berrelleza has nine saves in that span.

In addition to Berrelleza, San Luis has a wealth of big game experience. Senior midfielder Misael Meza, who led the team in goals with 18, has been a part of the past two runner up teams. Striker Rodrigo Ortega, a sophomore who scored 8 goals this season, split time between Junior Varsity and Varsity in 2022-23, but was on the roster in the playoffs. Overall, all but two of the Sidewinders’ top 11 have experienced some of the previous heartbreak.

But as Rojas alluded to, Saturday is an opportunity to erase all of that.

Watch the game live on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) streaming website: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/aia/gam032600f258 (Note: there is a subscription fee). Tickets for the game are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students with ID and can be purchased on the GoFan app (https://gofan.co/event/1366410). 

Here are the past state championship appearances for San Luis High School boys soccer:
2022-23: Perry 2, San Luis 0
2020-21: Brophy 1, San Luis 1 (Brophy wins 3-2 on penalty kicks)
2014-15: Queen Creek 3, San Luis 0
2005-06: Ironwood 2, San Luis 0

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YUHSD staff members taking part in ICSAVE training

During the annual county-wide professional development day, Yuma Union High School District security and nursing staff members completed the Integrated Community Solutions to Active Violence Events (ICSAVE) training at Kofa High School.

During the annual county-wide professional development day, Yuma Union High School District security and nursing staff members completed the Integrated Community Solutions to Active Violence Events (ICSAVE) training at Kofa High School.

This training certifies the staff as immediate responders and equips them with critical life-saving skills to treat wounds, utilize tourniquets, and prevent massive blood loss until emergency medical services arrive.

“This training gives us an added layer of safety to our staff and students,” YUHSD Director of Health and Safety Henry Gonzlez said. “Having these life saving techniques in training would allow us to save a life or a limb before someone could take them to the hospital.” 

The training was conducted by Integrated Community Solutions in collaboration with the Yuma and Somerton fire departments.

The initiative to implement the ICSAVE training was spearheaded by Michael Goodwill, a student at Kofa High School and life scout, as part of his community service badge project. Goodwill not only donated tourniquets to the district, but also recommended the ICSAVE course to train the staff on how to "Stop the Bleed."

“It feels good to have this training for the staff,” Goodwill said. “It will be beneficial for them to learn these skills and have a chance to save a lot of lives. 

Oscar Galvan, a security officer at Kofa High School, highlighted the importance of continuous training. "Having a class like this is fantastic because it helps them build up their confidence. The more training we get, the better we can keep our staff and students safe."

YUHSD holds professional development days twice a year across the district, focusing on safety, pedagogy, best practices, personal well-being, and more.
 

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Lorie Honeycutt smiling and looking at camera.

Yuma Union High School District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Executive Director Lorie Honeycutt has been selected as a nominee for the national SkillsUSA Honorary Life Membership Award. 

Yuma Union High School District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Executive Director Lorie Honeycutt has been selected as a nominee for the national SkillsUSA Honorary Life Membership Award. 

The award is one of SkillsUSA’s highest recognitions and it is given to selected individuals for their service that demonstrates the values and mission of SkillsUSA. 

“I was both surprised and honored that the Arizona committee felt I should receive the award,” Honeycutt said. “My goal is always to do what is best for our YUHSD CTE students so I support all of our CTSOs (Career and Technical Student Organizations) and attend as many regional, state and national events as I am able in support of our incredible students.”

Individuals are selected by a committee of SkillsUSA’s Board of Directors based on the number of years they’ve been involved with SkillsUSA and their contributions at local, state, and national levels. Eligible individuals must also be a current or retired SkillsUSA member or partner.

“An unwavering advocate for CTE at YUHSD, Lorie Honeycutt has not only transformed programs, but nurtured a culture of excellence and leadership,” YUHSD Associate Superintendent Lisa Anderson said. “From a CTE teacher inheriting a program in 2009 to becoming the Executive Director of CTE, she has been the driving force behind our students' success in SkillsUSA.”

Honeycutt has been involved in CTE at YUHSD for 20 years and has held her current position as executive director since 2016. 

The Honorary Life Membership award winner will be announced at the SkillsUSA National conference in June 2024. 


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The Yuma Union High School District Governing Board elected Jacqueline Kravitz as its new Board President at the onset of its meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

The Yuma Union High School District Governing Board elected Jacqueline Kravitz as its new Board President at the onset of its meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. 

Kravitz, who has served as a board member since 2018, was sworn in for her second term in January 2022. She replaces David Lara, who will remain a member of the board.  

“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve our students and community and work alongside amazing people,” Kravitz said. “It is an honor and a privilege. I will continue to be available to our stakeholders, students, and staff, and I look forward to a positive and productive year.”

Carlos Gonzalez was re-elected as the Board Vice President after Kravitz was elected President. 

For information about the board, including video recaps of each meeting, minutes, schedules, and more, please visit YUHSD’s Governing Board page on its official website.
 

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Eight students from Yuma Union High School District were selected as members of the West Region Honor Band, Choir, and Orchestra last month. 

Eight students from Yuma Union High School District were selected as members of the West Region Honor Band, Choir, and Orchestra last month. 

The ensembles, made up of some of the best high-school age musicians in the state, will take part in the All-Region High School Regional Festival at Central High School in Phoenix on Feb. 16-17, 2024.

To be selected for a spot in the honor ensemble, students compete in an audition with a prepared piece and a sight-read piece.

“It makes me feel like all my work throughout the years is finally worth it and finally being put to a harder test,” Cibola High School horn player Emma Stewart said. “Knowing that I made it this year makes me feel good.”

Each ensemble will perform multiple pieces at the festival. The performances are open to the public.

“I am really proud of them because in addition to extra time and effort put into practice to show technical mastery,” Kofa High School band teacher Sheryl Clifton said. “These students had to perform with emotion and sensitivity to different styles of music, and that is the mark of a true artist.”

YUHSD West Region Honor members
Quyen Nguyen, Cibola, Choir (Tenor); Erick Resendiz, Cibola, Choir (Tenor); Gabriel Pennington, Cibola, Band (Clarinet); Emma Stewart, Cibola, Band (Horn); Chloe Clark, Cibola, Orchestra (Bassoon); Shantall Acosta, Gila Ridge, Band (Clarinet); James Mailo, Gila Ridge , Band (Trumpet); Emma Connor, Kofa, Band (Clarinet)
 

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YUHSD launches redesigned websites

The district launched its newly redesigned district and campus websites on Feb. 9, 2024.

Yuma Union High School District’s website, www.yumaunion.org, received a modern overhaul this week.

The district launched its newly redesigned district and campus websites on Feb. 9, 2024. The new sites have been designed in partnership with Finalsite to provide a more user-friendly experience with improved navigation, translation, responsiveness and functionality throughout, allowing visitors to access information and news with ease. 

“The new sites are an amazing blend of aesthetic appeal and user-friendliness,” YUHSD Chief Communications Officer Eric Patten said. “Numerous facets were overhauled and configured to meet the needs of our families and community stakeholders. The desktop versions and mobile and tablet versions are seamlessly integrated. Of course, a website is sort of always evolving, but we are happy with where they are and hope families are able to make the most out of their experience online.”

Some of the key features of the websites include: a learning tools link at the top of the page that travels with users to give them instant access to Canvas, ParentVUE and other YUHSD education platforms; customized news pages for various departments; simplified menu options; an easy-to-use contact form; so-called “hero” banners across each homepage that display a 30-second highlight video of each school; and links can be customized on the backend to include the language preferred by each visitor to make sending translated documents easier.

Additionally, the sites are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and offer robust translation services as part of a dropdown menu at the bottom of each page.

To access individual school websites, visit the district homepage and select a campus from the “schools” dropdown menu in the upper right corner or visit one of the following links:

Cibola High School: cibola.yumaunion.org
Gila Ridge High School: gilaridge.yumaunion.org
Kofa High School: kofa.yumaunion.org
San Luis High School: sanluis.yumaunion.org
Somerton High School: somerton.yumaunion.org
Vista High School: vista.yumaunion.org
Yuma High School: yumahs.yumaunion.org

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Kofa High School photography students Adriel Valenzuela and Kai Evans participated in a work-based learning event, taking pictures for a Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp (GYEDC) luncheon event last month. 

Kofa High School photography students Adriel Valenzuela and Kai Evans participated in a work-based learning event, taking pictures for a Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp (GYEDC) luncheon event last month. 

During the event, the students were directed by the KHS photography teacher Adrianne Comstock and worked closely with the GYEDC representative Amber Shek.

“Amber Shek at GYEDC has been a pleasure to work with on this, “Comtock said, “She has several jobs she needs done and she has been patient and very understanding that these are high school students.  While the work we are doing for her is a priority, they also have five other classes to manage as well as any other extra-curricular activities they are committed to. They do not go back to a personal studio space and process photos all day. Working for her has been a gentle nudge into the professional photography scene for our students.”

Following the event, Valenzuela received a notable opportunity, being offered a position to capture moments at the Heart of Yuma event. 

Reflecting on the experience, Valenzuela expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Taking pictures at the event with my friends and classmate Kai Evans was an incredible experience. It was my first foray into work-based learning. It was not only enjoyable, but it also allowed me to make valuable connections and even landed me a new job.”

Yuma Union High School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes provide work-based learning opportunities as a broader way for students to increase their knowledge in a field of interest and gain employability skills and entry-level technical knowledge or skills.

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GRHS spiritline competition team

The Gila Ridge High School spiritline competition team earned first place in the USA Virtual Spirit Regionals One, against 14 other teams in the small crowd-leader division.

The Gila Ridge High School spiritline competition team earned first place in the USA Virtual Spirit Regionals One, against 14 other teams in the small crowd-leader division. 

Winning first place at the regional event means they will be competing at the 2024 USA Spirit Nationals in Anaheim, California from February 16-18, 2024. 

“When I received the results that we did in fact qualify for Nationals and took first place I literally jumped and screamed with excitement,” GRHS spiritline coach Jenae Bailey said. “I then quickly FaceTimed the whole team to inform them and we all screamed with excitement and I may or may not have cried a tad. Competing and taking first was definitely a huge boost of confidence and these girls deserved it.”

Teams were scored in three separate sections: band chant, crowdleading/cheer and fight song. Gila Ridge scored the highest score of 87.1000 with zero deductions out of 100. 

“All season we have really been putting in the hard hours to perfect our routine, from early mornings to late evenings,” GRHS spiritline captain Abby Shew said. “Winning first place was a huge motivator to keep up the hard work and a big accomplishment that I am proud of. I’m filled with high hopes for a fun and exciting weekend with hopefully another win on the way.”

Now that the team is headed to nationals, they have been busy with practice and fundraising. Anyone interested in sponsoring the team or making a donation towards competition expenses should contact Jbailey1@yumaunion.org for more information. 

The Gila Ridge High School spiritline team was fifth in state at the Arizona Cheer and Pom tournament in the 2022-23 season and won the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) show cheer state championship in 2021.

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Merchandise displayed in rows with Yuma Criminals across the top of a blue ribbon

Beginning Monday, Jan. 29, the Cell Block will transition from a brick-and-mortar location on the high school’s campus to an online-only store that is expected to service Criminal alumni across the world.

Yuma High School’s Cell Block store is entering the digital world.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 29, the Cell Block will transition from a brick-and-mortar location on the high school’s campus to an online-only store that is expected to service Criminal alumni across the world.

“While we love seeing faces on our campus, we believe the new online store will benefit the Yuma High School campus in a variety of ways,” YHS Principal Mike Fritz said. “We have more than 100 years of history, which means there are alumni everywhere. An online store will allow Criminals past and present to have regular access to merchandise. That expanded reach will help increase funding for school activities and other areas.”

In addition to providing expanded reach, the online store is expected to help increase student safety by no longer permitting customers during school hours, and allows the school to keep a broader and more well-rounded stock of inventory.

The current Cell Block is holding a liquidation sale on Friday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in hopes of selling as much merchandise as possible during its final day of activity. The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club that operated the Cell Block will still have an opportunity to sell merchandise at school events in the future.

The new online store can be accessed here: https://shop.game-one.com/arizona/yuma/yuma-criminals

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