By: Indio’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Mayor, Yaire Pedroza
Being a teenager during this time in history is empowering – from preventing gun violence at schools to showing school pride at the 2018 Riverside County Fair School Spirit Competition.
On March 14, 2018, a large number of students at Indio High School led a Peace Rally to unite in honor of the 17 lives that were lost during the Parkland, Florida shooting and to promote peace rather than gun violence in our schools. During the peaceful rally, students had the opportunity to speak on gun violence to have their voice heard and share how they truly felt on gun violence. The peace rally ended with 17 moments of silence, 17 white balloons, and students gathered up as a whole group while the song “Heal The World” by Michael Jackson played.
On February 16, 2018, Indio High School, Shadow Hills High School, Coachella Valley High School and other high schools attended the 2018 Riverside County Fair School Spirit Competition to show off their school spirit and pride. The schools had to play rounds of games while having limited time in each round. Each school had to work as a team to beat the other teams.
While the high schools were competing, a large number of students who attended those high schools showed off their school colors, spirit, pride, and chants from the stands – cheering for their high school from beginning to end. The competition ended with the last round to see and hear which high school had the most spirit. Coachella Valley High School took 1st place, La Quinta High School took 2nd place, and Indio High School took 3rd place. It was a fun and successful competition.
The Indio YAC is made up of select high school students who hold a minimum GPA of 2.5 and want to make a difference in their community. They attend regular City Council meetings, sitting alongside the Indio Mayor and City Council and provide input on youth related issues.