Victoria Contreras has been a student reporter for Coachella Unincorporated for two years. Victoria is currently a senior at Coachella Valley High School in Coachella, Calif. In the past two years, she has reported on issues like high school athletics and how young people cope with loss. Victoria is very involved in athletics and recently finished her final season with CVHS girls basketball. Victoria's faith is at the center of all she does, and it drives her to work hard in all aspects of her life. In the fall, she will be attending California State University San Bernardino where she plans on studying to become a registered nurse. View Victoria's author page here.
Johnny Flores Jr.
Johnny Flores, Jr. has been regularly contributing to Coachella Unincorporated since his freshman year of high school at Xavier College Prep. Johnny has written numerous articles for CU and other publications, including The Desert Sun and Princeton Summer Journal. In the fall, Johnny will be attending the University of Southern California where he will be majoring in print and digital journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He also hopes to minor in business management at the Marshall School of Business. Johnny hopes to keep contributing to CU even after his high school graduation. He also enjoys helping youth from the eastern Coachella Valley develop their journalism and leadership skills. View Johnny's author page here.
Maria Garcia has been a student reporter with Coachella Unincorporated for two years. She is currently a junior at NOVA Academy in Coachella, Calif. Maria enjoys writing personal reflections and profiles of people in her community. In her spare time, she also enjoys drawing and sketching comic book characters. View Maria's author page here.
A few years ago Karla Martinez didn’t think a young person like her could ever make a difference in her community. But after getting involved with local organizations, Karla's opinion on this was reversed. She has devoted almost every spare minute of her time to bettering her community. Karla, 16, is currently a junior at Nova Academy in Coachella. She has been a regular contributor to Coachella Unincorporated for two years, where she has written numerous articles and reflections on issue ranging from community violence to voter registration. In April 2015, Karla won the Young Lady of the Year Award for Riverside County District 4 for her work with the Land Use Planning Awareness project. View Karla's author page here.
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Ivan Valenzuela has been a student reporter with Coachella Unincorporated for two years. Ivan is currently a student at College of the Desert, but he is transferring to California State University Riverside in fall 2015. Ivan has reported on issues like farmworker's rights and access to clean drinking water. In his spare time, Ivan enjoys learning about photography and film. View his author page here.