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ECHS Staff Highlight



Christina Rhaburn and Za’moni Wilson

Ms. Virginia: The Iconic Liaison

May 6th, 2019


Ms. Virginia is one of our staff members here at El Capitan High School and has worked here for 6 years as a liaison. She’s also worked at Atwater High School for 12 years and Yosemite High School for 9 years. Ms. Virginia is known as an icon to El Capitan.

She applied for the position as the liaison in 1994. When Merced Unified School District first interviewed Virginia, they knew she would be fit for the position and immediately hired her...Read More

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Student Life



ECHS Food Fair
ECHS Food Fair
ECHS Food Fair

Rachel Livinal

The Fate of the Food Fair: El Cap Holds Its Final Food Fair of the Year and Potentially, its Final Food Fair Forever

May 10, 2019


On the afternoon of May 3rd, 2019, El Capitan High was humming with pure excitement as the crowds of students filtered into the quad for their final food fair. Workers at each booth became increasingly fast in their work duties as students were handed anything from hot Cheetos with cheese to carne asada nachos. Smiles on the faces of the students and staff were evident as everyone became immersed in the lively atmosphere and the endless variety of delicious foods. But while the participants enjoyed this wonderful afternoon, the fundraising lunchtime event is known as Food Fair, that has been coming to schools in the district for nearly fifteen years, may have had its final run that day. As a result of the USDA Healthy Snacks nutrition standards, it’s uncertain if the event will hold a place in our school’s future...Read More



ECHS Alma Matter

Hannah Sanchez

The Evolution of El Capitan

May 10, 2019


On the afternoon of May 3rd, 2019, El Capitan High was humming with pure excitement as the crowds of students filtered into the quad for their final food fair. Workers at each booth became increasingly fast in their work duties as students were handed anything from hot Cheetos with cheese to carne asada nachos. Smiles on the faces of the students and staff were evident as everyone became immersed in the lively atmosphere and the endless variety of delicious foods...Read More

Senioritis

Paula Almeda

El Cap’s Students Struggle with Senioritis as They Try to Finish the Year Strong

May 10, 2019


Whether it is a lack of motivation to go to class or something as mundane as getting out of bed, senioritis is an epidemic widespread amongst the class of 2019. By this time, seniors are well acquainted with procrastination and lack of sleep. If senioritis were a medical disease, a decline in grades, increased truancy, and overwhelming feelings of helplessness would be its symptoms... Read More


Steven Rice

Winter Formal 2019

January 2019


Winter Formal, a day where all the boys and girls of the high schools of Merced, dressed with clean tuxedos and beautiful dresses, look to have the time of their life. You see new faces, you see a lot of familiar faces even if you’ve never been to one but the feeling when you set foot into the dance is a feeling like no other...Read More

ECHS Winter Formal

Rachel Livinal

Smiley Riley

November 5, 2018


The morning of September 24th, many lives, especially the students and staff at El Capitan, were changed forever. Eyes veiled in despair could be seen all across campus as El Capitan and the city of Merced learned the devastating news that spread through every classroom; Riley Hanson, a beautiful joyous senior, one of El Cap’s very own, had passed away in a car accident only the day before...Read more

ECHS Smiley Riley


ECHS Winter Wish Rally

Rachel Livinal

Gifts and Gratitude Galore: El Capitan’s Winter Wish Rally 2018

December 19, 2018


The Winter Wish Rally at El Capitan on Friday, December 14th, was definitely not one to forget! With surprises around every corner and faces full of gratefulness, the rally put everyone in the holiday mood. Gifts ranging from dinners and massages to cameras and puppies, El Capitan didn’t waste any time letting many know that they are appreciated by their loved ones, friends, and staff... Read More

ECHS Homecoming

Samantha Frederick

2018 ECHS Homecoming

September 21, 2018


Friday September 14th was our Homecoming game! A time where students celebrate school spirit and come together to elect their classmates for homecoming court. This years homecoming nominees are very involved and were eager to share about why school spirit is important and how to get involved...Read More

ECHS Food Fair Sept. 28th

Naomi Parra

2018 Food Fair

September 28, 2018


Bites, stress, and socializing, oh my! The Food Fair this quarter (September 28th, 2018) was pretty alarming. . .-ly successful! Just like our student population, people were able to get a large diversity in food this day. Not only was everyone able to purchase food and enjoy it; they were also allowed to interact with peers and connect through the beauty of music...Read More


Sports


ECHS Waterpolo 2019

Steven Rice

One Small Stroke for Aquatics, One Giant Hope for El Cap Athletics

May 10, 2019


Since El Capitan was rebuilt in 2013, a few programs were the spark of our athletic culture; water polo and swim for both boys and girls are a couple of the most developed programs. Athletic director, Louie Souza believes, “[When] we opened up with our Aquatics Program, [which] at first, was established by Coach Parker and Coach Christy, [both coaches came] from different schools. They were both very experienced and knew how to establish the right culture”. Over the years, more students have enrolled in El Capitan and as a result, every sports program has grown in some sort of way. However, the Aquatics Program has especially excelled. Souza continued, “El Capitan’s Aquatics Program has been the leading establishment since our opening”...Read More



ECHS Girls Basketball 2019

Rachel Livinal

One Small Win for One Big Title: Lady Gauchos Basketball Win Against Merced High at Home

January 29,2019


The smiles of the lady gauchos girls basketball team shined throughout the gymnasium on Monday, January 28th, as they warmed up for their game against Merced High. The game would be an incredibly crucial deciding point in terms of the CCC, but only the beginning, as the girls were scheduled to play again the following night against Atwater, their ultimate competitors. Even though it seemed like a tough one to beat, El Cap was ready, and they showed it in the hardest parts of the game with their teamwork

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ECHS VolleyballPhoto Credit: ANDREW KUHNAKUHN@MERCEDSUN-STAR.COM

Shiwani Lata

Sun Star's Athlete of the Week: Natalie Collins

October 10th, 2018


Overjoyed from being selected on being a nominee for the Sun Star’s athlete of the week, is Natalie Collins. She believes all of her teammates are worthy for athlete of the week, and her nomination was the representation of the El Capitan’s outstanding girls volleyball team...Read More


ECHS Football

Steven Rice

El Capitan Gaucho vs. Atwater High School Homecoming Football Game


September 23, 2018


September 14th marked El Capitan's Homecoming football game against Atwater High; The weather was on the colder side and made for the perfect atmosphere. While the Gauchos prepared in the tunnel, the crowd waited in anticipation with bated breath. The national anthem played over the speakers, and the players remembered to do their best no matter what the outcome of the game ended up being. When the song finished cheers erupted from the crowd as they anticipate for the kickoff to happen...Read More

ECHS Wrestling

Steven Rice

Standards Set High: Gauchos Wrestling 2018-2019

December 20, 2019


Training and conditioning were already in motion while the spring sports were in the midst of their seasons, but the expectations head wrestling coach, John Petty, had weren’t fully expected until early September, two to three months away from there first “duos”(known as matches) at home. All new wrestlers had to keep up to speed and show what they could take to sustain a wrestling practice. Coach Petty spent little time practicing the basic techniques to wrestle so the newcomers had to pay close attention as well as learn quickly and efficiently to be at the top of their weight class for the next match...Read More