NEW IE Preps Magazine ASB Awards

Rarely do ASB programs get the recognition, praise, and thanks they deserve. IE Preps Magazine wants to change that.
This year, we are looking to recognize the top ASB programs in the Inland Empire in the following categories;

  • Creativity
  • Community Service
  • Student Body Impact
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Social Media Presence
  • Game Day Environment
  • Growth and Progress
  • Overall Program

To be recognized as one of the Best ASB Programs for 2021, all we ask is that you fill out a short application. The application can be filled out by an Administrator, and Advisor or the ASB Representative. Applications are due May 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Janel Pido of Aquinas

Janel Pido of Aquinas high school is one of one. This class of 2021 senior is not only a member of her varsity volleyball and track teams, but is also an international competitor in USA Taekwondo. 

Janel started taekwondo at the age of 5, and started competing at the age of 7. She is a second degree black belt and trains four to five days a week for competitions. She has been named an All-American Taekwondo athlete as she ranks in the top 10% in her division for the past two years. Janel was the California State Champion in 2016, 2017, and 2018 and also placed second at the 2018 US Open. In 2019, Janel won the Colorado, Utah, and Washington state championships. As an All-American athlete, Janel has been able to travel to Colorado Springs to train with the US Olympic Taekwondo Coaches at the USAT Center of Excellence.

Prior to the pandemic, Janel won the 2020 Arizona State Championships. In the future, Janel will use everything she had gained from her taekwondo career and apply them to her life after high school.

IE Preps 2021 Teen Education Conference

The Ivy League Sydney Ormiston Blog #1

Sydeny Ormiston Blog     What’s up readers, my name is Sydney Ormiston, and welcome to my blog. I am an Inland Empire volleyball and basketball player, and I am currently a senior at Murrieta Mesa High School.  Writing the word senior to describe myself does not feel right, and I am hesitant to believe that this is my last year as a Murrieta resident. My blog plan is to cover some relevant and current topics such as coronavirus and its effect, the state of our country, and my high school experience, but today I have chosen to simply explain my commitment, and hopefully give some advice to other athletes considering college sports. 

    To describe myself further, I am committed to the University of Pennsylvania for volleyball. Today’s athletic commitments are extremely competitive, each person constantly comparing their own achievements to the success of others. Every school has its own unique characteristics that hopefully fit the criteria the student-athlete was searching for. My goal was Ivy League, and I planned to get there without taking 7 APs per year and maxing out the SAT. My path to an Ivy degree involved bringing a unique talent to Penn: volleyball. I needed to set myself apart from the rest of the applicants in search of the same result as every other student, an Ivy League education. Do not get me wrong, hard work has resulted in legit test scores and grades, and those coupled with my service and sports resume were enough to make my commitment to UPenn. 

     I chose UPenn after many recruiting calls and campus visits because they fit the categories that I considered to be crucial to my personal decision-making process. My process created a noticeable pattern in that my list was made up of mainly high academic schools. I prioritized academics, but still craved competition on the court. Immediately after I experienced Penn for the first time, I knew it was right for me. It was the campus, the players, the students, the never quiet, undying energy of Philadelphia, and the overall feel of the school that convinced me this was the place I needed to be. The vibe of the school you want to attend is so important, if you feel that you will not fit in with the team or with the students you see and meet on campus, then it is not the right school for you. If something feels off about the school, then something probably is.

    I believe that there is a school or path for everyone, and deciding important aspects such as the size of the school, location, academic reputation, and the overall competitiveness of the team can aid in finding what is right for you. My story is just one of many, and what I looked for in a school might differ completely from what is important to you. All that matters is that you know what you want and that you do not stop until you find what you are looking for. Use the sport or activity that you love to find that place, and don’t do it for anyone but yourself.

     Thanks for reading my first blog and I am very open to discussion topics if you have any questions about my story do not hesitate to email me at   I am also open to writing about any other suggestions you may have so hmu blog squad.

No Giving Up

Marley Basurto No Giving Up

Chino Hills High Class of 2019 softball standout Marley Basurto looks to be the perfect high school student-athlete. Since she has been a 5-year-old, she has always wanted to be a softball player. Starting her career at Chino Hills Community Park, Basurto has been around the game her entire life, first being coached by her father. As an outfielder, Marley has used her speed and talent to outrun any challenge that she faced on the softball field.

During Marley’s 9th grade school year, Marley made the tough decision to tell her mother about the challenges that she was facing off of the field. Marley confided to her mother that she had not felt like her normal self for quite some time. For the past few years, she had felt pressure and anxiety. The desire to be like her brother, be a perfect student at school, and not make mistakes was quietly taking a toll on Marley. The feelings of moving in slow motion and having bad thoughts were too much for her to take on alone.

With help and copy strategies Marley began to make her way back to who she felt she truly was. Using the support of her family, fidget toys, talking to friends, music, and meditation Marley Basurto looked her opponent in the eye and won. Marley, like millions of people around the world quietly suffered through a mental health issue. Unlike many people, Marley made the courageous move to ask for help.

IE Preps Magazine applauds Marley Basurto for being a winner on the field and off. We are proud to say this Fall Marley will be headed to Valley City State University to continue her career in softball. She credits her family, team, and Crossfit of Chino Hills training for her on the field success.

With the month of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we hope that Marley’s story can give young people and adults the hope and inspiration to know that reaching out for help in life the best move that you can ever make.