Adopt-A-Family

By Donielle Gerrell

Students of Cathedral City High School were given the opportunity to help families in need this holiday season through Adopt-A-Family. Families that were in need had the opportunity to sign up for the program to receive help from homerooms of CCHS. Homerooms had about three weeks to plan for the items they would be giving.

On December 16th, 2014, the students provided gifts for the children and meals for the entire family. The high school provided Christmas to about 30 families. Gifts consisted of toys to bikes to Christmas tress. By the end of the day, students felt as if they made a difference. As we join our families for the holiday season, we are reminded how thankful we are for having home cooked meals and presents under the tree.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Marching Band 2014 Ends in Optimism

By Derrick Serrano

“And in fourth place for Division 4A in the California State Band Championships…,” says the announcer, his gallant voice echoing across Huntington Beach’s, sea-scented high school stadium. The grassy field below is packed with drum majors, their stiff, regal statures cloaking tense excitement. The usually rapturous conversation in the student-filled stands has been replaced by silent anticipation. If one were outside the stadium, they wouldn’t believe a single soul was present.

“Fourth place goes to… Cathedral City High School.”

A collective sigh is released by CCHS’s Royal Regiment. “One place away from Grand Championships! Just one more place,” someone mutters. The disappointment is clear… but only for a tiny second. Students begin clapping. Then, cheering. And, finally, a cacophony.

“Ain’t no party like a CC Party!” “WHAT! WHAT!”

The energy doesn’t leave the final bus ride home. Old stories, car games and laughter pierces the tiny space. The disappointment is there, but it’s insignificant in the grand scheme of the season. Director Matthew Howe’s encouraging words repeat throughout every student’s mind:

“I don’t have to say a word. This season has been successful. We’ve done things that this band program hasn’t touched in a long time or if ever. We got Best Music. Our sound is dynamite. And I think, next year, we can take it all the way.”

Congratulations to the CCHS Royal Regiment for their 4th Place win at the California State Band Championships. And congratulations to Matthew Howe for an impressive marching band season in his first year as band director. And, of course, congratulations to all senior marching band members for their endurance while upholding the program’s Commitment to Excellence and newest motto: “They will not outwork us!”

Media Monday: Orange is the New Black

By Denys Loaiza & Yolanda Cortez

Orange is the New Black stars Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper Chapman. Chapman is sent to jail after a court case discovered she was involved with a drug cartel with her former girlfriend, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon). Chapman has to spend the next two years in prison, and while she thought she could handle it, she soon discovers that Vause is in the prison as well. She now has the spend the rest of her sentence trying to avoid trouble with all of the other inmates and her ex-girlfriend.

We both find the show to be put together very well. The episodes don’t always simply revolve around Piper. Many episodes focus on the other inmates, creating a realistic universe for the show. The writers have given other inmates important parts and emotional back stories that make you both love and hate them. All the main characters add to the story and make the show enjoyable. The series shows a variety of women including a transgender woman, to latina women, to nuns, and even a former Russian mafia member.

Orange is the New Black was released on Netflix on July 11th, 2013. Since then, a second season was produced and a third series in scheduled to premiere in June of 2015. The show has also received 12 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations. The show is excellent and highly recommended.

 

SkillsUSA Lip Sync Battles: Friday, November 21!

By Donielle Gerrell

Have you ever heard of lip sync battles? You might have seen the comedic show on Jimmy Fallon. Lip sync battles consists of multiple performances where the competitors perform lip sync routines with the song of their choice.

The reason we are hosting these battles is to help SkillsUSA students raise money to be able to compete at the 2015 SkillsUSA State Conference coming up in April. The competitions can get quite expensive and with over 100 members this year, we can definitely use your support.

These battles will take place in the CCHS Theater from 6-8 p.m. Admission is $4 and it costs $2 to compete if you sign up prior to the show. It is on Friday, November 21, so sign up as soon as possible.

The best part of the battles are the prizes. There will be prizes brought to you by Whole Foods, Grill-A-Burger, and the Desert Ice Castle.

Please come out and support!

 

 

Band-O-Rama 2014

By Jessica Ramos & Janett Tirado

IMG_5742The 7th annual Band-O-Rama took palce on Wednesday November 5th in the Cathedral City High School Football Stadium. Band-O-Rama allows high school bands from all around Southern California to come together and perform their field show for each other in a competition-like setting (but with out the competitiveness). “Everyone is really nice, what I especially love about Band-O-Rama is seeing my band friends from other schools that I don’t normally see,” said Kyla Jacques from CCHS.

There were 9 different bands that came and performed at this year’s Band-O-Rama: Rancho Mirage High School, Coachella Valley High School, West Valley High School, Indio High School, Desert Hot Springs High School, Palm Desert High School, La Quinta High School, Cathedral City High School, and the famous Riverside Community College Roaring Tigers.

Band-O-Rama was started with the goal of uniting band members from different schools and to show off all their hard work for one another. This event allows band students to mingle and meet other band students and bond over their love of music.

IMG_5777“It’s really cool meeting other band members from other school,” said Adam Tamez from CCHS. “It’s like you know we’re all going to be friends because we all have something in common.”

“I always look forward to Band-O-Rama, just to see all my band friends,” said Douglas from WVHS.

What really makes Band-O-Rama memorable is the RCC Fall line performance. This year they performed a jazzy field show, featuring their saxophone, trombone, guitar, and drum set players. As always, their visual effects in the color guard, drum line, and band, and beautiful playing left everyone breathless, even from the first note. “Right when RCC played their first note of their field show I just felt it right here *puts hand on heart*,” said Taylor Intal of RMHS

“RCC is probably one of the best bands I have ever heard,” said CCHS Band student Janett Tirado. “Their shows are always colorful and extravagant. I always look forward to seeing their shows, especially knowing that their shows get better and better.”

“Most of the friends I have today are the friends I made in band.” – Every Band Member Ever

Media Monday: Watchmen

By Yolanda Cortez & Denys Loaiza

When someone starts killing off former heroes in 1984, Rorschach begins his own investigation, revealing something deeper that can alter the course of history. Rorschach is now needs to convince his former colleagues to help him find the killer and stop them.

In my (Denys) opinion, the graphics throughout the entire movie are impeccable. The graphics used on Dr. Manhattan, the superhero in the movie, are very realistic. His entire body is blue. When there are multiples of Dr. Manhattan, each of them are very detailed. The storyline of the movie is very captivating and suspenseful.

One of my favorite effects of the movie was when Dr. Manhattan and Silk Spectre are on Mars. The structure that he builds on Mars is very luminous and extravagant. The overall tone of the movie is very dark and mysterious. It keeps you guessing all the way to the end on who is killing the former heroes.

Watchmen brought in $3.2 million dollars in the United Kingdom on its opening weekend.  It grossed 107.5 million in the in the United States on May 2009. Throughout the five years that this film has been out, I still find it to be a magnificent movie to watch.

Cathedral City Gets a Pool!

ByJanet  Mosqueda

On October 28, 2014, it was announced that Cathedral City High School would be the home of the Palm Spring Unified School District Aquatic Center. The school board decided at Tuesday’s night’s meeting on where the swimming pool’s location would be. The pool will be approximately 130 feet by 75 feet. The large size will make it easier for multiple schools or teams to share the facility at the same time.

“I think the pool has the chance to have a tremendous impact on the schools using it and the community as a whole,” said Brad Fleener, the swim and water polo coach at CCHS. “I personally feel proud to have been a part of the process that has culminated in the decision to build a pool.”

Fleener was among those who have been patiently waiting and constantly going to meetings in order for this pool to happen. “I’m really excited about having a chance for students and staff to come watch how special these athletes are and how fun swim and polo can be.”

Last Home Football Game of the Season

By Donielle Gerrell

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The Lions did it again! With the crowd cheering and score board rising, the team had a great night. On top of all of the excitement of the last home football game, the night was also Homecoming night.

The CCHS Dance classes performed numerous routines during the half time show, along with the crowning of this year’s 2014 Homecoming Queen, Cindy Yanez. Stephanie Nuno, 2013 Homecoming Queen, crowned the new queen.

Along with the excitement of Homecoming, the night began with Senior Night for cheerleaders and football players. Each senior athlete was escorted by a loved one while their future goals were projected over the PA. We couldn’t be more proud of our Lions.

Orlando Wallace sat out during this game due to ldislocating his elbow at last week’s game in Palm Desert. In Wallace’s absence, Darien Broom stepped up and earned several touchdowns for the team. The Lions worked together to get a final score of 31-7. Great job Lions!

Will the Lions overcome and defeat the Palm Springs Indians? I hope to see you at the last game of the season on November 7th in Palm Springs.

Water Increases Chances of Murder

By Sebastian Gomez

Recent studies by the University of Harwood have proven that 100% of murderers have consumed water. “We can say with 100 percent certainty that drinking water correlates directly with the ability to murder,” the University said at press time. They further proved their point by stating, “there has never been anyone that doesn’t drink water that has murdered”

This is a rather startling fact, as this seems to be the only thing that connects all murderers together. Could this be the source of all evil? We spoke with local Catholic Priest Dennis McLeary. “Well, I can say with absolute certainty that Cain, the first murderer, drank water before killing his brother,”

The Mayor held a press conference this morning on the concerning nature of water. In statement, the Mayor said, “there will be an effective zero-tolerance ban on water, effective immediately” and that “those caught drinking water will be charged with high treason, attempted murder, aggravated assault and loitering” She also went on to say that,”police are authorized to use lethal force to stop those who are drinking water”

We sat with the Chief of Police for a statement. “This will effectively reduce crime by 100%. The Mayor is a wonderful person, because we will become the first city in the history of time to have 0 crime” We broke the news to the citizens and they were overjoyed. Tears streamed down their cheeks as they realized they would have a perfect utopia for their children, for the future generations.

We at the news station are also optimistic, for we no longer will need to write horrifying news each and every day. We can write about things like, “Why are you wearing that?” or “Look at these people who are way better then you, and have done something with their lives” Either way, we’d like ti thank our readers and wish them a good night.

Caution: this story is not real.