DATA Student Jonathan Serna Wins Big

By Jason Bullen

Serna_FACASThe weekend of April 11th, 2014 turned out to be a whirlwind of excitement for one DATA student.

Senior Jonathan Serna won two awards and was also given a unique opportunity to hone his skills in digital filmmaking and storytelling. Serna was awarded the US Bank for Creativity Award along with five-hundred dollars from the Palm Springs Art Museum for his poster/video piece titled “Self-Loathing Narcissist.”

On Saturday, Sernas short film, “The Take Over” won first place in the Tales of Cathedral City student film festival. Serna was awarded a trophy and a new video camera. “The Take Over” will be screened regularly before feature presentations at the Mary Pickford Theatre.

The Take Over on Vimeo

To top off the weekend, Serna was hired as a videographer for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. During El Paseo Fashion Week in March, Serna used his networking skills and portoflio to earn a position at Coachella. With an all access pass, Serna was able to attend both festival weekends where he was responsible for filming various art exhibits. He was also given the opportunity to use the time to create his own independent projects.

Jonathan Serna’s event-filled weekend was the result of hard work and time put into building his skills and learning professionalism, something that is the goal of all DATA students.

CCHS Theatre Presents: Guys and Dolls

The CCHS Performing Arts Department presents Guys and Dolls, the classic tale of gambling men and the women who love them. This production of Guys and Dolls marks Mr. Michael Thelen’s final production before retirement.

Guys and Dolls Promo Video

Performance Dates:
April 24,25,26 at 7PM
May 2, 3 at 7PM
Matinee, May 1st at 3:15PM

Tickets Prices:
Adults $12
Students $8

Call (760) 770-0100 ex. 444 for tickets and information.

Music Monday: Coachella and Music Festival Safety

By Sydney Siva

Yesterday marks the end of our local music festival Coachella. It was surely a success with over 90,000 people per date and surprise celebrity guests such as Beyonce and Justin Bieber. Music festivals are all fun and games until someone gets hurt, or in this case dies. Kimchi Truong, 24, died after she collapsed last Saturday at the Coachella music festival. Authorities are still investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a role in her death.

When attending music festivals, some people would get lost in the music and forget to take care of themselves. Here are a few safety tips when attending music festivals or attending any other outdoor activity:

Drink plenty of water. I know you hear this all the time and you are tired of being told to drink water, but in this case it is important to stay hydrated. Water can prevent you from suffering a heat stroke. You don’t want to be that one person that faints during a Lana Del Rey set.

Apply Sunscreen. Not only a high SPF sunscreen would prevent you from getting sunburn, but it can also prevent you from getting skin cancer. Tourists always forget this and turn into a red lobster by the end of the day.

Eat plenty of food. I know some festival food can be pretty pricey and your favorite artist’s merchandise can be expensive, but would you rather be happy and satisfied after eating a meal or be cranky throughout the day? You need food to keep you going through the day. Again, you don’t want to be that one person that faints during a Lana Del Rey set.

Wear comfortable clothing. It is the desert and it’s hot. Also, It’s a festival and not a fashion show. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or stained. Girls ditch the heels and wedges because you will be standing for a long period of time. If you wear sandals, be careful of not getting your toes smashed.

Cathedral City High School students go to Film Festival!

By Jazmin Ramirez and Viviana Ramos

On Saturday April 12th, the Tales of Cathedral City Film Festival took place at the Mary Pickford Theater. This event was sponsored by the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission, which advocates performing and visual arts in the community. This was the first year that this festival took place, and was free to the public. Tales of Cathedral City  invited five Cathedral City High School D.A.T.A students, who produced short films to be displayed to this public for this competition.

First place went to Jonathan Serna, a senior D.A.T.A student, for “The Takeover”, which focuses on the amazing comeback of the Lions Football team. Serna’s video will be shown in regular rotation before screenings of feature films. Second place went to junior Donnielle Gerell for “Technology In Education.” “I was really excited and shocked to win,” said Gerrell. Third place went to Pedro Pineda and Kevin Valdez, both senior D.A.T.A students, for “Origins,” which focuses on Cathedral City’s founding and history. Honrable Mentions for the festival included “Cathedral City High School” by Marissa Cruz and Cheyenne Whitecotton and “The Mary Pickford Theater” by Julie Meza and Alejandra Escobar.

After the student film competition, the award-winning documentary “Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano” celebrated Cathedral City’s own famous musician, Lalo Guerrero and his 70 year long musical career. Special appearances included the producer and director of the documentary, and Lalo Guerrero son’s, Dan and Mark Guerrero, who talked about their father and the experience of producing the film.



Lions Baseball Hits Hard This Season

By Ariana Davis

Varsity Baseball

2014 Varsity Baseball

The 2014 season for the Lions Varsity Baseball team has been a strong one so far. With an overall record of 4-5-0 and a league record of 2-1-0, the Lions have emerged victorious over most opponents.

“I feel that the hard work we’re putting into the season is being shown in the scores,” said senior Luis Castellanos. The team has heart and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to be number one. “This season is going great,” said senior Sabino Ramirez. “We’re looking pretty strong, the team is working pretty hard and staying really committed.”

One of their biggest victories was against Arlington, when senior pitcher Andres Ramirez helped lead his team to a win with a walk off double down the right field line. For many players, it all comes down to the effort the team and coaches are willing to put in the program. Putting in work and buying into their coach’s set plan is one of the main reasons why the Lions have been doing so well this season.

The Thirst Project at CCHS

By Bernadette Fuentez and Chris Gutierrez

The CCHS Thirst Project is a new student organization is about raising awareness for all the places in the world that have to drink contaminated water. We have decided to be a part of making a difference for those millions of adults and children. Our goal is to be walking billboards, and spread the word about how serious this problem is and how easily it could be solved. More info can be found at

Raising money is fairly simple, and enough money can provide these people with clean water for the rest of their lives.

We highly encourage every student on campus to join. Meetings are held every other Thursday (or “Thirst-day”), in room 706, during lunch B.

Right now we are having a t-shirt design competition to see who will have their design on our group t-shirt, winner gets two free tickets to the new Wet N’ Wild water park.

If you have any questions, you may contact Chris Gutierrez, or Bernadette Fuentez via email or

Music Monday: Upcoming Music Festivals, Part One

By Sydney Siva

Now that it’s officially Spring, anticipation is building for upcoming music festivals, including the Vans Warped Tour, Lollapalooza Music Festival, and of course our local Coachella Music Festival. For this segment, we will be focusing on the Vans Warped Tour.

Vans Warped Tour is a touring music and extreme sports festival. The tour is held at various locations or fields across America and few locations in the United Kingdom and Australia. The shoe brand, Vans, has sponsored Warped Tour since the beginning in 1995. It started out as a showcase for punk and ska music but over the years the festival’s music became more diverse by adding hip-hop, pop, and metalcore/hardcore bands.

The Vans Warped Tour was created by Kevin Lyman who got the idea while working on skateboarding shows such as the Vision Skate Escape and Holiday Havoc which included music with skateboarding contests.The Warped name comes from the short-lived Warp Magazine, which covered extreme sports and music. Warped Tour started out as an event to see a handful of Southern California’s Ska-Punk bands in one day, but now with more music genres, it’s held every summer and is considered “The Tour that Never Dies.” Some notable Warped Tour Alumni include  Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Blink-182, No Doubt, Gym Class Heroes, Katy Perry, Bad Religion, The Aquabats, and NOFX.

Throwback Thursday: Selena Quintanilla-Perez

By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin

Known as the “Mexican Madonna,” Selena Quintanilla was born on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas. She began performing as a child and at the age of 10. Selena became the lead singer in her family’s band, Selena Y Los Dinos. The band would play where ever they could, such as weddings, clubs and street corners in Texas. As Selena grew more popular, her performance and travel schedule began to interfere with her education. In the eighth grade, her father made the decision to take her out of school.

In 1985, fourteen year old Selena recorded her first album for a record company. Over the next three years, not under a recording contract, she released six more albums. At the 1987 Tejano Music Awards, Selena won both Best Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year. Her music career was taking off, as for her personal life, in 1988, she met Chris Perez, who had his own band. The Quintanilla family hired him to play in Selena’s band and they began dating. Not too long after, Selena and Chris were married in Nueces County, Texas on April 2, 1992.

In 1990, after her album Ven Conmigo was released, a fan named Yolanda Saldivar approached Selena’s father with the idea of starting a fan club. He then approved and Yolanda became president. Selena’s recordings continued to have strong sales, and she won best Mexican-American album at the Grammy Awards in 1993 for her album Live. She then released her album Amor Prohibido that went gold in 1994.

Afterwards, Selena went to work on an English-language album, hoping it would put her on the top of the U.S. pop music charts. Unfortunately, she did not live to see its success. Selena died on March 31, 1995, in Corpus Christi, Texas, after being shot by Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of the fan club. Saldivar had been managing Selena’s boutique in San Antonio, and was about to be fired for embezzling money. Selena’s first English-language album, Dreaming of You, was released after her death and became a huge hit. Her music still remains popular today and will always be the “Queen of Tejano Music.”

Bye Bye Marilyn! See You Soon?


Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times

By Sydney Siva and Sierra Foster

Today, the famous Marilyn Monroe statue has been dismantled after being in Palm Springs for two years, nearly twice as long as originally planned. “Forever Marilyn” was created by Seward Johnson and his art is now moving to a new home in Grounds For Sculpture park in Hamilton, New Jersey for a retrospective of his work over the years. But is this really goodbye to this masterpiece? There is already talk about Palm Springs purchasing the statue to have the famous blonde beauty stay here “forever.”

Local leaders believe that the statue represents the glamourous history of Palm Springs. According to the Desert Sun, Aftab Dada, the chair of the PS Resorts, wants Marilyn to have a decent location when she returns. He gives an analogy of having the best seats at a football game. He also said that there are plans to have an area in the renovated Downtown Palm Springs for her.  The renovation is said to be completed by the end of 2015 and with Marilyn planning to return in 2016, so the city has time to plan the specific area.

Currently, the asking price is being negotiated and is expected to be less than the $1.8 million from two years ago, but the price will still be over $1 million. So is this really goodbye? Only time will tell, apparently.