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 thirstproject.org

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 ChrisGutierrez796@gmail.com or BernieFuentez@gmail.com.

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

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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.

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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.

Twitter Tuesday

By Bernadette Fuentez and Juliana Suarez

Would you like to know what is trending on Twitter beforeTwitter even knows what will be trending? Hashtags.org can tell you which hashtags are trending, faster and more accurately than any other service available today.

What’s Trending on Twitter?

Trending topics are those topics being discussed more than others. “Twitter Trends” are automatically generated by an algorithm that attempts to identify topics that are being talked about more right now than they were previously. The Trend list is designed to help people discover the ‘most breaking’ news from across the world, in real-time. The list captures the hottest emerging topics, not just what’s most popular.

Trends List : 

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Everyone always sees the twitter accounts with the annoying tweets “do this to get a follow back” or #Teamfollowback. Well the hashtag is one of the top trending hashtags.
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Hashtags are a way to find the new trending topics on Twitter.  So when you want to know whats new, look at the hashtags.

Throwback Thursday: Dylan and Cole Sprouse

By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin

Throwing it back to one of our favorite sets of twins, Dylan and Cole Sprouse. The two American actors were born on August 4, 1992 in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy.

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The Sprouses started their acting career early by having a role in their first theatrical film, Big Daddy, where they played the same character, starring alongside Adam Sandler. They later appeared in several small television sitcoms. In 2005, the Sprouse brothers were cast in the Disney Channel original series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, where they portrayed identical twins Zack and Cody Martin. The series became a hit success when it debuted in March 2005. As a part of their involvement with Disney, the twins participated in Disney Channel Games and became members of the group, the Disney Channel Circle of Stars.

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Dylan and Cole have now enrolled in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, which allows students to plan their own curriculum. Cole is focusing his curriculum on the humanities and Archaeology, while Dylan is focusing on video game design. Although they have stepped out of the spotlight, we will always remember them living “the suite life” as Zack and Cody.

One for the Money: Choir/Theatre Student Earns Arts Scholarship

By Anthony Ramirez

Brandon Ruiz is a senior at Cathedral City High School ,and has been an active member of Mrs. LeRoy’s Choir class along with the school’s drama department, taking lead roles in productions such as “Footloose” and “Lend Me a Tenor.” Ruiz’s high school career was shaped around honing an artistic vision of the world and putting his best foot forward to make sure the show went on in any way shape or form.

Just recently, however, Ruiz has acquired recognition for his work and became the recipient of a $500 scholarship award to be put towards pursuing a career in the arts.

On receiving his award Ruiz said, “It was really cool. I had no idea I was going to win, I was like, ‘whoa.’ It was just a really cool experience.”

While Ruiz was surprised, his peer and fellow Choir member Israel Nunez was not surprised at all. I’m very happy he received this award,” said Nunez. “Brandon does a lot of hard work.”

Nunez is just one of many peers that takes pride in Ruiz’s work. Choir Teacher, Mrs. LeRoy said, “Brandon won the scholarship money because he worked hard. That’s the bottom line.”