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.

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

Twitter Tuesday

By Bernadette Fuentez and Juliana Suarez

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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.”

Senior Countdown Begins!

By Bernadette Fuentez and Juliana Suarez

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Monday, March 17th marked the start of the 50 day count down for seniors. The emotions are high, and the excitement is on a whole different level. Senior year is coming to an end my fellow classmates, it’s been a bittersweet roller coaster ride, and I’m glad we all shared in it together.

It’s hard to describe all of the feelings associated with leaving high school. Here’s what a few seniors had to say:

Nathaly Salas: “I don’t care, I’m ready!”

Karen Valenzuela: “I’m anxious to get out of here.”

Sophia Lemus: “I’m excited, nervous, and ready to leave school.”

Kevyn Houska: “I’m ready to leave because I’m excited to take the next step in my life.”

Graduation is coming soon and we are all excited. More of us are nervous, while others can hardly wait. Let’s make the remaining 48 days the best they can possibly be!


Symphonic Band Brings Music to San Francisco

By Kyla Jaques

imageOn Thursday, February 27th, the CCHS Symphonic Band took an unforgettable trip to San Francisco. On the four-day trip, the musicians played at Chabot College, performing three pieces: “Mother Earth,” “Fantasia” in G Minor,” and “Washington Grays.”

Besides entertaining more than one hundred observers with their beautiful music, the band also had time to scout colleges, including UC Berkeley (a favorite of the students), as well as Stanford (one of the most highly ranked colleges in the country).

Symphonic Band also journeyed to Union Square where they had a chance to take a break and have a fun-filled shopping spree. Finally, band students had the opportunity to tour Fisherman’s Wharf before returning home on the nine-hour bus ride back to CCHS.

Learning Professionalism: DATA Mock Interviews

In an effort to prepare students for life after high school, DATA students participated in a mock interview day with community and industry partners on February 21st.

The event was coordinated by counselor Deborah Applebaum, and various job positions were submitted by industry partners, ranging from Production Assistant to Museum Curator. Students were able to sign up to be interviewed for job positions of their choice.

Students presented themselves professionally, with business attire and formal resumes/portfolios. “Potential employers” then ranked each student on a scale from “You’re hired!” to “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

DATA senior Chris Gutierrez created a short video documenting the day and the students’ experiences.

Learning Professionalism

Winter Sports Awards

By Donielle Gerrell

Winter sports came to an end last night, March 12th, 2014, as all teams came together to receive awards for their outstanding athletics. Each athlete received a certificate for their achievement throughout the season. From ROTC doing a wonderful job presenting the flags to Clarissa Cisneros introducing the teams, the athletic staff created a phenomenal ceremony.

Not only did the athletes get recognized for their completion of their winter sports, but they were honored for their academics as well. Sabreena Sukhram, a junior, was awarded the highest grade point average out of all the winter athletes with an outstanding 4.65 GPA. The Girls Water Polo Team was awarded the highest team GPA, the third time in a row, with a 3.48 overall grade point average.

Certain athletes tend to stand out from the rest of the team. Whether it’s their leadership, or most certainly, their athletic abilities. Those athletes were rewarded the Most Valuable Player award, also known as, the MVP. The MVPs were:

Boys Basketball- Orlando Wallace

Girls Basketball- Tiffani Pratt

Boys Soccer- Efren Escobar

Girls Soccer- Ashley Hernandez

Girls Water Polo- Alexandria Armenta

Coed Wrestling- Johnny Bates

Girls Basketball not only completed a wonderful season, but played their season in remembrance of Coach Jerry Hill, who will never be forgotten.

Unfortunately, a slide show was suppose to be displayed of pictures of the athletes season but due to technical difficulties, the presentation was not previewed. The presentation with soon be accessible on the athletics website:

Urban Underground Dance Open to All High Schools

By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin

Urban Underground is a dance open to all high school students in the Coachella Valley. It will be held at Palm Springs High School’s gym on Saturday, March 15. Urban Underground begins at 8pm and lasts until 12am. Permission slips will be at the door, and bring your school I.D.

With Indian Print (Only Palm Springs): $10

General Admission: $15

At the door:  $20

Here are some rules that must be followed:

  1. Students cannot leave the dance for any reason; once you leave the dance you will not be re-admitted.
  2. Anyone who behaves inappropriately will be removed from the dance. Parents will be called to provide transportation home.
  3. Students who misbehave are subject to the High School discipline code.
  4. All students will be searched prior to entertaining the dance, and students suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be admitted to the dance and the police and the schools administration will be contacted.

A STRICT CODE will be in effect for the dance. The dress code is the same as the dress code for school. Here are some PROHIBITED items of clothing: Crop Tops, Halter Tops, Strapless tops, bare midriffs, spaghetti straps. No “spanks”, no bikinis, excessively revealing clothing
Urban Underground is a great chance for students from all over the valley to come together under one roof and have fun.