DATA Junior Earns Trip to Ford Leadership Conference

DATA Junior Donielle Gerrell will be heading to Louisville Kentucky this October as part of the Ford Next Generation Learning Conference. The Ford NGL provides community leaders and selected students the opportunity to transform their communities through collaboration, planning, and engaging in constructive dialogue.

As part of the application process, Gerrell created and submitted a short video piece explaining how the Digital Arts Technology Academy builds leadership skills in its students.

Ford NGL Application Video

The 2014 Ford NGL Conference will take place from October 7th through October 9th. Visit for more information.

MESA Ventures to Google Campus

By Sydney Siva

Admit it. At one point in our high school career, we have used Google to solve all of our problems, whether it be writing an essay at the last minute, solving that one difficult math question, or figuring out what kind of illness you have.

On Friday May 23, Cathedral City High School’s Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement program, otherwise known as MESA, took a field trip to Los Angeles, California to explore the famous Google campus, which is part the corporate headquarters complex of Google, Inc in Mountain View, California. MESA students had the opportunity to take a tour of the Los Angeles campus and also had their very own hands-on experience with the latest Google Glass, which is technologic eyewear that can do everything that a smartphone and a computer can do, maybe even more.

“The field trip was really great” said Cathedral City High’s math teacher and Robotics adviser, Yu Lin Liu. “The only bad thing was the traffic coming home. It took us 4 hours to come back.”

The trip was a great way for students to end the year and to see how the skills they learn in class are used in the real world.

Good Bye Throwback Thursday

By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin

As high school is about to begin for some, it is coming to an end for us seniors. It has not been an easy ride, but we managed to get through it. We have made some amazing memories along the way, some good and some bad. Although we might not have made the best decisions through out the years, it has made us who we are today. As we are down to our last week of high school now comes our final throwback thursday and it goes out to the class of 2014.

We just wanted to say thank you for letting us be a part of the CCNews app. As a team, Viviana, Alberto, and I really enjoyed writing different stories and researching information. We hope this segment continues next year with new staff, but until then, have a fun and safe summer.

Golden Lion Awards Night

By Bernadette Fuentez

On Thursday May 22, 2014 over 100 students received recognition from academic departments and specialized programs at the Golden Lion Awards Night. Students were acknowledged for their academic excellence and dedication to their education.

Golden Lions are awarded through faculty votes. Staff members vote for students who they feel exemplify the qualities deserving of a Golden Lion.

Many students earn certificates and recognition, but only one student is awarded the coveted Golden Lion award, the highest honor given at CCHS. This year, DATA and ASB student Sara Lopez’s outstanding leadership skills, academic performance, and school/community involvement earned her the award.

Congratulations to Sara and everyone who earned recognition at the Golden Lions Awards night.


MW2 Dodgeball at Cathedral City High School

By Lorenzo Peña

Photo by Gerardo Islas

Photo by Gerardo Islas

On Friday, May 9th the Cathedral City High School football team hosted its 2nd Annual Modern Warfare Dodgeball Tournament. The tournament was open to all teams that had at least 8 players ($5 per player) , no more than 11 players per team, and players being at least 14 years of age.

There were plenty of food and drinks for sale and a raffle. There was a big turnout of teams and fans who only had to pay a $2 entrance fee, which went to support the football team. Even local radio station U92.7 came to give shout outs and promote the tournament.

The tournament began at 6 p.m. It was a bracket style tournament with double elimination for all teams. There were a wide variety of teams, from young students to older friends who came down from over all over the state. At the end of the day D.O.B. reclaimed their title as champions.

1st Annual DS Fest: DATA Digital Storytelling Film Festival

By Chris Gutierrez

DS Fest SmallThe Digital Arts Technology Academy will be holding it’s first student film festival as a way to celebrate work created by DATA Digital Storytelling students.

The Digital Storytelling Film Festival will showcase students’ short films, along with highlights from the freshmen and sophomore classes.

The event will take place May 29th from 5pm-7pm, in room 706 at Cathedral City High School. The film festival will consist of narratives, documentaries, and animations. This is a casual, informal event with the goal of celebrating student work and allowing seniors to be a part of the DATA family one last time before graduation.

DATA Wins Big at Digicom 2014

By Chris Gutierrez

Cathedral City High School’s Digital Arts Technology Academy excelled at this year’s Digicom Student Film Festival, bringing home more than $18,000 worth of scholarships, grants, and awards. The film festival consisted of student films created throughout the Palm Springs Unified School District. The event took place at the Palm Springs High School auditorium on May 6th. Other schools from the district attended the event, including elementary schools and middle schools.

CCHS DATA students produced short films based on a different variety of categories, from documentaries and animations to short films and innovative collaborations. In all, 18 films from DATA Digital Storytelling were featured in Digicom.

Many of the student films were from DATA’s 10th grade media literacy class, where Digicom’s own David Vogel spent several months of his time to help develop the sophomores’ autobiographical films. Vogel helped prepare, develop, and polish the videos.

Junior Donielle Gerrell was among the many recognized for her films at this years Digicom. “It was a huge honor to be on stage as a junior,” said Gerrell. “To be recognized and have the opportunity to represent the Digital Arts Technology Academy was truly a great honor.”

Gerrell had two of her films featured at Digicom, one of which was also submitted to Time Warner’s Best Mom contest. “One of my two videos was the Time Warner’s Best Mom contest the other was ‘Technology in Education,’ which I received a glass star on stage in front of the entire audience,” said Gerrell.

The following DATA students received scholarships from Digicom:
Jarelle Balanzat (UCLA): $2500
Sara Lopez (UCB): $2500
Melissa Medina (UCSB): $2500
Clarissa Cisneros (CSUDH): $1500
Genevieve Knight (CSUSB): $1000
Gabrielle Knight (CSUSB): $1000

2014 Buff Ball

By Aaron Jones

Buffball game, senior guys vs. junior guys volleyball game, this Wednesday at 4pm in the big gym. Tickets are $3 pre-sale, $5 at the door.

See any Link Crew member before Tuesday to get your pre-sale ticket, or come by room 112 during Lunch A and Lunch B to get your ticket.

Make sure you are there to see “The T14keover” and C1ass of 5avages”

2014 Buff Ball

TWC Best Mom’s 2014

By Donielle Gerrell

As the new year began, Time Warner Cable and Mix 100.5 presented their 11th annual 25 Best Moms contest. Students were able to submit either an essay about their mother or a short film highlighting why their mother should be picked as one of the 25 Top Moms of the Coachella Valley.

The awards banquet took place at the Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells on Saturday, May 10. Each mother was presented on stage while part of their students’ essay or short film was previewed. As submissions ranged from stories of mothers who have overcome great obstacles to poems, the afternoon was all about the moms and the love for their children. Each mother was presented on stage while part of their child’s essay or short film was previewed.

Each story was very unique. Three students from Cathedral City High School were selected to have their short films featured, two of which were very heartfelt and emotional. One submission came from Julissa Meza about her father. In her short film, Meza explains that her father represented her mother and was there every moment she needed him. “At first my dad was shy but after he loved it and enjoyed it. He didn’t even know about it,” said Meza. “After, he teared up a bit too and told me he loved me and was proud.”

Chris Boggs, another Cathedral City High School student, submitted a very touching film about his mother who passed away last December, leaving him an orphan. Boggs created a film in remembrance of his mother and to show that she was one of the desert’s 25 Best Moms. His story made all of us realize how lucky we are to have our mothers in our lives.  Boggs’ uncle escorted him on stage.

Each story was unique and each mother (or father) was well-deserving of their award. Congratulations to the 25 Best Moms of 2014. Thank you to DATA Mentor and Time Warner Cable’s Elli Tourje for hosting and organizing the beautiful event.

Cathedral City to Welcome New Farmer’s Market?

By Sydney Siva and Sierra Foster

If you’ve seen the movie Food Inc., you’re probably grossed out by thinking about how most of our supermarket food is produced. To ease your mind a little bit, Cathedral City is currently looking for a new farmer’s market for the town square that doesn’t mind moving on-the-go due to special city events. The previous farmer’s market shut down on March 6, after four months of being open. The city wanted to relocate the market due to Shorty’s Rib Fest. Manager, Lori Herbal, had a hard time relocating the market as her permits were not transferable to other locations. Mayor Kathy DeRosa thinks she found a solution.

“I’m excited for a new farmer’s market,” said DeRosa to The Desert Sun. “It’s been discussed with staff, and they believe they’ve found ways to mitigate the problems with the last one while making relocation part of the contract, so there’s no misunderstandings going in.”

One of these solutions is that the desired market would have 30 vendors selling locally-grown produce and other artisan goods. Also, occasional relocation arrangements would be made ahead of time according to city spokeswoman, Leisa Lukes.

Proposals are due by 2 p.m. May 15, with the City Council considering them at its June 11 meeting.

To see the request for proposals, visit