By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin
It’s that time of year again, the annual senior panoramic picture will be taken this Thursday at 11:30 am during 4th period. All seniors will be taken down to stadium for the class picture.
Be sure to show your school pride by wearing our school colors (blue, black, silver, white) or you will not be in the photo. It’s our year seniors, so be sure to participate!
Donielle Gerrelle, Araly Lopez, and Ariana Davis | Photo by Richard Liu, The Desert Sun
In January, the White House sent out a call to K-12 students across the country to create a short video piece (3 minutes) that focuses, in some way, on the impact of technology in education. More than 2,500 submissions were created for The White House Student Film Festival, which seeks to highlight student finalists at a special screening event at the White House. Students also have the opportunity to have their work featured on the White House’s official YouTube, Vimeo, and other social media outlets.
DATA DS juniors Donnie Gerrell, Araly Lopez, and Ariana Davis answered the call and worked together to create a short piece that explores the experience and impact the DATA program at Cathedral City High School has had on students– from current projects to alumni using DATA skills in the workplace.
Photo by Richard Liu, The Desert Sun
The students’ goal was to show the ways in which DATA has been a leading program in technological integration and technological literacy, not only equipping students with the skills necessary to use technology, but teaching them how to understand its deeper meanings and implications.
The project earned a semi-finalist position with Honorable Mention. The student work will soon be featured on WhiteHouse.gov/FilmFestival along with the White House’s other social media channels.
Congratulations to Donnie, Araly, and Ariana! Check out their project:
Sunnylands officially kicked off the 2014 Family Day Program on Sunday, January 19th and DATA DS students were on hand to document and take part in the fun, working in groups to tell the story of the day through photos, footage, and interviews.
As hosts to meetings of world leaders, politicians, and celebrities, the Annenbergs knew a few things about etiquette and social customs. This Family Day event helped guests of all ages learn proper manners, from writing thank you cards to proper dining etiquette.
The Sunnylands Visitors Center also unveiled a new gallery collection of memorabilia from some of the most famous events hosted at the estate, including Frank Sinatra’s wedding and President Obama’s first visit in 2013.
DATA students worked in groups to tell the story of the day through photos, footage, and interviews.
Visit our calendar page for more information on the upcoming April 20th and May 18th Family Day events, or visit sunnylands.org for more information.
Entertaining & Etiquette at Sunnylands
By Juliana Suarez and Bernadette Fuentez
The Thirst Project was founded by Seth Maxwell, and it all started with a photograph. The Thirst Project Team is a group of friends who are determined to make a difference by providing safe clean water and to raise awareness and bring solutions to the clean water crisis. Also they want to empower individuals to explore the human journey and take action in projects that create a sustainable global change.
Seth has made it extremely easy for school clubs, churches, and even individuals to reach out to his team. The Thirst Project has a Twitter account that tweets daily about how we take water, a basic necessity for granted every day. Almost 1 billion people on our planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water and proper sanitization. 80% of all global diseases are water-borne and result from drinking contaminated water. They impact the lives of thousands of people all the time, and that just doesn’t happen without tremendous support.
Go and follow @ThirstProject and be a part of the change this team is making.
On February 18th, Seth Maxwell, founder of The Thirst Project, presented a unique challenge and opportunity to DATA juniors and seniors.
At 26 years old, Seth has lead the Thirst Project in completing nearly 1,000 water projects, providing large amounts of sustainable fresh water to people in underdeveloped or impoverished nations. Seth brought with him facts and statistics showing the devastating effects that a lack of clean water can have on a community– everything from parasitic infections to AIDS.
Students sign up to create a Thirst Project organization at CCHS
More than 300 schools have worked with The Thirst Project, many participating in fundraising projects for provide permanent water wells to communities in need. A major role of The Thirst Project involves raising awareness of this issue that affects nearly 1 billion people worldwide.
After hearing from Seth, more than 46 DATA students signed up to form a campus organization that utilizes the skills learned in DATA to raise awareness of this global issue and raise money for new water projects.
Working with The Thirst Project is a unique opportunity for DATA students to use the skills learned in class to create projects that will leave the classroom and have a lasting positive impact in the lives of others.
By Sydney Siva
For those who don’t know, Foreigner is a British-American rock band that formed in 1976. With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is one of the most best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of nearly 80 million albums. Most known hits include Rock n’ Roll anthems “Juke Box Hero”, “Feels Like The First Time”, “Urgent”, ”Head Games”, “Say You Will”, “Cold As Ice”, “Hot Blooded”, and the #1 Rock ballad “I Want To Know What Love Is”.
On Saturday, February 1st, Cathedral City High’s very own Chamber Singers were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing with the legendary rock band at the Morongo Casino. Together, along with the pleased audience, they sang “I Want to Know What Love Is”.
Students pose for a group photo in front of the Science Center before heading home
On February 19th, potential DATA students (50 9th graders and 50 8th graders) toured the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood. Students viewed reels of work, toured the campus, observed students work in progress, and learned about the various programs offered by the Gnomon School. Gnomon graduates and current students have worked on countless films and television projects, from blockbusters to smaller independent films.
Before heading home, students were able to have lunch at the nearby Science Center, home to the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Students were able to explore the museum center and see the shuttle up close.
This was the annual DATA outreach trip, designed to encourage 9th grade students to apply for academy acceptance in their sophomore year, and to show 8th grade students the Arts, Media, and Entertainment career pathway offered exclusively at Cathedral City High School through the DATA program. Previous trips have taken students to schools, studios, and other high-interest locations.
Trips like this not only help students to begin thinking about life and careers after high school, but also how DATA can play a role in achieving whatever their individual goal may be.
Check out the rest of the photos here!
By Sydney Siva
Last weekend, Downtown Palm Springs hosted the 16th annual Tour De Palm Springs. More than 10,000 participants attended, and according to event staff, riders represented more than 42 states.
Cyclists and other biking enthusiasts had a choice to ride up to 100 miles, over a course that crossed through all of the Coachella Valley Communities. In addition to fun and fitness, participants helped more than 25 local charities. Since its inception, the Tour de Palm Springs has raised more than 3 million dollars for local charities.
67 miles into the 100 mile course, La Vonne Koester, a 55-year-old woman, was hit by a truck on Avenue 60 while crossing Harrison Street. She was taken to JFK Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. This marks the first fatality in the tour’s 16 year history. According to Tim Esser, tour officials had been asking for more police control and closed lanes for a number of years to prevent accidents of this type.
There was also more community involvement this year, with more than 1,000 volunteers, including volunteers from CCHS ROTC and HOSA programs. Choirs and local bands also performed throughout the cities of Coachella Valley at SAG stops for the cyclists. With this much involvement and nice weather during this season, the Tour De Palm Springs will likely continue to grow.
By Donielle Gerrell
The 2014 Winter Ball, A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, took place last Saturday, February 8th, at the Palm Springs Hilton. Although the girls removed their heels, friends and couples danced the night away to great music. One of the crowd’s favorite songs was Drunk In Love by Beyonce, which filled the dance floor.
The ballroom was decorated wall to wall with the Alice in Wonderland theme. The center pieces consisted of stacked tea cups and cards, while pictures from the movie were projected on the walls.
A big congratulations to Jeffrey Salas, as he was crowned this year’s Winter Ball King. The Mad Hatter himself presented Jeffrey with the crown. Homecoming Queen Stephanie Nuno, shared a dance with the King after the crowning, while the others watched.
A special thanks the ASB for putting on such a great dance, we know it takes a lot of hard work to pull of an event like this.
By Jazmin Ramirez
Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images
Barack Obama is returning to the Sunnylands Estate next week on February 14th, to another meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan. President Obama first came to Rancho Mirage just eight months ago for another meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The upcoming meeting will allow the two leaders to discuss the ongoing Middle East peace talks and the civil war in Syria that created a refugee problem close to Jordan.
This is not the only time that Sunnylands has hosted top-ranking figures such as Queen Elizabeth and President Bill Clinton. Walter and Leonore Annenberg decided to build Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage because it’s in a private and trusted zone, which is perfect for high-ranking meetings and retreats. Walter and Leonore decided that when they passed away they wanted the legacy of Sunnylands to continue.
“Walter and Leonore Annenberg placed their estate in public trust just for this purpose,” Deputy Director of Communications & Public Affairs at Sunnylands. “The estate is meant to be a place that the president and other high-ranking guests can use as a private place for conversations and retreats.” “Sunnylands has been chosen to have many of these retreats because it’s referred to as “Camp David of the West” and is very disposable of the President.”
Besides having high-ranking visits, Sunnylands also reaches out to the local communities. Cathedral City High School’s own students from the Digital Arts Technology Academy have filmed a variety of events for Sunnylandsds. CCHS DATA also received a private tour of the estate last spring.
Here’s a link down below to watch some of the students work.