Adopt-A-Family

This article was originally published on Dec 16, 2014
By Donielle Gerrell

Students of Cathedral City High School were given the opportunity to help families in need this holiday season through Adopt-A-Family. Families that were in need had the opportunity to sign up for the program to receive help from homerooms of CCHS. Homerooms had about three weeks to plan for the items they would be giving.

On December 16th, 2014, the students provided gifts for the children and meals for the entire family. The high school provided Christmas to about 30 families. Gifts consisted of toys to bikes to Christmas tress. By the end of the day, students felt as if they made a difference. As we join our families for the holiday season, we are reminded how thankful we are for having home cooked meals and presents under the tree.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Marching Band 2014 Ends in Optimism

This article was originally published on Nov 25, 2014
By Derrick Serrano

“And in fourth place for Division 4A in the California State Band Championships…,” says the announcer, his gallant voice echoing across Huntington Beach’s, sea-scented high school stadium. The grassy field below is packed with drum majors, their stiff, regal statures cloaking tense excitement. The usually rapturous conversation in the student-filled stands has been replaced by silent anticipation. If one were outside the stadium, they wouldn’t believe a single soul was present.

“Fourth place goes to… Cathedral City High School.”

A collective sigh is released by CCHS’s Royal Regiment. “One place away from Grand Championships! Just one more place,” someone mutters. The disappointment is clear… but only for a tiny second. Students begin clapping. Then, cheering. And, finally, a cacophony.

“Ain’t no party like a CC Party!” “WHAT! WHAT!”

The energy doesn’t leave the final bus ride home. Old stories, car games and laughter pierces the tiny space. The disappointment is there, but it’s insignificant in the grand scheme of the season. Director Matthew Howe’s encouraging words repeat throughout every student’s mind:

“I don’t have to say a word. This season has been successful. We’ve done things that this band program hasn’t touched in a long time or if ever. We got Best Music. Our sound is dynamite. And I think, next year, we can take it all the way.”

Congratulations to the CCHS Royal Regiment for their 4th Place win at the California State Band Championships. And congratulations to Matthew Howe for an impressive marching band season in his first year as band director. And, of course, congratulations to all senior marching band members for their endurance while upholding the program’s Commitment to Excellence and newest motto: “They will not outwork us!”

SkillsUSA Lip Sync Battles: Friday, November 21!

This article was originally published on Nov 17, 2014
By Donielle Gerrell

Have you ever heard of lip sync battles? You might have seen the comedic show on Jimmy Fallon. Lip sync battles consists of multiple performances where the competitors perform lip sync routines with the song of their choice.

The reason we are hosting these battles is to help SkillsUSA students raise money to be able to compete at the 2015 SkillsUSA State Conference coming up in April. The competitions can get quite expensive and with over 100 members this year, we can definitely use your support.

These battles will take place in the CCHS Theater from 6-8 p.m. Admission is $4 and it costs $2 to compete if you sign up prior to the show. It is on Friday, November 21, so sign up as soon as possible.

The best part of the battles are the prizes. There will be prizes brought to you by Whole Foods, Grill-A-Burger, and the Desert Ice Castle.

Please come out and support!

 

 

Band-O-Rama 2014

This article was originally published on Nov 7, 2014
By Jessica Ramos & Janett Tirado

IMG_5742The 7th annual Band-O-Rama took palce on Wednesday November 5th in the Cathedral City High School Football Stadium. Band-O-Rama allows high school bands from all around Southern California to come together and perform their field show for each other in a competition-like setting (but with out the competitiveness). “Everyone is really nice, what I especially love about Band-O-Rama is seeing my band friends from other schools that I don’t normally see,” said Kyla Jacques from CCHS.

There were 9 different bands that came and performed at this year’s Band-O-Rama: Rancho Mirage High School, Coachella Valley High School, West Valley High School, Indio High School, Desert Hot Springs High School, Palm Desert High School, La Quinta High School, Cathedral City High School, and the famous Riverside Community College Roaring Tigers.

Band-O-Rama was started with the goal of uniting band members from different schools and to show off all their hard work for one another. This event allows band students to mingle and meet other band students and bond over their love of music.

IMG_5777“It’s really cool meeting other band members from other school,” said Adam Tamez from CCHS. “It’s like you know we’re all going to be friends because we all have something in common.”

“I always look forward to Band-O-Rama, just to see all my band friends,” said Douglas from WVHS.

What really makes Band-O-Rama memorable is the RCC Fall line performance. This year they performed a jazzy field show, featuring their saxophone, trombone, guitar, and drum set players. As always, their visual effects in the color guard, drum line, and band, and beautiful playing left everyone breathless, even from the first note. “Right when RCC played their first note of their field show I just felt it right here *puts hand on heart*,” said Taylor Intal of RMHS

“RCC is probably one of the best bands I have ever heard,” said CCHS Band student Janett Tirado. “Their shows are always colorful and extravagant. I always look forward to seeing their shows, especially knowing that their shows get better and better.”

“Most of the friends I have today are the friends I made in band.” – Every Band Member Ever

Cathedral City Gets a Pool!

ByJanet  Mosqueda

On October 28, 2014, it was announced that Cathedral City High School would be the home of the Palm Spring Unified School District Aquatic Center. The school board decided at Tuesday’s night’s meeting on where the swimming pool’s location would be. The pool will be approximately 130 feet by 75 feet. The large size will make it easier for multiple schools or teams to share the facility at the same time.

“I think the pool has the chance to have a tremendous impact on the schools using it and the community as a whole,” said Brad Fleener, the swim and water polo coach at CCHS. “I personally feel proud to have been a part of the process that has culminated in the decision to build a pool.”

Fleener was among those who have been patiently waiting and constantly going to meetings in order for this pool to happen. “I’m really excited about having a chance for students and staff to come watch how special these athletes are and how fun swim and polo can be.”

Water Increases Chances of Murder

By Sebastian Gomez

Recent studies by the University of Harwood have proven that 100% of murderers have consumed water. “We can say with 100 percent certainty that drinking water correlates directly with the ability to murder,” the University said at press time. They further proved their point by stating, “there has never been anyone that doesn’t drink water that has murdered”

This is a rather startling fact, as this seems to be the only thing that connects all murderers together. Could this be the source of all evil? We spoke with local Catholic Priest Dennis McLeary. “Well, I can say with absolute certainty that Cain, the first murderer, drank water before killing his brother,”

The Mayor held a press conference this morning on the concerning nature of water. In statement, the Mayor said, “there will be an effective zero-tolerance ban on water, effective immediately” and that “those caught drinking water will be charged with high treason, attempted murder, aggravated assault and loitering” She also went on to say that,”police are authorized to use lethal force to stop those who are drinking water”

We sat with the Chief of Police for a statement. “This will effectively reduce crime by 100%. The Mayor is a wonderful person, because we will become the first city in the history of time to have 0 crime” We broke the news to the citizens and they were overjoyed. Tears streamed down their cheeks as they realized they would have a perfect utopia for their children, for the future generations.

We at the news station are also optimistic, for we no longer will need to write horrifying news each and every day. We can write about things like, “Why are you wearing that?” or “Look at these people who are way better then you, and have done something with their lives” Either way, we’d like ti thank our readers and wish them a good night.

Caution: this story is not real.

Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ever

By Eric DIaz

Oslo, Norway-

Children’s rights activists Malala Yousafzai, of Pakistan, and Kailash, of India, won the Nobel Peace Prize.The Norwegian Nobel Committee recognized the two “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

Yousafzai, who is now 17 publicly spoke out about her right to an education in Pakistan’s volatile tribal region, where Taliban militants often target women and girls who attend school. She was attacked on her way home from school on Oct. 2012 and was shot in the head, but she still bravely refused to bow to Taliban threats. She is now a woman’s rights advocate for around the world.

The first Nobel Peace Price was made in 1901, and was received by Jean Henry Dunant and Frédéric Passy and has also been received by many famous activists like Dr. Martin  Luther King Jr. Lech Walesa, Henry Dunant, Mother Teresa, and Betty Williams.

At Least 100,000 Snapchat Photos Hacked

By Eric Diaz

At least 100,000 Snapchat photos were apparently leaked. Users thought that their photos would disappear as soon as they were viewed, but they may have been found by hackers who want to post them online.

Business Insider reported that hackers have been obtaining photos and videos for years and have posted them on the internet using a database called 4chan. This is being called “The Snappening.”

The hackers obtained this content using a third-party app that some Snapchat users downloaded to store their photos, which are automatically deleted after a few seconds. The name of the third-party app in not yet known. In a statement by Snapchat they said “we can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks.”

Snapchat also stated on Twitter, “users where victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice we expressly prohibit in our ToU [Terms of Use agreement].”

Containing the Threat of Ebola

By Eric A. Diaz

Washington D.C. – Infectious disease experts are trying to figure out if how Ebola could spread throughout the United States. Because of its contagious nature, Ebola is a big health hazard that could spread really fast. Although it is not airborne, it is spread by the exchange of bodily fluids like vomit, saliva, and blood.

According to FOX News, the virus has a chance of being used as a bio-weapon by ISIS terrorists. Lawmakers & health officials in Washington D.C. are debating wether the virus can be used as a bio-weapon and how this would happen. If an Ebola weapon were deployed, it could wreak havoc in cities and populated areas.

According to an ABC News report, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was being treated for Ebola in an isolation unit at a Texas hospital, is now the first American to have died of the Ebola virus in the U.S. “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 A.M.,” said a hospital spokesperson.

In order to contain Ebola, 5 major U.S. airports have propounded health screenings for passenger coming from West Africa. So far Ebola is not a really major threat, but with the so many people coming from many parts of the world it can spread faster. Hospitals have also been preparing for a major Ebola cases.

Man Allegedly Shoots Down Neighbor’s Drone with Shotgun

By Eric A. Diaz
Last week, Russell J. Percenti  was arrested for allegedly firing a shotgun and hitting a remote “helicopter” that was flying near his home. According to the owner of the drone, he was using it to capture photographs of a home that was under construction. While he was flying his drone he heard several gunshots and lost control of it.

When the owner recovered his drone he realized that there were holes in the device and guessed that it was likely the result of the the fired shotgun. He then called the local police department and they conducted a investigation. The drone owner directed the police to the origin of the shots. The police officers went to the home of Percenti and questioned him. They found out that the shotgun was used in the drone attack. Upon discovery of the shotgun, Percenti was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief. In addition the firearm was also taken away and used as evidence.

The bail was set at $2,500 by a local judge in addition to the criminal charges. Percenti is also subject to possible financial compensation charges for the drone. Depending on the model of the camera on the drone Percenti could be responsible for thousands of dollars.

Source: Fox News