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!

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

Is Going Outside Fatal for Your Kids?

By Sebastian Gomez

A startling study has indicated that 100% of all kids that are let outside and have lives have or will die in the future. “Yes, 100% of kids let outside will die in the future,” said a scientist whose name we could not bother to get. We interviewed a local man named Rob Johnson who has never seen the light of day about this. “Yep, still not dead,” he said, “Hitler? Went outside. MLK went outside. Stalin went outside. FDR went outside. Gandhi went outside. Jesus went outside. Where are they now? Dead. Look at me. Never went outside, not dead.” Johnson died later this week of unrelated heart problems.

“Oh my god, really?” a local mother exclaimed, grabbing her bubble wrapped, shin guard protected son, and shielding him from the sun. “MY LITTLE JIMMY EXPOSED TO THE CAUSE OF ALL DEATH?,” she screamed out in public. “Why hasn’t the government done anything,” asked a local porch dweller. “The only plausible course of action is to declare war on the sun,” local man, “Crazy-Eyed” Jim stated. He went on to say, “The sun has gone and killed American citizens on American soil, and we consider that an act of terrorism and thus an act of war, we will not stand for it.” (Update: “Crazy-Eyed” Jim has raised a local militia and declared war on the sun. “We will find you,” he said, “and we will kill you.”)

Some residents, however, have different opinions, like local lunatic John Haberson. “I believe that we must first analyze the facts before making conclusions,” he said in a crazed state. “I mean everyone dies someday, including those who don’t go outside. I don’t think it’s right to have a huge ‘scare’ based on irrational behavior, I don’t believe that going outside and having not having a life is fatal.”

What do we believe here in the station? We believe that it is our duty to serve the truth and protect our loyal readers. Thank you readers, for staying with us.

(This story is not true)

Letter From The Editor

By Donielle Gerrell

Welcome back Lions! We had a wonderful summer break and it is time for the 2014-2015 students to hit the halls. A big welcome to Class of 2018! High school will be great, but even better now that you are here at Cathedral City High School. As for everyone else, lets have a great year filled with excitement and pride.

If you are new to CCNews, I’ll give you a little history lesson. About four years ago, the Digital Arts Technology Academy created this very app in partnership with The Desert Sun. CCNews was the first school app from the whole country. Since then, DATA juniors and seniors have put in countless hours to create new and interesting content for the app.

In the past, CCNews has been a great resource, but I want to make it amazing! I plan to include all of the great stories users have come to know, but we will also be adding new segments. We will provide you with news stories, sports updates, fashion tips, and more! You should also get ready for season 2 of the web show “Behind the Blue,” which will premiere in a few weeks.

I hope CCNews interests you and allows you to have an insight from the students’ perspective. Don’t forget to tell your friends about the new and improved CCNews App.


Donielle Gerrell

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