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.

Wellness Wednesday: Sun Protection

By Genevieve Knight and Gabrielle Knight

Summer is right around the corner! Is your skin protected from the sun’s harsh UV rays?  Sun protection is very important, especially when you spend long amounts of time out in the sun. Here are a few tips to keep you protected from the suns harsh rays:

  •  While outside, be aware of how long you’re out in the sun. If you’re out in the sun longer than 15 minutes, apply sunblock evenly to any exposed skin. Be sure to cover often missed spots including: lips, ears, neck, and scalp.
  •  Use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher whenever you spend time outdoors. If you’re outdoors for a long period of time, use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Reapply every 1-2 hours
  •  Avoid outdoor activity from 10AM-4PM. The sun’s rays are strongest during these hours.
  •  Wear proper clothing to prevent getting burned, such as, hats, sunglasses, and a white t-shirt to reflect the sun’s rays.
  •  Even if its cloudy or overcast at the beach, don’t think there’s no need to put on sun block. Up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds. Be sure to still wear sunblock even when the sun isn’t out.
  • Apply sunblock even if you’re under an umbrella. The sand and water can reflect the sun’s rays and reach you.

Remember, sun protection is very important and can prevent you from getting skin cancer and sun damage. Follow these tips to keep your skin healthy from the sun’s rays.

Music Monday: Jesse McCartney is Coming Back!

Artwork for Jesse McCartney’s new single “Superbad.”

By Sydney Siva and Sierra Foster

Remember Jesse McCartney? Remember those golden locks and gorgeous blue eyes? The teen idol that every girl in your elementary school was obsessed with? Does “Beautiful Soul” ring a bell? Well Jesse McCartney is back with new music with singles including “Back Together” and the recently released “Superbad.” Both singles seemed to have a disco/Michael Jackson-like sound with a hint of classic R&B.

Last year he released a four-song EP that teased his fans for a new upcoming album, In Technicolor, which would be out this summer and released under his own label, Eight0eight Records. After a decade long-career with hits such as “She’s No You”, “Leavin’”, “How Do You Sleep”, “Right Where You Want Me”, and “Body Language”, McCartney tells Billboard that In Technicolor is his “proudest musical achievement to date.” He has been working on his new album since last year and has confirmed that most of the music on the album is heavily influenced by Michael Jackson and Kool & The Gang.

“‘Superbad’ is driven by its funk baseline and guitars,” says McCartney. “It’s been really challenging, but also much more rewarding to be doing this independently. I’m really excited for this next phase.”

For more information about his upcoming album, keep checking Billboard.com for updates.


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.

Desert Ice Castle offers Programs to the Public

By Jazmin Ramirez


The Desert Ice Castle offers five programs to improve your ice skating abilities, including Skating School, Adult Ice Hockey, Youth Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, and more. At Desert Ice Castle you can also rent the ice rink for Birthday Parties, Broomball, Public Sessions, Private Ice Lessons, and other Events.

Skating School:
Skating School students will receive free admission for any Public Session, however, Skate Rental usage will be charged at $2.00. Membership is only valid with the current Skate School Registration. In other words, student must be registered in every Skating School Term within that year to receive free admission to Public Sessions. If student is not registered for a term within that year, Membership will become “inactive”. Once you re-register, Membership will once again be “active”. Both membership card and current skate school punch card must be presented at Box Office at time of arrival, to receive free admission for any Public Session.images

Adult Ice Hockey:
The Desert Ice Castle offers hockey stick time to all ages and all levels, whether you are coming to shoot some pucks, improve your hockey skills, or have a private lesson. This session is specifically designed to accommodate your needs. Coaches are welcomed to give lessons during this session with $5.00 fee, and must provide a copy of coaching certification & insurance. All Players and coaches must be present to sign-in and pay at the box office before entering the ice rink.

Youth Ice Hockey:
There are four types of activities that you can do to improve your skills: Beginner Hockey, In-House Youth Hockey, Hockey practice clinics, High School Hockey and Travel Team. The beginner hockey teaches the basic skills and also the hockey skills from ages 3 and up. They will also teach each participant all the fundamental skills needed for playing the game. In-House hockey has the purpose to improve your hockey skills with power skating and stick handling classes and is just a continuation of the beginner hockey. The age of the players must be 5 and up.

Figure Skating:
Figure skating is a sport and activity in which individuals, duos, or groups perform on figure skates on ice. The four Olympic disciplines are men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Non-Olympic disciplines include synchronized skating and four skating. Usually all of these classes are offered only in the morning.


Senior DATA Trip 2014

By Bernadette Fuentez and Santina Ristaino

Every year DATA seniors get a special trip to the movies at the end of the year. As DATA students, we work hard and appreciate this special trip that’s just for us.  On May 2nd, we went to the Mary Pickford Theatre to watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Even though this trip is all fun and literally games (because of the mini arcade), we were also assigned an assignment by DATA English teacher, Ms. Blair. Blair asked her students to write a critical review, analyzing the film’s strength and weaknesses.

Read below for Genevieve Knight’s review:

Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) is at it again, saving lives of the city as the heroic Spiderman. The Amazing Spiderman is an action packed thriller with a side of romance. Peter Parkers love of his life, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is head over heels in love with him and he will do anything in his power not to lose her. However, Spiderman is not invincible. Mayhem in the city by Spiderman’s enemies, Electro (Jamie Foxx) and The Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) causes him to protect the lives of citizens, Gwen, and his mysterious past. Can Spiderman rise to victory again? This movie is a perfect to see for young kids and adults of all ages.



Are You Ready For Your Future?

By Gabrielle Knight and Genevieve Knight

Seniors, are you ready for graduation? Graduating will certainly be a huge accomplishment for us all, and the start of a new chapter in our lives. Life after high school will be a whole new journey we will all experience and endure. Whether we will be heading off to college in the fall, going to vocational schools, or pursuing a career, we will all face challenges and obstacles along the way.

If you don’t have a clear idea of what you really want to be, don’t stress! The first couple of years after high school will be a learning experience to try new things and study different subjects that interest you. If you don’t know what to do after high school here are a few tips to help you out (many of these tips also apply to juniors preparing for the senior year):

  • List your top college choices. Research your top three colleges and look over school catalogs, brochures, or visit the school campus. Do you want to go to a college close to home or far away? Are you looking for a large college that offers many diverse programs and classes? Consider all of your options, and make a choice based on the best fit for you.
  • Attend a school you can afford. Cost is an important factor to consider when choosing the right college for you. College is expensive, but stay away from getting caught up in paying off student loans for the rest of your life. Find out if you qualify for financial aid or scholarships. Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal
  • Think about what you want to study and research colleges that offer your major.What you choose to major in may change overtime. Find a college that offers your major!
  • If you decide that college isn’t what you want, that’s fine, but do something productive. Don’t be the couch potato who stays at home not knowing what to do with their life. Go out there and find what you like to do! Whether that’s volunteering, interning, or finding a job earning good money.

Only 18 more days until high school is over, seniors! Are you ready? Plan and prepare ahead for college, your career, and your future now. Be confident and explore your options. The world has a lot to offer, so go out there and make it happen!

Yearbooks: Get Yours Before They’re Gone!

The 2014 Yearbook, The New Blue, is selling faster than any year before! There are less than 120 copies remaining, so preorder yours before they sell out.

Current prices are $80 with an ASB Paw Print, and $85 without. After May 15th, the price will increase to $90 for everyone.

Early Yearbook distribution will take place on Friday May 16th in the Student Commons from 3-4pm. After that, Yearbooks will be available for pickup in room 706 beginning on Tuesday 5/20.

Still not convinced? Check out this teaser trailer created by Gerardo Islas and Lorenzo Peña:

The Origins of Cinco De Mayo

By Bernadette Fuentez and Santina Ristaino

History of Cinco De Mayo

“Cinco De Mayo,” or the Fifth of May, commemorates the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War during 1861-1867. This relatively minor holiday has evolved into a celebration of the Mexican culture and heritage, especially in areas that have large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances, and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States. It is sometimes referred to as a “Mexican St. Patrick’s Day.”

In Mexico

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, although other parts of the country also take part in the celebration. Traditions include military parades, recreations of the Battle of Puebla and other festive events. For many Mexicans, however, May 5 is a day like any other: It is not a federal holiday, so offices, banks and stores remain open.

In the United States

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations like the Coachella Valley. Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960′s, and today the occasion is marked with parades, parties, and mariachi music. Some of the country’s largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.