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: Chia Seeds

By Gabrielle Knight and Genevieve Knight

Have you always wondered what those tiny seeds were floating around in people’s water and juices? Those are called chia seeds, and have definitely made an impact in the world of health and nutrition. Chia seeds are native to Mexico and Guatemala, it was historically an important food crop for the Aztecs. These gel-like seeds are usually white or black and have a mild, nutty flavor which makes them easy to add to foods and beverages.

Chia seeds are very high in potassium, antioxidants, and fiber. They are also very beneficial to your digestive system and provide vitamins important for your daily health. Studies show the that chia contains 42% of our daily recommended value of fiber in a single serving! Fiber helps slow your digestion causing you to feel fuller faster  by soaking up fluid and expanding your digestive tract.

People are having a hard enough time losing weight as it is. From constant exposure to weight loss diets that don’t work, to eating fiber packed energy bars that are guaranteed to make you lose weight, why not try something natural? Chia seeds were such an important staple to the Aztecs, that they they gave it to their soldiers and runners for energy. They are also known to curve your hunger and can literally be added  to a wide variety of foods and beverages such as smoothies, pudding, salads, fruit, and much more. You can fin chia seeds virtually anywhere and are sold in local food markets.

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.

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

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.


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 www.cathedralcity.gov.





CCHS Recognized for Yearbook Excellence

By Marilyn Scoggins

The Cathedral City High School Yearbook Staff has been recognized by Balfour Yearbooks with an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Yearbook Yearbook in recognition for its outstanding contribution to scholastic journalism.

“With this edition of the Yearbook Yearbook, Balfour has been showing off great student work for 28 consecutive years,” said Marilyn Scoggins. “As yearbooks were collected and judged, the Cathedral City High School 2013 yearbook was selected for Honorable Mention Recognition.”

Yearbooks were evaluated in one or more of the following areas: theme development, layout design, photo content, secondary packages, and cover design. Approximately 10 percent of yearbook staffs earn Honorable Mentions.

“To be recognized in the Yearbook Yearbook isn’t just good, it’s great,” said Mike Cobb, Director of Marketing. “The CCHS staff can take pride in knowing that the 2013 yearbook was great when it came out, and will retain its relevance decades from now.”

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.