Symphonic Band Brings Music to San Francisco

By Kyla Jaques

imageOn Thursday, February 27th, the CCHS Symphonic Band took an unforgettable trip to San Francisco. On the four-day trip, the musicians played at Chabot College, performing three pieces: “Mother Earth,” “Fantasia” in G Minor,” and “Washington Grays.”

Besides entertaining more than one hundred observers with their beautiful music, the band also had time to scout colleges, including UC Berkeley (a favorite of the students), as well as Stanford (one of the most highly ranked colleges in the country).

Symphonic Band also journeyed to Union Square where they had a chance to take a break and have a fun-filled shopping spree. Finally, band students had the opportunity to tour Fisherman’s Wharf before returning home on the nine-hour bus ride back to CCHS.

Learning Professionalism: DATA Mock Interviews

In an effort to prepare students for life after high school, DATA students participated in a mock interview day with community and industry partners on February 21st.

The event was coordinated by counselor Deborah Applebaum, and various job positions were submitted by industry partners, ranging from Production Assistant to Museum Curator. Students were able to sign up to be interviewed for job positions of their choice.

Students presented themselves professionally, with business attire and formal resumes/portfolios. “Potential employers” then ranked each student on a scale from “You’re hired!” to “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

DATA senior Chris Gutierrez created a short video documenting the day and the students’ experiences.

Learning Professionalism

Winter Sports Awards

By Donielle Gerrell

Winter sports came to an end last night, March 12th, 2014, as all teams came together to receive awards for their outstanding athletics. Each athlete received a certificate for their achievement throughout the season. From ROTC doing a wonderful job presenting the flags to Clarissa Cisneros introducing the teams, the athletic staff created a phenomenal ceremony.

Not only did the athletes get recognized for their completion of their winter sports, but they were honored for their academics as well. Sabreena Sukhram, a junior, was awarded the highest grade point average out of all the winter athletes with an outstanding 4.65 GPA. The Girls Water Polo Team was awarded the highest team GPA, the third time in a row, with a 3.48 overall grade point average.

Certain athletes tend to stand out from the rest of the team. Whether it’s their leadership, or most certainly, their athletic abilities. Those athletes were rewarded the Most Valuable Player award, also known as, the MVP. The MVPs were:

Boys Basketball- Orlando Wallace

Girls Basketball- Tiffani Pratt

Boys Soccer- Efren Escobar

Girls Soccer- Ashley Hernandez

Girls Water Polo- Alexandria Armenta

Coed Wrestling- Johnny Bates

Girls Basketball not only completed a wonderful season, but played their season in remembrance of Coach Jerry Hill, who will never be forgotten.

Unfortunately, a slide show was suppose to be displayed of pictures of the athletes season but due to technical difficulties, the presentation was not previewed. The presentation with soon be accessible on the athletics website:

Relay for Life: March 15, 2014

Genevieve and Gabrielle Knight

On March 15th and 16th Cathedral City High School will be having a Relay for Life from 9:00 a.m. through 9:00a.m. (the following day) at the school’s stadium. Relay for life is an organized fundraising event that raises money for the fight against cancer and for the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this special event to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones who have passed away, and support those who currently have cancer. There will be plenty of food, music, a flag football game, and different activities to help fundraise for a great cause. A few of the events that will be taking place at Relay for Life include:

  • Survivors Lap: Begins at 9:30 a.m. when all the cancer survivors walk the first lap around the track while being cheered on by other participants, celebrating their victory and fight against cancer.
  • Between 9:30 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. participants in Relay for Life have teams that promote the fight against cancer and help fundraise money for a certain patient. Each member take turns walking around the track throughout the day.
  • Luminaria Ceremony: The Luminaria Ceremony starts at 9:00 p.m. and is a time to remember and honor people who have lost loved ones of cancer in the past. Each person lights a Luminaria bag personalized with a name, photo, or inspirational message in honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer.
  • Closing Ceremony: At 9:00 a.m. the Closing Ceremony wraps up the day with a moment to celebrate our commitment to come together and participate as a community

Relay for Life is more than just an ordinary fundraising event. It has given hope, inspiration, and support to thousands of lives, including those who have lost loved ones from cancer. Ms. Carrick, English II teacher at Cathedral City High School, is a fifth year participant in Relay for Life. Her husband, Fred Carrick, who was the head football coach from 1997-2005, died of stomach cancer in 2009. “At first I didn’t know how many people would be affected by this disease,” said Carrick. “I realized that being able to share stories and provide support to people who are going through the same thing as you has helped me and my sons in so many ways.”

Cancer doesn’t have to be looked upon as a life threatening disease. Having the  determination to fight back and get involved motivated Joanne, security guard at Cathedral City High School. Joanne, who is now cancer free, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. After going through the long process of treatment and surgery, she was determined to participate in Relay for Life in memory of her mother who lost her battle with breast cancer and wanted to show her support for other cancer patients. “Participating in Relay for Life made me see that people do care and that you’re never alone in the fight against cancer. We’re all here to work together and help support others through struggling times,” says Joanne.

Mr. Ed Perry, IB Coordinator, AVID, and statistics teacher, has been participating in Relay for Life for 8 years with AVID and P.E. teacher Mrs. Johnson. Mr. Perry’s wife, Mary Perry, is a 5 year cancer survivor whose battled through breast and uterin cancer. Perry and his wife contribute by hosting wine tasting stands to help raise money for the National Cancer Society. “Relay for Life helps educate people about cancer as well as putting a big emphasis on getting checked early which is very important, especially when you’re young,” said Perry. Being a supportive caregiver throughout his wife’s fight against cancer, Mr. Perry inspires others to make a difference and to never lose hope.

With the support of thousands of volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. Not only does Relay for Life offer the opportunity to raise money and fundraise, it also gives people the chance to build support, inspire others, and take pride in knowing that we are all coming together as a community to save millions of lives. Survivors, caregivers, and patients of all ages in our community are all coming together to make a difference. Your participation in Relay for Life will greatly make an impact for the fight against cancer. Please come out and show your support!

Throwback Thursday: Grease

By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin

Throwing it back to one of the best musicals of all time, Grease. This fun, romantic film came out in 1978, directed by Randal Kleiser, focuses on teens going to high school in the 1950’s.

borg.comIn 1959, a California greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Australian Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) fell in love over the summer while spending time together at the beach. Little do they know they will both be attending Rydell High that fall. Danny’s the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black-jacket greasers while Sandy is introduced to the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo. When they first see each other at the first pep rally, Danny isn’t the same guy she met at the beach and has a reputation to keep up.

Meanwhile Sandy meets a young jock, and Zuko becomes jealous and tries to win her back. By doing so, he wants to change his ways and be more like her as she is secretly trying to be more like him.

Grease will always be one of our favorite musicals, and it’s always fun to sing along with– especially if you know all the words.


Urban Underground Dance Open to All High Schools

By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin

Urban Underground is a dance open to all high school students in the Coachella Valley. It will be held at Palm Springs High School’s gym on Saturday, March 15. Urban Underground begins at 8pm and lasts until 12am. Permission slips will be at the door, and bring your school I.D.

With Indian Print (Only Palm Springs): $10

General Admission: $15

At the door:  $20

Here are some rules that must be followed:

  1. Students cannot leave the dance for any reason; once you leave the dance you will not be re-admitted.
  2. Anyone who behaves inappropriately will be removed from the dance. Parents will be called to provide transportation home.
  3. Students who misbehave are subject to the High School discipline code.
  4. All students will be searched prior to entertaining the dance, and students suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be admitted to the dance and the police and the schools administration will be contacted.

A STRICT CODE will be in effect for the dance. The dress code is the same as the dress code for school. Here are some PROHIBITED items of clothing: Crop Tops, Halter Tops, Strapless tops, bare midriffs, spaghetti straps. No “spanks”, no bikinis, excessively revealing clothing
Urban Underground is a great chance for students from all over the valley to come together under one roof and have fun.

Senior Panoramic Picture Notice

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!

DATA Students Honored in White House Film Festival

Donielle Gerrelle, Araly Lopez, and Ariana Davis | Photo by Richard Liu, The Desert Sun

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

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 along with the White House’s other social media channels.

Congratulations to Donnie, Araly, and Ariana! Check out their project: