Golden Lion Awards Night

By Bernadette Fuentez

On Thursday May 22, 2014 over 100 students received recognition from academic departments and specialized programs at the Golden Lion Awards Night. Students were acknowledged for their academic excellence and dedication to their education.

Golden Lions are awarded through faculty votes. Staff members vote for students who they feel exemplify the qualities deserving of a Golden Lion.

Many students earn certificates and recognition, but only one student is awarded the coveted Golden Lion award, the highest honor given at CCHS. This year, DATA and ASB student Sara Lopez’s outstanding leadership skills, academic performance, and school/community involvement earned her the award.

Congratulations to Sara and everyone who earned recognition at the Golden Lions Awards night.


MW2 Dodgeball at Cathedral City High School

By Lorenzo Peña

Photo by Gerardo Islas

Photo by Gerardo Islas

On Friday, May 9th the Cathedral City High School football team hosted its 2nd Annual Modern Warfare Dodgeball Tournament. The tournament was open to all teams that had at least 8 players ($5 per player) , no more than 11 players per team, and players being at least 14 years of age.

There were plenty of food and drinks for sale and a raffle. There was a big turnout of teams and fans who only had to pay a $2 entrance fee, which went to support the football team. Even local radio station U92.7 came to give shout outs and promote the tournament.

The tournament began at 6 p.m. It was a bracket style tournament with double elimination for all teams. There were a wide variety of teams, from young students to older friends who came down from over all over the state. At the end of the day D.O.B. reclaimed their title as champions.

Fashion Friday: 9 Summer Makeup Tips


By Jazmin Ramirez, Brittany Salgado, and Viviana Ramos

Welcome back to another week of Fashion Friday! This week we will be talking about 9 Summer Makeup tips. Summer is full of pleasures— but melting makeup, sliding eyeliner, and super sticky lipstick are not among them.

1. Make time for primer.

You won’t regret the few seconds it will take to smooth on a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup.

2. Lighten your face makeup.

First step: Swap foundation for tinted moisturizer. These sheer formulas look and feel airier on skin and are less likely to turn cakey on steamy days. Try Shiseido The Skincare Tinted Moisture Protection SPF 20 ($36, department stores) or Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($18,

3. Bronze believably.

To keep the results looking fresh and natural, he recommends applying bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply; look for one with varying shades— they’ll swirl together for the most authentic-looking results. Prescriptives Bronzer Brush ($32, department stores) is a great choice.

4. Try out vibrant color.

Just as you’re probably more likely to wear a vivid top or carry a bright bag this season, now’s the perfect time to play up your makeup palette. Besides looking summery, “livelier colors brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to skin,” says Surratt. Try Revlon A Floral Affair Sheer Powder Blush in Pinking of You ($11.69, drugstores), Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink ($20, department stores), or Ramy Juicy Cheeks Sheer Intense Cheek Color in Maya Papaya ($24,

5. Stop shine, add glow.

A slick T-zone instantly telegraphs the message “I’m hot” — and we don’t mean sexy. To eliminate unsightly shine in seconds, nothing beats blotting papers. If you need to perk up your makeup too, blot first, then follow up with a dusting of pressed powder with a hint of luminescence. Try Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Luminous Matte Pressed Powder ($12, drugstores).

6. Switch out thick lipsticks.

Since heavy lip colors often feel like overkill once the weather warms up, many women opt for clear balm or skip their lips altogether. But just because you’re feeling low-maintenance doesn’t mean you have to look it. A simple swipe-and-go choice: tinted lip balms. Try Neutrogena Moisture­Shine Tinted Lip Balm SPF 20 ($7, drugstores) or Jane Be Pure Mineral Lip Balm ($4, drugstores).

7. Stay-proof your eye makeup.

For longer-lasting shadow, avoid using eye cream on your lids (it can break down makeup), and smooth on an eye primer instead. “It will minimize creasing and create a base for the shadow to cling to so it lasts longer,” says Seattle makeup artist Sharona Schweitzer. Try Tarte Lock & Roll Eye Shadow Duo ($17, Sephora), which has matching cream and powder shadows in one tube.

8. Wade into waterproof.

If you’ve tried water­proof mascaras once but found them less than stellar, it’s time to give ‘em another go. Apply a waterproof version (we like Lumene Star Effect Waterproof Mascara, $8, CVS) on the tips of your lashes over regular mascara to boost its staying power.

9. Go sheer.

“Rich, deep colors have their place, but they can look heavy in summer,” says Surratt. To lighten up, switch to sheer versions of your go-to lip and eye hues. Case in point: Stila Summer Eye Shadow Palette ($40, Sephora), which contains pretty pastels and everyday neutrals, all with a sheerness that keeps them sophisticated.

I hope that these product help your makeup last the whole day and not get ruined. You can purchase the needed products in your local drugstore or Walmart, CVS, Sephora at El Paseo in Palm Desert.  I have personally tried some of the products and I was really satisfied.

Until next time…

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 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.