Fashion Friday: Top 5 Most Common Hair Mistakes

By Jazmin Ramirez, Brittany Salgado, and Viviana Ramos

Welcome back to another week of Fashion Friday. This week we will be taking about the Top 5 Most Common Hair Mistakes! Some of the mistakes may seem like they’re very obvious, while others are ones you may be making on a daily basis without even realizing it.

Mistake # 1: Conditioning only the ends.

Many of us have been told to apply conditioner only to lower half of our hair, especially if it’s fine and limp.The thinking is that a conditioner will weigh it down. But in reality, fine hair is very fragile and needs the extra support of a daily conditioner. Hair is weakest when it’s wet, and can stretch up to 30% more, which makes it prone to breakage. The solution is to use a light conditioner from roots to tips that moisturizes and strengthens hair without weighing it down.

Mistake # 2: Not using a heat-protective styling aid.

Women need to protect their hair before using a blow dryer, flat iron or curling iron for two reasons. First, using a hot tool causes friction, which damages cuticle cells and causes breakage. Furthermore, the heat can burn you hair, making it feel dry and brittle. A conditioning heat protective spray coats your hair so the hot tool will glide over it without causing friction. It also acts like an insulator, preventing your strands from burning.

Mistake # 3: Skipping weekly deep conditioning treatments. 

The surface of a hair strand is made up of overlapping hair cuticles, similar to how tiles are layered on a roof. When hair is damaged, these tiny cuticles get lifted up or broken off, which causes frizz, breakage and dullness. A deep conditioning treatment will help fill in any holes and repair roughed up patches so hair is soft, shiny and manageable.

Mistake # 4: Towel-drying in a rushed, rough manner.

No matter how fast you need to get ready, frantically rubbing your hair with a towel won’t speed up drying time, and could actually cause a bad hair day. Your hair is weakest when wet, so if you rub it harshly, you’ll rough up the hair cuticles and cause frizz and breakage. The solution: First, spritz detangling spray all over, then squeeze out water using a soft, super-absorbent towel.

Mistake # 5: Tearing through knots with a brush.

Patience is a virtue, and when it comes to knots, it’s also a true hair savior. While we all want to rush through brushing our hair, if it is prone to knots, you need to take the extra time to gently coax them smooth, otherwise you risk snapping your strands. The trick is to brush your hair from the ends up. This way you’ll gently undo all of your knots before you gain the full momentum of running the brush down your hair from roots to tips. If you have a real nasty knot, use a wide-tooth comb to gently undo it from bottom to top.

I hope that you take advantage of the helpful tips that I have written above. I have tried them all personally, and I love them.

Until next time… 

Throwback Thursday: Clueless

By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin

Throwing it back to the year 1995 when Paramount Pictures released the motion picture Clueless. This film is a romantic comedy that captured the attention of many young adults. Cher (Alicia Silverstone), a high school student in Beverly Hills, is blonde, rich and popular. Being very social, she has the attitude and confidence to talk to anyone into doing just about anything. Cher also has to deal with the ups and downs of her adolescent life. She shares her life experiences with her best friend, Dionne (Stacey Dash), who also has a super fierce attitude. Together, Cher and Dionne are two of the most popular sophomores.

One day, they spot a new girl at school named Tai (Brittany Murphy). They decide to help her by giving her a makeover and attempt to find her a boyfriend. While helping Tai, Cher realizes that she wants a boyfriend too, but no one seems right. With that, she goes through a makeover herself in a spiritual way. She then realizes that there is more to life than just the fancy clothes and all that popularity.

We will always remember Cher and Dionne taking on the world together and Cher’s catchy catch phrase: “As if.”

Wellness Wednesday: Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! Campaign

By Genevieve Knight and Gabrielle Knight

Michelle Obama’s “Lets Move!” campaign, created in 2010, has been thriving in the past three years. Lets Move! is dedicated to educating today’s generation of kids about the importance of nutrition, physical activity, and staying healthy. It also provides parents with helpful information to help put their children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest years of childhood and adolescent years.

Many of the remarkable accomplishments that the Let’s Move! campaign has done to prevent the rise in childhood obesity include lowering the cost of fruits and vegetables in major market chains like Walmart. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program was created in 2013 to assess students’ fitness-based health and progress over time.

As of January 2014, the First Lady’s Lets Move! Child Care campaign has helped over 10,000 child care professionals and organizations implement new criteria for nutrition, physical activity, and limited screen time. 4,000 schools have signed up to work together, teaching kids about healthy eating and helping cafeteria staff prepare healthier meals through Chefs Move to School. President Obama has also signed into law the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, helping public schools boost the quality and nutrition of national school lunch and breakfast programs.

Over the past 3 decades, childhood obesity in America has tripled. With today’s lifestyles, children and teens are exposed to an increase of technology, while participation in after-school sports has decreased. Throughout the past three years, Lets Move! has provided access to healthier affordable foods, serving healthier options in school lunch programs, and creating local play spaces in communities across the country. Most importantly, Lets Move! Is continuing to bring together parents, schools, communities, and government organizations to help ensure a healthy future for our children and end the rise of childhood obesity.

Twitter Tuesday: The Grammy Awards

By Juliana Suarez and Bernadette Fuentez

The hot trending topic last night on Twitter was the Grammys of 2014. Here is a list of the most tweeted-about celebrities, top tweets, and best-dressed:

Most Mentioned:

1: Lorde
2: Beyonce
3: Taylor Swift

Lorde not only took home two Grammy Awards yesterday, but was also the most mentioned star on Twitter. There were 15.2 million Tweets about the Grammys. Twitter stats showed Lorde was the most mentioned star of the night, followed by Beyonce and Taylor Swift.

Top Tweets:




Best Dressed:

1: Beyonce

2: Alicia Keys

3: Katy Perry

Here’s a look at their outfits:


DATA-SkillsUSA Dominates Regional Competition

By Chris Gutierrez

AppleValley-30On January 18 and 25, students from SkillsUSA at Cathedral City High School participated in regionals at Apple Valley and Ontario. Many students came home with medals and even more have advanced to state championships in San Diego. SkillsUSA members have been preparing for their competition for months, and it definitely showed at their competition. Students competed in a various competitions, including prepared speech, quiz bowl, and job demo.

Senior SkillsUSA member Tara Tapia and her team competed in Quiz Bowl. “Quiz Bowl is almost like jeopardy,” said Tapia. “It’s about current events, and it can be anything really.” Tapia and her team took home the gold medal and are advancing to San Diego. State championships are right around the corner, so members will need to continue their great work and keep preparing. “We all said we are going to study up until state championships,” said Tapia.

“I prepared my team by going over some questions an hour before the competition,” said Senior SkillsUSA member Geraldine Morataya. “Although we didn’t receive a medal, we are still advancing to San Diego.” Morataya and her team also competed in Quiz Bowl. Morataya and her team plan to keep on preparing and reviewing more questions to be better prepared for State Championships this upcoming spring.

Here is a full list of students who earned medals:

Gold Medals:

Quiz Bowl

  • Jacob J.
  • Anthony R.
  • Tara T.
  • Sara L.
  • Jonathan S.


  • Jennifer R.

Community Service

  • Norma V.
  • Carolina V.
  • Janet M.

20 Second Elevator

  • Bonnie V.

Job Demo

  • Michael D

Silver Medals:

Prepared Speech

- Sara L.

Samuel O.

20 second Elevator

  • Samuel O.

Job Interview

  • Manny G.


  • Viviana M.

Bronze Medals:

Quiz Bowl

  • Rio C.
  • Sebastian G
  • Simi C.
  • Camille M.
  • Jetzabel V.
  • Norma V.
  • Mariafernanda S.




Music Monday: 56th Annual Grammy Award Winners

By Sidney Siva

It’s January and that means it’s award season. One of the biggest award events in music, besides MTV’s Video Music Awards, is the Grammy Awards. The Grammy Awards aired last night on CBS.

Here are the Winners from the 56th Annual Grammy Awards:

Record of the Year: “Get Lucky” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

Song of the year: “Royals” Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor (Lorde)

Best country album: “Same Trailer Different Park” Kasey Musgraves

Best pop vocal album: “Unorthodox Jukebox” Bruno Mars

Best rap/sung collaboration: “Holy Grail” Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake

Best pop solo performance: “Royals” Lorde 

Best pop duo/group performance: “Get Lucky” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

Best rock song: “Cut Me Some Slack” Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear

Best rap album: “The Heist,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Best rock performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons

Best metal performance: “God Is Dead?,” Black Sabbath

Best rock album: “Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin

Best alternative music album: “Modern Vampires Of The City,” Vampire Weekend

Best country solo performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker

Best country duo/group performance: “From This Valley,” The Civil Wars

Best country song: “Merry Go ‘Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne

Best american roots song: “Love Has Come For You,” Edie Brickell and Steve Martin

Best americana album: “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

Best bluegrass album: “The Streets Of Baltimore,” Del McCoury Band

Best blues album: “Get Up!,” Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite

Best folk album: “My Favorite Picture Of You,” Guy Clark

Best regional roots music album: “Dockside Sessions,” Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Best pop instrumental album: “Steppin’ Out,” Herb Alpert

Best traditional pop vocal album: “To Be Loved,” Michael Buble

Best new age album: “Love’s River,” Laura Sullivan

Best improvised jazz solo: “Orbits,” Wayne Shorter

Best jazz vocal album: “Liquid Spirit,” Gregory Porter

Best jazz instrumental album: “Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue,” Terri Lyne Carrington

Best large jazz ensemble album: “Night In Calisia,” Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic

Best latin jazz album: “Song For Maura” Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente

Best gospel/contemporary christian music performance: “Break Every Chain [Live],” Tasha Cobbs

Best gospel song: “If He Did It Before . . . Same God [Live],” Tye Tribbett

Best contemporary christian music song: “Overcomer,” David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)

Best gospel album: “Greater Than [Live],” Tye Tribbett

Best contemporary christian music album: “Overcomer,” Mandisa

Best latin pop album: “Vida,” Draco Rosa

Best latin rock, urban or alternative album: “Treinta Días,” La Santa Cecilia

Best regional mexican music album (including tejano): “A Mi Manera,” Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

Best tropical latin album: “Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Best reggae album: “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” Ziggy Marley

Best world music album: “Savor Flamenco,” Gipsy Kings and “Live: Singing For Peace Around The World,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Best children’s album: “Throw a Penny In The Wishing Well,” Jennifer Gasoi

Best spoken word album (includes poetry, audio books & storytelling): “America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t,” Stephen Colbert

Best instrumental composition: “Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra,” Clare Fischer, composer

Best instrumental arrangement: “On Green Dolphin Street,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger

Best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist(s): “Swing Low,” Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)

Best recording package: “Long Night Moon,” Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)

Best boxed or special limited edition package: “Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition),” Simon Earith and James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)

Best album notes: “Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded),” Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)

Best Historical Album: “Charlie Is My Darling — Ireland 1965” and “The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums”

Best engineered album, non-classical: “Random Access Memories,” Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta and Daniel Lerner, engineers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert, Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (Daft Punk)

Best remixed recording, non-classical: “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix),” Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)

Best surround sound album:”Live Kisses,” Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)

Best engineered album, classical: “Winter Morning Walks,” David Frost, Brian Losch and Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)

Producer of the year, classical: David Frost

Best orchestral performance: “Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4,” Osmo Vänskä, conductor

Best opera recording: “Adès: The Tempest,” Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna and Alan Oke; Jay David Saks, producer

Best choral performance: “Pärt: Adam’s Lament,” Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor

Best chamber music/small ensemble performance: “Roomful Of Teeth,” Brad Wells and Roomful Of Teeth

Best classical instrumental solo: “Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist and String Orchestra,” featuring Evelyn Glennie and the Albany Symphony Orchestra

Best classical vocal solo: “Winter Morning Walks,” Dawn Upshaw

Best classical compendium: “Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Best contemporary classical composition: “Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks,” Maria Schneider, composer

Best comedy album: “Calm Down Gurrl,” Kathy Griffin

Best musical theater album: “Kinky Boots”

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “Sound City: Real To Reel”

Best score soundtrack for visual media: “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman, composer

Best song written for visual media: “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Best dance recording: “Clarity,” Zedd featuring Foxes

Best dance/electronica album: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk

Best R&B performance: “Something,” Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Best Traditional R&B performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.

Best R&B song: “Pusher Love Girl,” James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake

Best urban contemporary album: “Unapologetic,” Rihanna

Did your favorite artist take home a golden gramophone this year?


Cheer Team on the Road to Nationals

By Zaira Garcia

On Saturday January 11th, the Cathedral City High School varsity cheer team competed in the USA Regionals at Summit High School in Fontana, CA. Competing in the Varsity Show Cheer Novice Division, the CCHS cheer team managed to receive a score above 75, which qualified them for the USA Nationals Competition.

“I didn’t think we would score a high score or qualify for nationals because this was our very first time competing”, said senior Stephanie Nuno.

Over the years, the CCHS cheer team had been classified as a “sideline” team, which means that they perform only at school events such as football games, pep rallies, and more. This year, it has been reclassified as a “competition” team and will compete at competitions for  years to come. “Last year I was on the junior varsity team,” said sophomore Alejandra Hernandez. “When I heard that varsity was going to be a competition team, it motivated me to get better and make the squad.”

The team’s head coach and advisor, Jessica Hegge, only has 2 years of experience coaching, but having been on a high school cheer team and on an All-Star team herself, she has a strong advantage in preparing the cheerleaders for every performance. “When I accepted the position as head coach, the cheerleaders were very welcoming,” said Hegge. “I was excited to work with them and help them improve by teaching them proper technique.”

The team has been working hard since the beginning of summer to perfect their competition routine. “It has been a lot of hard work and we have made so many changes not only to the routine but also to the way we present our spirit to our school”, said senior captain Zaira Garcia. ”It’s my last year on the team and I’m content with how much we have imporved and how much the program has evolved.”

The varsity team will compete at the USA Nationals which will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center on March 28th.

Fashion Friday: 11 Makeup Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making




By Jazmin Ramirez, Brittany Salgado, and Viviana Ramos

Welcome back to another week of Fashion Friday! This week we will be talking about 11 Makeup Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making.

Fixing these simple mistakes can have a huge impact on your overall appearance:

1. Wearing the wrong foundation shade:

Wearing the wrong foundation shade makes your face look two different colors when in various lighting conditions. Foundation is used to give your skin a perfect, light and smooth complexion and cover-up any imperfections. I recommend that if your buying a new foundation to test in in your jawline to see if it’s the desired look for you.

2. Applying makeup on dry, flaky skin:

Foundation will only emphasize the flakes by sitting on top of them instead of blending in with your skin. Fix the dryness by exfoliating regularly (to get rid of flakes) and following that up with a rich moisturizer. Smoother skin means a much smoother application and finished look.

3. Wearing blue eyeshadow:

Wearing blue eyeshadow is only permitted for little girls with recitals or runway models. If you aren’t one of the aforementioned people, don’t wear it. Enough said. It may sound harsh, but truer words have never been spoken.

4. Trying to “plump” your lips:

If you are going to attempt it, use a lip liner the same shade as your lipstick on the outer line of your lips, and don’t pass your line over it. Fill in your lips as well– that way if your lipstick fades, you don’t wind up with only a line around your mouth.

5. Over-tweezing (or ignoring) your eyebrows:

While you do want to tame overgrown brows, you don’t want to tweeze too much. As we get older, our brows naturally become sparser, so if you tweeze your brows too thin they might never fully grow back. So just stick with cleaning up the area around your brows and follow their natural arch for your best shape.

6. Wearing an entire eye palette on your lids:

Don’t wear more than three shades at a time: a medium one on your lids, a lighter one near your brow bone and a dark one as liner. But for everyday use, you really only need a sweep of one shade across your lid. Anymore than that is probably overkill.

7. Trying to “sculpt” your face:

No matter how skilled you are with the makeup brush, it’s nearly impossible to use dark colors that aren’t glaringly obvious when viewed in person, especially in broad daylight. Focus instead on pretty, soft makeup that plays up your best features.

8. Using pencil on your eyebrows:

The best result is using an eyeshadow color that matches your hair color and apply with a thin, stiff, angled brush using tiny strokes

9. Wearing black eyeliner in the daytime:

Big Mistake! Black eyeliners only shrink and recede your eyes. They also make you seem like you are very tired throughout the day. So, for best results wear them only during the night time.

10. Wearing glitter:

Just don’t do it. Wearing glitter is only acceptable for the 14 and under crowd. It leaves strange dark sparkly spots in our face. I suggest buying a shimmery eyeshadow for a similar, but more mature effect.

11. Going overboard with “luminizing” products:

Don’t wear too many “luminizing” products. Limit how much you put on your face because they can highlight every imperfection that you don’t want to see.

Hopefully you can take advantage of these tips and avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. If you use these tips they will help you a lot. Trust me I’ve tried them and I loved the results.

Until next time…


Principal for a Day

By Chris Gutierrez

IMG_9650 On January 15th, Cathedral City High School students got to see someone else in Principal Guillermo Chavez’s shoes. Gitzel Puente from KMIR 6 took on the role as principal for the day. As Principal for the day, Puente had the opportunity to interact with students and learned some of the challenges today’s principal encounter.

“I learned the challenges that Principals face today are different than before,” said Puente. “They’re very hands on and very interactive with the students, they seem to keep busy.” Puente was also very intrigued and excited to learn about the programs CCHS offers to the students. In high school Puente was involved and competed in SkillsUSA. She was also part of other programs and clubs like Key Club and GATE.

Puentes visits the DATA Digital Storytelling classroom

Puente visits the DATA Digital Storytelling classroom

“I spoke to some ELD students and enjoyed learning where they came from and encouraged them to keep up with their English because there are many opportunities,” said Puente. “I love education, I’m a nerd, I love motivating students, I just think that there are many opportunities in high school that continue into college,” said Puente. She strongly believes in education and that students need to take advantage of the great opportunities high schools offer. She also believes that a student should keep motivated and continue being active in programs through college.

“I think he [Mr. Chavez] is instilling a lot of his information to me as a journalist,” said Puente. “This is beneficial because sometimes people only hear negative stories about schools, and this is a chance to see the many positives.” After being principal for a day, Gitzel Puente knows what kind of amazing programs CCHS and saw high school in a positive light.

2014 Oscar Nominess Announced

By Jazmin Ramirez


On January 16th, Oscar Academy President Cheryl Boone Issacs and actor Chris Hemsworth announced this year’s nominations at 5:38 a.m PT l 8:38 a.m ET in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

Many of the nominees come as no surprise, and several actors have been nominated or won previously. Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been nominated three previous times for the Oscars (1994, 2005, and 2007) received another nomination for Leading Actor.

Best Picture:

American Hustle

Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon, Producers


Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers

Captain Phillips

Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers


Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers

Dallas Buyers Club

Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers

12 Years A Slave

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers


Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers

The Wolf of Wall Street

Nominees to be determined


Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers


Actor-in a leading role:

Christian Bale

American Hustle

Bruce Dern


Leonardo DiCaprio

The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor

12 Years a Slave

Matthew McConaughey

Dallas Buyers Club


Actress-in a Leading Role:

Amy Adams

American Hustle

Cate Blanchett

Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock


Judi Dench


Meryl Streep

August: Osage County


Animated Feature Film:

The Croods

Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson

Despicable Me 2

Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri

Ernest & Celestine

Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner


Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho

The Wind Rises

Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

Winners will be announced during the live broadcast on March 2nd.