Original Poetry: Bed of Flowers & School Year

By Cheyenne Whitecotton

 There’s a bed of flowers resting in my lungs.

I cough out petals,

and breathe out dandelions.

Do you see what you’ve done?

My heart begins to sprout out leaves,

and my lashes turn to daisies.

You even say you love the weeds that grow from my chest,

and the buds that move with my breath.

I don’t know what has happened,

but I don’t mind.

I enjoy the roses and the tulips,

and the daffodils that rise.

For I am a whole new person,

a person that I like.

The only problem is that the flowers have grown so much

that I cannot see,

and when I go outside,

I flow with the breeze.

Do you see what you’ve done to me?

By Vivianna Ramos

Now that summer is over

We start again

Oh the drain

To wake up early

It’s the third week of School

Everyone thinks they’re cool

They’re big and bad because they’re in High School

It’s time to think of a Career

It’s time to think clear

Time to show no fear

 Time to enjoy the year

Media Monday: RWBY


By Denys Loaiza & Yolanda Cortez

RWBY is a show that is produced by the private production company: Rooster Teeth. They have also produced the popular series of Red vs. Blue, both series are which shown on YouTube.

RWBY is an animated web-series that was created and is being directed by Monty Oum. It is being written by Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross.

RWBY takes place in the world of Remnant, that is filled

with dark forces, known as “Creatures of Grim”, that threaten to over-throw the peace and turn the world into utter chaos. When they discover the power of dust, a mysterious element, they use it against the creatures of Grim to help preserve the peace. Now a new force is threatening that peace, the group threatening it is known as “The White Fang”.

The animation in this web-series is considered unique by the International Academy of Web television and it has won the award for Best Animated Series. Not many shows have this type of animation and make it look as great as it does. The 3D animation is very sharp cut and rough, but it fits and works well. There’s really no other way to explain this. It is different than any other animated show that I have seen. It is not perfectly smooth around all edges, but the way they present the show the makes up for that. The animation style can be difficult to explain in words, but once it’s seen, you can understand the way I describe it. There are only around 15-20 people working on the series, with that little amount of workers, I am amazed at how well they make this show. The programs used in the making of this are Poser Pro, Maya, ZBrush, Softimage, 3ds Max, After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop ,and particleIllusion.

What we like about this show, is the unique plot. The show gives off a tough vibe, even though the four main characters are girls, Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang.
The show is original, funny, and well written.

Poetry: Lost At Sea

By Cheyenne Whitecotton

  You come and go, like the winds passing and sunsets.
Your eyes would glow like the moon and radiate your youth.
Your heart was pure with just a few cracks.
You tried to stay strong, but you collapsed.
Your eyes turned as dark as winter nights, your skin was as pale as the snow in the trees, and your cries were loud and agonizing like a man lost at sea.
You lost your way and began to scream.
We don’t talk anymore, not like we used to. But sometimes I see you wandering the streets and I act like I never knew you.

Lions Debut

By Donielle Gerrell


Photo by: Donielle Gerrell


Photo by: Donielle Gerrell

On Friday, August 29th, the Lions football team took on the Desert Hot Springs Eagles. Just a couple days before the big game, star quarterback Davin Lile was in a car accident, but was unharmed. The team did not expect an incident like this. Although Lile was in ‘ok’ condition, his doctor recommended that he sit out during this game.

Luckily, Brandon Noll stepped up to the plate to fill in for Davin. The real star of the night was running back Orlando Wallace, who scored five touchdowns, leaving the score 40-0.

“The boys worked hard,” coach Smith said during the first half. “They’re going to do great.”

Although the team did not reach CIF playoffs last football season, the team has their heart set on making history. This win is one of many victories to come.

Want to see the team in action yourself? Watch their next game Friday, September 5th, at Rancho Mirage High School. This team has trained tediously and are sure to overcome this season.

Interested in other sports here at Cathedral City High School? Stay up to date on our school athletic page: cchslions.net

Lady Lions Volleyball Takes On the Golden Eagles


Photo by: Janet Mosqueda

By Janet Mosqueda

On August 28, 2014, the Cathedral City High School Lady Lions volleyball team took the court and was ready to challenge the Desert Hot Springs Golden Eagles. Although the game was a scrimmage, meaning the score did not count, it was an intense game between the two varsity teams.

“The game was very intense because both teams never gave up and kept fighting for the win,” Llyanah David said last Thursday night. “The one thing that could’ve gone differently was to communicate with each other more and just play smart throughout the whole game not just towards the end.”

Luckily, the season has barely started they still have a chance to redeem themselves at their next game today, September 2, 2014 in Twentynine Palms against the Wildcats! Good Luck Lady Lions.

Media Monday: Guardians of the Galaxy

By Denys Loaiza & Yolanda Cortez

Do you like action movies? Adventure? Comedy? These genres all in one? Well do we have a movie recommendation for you! Marvel’s latest film, Guardians of the Galaxy, has all of these elements.

The main character goes by the name of Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt), in this film he plans to steal a mysterious orb and sell it for a profit. Little does he know at the beginning, that this orb holds a strong power. After taking the item, Quill discovers its power. Quill becomes the target of a manhunt under the orders of a man named Ronan, who want his power to himself. Quill decides that he needs to get the orb to safety, away from those who will use its power for evil. Along the way he befriends several different people and creates an unlikely team that later becomes known as “The Guardians of the Galaxy.”

In our opinion, Guardians of the Galaxy is worth the time and money to see. It delivered and surpassed the expectations that we came with to see the movie. We were entertained throughout the entire movie by the different characters, humorous elements, and unique plot.

Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s first movie to have been written by a woman and receive credit for her work. Nicole Perlman has worked as a screenwriter before and even assisted in the writing for the movie Thor. While it was difficult to have her ideas put out and be able work on a sci-fi film, she was able to convince people that she was capable of doing this project and received recognition for it. This film has become an unexpected blockbuster hit in the short time it has been out.

Will the Lions Make History?

By Donielle Gerrell

Photo By Donielle Gerrell

Photo By Donielle Gerrell


Photo By Donielle Gerrell


Photo By Donielle Gerrell


During the 2013-2014 football season, the Lions were on a roll. With only two losses, many believed the team was going to advance to California Interscholastic Federation(CIF) playoffs. The community roared for the team will pride. To think, the team did not perform this well in ten years, was incredible!


Unfortunately, the team did not advance. A social networking uproar began. People were tweeting from all over the Coachella Valley were disgusted in the final decisions. Many have said that the Cathedral City Football team is going to come back even stronger.

The question is, will the Lions make history?

I attended the scrimmage between Beaumont High School, Rancho Mirage High School, and of course, Cathedral City High School. As the game the went on, it was unclear to tell you how well the team was performing. What I can tell you is that the team has been working countless hours to improve their strength and abilities to have successful games this season.

Fortunately, this Friday, August 29th, is our very first home football game against Desert Hot Springs High School. The game starts at seven o’clock in the CCHS Stadium. Prices will soon be released. I hope you will be the judge of the Lions debut.

Letter From The Editor

By Donielle Gerrell

Welcome back Lions! We had a wonderful summer break and it is time for the 2014-2015 students to hit the halls. A big welcome to Class of 2018! High school will be great, but even better now that you are here at Cathedral City High School. As for everyone else, lets have a great year filled with excitement and pride.

If you are new to CCNews, I’ll give you a little history lesson. About four years ago, the Digital Arts Technology Academy created this very app in partnership with The Desert Sun. CCNews was the first school app from the whole country. Since then, DATA juniors and seniors have put in countless hours to create new and interesting content for the app.

In the past, CCNews has been a great resource, but I want to make it amazing! I plan to include all of the great stories users have come to know, but we will also be adding new segments. We will provide you with news stories, sports updates, fashion tips, and more! You should also get ready for season 2 of the web show “Behind the Blue,” which will premiere in a few weeks.

I hope CCNews interests you and allows you to have an insight from the students’ perspective. Don’t forget to tell your friends about the new and improved CCNews App.


Donielle Gerrell

DATA Junior Earns Trip to Ford Leadership Conference

DATA Junior Donielle Gerrell will be heading to Louisville Kentucky this October as part of the Ford Next Generation Learning Conference. The Ford NGL provides community leaders and selected students the opportunity to transform their communities through collaboration, planning, and engaging in constructive dialogue.

As part of the application process, Gerrell created and submitted a short video piece explaining how the Digital Arts Technology Academy builds leadership skills in its students.

Ford NGL Application Video

The 2014 Ford NGL Conference will take place from October 7th through October 9th. Visit FordNGL.com for more information.

MESA Ventures to Google Campus

By Sydney Siva

Admit it. At one point in our high school career, we have used Google to solve all of our problems, whether it be writing an essay at the last minute, solving that one difficult math question, or figuring out what kind of illness you have.

On Friday May 23, Cathedral City High School’s Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement program, otherwise known as MESA, took a field trip to Los Angeles, California to explore the famous Google campus, which is part the corporate headquarters complex of Google, Inc in Mountain View, California. MESA students had the opportunity to take a tour of the Los Angeles campus and also had their very own hands-on experience with the latest Google Glass, which is technologic eyewear that can do everything that a smartphone and a computer can do, maybe even more.

“The field trip was really great” said Cathedral City High’s math teacher and Robotics adviser, Yu Lin Liu. “The only bad thing was the traffic coming home. It took us 4 hours to come back.”

The trip was a great way for students to end the year and to see how the skills they learn in class are used in the real world.