Bye Bye Marilyn! See You Soon?


Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times

By Sydney Siva and Sierra Foster

Today, the famous Marilyn Monroe statue has been dismantled after being in Palm Springs for two years, nearly twice as long as originally planned. “Forever Marilyn” was created by Seward Johnson and his art is now moving to a new home in Grounds For Sculpture park in Hamilton, New Jersey for a retrospective of his work over the years. But is this really goodbye to this masterpiece? There is already talk about Palm Springs purchasing the statue to have the famous blonde beauty stay here “forever.”

Local leaders believe that the statue represents the glamourous history of Palm Springs. According to the Desert Sun, Aftab Dada, the chair of the PS Resorts, wants Marilyn to have a decent location when she returns. He gives an analogy of having the best seats at a football game. He also said that there are plans to have an area in the renovated Downtown Palm Springs for her.  The renovation is said to be completed by the end of 2015 and with Marilyn planning to return in 2016, so the city has time to plan the specific area.

Currently, the asking price is being negotiated and is expected to be less than the $1.8 million from two years ago, but the price will still be over $1 million. So is this really goodbye? Only time will tell, apparently.

Twitter Tuesday

By Bernadette Fuentez and Juliana Suarez

Would you like to know what is trending on Twitter beforeTwitter even knows what will be trending? can tell you which hashtags are trending, faster and more accurately than any other service available today.

What’s Trending on Twitter?

Trending topics are those topics being discussed more than others. “Twitter Trends” are automatically generated by an algorithm that attempts to identify topics that are being talked about more right now than they were previously. The Trend list is designed to help people discover the ‘most breaking’ news from across the world, in real-time. The list captures the hottest emerging topics, not just what’s most popular.

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Hashtags are a way to find the new trending topics on Twitter.  So when you want to know whats new, look at the hashtags.

Throwback Thursday: Dylan and Cole Sprouse

By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin

Throwing it back to one of our favorite sets of twins, Dylan and Cole Sprouse. The two American actors were born on August 4, 1992 in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy.

The Sprouses started their acting career early by having a role in their first theatrical film, Big Daddy, where they played the same character, starring alongside Adam Sandler. They later appeared in several small television sitcoms. In 2005, the Sprouse brothers were cast in the Disney Channel original series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, where they portrayed identical twins Zack and Cody Martin. The series became a hit success when it debuted in March 2005. As a part of their involvement with Disney, the twins participated in Disney Channel Games and became members of the group, the Disney Channel Circle of Stars.

Dylan and Cole have now enrolled in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, which allows students to plan their own curriculum. Cole is focusing his curriculum on the humanities and Archaeology, while Dylan is focusing on video game design. Although they have stepped out of the spotlight, we will always remember them living “the suite life” as Zack and Cody.

One for the Money: Choir/Theatre Student Earns Arts Scholarship

By Anthony Ramirez

Brandon Ruiz is a senior at Cathedral City High School ,and has been an active member of Mrs. LeRoy’s Choir class along with the school’s drama department, taking lead roles in productions such as “Footloose” and “Lend Me a Tenor.” Ruiz’s high school career was shaped around honing an artistic vision of the world and putting his best foot forward to make sure the show went on in any way shape or form.

Just recently, however, Ruiz has acquired recognition for his work and became the recipient of a $500 scholarship award to be put towards pursuing a career in the arts.

On receiving his award Ruiz said, “It was really cool. I had no idea I was going to win, I was like, ‘whoa.’ It was just a really cool experience.”

While Ruiz was surprised, his peer and fellow Choir member Israel Nunez was not surprised at all. I’m very happy he received this award,” said Nunez. “Brandon does a lot of hard work.”

Nunez is just one of many peers that takes pride in Ruiz’s work. Choir Teacher, Mrs. LeRoy said, “Brandon won the scholarship money because he worked hard. That’s the bottom line.”

Senior Countdown Begins!

By Bernadette Fuentez and Juliana Suarez

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Monday, March 17th marked the start of the 50 day count down for seniors. The emotions are high, and the excitement is on a whole different level. Senior year is coming to an end my fellow classmates, it’s been a bittersweet roller coaster ride, and I’m glad we all shared in it together.

It’s hard to describe all of the feelings associated with leaving high school. Here’s what a few seniors had to say:

Nathaly Salas: “I don’t care, I’m ready!”

Karen Valenzuela: “I’m anxious to get out of here.”

Sophia Lemus: “I’m excited, nervous, and ready to leave school.”

Kevyn Houska: “I’m ready to leave because I’m excited to take the next step in my life.”

Graduation is coming soon and we are all excited. More of us are nervous, while others can hardly wait. Let’s make the remaining 48 days the best they can possibly be!


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.

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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.