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.

Fashion Friday: Finale

By Jazmin Ramirez

I am beyond sad that this will be my final Fashion Friday. I cannot express how much the CCNews app has helped me become a better writer, and helped me to learn the different components of journalism. I want to give a special thank-you to all of my teachers I’ve had these past four years. Thank you for believing in me and inspiring me to be who I am. I would also like to thank Ms. Applebaum for being an amazing Digital Arts Technology Academy counselor and presenting me with so many opportunities throughout my time in the academy.

I hope that Fashion Friday will continue after I leave, and will continue to inspire teens all over the Coachella Valley and beyond. Thank you to all those who kept up with the CCNews app.

I would also like to wish the Class of 2015 the best of luck in your senior year. Continue to pursue your dreams and have fun with the many beautiful experiences that will come your way. Good Luck Class of 2015! Now it’s your turn, have fun and follow your dreams.

Until Next Time…

P.S.- There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.”  Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning. ~Orrin Hatch



Good Bye Throwback Thursday

By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin

As high school is about to begin for some, it is coming to an end for us seniors. It has not been an easy ride, but we managed to get through it. We have made some amazing memories along the way, some good and some bad. Although we might not have made the best decisions through out the years, it has made us who we are today. As we are down to our last week of high school now comes our final throwback thursday and it goes out to the class of 2014.

We just wanted to say thank you for letting us be a part of the CCNews app. As a team, Viviana, Alberto, and I really enjoyed writing different stories and researching information. We hope this segment continues next year with new staff, but until then, have a fun and safe summer.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 Movie Reviews

Movie reviews created in Nancy Blair’s senior Expository Reading and Writing class:

Alexis Hererra, Zaira Garcia, and Austyn Moreno

Swinging its way into the hearts of people nationwide, The Amazing SpiderMan 2, directed by Marc Webb, and produced by Avi Arad, is a film that does not disappoint. In this Action/Fantasy, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) struggles to balance being a normal teenager with being the city’s well known superhero. Despite the promise he made to his girlfriend’s father to end their relationship, he feels the responsibility to protect the one he loves, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Peter’s childhood friend, Harry Osborn (Dane Dehaan), becomes ill and through his father’s research finds out that Spiderman’s blood seems to be the only cure for his illness. As if that isn’t enough, he has to keep the city safe from Electro (Jamie Foxx), an OsCorp employee who mutates into an human electric generator, and Rhino (Paul Giamatti), a man goes on a rampage in the streets of New York City.

The visual effects created with CGI (Computer Generated Imaging) are far greater than expected. However, there are a few scenes that are overdone. The director’s choices and the cinematography are detailed and focused. The only weakness in the film is a horrible electric/country soundtrack that is completely unsuitable.

All around, The Amazing Spiderman 2 really is a “must watch” film. Providing much excitement, the producers have a particular knack for keeping audiences on the edge of their seats, even during the calm and in depth scenes. But two things that will definitely leave you mesmerized are the visually pleasing graphics and the ground shaking audio.

If you’re looking for an action packed, heart racing film, The Amazing Spiderman 2 will leave you satisfied.

Alex Eisman, George Alcantar, and Geraldine Morataya

The word “Amazing” does not do Spiderman justice in this movie adaptation of the comic. Andrew Garfield does a stupendous job of portraying the webbed hero, while also maintaining the imperfection and struggles of a teenager. He has great chemistry with his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone.  Gwen is a gorgeous, gifted young women juggling an internship at Oscorp with being Spiderman’s girlfriend. Gwen happens to work with Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), a disturbed introvert with a brilliant mind who loves spiderman almost as much as Gwen does. Whenever Dillon is onscreen, random voices can be heard simulating what he is experiencing. This, combined with the next level of CGI are all components of what makes the movie spider “Amazing”.

The animation and its cutting edge visual effects are so life-like, it’s difficult to tell where the animation ends and the live action begins. The terrifying Electro is so frightningly realistic it begs the question; how real can CGI get ? In the past it has been easy to discern between reality and animation, but the line between the two is slowly blurring. Even though the storyline of the movie keeps us on the edge of our seats, it should have taken certain scenes into more depth. I give this must-see movie two thumbs up. It’s the perfect kick off to the summer blockbuster season.

Christian Herrera, Isac Perezchica, Sebastian Vasquez

This new installment of the movie adaptation of the classic comic, Spiderman, adds a whole new meaning to the word “amazing”. Andrew Garfield plays Peter Parker, a young man dealing with the struggles of a balancing a teenage life with the responsibility of being a full time hero, while at the same time maintaining a relationship with the beautiful Gwen Stacy. Played by Emma Stone, Gwen lives a life juggling an internship at Oscorp, an opportunity at the University of Oxford, and a relationship with Spiderman. When Peter’s childhood friend, Harry Osborn, becomes a threat, and a crazed fan becomes an enemy, he must find a way to protect the girl he loves and save the day.

The cinematic handiwork of the film helps viewers capture the essence of the Spiderman series in ways the comic book could not. As Peter fights crime, he is also  obligated to help his old friend, Harry, cure his deadly disease. His life is then further complicated by an obsessive fan, Max Dillon, played by Jamie Foxx, who tries to destroy the city.

The digital aspects and masterful effects on their own are amazing and capture the attention and clarity, leaving the viewer captivated. However, the film’s slow start is a little discouraging and the overabundance of characters leads to a slight sense of confusion from the audience.

An overall rating of 7 out of 10  does the film justice. It’s an action packed movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat, for the most part.

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, marykay.com).

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, ramy.com).

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…