75th Anniversary of The Cougar Press
The Student News Site of Ventura High School

The Cougar Press

The Student News Site of Ventura High School

The Cougar Press

The Student News Site of Ventura High School

The Cougar Press

75th Anniversary of The Cougar Press

2022-2023 Staff

Avery Cameron
Editor-in-Chief

Avery Cameron

Avery is a senior in her third year of journalism. She enjoys reading, writing, Starbucks, shopping and dancing to Taylor Swift with her friends.

Brody Daw
Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Brody Daw

Brody is a sophomore at VHS in her second year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys listening to music, shopping, backpacking and being outdoors. 

Alejandro Hernandez
Managing Editor

Alejandro Hernandez

Alejandro Hernandez is a junior in his third year at The Cougar Press. He enjoys writing, exercising and eating grass-fed meat. He has authored three books.

Sophia Denzler
Assistant Managing Editor

Sophia Denzler

Sophia Denzler is a sophomore at VHS in her second year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys going to the beach, shopping and hanging out with friends.

Isabella Fierros
Online Editor-in-Chief

Isabella Fierros

Isabella is a sophomore in her second year at The Cougar Press. She has two dogs, is a big Harry Styles fan and LOVES the Dodgers.

Ava Mohror
Print Editor-in-Chief

Ava Mohror

Ava Mohror is a junior at VHS and in her second year of journalism. She enjoys dancing, listening to music and hanging out with her friends and dog, Tilly.

Sophia Nacu
Social Media Editor

Sophia Nacu

Sophia Nacu is a senior at VHS in her third year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys reading, petting kittens at PetSmart and writing fabulous opinion pieces. She is the BOSS of social media.

Adi De Clerck
Broadcast Editor

Adi De Clerck

Adi De Clerck is a sophomore at VHS in her second year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys ceramics, listening to music, playing guitar and taking pictures.

Jocelyn Wood
Professional Development Lead

Jocelyn Wood

Jocelyn Wood is a senior at VHS in her third year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys listening to music.

Belen Hibbler
Illustrator

Belen Hibbler

Belen is a senior in her second year at The Cougar Press. She loves her dog Cocoa, shopping, listening to music, art, watching Wizards of Waverly Place and cran-grape juice. 

Samantha Castañeda
Sports Lead

Samantha Castañeda

Samantha Castañeda is a junior at VHS in her second year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys listening to music, hanging out with my friends and going on picnics at the beach.

Alexis Segovia
On-Campus Lead

Alexis Segovia

Alexis is a junior at VHS in her first year of journalism at The Cougar Press. She enjoys dirty chai, reading, buying lipgloss and going to Barnes and Noble.

Summer Williams
Feature Lead

Summer Williams

Summer Williams is a junior at VHS in her first year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys reading, a good dirty chai and hanging out with her friends and cats.

News Lead

Savanna Nustad-Franzen

Savanna Nustad-Franzen is a junior at VHS and in her second year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys running, listening to music and hanging out with her friends.

Emily Nguyen
Opinion Lead

Emily Nguyen

Emily Nguyen is a sophomore at VHS and this is her second year with the press. She still edits on photoshop and plays tetris (sorry). Has she gotten any better? Probably not.

Katie Rundle
Arts & Entertainment Lead

Katie Rundle

Katie Rundle is a senior at VHS in her first year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys studying films, playing tennis and reading novels. She has only driven on the wrong side of the road three times.

Miles Newman
Distractions Lead

Miles Newman

Miles is a senior at VHS. He enjoys reading, sleeping, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. 

Staffer

Lia Hersh

Staffer

Buck Balling

Buck is a senior and in his first year at the Cougar Press. He likes music and traveling.

Santiago Gonzales
Staffer

Santiago Gonzales

Santiago Gonzales is a freshman at VHS and in his first year of journalism. He loves music as a whole from everything to grunge and pop. He loves just hanging out.

Staffer

Jayden Gentry

Jayden is a junior at VHS and in his first year of journalism. He likes to surf and skate and hangout with his friends and drive his ford ranger.

Weston Blackburn
Staffer

Weston Blackburn

Weston Blackburn is a Junior at VHS in her first year of journalism. He enjoys writing, meeting new people and hiking. He is also very attractive and awesome.

Annika Lange
Staffer

Annika Lange

Annika Lange is a senior at VHS in her first year of journalism.  She enjoys camping, hanging out with friends and listening to music. 

Ella Montano
Staffer

Ella Montano

Ella Montano is a senior at VHS and this is her first year with the press. She enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music, spending time in nature, playing waterpolo, and thrift shopping. 

Hannah Wiggins
Staffer

Hannah Wiggins

Hannah Wiggins is a senior at Ventura Highschool in her first year of The Cougar Press. She enjoys quality time with her friends/family and reading. 

Jane Armstrong
Staffer

Jane Armstrong

Jane Armstrong is a senior at VHS in her first year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to music, and being with friends.

Ruby Lacques
Staffer

Ruby Lacques

Ruby Lacques is a senior at VHS in their first year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys cooking, hiking with friends, and reading in her free time.

Soraya Stegall
Staffer

Soraya Stegall

Soraya is a senior at VHS in her first year inThe Cougar Press. She enjoys true crime podcasts, going to the beach or thrifting with friends, and Asian food.

Kinda Mehael
Staffer

Kinda Mehael

Kinda Mehael is a junior at VHS in her first year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys listening to music, going on late night drives with her friends and spending time with her family. She also has a semi concerning addiction to ...

Kendall Garcia
Staffer

Kendall Garcia

Kendall Garcia is a senior at VHS in her first year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys going on drives and listening to music.

Ace Rico
Staffer

Ace Rico

Ace Rico is a senior at VHS and in his first year in Journalism.He enjoys playing with his cats while making Pinterest boards, and blasting his spotify playlists.He also enjoys exploring the outdoors.

Christian Montecino
Staffer

Christian Montecino

Christian Montecino is a junior at VHS in his first year at The Cougar Press. He enjoys reading, playing tennis, watching football and music.

Leslie Castro
Staffer

Leslie Castro

Leslie Castro is a junior at VHS in her first year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys going to the beach, spending time with friends and listening to music.  

Hugh Murphy
Staffer

Hugh Murphy

Hugh Murphy is a senior at VHS in his first year at The Cougar Press. He enjoys reading, writing, spending time with friends and exploring the outdoors.

Angelica Matehuala
Staffer

Angelica Matehuala

Angelica Matehuala is a junior at VHS in her first year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys doing nail art, listening to music and spending time with friends.

Travis Rinehart
Staffer

Travis Rinehart

Travis is a junior at VHS, and has been at the school for 3 years. He is on the Varsity Football team. Loves music and also plays a lot of video games.

Christopher Morrison
Staffer

Christopher Morrison

Christopher Morrison is a freshman at VHS in his first year at The Cougar Press. He enjoys talking to his friends, playing video games (specifically DMC5) and watching YouTube. He is severely addicted to hot cheetos and can't stop....

Nicklaus Shelton
Staffer

Nicklaus Shelton

Nicklaus Shelton is a senior at VHS in his first year at The Cougar Press. He enjoys reading, writing and spending time with family.

Lourdes Almalab
Staffer

Lourdes Almalab

Lourdes Almalab is a junior at VHS in her first year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys buying clothes, listening to music and hanging out with her friends.

Alex Hoskins
Staffer

Alex Hoskins

Alex Hoskins is a freshman at VHS in her first year at The Cougar Press. She enjoys being close to the ocean, playing volleyball and tubing. It took me a solid 5 minutes to work up the courage to ask someone how to turn on a de...

Halle Gentry
Staffer

Halle Gentry

Halle Gentry is a senior at VHS and in her second year of journalism. She loves her job, hanging out with her friends, and going to the beach. 

Julian Martinez
Staffer

Julian Martinez

Julian Martinez is a senior at VHS in his second year at The Cougar Press. He enjoys shopping, baking and discovering new music.