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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 show must virtually go on

Anna Guerra August 17, 2020

Despite school closures, the performing arts still plan for success. With the Ventura Unified School District announcing that school will remain online, some electives have to readapt their classes for...

Wearing masks in public has caused more controversy among the population than expected. Drawing by: Yasmin Myers

Evading Covid-19… or mask mandates?

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers August 17, 2020

Mask mandate receives mixed feelings from the public. Gov. Gavin Newsom mandated wearing masks while in public areas on June 18, with individual businesses setting up their own rules for entrance or usage...

Various anti-removal protestors decorated the fence in support of Serra. I wish there was more awareness of how important of a role the Native Americans had in creating this community and this country, stated junior Carmen Ibarra. Photo by: Anna Guerra

Serra will be “serra-brated” no longer

Anna Guerra August 17, 2020

After residing in front of the Ventura City Hall for decades, the statue of California missionary Junipero Serra has been removed. Following virtual public meetings and on-site protests, the Ventura City...

The Black Lives Matter movement reaches Ventura: VHS students respond

The Black Lives Matter movement reaches Ventura: VHS students respond

Anna Guerra June 5, 2020

 In light of recent national events, some of Ventura High’s black students make their voices heard when it comes to Black Lives Matter, police brutality, protests and more.  “For years people of...

VHS students find ways to beat quarantine boredom

VHS students find ways to beat quarantine boredom

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers May 5, 2020

From working out, to tie dyeing tanks, here’s what some VHS students have been up to while staying at home. Quarantine can be boring, to say the least. Even with a mandatory stay-at-home order issued...

The transition to online learning has been hard for many VHS students who find it difficult to stay motivated. Photo by: Anna Guerra

Opinion: Mental health should be a bigger priority during quarantine

Anna Guerra May 3, 2020

Sure, academics are important, but what’s the use of passing your math quiz if you can’t get out of bed? VUSD announced its closure of all schools and programs on March 12, due to the Covid-19 pandemic....

Infographic by: Yasmin Myers

Got consent?

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers March 15, 2020

Whether single or not, there are important guidelines to know when it comes to consent. Consent is a crucial part of any interaction, especially when it comes to sexual activities. According to Planned...

Ventura High has been selected to become a School of Choice after being off the list for the last couple of years. Photo by: Yasmin Myers

Choose Ventura, the choice is yours

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers January 23, 2020

Ventura High opens School of Choice to all students within VUSD According to Ventura Unified School District’s website, School of Choice is a process that grants parents of VUSD kids to select any school...

Sebastien DeClerck (pictured left) next to Linda Bergfeld (right) acting out a game where they pretend to be Oompa Loopas making chocolates. Photo by: Greta Pankratz

Teachers made a hoot at the faculty “fun-raiser”

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers January 15, 2020

VHS faculty showed their silly side to raise funds for the drama department. [dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]n Friday Jan. 10, Ventura staff members performed in the sixth annual faculty “Fun-Raiser”...

From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Frozen 2, you can access all your Disney favorites in one place. Image from: Flickr

Does Disney+ live up to its hype?

Anna Guerra December 19, 2019

With the new streaming platform, members can access all their favorite childhood movies in just a couple clicks Since it’s release on Nov. 12, Disney+ has taken the world by storm. According to its...

My brother is twelve so he should know what a good gift is. So its Christmas Day we all are opening our gifts, said sophomore Carmen Ibarra. He then disappears for a hot minute and comes back with a fistful of used sharpies and pens he grabbed from the kitchen junk drawer. Photo by: Anna Guerra

Photo Story: Worst Holiday Gift

Anna Guerra and Katie Medina December 19, 2019

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Sophomore Lucca Camus shows off his cross that he wears daily. Its cool and gothic, but keeps me protected [from ghosts] at the same time. Photo by: Katie Medina

Falling into fashion

Anna Guerra and Katie Medina November 15, 2019

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, VHS students’ transition into fall fashion. As Ventura transitions into Autumn weather, students continue to find new ways to wear pieces they love,...

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