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The show must virtually go on

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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 the upcoming year. Among these electives is drama. Drama teacher Stefoni Rossiter explained through...

Evading Covid-19… or mask mandates?

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

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 of their facilities. These restrictions have received mixed feelings from the public, some clai...

Serra will be “serra-brated” no longer

Various anti-removal protestors decorated the fence in support of Serra.

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 Council decided in a six-to-zero unanimous vote to remove the Junipero Serra statue that stood in fro...

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 color have always been discriminated against, but I think the death of George Floyd was the breaking ...

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 by Governor Gavin Newsom, VHS students have found ways to keep themselves entertained while flatt...

Opinion: Mental health should be a bigger priority during quarantine

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

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. Originally, it seemed like school would be back in session right after spring break. After al...

Got consent?

Infographic by: Yasmin Myers

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 Parenthood, consent is defined as “when a person freely agrees to do something.” Sexual consent...

Choose Ventura, the choice is yours

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

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 within the district that they would like to place their child in. SOC allows the process of choosin...

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

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

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” to let it all go for a couple of laughs. The funds raised by the improv show went to benefit the VHS Drama Depart...

Does Disney+ live up to its hype?

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

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 website, members are able to stream Disney classics, new releases, TV series, and exclusive original...

Photo Story: Worst Holiday Gift

Anna Guerra and Katie Medina

December 19, 2019

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Falling into fashion

Sophomore Lucca Camus shows off his cross that he wears daily.

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, while keeping warm.  Junior Benet Bouchard shared that her favorite fall trend this year is, “the platform shoe ...

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