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Blackwell, Dodge among VHS teachers to retire

Blackwell, Dodge among VHS teachers to retire

Bailey Peck and Sailor Hawes

April 27, 2018

As the school year starts to come to an end, a couple of Ventura High School staff members are ready to say goodbye. Many VHS staff are retiring, including Karen Blackwell and Joan Dodge. English teacher Karen Blackwell has worked at VHS for twenty-four years. In total, Blackwell has been teaching fo...

Lucky llama: Yes, it’s worth the drive to Carpenteria

Lucky llama: Yes, it's worth the drive to Carpenteria

Bailey Peck

January 25, 2018

Looking for a healthy, filling smoothie bowl? Luckily, Lucky Llama Coffee House in Carpinteria offers that, plus more. They offer five different types of bowls, one of them being an avocado bowl. Some bowls have peanut butter on top or mixed in and all are topped with your choice of either honey...

Ring Ring it’s the fashion police

Martinez and Elson pictured showing off their outfits. Martinez found most of her outfit at the thrift store and second-hand shops. Elson takes part in the Levi’s and bralette trend. 
Photo by: Bailey Peck

Samantha Franks and Bailey Peck

January 24, 2018

Have you ever noticed that high schoolers in movies and television shows dress so different from the real high schooler’s sense of style. Say, “Mean Girls,” “Clueless,” “Gossip Girl?” Side by side, the fashion on TV versus real life would probably look pretty ridiculous. Let’s see what high schoolers are wearing now and… would the...

Pitch Perfect 3: Not the movie for me

Pitch Perfect 3: Not the movie for me

Bailey Peck

January 18, 2018

Pitch Perfect is an iconic film, I mean the Cup Song and hilarious commentary was a huge success. Pitch Perfect 2 was alright, but by  no means bad. But Pitch Perfect 3? I’d say was a huge fail. There was no clear plot line or character development and it just left me with my mouth open. ...

Security cameras, or webbed cameras?

Cornwell, as well principal Carlos Cohen and assistant principal Susan Eberhart, are the only people with access to the cameras. Although it is not their job to keep up with the maintenance. Photo by: Bailey Peck

December 3, 2017

49 cameras. That’s what it takes to keep Ventura High School a safe and secure campus. But what really goes down behind the dozens of hidden cameras? Have they been less of a help than expected? Recently, senior Clayton Currie’s golf cart -which he drives to school and parks in the parking lot-...

VHS winter sports teams prepare for their upcoming season

Juniors Paige White and Sierra Cameron, last season after a water-polo game. 
Photo from: Paige White

Bailey Peck and Sailor Hawes

November 16, 2017

As VHS’s fall sports season comes to a close, the winter sports teams are gearing up to play, with most of them starting right around The end of fall means the start of a new season. For Ventura High School, that means a new sports season. VHS Athletic  director, David Hess, stated, “It definitely gets into ful...

VHS Students fired up for Food Faire

VHS Students fired up for Food Faire

November 3, 2017

Ventura High School hosted its bi-annual Food Faire, on Friday, November 2. VHS clubs, sports teams and classes set up booths with a variety of different foods and drinks on the Senior Lawn. Students were dismissed to lunch ten minutes early to enjoy the various food. VHS students with academic...

Movember is the move

Movember is the move

Bailey Peck and Summer Yovanno

November 3, 2017 No-Shave November is an organization and event that originated from Facebook, in which people embrace their facial hair and go a whole month without shaving. This yearly tradition also obtains the name “Movember” which is a combination of the words “moustache” and...

Diving into the facts, not the pool

(Pictured left to right) Sophomore Charlotte Allison, junior Paige White, senior Clayton Currie and Amy Elsenbaumer and 2017 VHS graduate Kelsi Dugas were on last years dive team.

October 13, 2017

Several rumors have been spread this year that the Ventura High School dive team is going to be cancelled. This has led the divers to believe that they no longer will be diving this season, simply because there is no team. Some students have heard that there is no coach, some have heard there is...

Student “Surfs” in Summer Career


August 15, 2017

For many high schoolers, summer is the time where they decide to take on a job. Mikayla Robinson, a rising junior, currently works at Surfin’ Yogurt in Pierpont. Robinson said that, “buying a car and having gas money,” inspired her to take on the job. Discussing her job at Surfin’ Yogurt, Robi...

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