The Cougar Press

The curtain closes early, but the show goes on in their hearts

Mamma Mia was well received and memorable play. Photo from: Ashlynn Vaglica

Charlotte D'Orsi

May 27, 2020

Despite the school closure, VHS thespians find solace in the memories they’ve created over the years. The VUSD school closures brought a cloud of mourning to Ventura High School students. Spring athletes mourned their sports seasons, seniors mourned their final months of high school, and the drama d...

Student heroes keeping Ventura fed

Student heroes keeping Ventura fed

Charlotte D'Orsi

May 17, 2020

High school students are among the many essential workers putting their health at risk during the coronavirus pandemic.   Amongst the chaos of the Coronavirus outbreak, citizens turn to healthcare workers for reassurance. While first responders play an integral part in maintaining our nation’s co...

Opinion: “Click to Cross the Stage” just isn’t the same thing

Opinion: “Click to Cross the Stage” just isn’t the same thing

Charlotte D'Orsi

May 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has robbed seniors across the nation of a true sense of accomplishment.   When VUSD schools were initially closed until April 10, I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited. After committing to a university, I felt unmotivated and lazy, way too exhausted to finish the...

VUSD shuts down due to coronavirus pandemic

VUSD shuts down due to coronavirus pandemic

Charlotte D'Orsi

March 15, 2020

COVID-19 virus prompts district-wide shutdown for at least a month. During the evening of Mar. 12, Ventura Unified School District announced the commencement of a district-wide shutdown beginning on Mar. 16 until Apr. 10 with the possibility of a further extension. Discussion of school closures in Ven...

California bill punishes sending unsolicited nudes

California bill punishes sending unsolicited nudes

Charlotte D'Orsi

March 15, 2020

Many VHS students have received unsolicited nude photos and repercussions for the senders could be severe. It is common knowledge that sending sexually explicit photos of minors is illegal, however, out of 768 Ventura High School students, 28% claim to have sent sexually explicit photos or videos to...

Are VHS diplomas at risk?

Are VHS diplomas at risk?

Sam Hicks and Charlotte D'Orsi

March 13, 2020

On-site WASC evaluation in March determines VHS’s re-accreditation. During the week of Mar. 23, Ventura High School will be undergoing an evaluation by the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association for Schools and Colleges, also known as the ACS WASC, or WASC. If VHS does not meet their...

Where will our seniors be in the fall?

Where will our seniors be in the fall?

Charlotte D'Orsi

February 20, 2020

VHS seniors begin making final decisions as college acceptances start rolling in.  December is generally the time of year when college application results start getting sent out, at least for students who have applied early decision or early action. Now that it is February, more high school sen...

Valentine’s Day is less affectionate and more capitalistic

Graphic by: Charlotte D'Orsi

Charlotte D'Orsi

February 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day has become more about gifts and less about love. We all remember decorating tissue boxes in elementary school and handing out paper valentines to all of our classmates. The sheer joy that one felt when they received a simple card or lollipop was insurmountable. It made us feel lov...

Belle & Browne bags bring style and sustainability to fashion

Belle & Browne bags bring style and sustainability to fashion

Charlotte D'Orsi

February 6, 2020

VUSD sophomores start a company selling eco-friendly and functional purses. In recent years, many female students at Ventura High School have retired their backpacks, instead using purses to carry their academic paraphernalia. Styles vary from mini backpacks, to cross body bags, to underarm purses, to han...

Doris Ryder “Rydes” off into the Sunset of Retirement

Doris Ryder “Rydes” off into the Sunset of Retirement

Juliana Jacobson and Charlotte D'Orsi

February 4, 2020

VHS administrative assistant retires after 33 years at Ventura Unified School District   Ventura High School office administrators are starting off the new year with one less colleague, third level Administrative Assistant, Doris Ryder, who has officially retired from her position at Ventu...

Opinion: Uncut Gems will have you on edge in more ways than one

Opinion: Uncut Gems will have you on edge in more ways than one

Charlotte D'Orsi

February 4, 2020

Adam Sandler’s vulgarity in his new movie is comedic but slightly uncomfortable.   Adam Sandler demonstrates one of his best acting performances yet in the recently released movie “Uncut Gems.” I only say that because most people recognize Sandler for his comedic roles in films such as ...

Cougars conquer Carpinteria

Senior, Brian Rea playing defense and juggling the ball away from Carpinteria. Head coach, Claudio Lonardo, commented,

Charlotte D'Orsi

December 16, 2019

Varsity boys soccer earns their second victory of the season "Just slow it down and keep it simple,” head coach Claudio Lonardo explained to the Ventura High School varsity boys soccer team after the first half of their game against Carpinteria High School. The Cougars started off with strong defense ...

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