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“I hate [block schedule]! Because I have to spend two hours in the same boring class and I can’t do anything when I’m done testing,

Block schedule: beneficial or bust?

Jezel Mercado and Tanya Turchyn June 6, 2019

These past few weeks at Ventura High School, students and staff have been experiencing “block schedule.” Block schedule is when there are fewer periods in the day that are one hour and 45 minutes...

It’s over 7,000: Derek Pekar breaks decathlon record

Jezel Mercado April 25, 2019

On April 5 and 6, senior Derek Pekar attended the Arcadia Invitational Track Meet in Arcadia, CA, and made history. Pekar was invited to this event, so he could participate in the decathlon. A decathlon...

Some of the teachers that participated in the Pie-A-Teacher Fundraiser. Photo by: Bailey Castro

Pie a teacher to quench thirst

Jezel Mercado and Tanya Turchyn March 20, 2019

On Friday, March 15, the Ventura High School Thirst Project Club hosted an event on Ventura High School’s senior lawn called the ¨Pie-A-Teacher Fundraiser.¨ This fundraiser allowed for students...

Senior Cole Stender believes that more sunlight makes people happier. Photo by: Jezel Mercado

Stop Changing the Darn Time!

Jezel Mercado March 14, 2019

The time changed again... has anyone figured out why the f*%& we feel the need to change time? As a miserable insomniac, I already average four hours of sleep per night, and it is NOT helpful to...

“I’m proud that she keeps pushing herself to always try to do more and be better,” stated Todd Tackett, VHS Girls Varsity Soccer coach. Photo by: Felix Cortez

Peyton Erickson strikes again

Jezel Mercado February 26, 2019

The Ventura High School Varsity Girls Soccer Team has had a record of 62 goals as the sum of the most goals scored by a single player since 1991. However, this year, that record was broken. Senior...

Peyton Erickson (left) and Elizabeth Senesac (right) are both applying to many colleges, and some of the same colleges, and agree that the later deadlines the Common App gives are more desirable than the Nov. 1st deadline. Photo by: Jezel Mercado

The Common App: Tool or Time-waster?

Jezel Mercado November 8, 2018

Difficult advanced placement classes, sports, and extracurricular activities can be very overwhelming for high school seniors, and having to apply and decide where you want to go to college on top of them...

Serena Ropersmith performing her original music with The Barn Burners. Photo by: Jezel Mercado

The ballad of Serena Ropersmith

Jezel Mercado October 17, 2018

Ventura High School senior Serena Ropersmith performed her self-written music with the band The Barn Burners at Bombay Bar and Grill in downtown Ventura, CA on Sunday Oct. 14. Ropersmith has been singing...

“I just can’t wait for the fun experiences I’m going to go through with this team and this coach. I’m excited to continue to compete, especially at a high level., said senior Carlos Aviles.

Student studs: VHS athletes commit to college

The Cougar Press and Jezel Mercado October 10, 2018

Ventura High School’s student athletes have been committing to colleges in order to continue to pursue the sport they’re passionate about. Most student athletes that are committed are seniors, which...

Taking a stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

Taking a stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

Jezel Mercado September 4, 2018

We’re over a week into the start of school and Ventura High School students are yet to do The Pledge of Allegiance at the start of second period after The Call to the Colors, as it has been routinely...

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