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Why parents shouldn’t have social media

Why parents shouldn't have social media

Sailor Hawes

April 20, 2019

I will admit, I am guilty of being a social media crazed teenager. My life is constantly filled with updates from Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and even Facebook. And now it seems that my parents have joined the trend. My parents claim that they joined the lovely worlds of Instagram and Twitter to “...

Ortiz unfilters senior portraits

Senior Claire Ortiz has created a fun and unique way for students to showcase who they truly are, rather than filtering themselves in our school's yearbook. Photo from: @2019unfiltered on Instagram

Sailor Hawes and Tatum Luoma

March 20, 2019

Senior Claire Ortiz is making her own website where she plans to upload film photos of most of the seniors at Ventura High School; through these photos, students will be able to express themselves and include an unfiltered senior quote that the normal yearbook wouldn’t allow.   Ortiz first thought o...

Scoring A’s: athletes and grade checks

Scoring A's: athletes and grade checks

Sailor Hawes and Sailor 2 Hawes

March 9, 2019

According to a Twitter poll conducted by The Cougar Press, out of 24 total votes, when asked if students had to get quarterly grade checks by teachers in order to compete, 29 percent voted “yes,” while 71 percent said “no.” When asked if all athletes have to get quarterly grade checks, A...

Apex helps you reach your peak

Graphic by: Sailor Hawes

Sailor Hawes

November 29, 2018

Do you need to make up credit for a class? The Apex Program is the place for you. Math teacher Evan Spellman is the advisor for the after school Apex Program offered at Ventura High School. According to, “Apex Learning digital curriculum is designed to actively engage stude...

Locked out of the lockers

Along with the lockers, there are more areas being monitored by supervisors including the hallways, portables, and 20's buildings. Photo by: Sailor Hawes

Sailor Hawes

November 18, 2018

A recent policy has been put into action at Ventura High School. Before this policy was put in place, the locker areas around campus were always a place where students would hang out during break and lunch. Now, there are members of VHS administration that monitor the halls and locker areas during t...

Ditching senior ditch day

Ditching senior ditch day

Sailor Hawes and Sam Coats

November 12, 2018

At many high schools, “senior ditch day” is a tradition where the seniors of the school ditch for the day. Here at Ventura High School, there hasn’t yet been an “official” senior ditch day this year, and there probably won’t be. VHS Vice Principal, Christopher Murphy, explained his thoughts o...

Searching for science

Searching for science

Sailor Hawes

October 18, 2018

How much do you really know about careers in the science field? There is a wide range of different types of jobs within the science field and senior Serena Ropersimth hopes to make that clear. Ropersmith wanted students to get the chance to learn about unique and out-of-the-box science careers so...

Have you heard about CSF?

Sovich has been working with CSF for over ten years. Photo by: Sailor Hawes

Sailor Hawes

September 21, 2018

The California Scholarship Federation is a program that helps students, sophomore year through senior year, become recognized for their academic accomplishments and achievements. To be eligible to apply for CSF, students must have no grades lower than a C and a minimum of 10 points. Each letter grade...

Opinion: Do you trust the College Board?

Would you spend the time, money, and energy to study for a test that could get curved unfairly? Photo by: Sailor Hawes

Sailor Hawes

September 11, 2018

In June of 2018, many students from Ventura High School, and all over the country took the SAT. When the scores came out more than a month later, students who took the SAT, myself included, got a shock. The College Board notified the test-takers that the math portions of the test had been drastically c...

Heavy rain causes school cancellation for VHS and others

Heavy rain causes school cancellation for VHS and others

Sailor Hawes

March 21, 2018

According to Ventura Unified School District, a voluntary evacuation was put in place Tuesday, March 20 for Ventura High School, De Anza Middle School, and Loma Vista Elementary School and it is continuing into Thursday, March 22. There will be no school tomorrow for these three schools due to the heavy ...

Sexual education: not widely talked about, but should it be?

Sexual education: not widely talked about, but should it be?

Ryan King and Sailor Hawes

March 2, 2018

According to a report released by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer than 50 percent of high schools,  and only a fifth of middle schools, taught all 16 nationally recommended lessons on topics for sexual health education. In addition to this, less than 40 percent of high s...

Seniors searching for scholarships

Seniors searching for scholarships

Sailor Hawes

February 27, 2018

Now is the time where college is approaching for many high school seniors, but as the cost of a college education increases, their dreams of going to college may be a bit of a financial reach. There are many students who get into college with athletic scholarships, but for those who aren’t athleti...

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