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The last note of the year: VHS Music performs 2018-2019’s final concert

The last note of the year: VHS Music performs 2018-2019's final concert

Sarah Clench

June 4, 2019

Ventura High School’s Wind Ensemble Honors and Symphonic Orchestra held their last concert of the year on May 23 at 7 p.m. in the Ventura High School auditorium. Wind Ensemble Honors performed for the first half of the show, with pieces by Schwantner, Sparke, Nelson and Marquez. Senior Kirk Mellrin...

Abortion: Students speak their mind

Drawing by: Summer Yovanno

Sarah Clench and Sam Coats

May 31, 2019

A wave of laws restricting abortion access were signed into law across the country, signifying the start of a new conservative push to overturn Roe v. Wade. In Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill that will ban all abortion, from the moment of conception, with the only exception being for mothe...

What you need to know about the VHS talent show

Photo by: Sarah Clench

Sarah Clench

May 14, 2019

Auditions for the Ventura High School talent show took place on April 24 and 25, and the show is coming up on May 17, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The acts are out, from singing and dancing to improv and instruments. Senior Brooke Stevenson, who will be performing with junior Belle Williams, s...

Powderpuff: It’s grind time

Pictured above is the Varsity team at the scrimmage. Regarding the scrimmage, Conboy stated, “We still got some things to work on of course, but I’m very confident in our team going forward.”
Photo from: Gage Gregorchuk

Sarah Clench

April 26, 2019

It’s that time of the year again for powderpuff to start up at Ventura High School, and the team is already prepping for their game against Buena High School on May 24. The official practices for powderpuff football started in March and are every Tuesday and Thursday after school in accordance w...

“Getty”ing it on

Sarah Clench

April 25, 2019

On Thursday, April 18, students from English teachers James Locher and Mary Dietz’s classes went on a field trip to the Getty Center, an art museum in Los Angeles. Attending the trip was 12 AP English Literature and Composition students, 83 Honors English 10 students and 4 intervention students. ...

A walk through the chalk

Senior Rhianne Martinez stated,

Sarah Clench and Caroline Marsden

April 25, 2019

The annual Ventura High School Chalk Festival took place on April 17 and 18 on the Catalina lawn at VHS. According to art teacher Lauren Minadeo, around 35 students participated this year. In past years, Minadeo said,  there have usually been around 75. “I think even though it’s small, all the...

Colorful hair, don’t care

Colorful hair, don’t care

Sarah Clench and Summer Yovanno

March 28, 2019

[huge_it_slider id="96"] Students at Ventura High School have been setting and following hair trends to compliment their style and show expression; such as bangs, buzz cuts and electric-colored hair. A couple popular trends seen around VHS are pink hair and bangs. According to a poll survey, held on Th...

Rape and harassment laws to know

Infographic by: Sarah Clench

Sarah Clench

March 2, 2019

According to the Sex and Dating survey conducted by The Cougar Press, 8 percent of students at Ventura High School who have been in a relationship have been physically abused at least once. Out of the students that have participated in sexual activity, 9.6 percent reported that they have been apart of se...

The joy their voices bring

Crescendo singing

Sarah Clench

December 18, 2018

https://vimeo.com/307199369 Ventura Unified School District’s all-district choirs had their eighth annual “Share the Joy” holiday concert under direction of Heidi House on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Ventura High School Auditorium. Noteables, Crescendo and Company were accompanied by Miriam Arichea on the piano with choreography done by Mad...

One year after, students come together

One year after, students come together

Sarah Clench

December 18, 2018

From Dec. 3 to Dec. 7, Ventura High School hosted Ventura Strong Week on the Senior Lawn in memory of the one year anniversary of the Thomas Fire that started on Dec. 4, 2017. Senior Sydney Votruba, Vice President of Associated Student Body, stated, “I came up with the idea because we do a get together with all three ASB's from all three different schools,...

The District revamps their logo and branding

The crew speaking with VHS Assistant Principal Chris Murphy, in charge of curriculum and instruction. Photo by: Sarah Clench

Sarah Clench

December 5, 2018

Recently, Ventura Unified School District created a new logo and is going through a brand development process. According to VUSD’s website, there will be modern and vibrant changes to the website and other communications. As a part of this brand development, on Thursday, Nov. 29, there was a film crew a...

Brought from WWII and back to you

Juniors Kayla Swain (left) and Christine Trujillo (right) agreed that Dickies are more comfortable than skinny jeans and tight pants. Photo by: Sarah Clench

Sarah Clench

November 15, 2018

Starting as a bib-overall company in 1922, the work wear brand Dickie has only grown in popularity and versatility. According to Dickie’s website, the brand Dickies bases all the way back to World War II when they produced millions of uniforms for America’s armed forces. Looking at the demographics ...

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