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The cast of Willy Wonka approached the audience several times throughout the play, creating an engaging experience for the crowd. Photo by: Emily Nguyen

Opinion: “Willy Wonka” is a performance full of wonder and delight

Weston Blackburn and Emily Nguyen May 22, 2024

A review of the newest play produced and performed by VHS’ drama department  VHS’ drama department’s latest performance was “Willy Wonka,” a rendition of Roald Dahl’s book, “Charlie and...

Cougar Critique: “Kung Fu Panda 4”

Cougar Critique: “Kung Fu Panda 4”

Aidyn Beltran Herrera and Coen Wagoner May 21, 2024

Does the fourth hold up to the original movies? I personally LOVE the “Kung Fu Panda” series.  The first movie was a great introduction to the story with awesome visual animation. Along with the...

The namesake of the movie, blood and honey, is seen and symbolized throughout the film when Winnie the Pooh is on screen as hes a bear. Graphic by: Coen Wagoner

Cougar Critique: “Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2” movie review

Aidyn Beltran Herrera May 3, 2024

 Is it a good movie that's worth your time? The idea of turning a childhood icon into a serial killer is an invigorating idea to many.   In 2023, “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” was released...

Pictured is a downtown skyline on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee where the students will visit on their trip. Graphic by: Emmett Flynn

VHS’ music department prepares for the Spring Tour

Emmett Flynn April 23, 2024

The VHS music department will be putting its skills to the test with a long-awaited competition VHS’ musicians gear up for their yearly trip to Nashville, Tennessee. This year from April 12 to April...

 Theres a new Mean Girls movie after 20 years. Photo by: Alize Hernandez

Mean girls movie review and comparison

Alize Hernandez April 23, 2024

Which “Mean Girls” movie is the best? I am sure everyone has heard of the new “Mean Girls” musical which was released on Jan. 12, 2024. I was very excited when I learned about it, as “Mean Girls”...

Marvel movies have been declining in sales and audience as well as receiving poor reviews. Photo by: Aidyn Beltran Herrera

Opinion: Is the quality of Marvel Studios’ movies getting worse?

Aidyn Beltran Herrera and Coen Wagoner April 16, 2024

Are Marvel movies not good anymore? Ever since the pandemic in 2020, there has been talk amongst Marvel fans about the lack of quality in new movies. Marvel's latest movie, “The Marvels,” did not...

Temu advertises their free shipping and 90 day free return policies. Screenshot from: @temu on Instagram

The Rise of Temu

Weston Blackburn and Emily Nguyen April 9, 2024

The price of cheap comes at the cost of overconsumption Temu is a digital marketplace that offers a large range of products with astoundingly low price tags that originally launched in the United States...

Avry Girtsman 25 said, I loved the descriptions in the book. Her journey was really powerful and I couldnt stop reading. Graphic by: Brody Daw

Opinion: Every high schooler should read “Educated”

Sophia Denzler and Brody Daw March 20, 2024

Tara Westover’s memoir reminds students how education is a privilege “Educated,” by Tara Westover, is a powerful biography that follows a young girl throughout her life and her quest for an education....

The Bell Jar has sold more than three million copies worldwide. Photo by: Ava Mohror

Cougar Critique: “The Bell Jar”

Ava Mohror March 15, 2024

Sylvia Plath writes a chilling novel that closely resembles her reality Trigger warning: novel and article discuss disturbing topics, including suicide.  “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath was originally...

Willy Wonka cast did their read through in the auditorium on Feb. 26. Photo by: Drama Department Instagram

Willy Wonka takes over the VHS Stage

Lily Brown March 14, 2024

The cast for Willy Wonka is announced and rehearsals are underway The Ventura High School Drama Department cast list for the upcoming production of Willy Wonka was released on Feb. 24, only one day after...

The 2024 Grammys took place on Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. Photo by: GoldDerby

Opinion: Grammys 2024 recap

Brynn Kightlinger, Ava Blau-Grinsel, and Vail Newman February 27, 2024

This year’s Grammys were an exciting moment for many popular artists and bands This year's Grammys took place on Feb. 4. The Grammys are awards presented by the Recording Academy to recognize achievements...

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