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The Student News Site of Ventura High School

The Cougar Press

(left to right) Sophomore Harley Nix, junior Sophia Campbell, senior Aaron Reijerse, senior Bre Roark, freshman Zoe Pence and senior Joseph Lombardo prepare for the fall play, A Wrinkle In Time. Photo by: Olive Kranzler

“A Wrinkle in Time”, where did the time go?

Olive Kranzler November 18, 2021

This year, for the annual fall play, the story “A Wrinkle in Time” comes alive by means of the VHS drama department. Having opened on Nov. 10, there were many shows to attend, including  Nov. 12-14,...

Lets get groovy with pep band

Let’s get groovy with pep band

Rachel Gonzalez October 22, 2021  

Local performer J Peter Boles playing with his band on Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 10. Boles is a musical veteran whos played a large variety of self-written folk songs for over 22 years. Photo by: Joseph Lombardo


Joseph Lombardo October 22, 2021

An introspective look on the current state of Ventura County’s live music scene Since the abrupt shutdown in 2020, many  local bands in Ventura have been dying to get back out in the field. Many musicians...

This Halloween candy looks like your traditional treats, but will they turn out to be tricks? Photo by: Belen Hibbler

Is my candy a trick, or a treat?

Julian Martinez and Belen Hibbler October 22, 2021

Every year as Halloween creeps closer the topic of tampered-with candy resurfaces. Let’s debate. Halloween time evokes the scary side in a lot of people, but most express it with a spooky costume. Who...

Duque, 11th grade(front), Roark, 12th grade (middle) and Chavez, 12th grade (back) play Revolving Monologue where the prompt was It happened at the circus. Photo by: Adi De Clerck.

“What?” was the deal with the improv show?

Olive Kranzler October 8, 2021

Early this school year, the improv show was the first live drama production at VHS since before COVID Over the weekend of Oct. 1 and 2, the VHS “What?” Improv Troupe put on an “awesome” show according...

An entry from a Banner Bold magazine. Poetry is one of the most popular categories to enter into. Photo by Sophia Denzler

Banner Bold returns after years

Sophia Denzler September 30, 2021

VHS Banner Bold magazine writes their way into a post-pandemic reality Juniors and seniors may recall seeing the school's art and literary showcase Banner Bold, where VHS students may submit pieces of...

The Zoomprov cast in all its glory. (Top row left to right; junior Wyatt Mojo, Senior Sofia Mastroianni, senior Kylie Pence, sophomore Lilia Duque; middle row left to right; senior Jaidyn Sellers, junior Mya Sherman, senior Samantha Hirschhorn, senior Jack Zilles; bottom row left to right; sophomore Sinthia Cardenas, senior Ramsey Dillon). Photo by: Yasmin Myers

Zoomprov: To be or not to be?

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers March 5, 2021

VHS Drama department showcases its first virtual improv show.  On Feb. 5 and 6, the What? Improvisation Troupe made its debut of the 2020-21 school year through a Zoom livestream. The one-hour shows...

The fall play Zoomdunnit was the first ever virtual play put out by the VHS Drama Department and was written by Drama Department students. Photo from: VHS Yearbook

VHS Drama department draws its *virtual* curtains

Yasmin Myers January 31, 2021

Modern day rendition of a murder-mystery set in today’s world captivates those who watch.  The drama department broke the barrier of in-person performance to bring the virtual audience a murder mystery...

Dont throw away old Disney CDs because someday your crazy friend will need a photo of them. Photo by: Lily Carnagie

Are the originals really better?

Livia Vertucci November 20, 2020

The OG movies hold a special place in our hearts, do the remakes measure up? From Disney to Touchstone, there have been movie failures and masterpieces. Sure, we've all been disappointed after watching...


The show must virtually go on

Anna Guerra August 17, 2020

Despite school closures, the performing arts still plan for success. With the Ventura Unified School District announcing that school will remain online, some electives have to readapt their classes for...

Junior Ava Rosenthal shared, “As of next year, we will focus on music theory and basic fundamentals before we get to see each other in the classroom again. We will have zoom calls and chat and try to get together in these tough times. Photo by: Miles Bennett

Music in the heart while staying apart

Caroline Marsden and Greta Pankratz August 17, 2020

Musicians share how they feel about the new reality the music department faces. In the upcoming unprecedented school year, everything will be different. For music students, developing a feeling of normalcy...

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

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

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...

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