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Among the many differences between online and in-person learning, online learning allows students to not be seen. How does this feature affect student learning? Graphic by: Alex Hernandez

The connection between Zoom cameras and grades

Alex Hernandez May 7, 2021

Students have been asked to turn their cameras on, but does it impact students' grades? Online school has been the only available option for education at Ventura High School for over a year. This has...

Astronomy is a natural science that studies celestial objects and phenomena. Image credit: NASA & ESA

Let’s take a look into the sky

Jocelyn Wood May 1, 2021

Astronomical events in 2021 and places to view them. The sky is something any living thing gets the pleasure to view and take in its beauty. While in 2021, there are many extravagant sights to see including...

Because of the low iron levels, your bone marrow can't make as many blood cells. Your body also has a hard time making white blood cells making anemic people more susceptible to sickness. Infographic by: SelfDecode

Is your body in need of some iron?

Livia Vertucci April 20, 2021

Anemia and its effects on you. Do you tire quickly or feel weak when doing everyday things? How are your fingers and toes feeling right now? Cold? These are just a few symptoms of the most common blood...

March was declared as Women's History Month by the United States in 1987. Graphic by Greta Pankratz

The future is female

Greta Pankratz and Katie Medina March 26, 2021

Celebrating the strides of women and honoring VHS teachers during Women’s History Month. For decades, the month of March has been a time for our world to celebrate triumph, challenges and strength–...

ASB students back on campus for small groups. Photo by: Ann Larson

Taking steps to bring the spirit back to VHS

Jocelyn Wood March 14, 2021

A look inside what's been going on with ASB during distance learning. “Most people think of ASB as poster making and organizing dances. Those are definitely big parts, but overall I would say ASB is...

Sophomore Addison Ragsdale got to run in her first cross country meet of the year, showing off all her hard work. Photo by Addison Ragsdale

Makin’ lemonade out of lemons

Livia Vertucci March 6, 2021

What have VHS students been up to these past months? The past 11 months have been nothing like we’ve experienced before. We’ve been stuck at home so long that it's almost as if this is normal. Being...

A sneak peek of the tik tok musically was previewed on the official ratatouille tik tok account, featuring Tituss Burgess as Remi the rat and backup dancers Joy Woods J.J. Niemann. Screenshot from the official Ratatouille tik tok account. @Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical
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Ratatouille: The Tik Tok Musical

Livia Vertucci February 12, 2021

VHS’ opinions on the ragtag Tik Tok musical. For a moment, the whole world shut down. Production of new films and TV shows stopped, the entertainment business went dark. But, as we slowly came back...

Sophomore Olivia Roman (pictured) said,

Masks protect from more than just the cold this season

Greta Pankratz February 5, 2021

Now that the slopes are open, students share whether or not they believe it is COVID-19 safe. After COVID-19 cut the ski/snowboard season short in the spring of 2020, the slopes are back up and running...

Pilar Parker, an RN from Ventura County, was one of the first people in the county to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo from: Community Memorial Hospital Instagram page, @cmhshealth

Standing behind the frontlines

Katie Medina February 1, 2021

Students of medical workers discuss the feelings of pride and panic. The stresses of navigating everyday life during a pandemic can be challenging enough. But the added fear of having a family member...

Numbers are increasing within Ventura County lowering Ventura overall to Tier one- Widespread. Many non-essential indoor business operations remain closed. Infographic by: Logan Wilkov

Is VHS ready for in-person learning?

Logan Wilkov December 7, 2020

Update on the potential reopening of VUSD schools As we dive into the second quarter of the 2020-2021’ school year, conversations of returning to campus have increased. Elementary schools within the...

Crewmates catch the Impostor red-handed. Graphic by: Marcus Munoz

There’s an impostor Among Us

Savannah Marsicek and Marcus Muñoz December 7, 2020

Students gain interest in a game where the goal is to murder your opponents as the impostor. During quarantine, everyone has been discovering new ways to entertain themselves, like earlier this year when...

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Looking back on pilgrims and pie

Jocelyn Wood November 22, 2020

The story of how Thanksgiving began and evolutionized. Thanksgiving had begun all the way back in 1621, that's almost 399 years ago. The reason for Thanksgiving beginning is due to English colonists,...

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