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Looking West performs at Topa Topa Brewing Co. on 104 E Thompson Blvd. in Ventura on Sept. 10. Looking West band member and El Camino High School student Dylan Brehm ‘23 said, “Looking West is when we are our best selves. The music brought us together and the brotherhood keeps us together.” Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Local band Looking West jams forward

Alejandro Hernandez September 30, 2022

Who are Looking West? Looking West is a Ventura-based band founded in 2017. Looking West band members include El Camino High School students Dylan Brehm ’23 (lead vocals and guitar) and Owen Neth ’23...

The Dolores Huerta mural had a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 1, 2022. Photo by: Adi DeClerk

New VHS mural projects the colors of local activism

Caroline Marsden and Greta Pankratz June 7, 2022

Junior Mateo Navarro organized the Dolores Huerta Unity Project alongside Ventura Unified administration, the Latino Rights club, Ventura County community members and artist Mauricio Ramirez Mateo...

Junior Tobias Raymond said, I started playing [football] in 8th grade and I was always a little nervous to play but I fell in love with it. I think I love football because of the team camaraderie. It’s really fun being around all of the guys on the team. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Student feature: Tobias Raymond tackles his future

Alejandro Hernandez May 9, 2022

Junior Tobias Raymond on his football career and scholarship offers On May 2, junior Tobias Raymond received a scholarship offer from Yale University. He also has received offers from UC Berkeley, Oregon...

Freshman Bailey Burman said, Mose is always doing weird things and making us laugh when we hangout during sixth period. Photo by Alina Reitz

Student feature: VHS knows Mose

Alina Reitz April 14, 2022

Learn a little extra about VHS extrovert Mose Cook Mose Cook is a senior at Ventura High who loves donuts, “annoying” his track coach, Tyree Cruz and making those around him happy. He is an extremely...

Sophomore Robert Wolfe said, As a frontiersman I like being in nature. I really love being barefoot when its not snake season. But when it is snake season, snake hunting is definitely a good activity that me and some of my other friends do. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Student feature: Robert Wolfe’s journey to greener pastures

Alejandro Hernandez April 1, 2022

Sophomore Robert Wolfe on his embracement of nature and frontiersmanship Sophomore Robert Wolfe calls himself a frontiersman. Frontiersman is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “a person who lives or works...

Junior Ella Strong said, As a person Carson is hilarious. He’s always friendly and happy and knows how to cheer people up. His personality and rowing skills combined will lead him to a great and successful future. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Student feature: Carson Peterson rows towards the future

Alejandro Hernandez March 10, 2022

Junior Carson Peterson on his rowing career and more On Feb. 9, 2022, Ventura High School junior Carson Peterson qualified for the 2022 World Rowing Junior Championship selection camp. The selection camp...

Sophomore James Rail said, It started out as a homework project [photography and videography], but it then turned into a passion and a business for me. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Student feature: James Rail develops his photography

Alejandro Hernandez February 7, 2022

Sophomore James Rail on his photography/videography career On Dec. 14, Ventura High School sophomore James Rail released a short documentary about the VHS football team. Rail is a photographer and videographer,...

Sherman said, So my album cover, it’s me basically looking off into the distance which symbolizes like looking at everything I have overcome, everything I have learned, looking back at my past self and all of the things I have had to learn, and then half of it is black and white and half of it is in color because the black and white is supposed to symbolize the negativity and the hardships and the heartbreak and the color represents everything I have overcome and being more positive and having a better outlook on everything. Photo from: Mya Sherman

Student feature: Mya Sherman expresses herself through song

Caroline Marsden January 27, 2022

Junior Mya Sherman on music and her journey to create a self-made album A high schooler writing, producing and recording her own solo album– in the midst of a pandemic? It may sound like a movie plot,...

 On top of teaching the girls VHS tennis team Allison Ferguson also has a podcast called Empowering Women Through Sports available on Spotify. Photo by: Jade Buck

VHS has a new Tennis Coach, Alison Ferguson

Jade Buck October 22, 2021

Alison Ferguson takes charge of the VHS girls’ tennis team. Alison Ferguson, the new Ventura High School tennis coach grew up in Costa Mesa, California. She learned to play tennis as a young child....

Ms. Ulvang welcoming her students in her classroom. Photo by: Adi DeClerck

Lauren Ulvang joins Ventura High staff

Adi De Clerck October 8, 2021

Ulvang teaches ninth grade English and Yearbook for the first time Ventura High School lost many teachers in the 2020-21 school year, which  mean Ventura has received an influx of new teachers, Lauren...

Anderson sprints his way to coach of the year

Anderson sprints his way to coach of the year

Anna Guerra October 26, 2019

After coaching track and field for over a decade, Ventura teacher is recognized for his hard work On top of being department chair for health with college and career seminar, Kory Anderson has been coaching...

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