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VHS seniors start the school year with a sunless sunrise

Seniors brought jackets, blankets, and made their way to the bottom of San Jon road to reunite with their peers. Photo by: Yasmin Myers

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers

September 24, 2020

Class of 2021 gathered to celebrate their last high school year. On a chilly Sunday morning, class of 2021 seniors gathered at an early hour to celebrate the new dawn of their final year at Ventura High. With the fall semester being entirely online, seniors will be missing moments they expected to ha...

Evading Covid-19… or mask mandates?

Wearing masks in public has caused more controversy among the population than expected. Drawing by: Yasmin Myers

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers

August 17, 2020

Mask mandate receives mixed feelings from the public. Gov. Gavin Newsom mandated wearing masks while in public areas on June 18, with individual businesses setting up their own rules for entrance or usage of their facilities. These restrictions have received mixed feelings from the public, some clai...

Serra will be “serra-brated” no longer

Various anti-removal protestors decorated the fence in support of Serra.

Anna Guerra

August 17, 2020

After residing in front of the Ventura City Hall for decades, the statue of California missionary Junipero Serra has been removed. Following virtual public meetings and on-site protests, the Ventura City Council decided in a six-to-zero unanimous vote to remove the Junipero Serra statue that stood in fro...

Crack open your computers, school is in session

Ventura High students will be using the program Canvas for the fall semester. Drawing by: Katie Medina

Katie Medina and Riley Ramirez

August 17, 2020

VUSD shares new details regarding the fall closure. Ventura Unified School District has introduced multiple learning programs during the school closure and has recently presented two programs that are available for the fall semester: Homestead and Weave. These two programs' primary role is for elementa...

The Black Lives Matter movement reaches Ventura: VHS students respond

The Black Lives Matter movement reaches Ventura: VHS students respond

Anna Guerra

June 5, 2020

 In light of recent national events, some of Ventura High’s black students make their voices heard when it comes to Black Lives Matter, police brutality, protests and more.  “For years people of color have always been discriminated against, but I think the death of George Floyd was the breaking ...

VUSD shuts down due to coronavirus pandemic

VUSD shuts down due to coronavirus pandemic

Charlotte D'Orsi

March 15, 2020

COVID-19 virus prompts district-wide shutdown for at least a month. During the evening of Mar. 12, Ventura Unified School District announced the commencement of a district-wide shutdown beginning on Mar. 16 until Apr. 10 with the possibility of a further extension. Discussion of school closures in Ven...

Catch up and get ahead

Catch up and get ahead

Caroline Marsden and Greta Pankratz

March 13, 2020

 The VUSD district has released summer course schedules and opened applications. With schedule planning for the 2020-2021 school year approaching, many students are looking for options of acceleration or redemption in the summer semester. Some students may recall how in previous years, Ventura High S...

Are VHS diplomas at risk?

Are VHS diplomas at risk?

Sam Hicks and Charlotte D'Orsi

March 13, 2020

On-site WASC evaluation in March determines VHS’s re-accreditation. During the week of Mar. 23, Ventura High School will be undergoing an evaluation by the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association for Schools and Colleges, also known as the ACS WASC, or WASC. If VHS does not meet their...

The Cougars are back and ready to attack

Junior Dylan Nicodemus (number 8) hard-hitting the ball to opposing side, Port Hueneme High. Photo by: Jocelyn Lee

Jocelyn Lee and Peyton Redmond

March 11, 2020

On Feb. 27, the boys varsity volleyball team played their first home game against Port Hueneme High in the Bob Tuttle gym. The boys came out strong with senior Nathan Johnston (number 9) scoring the majority of the points. Hueneme matched the same offensive energy as Ventura, but the Cougars came out on top...

Will the shoe fit?

(Left to right) Junior Jay Reynolds, sophomores Joseph Lombardo, Alina Reitz, senior Daniel Metten and freshman Mya Sherman read through the script for the very first time. Photo by: Miles Bennett

Shannon David and Alina Calamia

March 10, 2020

VHS’s Drama department prepares for the spring musical, Cinderella. [dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]n April, the Ventura High School Drama Department will be performing “Cinderella” as the 2020 spring musical.  This 1997 edition has the same classic Rogers and Hamerisetin music and charm with a hint of sa...

Is public schooling not for you?

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Audrey Flynn

February 19, 2020

Independent Study could be the answer At the start of this semester, VUSD administrators began piloting a new independent study program at VHS and other high schools across the district. The program is intended to serve as an alternative education path for those who are struggling in the traditiona...

Cupid shoots his arrows of love at Ventura High

Cupid shoots his arrows of love at Ventura High

Yasmin Myers and Katie Medina

February 14, 2020

How does the history of Valentine's Day compare to modern day celebration? [dropcap size=small]V[/dropcap]alentine’s Day, rooted in the legend and death of the mysterious Saint Valentine, is celebrated most by showering significant others with gifts and love. Although the true reason behind why coup...

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