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Support for the recall among VHS students slightly outnumbers the opposition. Infographic by: Alejandro Hernandez.

VHS on the recall of Gavin Newsom

Alex Hernandez May 1, 2021

The petition to recall the governor has gained enough signatures, but what do VHS students think about him? A growing group of Californians are beginning to support a recall effort against Governor Gavin...

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic depriving seniors of their final year and associated activities, an in-person graduation brings hope in ending the school year on a positive note. Photo by: Anna Guerra

Class of 2021 may finish the year off strong after all

Anna Guerra April 21, 2021

With Ventura County showing a steady pandemic recovery, senior graduations are given the green light. On Tuesday, April 20, Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Roger Rice announced via email...

The webinar addressed 150 live questions and concerns from listeners. Many topics continued to come up, such as vaccines and the ability to switch groups. Graphic by: Greta Pankratz

VUSD unveils the outline for hybrid campus life

Caroline Marsden and Greta Pankratz March 5, 2021

In their most recent information webinar, the VUSD board presented the current plans for safety, transportation, food, and more for this spring’s switch to hybrid learning. On March 3, 2021 at 5:30...

Ventura County's current COVID-19 risk level is

Surprise, there’s a new strain in town…

Yasmin Myers March 2, 2021

Rest assured it’s not much different than what Ventura County’s currently face. As COVID-19 cases rage on, citizens of many countries were found with a newer version of the one thing that brought...

On January 19, 2021 the College Board announced that it will be retiring the SAT subject tests and essay. Graphic by: Greta Pankratz

Saying goodbye to the old SAT

Greta Pankratz February 12, 2021

 The College Board has officially announced the retirement of the SAT with essay and subject tests. As of Jan. 19, 2021 the College Board announced that it will no longer offer the SAT subject tests...

Students and parents attending the livestream expressed frustration in the chat bar provided, many with the slogan #letusplay. Photo from: Live press conference on Jan. 19, 2021

Seeking long-awaited answers about high school sports

Livia Vertucci February 5, 2021

What the spring season might look like. Ten months into staying at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, VHS student-athletes, coaches and supporters are anxious about getting back to their sports. The...

The new target return date was announced for secondary schools to return in April, after the third semester. Infographic by: Greta Pankratz

April is the newest target return, but will it happen at all?

Greta Pankratz January 6, 2021

Rising COVID-19 cases present an uncertain future for secondary schools. Beginning on Jan. 5 at 4 p.m., the Ventura Unified School District board meeting brought the approximate 600 viewers an update...

MAGA protesters at the Ventura County Government Center. Supporters rally with Trump flags, Blue Lives Matter flags, and Don't Tread On Me flags. Photo by: Elise Sisk.

Ventura County sees surge in support of President Trump

Elise Sisk December 19, 2020

Surges in political rallies around the U.S. are becoming more local. Following the election that went on for five days, Trump rallies have started increasing all throughout the country, including here...

According to BBC News, more than 22 million Americans have registered early to vote either in person or by mail, a record-breaking turnout. Graphic by: Peyton Redmond

Voting for our future

Katie Medina and Riley Ramirez November 2, 2020

VHS students respond to the presidential election. With the presidential election right around the corner on Nov. 3, political signs and flags have been scattered throughout the city of Ventura. Regardless...

Online schooling is filled with disruptions. This includes things like cellphones, bad wifi, and zoom sabotages from disruptive students. Photo by: Greta Pankratz

Zoom sabotages are the new classroom disruption

Greta Pankratz October 27, 2020

VHS students share their experiences with Zoom class disruptions. The average high school classroom has its share of jokes and disruptions, but they seem to be following students through the switch to...

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

VHS seniors start the school year with a sunless sunrise

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....

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

Evading Covid-19… or mask mandates?

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...

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