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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...

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...

Photo Story: Worst Holiday Gift

Anna Guerra and Katie Medina

December 19, 2019

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The WRLD became a little less juicy on December 8

Juice WRLD performing at the Wireless Festival 2019 in London, England. Photo from:

Caroline Marsden and Jocelyn Lee

December 17, 2019

Fan favorite SoundCloud rapper passed away on Dec. 8, possibly due to a drug overdose Known for his hit song, “Lucid Dreams”, Jarad Anthony Higgins, better known as Juice WRLD, passed away on Dec. 8, only six days after his twenty-first birthday. He suffered from a seizure at the Chicago Midway Air...

Recent rains bring relief and risk

The Matilija Creek is the main tributary to the Ventura River which now has a strong current to it thanks to the recent precipitation. Photo by: Sam Hicks

Sam Hicks

December 17, 2019

Car accidents and fire danger rise with precipitation Over the last month, Ventura has received some much-needed rain; 2.82 inches, to be exact. With California just ending its worst drought in recorded history and Ventura still in a stage three water shortage, are things looking up for the local wa...

One year since Borderline: The community continues to move forward, working hard to never forget

One year since Borderline: The community continues to move forward, working hard to never forget

Juliana Jacobson

November 26, 2019

Nov. 7 officially marked one year since an active shooter entered Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, and took the lives of twelve people, injuring several others. Among the deceased were a bar security guard, a veteran cop and a Navy veteran who had survived the Las Vegas shooting a year prior...

This year’s seniors are once again, unfiltered

Hibbler holds the camera that he plans to take the

Lola Bobrow and Douglas Sandford

November 21, 2019

Last year, Ventura High School Alumni Claire Ortiz, a graduate of the Class of 2019, started a project that served as an alternative to VHS’s traditional formal senior photos that included an organic and unedited film photo story of seniors and an “unfiltered” senior quote. The idea was to create...

The future is looking smoggy

Illustration by Yasmin Myers

Yasmin Myers

October 8, 2019

[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]t’s no question that global warming has been circulating for political and social debate lately. On Jan. 25, 2018, President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its plan to reverse environmental regulations, making it easier for companies and industrial...

College Opinions: Part Seven

Picture of The University of Indiana in the fall. Source: University of Indiana Website

Garrett Jaffe and Douglas Sandford

June 4, 2019

This is the seventh article in a series interviewing current college students and past graduates, asking them about their insights and experiences in college. This series of articles aims to aid Ventura High School’s college-bound seniors. In this article, I interview Aaron Ezra, a graduate of The Unive...

Abortion: Students speak their mind

Drawing by: Summer Yovanno

Sarah Clench and Sam Coats

May 31, 2019

A wave of laws restricting abortion access were signed into law across the country, signifying the start of a new conservative push to overturn Roe v. Wade. In Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill that will ban all abortion, from the moment of conception, with the only exception being for mothe...

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