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The yearbook page with categories for 'Best Dancer' (top) and 'Most Likely to be a TV Star' (bottom) contained stickers covering the original superlatives. Photo by: Anna Guerra

VHS yearbook superlatives receive backlash

June 8, 2021

Senior superlatives are a tradition within yearbooks, but did they take it too far? With the 2020-21 school year coming to its close, Ventura High School yearbooks started being distributed. However,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Serra will be “serra-brated” no longer

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...

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

The Cougars are back and ready to attack

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...

(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

Will the shoe fit?

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...

Photo Story: Worst Holiday Gift

Anna Guerra and Katie Medina December 19, 2019

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