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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,...

Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter. Graphic by: Rowan Munoz

Series Review: His Dark Materials

Rowan Munoz May 27, 2021

Need something new to binge? Take a look at this staffer's recommendation. Season 2 of His Dark Materials on BBC and HBO is out, continuing the adventures of Lyra Silvertongue, a strong willed teenager...

Infographic style images, such as the one above, have been used on social media to spread awareness about Asian  hate. The hashtag #StopAsianHate has over 460K tags on Instagram alone. Graphic by: Sophia Nacu

How social media advocates for Asian lives

Avery Cameron and Sophia Nacu May 27, 2021

Asians have been a target of hate crimes recently, how do we advocate for change? Anti-Asian hate crimes are not a new phenomenon, they’ve been happening  for centuries. Early documented acts of racism...

Currently, Ventura County is in the orange tier. We have made a huge improvement and many establishments are able to open indoors and in-person. Infographic by: Elise Sisk

Newsom lifts California stay at home order

Elise Sisk May 7, 2021

Was it really the best choice? On Tue. April 6th, Ventura County entered the coveted Orange Tier. This means a lot of businesses are able to reopen with indoor capacity. More people are getting vaccinated...

Opinion: Volume I: The modern issue with beauty

Riley Ramirez and Peyton Redmond March 19, 2021

(Trigger Warning): A preview to the relations between social media, ED’s and self-esteem. Being a teenager in today’s world is being overwhelmed with the media and being harmfully influenced due to...

Let Ventura play is a movement created by the athletic students of Ventura. Graphic by: Greta Pankratz

Let Ventura Play: For and Against

Let ventura play... seriously let us play (For: by Savanna Nustad-Franzen) A movement started by students at Ventura High School, “Let Ventura Play” is a movement much needed and the voices should...

When in the purple-tier, many shops considered non-essential were asked to close up shop. This includes hair, nail and tanning salons. Photo by: Jocelyn Wood

Opinion: Masked up and actin’ up

Jocelyn Wood February 1, 2021

Ventura County’s shutdowns have been an interesting experience for all. March 15, 2020 will be a day many will never forget due to it being Ventura County's first shutdown. During that time, people...

This map depicts the many town areas in the city of Guadalajara. According to the World Population Review about 5,179,479 people inhabit Guadalajara. Photo by: Alexis Mendoza

Opinion: Is Mexico in your travel plans?

Alexis Mendoza January 28, 2021

If not, it should be. Ever since quarantine began, many students have wondered when they would have the chance to travel again. During these hard times, COVID-19 rates have skyrocketed to record numbers...

The New York Times cited that in addition to a lack of Latino actors, there is a lack of Latino executives, producers, and directors as well. Photo by: Peyton Redmond

Opinion: Let’s talk about Latino (mis)representation

Anna Guerra December 7, 2020

Despite being avid media consumers, Latinos have and continue to be historically underrepresented and misportrayed in film and TV.  As activism, equality and inclusivity continue to grow in our society,...

Why does one religion's text get more representation than others? Having bibles in hotel rooms isn't fair to everyone else. Photo by: Livia Vertucci

Opinion: Should we separate church and hotel?

December 7, 2020

BYOB (Bring your own Bible).  Religion has been around for thousands of years. With thousands of different faiths and beliefs, why is it that only one religious text is provided in hotels? Over the break,...

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), about 19.9 million students were enrolled at U.S. colleges during the fall of 2019. Photo by Alexis Mendoza

Opinion: What lies in store for your future profession?

Alexis Mendoza December 7, 2020

Ventura High seniors speak about their future professions.       Many students at Ventura High are quickly approaching their final school years, leaving some with questions about their future. “Will...

Don't throw away old Disney CDs because someday your crazy friend will need a photo of them. Photo by: Lily Carnagie

Are the originals really better?

Livia Vertucci November 20, 2020

The OG movies hold a special place in our hearts, do the remakes measure up? From Disney to Touchstone, there have been movie failures and masterpieces. Sure, we've all been disappointed after watching...

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