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The Student News Site of Ventura High School

The Cougar Press

The Student News Site of Ventura High School

The Cougar Press

Juniors Chantelle Troutman (left) and Sofia Hallahan (right) representing VHS/American fashion at school. Troutman says, I feel like It couldve been really cool but I feel like a bunch of people didnt actually follow the theme. regarding her opinion on the American Independence theme. Photo by: Belen Hibbler

Opinion: What is there to know about the 2021 Met Gala?

Belen Hibbler October 15, 2021

 Is there more to the Met Gala than an excuse for millionaires to gather and party? This year’s American Independence theme allowed celebrities to express their takes on America. Ever wonder what it’s...

Columbus Place in Oxnard is another reminder of just how much Columbus has been ingrained to our society. Photo by: Brody Daw

Columbus, 1492 what did he really do?

Brody Daw October 14, 2021

An in-depth look at the catastrophic result of Columbus “discovering” America and how it still affects people today Christopher Columbus, presented as a hero in American history, was a tyrant who...

The Power by Naomi Alderman. The book was positively received by critics and readers alike. It won the Baileys Womens Prize for Fiction, as shown here. Photo by: Rowan Munoz

Review of a Book: “The Power”

Rowan Munoz October 14, 2021

 Lover of books? Take a look at a Cougar Press staffer’s review of Naomi Alderman’s critically acclaimed novel. This is a spoiler-free review. What would one do if it’s the present day and young...

Ryan Rackley is a tired student from Preston Billers 2nd period math class. How many hours of sleep do you think she got? Photo by: Sophia Denzler

Law pushes school starting times back

Sophia Denzler October 8, 2021

Did you wake up this morning and wish you had another hour to sleep? Have you ever fallen asleep in school?  If the answer is yes to either, I have good news for you. This is the last school year high...

This data from Statista shows engagement in social media has been steadily increasing since 1977 when it was invented. Graphic by: Olive Kranzler

Opinion: Sleep vs Snapchat

Olive Kranzler October 8, 2021

Teens are historically tired, but is social media affecting their sleep schedule? Many VHS students feel tired. This isn't a new phenomenon, teens have been lacking sleep since the dawn of their existence....

Many BookTok users create various things to celebrate milestones in the community or to express their love for it. The pink was chosen for the background because its a color that is associated with kindness which is what many users say describes the community. Graphic by: Tyler Lopez

TikTok’s BookTok Community

Tyler Lopez October 6, 2021

VHS students share their thoughts on the popular subsection. The rise  of TikTok communities have given TikTok users solace during the pandemic with its various options. It has given people spaces to...

Kadie Karen Diekmeyer, or @thatveganteacher, on TikTok. She describes herself as an animal rights activist and is a former teacher. Photo by: Rowan Munoz

Opinion: That Vegan Teacher’s Swan Song

Rowan Muñoz September 30, 2021

 TikTok’s siren for vegans, homophobes and racists On TikTok’s For You Page, there are a plethora of educational videos swimming about the algorithm, but one channel sticks out from the rest: That...

René Marks, an 11th grade student, is enjoying a Blenders smoothie since slushies are no longer an option at the school snack bar. Photo by: Belen Hibbler

What’s up with Ventura High’s snacks?

Belen Hibbler September 29, 2021

Out with the old and in with the new, Ventura High’s snack bar undergoes changes involving free lunch and a new menu. Where did our pizza go? As we’re well aware of, COVID-19 has affected many aspects...

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

Elise Sisk and Avery Cameron 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...

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