75th Anniversary of The Cougar Press
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75th Anniversary of The Cougar Press
String Orchestra Honors II performs 10th Sinfonia and Overture to the Hebrides Suite. Photo by: Andi Kish

Ventura High School receives unanimous gold ratings at Rancho Campana Music Festival

Wind Ensemble I, Wind Ensemble II Honors and String Orchestra II Honors all received the highest rating On March 9, VHS’ Wind Ensemble I and Wind Ensemble II Honors attended the Rancho Campana Music...

The Garden drummer Wyatt Fletches is depicted in this illustration. Illustration by: Brianna Ramirez

Opinion: Is the new The Garden album “HORSES**T ON ROUTE 66” a hit or miss?

How do VHS students feel about The Garden’s new album? The Garden is a musical duo that has been making music since 2011, consistently having a unique style and spin on their music. The Garden consists...

The debate regarding whether Spotify or Apple Music is better is a discussion that many students cant help but talk about. Graphic by: Ella Duncan

Opinion: Spotify vs. Apple Music which is really better

Ella Duncan February 24, 2023

Spotify and Apple Music are the two most popular music streaming platforms but which ones best is finally up for debate Music is a necessity for teenagers of this generation. As of November 2022, 82 percent...

SZAs SOS cover was inspired by Princess Dianas famous paparazzi photo of her on a yacht diving board in 1992 while in India. Graphic by: Sophia Denzler

Music review: SZA has returned with breakthrough album “SOS”

Sophia Denzler February 1, 2023

 Five years since her last album, SZA has delivered “SOS” to her fans  On Dec. 11, R&B singer SZA came out with a 23-track-long album “SOS,” featuring artists Don Toliver, Phoebe Bridgers,...

Ventura High School Music Director Paul Hunt said, Sometimes [musicians] dont make [California all-state] in their freshman year, because theres a lot of people. If its high school, then the people who are seniors have been playing so much longer. We see more of the older students getting in because theyve had more years of practice. Photo by: Paul Hunt

13 VHS students named California all-state musicians

Alejandro Hernandez January 24, 2023

VHS Music Department has more all-state musicians than ever before 13 VHS student musicians, including band, jazz and orchestra musicians, won the California all-state distinction, announced in early...

Bennett Torgerson ‘23 said, “Reid Kemble [center] is definitely the hottest person in the band.” Photo by: Ella Montano

Student band Loop 83 performs at Topa Topa

Jane Armstrong, Ella Montano, and Sophia Nacu December 20, 2022

The high school band plays their second live performance at the premiere of the surf and skate movie “Strangeways”   On Nov. 18, at the Topa Topa Brewing Company on 104 E Thompson Blvd., an...

Graphic by: Samantha Castaneda

Winter playlist

Samantha Castañeda December 11, 2022


Four musical groups performed at the Honors Winter Concert, two being from middle schools and two from Ventura High School. Photo by: Adi De Clerck

Middle school and VHS musical groups perform at the Honors Winter Concert

The first concert out of three in the VHS Music Winter Concert Series The Ventura High School Honors Winter Concert occurred between 7 and 8:37 p.m. Dec. 1 in the VHS Auditorium. The concert was the first...

The album cover of Her Loss is Qui Yasuka, who is better known as Suki Baby on social media. She is seen with colorful eyelashes and jewelry in her mouth. Cal Harrison 24 said, This album cover is so bad. It could have been so much more aesthetically pleasing. Graphic by: Lourdes Almalab

Music review: “Her Loss” deserves better

Lourdes Almalab November 15, 2022

Opinions on the “Her Loss” album On Nov. 4, Drake and 21 Savage released an iconic collaborative album consisting of 16 songs that each average around four minutes.  “Her Loss” is set in a trilogy...

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