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Opinion: “Click to Cross the Stage” just isn’t the same thing

Opinion: “Click to Cross the Stage” just isn’t the same thing

Charlotte D'Orsi

May 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has robbed seniors across the nation of a true sense of accomplishment.   When VUSD schools were initially closed until April 10, I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited. After committing to a university, I felt unmotivated and lazy, way too exhausted to finish the...

Opinion: Uncut Gems will have you on edge in more ways than one

Opinion: Uncut Gems will have you on edge in more ways than one

Charlotte D'Orsi

February 4, 2020

Adam Sandler’s vulgarity in his new movie is comedic but slightly uncomfortable.   Adam Sandler demonstrates one of his best acting performances yet in the recently released movie “Uncut Gems.” I only say that because most people recognize Sandler for his comedic roles in films such as ...

Opinion: What is the best burrito in Ventura?

Opinion: What is the best burrito in Ventura?

Caroline Marsden, Greta Pankratz, and Alina Calamia

January 22, 2020

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Opinion: Leave the running to runners, not your mouth

(Pictured left to right) Seniors Sammie Prehn, Rita Soriano-Flores, and Julianna Garcia racing hard in their sport, cross country. Photo by: Bill Tokar

Peyton Redmond

January 16, 2020

Think that track and cross country are fake? Take a look in the mirror, poser. I am so sick and tired of hearing all you haters saying that track and cross country aren’t “real” sports. Have you ever done it? Chances are, probably not. You are probably a football or baseball player who uses the ...

‘Tis the season to grab a blanket and watch “The Santa Clause”

‘Tis the season to grab a blanket and watch “The Santa Clause”

Yasmin Myers

December 19, 2019

 Every other Christmas movie is inferior and that’s just facts [dropcap size=small]o[/dropcap]nce Thanksgiving ends, the festive spirit grows, just like the Grinch’s heart did on Christmas day. Holiday lights go up and families that go all out, make a trip to purchase yet another light-up inflata...

Jaquette’s journey through physics

Jaquette's journey through physics

Connor Lynch

December 3, 2019

Students share thoughts about Jaquette’s physics teachings Ventura High School’s physics teacher, Christopher Jaquette, strongly encourages students to wonder about the subject. Jaquette considers physics as a, “fundamental science, and therefore a basis for a lot of other studies.” Jaque...

Prepare students for the future, abandon cursive

 As technology evolves and tying becomes the go-to method of recording thoughts, cursive is decreasing in relevancy. Media by: Yasmin Myers

Yasmin Myers and Riley Ramirez

November 15, 2019

Out with the old, in with the new [dropcap size=small]S[/dropcap]ome teachers may have required cursive in the past, but it is quickly fading away from the handwriting of teen students. Cursive is simply not as important as it once was. A 2011 Cable News Network report noted that, “states don't ...

TikTok is taking over

TikTok is taking over

Shannon David and Jocelyn Lee

October 22, 2019

Students are finding fame on the popular app TikTok TikTok is the popular social media app formerly known as Musical.ly that has found its way into the hands of teens all over the world. This app allows individuals to create short videos of them lip-syncing to popular songs, or any other kind of ...

Monolingualism: the illiteracy of the 21st century

French Teacher, Sebastien DeClerck stands in front of his world map which he uses to educate his students on geography since it is no longer offered at Ventura High School. Photo by: Charlotte D'Orsi

Charlotte D'Orsi

September 23, 2019

In 2009, the United States Census Bureau reported that only 20 percent of Americans speak a second language besides English, that’s 61 million out of 305 million, so, in other words, not a lot of people. You may be wondering: “Why is that?” Well, dear reader, the answer is simple: nativism. Ju...

Editorial: I am Drama and so can you

Editorial: I am Drama and so can you

Sam Coats

June 6, 2019

When students think of the theatre, their minds go to choreography, or singing -- perhaps the overacting that sometimes shows up on high school stages. However, the flamboyance and negative stereotypes surrounding Drama can obscure the plus side: VHS’s program has changed many students’ lives (includi...

Block schedule: beneficial or bust?

“I hate [block schedule]! Because I have to spend two hours in the same boring class and I can’t do anything when I’m done testing,

Jezel Mercado and Tanya Turchyn

June 6, 2019

These past few weeks at Ventura High School, students and staff have been experiencing “block schedule.” Block schedule is when there are fewer periods in the day that are one hour and 45 minutes long instead of the normal one hour class time period. During these weeks, Mondays and Thursdays ...

What the girls of The Cougar Press think about school dances

What the girls of The Cougar Press think about school dances

Trinity Taylor and Saida Delgadillo

June 5, 2019

Trinity Taylor’s side: Imagine this: It’s your freshman year of highschool and you don’t know anybody walking in on your first day. You’re small, scrawny and innocent. Luckily, you managed to make some friends through sports and are clinging to them for dear life. The first school dance is co...

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