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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

Various anti-removal protestors decorated the fence in support of Serra. I wish there was more awareness of how important of a role the Native Americans had in creating this community and this country, stated junior Carmen Ibarra. Photo by: Anna Guerra

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...

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 by Greta Pankratz, Caroline Marsden, and Alina Calamia.

Senior, Brian Rea playing defense and juggling the ball away from Carpinteria. Head coach, Claudio Lonardo, commented, We’ve been working on new formations and we have a lot of new players so its going to take some time for them to understand. Photo by: Charlotte DOrsi

Cougars conquer Carpinteria

Charlotte D'Orsi December 16, 2019

Varsity boys soccer earns their second victory of the season "Just slow it down and keep it simple,” head coach Claudio Lonardo explained to the Ventura High School varsity boys soccer team after the...

All bark, no bite

All bark, no bite

Caroline Marsden and Greta Pankratz October 28, 2019

Ventura High School’s varsity football team wins its 10th consecutive rivalry game against Buena On the warm, breezy evening of Friday, Oct. 25, the Larrabee Stadium was filled with hundreds of fans,...

From left to right, seniors Kambria Haughton, Senna Togneri, Tatum Schmidt, Megan Ditlof and Samantha Henley styled heels or boots with a range of colored short skin tight dresses. Photo from Megan Ditlof

Hoco outfits take a new turn

Julia Davies and Logan Wilkov October 25, 2019

Short tight dresses and a collared shirt with a tie seems to be the norm for most students attire for homecoming, but some students decided to step out of the regular style this year and dress outside...

VHS students climb their way to the top at Boulderdash

VHS students climb their way to the top at Boulderdash

Saida Delgadillo and Tanya Turchyn May 29, 2019

Indoor rock climbing arena “Boulderdash” becomes a new fad in Ventura and VHS students are latching on. Ventura’s newest rock climbing arena--Boulderdash--has faced a blowup of popularity and has...

Protesters stand at the entrance to the County Fairgrounds. The website for NeverAgainCA – the Ventura chapter of which organized the protest – can be reached at Photo by: Micah Wilcox

Protesters, gun show attendees spend Saturday at the fairgrounds

Micah Wilcox May 6, 2019

Venturans attended the Crossroads of the West gun show at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 4. Venturans opposed to holding gun shows on public property – the fairgrounds are state-owned...

Senior Leti Gutierrez and junior Eli Zarate outside the Museum of Ventura County on Wednesday, May 1. “[CAUSE is] really local here on the Avenue,” Zarate said. “It’s just an organization to get involved in the community and you gain lots of leadership skills and it’s community service.” Photo by: Micah Wilcox

Venturans march for a CAUSE on May Day

Micah Wilcox May 6, 2019

Members of CAUSE, or Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, marched down Ventura Avenue to the Museum of Ventura County on Main Street to commemorate International Labor Day on May 1. “Today...

Featured Image for Justice For All 2019 Video.

Venturans march at 2019 Justice For All march

Micah Wilcox January 22, 2019

Photo by: Trevor Koontz. Photo cropped to serve as featured image. The text cut read, Ventura highs very own.

VHS teacher on leave after arrest for alleged sexual battery

Miles Bennett January 6, 2019

On Dec. 30, Ventura High School German teacher David Reich was arrested for alleged sexual harassment of a 22-year-old employee at Industry Horror, a clothing store in Downtown Ventura. Reich is on administrative...

Lindsey Froelich, Jessie Sandi, Giselle Gallegos, and Mr. DeClerck. NASAG Club is held on Wednesdays in DeClercks classroom.

The Borderline shooting memorial

Gavin Cross December 9, 2018

The recent shooting on Nov. 7, 2018, at the popular Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks has affected many people around the community for various reasons. The one thing we do know is that the...

Senior Shira Zaid lost her home in the Thomas Fire. Zaid said, I am grateful that my community eagerly reached out with support. Photo from: Shira Zaid

One year later: students, community reflect on Thomas Fire

Micah Wilcox December 7, 2018

“It’s dizzying seeing how far [my family has] come,” said senior Omar Al-Bawab. “I’m a very different person now then [on] the day of the fire.” One year after the Thomas Fire, Ventura continues...

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