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  • In the morning of Sept. 23, 2023, members of the Ventura  County Community gathered together at the Collection in Oxnard, Calif. to celebrate and support those with Alzheimers and other dementia. Hosted by the Alzheimers Association, the Walk to End Alzheimers event was a huge success raising over $107,000 towards ending Alzheimers, along with connecting the community.


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  • An enormous, eye-catching paper mache octopus is situated at the start of the ArtWalk exhibition on Main St., Ventura, greeting attendees as they enter the event. Inspired by Ventura’s natural environment, this work of art highlights the abundance of sea creatures that call our oceans home.


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  • As students start to settle into the new school year, exciting activities planned in the quad help keep the morale high. Foothill Techs sports teams have started to pick up speed and students are now settling into their classes.


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  • On Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) Girls Volleyball took a devastating loss of 3-1 in a league game against Bishop Diego High School. Students, Addi Fallon 25, Zac Crist 24 and Petra Falcocchia 24, show their support with colorful face paint. Many students also dressed to the theme of the game, which was cowboys and cowgirls.

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  • At the Olivas Links Golf Course, on Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls golf team faced off in a league match against Bishop Diego. The Dragons played well and won the match with an overall score of 249-303. Pictured above, Maddie Wicks 26 concentrates as she putts her ball toward the pin, finishing hole five with three over par.

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  • On Sept. 22, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) competed in their first Tri-County Athletic (TCAA) league meet. Foothill Tech races with five girls on varsity, including Danika Swanson-Rico 25, Bennett Rodman 26, Kalea Eggertsen 26, Emma Anderson 26 and Isabella Efner 25. They warm-up on the start line, exchanging words of encouragement and waiting for the queue to begin the race.

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  • On Sept. 21, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) boys water polo hosted a home game against their opponent Malibu High School (Malibu). With lots of splashing, Ethan Ortiz 24 attempts to find an open teammate to give Foothill Tech an advantage to win their league match.

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  • On the sunny afternoon of Sept. 19, 2023 girls tennis played against the Villanova Preparatory (Villanova) School Wildcats. The tennis team huddles together and chants in a pregame ritual before beginning their matches.

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  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed and beloved video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Announced in 2019 by Nintendo at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Tears of the Kingdom was released on May 12, 2023 after nearly four years of waiting. Since its release, the game has been met with widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike. The game directly follows the events of its predecessor, building upon them and expanding an already immense world. Writer Kelly Quinn shares his thoughts.


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  • Comprising of 12 songs, Olivia Rodrigos new album GUTS is her second studio album and was released on Sept. 8, 2023. Rodrigos first studio album, SOUR, released in 2021, was critically acclaimed and beloved by fans, making her second album long anticipated. Writer Isheeta Pal takes on the task of listening to GUTS and reviewing it, delving into its key themes and messaging.


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Love bites: A quick and easy Valentine’s Day meal

Credit: Julia Fickenscher / The Foothill Dragon Press

Valentine’s Day is a day to spend time with the people you love, whether that be with a significant other, your friends or your family.  Most people want to go out and celebrate the season of romance, but Valentine’s Day can quickly become a pricy event. It is surprisingly easy to create a romantic or fun atmosphere at home with a fancy meal that is much cheaper and more intimate than going out. If you want to impress your loved one and those you love, try out this easy three-course Valentine’s Day meal.

Credit: Julia Fickenscher / The Foothill Dragon Press.
Credit: Julia Fickenscher / The Foothill Dragon Press.


Appetizer: Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie

Baked Bries are one of the most elegant and easy desserts. You take a round of cheese, melt it in the oven, add some toppings, grab some crackers and get to dipping. How easy is that?


  • 1 round of Brie cheese
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans


Preheat the oven to 350℉. Slice the rind off the top of the Brie, then place in an oven-proof ramekin or bowl. Add one tablespoon of brown sugar and bake for 12 minutes, or until the cheese is gooey and the sugar has melted.

While waiting for the Brie to bake, make the cranberry pecan topping. In a small saucepan on medium heat, add the honey, maple syrup and remaining brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until “frothy” and thickened, about 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and add in cranberries and pecans.

Top the Brie with the topping, add crackers and enjoy.



Credit: Julia Fickenscher / The Foothill Dragon Press.
Credit: Julia Fickenscher / The Foothill Dragon Press.



Main Dish: Homemade Heart-Shaped Pesto Pizza

Heart shaped pizzas are easy to make, yet add a perfect, romantic touch to a year-round tasty dish. Pesto is a unique sauce for pizza, and makes it seem much fancier than the simple red-sauce pepperoni concoction. Again, a really simple dish that looks complicated but takes little effort!


  • 1 package of pre-made pizza dough (Trader Joe’s works best)
  • ⅓ cup pesto sauce
  • 3.5 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • ⅛ cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 3 ounces pre-cooked chicken pieces


Preheat the oven to 475℉. Spread your pizza dough on a nonstick pan and shape into a heart, patting down the center to make a more enhanced crust. Add pesto and distribute evenly. Scatter the cheese, chicken and sundried tomatoes, and arrange to your liking. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until crust is crispy and cheese is melted. Slice into pieces however you’d like, and enjoy!





Dessert: No-Bake Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Cups

While this takes a bit more time, the perfect flavor and delicious result is well worth it. The fresh strawberries and tangy cheesecake blend perfectly with the buttery crust, making it a sweet way to finish off the night.


Credit: Julia Fickenscher / The Foothill Dragon Press.
Credit: Julia Fickenscher / The Foothill Dragon Press.

For the crust:

  • 1 cup graham crackers
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter

For the filling:

  • 1 pound cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • a few drops of lemon juice

For the strawberry topping:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup honey


Line a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners. In a food processor, combine graham crackers and sugar, and pulse until crumbled. Slowly add in butter until the crumbs stick together when squeezed in the palm of your hand. Press an even amount of the mixture into the cupcake cases and press down firmly until compact.  

In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar and whip until fluffy. Add whipping cream, vanilla bean paste and lemon juice and mix until well combined. Using a cookie scoop or two spoons, place and even amount of filling on top of each crust piece and smooth out with a knife. Place into the fridge to set.

While the cheesecakes are setting, make the strawberry topping. In a small saucepan, combine strawberries and honey over medium heat. Let the mixture come to a boil, mashing the strawberries with a rubber spatula along the way. Once the “sauce” is at your desired consistency (smooth but with a few strawberry lumps still intact), spoon desired amount over each cheesecake. Place back into the fridge to chill for one to two hours (or until chilled and set). Peel away liner and enjoy.


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