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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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  • A scenario thats unfortunately all too common in modern gaming is a videogame having a less than stellar launch. However, there are times when the developer has the luxury to go back and turn the game into a respectable piece of media, such as No Mans Sky.


    When a videogame redeems itself

  • Also referred to as a red tide or an algae bloom, the brilliant blue waves are caused by phytoplankton that emit blue light when disturbed. In previous years the event has been rare to find, occurring sparsely. Recently, primarily during the summer of 2023, bioluminescent waves could be seen splashing the shores of Ventura County.


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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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  • Throughout the city of Ventura, pollution is washed down to the beaches through rivers and gutters, depositing cups, bags and other various trash onto our beaches and into the oceans.


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  • The charming exterior of Butter and Fold attracts many customers at all hours of business. From the elegant teal and gold color scheme to the waft of freshly baked breads, it’s impossible to simply pass by without taking a peek inside.


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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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  • During F.I.R.E and lunch, members of the Associated Student Body worked hard to prepare an assembly line of delicious In-N-Out for the Class of 2024.


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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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Six best festive films for a cozy Christmas night

Credit: Maya Avelar / The Foothill Dragon Press

As the weather gets cooler and colors change to red and green, everyone starts to long for a cozy night in.  What better time to cuddle up on the couch with warm blankets, hot chocolate and tons of Christmas movies? If you are in the Christmas mood but are not sure what movies to watch, look no further. Here are some unique Christmas films to put you in the holiday spirit.


“Scrooged” is a classic tale remade for modern American cynicism and greed; Bill Murray plays the titular character and brings a new light of entertainment to it. Really just about any 80s movie with Bill Murray in it is set to put you in a good mood. This seasonally spiced film will do just the same.

-Riley Bangs

“Beyond Tomorrow”

“Beyond Tomorrow” wants to know how far the Christmas spirit can reach. A group of old friends wants to extend their holiday to strangers, and after returning a “lost wallet,” James Houston and Jean Lawrence find an unlikely love. But it seems like the miracle can only last so long.

-Riley Bangs

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” made in 1964 is the perfect film for your viewing pleasure this Christmas season. The film is about a reindeer that is just trying to fit in and along the the way he makes many friendships with other “misfits.” It’s fun, it’s short and it’s a great family film. This movie is a classic that is memorable and entertaining. Since it is brief and it was originally a television special, it can be viewed on television channels which makes it easily viewable.

-Emma Yakel

“Jingle All the Way”

“Jingle All the Way” tells the story of a man trying to reconcile with his family and while doing so he runs into trouble with Santas, action figures and a mailman. It is a hilarious film that contains many one liners for your enjoyment. It’s not a classic but it sure is one that you won’t want to miss. This fun film takes you on a crazy adventure that will make everyone happy.

-Emma Yakel

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

Everybody loves Christmas traditions. Decorating the house with Christmas lights, putting up the christmas tree, carving the Christmas turkey and even getting a Christmas bonus makes everyone’s days a little bit merrier. However, sometimes the beautiful image one has painted in their head does not quite come to life how they want it to. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” highlights the chaos of the Christmas season. Clark Griswold wants to give his family the perfect Christmas, but when his crazy relatives arrive, everything seems to go awry. Rather than being the classic Christmas film, this one puts some relatability and reality into the typical tales. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” combines hilarious disaster with festive fun, making it a great movie to watch no matter what sort of spirited mood you’re in.

-Julia Fickenscher

“Arthur Christmas”

One of the beauties of Christmas is the excitement you get as a child knowing that Santa will visit your house in the middle of the night and drop presents off for you to open when you wake up. However, as you grow older, you typically begin to wonder how such a big task is possible. “Arthur Christmas” does an impeccable job of describing how the whole operation goes down.  Every night on Christmas Eve, Santa and his elves are extremely hard at work. The operation is completely perfectly executed each year; that is, until Santa forgets to make a stop at one child’s home. Santa’s son, Arthur, refuses to give up on the kid, and is determined to get the present to them on time. Rather than using the modern technology utilized by the elves and Santa for years, he decides to embark on his journey the old fashioned way: just a red suit, reindeer and a sleigh. “Arthur Christmas” defines an imagination gone wild, putting tons of fun into the sweet Christmas tradition celebrated by children worldwide.

-Julia Fickenscher


Image credit, from left to right, top to bottom: Paramount Pictures, Academy Productions, National Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures

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