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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.


    Butter and Fold: The perfect place to satisfy your pastry cravings this fall

  • 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.


    Recap: Girls’ golf takes Bishop Diego 249-303

  • 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.

    Cross Country

    Cross country starts off strong at first league meet of the 2023 season

  • With beloved melodies and nostalgic anthems dating back over a decade, fans and general audience members alike enjoy singing along to her award-winning album, Fearless, from 2008.


    The Eras Tour: an adventure spanning 17 years of music 

  • 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.

    Boys' Water Polo

    Recap: Boys’ water polo bested by Malibu

  • Students of Foothill Tech try to make button pins of their own design at Back to School Night. This college and career class provides an opportunity to learn life skills and creativity.


    Foothill Tech welcomes parents and guardians at Back to School Night 2023

  • In the teen show “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” an adaption of the popular Young Adult novel, protagonist Belly Conklin navigates her love life in a triangle between brothers Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher.


    “The Summer I Turned Pretty”: In Defense of the Fisher Boys

  • 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.


    Class of 2024 connects through In-N-Out Burger and festivities

  • 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.

    Girls' Tennis

    Girls’ tennis triumphs over Villanova in first league match

  • 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.


    “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” is victory for gaming

  • The three cakes that were reviewed were Lemon, Pumpkin Spice and Red Velvet all topped with a generous amount of cream cheese frosting.


    A dive into Nothing Bundt Cakes: America’s largest specialty cake company

  • 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.


    Album Anatomy: “GUTS”

  • A sign displayed in the store highlights the unique vendors in the store as well as promoting shopping from local artists.


    Hey! Friends shows Ventura why shopping locally matters

  • Christopher Nolan hits it out of the park once again with his brilliantly done biopic about the man who invented the atom bomb, Oppenheimer.


    “Oppenheimer” is a mind-blowingly impactful film

  • In Laufey’s latest album “Bewitched,” released on Sept. 8, 2023, she brings a jazzy and soothing take on the journey of love. Following the success of her previous album, “Everything I Know About Love,” her sophomore album comprises 14 songs, each bringing their own unique spin that is sure to bewitch the listener. Join writer Lily Toreja as she reviews each song and delves into their individual meanings.


    Album Anatomy: “Bewitched” by Laufey

  • On the eventful evening of Sept. 14, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) Dragons faced off against Cate in their third league match. The matchup was very even and came down to the fifth and final set in which the Dragons were unable to secure the win. After bouncing and hitting the ball to set her rhythm, Malia Gray ‘24 (number 9) goes to serve, as her teammates and her alike hope for the best.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball endures a hard loss against Cate

  • Jackson Basurto ‘24 and Alfred “Mason” Borkowski ‘24 are in full recruitment mode as students pass by their table. The club offered a fun way to engage with other students while doing something they all enjoy.


    Dragons find their connection at Club Rush 2023

  • On the afternoon of Sept. 14, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls golf faced off against La Reina at the Olivas Links Golf Course. Maddie Wicks ‘26 tees it up with hopes of sticking it close to pin and hopefully having a birdie opportunity. Wicks finished hole six with a double bogey and finished the entire course with a 56.

    Girls' Golf

    Foothill Tech defeats La Reina in league match

  • Isabella De La Rosa 24 (number 3) and Charlis Swezy 27 (number 1) block from the net, while Malia Gray 24 (number 9) and Morgan Houston 25 (number 2) stay behind to cover any unexpected plays from the other team.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball spiked on by St. Bonaventure

  • Students hit the ground running as the 2023-2024 school year picks up its pace. With this years You Belong Week taking place Sept. 11-15, 2023, as well as Club Rush on Sept. 15, 2023, Dragons are busy keeping up with all the events.


    FDP-TV: Season 2, Episode 2

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“Avengers: Infinity War” unites heroes in the biggest crossover film yet

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From the world that brought you a superhuman with a patriotic shield, a god of thunder with a powerful hammer, a genius doctor with the power to alter time and an everyday kid with special spider powers comes “Avengers: Infinity War.” It’s a film that ties the heroes together while simultaneously managing to tear them apart. This new addition to the Marvel Universe takes a more dramatic turn, focusing on the development of the relationships between the heroes and the intense character development of the villain, all while still implementing the bits of comedy, action and banter that all fans know and love.

In the action-packed film, original and new Avengers combine to face one of the most powerful villains yet: Thanos. Thanos’ main goal has always been to wipe out half of the universe, and to do so, he needs the power of six different “infinity stones,” each possessing a different power. If Thanos collects all six stones, he becomes the most powerful being in the universe, making him essentially unstoppable. Humans, gods, and the Guardians of the Galaxy alike must come together to stop the greatest villain from causing the greatest trauma ever seen.

With the collision of unlikely heroes, the intense set up leads to one of the most dramatic climaxes and the fluid implementations of humor that every Marvel fan knows and loves. “Avengers: Infinity War” is one of the better Marvel movies to date.

Watching the interactions between heroes that you may not expect to unite—like Thor and Rocket or Dr. Strange and Spider-Man—not only fulfills every Marvel nerds dreams, but provides necessary humor in an intense atmosphere. The film has many action-packed moments, but also develops into the relationships of each character, providing intensity, occasional romance and infinite hilarity. Throughout the film, audience members are on the edge of their seats—laughing, gasping and even crying. It’s a whirlwind of emotions that many seek to experience when watching a film.

Because there is such a large cast and each cast member has such a big personality, there was less character development for the heroes. Instead, the movie focuses on surface-level interactions between the heroes and further developing the character of Thanos. Because this film is the first part to a two-part “Avengers” series, it is important that audience truly gets to know the intensity and power of this villain that 28 heroes struggle to fight. The character development of Thanos is apparent, and when combined with the comedy and intensity of hero interactions, the film is the perfect balance of emotions and focus upon the characters.

The Marvel movies are known to have an all-star cast, and this particular film may have one of the more star-packed casts to date. Some of the most notable performances are Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Steven Strange (from “Dr. Strange”), Chris Pratt as Starlord (from “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Tom Holland as Spider-Man (from “Spider-Man: Homecoming“), Chris Hemsworth as Thor (from numerous “Thor” films) and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man (from “Iron Man” and many other Marvel cameos). An all-star cast cannot function without an all-star crew, rightfully led by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

“Avengers: Infinity War” is smashing box office records and receiving raving reviews from multiple websites and critics. The film earned an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a 9/10 on IMDb, and it earned a record breaking $630 million worldwide upon opening weekend.

Whether you’ve kept up with every movie or have yet to watch a single film from the Marvel Universe, “Avengers: Infinity War” is truly unlike any film that has ever been released. Between the all-star cast, the collision of unlikely heroes, the development of a villainous character and the whirlwind of emotions everyone experiences, the film is one you won’t want to miss.

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