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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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    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.

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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.

    Boys' Water Polo

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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.

    Girls' Tennis

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  • 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

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  • 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.


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  • 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

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Humans of Foothill: Aadhya Bavkar

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Inspired by the Humans of New York project, the Foothill Dragon Press photographers aspire to highlight students pursing their passions and interests.
Aadhya Bavkar ’25 who is a part of STEMbassadors, works on a project in the IDEA Center, located on Ventura Ave. It is a STEM nonprofit that helps bring the community access to STEM machines. (VC Star)

“All throughout elementary and middle school, I’ve known that I wanted to pursue a career in STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics.] In middle school, my passion for STEM led me to join a makerspace class, where I first discovered my interest in machining, designing and engineering. From there, I joined a student-led nonprofit organization, known as STEMbassadors, to spread this gift of machining and STEM curriculum to underprivileged schools throughout Ventura County by providing them with access to student-built STEM equipment (such as CNC routers and 3D printers.) Seeing the impact of providing such unique opportunities to young kids really led me to want to join something bigger that appealed to my interests. That’s why I joined robotics; I saw it as an expansion of my passions and therefore a way to learn more about engineering, while also contributing to a competitive team that was unlike anything I’d been a part of before.”

In pursuing her passion of robotics, Bavkar is in Team 4414 Hightide Robotics, which she has been a part of for three years as of 2023. 

“I am one of the lead machinists on the team; basically what I do is I create CAM [computer-aided manufacturing] that is used to [help make] all the parts necessary for robot assembly. Since my team is housed in a manufacturing facility (Sessa Manufacturing,) we have access to industrial grade machines, such as Haas mills and laser cutters. Getting to fully operate such advanced equipment as a high school student is a very unique opportunity that I’m extremely grateful for.

“As a female in a mostly male-dominated field, it is also empowering to see the impact that we are making on the future of STEM. In robotics, you can see that all ideas are valued, regardless of who they’re coming from, and that’s a really special type of equality that I hope will be spread into the workforce.

Each year, Team 4414 Hightide competes in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics, a global competition widely known among robotics students. 

After winning the World Championship in FIRST Robotics held in Houston, Texas, Aadyha Bavkar ’25 gathers with her team, 4414 Hightide Robotics, along with mentors and coaches to capture their massive win. (JD Sessa)

“FIRST Robotics is a worldwide robotics nonprofit that creates opportunities for high school students to learn real-world engineering skills in a competitive environment. Each year, a completely brand new game is released. These games are specifically designed to challenge teams to create unique robotic mechanisms so that the robot can complete certain tasks as quickly as possible. These tasks may include stacking objects, picking up game pieces and sorting them into specific allotments on the field, shooting and scoring objects into goals, climbing and more; each year, the overall theme of the game changes and so do the game’s objectives. Scoring the matches is simple: basically, the team that completes the most tasks will win the most points.

The game is released in January, and after the game kickoff, teams have six weeks to build industrial size robots completely from scratch; this includes designing, manufacturing, assembling and programming the robot. During this time, teams must work around challenging requirements, restrictions and budgets. After [the] six weeks, teams compete at regional events and the winners move onward to a world championship event held in Houston, [Texas] each April.

“In April of [2023] my team competed at the World Championship event in Houston and we won first place! Winning this title made us one of the top three teams in the world, out of more than 3,000 teams from 19 different countries. Winning worlds was absolutely surreal and it’s difficult to put the experience into words, but it felt incredible seeing all our hard work pay off.

“Being a part of robotics has really helped me to work well under pressure and be able to problem-solve on the spot. But beyond the competitive atmosphere, robotics has also made me realize that I can do what I am passionate about while also contributing to a greater cause.”

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