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5 workouts to prepare you for a soccer kick-off

5 workouts to prepare you for a soccer kick-off

Justin Redemann

May 1, 2013


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Want a workout that’s out of the ordinary? Dreading the usual 30 minute run? If so, soccer may be the ideal workout for you. Soccer is a great sport that requires minimal equipment. In fact, if you are just playing for fun, all you need is a ball. Soccer can be a great workout because you a...

Going gluten-free? Embrace the challenge with Natalie Waechter

Going gluten-free? Embrace the challenge with Natalie Waechter

Veronica Mellring

April 23, 2013


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Carbivores, bread lovers, and wheat eaters: don’t fear! Sacrificing all wheat, rye, and grain products isn’t the end, nor is it completely necessary to successfully maintain a gluten-free diet. Gluten, a protein often found in grains (barley, wheat, etc.), can lead to indigestion and infl...

Fast, healthy lunches from Fresh & Easy

Fast, healthy lunches from Fresh & Easy

Maddie Kirkegaard

April 23, 2013


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Less than a block away from Foothill, Fresh & Easy is a convenient destination if you are looking for a quick meal at lunchtime or after school. With fresh options and healthy snacks, Fresh & Easy has everything you need to get through the day feeling satisfied and energized. Try some of th...

Speech and debate: Hard work and shenanigans

Speech and debate: Hard work and shenanigans

Kienna Kulzer

April 22, 2013


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In a club where the secretary has to make pies, the vice president can overthrow the president, and "quote recorder" is a position, it may seem like it would be difficult to get anything done. The speech and debate team, however, manages to defy this assumption again and again. This year w...

Dorothy Boswell provides students with disabilities opportunities to succeed

Dorothy Boswell provides students with disabilities opportunities to succeed

Ana Bello

April 17, 2013


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Facing adolescent changes and adversity is difficult enough for teenagers to handle, but the task becomes significantly more difficult if that teenager has a physical or mental disability. Dorothy Boswell School, Foothill's neighboring school that sits on the corner of Day and Loma Vista, provides students living with physical and mental...

“A competition to the death.” How eating disorders are affecting teens

“A competition to the death.” How eating disorders are affecting teens

Veronica Mellring

April 11, 2013


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Every day when she was in eighth grade, senior Amanda Torres would play what she calls the “I hate myself” game while her teacher went over the daily class agenda. “I would list from head to toe every different part of me that I disliked,” Torres said. “So to say that I was sad and h...

Foreign exchange student Jana Meyer learns about life in California

Foreign exchange student Jana Meyer learns about life in California

Maddie Kirkegaard

April 9, 2013


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Jana Meyer hasn’t had trouble adjusting to life in Ventura, which is impressive considering she isn’t exactly a local. Meyer is an exchange student from Stelle, Germany and has been getting to know what its like to be a high school student at Foothill for the past three weeks. “It has been better than I expected. The weather was good, the people ...

Tompkins to compete, perform in music group The Blue Devils

Tompkins to compete, perform in music group The Blue Devils

Kienna Kulzer

April 8, 2013


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Tone, intonation, rhythm, form, and hours of practice - learning to play a single musical instrument is no simple or easy task; senior Alex Tompkins can play eight. His musical path first began in elementary school with a couple years of piano lessons, but music truly became a passion when he joined h...

Elizalde pursues her passion through community service

Elizalde pursues her passion through community service

Ana Bello

March 27, 2013


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Tutoring children, helping out in the hospital, and taking care of animals are all ways a student can reach out to their community and fulfill their 75 hours of service requirement. Senior Erika Elizalde will finish the year not in the least bit worried of failing to fulfill her community service requireme...

“I knew it wasn’t right.” Breaking the silence after sexual abuse

“I knew it wasn’t right.” Breaking the silence after sexual abuse

Ema Dorsey

March 15, 2013


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She was sexually abused by a family member for four years, beginning when she was just seven years old. “I knew it wasn't right. You get the gut feeling that this shouldn't be happening, but I was confused at the same time. It was just weird to me, and I remember being scared; I wasn't able to...

Celebrity role models affect teens’ body image, self-esteem

Celebrity role models affect teens’ body image, self-esteem

Ana Bello

March 11, 2013


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The options for role models are countless in a society saturated with the influences of celebrities, models, and athletes. Students gravitate towards several different role models, valuing different characteristics they obtain. For Junior Michelle Sanchez, celebrities form an ideal for what people h...

BioScience Academy provides opportunities for future doctors and scientists

BioScience Academy provides opportunities for future doctors and scientists

Ema Dorsey

February 27, 2013


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While most young people decide their major during their sophomore year of college, senior Natalie Waechter knows exactly what she will be majoring in. She also knows which college she will be going to. “[During my freshman year] I wanted more opportunities in sciences,” she said. “ I wanted t...

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