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Bill Huffman helping students reach for better health, fitness

Bill Huffman helping students reach for better health, fitness

Ema Dorsey

January 10, 2013


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There’s Mavericks physical education., P.E. at the YMCA, independent study P.E., sports, and the feared seventh period P.E. with mathematics teacher Bill Huffman. Many students, when asked, will spill the rumored horrors of the class. “A lot of the students who’ve never participated in it jus...

Richardson, Canosa not held back by visual impairments

Richardson, Canosa not held back by visual impairments

Kienna Kulzer

December 14, 2012


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Brittany Richardson navigates through the crowded school hallway using just a cane and her hearing to guide her. Being legally blind, she can only distinguish shapes and colors, not details. She has to rely on her other senses. Though there are many difficulties -- sometimes others don’t move out of...

2012: A year of contemporary, unique technology

2012: A year of contemporary, unique technology

Ema Dorsey

December 7, 2012


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One invention this year was the Makerbot Replicator 2, an upgrade from the 3-D printer Makerbot Replicator. With this printer, a person can download or create a design and print it from ultra-thin plastic layers. Freshman Keaton Dadigan was intrigued when he heard about this invention. “I’m surprised that th...

Students pursue passion for athletics in Foothill’s ISPE program

Maddie Kirkegaard

December 6, 2012


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From boxing to figure skating, students in Foothill's ISPE program participate in a wide variety of activities more unconventional than the average high school student. Many students at Foothill participate in sports at Ventura or Buena High School, but the students enrolled in Foothill’s Independent S...

Jobs are becoming less of a priority for many teens

Jobs are becoming less of a priority for many teens

Ema Dorsey

December 3, 2012


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Whether it's paper delivering or working part-time in a fast food restaurant, employment among young people has been very popular in the past. However, today most teens, including Foothill students, are more focused on academics and extra curriculars than making extra money. Senior Jaime Vande...

Passion for music pursued by many at Foothill

Passion for music pursued by many at Foothill

Ana Bello

November 20, 2012


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Whether it’s playing the violin, being in marching band, or screaming in a heavy metal group, music is a passion for many students at Foothill. Junior Tara Yanez pursues her love for music by playing the piano, dabbling in guitar and even writing some of her own music. She said she most enj...

Migrant Education Program Student of the Year: Angel Martinez

Migrant Education Program Student of the Year: Angel Martinez

Maddie Kirkegaard

November 20, 2012


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According to English and Speech/Debate teacher Jennifer Kindred, Angel Martinez’s, “hard work and eagerness to learn,” make him a successful student in the challenging times of high school. Martinez is a junior at Foothill and is a part of the Ventura Unified School District Migrant Education Pr...

Foothill twins, triplets enjoy having siblings at school

Foothill twins, triplets enjoy having siblings at school

Ema Dorsey

November 14, 2012


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People say that they can read each other's minds and feel each other's pain. Though they can’t say they have twin telepathy, twins and triplets at Foothill say there are still plenty of perks. And just because they were born on the same day, it doesn’t mean they have completely the same tastes. ...

Project Understanding Food Pantry understocked, encountering food shortage

Project Understanding Food Pantry understocked, encountering food shortage

Veronica Mellring

November 6, 2012


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A meager amount of canned foods and non-perishable goods sit on almost empty shelves at the Food Pantry at Project Understanding, waiting to be distributed to Ventura homeless. The volunteer organization passes out food to the homeless three days a week from 9 a.m. to noon.    The Food Pantry acquires its food from either F...

Increasing technology brings about distracted students

Increasing technology brings about distracted students

Maddie Kirkegaard

November 5, 2012


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All day, students are faced with the constant distractions of technology. Whether it’s texting a friend or posting a status on Facebook, students are often torn away from their schoolwork by the many diversions of their digital lives.   “It’s becoming a 21st century skill to unplug,” Education in the Digital Age teacher Kristen Pelfrey said.   W...

Why is his nickname “Birdman?”

Why is his nickname “Birdman?”

Ema Dorsey

November 1, 2012


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Foothill junior Nick Alexander’s nickname is “Birdman.” How did he obtain such a quirky nickname from ‘Nick’? “I was sitting in Biology freshman year,” Alexander said, “and somebody asked me, ‘Do you have a bird?’ and I said no. He asked, ‘Do you like birds?’ And I said no, a...

Recent significant decline seen in teen drivers

Recent significant decline seen in teen drivers

Ema Dorsey

October 30, 2012


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Today, teens are waiting to obtain their drivers license, unlike the teens of the previous generation who hustled to Drivers Ed class when they reached the appropriate age. It is said that this generation is maturing faster, but if that saying is indeed true, why are teenagers waiting to ea...

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