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Depression affects large percentage of teens, often overlooked

Depression affects large percentage of teens, often overlooked

Ema Dorsey

January 22, 2013


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Emilia Covault has been suffering from depression since she was eight years old. Covault, now a senior, said her illness became particularly worse during her junior year due to the onslaught of academic stress. “I got tired a lot; I slept a lot,” she said. “And I know this sounds weir...

Increased number of AP students means higher stress level

Increased number of AP students means higher stress level

Maddie Kirkegaard

January 22, 2013


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Throughout Foothill's halls, there is the constant buzz of students worrying about homework. Late nights and stress are an inevitable part of being a high school student, but students are often overwhelmed by their workload. Despite common belief, the homework load for high school students hasn’t in...

Student of the week: Josh Ward

Student of the week: Josh Ward

Ana Bello

January 18, 2013


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In a recent Facebook status, junior Josh Ward described a walk which began with a stroll through a drizzling rain contemplating Ralph Waldo Emerson until he was interrupted by the sight of a dead cat in the road and thought to himself, “like the dead cat, I should have stayed indoors.” Alo...

More colleges googling prospective students

More colleges googling prospective students

Kienna Kulzer

January 17, 2013


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All throughout high school, students are taught the “formula” for getting into their dream school: good grades, challenging classes, extracurriculars, community service, stellar essays and test scores. But another less-advertised factor is starting to play more of a role: a student’s digital footprint. In recent years, many schoo...

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. ...

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