The Foothill Dragon Press

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...

Tara Yanez to leave for medical mission trip in Sierra Leone

Tara Yanez to leave for medical mission trip in Sierra Leone

Veronica Mellring

October 19, 2012


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Thirty hours of travel by plane and bus lie ahead for junior Tara Yanez as she prepares for a medical mission trip to Sierra Leone on October 20. Yanez will be helping out for a week at a medical clinic (sponsored by Ventura Community Presbyterian Church) in Bo, a large, populated city located in ...

Fall Break: Are you doing what they’re doing?

Fall Break: Are you doing what they’re doing?

Stevi Pell

October 19, 2012


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Foothill students celebrated this afternoon as they left school to start Fall Break, one week off of school. We asked some of them what their plans are for the week ahead. Vacation plans:     Mallory Woertink, senior: “I’m going to be applying for colleges and going with my grandparents to Pis...

Local 4-H club members ‘trick or treat’ for food drive

Local 4-H club members ‘trick or treat’ for food drive

Veronica Mellring

October 18, 2012


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Children and teens walk from door to door, ringing the doorbell and waiting in eager anticipation, but it’s not candy that they’re asking for. Youth members of the local Ventura Loma Vista 4-H Club are participating in Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat (TOTSOCE), a food drive that collects can...

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