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Strawberry-themed Renaissance rally leaves campus on a sweet note

Strawberry-themed Renaissance rally leaves campus on a sweet note

Noelle Hayward, Reporter

March 25, 2019

Surrounded with balloons, food, music, games and jolly jumpers embracing the sunny flair of spring’s Strawberry Festival, Foothill Renaissance students spent their extended lunch participating in all the diverse activities offered in this year’s spring Renaissance Rally. This annual event was chiefly...

News Brief: AVID applications open for the 2019-20 school year

News Brief: AVID applications open for the 2019-20 school year

Jill Vallance, Reporter

March 18, 2019

Foothill’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program has begun its application process for the 2019-2020 school year. The application will come due on April 10 for current Foothill students; for incoming freshmen, the application window will close on March 22. Incoming students can contact...

District CTE Greg Bayless invited to QSA meeting, hears student concerns

District CTE Greg Bayless invited to QSA meeting, hears student concerns

Jonathan Soriano, Writer

March 15, 2019

In the shadow of Foothill’s first-ever Pride Week, Ventura Unified School District Career and Technical Education Director Greg Bayless attended a Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) meeting during lunch on Thursday, March 14. President Hannah Yale ‘20 requested him to attend, with the purpose of elucidating...

Foothill staff completes first-ever AED, CPR training

Foothill staff completes first-ever AED, CPR training

Naomi Schmitt, Illustrator

March 13, 2019

Following the weekly staff meeting, Foothill faculty was shuffled into Spirito Hall, where Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training mannequinns laid lifeless, set to give a critical lesson in ensuring students safety on campus. Mon., March 11 was the first time that Foothill staff had a CPR traini...

Hickerson, Donnelly elected as next year’s ASB President, Vice President

Hickerson, Donnelly elected as next year’s ASB President, Vice President

Noelle Hayward, Reporter

March 11, 2019

On Monday, March 11, the Associated Student Body (ASB) President and Vice President for the 2019-20 school year were announced. Following a first round of elections on Friday, March 8, the winner between the two vice presidential candidates was undecided because of a tie outcome. Hayden Hickerson ...

Seniors get ready to fly through second semester at the annual SOAR

Seniors get ready to fly through second semester at the annual SOAR

Emma Yakel, A&E Editor

February 22, 2019

While all non-seniors went to their fourth period classes, the soon-to-be-graduated class of 2019 chattered with excitement as they flooded into Spirito Hall for the annual Seniors Only Academic Rally (SOAR). During this rally, seniors celebrate the achievements of their peers and get ready to face the remainder o...

Foothill’s academies provide a breadth of fields for students to immerse in

Foothill’s academies provide a breadth of fields for students to immerse in

Jill Vallance and Noelle Hayward

February 17, 2019

Primarily during their freshman year, students at Foothill are given annual opportunities to join various programs that align with their academic or career interests. Academies promote a hands-on, student-driven experience that gets students more involved in their school and their fields of interest. C...

Foothill’s February blood drive collects units of blood in numbers not seen since 2006

Foothill’s February blood drive collects units of blood in numbers not seen since 2006

Mason King, News Writer

February 13, 2019

Foothill’s most recent blood drive, run by the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) and the Bioscience Leadership Team, has collected a total of 61 units of blood—a number not seen since 2006. Vitalant, the company that collects the blood, provides it to local hospitals, such as Community Memorial Hospital and V...

BREAKING NEWS: Executive summary of Foothill Pride Week investigation released

BREAKING NEWS: Executive summary of Foothill Pride Week investigation released

Anna Lapteva, News Editor

February 13, 2019

In the aftermath of concerns over Foothill’s handling of the first-ever Pride Week, a district-led investigation of Foothill’s administration was launched over the course of several months. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, this investigation was officially concluded through the release of an executive summa...

Ventura’s third annual Justice for All March unites community for the cause of women’s rights

Ventura’s third annual Justice for All March unites community for the cause of women’s rights

Noelle Hayward, Reporter

January 20, 2019

Amidst an array of booths highlighting disparities in equality that women face, a sea of protestors gathered in solidarity with the cause for women’s rights as part of the third annual Justice for All march. Their chants—including “no hate, no fear, everyone is welcome here” and “show me wha...

News Brief: School of Choice window opens

News Brief: School of Choice window opens

Noelle Hayward, News Reporter

January 19, 2019

Starting Jan. 18, Ventura Unified School District (Ventura Unified) has opened its School of Choice (SOC) window until Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. For two weeks annually, Ventura Unified students and parents are able to apply to schools around the district that “they feel will most benefit their child,” according to the Ventura Unified website. Foothill’s Secretary Debbie Smith stated that to apply, a prospective Foothill student...

Students, staff attend Open Mic event in support of Suicide Prevention Week

Students, staff attend Open Mic event in support of Suicide Prevention Week

Elie Bufford, Writer

January 19, 2019

As part of the Associated Student Body (ASB)’s Suicide Prevention Week, an “Open Mic” event took place in the black box during lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 17. A crowd of students and faculty gathered to share their opinions, feelings and stories that shed light on the subjects of suicide and depression. Five people volunteered to speak in front of the crowd. They shared poems, monologues and personal anecdotes about topics ranging...

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