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  • An enormous, eye-catching paper mache octopus is situated at the start of the ArtWalk exhibition on Main St., Ventura, greeting attendees as they enter the event. Inspired by Ventura’s natural environment, this work of art highlights the abundance of sea creatures that call our oceans home.


    ArtWalk: Showcasing Ventura’s creative crowd

  • As students start to settle into the new school year, exciting activities planned in the quad help keep the morale high. Foothill Techs sports teams have started to pick up speed and students are now settling into their classes.


    FDP-TV: Season 2, Episode 3

  • A scenario thats unfortunately all too common in modern gaming is a videogame having a less than stellar launch. However, there are times when the developer has the luxury to go back and turn the game into a respectable piece of media, such as No Mans Sky.


    When a videogame redeems itself

  • Also referred to as a red tide or an algae bloom, the brilliant blue waves are caused by phytoplankton that emit blue light when disturbed. In previous years the event has been rare to find, occurring sparsely. Recently, primarily during the summer of 2023, bioluminescent waves could be seen splashing the shores of Ventura County.


    Bioluminescence: Wonders of the bright blue ocean

  • On Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) Girls Volleyball took a devastating loss of 3-1 in a league game against Bishop Diego High School. Students, Addi Fallon 25, Zac Crist 24 and Petra Falcocchia 24, show their support with colorful face paint. Many students also dressed to the theme of the game, which was cowboys and cowgirls.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball beat by Bishop Diego 1-3 in hard fought game

  • Throughout the city of Ventura, pollution is washed down to the beaches through rivers and gutters, depositing cups, bags and other various trash onto our beaches and into the oceans.


    Just how deadly is stormwater runoff?

  • The charming exterior of Butter and Fold attracts many customers at all hours of business. From the elegant teal and gold color scheme to the waft of freshly baked breads, it’s impossible to simply pass by without taking a peek inside.


    Butter and Fold: The perfect place to satisfy your pastry cravings this fall

  • At the Olivas Links Golf Course, on Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls golf team faced off in a league match against Bishop Diego. The Dragons played well and won the match with an overall score of 249-303. Pictured above, Maddie Wicks 26 concentrates as she putts her ball toward the pin, finishing hole five with three over par.

    Girls' Golf

    Recap: Girls’ golf takes Bishop Diego 249-303

  • On Sept. 22, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) competed in their first Tri-County Athletic (TCAA) league meet. Foothill Tech races with five girls on varsity, including Danika Swanson-Rico 25, Bennett Rodman 26, Kalea Eggertsen 26, Emma Anderson 26 and Isabella Efner 25. They warm-up on the start line, exchanging words of encouragement and waiting for the queue to begin the race.

    Cross Country

    Cross country starts off strong at first league meet of the 2023 season

  • With beloved melodies and nostalgic anthems dating back over a decade, fans and general audience members alike enjoy singing along to her award-winning album, Fearless, from 2008.


    The Eras Tour: an adventure spanning 17 years of music 

  • On Sept. 21, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) boys water polo hosted a home game against their opponent Malibu High School (Malibu). With lots of splashing, Ethan Ortiz 24 attempts to find an open teammate to give Foothill Tech an advantage to win their league match.

    Boys' Water Polo

    Recap: Boys’ water polo bested by Malibu

  • Students of Foothill Tech try to make button pins of their own design at Back to School Night. This college and career class provides an opportunity to learn life skills and creativity.


    Foothill Tech welcomes parents and guardians at Back to School Night 2023

  • In the teen show “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” an adaption of the popular Young Adult novel, protagonist Belly Conklin navigates her love life in a triangle between brothers Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher.


    “The Summer I Turned Pretty”: In Defense of the Fisher Boys

  • During F.I.R.E and lunch, members of the Associated Student Body worked hard to prepare an assembly line of delicious In-N-Out for the Class of 2024.


    Class of 2024 connects through In-N-Out Burger and festivities

  • On the sunny afternoon of Sept. 19, 2023 girls tennis played against the Villanova Preparatory (Villanova) School Wildcats. The tennis team huddles together and chants in a pregame ritual before beginning their matches.

    Girls' Tennis

    Girls’ tennis triumphs over Villanova in first league match

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed and beloved video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Announced in 2019 by Nintendo at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Tears of the Kingdom was released on May 12, 2023 after nearly four years of waiting. Since its release, the game has been met with widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike. The game directly follows the events of its predecessor, building upon them and expanding an already immense world. Writer Kelly Quinn shares his thoughts.


    “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” is victory for gaming

  • The three cakes that were reviewed were Lemon, Pumpkin Spice and Red Velvet all topped with a generous amount of cream cheese frosting.


    A dive into Nothing Bundt Cakes: America’s largest specialty cake company

  • Comprising of 12 songs, Olivia Rodrigos new album GUTS is her second studio album and was released on Sept. 8, 2023. Rodrigos first studio album, SOUR, released in 2021, was critically acclaimed and beloved by fans, making her second album long anticipated. Writer Isheeta Pal takes on the task of listening to GUTS and reviewing it, delving into its key themes and messaging.


    Album Anatomy: “GUTS”

  • A sign displayed in the store highlights the unique vendors in the store as well as promoting shopping from local artists.


    Hey! Friends shows Ventura why shopping locally matters

  • Christopher Nolan hits it out of the park once again with his brilliantly done biopic about the man who invented the atom bomb, Oppenheimer.


    “Oppenheimer” is a mind-blowingly impactful film

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Although Christmas creep and holiday music bring forth the holiday cheer early on in the year, these marketing strategies have proven to cause stress and panic for some people.

Opinion: “Christmas Creep” creeps its way to take a toll on one’s mental health

Isheeta Pal, Writer November 1, 2022

It is a week before Halloween and you burst into a retail store to do some last minute Halloween shopping. However, you see that the shelves designated to Halloween decorations do not have anything Halloween-themed...

Michael Myers returns for the 13th and final Halloween movie, hopefully signaling the rightful end of the 44-year-old franchise.

Satire: It’s time for Michael Myers movies to actually end

Claire Hadley, Writer October 30, 2022

A consistency regarding Oct. 31 is that people can regularly count on a new addition to the "Halloween" movie series. Its presence has dragged across October cinema since the late 1970s, leaving a trail...

The media as a whole impacts the perspectives of young teens in many different ways, including the romanticization of the work force. Take a closer look at this very topic with writer Amber Duhs in the article below.

Opinion: How the constant romanticization of the workforce in media affects teenagers

Amber Duhs, Writer October 23, 2022

Netflix, Peacock, Hulu and HBO Max are all popular streaming services with a surplus of shows and movies to pick from. But one thing all these services have in common, besides their constantly increasing...

Foothill Technology High School students Anna English 24, Miles Baker 23 and Katelyn Neasham 24 gazing at the showtimes at Century Theaters in downtown Ventura.

Opinion: Rated R movie theater rules need to change

Frances English, Writer October 6, 2022

A trip to the movie theater is generally considered to be an overall enjoyable experience. Stepping into the icy-cold air conditioning, the smell of buttery corn being popped and the thrill of getting...

Like a detective trying to solve a murder on cork board with push pins and pictures of the suspects, in Gibbs’ office hangs this magnetic board with all the teachers and classes at Foothill Tech, some scribbled in his own handwriting, arranged and rearranged to create the master schedule each school year.

Opinion: What happened to BioScience and DTech was not the result of an administrative oversight

Lila Ettedgui-Scott, Writer October 5, 2022

Emotions are running high this fall at Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) after the administration implemented a new schedule that cut two advisers’ coordinating periods for specialized...

Ballet, an activity often associated with grace, must be considered a sport because the rigor involved is equivalent to that of traditional sports.

Opinion: Why ballet needs to be considered a sport

Isheeta Pal, Writer September 29, 2022

When one thinks of ballet, one imagines a “beautiful” and “graceful” activity that is portrayed effortlessly by dancers in a large auditorium booming with classical music. This idea, however, only...

Editorial: The removal of coordinating periods and its lasting effect on the Foothill community

Editorial: The removal of coordinating periods and its lasting effect on the Foothill community

September 27, 2022

On Sept. 6, 2022, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) administration put the decision to cut coordinating periods for special program advisers into effect. The decision was announced after...

College can dictate much of a young student’s future, and there are many factors to consider such as money, family life, passions and more when choosing whether or not to commit. Take a look at this complicated topic with writers and students Emilie Huovinen and Linda Manzo as they pick apart the pieces of college consideration.

The pros and cons of college

Emilie Huovinen and Linda Manzo September 23, 2022

After high school, many are faced with the daunting choice of attending college or going straight into the workforce. On one hand, there is the risk of falling victim to thousands of dollars of student...

The beginning of school has arrived for Foothill Technology High School students, who have begun to swarm the hallways. Many may feel lost in the sea of students, as if they have nothing tethering them down.

Cartoon 104: Sea of people

Chloe Zarrinkelk, Illustrator September 19, 2022

A brief legal analysis of watershed decision Dobbs v. Jackson for the Foothill Tech Law Review.

FOOTHILL TECH LAW REVIEW: Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health

Lila Ettedgui-Scott, Writer September 18, 2022

Dobbs vs. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization et al. is the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion in 1972, ending federal protection for abortion rights...

Within the ongoing debate on the overturning of Roe v. Wade, stories from all sides of the equation are booming, but no matter what side of the debate people lie on, misinformation is a common factor among them all.

Misinformation in wake of the Supreme Court abortion leak

Carmen Quinn, Writer May 27, 2022

On May 3, 2022, Politico leaked a Supreme Court draft opinion. In this draft, Justice Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion that would strike down Roe vs. Wade was brought to light. In just the following...

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