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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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A house in the wake of the Thomas Fire. Credit: Olivia Sanford / The Foothill Dragon Press

The toxic combination of fire and flood

Matthew Godfrey January 18, 2018

With the infamous California Drought aiding the ravage of the Thomas Fire, rain had never sounded more ideal. However, this recent precipitation has clearly shown to be catastrophic. With the abrupt turn...

Recap with Rachel: Thomas Fire chemical reactions and effects

Recap with Rachel: Thomas Fire chemical reactions and effects

Rachel Chang January 7, 2018

As the Thomas Fire has swept through Southern California and affected our own community members, there's still a few things we need to pay attention to. Learn about the different types of combustion reactions,...

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Blood Donations: Where to next?

Rachel Chang December 4, 2017

Perhaps you’ve just participated in Foothill’s recent blood drive. After signing some paperwork and enduring a few needles, you’ve walked out of the United Blood Service’s truck as an official...

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The science of stress

Anna Lapteva November 29, 2017

An in-class essay, a history test and a math exam all awaiting you tomorrow, and your anxiety is overwhelming since you haven’t started a minute of preparation. Or, you feel your heart pounding in your...

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Opinion: GMOs are beneficial to society beyond reasonable doubt

Noah Hilles November 29, 2017

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are arguably the single most contested scientific discovery since Nicolaus Copernicus stated that the Earth was round. There exists two opposing sides on the issue,...

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Is turkey to thank for your post-Thanksgiving sleepiness?

Anna Lapteva November 23, 2017

Perhaps you have just indulged in a delectable Thanksgiving meal: a delicious roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, sweet cranberry sauce and fragrant pumpkin pie. You feel like you have eaten more than...

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Screening Sunscreen

Noah Hilles November 4, 2017

The word “sunscreen” has one of the most positive and harmless connotations of almost anything one can say. In a world where 1 out of every 5 of us will get some form of skin cancer, there is no doubt...

Students observe demonstrations by professionals. Credit: Amazing Oakes / The Foothill Dragon Press

MedTech students learn CPR to help people continue “Stayin’ Alive”

Mayzee Oakes October 16, 2017

For over 50 years, scientists have been challenging studies to help people become safer and healthier, which led to the development of the American Medical Response (AMR) team. Ventura County’s AMR...

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UC Riverside professor shines light on the little and lithe

Emily van Deinse October 13, 2017

For most people, the idea of pollination conjures images of bees and butterflies to mind. But they do not do all of the work on their own. Hummingbirds are an important pollinator in Southern California,...

The hidden structure behind caffeine. Credit: Rachel Chang / The Foothill Dragon Press

Perhaps you should reconsider that Venti Americano with three extra shots of espresso

Rachel Chang October 4, 2017

"Hi, so I'd like to order a Venti Americano with three extra shots of espresso." It has become a cycle: sleep at 2 a.m., wake up four hours later, brew a cup to get through the day and again sleep at...

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Opinion: Electric Cars Aren’t Driving us Away From Climate Change

Noah Hilles September 20, 2017

Most of us go about our day fulfilling small tasks aimed to better the well-being of our volatile environment. All of these minor but seemingly meaningful actions appear to culminate in so much change,...

Recap with Rachel: First Gene Therapy Approved

Recap with Rachel: First Gene Therapy Approved

Rachel Chang September 10, 2017    

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