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Kienna Kulzer

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Latest Articles

Girls’ basketball snares win over Saints in first home game of season

After a rainy day in Ventura, Foothill Tech’s girls’ basketball team had a downpour of points against the Santa Clara Saints, dominating in their first league home game of the season. After a tight first half, the Dragons turned it on in the second half, eventually winning 70-35 over the Saints. Abby Sourwine ‘19 won the tip for the Dragons, who quickly ran a play for Annika Kinnaman ‘19 to knock down a baseline jumper. Emiline Bova ‘19 scored on a fastbreak the following play to put Foothill ... Article Credit: Jack Vielbig
By Quinn Dinkler
The Foothill Dragon Press

Recap with Rachel: Thomas Fire chemical reactions and effects

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, its relationship to climate change, and how it affects our hemoglobin and immune system.
By Rachel Chang
The Foothill Dragon Press

Fantastic Eats with Q and E: Butter Cookies

It’s winter and that screams one thing: holiday recipes. One of the most prominent recipes is cookies which means that “Fantastic Eats with Q and E” will be introducing how to create butter cookies. These delights are deliciously buttery and with each bite, they will satisfy your sweet tooth. There are only six ingredients needed in order to make these treats: Once you have gathered all your ingredients begin creating with these directions: Put the butter and the sugar in a large bowl where ... Article Credit: Emma Yakel
By Quinn Dinkler
The Foothill Dragon Press

Fantastic Eats with Q and E: Pull Apart Pumpkin Loaf

It’s still fall time and this is just the dessert you want to celebrate the time of cooler temperatures and falling leaves with. However, this dessert is an easy recipe that can be used anytime of the year; it is so good that you can’t forget about it, even when fall is over. View the video to see how we did it and read these directions to see all the steps: Collect all your ingredients: one can of pumpkin puree, one small bag of granulated sugar, vanilla extract, one large egg, pumpkin pie spice ... Article Credit: Emma Yakel
By Quinn Dinkler
The Foothill Dragon Press

Fall DIY: Book pumpkin

Do you have a book that no longer sparks your interest? Do you need more fall decorations? Well, we have the solution to all your problems: the book pumpkin. This adorable decoration is exactly what you need to lift your festive spirits and get that old book off the shelve. Here is everything you need to do and everything you need to collect: Gather your materials. These include an old paperback book, a paint-brush, water, orange paint, scissors or sharp knife, a stick, a marker, hot glue ... Article Credit: Emma Yakel
By Quinn Dinkler
The Foothill Dragon Press

It’s no wonder that mass shootings plague a country with more guns than residents

Tragedy shakes a nation, it brings us together in mourning, in moments of silence, in remembrance. Tragedy opens our eyes to dilemmas, but keeping silence for the losses is not enough. Change is the key to prevention of gun related catastrophes. Real legislative change is the way the United States needs to rebound from the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Events like these leave Americans wondering: why do we have such calamitous acts unfold on our own soil? Why are innocent lives taken at the hands of a gun?
By Chloe Hilles
The Foothill Dragon Press

Club rush aids Dragons in finding their niche

It’s important for students to have a place to call their home at a school, and at Foothill, many Dragons get introduced to theirs at the annual Club Rush. Club Rush is an Associated Student Body (ASB) run event that lets clubs and interest groups set up booths to advertise their ideas to both incoming and returning students. The entirety of the event is coordinated by the ASB Club Director, Ruby Beckendorf ‘21. Beckendorf states that the goal of this event was to “bring everyone together ... Article Credit: Jill Vallance
By Quinn Dinkler
The Foothill Dragon Press

Dream on Trump, DACA isn’t ending

Eight hundred thousand students, military personnel and civil servants will be affected by the latest and cruelest decision by President Donald Trump. Eight hundred thousand people who just so happened to be unlucky in their situation, but took the initiative to better it. Beginning in 2012, former President Barack Obama made the executive decision to grant young, undocumented immigrants opportunities through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, colloquially known as DACA. Since its beginning, DACA has helped almost 800,000 teenagers and young adults who unwillingly entered the United States illegally with their family.
By Chloe Hilles
The Foothill Dragon Press

Student, teacher perspectives on the college admissions scandal

The college admissions scandal that was uncovered in mid-March of 2019 highlights the one major injustice in the process of college admissions: the fact that fraud, bribery and cheating give the wealthy an advantage. The method that wealthy parents used to guarantee their child’s admittance into elite colleges includes the bribing of college coaches with tens of thousands of dollars to have the students admitted as a college athlete一even if they had not participated in the sport before一and cheating on standardized tests (e.g. the SAT and ACT).

“The Light Between Oceans” shines bright as a cinematic masterpiece

“The Light Between Oceans” is not a love story. It is an emotional tragedy depicting how the choices of one couple can affect the lives of others. It is a moral struggle between doing what is right in the midst of catastrophe. Despite mediocre reviews from critics, “The Light Between Oceans” may be one of the best directed and put together movies in recent cinematic history, and has a bright future for the approaching awards season.
By Josh Modglin
The Foothill Dragon Press

Answers begin to emerge at hearing on Ventura oil spill

A public hearing was held yesterday afternoon concerning the oil spill on June 23rd, which ran down Hall Canyon until it was stopped short of reaching the ocean. The spill, referred to as the “Grove Incident,” has raised questions about pipeline safety and inadequate communication with the public.

Bernie Sanders makes “once in a lifetime” Ventura appearance

Only two days ago, it was announced that one of the top three presidential candidates, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, would be visiting Ventura on his California tour. Today, enthusiastic Foothill students joined members of the community in the historic campaign rally, just across the street at Ventura College. “I feel increasingly confident that here in California we will win, and win big, on June 7,” Sanders cried as he stood against the backdrop of a California state flag, cheered on by almost 10,000 supporters.

“It doesn’t stay dark forever”: The impact and effects of suicide

Using her blog as an outlet for her emotions and distraught, Zoë Colegrove of Buena High School documented her life for several months. On Oct. 11, 2015, Colegrove completed suicide. As she entered respiratory arrest, she was airlifted to the Community Memorial Hospital. While her father Daniel Colegrove sat by her hospital bed, her heart ceased beating and the doctor pronounced her at 10 p.m. She was laid to rest at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park.
By Rachel Sun
The Foothill Dragon Press

Stevenson elected over Holst, Ouerbacker elected over Beharry

After voting during lunch, student votes were counted during sixth period today and the positions for Associated Student Body (ASB) Class Presidents and Vice Presidents have been finalized. After voting during lunch, student votes were counted during sixth period today and the positions for Associated Student Body (ASB) Class Presidents and Vice Presidents have been finalized. Alli Shields, Julia Fickenscher, Alaina Hooks and Abby Sourwine ran unopposed for Senior Class President, Junior Class

Girls’ water polo takes second place to Hillcrest Trojans at CIF Championships

With a minute and a half left in the final quarter, junior Lezly Plahn passed the ball to sophomore Josie Thorp in an attempt to overcome the one point trail on the Hillcrest Trojans. Tension and shouts from the stands filled the air at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center as junior Meagan McKillican made an attempt for the Dragons. With three seconds left, a timeout was called by Hillcrest and as the final buzzer rang, the score read 7-8 with the Trojans taking the title of Division VII
By Chloey Settles
The Foothill Dragon Press