The Foothill Dragon Press

Our mission as an online-only publication is to provide the Foothill community with accurate, responsible, thought-provoking and timely journalism.

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Ellie Morrison

Ellie Morrison is a photographer and videographer for the Foothill Dragon Press and has loved filming movies ever ...

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Ema Dorsey is an AP student and features editor for her online high school newspaper, The Foothill Dragon ...

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Melissa Marshall

Melissa Marshall is a high school journalist working as a staff member for the Foothill Dragon Press. She ...

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Kathryn Brandi

Sports writer, first-year journalist, athlete, beach goer, adventurer and avid gum chewer.

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Maddy Schmitt

I am Senior at Foothill Technology High School graduating in June. This is my third year being on ...

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Ana Bello

Ana Bello is a student journalist and will be attending college in the fall. She will be majoring ...

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Latest Articles

Student voice: Arming teachers

While the March for our Lives movement protests for gun control, lawmakers in Florida have passed legislation that provides gun control, but also allows staff members in Florida schools to possess guns on campus. Is giving faculty the access to guns on campus the solution for the safety of students and gun violence in schools?

Speech and debate team receives superior ratings at Taft High School tournament

The debate tournament against the teams of Oak Park and North Hollywood this past Saturday held some “interesting”victories and surprises for Foothill’s Speech and Debate team. Darren Wu ‘19 and Bryan Sturm ‘19 came away as undefeated, scoring a 3-0 trophy. Partners Kayla Austin ‘18 and Bijana Garcia ‘18, Raine Hagerty ‘19 and Ryan Sequeira ‘19, and Jocelyn Brossia ’19 and Andrew Shoup ’18 received 2-1 certificates. The January Public Forum resolution debated was as follows: “Resolved: Spain sh
By Amazing Oakes
The Foothill Dragon Press

Speech and debate team receives superior ratings at Taft High School tournament

The debate tournament against the teams of Oak Park and North Hollywood this past Saturday held some “interesting”victories and surprises for Foothill’s Speech and Debate team. Darren Wu ‘19 and Bryan Sturm ‘19 came away as undefeated, scoring a 3-0 trophy. Partners Kayla Austin ‘18 and Bijana Garcia ‘18, Raine Hagerty ‘19 and Ryan Sequeira ‘19, and Jocelyn Brossia ’19 and Andrew Shoup ’18 received 2-1 certificates. The January Public Forum resolution debated was as follows: “Resolved: Spain sh
By Amazing Oakes
The Foothill Dragon Press

Sarah Page: “My job is to inspire the future”

Sarah Page has a twinkle in her eye as she talks about the thing she’s most passionate about when it comes to her job: the students. However, Page did not always plan to be a teacher. When Page was younger, she was a gymnast for 15 years. She started gymnastics at the age of 3 but stopped sophomore year feeling she had “outgrown it.” “I wanted to be a high school student. I wanted to go to football games and I wanted to be social with my friends, and I just got tired of being a gymnast,” Page
By Amazing Oakes
The Foothill Dragon Press

A&E: Best of 2017

Spotlight producer Alejandro Ghersi has always been on the outset of musical ingenuity. With his self-titled album, he goes beyond his previous releases as Arca and brings back something only heard in his production as Nuuro: his angelic, heart-on-the-chest voice brings a soul to his music, which would previously feel inaccessible to most listeners in its earlier stages. His otherworldly and abstruse style still makes its glorious appearance, however, leading old and new listeners to his wake of futuristic melody.
By Riley Bangs
The Foothill Dragon Press

Put an end to your procrastination with three simple steps

The school day is over, you’re on your way home and you think about what needs to get done. There’s an essay that needs to be written, a packet to turn in and a test to study for. You tell yourself you’ll get it done right away, right when you get home. But, as you walk into your house you see everything that tempts your procrastination. Eventually, you give in and you’re stuck in the home of procrastination not knowing when you’ll come out.
By Amanda Perez
The Foothill Dragon Press

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

Gallop into a majestic world with “Odysseo”

Welcome to Cavalia’s production of “Odysseo.” Warning: you may hear the noises of laughter, awe, amazement and shock. “Odysseo” is a show that defies all expectations. Everyone who attends will be shown a new world that teaches you about the beauty of animals and nature. In the length of the two hour show, the audience is given a showcasing of horses performing tricks. There are also stunts performed with the horses by humans. Everyone will witness amazing acrobatics that are performed on hoops
By Emma Yakel
The Foothill Dragon Press

Gallop into a majestic world with “Odysseo”

Welcome to Cavalia’s production of “Odysseo.” Warning: you may hear the noises of laughter, awe, amazement and shock. “Odysseo” is a show that defies all expectations. Everyone who attends will be shown a new world that teaches you about the beauty of animals and nature. In the length of the two hour show, the audience is given a showcasing of horses performing tricks. There are also stunts performed with the horses by humans. Everyone will witness amazing acrobatics that are performed on hoops
By Emma Yakel
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

Festive Friday: five festive Trader Joe’s treats to try this holiday season

"The holidays are rapidly drawing near, which means its the perfect opportunity to indulge in all your favorite holiday sweets. However, if you are looking for something new and unique to satisfy your festive sweet tooth, Trader Joe’s is the place to go. Try these fancy, festive eats to indulge in the holiday treats that come around once a year." Art credit: Maya Avelar. Co-written with Julia Fickenscher.
By Emma Yakel
The Foothill Dragon Press

DIY home decorations for winter

Even though December is coming to a close, winter continues until March. These cute and easy decorations are great ways to keep your house in season. They can also be adorable gifts and make for a fun activity. Here are the directions to make each terrific decoration shown in the video above: Step One: Put a small dot of hot glue on the bottom of your first tree and then stick it onto the bottom of your mason jar. Step Two: Repeat step one with your second tree
By Amanda Perez
The Foothill Dragon Press

Embrace the holiday cheer with these Christmas albums

This whopping two hour album compiles classic Christmas melodies in Sufjan Stevens’ soothing voice along with some of his own Christmas compositions to add more of his own flavor to the album. The simplicity and unity of many Christmas songs fit into Stevens’ style perfectly; his fresh take on them brings a new light to Christmas. Even if you’re tired of hearing all the same songs this Christmas, Stevens has you covered with a multitude of original holiday treats.
By Riley Bangs
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." Photo Credit: Quinn DInkler / The Foothill Dragon Press
By Emma Yakel
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