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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Emily van Deinse

First year news writer, progressive Christian, ballet dancer

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Rachel Sun

Rhird-year high school journalist and the editor of the Features section for the Foothill Dragon Press.

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Veronica Mellring

Veronica Mellring is a senior at Foothill Technology High School and will be attending Fairleigh Dickinson University located ...

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Julia Fickenscher

Arts and entertainment first year writer, baker, blogger, ballerina, alliteration-lover and precious Jewel.

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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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Latest Articles

“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.

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

Foothill speech and debate receives awards at UC Berkeley

Over President’s Day weekend, Foothill’s Speech and Debate Team attended the Cal Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament at UC Berkeley. Junior Varsity Public Forum debate duo CJ Haberbush and Spencer Malone “broke” and made it to double octafinals, which means they were one of 32 finalists, whereupon Malone received special recognition with a Best Speaker Award. To “break,” a team must win the majority of their initial six rounds. Then they go on to speak in more rounds that narrow the compe

Island Fox triumphs after 20-year battle against extinction

After suffering extreme declines in population in the 1990s, four of the subspecies of the Channel Island Fox have been on the endangered species list since 2004. Now, after years of recovery programs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to take the San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz island subspecies off of the list and the change the status of the Santa Catalina subspecies to threatened. After suffering extreme declines in population in the 1990s, four of the subspecies of the Chan

Despite increases, not enough students qualify for Renaissance for Magic Mountain trip

After all of the semester one GPAs had been calculated, it was announced on Tuesday, Feb. 2, that Foothill doesn’t have enough students on Renaissance to be able take a field trip to Magic Mountain in the spring. With 78.7 percent of students on Renaissance, they were 8.3 percent short of the 87 percent goal. The 80 percent reported after quarter one was not maintained or increased. To be on Renaissance, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.0 or increase their GPA by 0.5. Seniors had 83 pe

Lane and Noel Domke: The figure skating twins

For sophomores Lane and Noel Domke, ice skating has always come naturally. For the past seven years, they have spent their afternoons and evenings at Channel Islands Ice in Oxnard honing their skills and as twin sisters, they can’t imagine not sharing the experience. “It’s something that has really brought us together. If [Noel] did a different sport I feel like our relationship would be a lot different,” Lane Domke said. The girls had their first taste of skating on annual trips to the rink w
By Chloey Settles
The Foothill Dragon Press

Girls’ water polo obliterates Fillmore 14-0 at third home game

As the sun seeped through the clouds over the windy Ventura Aquatics Center, the varsity girls’ water polo team competed against Fillmore High School at their third home game of the season. The Dragons defeated Fillmore with a final score of 14-0. As the sun seeped through the clouds over the windy at their third home game of the season. The Dragons defeated Fillmore with a final score of 14-0. Within the first eight seconds of the first quarter, sophomore Jaina Malach scored the first goal of
By Josh Modglin
The Foothill Dragon Press

Enthusiastic 8th grade students aspire to be future Dragons

At 5:30 p.m. students and parents alike crowded in Spirito Hall for Foothill’s Student Information Night. At 5:30 p.m., students and parents alike crowded in Spirito Hall for Foothill’s Student Information Night. Principal Joe Bova addressed the standing-room-only crowd with a multimedia presentation along with four other speakers, Technology Coordinator Wendy Dowler, Assistant Principal Lisa Harvill, Assistant Principal Ron Briggs, and Athletics Director Emily Stevens. Bova spoke of Foothill
By Tyler Herzog
The Foothill Dragon Press

A&E: Best of 2015

Check out the Arts and Entertainment’s sections choices for the top movies, media trends, TV shows, albums and fashion trends of the year! After much anticipation, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,” was finally released.  The film, based on Suzanne Collin’s “Mockingjay” novel, picks up right where the last movie left off. Katniss Everdeen, leader of the rebellion against the Capitol and President Snow, is hiding in District 13. Her family, old friend, and old allies are all with her. Peeta,

Girls’ soccer dominates Thacher 3-1 at home field

The sun set over the Ventura College stadium Tuesday night, illuminating the girls’ soccer team’s first league home game against Thacher School. The Dragons defeated the Toads 3-1, successfully kicking off their season. The sun set over the Ventura College stadium Tuesday night, illuminating the girls’ soccer team’s first league home game against Thacher School. The Dragons defeated the Toads 3-1, successfully kicking off their season. The first half started with Foothill kicking off the ball.
By Rugile Pekinas
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Becca Nelson: Finding happiness through softball

Senior Rebecca Nelson first joined a softball team as a little girl and she hasn’t stopped playing since. She first played for Seaside Softball in Oxnard before moving to the Ventura Tri-Valley League. Today, she is a third baseman for the Ventura High School softball team. Unlike many student athletes who have to learn to balance school and sports, Nelson has never had that problem. Instead of getting caught up in the demands of homework and softball practice, she simply goes out of her way to
By Grace Carey
The Foothill Dragon Press

Becca Nelson: Finding happiness through softball

Senior Rebecca Nelson first joined a softball team as a little girl and she hasn’t stopped playing since. She first played for Seaside Softball in Oxnard before moving to the Ventura Tri-Valley League. Today, she is a third baseman for the Ventura High School softball team. Unlike many student athletes who have to learn to balance school and sports, Nelson has never had that problem. Instead of getting caught up in the demands of homework and softball practice, she simply goes out of her way to
By Grace Carey
The Foothill Dragon Press

Boys’ basketball falls to Providence High School 44-50 in first home game of the season

Energy was high at the varsity boys’ basketball team’s first home game of the season. Family and friends rose to their feet to cheer on the Dragons at Ventura College against Providence High School. The Friday night game ended in a Foothill defeat of 44-50. Energy was high at the varsity boys’ basketball team’s first home game of the season. Family and friends rose to their feet to cheer on the Dragons at Ventura College against Providence High School. The Friday night game ended in a Foothill
By Grace Carey
The Foothill Dragon Press

Abortion FAQ Part One

A woman’s right. Legal. Murder. Disgusting. These are all adjectives used to describe abortion. It is one of the most heated and debated topics in America, yet most of us have questions. To be able to debate, we must be informed. What abortion really is and what surrounds it is a complex issue that many people do not discuss. There are many questions that politicians and people discussing abortion leave unanswered.
By Emma Kolesnik
The Foothill Dragon Press